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Countdown to biggest ever St Maarten Heineken Regatta

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With just 96 hours to go - at the time of writing - until the first gun is fired to signal the start of the first race in St Maarten's Heineken Regatta 2004, 252 entries have been received so far, and more are coming hour by hour.

Racing takes place over three days on this unique Dutch/French island, beginning on Friday with a round the Island race starting and finishing in Simpson Bay, just outside the sheltered lagoon that makes the Island such a superb yachting base. On Saturday the boats race from Simpson Bay into the Anguilla channel to the north east of Sint Maarten, finishing on the French side at Marigot - where the island changes it's name to St Martin. For the spinnaker classes there is a Saturday afternoon race in the Anguilla Channel, and finally, on Sunday, the start is off Marigot, finishing back at Simpson Bay and it's back to Sint Maarten too.   more...



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Tuning Guides

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Sailing requires tuning for different wind and water conditions. We have outlined for you tuning information for many different boats that we race on a regular basis. It can be a good start point to bring speed to your boat!   more...

 

 



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Carol Cronin, winner of the US Trials for the Yngling class

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Carol, along with teammates Liz Filter and Nancy Haberland, recently won the US Trials for the Yngling class. Here are some excerpts from an interview she provided North Sails)   more...

 



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An on-line auction for the Sausalito Challenge

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John Sweeney's San Francisco Cup Class, LLC ("SFCC") has been formally designated by the Sausalito Yacht Club as its representative for a proposed challenge for the 2007 America’s Cup.

A first time ever online auction via eBay will be organized (April 2 - 9) to sell the rights and benefits of the exclusive team sponsorship to challenge for the 2007 America’s Cup (the winning bidder will also become the exclusive sponsor of both the 2004 and 2005 "Challenge Series").

"An eBay auction was selected as the vehicle for the sale of the Exclusive Sponsorship to allow all interested companies and individuals to see what is being offered at the same time", explained the Sausalito Challenge's press release.
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Mari-Cha IV photos

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Thierry Martinez took these stunning photos of the Mari-Cha IV off the north coast of Brittany in 25kts of wind.

This 140ft carbon-fibre built yacht, owned and skippered by Robert Miller, broke the west to east monohull record last October. She took 6d 17h 52m 39s to complete the challenge at an average speed of 18.05kts. She's now on her way to Antigua Sailing Week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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A 'night in the life of' aboard Cheyenne

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Not a lot of news, no calamities, some unusually good weather for the Indian Ocean, a fin whale, a fat whale, we are lifted north of Kerguelen by an increasing westerly wind as we overtake the high pressure that has given us such great reaching sailing for the last few days.

Last comm was about the crew. This one will tell you what we do.

The crew is divided into three watches of four persons. One watch is asleep. One watch is on standby, which means that they are in their gear, ready to assist in manoeuvres, but are also engaged in cooking, cleaning, boat maintenance, or napping. The on watch drives the boat, one on the wheel, one each on the traveller and headsail sheet, and one checking trim, making coffee, etc.  more...

 



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Sailing program

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Sailing great Derrick Fries will be the speaker at a March 3 Seminar for Lansing area sailors at Michigan State University. The Event is a cooperative effort between the MSU sailing club and Lansing Sailing Club.
 
When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Road in East Lansing Information: www.lansingsailing.org


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Geronimo Through First Tropic

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The relative positions given this morning for Geronimo and Orange II require some clarification in terms of how far the two multihulls are from the Equator.

The Jules Verne Trophy route is marked by a number of theoretical waypoints, although none of them is compulsory. One of these waypoints is at the point where the Equator (0° latitude) crosses 25°W. This is agreed between Jules Verne Trophy competitors as being the average longitude used by previous attempts.

This waypoint is one way of allowing competitors to measure their performance against that of others and provide a common reference point when calculating their own “Distance from the Equator”.   more...

 



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Cheyenne Notches Up 488 Miles

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Steve FOSSETT and crew aboard the 125' maxi-catamaran Cheyenne continued to grind out the miles yesterday, logging a further 488 nm on their 23rd day on the official Round The World record course, an average of 22.5 kts.

Having passed North of the Kerguelen Islands yesterday, their focus is now on a probable checkpoint about 925 miles South of Australia's Cape Leeuwin - some 1330 nm due East of the big cat's current position.

Steve FOSSETT and crew took a gybe to starboard at midday as they cleared the Kerguelen Islands, heading SE in search of consistent westerly winds. At the end of Day 23 they found themselves at 51 degrees S latitude, 1187 nm ahead of the 2002 RTW position of Orange - a lead of about 3 days based on Orange's 2002 mileage of the past days. Cheyenne’s Full position is available on the event website at the address below.   more...

 



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BOAT US ISAF WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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The 16 skippers to compete at the 2004 Boat US ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship have now been confirmed.

Included in the sixteen skippers are 9 of the world’s top 10 skippers, with the remaining seven helms ranked within the world’s top 22.

However, unable to defend her title is the 2003 World Champion and nominee for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2003, Malin MILLBOURN (SWE) This will leave the field open and with such an impressive line-up the result could go anyway.   more...

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Tight Competition Marks Last Day of 2004 Acura SORC

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MIAMI BEACH, FL, February 29, 2004 - Acura SORC sailors completed one race on the last day of the 2004 Acura SORC, raced just off Miami Beach. Two classes were decided on tie-breakers including the PHRF 3 class won by Miami local Bob Berg and Love That Chicken.

Standings in the Farr 40 class remain unchanged from Saturday's action on the Acura Course, as Peter De Ridder and Mean Machine of Monaco take first place with 54 points overall. John Kilroy Jr.'s Samba Pa Ti, featuring Paul Cayard, tallied a third place finish in the final race, earning second place overall with 60 points. Jim Richardson's Barking Mad of Boston, MA, finished in third place with 63 points. HM King Harald V of Norway and Fram finished in 16th place overall.

Daniel Meyers' Numbers, featuring Brad Butterworth and Ken Read, earned first place in the IMS class, tallying six first place finishes on the week.   more...

 



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Schooner Delivery a Breeze for 28 Women

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Kay Miller, 82, has been a sailor for decades but admits that she took the massive wheel of the Mystic Whaler with some trepidation. As Miller approached the helm looming before her, a quick glance at the boom and rigging was a reminder of the vessel's size. "Steering that 97,000-pound Mystic Whaler, after years of sailing my beloved Catalina 39, was like trying to drive a truck after driving a sports car," Miller said.

She was one of 28 women who took part in a unique, hands-on, learn-to-sail cruise sponsored by the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) aboard the Mystic Whaler, a 100-foot schooner patterned after a historic sailing vessel. For eight years, the captain and crew of the Mystic Whaler have partnered with NWSA to offer two-day coastal navigation courses. However, for the first time last fall, the Mystic invited women passengers along for an extended, hands-on delivery passage to move the ship from Virginia up to New York City.   more...

 



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Considering the Gale Sail

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The Gale Sail, which is designed to hoist over a roller-furling headsail, is a reasonable compromise as a storm jib. You'll encounter some inherent difficulty in hoisting and lowering it—due to friction and a cumbersome hank system—but it is nonetheless a vast improvement over a reefed roller-furling headsail or the need to get one down in a storm in order to set a storm jib.   more...

 



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Using Storm Sails

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Bermuda is one of the great cruising destinations, and because of it, during the busy season (late spring as sailors head from the Caribbean to New England or Europe, and the fall when they head back south), it can get pretty crowded. Nonetheless one of the best times to visit is September.

It was late September one year when I found myself tied to the dock in St. George's Harbor. The days weren't as hot as mid-summer, and the nights were cool for sleeping. I recall that the view from my deck was spectacular; puffy cumulus clouds tinged with pink towered overhead in the early morning. It was a red sky in the morning and like a good sailor, I had taken warning. September is a great time to visit Bermuda, but it's also hurricane season and I was awaiting the passing of Hurricane Florence, which was due to skirt the island the next afternoon.   more...

 



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Deck Washdown Systems

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Ever had the pleasure of pulling up an anchor that was resting on a muddy bottom? Somehow all that mud, grungy water and little particles of stinking sea life manage to reach every nook and cranny of your deck from bow to stern. What doesn’t stay on your deck will eventually ooze out your scuppers and leave its muddy remains all along your hull.    more...

 



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