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May 22nd

Leopard-Catamarans

Dealer open houses are a great way to take a closer look at a boat without fighting boat show crowds. Leopard Catamarans is hosting a demo day (June 26th) and open house (June 27th) at the South Florida Regional Sales/Service Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Leopard 44, Leopard 48, Leopard 58 and Leopard 51 Powercat will be on display. Learn more.

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May 22nd

J/42 VELOCITY sailing Oregon Offshore(Victoria, BC, Canada)- Light winds on the Washington coast for the extent of the race became an exercise in patience, then ultimately disappointment for many racers, as the time limit made the finish line out of reach.  One boat managed to finish the course in the allotted time.  As a result, the RC notified the racers they could complete a “shortened course” to Duntze Rock.  Imagine what the RC at CYC Portland was thinking, gotta give out all those trophies somehow!

In PHRF A, the J/42 VELOCITY sailed by Tom Keffe from Hood River, Oregon showed extreme tenacity, gutting it out to complete the shortened course before the time limit and securing 2nd place in her class and 2nd Overall.  Only one other boat completed the course and all others dropped out and motor-sailed to Victoria, British Columbia.…

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May 21st

AYC Junior Offshore sailing teamJ/Teams Predominate In Class/ Overall
(Larchmont, New York)- They have done it again facing the most extraordinary odds; and they overcame all manner of challenges to pull off yet another stunning victory in their class and overall.  If you may recall, the American Yacht Club Junior Offshore Team have seemingly made the extraordinary seem ordinary.  After winning the Stamford Vineyard Race on a club member’s J/122 PATRIOT last year (seen here), they can now add 1st in PHRF 2 Class and 1st PHRF Overall sailing their J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN in the Edlu Distance Race.  As a result, they also picked up the Commodore Wilfred Kluss Trophy for the PHRF yacht with the best-corrected time.…

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May 20th

Stepanie Roble- J/70 sailing(Annapolis, MD)- Stephanie Roble, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and USA Women’s #1 Match Racer, has been sailing for the past two years with John Brim on his J/70 RIMETTE.  John loves sailing his boat and he has assembled a fun, easy-going, and extremely talented crew.  Steph has been helping John and the crew sail faster, get better organized, and focus on teamwork.  Here are some of Steph’s pearls of wisdom after sailing in the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta:

“I had a great time with Team Rimette (John Brim (driver), Collin Leon (trim) & Dave Wright (tactics/bow)) at the Annapolis NOOD present by Helly Hansen.…

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May 20th

Tour de Belle Ile
(La Trinite sur Mer, France)- What is the essence of the “grand tour” of Belle Ile?  Perhaps the panorama above gives you that feeling of majestic beauty and romance of sailing that captures us all.

Created in 2008, the Tour de Belle Ile was meant to be just that— a tour that started from the heart of the Bay of Quiberon, just off La Trinite sur Mer, and sail on a beautiful circumnavigation around Belle-Ile-en-Mer. The fascinating contrasts and variety of stunning landscapes enrich this exceptional course.

The idea for participating was also simple.  So long as you had a boat over 6 meters, you could sail.…

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May 19th

TAG Heuer J/80 VelaFestival awards(Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy)- The Blue Project, an Italian J/80 sailing club with a fleet of nine J/80s, recently attended the TAG HEUER VelaFestival in Santa Margherita/ Portofino from the 7th to 10th of May.

The VELAFestival is an event sponsored by TAG HEUER for sailing lovers, amateurs and professionals to showcase the sport and also introduce people to sailing not only with a harbor “boat show”, but also a series of regattas taking place just offshore in view of everyone at the festival.

J/80 Blue Project fleet at TAG Heuer VelaFestivalBlue Project not only exhibited at the VelaFestival but also contributed its fleet of nine J80s at the main pier, promoting the class and sailing activities.…

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May 19th

J/70 Alcatel OneTouch World Championship- Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy(Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- As the J/70 continues to gain momentum worldwide, it’s clear that Europe continues to grow at an accelerating pace due in large part to a combination of one-design class circuits (like the Monaco Winter Series and the Italian Alcatel OneTouch Series) and the increasingly popular “sailing leagues” first manifest in Germany’s Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga and spreading like wildfire to other countries such as Russia, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Italy.

As a result, the IJCA just announced that J/70 World Championship IV will be sailed from September 12-16, 2017, in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy and hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda!…

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May 18th

(Newport, RI)- Both Sally Barkow and Charlie Enright were happy to arrive in Newport after completing their long leg in the Volvo Ocean Race from Itajai, Brazil to Newport.  Sally (a J/22 and J/24 sailor and top woman Match Racer from Neenah, Wisconsin) is sailing as one of the skippers on Team SCA and Charlie (J/24 champion and Fleet #50 champion) is sailing as skipper of Team ALVIMEDICA.  We had a chance to chat with them at the New York YC Harbour Court Commissioning Ceremony, presided over by Reverend Mary Johnstone.

Sally Barkow- SCA SailingBoth sailors are completing a weeks worth of festivities in Newport, RI and are preparing for their assault on the last long distance leg of the 2014/ 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.  Both have credited the discipline and focus they learned as one-design sailors against the world’s best competition as a solid base on which to build their offshore capabilities.  Both are sailing on teams that are relative novices at the offshore racing game, at least compared to the considerable talent arrayed against them on boats such as Abu Dhabi Racing and Dong Feng Racing teams.…

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May 18th

Sailboats in Delta Lloyd North Sea Week sailing past The Hague, The Netherlands(Scheveningen, The Netherlands)- This next week is going to be a hot-bed of sailing activity across the North Sea and off the seacoast of Scheveningen, The Netherlands.  Hosted by Jachtclub Scheveningen, the 110-mile Vuurschepenrace from Scheveningen to Harwich, England is the opening of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta. After a rest day in Harwich, the IRC and ORC classes sail the RORC North Sea Race back to the Netherlands.

Thereafter, those offshore yachts join thousands of other sailors sailing dozens of one-design classes in one of the largest regattas in Europe. It is truly a sailing festival as the entire town is taken over by sailors.…

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May 18th

Rolex promo with J/88 sailing in Seattle
(Seattle, Washington)- Recently, a J/88 sailing on Seattle’s Puget Sound became a “star” in a Rolex promotional video.  Cleverly emphasizing the Rolex Submariner, the promo explores why “time” is an important element of a shared “experience” with family and friends.  More importantly, the clip captures the essence of “why we love sailing” and sharing it with others!  Enjoy.  Watch & Share it with friends!   For more J/88 sailboat information

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