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Gitana's Charles Caudrelier: Right now, we’re setting out behind two of our rivals, so inevitably that’s difficult. However, we’re staying very positive! There’s still a long way to go. The upcoming weather situation is quite clear and there look to be a few opportunities on the cards over the coming days. Together with Franck, we’re going to try not to pay too much attention to the rankings and to sail the best possible course.”...

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if it ain’t broke

Ten years ago this month we offered an unheard of deal for the holidays. That deal allowed you to show appreciation for your crew with premium customized gear:  UPF 50+ tech tech shirts for under $25 INCLUDING THE LEFT CHEST LOGO. That same deal is back, but if you would like something different we have more to offer now with hats, jackets, bags, fleece & hoodies Pinnies and more. Performance hoodies for men and women under $18. Performance ¼ zip tech shirts are just $18.50. Customized Neck Gaiters for under $20*. Use coupon code “BEST CREW 25” when ordering ten pieces or more. We will even create your logo for you for FREE if you don't have one. Just place your order and then email [email protected] with art or just an idea for art and let our design team make your team feel appreciated. Click here for team gear ideas: http://dryuv.com/DryUV_Team_Designs.htm...

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get the tires ready

This morning at 9:18am, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild arrived at Salvador de Bahia where Gitana’s technical team has been working to repair its daggerboard. MACIF has now taken the lead in the "Brest Atlantiques", but will also have to make a technical pitstop on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, to replace its central hull rudder (on loan from Banque Populaire). Sodebo Ultim 3 should then be able to take the lead ahead of Actual Leader. Every Tuesday, Sébastien Josse, who is consulting for the Brest Atlantiques race organisers, will review the previous week of racing. First question Seb, let's look at the start of "Brest Atlantiques" and the descent into the Bay of Biscay, how did it go for the four trimarans? As expected, they all sailed safely, leaving with one or two reefs in the main and no headsail; they didn't have much choice. They knew that there were six tricky hours to come – and in tough conditions to boot. The difference with the Route du Rhum last year is that it was more open, so less demanding for the boats. However, they still set off at a fast pace, at an average speed of 28 knots....

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lucky duckys

After two races last Sunday a few of the 18s took some kids for a spin on Sydney Harbour. Each year a selection of sailing clubs are invited to send a few kids for a day watching the 18s from the spectator ferry then a ride..... Smiles from ear to ear....... what an experience....

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viva la frogs

Right now there are three major ocean races taking place in the Northern Hemisphere, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Mini Transat and the Brest Atlantiques and they all have one thing in common; they all started from France. Either there is something in the water over there or their love for racing sailboats has seeped into their blood but the French people can’t seem to get enough of it. The lead boats in the Transat Jacques Vabre finished in Bahia, Brazil over the weekend, the Mini Transat fleet is approaching their finish in Martinique and the four Ultime maxi’s are hurtling down the South Atlantic toward their first turning mark off Rio de Janiero. Earlier this year I was commissioned to write an article for Seahorse Magazine to try and explain what it is about the French that make them so passionate about sailing, especially solo or short-handed sailing. It’s a fairly long article but I include it here for your, if not enjoyment, at least interest.  La Transat Anglaise is no more and with its end comes the end of an era. The end of England playing a large part in the global offshore racing scene. The race, which...

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shut ’em down

For the second time, Australia’s offshore oil and gas authority NOPSEMA has rejected Norwegian oil-giant Equinor’s proposal to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. NOPSEMA issued a notice to Equinor requiring it to modify and resubmit its environment plan. Equinor must provide NOPSEMA with further information about matters relating to consultation, source control and oil spill risk. “The opportunity to modify and resubmit does not represent a refusal or rejection of the environment plan,” says NOPSEMA. NOPSEMA is required by law to provide titleholders a reasonable opportunity to modify and resubmit their plan if it doesn’t meet the regulatory requirements for acceptance. Research undertaken by The Australia Institute research which was released this week indicates that South Australia stands to gain just one tenth of one percent of total state revenues from the project over its 40 year lifetime. Modelling based on industry projections of basin wide oil reserves shows the Norwegian Government would receive estimated profits (in net present terms) of A$8.1 billion if Equinor were to develop the base case scenario. The South Australian Government would receive just A$0.3 billion and the Australian Government would receive A$7.4 billion. Read on. Title inspiration thanks to Public Enemy....

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woxi woes

It just went ‘Bang!’ After three days of wild speculation, the real story of what happened to Wild Oats XI in last weekend’s Cabbage Tree Island Race has emerged. The first early picture taken inside the 100-footer showed what looked like a ring-frame fracture caused by extreme side-load on the deck as the mast sagged to leeward. Dockside pundits reasoned that some form of standing rigging failure, or sudden excessive sail force, must have caused the damage. There was talk of reaching strut breakage or chainplates ripping up through the gunnels.  Not so. Sailing Anarchy can confirm that it was mast failure, pure and simple. WOXI was charging along the mid-coast of New South Wales under two headsails and a full main (they’d just shaken out the reef). The supermaxi was sailing at top speed with a reaching strut set to open up the sheeting angle on their huge genoa. Everything seemed fine. Without any indication that a failure was imminent the mast collapsed with a loud bang, low down inside the hull. (The shattered end can be seen in the photo above.) Somehow the rig stayed upright, but as the spar fell through the boat the lugs for attaching...

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been there, doing that

As the quest for more and more extreme performance in sailboat racing continues, designers and builders face ever increasing challenges. While advanced composite construction is taken to the limits, the need for in-depth, expert quality testing of build parts – hulls, decks, appendages, rigs – plays an increasingly crucial role. Over the last 20 years, QI Composites has become the globally accepted expert for NDT (nondestructive testing) and evaluation of technical build specifications and their practical execution. ‘We have been involved in all America’s Cups since 2001, in 2007 working for nine teams; also in all Volvo Ocean Races since 2007, official NDT supplier for entire V65 fleet for past two editions and Ferrari F1 consultant since 2012. We have also partly or entirely checked the majority of composite superyachts made in the last 15 years,’ says Stefano Beltrando, CEO. QI Composites’ clients include renowned builders who use the firm to validate their work and for R&D activity, yacht owners seeking to protect their investment, racing teams as in the America's Cup and insurance companies who use QI for damage assessment. Read on....

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kids are fast

2019 Nacra 15 North Americans November 9th – 10th, 2019 Hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing – Sarasota, Florida  The 2019 Nacra 15 North American Championships were sailed in Sarasota, Florida with twelve teams from all across the country and would be settled in the final race of an eight race series.  Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel from St. Francis/Richmond Yacht Club were regatta favorites having won the US Youth World’s Qualifiers in 2018 and coming off a recent strong performance at the 80 boat Nacra 15 World Championships in France.  Leading after the first day in their favored windier conditions they remained steady throughout the regatta despite the wind settling to light and shifty at times.  J.J. Smith and Will Murray from Sarasota Youth Sailing sailed a very consistent regatta starting the regatta with two dominating wins followed by a 10th leaving no room for another poor race.  Will showed up Sunday morning with a cold and started the day with an 9th making their hopes of winning the regatta a bit unrealistic. In spite of this, in a strong effort with a 2nd and 3rd in the next two races, they finished just two points out of first.   Meanwhile,...

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