Riding the wave of shorthanded sailing:
Perhaps it is because people are becoming increasingly time poor, or because it neatly side-steps the problem of keeping a large crew together, but one area of offshore racing undeniably gaining popularity is doublehanding.
This unique discipline of the sport has been recognized by World Sailing with the announcement that a ‘Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore’ event will be introduced to the Olympics for Paris 2024.
The biennial 605 nm Rolex Fastnet Race, among the elite and storied offshore tests in the sport, is witnessing the growth too. There were 45 entries in 2013, 53 in 2015, and 57 in in the last race. Currently, 63 doublehanded competitors are entered for the start …
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Transpac Race: Abandonment of OEX:
(July 15, 2019) – The attrition count for the 50th Transpac Race increased today as two of the prominent teams in Division 2, which started on July 13, are now returning to the mainland.
At 0200 PDT this morning, the YB race tracking system activated an emergency signal from John Sangmeister’s Santa Cruz 70 OEX, and one hour later, Roy Disney’s Andrews 70 Pyewacket reported that they had picked up the crew of OEX and all were safe.
The trouble experienced by OEX, and cause to abandon ship, was a result of water ingress due to damage to their rudder post. At this stage the the cause of that damage is not known, and currently OEX is still afloat as their tracker is s…
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