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Cruisers should care about performance sailing

7 Sep

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There’s a problem: many cruisers think that sailing performance isn’t important. Hey, cruising is about slowing down, right?! But dismissing performance is poor seamanship. After some years of listening to cruisers disregard performance and gripe about slow passages, it dawned on me that confusion is to blame.

Our good friend William demonstrated this last year during a fun race in Madagascar. William is a good sailor with much blue water cruising experience. He doesn’t race, but his competitive side, or maybe his social side, was piqued by party and prizes to follow the competition. With his racing cap on he ...

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Old Guys and Girls Rule

11 Mar
Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Even people who couldn’t give two hoots about sailboat racing have heard about the brutal beatdown that is the Rolex Sydney Hobart race. Every year, on the day after Christmas, a hundred or so boats thrash their way down the Australian coast and enter the Bass Strait separating Tasmania from the mainland. There, they almost inevitably receive the kind of spanking that breaks boats and spirits and occasionally kills people.

It’s the kind of sailing that landlubbers just cannot get their heads around. Nor can many sailors, come to that. It’s one thing to deal with ...

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A Cup Half Empty

24 Jun
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The 34th America’s Cup went down in history as possibly the most exciting match race series ever at this level; it was the best possible advertisement for multihull sailing, showcasing its speed, grace and technical sophistication as never before.
Perhaps, like me, you thought a whole new chapter of Cup racing would follow on, a reprise of that stirring epic with big foiling cats as the stars and the iconic expanse of San Francisco Bay as the stage upon which another great sailing drama would be played out. But of course, this is the Cup, so nothing plays out according ...

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Scrapping in La Rochelle

19 Oct

By Kimball Livingston Posted October 19, 2014 – Lead photo by Icarus Sailing Media

Halfway through, the 2014 Student Yachting World Cup belongs to England to lose. Accounting for a discard race apiece, Ireland and Italy on Sunday edged the USA into fourth, and that is the group that appears to be headed toward a battle for podium finishes.

Racing continues at La Rochelle, France in a fleet of 12 matched keelboats. The breeze has been light to killing light so far. But that may change.

Representing the USA for the second time is the California Maritime Academy, qualified off ...

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Roepers’ Plenty takes Farr 40 Worlds

18 Oct

Posted October 15, 2014

It was an early-arrival, late-starting and slow final day, but the 17th Farr 40 Worlds made it to seven races, with Alex Roepers’ Plenty slipping in race seven to its only double-digit finish.

With four firsts in seven races, Plenty wrapped with a ten-point lead over Australians Lisa and Martin Hill and Estate Master.

Terry Hutchinson called tactics aboard Plenty, in waters where he has has success before.

Nineteen boats sailed the regatta, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club....

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Bermuda Gets Through Gonzalo

18 Oct

Posted October 15, 2014

The organizers of the Bermuda Gold Cup report of their fleet of IODs—

Hamilton BERMUDA, October 18, 2014 – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has announced that the Argo Group Gold Cup is still set to sail, albeit on a compressed schedule, starting Wednesday, October 22. Using the one-day-delay plan announced last Wednesday, the Argo Group Gold Cup will be compressed to five days of racing and organizers will take advantage of the fine weather expected after Gonzalo. Winds predicted to be in the 20kt range each day will help get the full event completed for ...

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Things Go Bump

18 Oct

Yann Riou/Dongfeng Racing

Posted October 15 by KL

During lunch just yesterday there was talk of collisions at sea between fast boats and the increasing mass of junk floating around in the ocean.

I don’t have numbers on this, but it’s my strong perception that, every transpac, there are more people arriving in the islands talking about hitting things, having to back down to clear debris, etc. This comes up because the Volvo Race story of the day goes —

ALICANTE, Spain, Oct 18 – Dongfeng Race Team lost the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race early on Saturday after the boat hit ...

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So It’s, Like, Mid-October

18 Oct

By Kimball Livingston Posted October 17, 2014

And in case you didn’t know, come mid-October, all bets are off for breeze on San Francisco Bay.

And it’s not only “like.” It really is mid-October.

The seabreeze season has come and gone.

The Farr 40s have come, and they’re not gone yet.

One more day of racing remains for the 17th Farr 40 World Championship title, and Saturday promises to be better than Friday.

Friday was a long un-day of un-racing.

Even the pinnipeds were unimpressed, almost as unimpressed as if they had just heard the news that we’re probably still ...

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Jump Seat for Young Hearts

13 Oct

By Jane Eagleson, Team Alvimedica Photo by Robin Christol

Alicante, Spain, October 13, 2014
When Dr. Cem Bozkurt jumped overboard off the back of Team Alvimedica´s Volvo Ocean 65, it wasn’t just for the thrill of it. It was to jump start a new initiative to raise funds for charities devoted to children’s cardiac health.

An hour after the start of the Volvo Ocean Race last Saturday afternoon, Bozkurt launched from the ‘Jump Seat’ on Team Alvimedica as he waved goodbye to skipper Charlie Enright and his crew on their race to Cape Town.

“It was great fun, a thrill ...

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South America Dominates Sunfish Youths

13 Oct

A report from the Sunfish Class in advance of the open World Championship

ARAPAHOE, NC – Holding a slim two point lead going into the final race of the nine race series, David Gonzalez Arria of Venezuela stayed ahead of his closest competitor and finished third in the race to win the series. Alonso Collantes of Peru was seventh in the final race to finish second overall. Finishing strong in the last two days of racing and rounding out the top three was Daniela Rodriguez of Ecuador. John Birkett also representing Ecuador was fourth and Chase Carraway of the United ...

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