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North Sails - Event Weather

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Sign Up!Welcome to the North Sails Event Weather Center!
To help our clients sail smoother and faster, we're now offering detailed weather reports for various regattas around the world. These sailing-specific reports include a brief synopsis, temperatures, current conditions, wind forecasts and much more. (
Click here to view a sample report )

If this is your first time signing up for North's weather program, simply click here to fill out the registration form. Establish a username and password for yourself and you can return to this page daily to view weather forecasts, or you can choose to have them emailed to you each morning.

Reports will be made available each day by 0730 local time.   more...

 



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A LAYMAN'S GUIDE TO MATCH RACING

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Match race sailing is easy to follow. A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. With effective boat handling and prudent use of wind and currents, a trailing boat can escape the grasp of the leader and pass. The leader uses blocking techniques to hold the other boat back. This one-on-one duel is a game of strategy and tactics. There is only one winner.    more...

 



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A HISTORY OF...MODEL YACHT RACING

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The history of international model yacht racing is a long one, dating back as it does for nearly a century but, although most model yachtsmen of today know something about developments in the sport since the early seventies, when R/C racing created widespread interest, few have any knowledge of what happened in the days of Braine and Vane steering. When explored in detail this makes fascinating reading for the student of yacht design but it is not the intention here to give more than a brief outline of what our predecessors accomplished in their quest for faster yachts and national prestige and, in this highly competitive struggle, America, England, Norway and Denmark were the leading contenders.   more...

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Senior Sailors Ready Crew For Transpac

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Lloyd Sellinger is getting a crew together for the 2005 Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii, but the likes of Brad Van Liew, Paul Cayard, Mark Rudiger, or Peter Isler need not apply.

Maybe they’ve raced around the world but, sorry, they don’t qualify.

The primary requirement is firm. Only those born before July of 1940 can cut it. Age 65 and over is it.

Sellinger, a Newport Beach resident and member of the Little Ships Fleet of Long Beach, has owned a Cal 40 named Bubala since 1983. He never thought about racing it to Hawaii until the last couple of years when two things happened.    more...

 



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Spring Hull Cleaning

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The stages of hull deterioration are predictable. Mishaps and other docking accidents, scratches from dirt or salt, oxidation from UV rays, stains from mold and mildew, these all take their toll on the hull's luster. But with a little seasonal attention, the hull of your boat won't show its age, and that highly polished gelcoat finish can be sustained for years. Here are some tips on hull cleaning and maintenance that can be utilized within the context of your spring recommissioning:  more...

 

 

 

 



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Getting a Grip

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Imagine an erratic chop, a tight grip, a sudden lurch, a startling crack, a sickening release. It can happen. The original handrails on an older boat are almost certain to be mahogany or teak. If they are mahogany and they have been neglected for a long time, they are likely to be split, checked, and even rotten—a very dangerous situation given that you may depend on such a handrail to keep you aboard.   more...

 

 

 

 



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Geronimo - Wear And Tear

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Now off Uruguay, Geronimo is battling upwind towards Brazil, through squalls, weak northerlies and, occasionally, north-easterlies. Short periods of acceleration and changes in wind direction are inevitably followed by a return to the never-ending headwind. The crew has been tacking two or three times an hour since yesterday evening, with every drop in the wind accompanied by a change of course, as if they were sailing a weekend regatta. "Given the winds we have, we're going quickly! It's okay, but it's not great. On the other hand, I keep telling myself that statistically at least, we can't have a worse time in the Atlantic than we had last year. Which is kind of reassuring...".   more...   http://www.trimaran-geronimo.com/index.php?lang=en

 



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North U Presents - Weather for Sailors

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Prepared jointly by North U., Bill Biewenga, and Commanders Weather, the all new Weather for Sailors course is designed to help sailors, cruisers, and racers gather, understand, and interpret weather information. The course includes a broad overview of weather and weather systems, and gradually narrows its focus to the wind and weather conditions you can expect aboard your boat.    more...

 



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J/145: Racer/cruiser from J Boats

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The latest from the drawing board of Rod Johnstone is the new J/145. This is a racer cruiser in the truest sense of the word. It combines the bowsprit and asymmetrical spinnaker from the J sprit boats — the J/80, J/92, J/105, J/120 and J/125 with the superb cruising interiors of the J/46 and J/160.

All the numbers point to a FAST cruising boat. The hull weight is kept very low through use of the patented SCRIMP system. TPI Composites is the builder of the J/145. The laminate consists of unidirectional carbon fiber, E-glass skins and Baltek Superlight 45 core. The SCRIMP system infuses resin with the cloth to yield a 2:1 cloth/resin ratio, the inverse of the normal ratio. The strength to weight ration exceeds some oven baked raceboat constructions.    more...

 

 



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Hobie Marage Kayak Sail

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The Hobie Kayak Sail on the Hobie Mirage Outback, Sport and Tandem makes an amazing little sailboat. It is the unique combination of the MirageDrive and the hand controlled rudder that make it work so well. You steer with your fingertips, control the mainsheet with the other hand and pedal with your feet. The fins of the MirageDrive provide lateral resistance, just like the centerboard of a sailboat. You'll be amazed how just a little effort with the pedals will make your Hobie Kayak perform like a considerably bigger sailboat. With your Kayak Sail, you'll go farther faster!   more...

 

 



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The Grosse Pointe Sail Club

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The Grosse Pointe Sail Club has been active in the Detroit area for over 50 years.  We are based at Windmill Pointe Park on Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.  Our membership consists of residents of Grosse Pointe and surrounding communities.  The Club's Tuesday Evening Sundown Series is the longest running open racing competition on the lake, drawing hundreds of sailors every Tuesday night throughout the summer.

The Grosse Pointe Sail Club was founded in 1948 when the city of Grosse Pointe Park invited a dozen sailing enthusiasts to establish a club at the City's Windmill Pointe Park on Lake St. Clair. The Park is located at the head of the Detroit River and the main pier offers spectators a wonderful view of the yacht races sponsored by the GPSC.

In addition to the racing activities, the Club organizes many social events throughout the entire year including parties, a winter ski rendezvous, cruises, dances, and children's activities. The GPSC leases space from the City of Grosse Pointe Park at the Tompkins Community Center in Windmill Pointe Park, and uses the community center for most activities.

The Club Credo is to encourage and promote sailing, boating, racing, safe navigation and good seamanship; to foster good sportsmanship and competition in sailboat racing; and to encourage camaraderie and fraternity among persons interested in sailing and boating.   more...

 



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Detroit NOOD Regatta Notice of Race 2004

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NOTICE OF RACE DETROIT NOOD REGATTA 2004

 

NOTICE OF RACE
THE SAILING WORLD
NATIONAL OFFSHORE ONE-DESIGN REGATTA

Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit, MI
June 4 - June 6, 2004

Sailing World is the Organizing Authority for this regatta and Bayview
Yacht Club is the Host Club and will provide race management.

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Reign In Spain

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The information posted about the AC Team meetings in Valencia this week has been scarce, so SA has been working overtime this Easter Weekend to gather another world-exclusive for our rabid readers. One of our best sources was, lucky for us, sent to represent one of the possible challengers and she files this report which is verified and supplemented by our best Alinghi source and even one "off the record" ACM person.

Here is a list of the teams represented and what the smart-money says is the status of each:   more...

 



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