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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Bacardi J/70 Winter Series

Bacardi J/70 Winter Series at Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, Day 5 © Martina Orsini

Thirty-seven J/70 teams from ten nations (USA, Argentina, Italy, Monaco, Brazil, Great Britain, Chile, Germany, Canada, and Mexico) sailed the third and final series of the Bacardi J/70 Winter Series, the Bacardi Invitational, this past weekend in simply stellar weather conditions for all three days. Coral Reef YC hosted the event, in coordination with Biscayne Bay YC, and the combined ...

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Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego 2019

2019 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego - photo © Paul Todd / Outside Images

There was plenty to play for on the first day of the 2019 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego (March 15-17). Friday’s action was focused on the regatta’s San Diego Bay course with four races conducted by the Coronado and San Diego Yacht Club race committees. Nearly 130 teams are racing this weekend. In the J/70 fleet, typically laden with ...

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BVI Spring Regatta

Greg Slyngstad's Bieker 53 catamaran will have well-known US sailor and Olympian, Jonathan McKee calling tactics for the BVI Spring Regatta - photo © Tim Wright / Photoaction.com

“It will be a real challenge for us racing on shorter courses at BVI Spring Regatta than what we are used to,” John Gallagher stated. Gallagher, owner of the GunBoat 62 Chim Chimis fresh off wining the Multihull division at the RORC Caribbean 600 and is now cruising in the BVI enjoying time with his wife Carol between regattas. Chim ...

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Eagle Class 53

Eagle Class 53, fitted out and beginning to fly © Richard & Rachel / Ocean Images

The completed Eagle Class 53 has now sailed in various conditions off St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Finishing touches are completed and she is beginning to sail in her true form. We would really like to shine a light on some of the most incredibly talented but sometimes unsung heroes of the project. Fast Forward Composites not only ...

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Capri Classica

Elena of London (a 2009-built replica of a 1910 Nathanael Herreshoff design) © Francesco e Roberta Rastrelli / Blue Passion 2018

From 8th to 12th May the world’s largest and most beautiful classic schooners will line up off Capri for the first event initiated by the newly formed International Schooner Association. Following the founding of the International Schooner Association (ISA) at a meeting during last September’s Regates Royales in Cannes, so the first ever event purely for classic schooners will take ...

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Mediterranean Escapade 2020

Entries are now open for the unforgettable 2020 Mediterranean Escapade. © Multihull Solutions

Registrations have just been opened for the 2020 Mediterranean Escapade, which is set to become one of the most popular international rallies. Staged from 7-12 May, the event is run by Mariner Boating and Multihull Solutions and is expected to draw a strong contingent of participants who can either participate on their own boat, charter a Fountaine Pajot catamaran, or ...

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Hurricane Predictions 2019

Boats were still grounded on St. John this month, though the hurricanes hit in September © Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

In the last three years, utter destruction and devastation from hurricanes have wracked the Southeast United States from Texas to the Carolina’s, and some areas of the Caribbean. Florida based prediction organization Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO) has consistently predicted months in advance the landfall locations of all 7 hurricanes to strike the U.S. since 2016. What separates GWO from other organizations is ClimatePulse ...

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Miami to Havana Race 2019

Steve and Heidi Benjamin's TP52 Spookie en route to setting the M2H course record in 2018 © Image courtesy of the Miami to Havana Race

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of sailing off of the Florida Keys, odds are good that you felt Cuba’s gravity tugging at your imagination. After all, the island nation is only some 210 nautical miles from Key West, on the other side of the Gulf Stream, and offers everything from forbidden cultural fruits of yore to warm, friendly and ...

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Midwinter Championship 2019

2019 J 105 Midwinter Championship © RegattaShots.com

The J/105 Midwinter Championship returned to the calendar this year as 11 teams competed at Fort Worth Boat Club in Fort Worth, TX from March 7-10. Locals Glenn Darden and Reese Hillard led the Hoss team to victory with 24 points. They racked up three bullets over the weekend and never finished lower than sixth. Following Hoss in second place ...

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NOOD Regatta

Chip Merlin's experience sailing an RS21 © RS Sailing

Starting a new sailing class isn’t a simple recipe. But if the boat is easy to sail, fast to drive, and fun to race, it just might catch on. Enter the newest small keel boat: the RS21, which made its debut at the St. Petersburg NOOD regatta on Feb. 15-17. With just two entries among a mixed PHRF class of ...

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