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25 Years of Sailing

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.ESPN Classic will premiere 25 Years of Sailing, presented by Rolex on May 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour program celebrates 25 years of history in the sport of sailing and ESPN's coverage of it. Gary Jobson, the face of sailing on ESPN since 1986 and himself a member of the 1977 America's Cup-winning team, produced the program and serves as host. The program will examine how the sport of sailing has seen dramatic technological advances, a host of larger-than-life personalities, historic races and shifts in power.   more...

 



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KIWI OLYMPIC TEAM

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Yachting New Zealand's appeal to world sport's highest disputes body over the quashing of two of its Olympic nominations could be heard as early as Friday in Auckland. Yachting New Zealand filed its submission to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport last Friday after the New Zealand Sports Disputes Tribunal's decision to overturn two of its Olympic nominations. Yachting New Zealand chief executive Simon Wickham, the crews' lawyer Richard Brabant and representatives from the court took part in a pre-hearing conference call last night where it was expected the date of the hearing would be set.    more...

 



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HARD WINTER

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  The Lake Erie Ice Cover is of great interest to those of us who sail out of the Buffalo area. It also affects us here in Youngstown, as we can't put moorings or docks out until the ice is finished coming down the Lower Niagara River. As of March 22 there were 1975 square miles of ice remaining in Lake Erie, and the ice boom across the mouth of the Upper Niagara can't be removed until there is less than 250 square miles. So there is no way the boom will come out by the normally scheduled April 1 date. A really interesting website which shows the ice cover of various bodies of water is www.natice.noaa.gov. Find the box on the left side of the home page marked products, then go to the drop down box for ice charts, then go to Great Lakes. Click on Lake Erie (or any other Lake) and you can see the latest percentage of ice cover.  more...      Great Lakes Ice Chart


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1st America's Cup Sponsorshiop eBay Auction

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March 29, 2004, Sausalito, Calif.,- The Sausalito Challenge Exclusive Sponsorship Auction will go live on eBay Motors at 1am PST - Friday, April 2nd. Final tests are being run and the auction, eBay's largest to date, will also be the largest to ever sell online. The online audience is expected to top that of Virtual Spectator during the 2003 America's Cup races. When the auction goes live, more than 1500 companies will have downloaded the sponsorship package worldwide and the Challenge-Series web site hit by more than 500,000 people in less than a month.   more...

 



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Paul Cayard Olympic Trials - The Day After

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One really special moment I forget to mention last night was when we arrived at the dock and the Olympic Sailing Center. There were the top 60 Optimist Sailors(15 years old and under) in the USA standing there applauding Phil and I. It was touching and very much appreciated.

I celebrated the best I could last night, but all the rally I could muster was 2 beers and one glass of red wine with my dinner. We were supposed to meet up with the other sailors around 11 pm but we were asleep by then.

This morning I woke at 0700, took JC to the airport helped Phil with the final packing of the boat and went to the gym for an hour. I am now packed and getting ready for 24 hours of airplanes and airports.   more...

 



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Another close call as front beam suffers partial breakage

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370 miles in 24 hours (15.42 kts avg)

4 day lead over Orange 2002 position (based on latitude)
30 March 2004 - 0510 GMT - 586 miles W/SW of Praia, Cape Verde Islands: The maxi-catamaran Cheyenne and her crew under skipper Steve Fossett made a further 370 miles driving N/NW up the Atlantic at an average of 15.4s kts on Monday, leaving them some 2700 nm from the official finish line at Ouessant and 4 days ahead of the 2002 position of the current Round The World Sailing record holder.

But Monday was not all clear sailing, as a partial breakage at the front beam was discovered in the afternoon and immediate repairs were required to avert another major potential 'show stopper'. Steve Fossett describes the 'close call':  more...


 



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South African America's Cup Challenge

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1.jpg - 31551 BytesThe South African America's Cup Challenge is by far the most exciting sailing project in SA for a long time. For this reason, and because we know that nearly every Smooth Sailing reader is interested in the campaign in one way or another, we have created a page dedicated to the campaign. Everything we know about the campaign you will find on this page.

While the brains trust are planning the Shosholoza Campaign, raising the money and the boat is being repainted in the team's colours, the opportunity exists for young South Africans who want to sail in the America's Cup to get involved with the program.   more...

 

 



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Cruising the Classifieds

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"What kind of sailing will you be doing?" the boat broker asked.

"A circumnavigation," I answered, thinking what other kind of sailing is there? "A folkboat would be just about right."

I'd responded to an ad for a folkboat because, even though my home on Long Island was surrounded by shallow waters, I was fixed on the idea that buying anything less than a full-keel boat designed for long ocean passages was not worth considering. What I'd read about folkboats was that they were remarkably seaworthy boats, designed for low cost and high durability. I was looking forward to seeing one firsthand.   more...

 

 



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The Art and Science of Standing Watch

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It was in a junk shop in Newport, RI, where I found a drawing of a ferocious-looking Teuton who growls, "Can't understand these uncivilized fellows who go out of sight of land and sleep on board and don't wash and all that!" This cartoon now hangs in my house because I'm one of those offshore sailors who struggles to keep myself and my surroundings civilized. Washing up, picking up, and eating proper meals—all are crucial to a happy cruise or race, and all demand care and attention.

However, what's most important is that the crew get their sleep. Tired people don't attend to details very well. They also make dumb mistakes, whether they're installing software, driving a car, or sailing.    more...

 

 

 

 

 



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Cheyenne crossed Equator on the way home.

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153 miles past 12 hours (avg 12.75 kts)

Probably another 12 hours of inconsistent breeze

3 Days ahead of record pace

Sunday 28 March 2004 - 1710 GMT - 73 miles N of Los Rocedos Pedro e Sao Paulo (Br): After crossing the Equator at 0813 GMT this morning, Steve Fossett and his team aboard Cheyenne have finally hit the Doldrums - with inconsistent winds limiting their progress thus far Sunday afternoon to 153 miles (avg 12.75 kts the past 12 hrs). This still leaves them 3 days ahead of the 2002 RTW pace of Orange I.   more...


 



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Sailing - On Forbes.com

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What's the next best thing to tacking across the white caps with a seaspray in your face? Logging on so you can plan your next yachting holiday or find a dream boat suitable for your golden years. Like many other recreational activities, the Web has become a mecca for sailors, whether you're seeking advice on how to tame that fluttery headsail or just looking to keep up with daily dispatches from around the globe racers. -- Lisa McErlane   more...

 



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Hank Schiesser has been in the business of selling boats for 40 years

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RAYMOND -- Hank Schiesser is living proof you don't even need water to mess around with boats for fun and profit.

Hank's Sales & Service boat shop is marooned in the little town of Raymond on Illinois 48, 10 miles from the nearest big wet spot, Lake Glenn Shoals in Hillsboro. And yet customers have long plied the highways and byways of Central Illinois and beyond to seek out the safety of his sales harbor.

Honesty, it seems, is a shining beacon in the boating world. "I think we have a reputation for being honest and fair and treat ing people right,"explained Hank, 63, whose mechanics travel miles to make dockside house calls. "We just want our customers to be happy."   more...


 



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After the "Big Announcement" ...

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Italy's America's Cup challenge, Clan Des Team, have made a big credibility gain with the thursday announcement.

More, a new coup for the Clan Des Team is now the signing of designer Giovanni Ceccarelli, who was leader of the design team for Mascalzone Latino in the last Cup.

Nevertheless, by waiting for the press conference scheduled for friday April 25th, very few is known about the syndicate.   more...


 



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Sausalito Challenge Team Details

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The Sausalito Challenge Exclusive Sponsorship Auction will go live on eBay Motors at 1am PST - Friday, April 2nd. Final tests are being run and the auction, eBay's largest to date, will also be the largest to ever sell online.

The online audience is expected to top that of Virtual Spectator during the 2003 America's Cup races. When the auction goes live, more than 1500 companies will have downloaded the sponsorship package worldwide and the Challenge-Series web site hit by more than 500,000 people in less than a month.  more...


 



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The Cayard Chronicles - Olympic Trials Day 8

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Short day at work for us. We got 5th in the first race of the day and wrapped up the victory. Step one accomplished.

The rest of the fleet stayed out there and completed the last two races. Our training partners Andy Lovell/Magnus Liljedahl finished second. This is a fantastic result in light of the fact that they broke their mast in race one and could not sail race two. George Szabo/Mark Strube were third. You can find the full results at:   here...

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