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September 30th

Direct from Cape Town

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Leopard South Africa’s Daniel Snyman takes us through a guided tour of the Leopard 48 in this video. There’s no better place to discuss the features of the Leopard 48 than steps from the Robertson & Caine factory where the model is built. If you can set aside 10 minutes, take a tour of this award-winning catamaran with Daniel. View the video.

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September 30th

The Modern Bronze Age

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By Kirk Williams

In 2010, I was given a commission to do a base relief sculpture for the Pioneer Care Center, a new retirement home in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The sculpture, called “Creation of Life” was to be mounted on a wall about14′ off the floor. I knew I had to make it strong and lightweight. The method I used was to sculpt the design in oil based-clay on a large wooden easel. Then I covered the finished clay sculpture with several layers of clear silicone, occasionally adding cheesecloth for build up and strength. When the silicone was thick enough, I built a mold cradle, made of plaster and gauze reinforced with heavy metal wire over the silicone.

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September 30th

J/70 Sailing league(Copenhagen, Denmark)- For the premiere of the SAILING Champions League (SCL) from 17th to 19th October 2014 in Copenhagen, the number of entries is growing. 23 clubs have already registered. They will be sailing at this international event to gain the title of the best sailing club on the pan-European continent.

When the new SAILING Champions League was announced six weeks ago, the news was quickly spread among sailors across Europe and the rest of the world.  As of this week, Konzeptwerft in Hamburg has received registrations from 23 sailing clubs from 16 nations in total. “We are expecting 25 clubs from at least 17 nations”, said Oliver Schwall, Managing Director of the SAILING Champions League.…

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September 29th

J/111 Blur.se skipper- Peter Gustafsson(Copenhagen, Denmark)- The Silver Rudder Challenge of the Sea- is an annual single-handed regatta, that took place on the 19th of September in Svendborg on the island of Funen (Fyn), Denmark.  It has become the world’s biggest single-handed offshore race, with almost 200 boats participating in the 134nm race around Funen Island.  Like similar races in America (e.g. think Three Bridge Fiasco in San Francisco Bay), you get to choose which way you get around the island, its rocks, its islets and channels!  A challenge for even the best navigators, much less trying to do it all by yourself!

J/111 blur silver rudder challenge courseIn 2012, the race was launched and attracted 15 tough contestants.…

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September 29th

J/80 World Championship Preview

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J/80s sailing World championship(Annapolis, MD)- The upcoming J/80 World Championship, to be sailed from September 28th to October 5th, will be hosted by Eastport YC on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.  The 33 boats will be treated to a top notch Race Committee led by Principal Race Officer Sharon Hadsell, an International Jury with Charlotte Greppe (Sweden) as Chief Judge, and a professional staff and volunteers experienced with running large scale world-class events.

The principal foreign team is Sophie Faguet’s French team (Benoit Charon, Maxime Mesnil, Noemie Bessec) sailing WHITE LIGHTNING from YC de Cherbourg.  They will be challenged by many of America’s top J/80 teams, including past champions like Terry Flynn’s QUANTUM RACING (current 2014 NA Champion) from Houston, Texas; Glenn Darden’s LE TIGRE crew from Fort Worth Boat Club in Forth Worth, Texas; Kerry Klingler’s LIFTED crew from Norwalk, CT; Les Beckwith’s FKA from Lake Winnipesaukee, NH; Mike Hobson’s MELTEMI from Annapolis, MD; Paul Parsons PARSONS PROJECT from Houston, TX; Will & Marie Crump & Tom Klok’s R80 from Annapolis (2013 J/80 NA Champion); John Storck Jr and John Storck III from Huntington, NY (2010 J/80 NA Champion), Brian Keane’s SAVASANA (J/80 Key West Midwinter Champion); and Curt Johnson sailing AVET from Los Angeles, California (West Coast Champion).   For more J/80 Worlds sailing information

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September 28th

J/36 JAZZ- sailed by Norm Curnow(Corfu, Greece)- The J/36 JAZZ has been sailing thousands of miles between the UK and the Mediterranean over the past decade by a  salty dog named Norman Curnow.  He loves his boat, originally owned by designer Rod Johnstone in Stonington, CT.  Here’s Norm’s latest update:

“Hi JAZZ here!  After Corfu we went on to Preveza.  There is a large lake there, where Linda and I used the car to go to Koransia- a narrow peninsula of land about 2 miles long just about a road width wide! On the end, there is a marina and few cafes & bars.  We stopped for a meal and had a great day!…

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September 28th

J/80 sailboat rounding mark(Loano, Italy)- Big names in international sailing are going to take part in the J/80 Italian National Championship, being held in Loano from 25th to 28th September.  The regatta is organized by YC Marina di Loano in collaboration with Blueproject, the J/80 Italian Class, and Marina di Loano.  The program includes three days of racing for a total of eight races.

Fifteen teams are already registered; most of them are Italian boats and some foreign crews.  Among the Italian crews there will be some famous sailors such as Tommaso Chieffi (offshore & one-design champion), Francesco de Angelis (past J/24 World Champion and America’s Cup champion), Simone Ferrarese, Lorenzo Bressani, Francesco Ivaldi, Fabio Ascoli, Giorgio Benussi, Anne-Soiciz Bertin, Massimo Rama (past J/80 National Champion), Paul Montedonico, Stefano Ferraro and Taito Sanchez.…

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September 27th

J/70 sailboats- sailing off startAnnouncing J/70 Winter Series
(San Diego, CA)- Join the fun as the J/70’s hit the water in full force over the next six months, starting with J/Fest and sailing through Yachting Cup, incorporating the popular One Design Weekends, and the even more wildly popular Hot Rum Series!  Sponsored by JK3 Nautical Enterprises and sailed out of San Diego YC, the J/70 sailors will be assured of excellent racing, great social entertainment on the lawns of the club, and obtaining early “insider info” on the location for the 2015 J/70 North Americans to be hosted by San Diego YC!

As the first regatta, J/Fest promises a nice turnout of J/Teams for SoCal.  The fleets include J/70s, J/105s and J/120s in addition to PHRF Classes.  The J/105s and J/120s are turning out in strength with many of their SoCal fleet leaders partaking.  Familiar faces like Dennis & Sharon Case’s WINGS, Sean O’Keefe’s DECOLORES 2, Jon Dekker’s AIRBOSS and Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK!…

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September 27th

J/105 sailing double-handed- North Sea(The Hague, The Netherlands)- The Noordzeeclub and Shorthanded.nl organize and host a summer series for short-handed racing on the North Sea. Sailing teams and enthusiasts of this type of sailing come from all over Europe, including The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.  During the year there are 10 events were you can score points. At the end of the season, the best score of 4 events will decide who is the winner.

The J/122 JUNIQUE and the J/133 BATFISH were already in a battle for several events, with JUNIQUE coming out on top. The J/105 JAM SESSION, skippered by Dennis Zuidam, had only done 3 events, so for their last event they needed to score high points to factor into the overall standings.…

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September 27th

J/70 Europeans Preview

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J/70s sailing Lago di Garda(Riva del Garda, Italy)- The first J/70 Europeans is being hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva from September 24th to 27th on the fabulous waters of Riva del Garda.  Famous for their impeccable regatta management, the FVR RC are promising some new and fun innovations for the J/70 class.  If last year’s J/70 EuroCup experience was any indication, the record turnout of 37 J/70s from 10 nations will have the fantastic experience of the early morning northerly mountain winds that are shifty and streaky for at least one race, then break for lunch and wait for the afternoon southerly seabreeze to fill at 15-20 kts for 2 or more afternoon races!…

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