Youth Sailing Worlds: Perfect day for select few:
Langkawi, Malaysia (December 30, 2015) – Day two of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships saw some perfect sailing for a chosen few as the big breeze was back in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The record numbers of 425 sailors from 76 nations had winds to mimic day one with 20 knots blowing which eased off later in the day which again tested the young sailors with tricky shifts. With the discard now coming in to play, there were changes in the rankings and those that put the hammer down to move up in the overalls.
There were some that handled it perfectly and just couldn’t lose on day two.
The girl’s 420 was the first of the perfect …
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Ocean Race North returns in 2016:
Newport, RI (December 30, 2015) – Manuka Sports Event Management confirmed their plans for the second edition of Ocean Race North, an offshore race running north from Charleston to Newport to start May 6. In addition, Fort Lauderdale to Charleston will run on April 8, 2016.
Ocean Race North was created to bring boats north after the winter sailing season. The first edition of the race in 2015 went from Charleston to Annapolis to allow teams to compete in the Annapolis-Newport race. In 2016, Ocean Race North will bring competitors to Newport in time to compete in the biennial Newport-Bermuda race.
The 700 nautical mile course will be one of the most challenging offshor…
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Joe Harris: Cape Town Repairs:
Aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2, American Joe Harris departed Newport (RI) on November 15 in a bid to break the 40 Foot Monohull Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record. Although Joe diverted to Cape Town, South Africa, in order to replace the burned regulator box for the hydro-gen system on board, he is determined to press on. Here’s an update from Joe on December 30…
Sorry for being quiet for a bit but it’s been very busy! Where do I begin?
Came into Cape Town on Monday night- after a wild sail up the coast from the Cape of Good Hope. The coastline is spectacular and a strong wind from the Southeast took me up the shore in no time- arrived in Table Bay ab…
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Clipper Race: Australian female skipper wins Sydney Hobart Clipper Class:
(December 30, 2015) – Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, the first female Australian Skipper in the history of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, has clinched first place in the Clipper 70 class of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Wendy, the Sydney Skipper of Da Nang – Viet Nam, managed to hold off GREAT Britain and LMAX Exchange in a tight, tactical battle up the Derwent River. The team crossed the line at 1601 AEDT (0501 UTC) and finished in 22nd place in overall line honours.
At one point over the last 24 hours, the gap had narrowed to less than 3 nautical miles before Wendo opened up her lead to 10 nautical miles in the final few hours.
Da Nang – V…
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Sydney Hobart: Fleet Closing in on Hobart:
Sydney, Australia (December 30, 2015) – On the fifth day of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the lion’s share of the fleet has rounded Tasman Island, passing the spectacular Organ Pipes rock formation and approaching the mouth of the Derwent River. The finish line, just off Constitution Dock in Hobart, is abuzz with activity and the anticipation continues to build as the marina fills with race yachts.
The 2015 edition has been the most challenging of this historic race in the last decade, with conditions that ranged from flat calm to gale force winds, the latter helping bring the frontrunners into Hobart in just over two days. However, more than 50 yachts have yet to f…
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