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  • The End Of One Journey Sparks Desire To Continue The Objective

    The End Of One Journey Sparks Desire To Continue The Objective

    Long, but final debrief.







    A bit over 10 days ago, my participation in the Global Solo Challenge came to an abrupt and unfortunate end when I dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean. I had just written a downtrodden and somber blog entry a day or two before where I expressed how challenging and inhospitable the South Atlantic Ocean had been to me.

    Sure enough, she finished me off shortly after that entry. While navigating northward
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  • Caudrelier Takes Safety Stop In The Azores

    Caudrelier Takes Safety Stop In The Azores

    With less than 1,200 miles to go to the finish of the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leader of the race since the end of January, has elected to take shelter in the Azores, thereby making a technical stopover.



    The “24-hour stopover timer” was started by race management at 0504hrs UTC. His objective is to avoid a big depression approaching from the south of Iceland which is set to make the Bay of Biscay “impassable”
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  • A Fast Pit Stop In Brazil For Banque Populaire

    A Fast Pit Stop In Brazil For Banque Populaire




    After a little more than 48 hours of technical stopover in Rio de Janeiro, ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest skipper Armel Le Cleac'h and his ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI have returned to the race track. He docked out from Rio at a little after 1630hrs UTC and resumed racing in third place at 1738hrs UTC.

    Thanks to great cooperation from the authorities in France and Brazil the Banque Populaire XI technical team were able to replace the two rudders damaged in the South
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  • Antigua 360 Completes Nelson Cup Caribbean 600 Leadup

    Antigua 360 Completes Nelson Cup Caribbean 600 Leadup

    RORC Nelson’s Cup Series | Antigua 360 - Diverse RORC Fleet





    The 2024 Nelson’s Cup Series was back in action on Friday 16th February, with the Antigua 360 Race. Thirty four entries included multihulls racing under MOCRA, three IRC Classes, and the Class40 Division.

    A light south easterly breeze provided a comfortable start for the RORC fleet. The start line mirrored the RORC Caribbean 600, providing great practice for the showcase 600-miler
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  • Global Solo Challenge Sailor, William MacBrien Rescued From His Sinking Vessel

    Global Solo Challenge Sailor, William MacBrien Rescued From His Sinking Vessel




    William MacBrien rescued after 46 hours adrift semi-submerged in south Pacific
    By Marco Nannini.


    Photos Courtesy Cargo Vessel Watatsumi

    On February 14th at 02:50 UTC disaster struck on board Phoenix. Canadian skipper William MacBrien had activated his Emergency Position Locator Beacon (EPIRB). He was in distress.


    William was over 1300 nautical miles west of Cape Horn, over 3000 miles from New Zealand, 1600 miles south...
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  • Smoke On The Water In Barcelona

    Smoke On The Water In Barcelona






    16 February 2024. INEOS Britannia, Britain’s challenger for the 37th America’s Cup, has suffered damage to one of their one-design supplied AC40 training boats, Athena, after a fire onboard.








    The two British one-design AC40s (Athena & Sienna) had left the dock early for a two-boat race-training day and towed to the Northeast of Barcelona City to find some good breeze. At 10:05 CET whilst sailing off...
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  • The Warmup For Caribbean 600 Sizzles

    The Warmup For Caribbean 600 Sizzles




    RORC Nelson’s Cup Series | Day Two - Sizzling on the South Side


    The RORC Nelson’s Cup Series continued today, Wednesday 14 February, with two hi-octane races in tropical heat. For the second day running there were fine margins right through the fleet. After four races, no boat remains unbeaten in the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series.

    With two races yet to be run to complete the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series, Wendy Schmidt’s Botin
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  • Banque du Poulaire Diverting To Brazilian Port

    Banque du Poulaire Diverting To Brazilian Port




    In a message distributed late this morning, the Banque Populaire team has confirmed that Armel Le Cleac'h’s ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI, racing in second place on the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, has suffered damage to the central rudder after an incident.

    According to the team:

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    “Several options are being studied to diagnose the damage and to think about the rest of the race”.
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  • In Ronnie's Words

    In Ronnie's Words




    "My final view of Sparrow/ Shipyard Brewing… a day filled with many emotions. Shock, then anger, then frustration, then fear, then optimism, then elation, then more sadness, then guilt, and then… it just goes on and on. But I also feel a lot of gratitude. Thankful for the outpouring of support from around the globe.

    Especially grateful to those who helped organize a rescue, and then to the Taiwanese owned ship Sakizaya Youth and her captain Cui
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  • Retrospect: The Days Leading Up To The Abandonment Of Shipyard Brewing

    Retrospect: The Days Leading Up To The Abandonment Of Shipyard Brewing




    Live to fight another day - The tough reality of ocean sailing

    By Marco Nannini.


    The skippers of the Global Solo Challenge have to endure months of navigation in the roaring forties and screaming fifties to reach Cape Horn. After braving storms, technical difficulties, fatigue and cold temperatures, the legendary cape feels like the big prize for all the efforts each skipper has put into their project. It is a reward and a climax not just in their...
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    The Doublehanded Farallones Race was a true test of mettle this year, dishing out 25-35 knots of southerly storm winds, which gradually turned offshore, meaning that it was sort of a reverse Farallones race – off the wind on the way to the island, and upwind on the way back. Boats that were able to reduce sails and remain in control found that they had a record-fast sail out to the island in rough conditions, but had a slower return back against the wind. The winds eventually
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    EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND FIRST TO SAIL THE NEW AC75
    With the weather clearing in Auckland, Emirates Team New Zealand took advantage of a window to quietly launch the raceboat that will defend the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona in October. The hopes of this sailing-mad nation rest on a progressive and heavily refined design, a (big) step-on from their America’s Cup winning boat ‘Te Rehutai’ of AC36. The
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  • Spring Keel And Wheeler Welcome The Return Of Winter Weather!
    by Photoboy
    There are times when universes collide, bringing various masses hurtling together in a semi quantum chaotic stew that can only be attributed to timing, weather and the pull from planetary forces... Saturday's racing in the waters off Treasure Island was one of them.

    The St Francis Yacht Club was hosting the Spring Fest, with some of the fleets starting of the western edge of T.I. and simultaneously, the Berkeley Yacht Club was hosting the Annual Rollo Wheeler Regatta off the Berkeley
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  • Worth The Wait: The Breeze Returns To Mallorca
    by Photoboy
    5 Apr 2024

    The best winds came in late at the 53 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar today but the wait was worth it, especially for Britain’s ILCA 7 racer Micky Beckett and Italian Nacra 17 Olympic and world champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti who won their events with a day to spare at the Mallorca’s emblematic Olympic classes event which has drawn a record entry for an Olympic year.





    Beckett’s victory is his third back-to-back
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  • Easter Weekend Raid Puts Estuary Pirates Behind Bars
    by Photoboy
    Police sink suspected San Francisco Bay bandits after seafaring pirates terrorize houseboats, yachts

    Chris Eberhart: https://www.yahoo.com/news/police-si...080005540.html


    Police sink suspected San Francisco Bay bandits after seafaring pirates terrorize houseboats, yachts
    Suspected seafaring bandits terrorizing San Francisco Bay residents are now landlocked in jail cells.



    Three suspected maritime burglars accused of breaking into a
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  • Nuking Day One Conditions At Trofeo Princesa Mallorca
    by Photoboy


    With gusts to over 30kts at times and a big, untidy swell which has been built up by nearly two weeks of strong winds in the Balearica Islands, of the ten Olympic scheduled events only the Formula Kite Men and Women, the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 singlehanders and the redoubtable 470 Mixed were actually able to race and open their accounts on schedule at the 53 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar.



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