Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta 2015:
Coconut Grove, FL (December 30, 2015) – The 2015 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta was held December 27 – 30, 2015, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club with the Orange Bowl Committee as the Organizing Authority. The regatta was open to all boats of the Club 420, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7 and Optimist classes with a maximum number of boats in each fleet as follows: 100 Club 420s, 175 Lasers (Standard, Radial and 4.7 combined) and 300 Optimists (Red, Blue, White and Green combined).
Prizes award for the Optimist classes were: Optimist White – 1 through 10; Optimist Blue – 1 through 10; Optimist Red – 1 through 10; Optimist Overall – 1 …
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Open Orange Bowl Regatta 2015:
Coconut Grove, Florida (December 30, 2015) – The 53rd annual Open Orange Bowl Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, and co-sponsored by the Orange Bowl Committee, was held December 27 – 30, 2015 in Biscayne Bay, Florida. The regatta was open to the Laser, Laser Masters, and Laser Radials, the International 420’s (who were also racing for their U.S. National Championship), and the 29er class.
In the 29er class, 15 boats competed, completing 12 races. Ryan Ratliffe and Samuel Merson from Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA, dominated the class. Their throw-out race was a third, the boys finished with 15 points, ten points ahead of fellow Mission Bay Yacht …
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IDEC SPORT: Climbing back due north:
(December 30, 2015; Day 39) – As the wind has veered and the trade winds have filled the sails, the IDEC SPORT 31.5m maxi trimaran has been lifted and her speed towards the Equator has increased. Joyon and his troops are making the most of what the wind is throwing at them in their quest for the Jules Verne Trophy.
The situation has clearly improved on IDEC SPORT on this 39th day of sailing after three horrendous days of tacking upwind in light airs. While the trajectory taken by the multihull still is not as straight as in the Indian Ocean for example, it is becoming more so with each passing hour, as the trade wind shifts further and further to the east. They can now head d…
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Spindrift: New Year’s Eve on the Equator:
(December 30, 2015; Day 39) – We know what to wish the 40m maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 for the start of 2016: good weather in the North Atlantic for a faster, more direct route than the large detour west that the current Jules Verne Trophy record holder had to take. A day before crossing the equator for the second time as she sails back up the Atlantic Ocean, Spindrift 2 has enjoyed stronger south-east trade winds than expected and has just entered the doldrums, which are being rather kind.
The crew will enter the northern hemisphere during New Year’s Eve, before enjoying strong, sustained, north-easterly trade winds, a more benign Azores High than four years ago, and a succ…
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