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  • The Open Closes In Frisco

    The Open Closes In Frisco



    SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 15, 2022) – After three days of spectacular heavy-air racing, the last stop on the West Marine US Open Sailing Series concluded in San Francisco.

    The regatta included two race circles featuring the iQFoil and Formula Kite fleets organized by the St. Francis Yacht Club and the ILCA and 470 events run by the San Francisco Yacht Club. Formula Kites and iQFOiL sailed Friday through Sunday, while the San Francisco Yacht Club course raced Saturday
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  • Up In Smoke

    Up In Smoke



    https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/...-season-video/


    It’s amazing how $24 million (around R390 million) can be blown out of the water.

    Italian car industry boss Paolo Scudieri had just received his brand new 43,7-metre Aria SF superyacht from the shipyard when things took a turn south.

    The yacht was about to enjoy her maiden season in the Mediterranean when she went up in flames off the coast of Formentera, Spain, in the Balearic
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  • Putting A Cork In The 2022 5o5 Worlds

    Putting A Cork In The 2022 5o5 Worlds

    The struggle of the 505 Worlds is over, we had wind….

    Yesterday was a lay day and the plan was to catch up some races, but again there was no wind so the locals pulled out their boats and we cruised the harbour to Cobh and Cork.





    Today, inshore, there was no wind but once we got outside the harbour, the fleet was greeted with a 12-14kn from the N/E. We had wind and we were going sailing. It was a gradient breeze and expected to wane a little as
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  • Algae Bloom In Estuary Raises Concerns

    Algae Bloom In Estuary Raises Concerns




    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.



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  • Crash Course At Cowes

    Crash Course At Cowes

    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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  • Sir Schwenky Dank Rescued In Dramatic Fashion

    Sir Schwenky Dank Rescued In Dramatic Fashion

    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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  • All Wrapped Up At Copa Del Rey Mapfre

    All Wrapped Up At Copa Del Rey Mapfre



    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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  • French Sailor Survives Overnight In A Capsized Class 40

    French Sailor Survives Overnight In A Capsized Class 40

    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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  • A Misty End To July For Bonita Racers!

    A Misty End To July For Bonita Racers!

    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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  • Pinned In Queens

    Pinned In Queens




    The FDNY freed a sailboat that had gotten stuck under the Roosevelt Island bridge on Saturday morning, officials said.

    A man was rescued by FDNY Marine units after the vessel’s mast got wedged in the steel work on the bridge at about 7:15 a.m., a spokesperson told The Post.

    In coordination with Department of Transportation bridge operators the boat was freed “with minimal damage,” according to FDNY.







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  • Getting Inside Fiona
    by Photoboy
    A highlight reel of footage captured by SD 1078 in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Fiona Sept. 22, 2022.



    Hurricane Fiona is the first Category 4 storm of the 2022 season. SD 1078 is battling 50-foot waves and winds measured over 100 mph to collect critical scientific data and, in the process, is providing a completely new view of one of Earth’s most destructive forces.




    Inside the storm, SD 1078 is sailing at sustained...
    09-23-2022, 01:59 PM
  • Calamity Averted Aboard The Wizard
    by Photoboy
    A disaster narrowly averted:
    Merlin was sailing well on the 1st day of the Rolex Big Boat Series last Thursday when a nasty halyard wrap forced them to retire towards the end of the 1st race. The crew assessed the problem and the boat made arrangements with KKMI in Richmond to get the carbon headstay replaced in short order. While she missed the 1st start on Friday, the boat and crew were back out and racing for race 4.
    Had the team not been tuned into the rig's nuances, a much more
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    09-22-2022, 08:13 AM
  • Pacific Paddle Completed!
    by Photoboy
    After 92 days at sea, Marin kayaker reaches Hawaii, becomes second person ever to do so
    By Gregory Thomas : https://www.sfchronicle.com/travel/a...x-17456038.php


    On Tuesday afternoon, Marin kayaker Cyril Derreumaux paddled to shore on Hawaii's big island, capping a 92-day voyage and establishing him as the first kayaker ever to travel alone from California to the islands under his own power.

    The 46-year-old Frenchman, who lives in Larkspur, had attempted the
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    09-21-2022, 10:15 AM
  • First Flight For AC 40'
    by Photoboy
    AC40 UP UP AND AWAY
    Auckland - 21st September 2022

    It was up up and away on a very successful maiden sail for Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC40 on the familiar waters of the ‘back paddock’ between Auckland’s Waiheke Island and Howick Beachlands.








    After a long tow out behind the team’s hydrogen powered chase boat ‘Chase Zero’, the sails hoisted and sheeted on, it took just a handful of minutes for helmsman Nathan...
    09-21-2022, 08:47 AM
  • The Swans Grace Porto
    by Photoboy


    The 2022 Rolex Swan Cup signed-off in style on Sunday with deciding races across all the classes settling the final positions after a week of intense but friendly racing.

    Teams competing in the four ClubSwan One-Design classes settled matters with two closely fought windward-leeward races, while the varied and diverse 56-strong fleet of Swans taking part in the Rating classes took on a long coastal race around the La Maddalena archipelago, taking in the islands of Santo
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    09-19-2022, 10:23 AM
  • A Rocky Exit For deBoer
    by Photoboy
    GGR entrant Guy deBoer runs onto rocks at night in Canaries while the fleet moves through the first ‘film gate’


    It was South African GGR entrant Kirsten Neusch?fer (SA) who relayed Guy deBoer’s VHF radio Mayday call to GGR Race Control on Friday morning at 03:10 am UTC.

    Guy’s Tashiba 36 had run aground on the North coast of Fuerteventura, just 10 miles from the Lanzarote Marina Rubicon film drop gate he had passed a few hours before. He had activated
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    09-19-2022, 07:59 AM
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