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Daily Archives: 16/04/2017

Thinking about Autopilot

Courtesy Edson International A traditional magnetic compass has its place, but instruments rely on a modern heading sensor.

The new breed of solid-state compasses will steady your autopilot and take the wiggle out of your wake. Years ago, my parents owned a C&C 37 that we cruised extensively offshore, often sailing from our Connecticut home to points north such as Maine and Nova Scotia. While the boat was quick on most points of sail, her tumble­home hull form ...

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RORC Easter Challenge

Day 2 - RORC Easter Challenge © Rick Tomlinson http://www.rick-tomlinson.com

Day two of the RORC Easter Challenge saw another three races for the Fast40+ class in conditions that ranged from 10-17 knots. The day started with a round the cans downwind which was won by Invictus to build on their three victories from the first day, followed by Mark Rijkse’s 42 South just a minute behind. Mike Bartholomew’s South African ...

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MAPFRE back on the water ~ Volvo Ocean Race

- MAPFRE new mast fitted in Lisbon - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 © María Muiña/MAPFRE

Just 16 days after dismasting during a training session off the coast of Galicia, the Spanish VO65 MAPFRE is back on the water. On Saturday 15th April in Lisbon (Portugal), home of the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard, and where the new mast was fitted, the VO65 was out on the water undertaking its first tests. On the afternoon of 30th ...

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Les Voiles de St. Barth

Lloyd Thornburg’s "FOMO" finishes in 2nd place in Les Voiles de St Barth 2017 © Audrey My -Photographie

After three days of tight competition on the waters off the French West Indies Island of St. Barth, many of the teams racing in Les Voiles de St. Barth headed into the final day today with the hopes of either dismounting class leaders or fending off competitors that were climbing up in the rankings. However, due to lack of wind ...

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Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Ichi Ban is now favorite to take the Courier Mail Cup - Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race Shoebox Images

It has been a busy night in Gladstone with much of the fleet capitalising on the 15-20 knot winds throughout the evening and early morning hours and an incoming tide. Mr Kite and Kerumba had been volleying for position and fought it out right to the finish line. With less than two miles separating the two for several hours, Tam ...

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RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017

Mandrake III. RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017. © RHKYC/Guy Nowell http://www.guynowell.com/

The fleet has steadily been descending on San Fernando since yesterday, with many boats falling victim to holes off the Luzon coast, practically in sight of the finish. Philippines entry Ernesto Echauz’s TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial beat Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire to the finish line by just 28 minutes, arriving on Friday at 22.12 hrs and taking second place in ...

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