Doublehanded Divisions Prove Popular for Pacific Cup:
Pt. Richmond, CA (June 23, 2016) – Fathers, sons, brothers. Husbands and wives. Old friends and new crew. The two doublehanded divisions in the Pacific Cup always contain some of the most interesting human dynamics – and some of the most varied vessels. In the 2016 race from San Francisco to Hawaii, 15 of the 67 entries will be racing doublehanded, the most of any Hawaii race.
The Kolea Division is named for the Pacific Golden Plover, a small but mighty bird that migrates over 3,000 miles between Hawaii and Alaska without stopping to rest or feed. Like the Kolea, the well-sailed boats in this division are tenacious and are likely be serious contenders for the Pacific Cup.
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PHOTOS: Floating Gallery on Lake Champlain:
The Community Sailing Center in Burlington, VT unveiled six new sails that are part of the SailArt Floating Gallery. Now in its second year, the SailArt Floating Gallery was designed as a way to give back to the waterfront community, with the work of six local artists on display all summer long in the center’s sailing programs. Full report. Photos courtesy of Community Sailing Center.
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New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins: The Yankees might be the Wild Card team in the American League this postseason, but I think there’s most definitely a case for them being the favorite to represent the A.L. in the World Series. The Yanks are an experienced club that is fresh off winning it all last season, which certainly goes a long way. New York has the best lineup in the major leagues, anchored by sluggers such as Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira. The Yankees also have the best pitcher in the series in C.C. Sabathia, a playoff-tested veteran capable of dominating opposing hitters. However, after Sabathia the Yankee rotation is a bit unreliable. A.J. Burnett has struggled this season, youngster Phil Hughes is untested and savvy vet Andy Pettitte is coming off an injury.
As for the Minnesota rotation, one headed up by Francisco Liriano, depth is not much of an issue. Both Liriano and (cover your eyes Yankee fans!) Carl Pavano have had resurgent campaigns in 2010, and lesser-known guys like Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey are better than most people are aware of. The Twins might not get as many people excited about MLB playoff tickets as the Yankees do, but they’ve got the deeper rotation in my opinion. This is what gives the Twins a chance in my mind, as they’re not going to outscore the Yankees in an offensive showdown. Justin Morneau’s absence will really hurt Minnesota, but I think they’ve got a shot. Having said that, I don’t think they’ve quite got the talent to advance past the Bombers.
Prediction: New York in Five
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers: The Rays were the best team in the American League this season following a bit of a letdown campaign in 2009. This team actually looks better than the group that went to the World Series in ’08 and could be able to get the job done this season if they reach it again. But first they’ll have to deal with the Texas Rangers, a surprising team that not many people saw coming this season.
Nolan Ryan predicted they would win the division heading into the season, but not many other people saw it his way. Well, it turned out Ryan knew what he was talking about. The Rangers boast a powerful offense anchored by MVP-candidate Josh Hamilton, who has had a phenomenal season. Hamilton recently returned from a rib injury that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of weeks, so his status is one to monitor throughout this series. Cliff Lee heads up an otherwise pedestrian rotation, however, which could be their downfall.
The Rays are probably the most well-rounded club in the A.L. David Price and Matt Garza head up a solid pitching staff that is strong all the way through. Equipped with one of the most potent offensive attacks in the league, the Rays can hurt opponents in a lot of ways. They’ve also got one of the best managers in the game in Joe Madden. I don’t think the Rangers can handle the Rays at this point.
Prediction: Tampa Bay in Three
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