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Big Pimpin'

does it measure up?

With the benefit of sophisticated external auditing 11th Hour Racing are now in a position to judge each of their multiple projects on their individual merit and tweak their support – and advice – accordingly 11th Hour Racing is on a mission to empower the sailing communities and industry to take an active role to uncover and utilise solutions to the urgent crisis facing the health of our oceans. They’ve undoubtedly had some great successes over the last decade supporting, funding and helping to shape more than 100 projects around the world through a programme of sponsorships, grants and ambassadors....

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sail on

Olaf Harken, co-founder of US deck hardware manufacturer Harken Inc, passed away yesterday in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He was 80. Olaf and his older brother, Peter, created the hugely successful rope handling business that bears their name, by “working hard, delivering excellence, and having fun every day”, reads a Harken statement. Harken makes marine hardware, hydraulics and winch systems for racing and cruising sailboats of all types and sizes. Read on, thanks to IBI News....

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we didn’t enjoy it at all

Last season couldn’t end quickly enough for the crew aboard Manly 16ft skiff Vaikobi. Inconsistency, poor results and constant crew changes meant it was a summer to forget. But after a much-needed four months out of the water – and with an important addition at the front of the boat –  Vaikobi is ready to leave last season well behind. Regular Skipper Max Vos and sheethand Alex Chittenden have been joined by bowman Felix Deverio and things are clicking already. An impressive second placing behind Sutech Musto Racing (Harry Price) – and first on handicap - in last Saturday’s fourth pointscore race...

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another won

RAMBLER, Sail no: USA 25555, Owner: George David, Skipper: George David, Model: JYD Canting Keel Maxi, Country: USA, Class 1Monohull Line Honours Winner Rambler crossed the finish line of the 40th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race at 08:13:00 CEST on Tuesday, 22 October, completing the 606nm course in a time of 2 days 19 hours  43minutes. Read more....

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pick ’em

2019 Transat Jacques Vabre Preview One of the iconic offshore distance races held every other year starts on Sunday, October 27th and The Atlantic Cup’s very own Sam Holliday is on the ground preparing the IMOCA 60 Campagne de France. Here is his preview of who’s who and who are the ones to watch! Read on....

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close

That's one close finish at the J/88 NA's. And it even included a rare sighting; a UK sail actually winning. Photo by Melissa Pike....

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australian sailing and the sand people

Last week the Galactic Empire returned to Tatooine to dispatch Uncle Owen. Uncle Owen was always a “goner“ after the last visit. The outcome was never in doubt given that the Empire sent the same storm troopers who had tried to quell the last rebellion which in part involved the same issues. But this time the Empire made it even worse for itself as the now the sand people are marshalling their forces in the hills and the Empire has lost control of the desert. The facts are simple, an otherwise eligible competitor entered a race run by an organising authority however...

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