Clipper Race: Shifty, light winds hinder progress:
(March 26, 2016; Day 6) – The wind has been inconsistent and shifty, with a lot of trimming and sail changes taking place on day 6 of the Seattle Pacific Challenge, Race 9 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
With the speed varying between 6 and 15 knots and shifting 40 degrees, many teams have also found themselves stuck in wind holes thanks to the new high pressure system, and unable to get any further north on the Great Circle route of the North Pacific due to the unfavourable winds.
Since this morning local time, the wind has become steadier and slightly stronger at around 12 knots.
Garmin continues to lead the fleet, some 15 nautical miles ahead of LMAX E…
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Thrills and Spills in St. Thomas:
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (March 25, 2016) – The signature race to Charlotte Amalie harbor on today’s first day of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) turned into a sprint for some and a splash for others with winds gusting to nearly 30 knots. Most of the 67 boat fleet, divided into eight classes ranging from 16-foot beach cats to 60-foot Gunboats, braved the conditions that saw sailors race 16 nautical miles to the historic harbor and back again to the host St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC).
“It was pretty windy and we had some big puffs,” says St. Thomas’ Chris Curreri, who helmed the IC24, Bill T, which is leading the 13-boat one-design IC24 Class according …
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