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  • Storm's A Brewing In North Atlantique

    Storm's A Brewing In North Atlantique

    VENDEE ARCTIQUE - LES SABLES D’OLONNE COURSE IS ALTERED
    THE FLEET WON’T PASS NORTH OF ICELAND





    Alt route


    In the face of a forecast for deep low pressure system set to bring strong gales in the area of Iceland, the organisation of the Vend?e Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne race this morning took the decision to change the scheduled course to eliminate the passage round to the north of Iceland for the 24 solo skippers racing. The altered...
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  • The Proving Ground Takes It's Toll

    The Proving Ground Takes It's Toll




    Stage 1, Day 1: The fast, the smart, and the broken
    Header photo: Team Narwhal by Jim Meyers

    First, most important: everyone is ok. Us, you, 100% of this year’s racers, and the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard and R2AK support vessels that affected four rescues in the Race’s first four hours. Everyone is ok.

    Bruised egos, dashed dreams, but body and souls intact. Breathe in, exhale slowly. Everyone is ok.

    Level
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  • Crossing The Lull

    Crossing The Lull

    "THE DAGGERBOARD BOATS CAN STILL BE IN THE MIX AT ICELAND"...RACE DIRECTOR LE GOFF




    Of the 24 skippers still racing on the second Vendee Arctique – Les Sables d'Olonne, ten are sailing on IMOCAs with straight daggerboards. Out in the east it is rookies Benjamin Ferre and Guirec Soudee who are the top two on the rankings. Ferre races the 2015 boat which was formerly MACIF and SMA and Soud?e has the 2007 Farr boat which was launched as Estrella Damm
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  • The 2022 Ditch Run : A Quick Fun Run In The Sun

    The 2022 Ditch Run : A Quick Fun Run In The Sun

    106 boats registered for the 31st edition of the 65 nm run from Richmond to Stockton in the
    31st edition of The Ditch Run. ( the original name) otherwise referred to as "The Redneck Transpac"

    With an intensive heat spell in the central valley in the days before the Saturday June 11th start, combined with
    an approaching late season weather system dropping down from the northern Pacific, the forces meshed perfectly
    to produce on of the better warmth plus wind...
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  • A Fast Night For Vendee Arctique Sailors

    A Fast Night For Vendee Arctique Sailors




    A fast first night of the Vendee Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne has seen the skippers on the latest generation, fast foiling IMOCAs sustain average speeds of over 25 knots in ideal conditions as they charge westwards towards a ridge of high pressure 150-200 miles wide which will see speeds plummet later today.

    Separating slightly to the north of his closest rivals Romain Attanasio (Fortinet-Best Western) is judged to be this morning’s early leader – being...
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  • R2AK 2022: A Rambunctious Start

    R2AK 2022: A Rambunctious Start


    With a weather forecast between seasick and dangerous for the next two days, R2AK High Command is extending the proving ground by 24 hours.
    Race start is still 5am, Monday 6/13.
    Racers will need to finish in Victoria no later than 5pm on Wednesday 6/15.
    No change to any Victoria schedule of events.
    Racers missing the Tuesday skipper's meeting will get a make up on Wednesday.
    Second start in Victoria is high noon on Thursday
    Race hard, be safe.
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  • Persistence Pays In OYRA Full Crew Farallones

    Persistence Pays In OYRA Full Crew Farallones


    David Schumann's Seacart 30' Bottle Rocket exits the bay en route to a hard fought
    1st to finish run in the 2022 OYRA Full Crew Farallones


    The 2022 Full Crew Farallones Race departed San Francisco Bay on Saturday June 4th with 24 boats in 5 divisions in much more tranquil conditions than would have occurred back in early spring, where gales and 9' plus swells engulfed the Gulf of the Farallones on a regular basis. The light winds on this day were expected to gradually...
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    Last edited by Photoboy; 06-07-2022, 03:14 PM.

  • Tulikettu Proves To Be A Survivalist

    Tulikettu Proves To Be A Survivalist

    Abandoned Infiniti 52 found off Portuguese coast
    07/06/2022



    Tulikettu, deemed lost at sea in April, has been found and safely returned to shore.

    The first Infiniti 52 Tulikettu, designed by Hugh Welbourn, was sailing from Cascais, Portugal, back to the team base in Gosport, England across the Bay of Biscay.

    She was sailing with her foil fully retracted when the hull struck an unidentified floating object on Monday, April 18. There was an
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  • Red Bull Gives Ernesto Wings

    Red Bull Gives Ernesto Wings

    ALINGHI RED BULL RACING WINS THE HOTLY CONTESTED TF35 MIES








    Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi Red Bull Racing triumphed at the end of a thrilling final day of the TF35 Mies Grand Prix, which came down to a match racing battle with closest rivals Realteam for L?man hope over the last three races of the series.








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  • A CORW Hat Trick For Pell Mell

    A CORW Hat Trick For Pell Mell

    Alex Simanis' Pt Bonita 27 Pell Mell Wins Overall California Offshore Race Week




    All it took was a year of elbow grease and a little bit of TLC for Alex Simanis to get his newly restored Pt Bonita 27, Pell Mell, back into the water… and titled a winner. The smallest boat on the course for the duration of the 2022 California Offshore Race Week has proved that it is heart and skill that gets you first overall, not size. Simanis’ Pell Mell is the official
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  • Disaster Narrowly Averted By Good Communication And Proper Planning
    by Photoboy


    So this happened:

    On December 1st I departed on a delivery from Woods Hole, MA to Puerto Rico, with the owner Laura Shulman and crew Tomasz Dvorak. We left in a NW wind, 25-35 knots with only a staysail up and sailed conservatively with wind aft of beam, towards the Gulf stream. As we approached the wind became lighter and we hosted the mainsail, until ultimately, we were motor sailing safely across the GS.


    We exited the GS in light upwind conditions
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    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
  • Winch Cleaning Project Goes All Wrong
    by Photoboy
    “Suddenly, the tragedy”: the Mini 6.50 goes up in smoke before his eyes THE PHOTOS AND THE TESTIMONY - Quentin Mocudet, skipper of Maxi 6.50 number 1015 saw his boat catch fire on the reservoir
    12-07-2022, 03:01 PM
  • Winch Cleaning Project Goes All Wrong
    by Photoboy
    “Suddenly, the tragedy”: the Mini 6.50 goes up in smoke before his eyes







    PHOTOS AND TESTIMONIALS – Quentin Mocudet, skipper of Mini 6.50 number 1015 saw his boat catch fire on the reservoir in La Turballe. The unfortunate sailor recounts the mishap. The origin of the flames may be in the fumes of the petrol F used to clean the winches

    “Since the age of 8 I have been practicing competitive sailing in Optimist with the
    ...
    12-07-2022, 03:00 PM
  • A New 24 Hour IMOCA Record
    by Photoboy
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    558 miles in 24 hours. The crew of Charal 2, currently on delivery to Lorient after taking part in the Route du Rhum, has just put in a solid performance with an average speed of 23.25 knots over 24 hours. An absolute record in IMOCA which will not however be homologated. Too bad, but still impressive...





    The Charal 2 crew. From left to right: Franck Cammas, Valentin Le Floc'h, Nicolas Andrieu and Kevin Bloch. | CHARAL SAILING TEAM n...
    12-07-2022, 12:12 PM
  • Drive It Like You Stole It
    by Photoboy
    RIDERS ON THE STORM


    Glassy seas, but an ominous sky greeted the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team out today deep in the Gulf of Cagliari – the Golfu de Casteddu in local Sardinian- and with a forecast for the wind to increase significantly but some debate and conflict over quite how much and when, it was a tricky day for the team’s meteorologists. It was even harder actually on the water as the team docked out from their quite astonishingly well-appointed base in the...
    12-06-2022, 12:48 PM
  • Putting The Big Back Into A Big Boat Regatta!
    by Photoboy
    Andoo Comanche and Willow win 2022 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge



    The John Winning Jr-skippered maxi yacht, Andoo Comanche, produced a masterclass of high-speed sailing to win Line Honours in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour today.

    Meanwhile, the Jim Cooney-skippered and owned Volvo 70 Willow was declared the overall winner.

    Under glorious sun and in southerly 15 knot winds that suited perfectly, Andoo Comanche was first to finish the
    ...
    12-06-2022, 10:24 AM
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