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WORLDWIDE RADIO AND VIDEO FOR CONGRESSIONAL CUP

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WORLDWIDE RADIO AND VIDEO FOR CONGRESSIONAL CUP
   Daily live radio:
www.KLBC.org          Nightly video: www.LBYC.org

LONG BEACH, Calif.---For those who can't be on Belmont Pier to see the 40th
Congressional Cup from a front-row seat April 20-24, the next best place
will be at their computers---wherever they are in the world.

The match racing classic may be the only sailing event on the planet that
offers live radio commentary and nightly video replays, both on the Internet.  

Streaming video highlights and live radio reports of the Long Beach Yacht Club's prestigious Swedish Match Tour event were introduced last year to popular response. Among others, competitor James Spithill's father was a regular listener in Australia.   more...



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2004 Newport Bermuda Race

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As of Good Friday, 144 boats had completed their application process and had been invited to enter the 2004 Newport Bermuda Race. Among a host of new and returning competitors, Skip Sheldon's St. David's Lighthouse winner Zaraffa and Bob Towse's Gibb's Hill Lighthouse winner Blue Yankee will be back to defend their 2002 titles. Ninety-two year old Jim Mertz will be back again in Americap NS in the Beneteau 42 Allegra sailing his 30th thrash to the Onion Patch.   more...

 



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Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran

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The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran left the roaring forties behind Saturday night as she continued close-hauled on a virtually direct course. The South Atlantic is not particularly well suited to covering long distances at the moment. Further north and to the west lies the region of high pressure that Geronimo is now trying to skirt around to the left and which is slowing her down. There is no better option to the right, nothing is moving in the middle and the left is mediocre at best. But at least Day 45 has allowed the 11-man crew to maintain their lead over Orange [but are behind Cheyenne's pace] as they await the arrival of better conditions. Day 45 update: 372 nautical miles in 24 hours, at an average speed of 15.50 knots.   more....

 



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THE EBAY AUCTIONS

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Resize of 19.jpgLast Friday at 2 am PST bidding ended for the Exclusive Sponsorship of "The Sausalito Challenge" for the 2007 America's Cup. Yet the auction has recorded zero bids. "It was a great success." said John Sweeney, the head of San Francisco challenge and co-founder of Challenge Series and Sailing Billboards. "As we did not sell our sponsorship package on line, we have definitely gained very valuable exposure. " Sweeney continued. "What this has allowed us to do, even if there were no bidders, was to expose ourselves to very board public and present our sponsorship package in a different way."   more...

 



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IT'S OFFICIAL

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The World Speed Sail Record Council announced the ratification of the Round the World, non stop, crewed, any type - the Outright record: Yacht: Cheyenne Sailed by: Steve Fossett and a crew of 12; Dates: 7th February to 5th April 2004; Elapsed Time: 58 days 9 hours 32 minutes 45 seconds; Average speed: 15. 52 kts.   more...

 



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Alinghi put their secrets on sale

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The Swiss Alinghi team, who from a cold start in June 2000 became the first European winners of the America's Cup 13 months ago, have put their design secrets up for sale.

Last week some 16 firm or potential challengers for the 2007 cup assembled in the Spanish host city of Valencia. Another handful of potential teams around the world did not attend.

Alinghi hope to find a buyer from one of them, though this does not include Larry Ellison's Oracle BMW Racing, the only team so far to match Alinghi's budget, activity and potential.   more...

 



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The J/120 Sailboat

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Passage-making downwind under spinnaker - with only 2 people on a 40 footer - is now so easy, you'll have fun doing it every time you go sailing. J/120's numbers upwind are amazing too. Exceptional performance and construction earned J/120 the distinction of being CRUISING WORLD magazine's OVERALL BOAT OF THE YEAR and the BEST VALUE in a full-sized cruising boat.
San Francisco Bay J 120 Fleet - Spinnaker Sailing on the Bay - J World, San Francisco Bay
Downwind, it's a Whole New World.
With an asymmetric spinnaker she'll do 7.2 knots at 150 degrees true wind angle in 10 knots of wind with a VMG of 6.3. Other cruisers might keep up if they used an engine. Flying one of an asymmetrical is a one person job. Snuffer controls can lead back to the cockpit. No one goes on deck when deploying, jibing, or dousing the spinnaker. To jibe, simply let off one sheet and pull in the other.    more...

 



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Adrienne Cahalan - Around The World With 11 Men on Cheyenne

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The image “http://www.h2onotes.com/image_library/get_library_image.jpeg?guid={6E4B6818-E108-47B6-81AD-E70326865BA6}” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Adrienne CAHALAN'S remarkable feat of spending eight weeks on a yacht with 11 men has definitely got to go down in the record books. As much as she obviously wanted to spend as much time on board as possible with her hunky Cheyenne team mates during the recent Round the World Challenge, she was unable to stall her expert navigation skills sufficiently. She ended up plotting a course that took them just 58 days 9 hours 32 minutes 45 seconds to complete, breaking the world record by over five days! (See news story here.)

Commenting on what it's like to sail with a boat full of men Cahalan said, "It's great, particularly the Tropics when they get their shirts off. The Southern Ocean's not so much fun because they're all covered up. The thing that I really miss however, is the girlie gossip. Men just don't impart any juicy gossip. It's a different topic of conversation they don't talk about who's going out with who, like girls do, they go on deck and talk about things like the Volvo Ocean Race.    more...



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Women Learn Ropes

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APOLLO BEACH - ``Sailing is not as hard as it looks,'' said Marsha Newton of the Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach. ``I think it's genetically imprinted. It's embedded in us to get to the sea.''

Newton, of Ruskin is among a growing number of women joining the squadron, learning to sail and helping other women master the sport. They sail out of the Bal Harbor.

Newton set foot on a boat for the first time three years ago. Just divorced and looking for a bit of adventure, the mother of three saw a 27-foot Catalina sailboat for sale and bought it. Friends took her out and showed her the ropes, literally.

``It was a godsend for me,'' she said. ``You turn on the motor, go out and let the wind take you. I think of the wind as the breath of God.''    more...



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Living the dream aboard Cheyenne

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Having caught up with much needed sleep, Steve Fossett and his 11-man crew who broke the round the world speed record on Monday (see news story here) were up and about again early the next morning in the biting cold breeze tending to their mighty stead.

With her 147ft mast towering high into the sky and her giant 125ft hulls dwarfing everything around her as she lay moored up on the outside berth of Mount Batten Marina, Cheyenne was, not surprisingly, the centre of attention.   more...






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Geronimo settles

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Olivier de Kersauson and crew feeling lucky that they are away from the seas they were negotiating a few days ago. According to a news report from the boat this afternoon, the current weather system in that area is generating over 95kts of wind and raising truly horrendous seas.

In their current position - level with Bahia Blanca, a regional urban centre in southern Argentina, where Patagonia meets the Pampas, nearly 2,000 kilometres north of Cape Horn - they are making a steady 16.9kts.   more...
 



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An Approach to Self-Coaching

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There are few sports that require the diversity of skills that sailing demands. Mastery of our sport can be a life-long pursuit, and if you choose to work toward that, you’ll never want for new discoveries or chances to further refine the skills you once thought you had perfected. Some sailors are lucky—they have teachers and coaches to help pinpoint the skills that need help and these instructors can also offer ways to improve existing strengths. But many of us must coach ourselves, searching for new ways to examine our performance and improve the parts of our game that need work.   more...



















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Port-Tack Starts

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With less than 50 seconds to go before the start of the fourth race of the 1996 Tornado Worlds, I was starting to feel a little  nervous. It wasn't the normal pre-race jitters. Myself and two American teammates%u2014Johnny Lovell and Lars Guck%u2014were all luffing on port tack, two boatlengths below the pin end of the line. Collectively, we were wondering why the whole fleet was bunched up at the boat end of the line on starboard almost 100 yards away. "Are we on crack?" I asked Lars, incredulously. Johnny started laughing and said that somebody must be wrong. At 10 seconds to go we all sheeted in and crossed the line on port at the gun. Thirty seconds later we were crossing the whole fleet by 150 feet! Still scratching our heads, we wondered how 90 boats would give us such a golden opportunity. Most of those guys were great sailors. What went wrong? What could they have been thinking?   more...



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Getting Good Starts, Part Two

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Successful starting is one part good decision-making and one part skillful execution. In Part One of my discussion on starting, I addressed the basic decisions one must confront to start well consistently. In this article I'll explain the boat-handling skills needed to execute a great start and describe some drills that will help you work on those skills.   more...








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Getting Good Starts, Part One

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It's no secret that the key to a successful regatta is consistent starting. When the points have been tallied, the trophies awarded, and the dull ache of hindsight kicks in, most of us will remember one or two bad starts that led to races we'd rather forget. The optimist in us will also remember the great starts that led to good, solid finishes. Call me a curmudgeon, but given equal boat speed, tactics, and luck, I'd take six solid starts over three great starts and three horrible ones any day of the week. The solid starts at least give you a chance to sail winning races without a whole lot of risk.   more...




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