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  • A Fast Jaunt To The Stinky Rocks

    A Fast Jaunt To The Stinky Rocks

    Saturday June 19th's BAMA Double Handed Farallones started in bright sunshine and light winds off of Baker Beach at 08:00

    While 42 boats in 6 divisions had registered, 13 boats recorded DNS status for various reasons, among them was the forecast for lumpy
    seas and winds in the high 20's and gusts to low 30s offshore. The routing showed that this, the 43rd edition , was going to be a quick one,
    despite the light winds on the starting area, which was also sheltered from...
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    Last edited by Photoboy; 06-23-2022, 04:03 PM.

  • Coasties Searching For Missing Couple

    Coasties Searching For Missing Couple




    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching for two 65-year olds who are reported overdue after failing to return Monday from a sailing trip to the Azores, Portugal.
    Missing are Virginia Beach natives Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale Jones.

    Nikopoulos and Jones departed from Hampton, Virginia on June 8 for the Azores. The boaters reported to Jones's daughter on June 13 that heavy weather had damaged their vessel and that they were headed back to Hampton. The
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  • The Outside Route On A Riptide, Home Cooking And Guile Net The $10.000!

    The Outside Route On A Riptide, Home Cooking And Guile Net The $10.000!

    Day 5: Pure and Wild for the win, secret weapons, breakfast lasagna
    Field Report | 24-Hr Fact Sheet
    photo: Team Pure and Wild by Thomas Hawthorne

    It’s been years since Ketchikan welcomed R2AK’s finishers to its shores, but by the early hour of Team Pure and Wild’s crossing of Dixon Entrance, you could tell that things were happening in welcomed and familiar ways. As their tracker blip went from “When will they get here?” to “We better
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  • The Narrows Takes It's Toll

    The Narrows Takes It's Toll


    Progress Chart: https://r2ak2022.maprogress.com


    Day 3: Big milestones, everyone finds their race, unknowing runs rampant


    Field Report
    photo: Teams Wraith 2AK and High Seas Drifters by Laura Bennett

    Before we get to the daily dose of R2AK’s blathering fever dream, we need to set the record straight: if you don’t know, we probably don’t either.

    To be clear: we are hustling. Up and down R2AK’s elongating
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  • A Wild Ride Aboard Mālama

    A Wild Ride Aboard Mālama




    "A wild ride": Elena Hight and Ian Walsh complete Newport Bermuda Race with 11th Hour Racing Team


    Bermuda June 19, 2022
    
    At 06:48 EDT, 11th Hour Racing Team crossed the finish line of the 2022 Newport Bermuda Race after a grueling 41 hours and 28 minutes 43 seconds at sea.

    Skipper Charlie Enright (USA) and Justine Mettraux (SUI) were joined by special guests Red Bull big wave surfer Ian Walsh (USA) and backcountry snowboarder
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  • Mod 70' ARGO Rides A Starboard Tack All The Way To Bermuda And A New Course Record


    Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo takes the start of the Newport Bermuda Race. Credit: Daniel Forster/PPL


    HAMILTON, Bermuda (June 19, 2022)—Jason Carroll (New York City) and the crew of the MOD70 Argo outran every elapsed-time record associated with the Newport Bermuda Race when they completed the 52nd edition Saturday night at 2320:09 (ADT).

    Argo’s elapsed time of 33 hours, 0 minutes and 09 seconds is more than 30 hours faster than Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis set
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  • The Imoca's Seek Shelter From The Storm

    The Imoca's Seek Shelter From The Storm




    DALIN, BEYOU RUYANT PASS THE ICELAND GATE TO SAFETY. COUSIN ABANDONS.

    With the three leading skippers having passed the Iceland gate and so ‘neutralising’ their races, effectively now waiting until the bad weather clears sufficiently for them to restart, the remainder of the fleet are dealing with the big, developing low pressure system which forced the race organisation last night to take the decision to impose this safety measure.

    With
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  • Early Pounding Expected For Newport Bermuda

    Early Pounding Expected For Newport Bermuda




    A fleet of 187 yachts is set to sail the “Thrash to the Onion Patch,” which may well live up to its name if the weather forecast holds


    A close start in 2018 among the fastest Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division boats, including Rambler 88. Daniel Forster/PPL photo
    NEWPORT, RI (June 16, 2022)—With a forecast that looks fresh to frightening for at least the first 36 to 48 hours of the race, a fleet of 187 sailing yachts is set to take on
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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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  • Algae Bloom In Estuary Raises Concerns
    by Photoboy



    Scientists Link Oakland Estuary, Lake Merritt Murky Water to Algal Bloom


    Aug 8, 2022

    SF Baykeeper Cautions Against Contact with the Brown Waters



    OAKLAND—Over the past weeks, many residents and visitors to Lake Merritt, the Oakland Estuary, San Leandro Bay, and surrounding areas of San Francisco Bay have been contacting Baykeeper’s pollution hotline to report discolored water.



    Our staff...
    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
  • Crash Course At Cowes
    by Photoboy
    Short, action-packed races on the final day of Cowes Week 2022
    http://www.cowesweek.co.uk




    The last day of Cowes Week featured short, action-packed races in a solid north-westerly gradient wind, culminating in a spectacularly busy finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron. A risk of the wind dying in advance of an afternoon sea breeze prompted a change to the race schedule, with three committee boats used, in addition to the Royal Yacht Squadron line, to compress
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    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
  • Sir Schwenky Dank Rescued In Dramatic Fashion
    by Photoboy
    Pacific Cup Skipper Safely Evacuated on Return Voyage
    August 8, 2022



    Pacific Cup race organizers are happy to report that Andy Schwenk (57, Point Richmond, CA) has been brought safely to land by a combination of Coast Guard, Air Force, commercial shipping, and assistance from a fellow yacht. A rapidly-spreading infection required the action.

    Andy’s Spindrift V, an Express 37, had completed the 2022 Pacific Cup, finishing first in her class on July 18.
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    08-08-2022, 09:08 AM
  • All Wrapped Up At Copa Del Rey Mapfre
    by Photoboy


    Marcus Brennecke’s ClubSwan 50 Hatari clinched the ClubSwan 50 class title on the final race at the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE but the German flagged crew endured some unnecessarily nervous moments after the nearest rivals Stefan Heidenreich’s OneGroup seemingly came back from the dead after being over the start line early.










    From being a long way ahead of OneGroup, Hatari found themselves needing to cover their
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    08-06-2022, 09:43 AM
  • French Sailor Survives Overnight In A Capsized Class 40
    by Photoboy
    Against all odds, a French sailor in his 60s survived inside of a capsized sailing yacht off the coast of Galicia, Spain overnight Monday, breathing from an air pocket until Spanish rescue divers reached him the following afternoon.




    At about 2000 hours on Monday, the Class40 sailing yacht Jeanne Solo Sailor capsized at a position about 14 miles northwest of the Sisargas Islands, west of A Coruna. The sole occupant, 62-year-old French national Laurent Camprubi, told
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    08-04-2022, 10:40 AM
  • A Misty End To July For Bonita Racers!
    by Photoboy
    Rounding out the end of July on the YRA calendar, the Encinal or Bonita race was held over the past weekend.
    a 22 nm jaunt from off of Treasure Island and out the gat to Point Bonita and then back to the Encinal Yacht Club in the Estuary

    A cool misty day with a 2.7 knot flood and varying moments of visibility, sometimes completely occluded in the Golden Gate Strait, and
    moments of 1 mile or so, dashed with drizzle, loud fog horns and large vessels and fishing boats transiting
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    08-03-2022, 03:29 PM
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