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Roble Leads Women’s Match Racing

11 Jul

July 11, 2014

Defending champion Stephanie Roble of Wisconsin won five races straight in a brilliant opening day contesting the Women’s Match Race Championship at Oakcliff Sailing on Long Island Sound. Winds were light, and further racing was packed in as the air went calm.

Racing continues through Sunday. The prize is the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy plus an invitation to the open US Match Racing Championship on San Francisco Bay in October.

In second is SF Bay sailor Nicole Breault, who has past women’s world champion riding shotguh. Breault finished the day with a strong count of four wins ...

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Four Races and a Crowded Pacific

10 Jul

July 10, 2014
With three sailing races and a rowing race under way to Hawaii, the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay is serving up this snapshot of how the positions looked at one recent moment. Entries in the Singlehanded Transpac started June 28 and are farthest down the track. Pacific Cup racers have been going off in stages, with a final start on Friday for the big guys. The Vic-Maui fleet working down from the north is pretty obvious, and to the south we have the rowers of the
Great Pacific Race.

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Yes, there is a Vic-Maui ...

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PacCup Racing – A Little Slow

10 Jul

Prior to the first send-off, based upon a weather briefing, we provided an upbeat, optimistic outlook for the San Francisco Bay-Kaneohe Bay crossing known as the Pacific Cup. Sure, there were predictions for so-so winds halfway down the course, 15 knots perhaps, but none of the slow-and-go that we’ve seen in the real deal. Now there is this:

For Immediate Release

Day Four of the Pacific Cup – Off to a Slow Start

Point Richmond, CA, Thursday, July 10, 2014 — As the fourth start day of the Pacific Cup race dawned, California coastal conditions remained a low wind challenge, ...

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Women’s Match Racing at a Boiling Point?

10 Jul

By Kimball Livingston

“The first boat I can remember was a Vanguard 15 . . .

“When my dad bought it, he threw me right in there because he’s a big guy . . .

“Six feet, seven inches . . .

“And with his six-year-old daughter crewing, the mix was just about right.”

Meet Madeline Gill.

And I reckon her old man did OK. Madeline Gill is one of eight skippers racing this week in the US Women’s Match Race Championship, opening Friday at her second home, Oakcliff Sailing. Which is a story in itself. Which is part of ...

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The Next Big Thing

9 Jul

What is it about a full decade of striving?

It took Richard Jenkins a full decade of building and redesigning and rebuilding and rolling the dice to set his landsailing speed record of 126.2 knots.

VSR2It took Paul Larsen a decade and change to set his 500-meter water record at 65.45 knots with Sailrocket 2, a name that does not reflect the umpteen iterations, crashes, pratfalls and redesigns to both of the Sailrocket platforms over the years. Larsen learned very well what it means to go airborne in a machine that does not fly, and does not have a ...

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Chicago Dropped from AC Venue List

8 Jul

By Kimball Livingston Posted July 8, 2014

If you’re shocked, you’re probably from Chicago.

The America’s Cup Event Authority today announced that it has winnowed its AC35 venue candidates from three to two, with Chicago out, Bermuda and San Diego still in the running.

That’s Bermuda in the pic above. San Diego below . . .

Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA

The release did not include a pic of Chicago.

San Francisco partisans who wonder if this might be, perhaps, strong-arm negotiating toward an eventual deal with the 2013 host city will no doubt continue to wonder.

Please do not call.

I’ll let the official ...

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2nd-Generation Battles

7 Jul

USA & GBR take Gold at 7th World University Match Racing Championship

Posted July 7, 2014 via the International University Sports Federation

The U.S. crew skippered by Nevin Snow is the winner in the Open Category of the 7th edition of the World University Match Racing Championship competed on Lago di Ledro, the Alpine lake in Trentino, Italy. Despite the opposing team – led by the Australian Samuel Gilmour – who was the favourite of this WUC as well as title holder from the last edition in Nice in 2012, the Americans competed in a magnificent race winning the final....

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Good News, Bad News

7 Jul

By Kimball Livingston Posted July 7, 2014

For decades, sailors crossing between the West Coast and Hawaii have observed a steady increase in “stuff” that doesn’t belong in the ocean. Of the three east-west races currently under way, the fleet farthest along is the Singlehanded Transpac that left San Francisco Bay on June 28. Those 20 boats are now grouped around the halfway mark, en route to Hanalei Bay. They got pounded for a bit, and becalmed for a bit, and now we have Brian Cline reporting from his Dana 24, Maris, “And just like that, the spinnaker goes ...

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Stanjek and Kleen Clean Up the Star Worlds

6 Jul

Malcesine, Italia – July 5th 2014

2014 Star World Championship - Day 1On Saturday, July 5th, the International Star Class World Championship was decided in dramatic style on the last leg of the last race. GER 8340 Robert Stanjek with crew Frithjof Kleen led by ten points going into the last race and held on in a nervy final race to become the new world champions and the first German world champion for seventeen years.

Clouds above The Dolomite Mountains and clear blues skies above Lake Garda provided classic Ora conditions, with 12 knots of warm breeze pumping from the south. The first Saturday in July ...

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Star Worlds: Pressure at the Top

4 Jul


Malcesine, Italia. July 4th 2014. Via StarWorld2014.com

Today, July 4th, American team Augie Diaz with crew Arnis Baltins in USA 8465 have more to celebrate than their American holiday: Independence Day. In the pivotal, and ultimately dramatic Race 5, USA 8465 Diaz/Baltins won their first race of the 2014 International Star Class World Championship and after the calculation of a drop race, maintain a position in the top five of the overall standings.

As the 12:30 pm scheduled first warning time for Race 5 neared, the Northerly Peler wind began to die and the Race Committee was once again forced ...

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