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When we received this M34 training video, the thing that jumped out at us was how the hardest working person on board was the chick in the pit. So we reached out to her and found her to be one full-on sailor chick! Our SCOTW, Madeleine Sassy: Last year, i was on the Tour de France à la Voile with "Ville du Port-Région Réunion", as pit (yes, pit is good girl job!) . I trained on Reunion Island with the team. Before, i sailed a lot nationals races but it was my first experience with farr30. During the Tour, when my sailing times were finished, i decided to go in organisation of the race, during 3 days, and then i proposed to help the team "Supélec" which had a lot of troubles. Tour de France was for them the first real race. It was really complicated, for the team but also about safety , and for the others boats. I began co-skipper of this boat with Sylvain Escurat for the end of the Tour. My best memory : to arrive in Port Camargue at the first leg , first buoy, on the left : TPM - COYCH, on the right : Nouvelle Calédonie. Amazing. At the end, we never finished the last, it was the "challenge" of the crew. 1 month later, i was in "Championnat de France espoirs" in Le Havre , still with "Ville du Port-Région Réunion". I sailed after that in Holland , with First 35 "Shark", and then "Route des Iles" with Région Bruxelles Capitale. Just 2 days after, i was on Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo with Atalante 2, swan 56, still pit. We finished 4th. The race was excellent, good level, and boats really really big. It's really different, but it was perfect. Then, I...

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kooks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u84hin44QP8&feature=player_embedded We are a Croatian team that did our first Mini650 race (qualifying race for Mini Fastnet - Demi Cle). We thought you might want to add a funny video we made during the delivery of our Mini 593 "Jaja" (which, btw, in french is a slang for a glass of red wine!) from Pornichet to Douarnenez. Good times! Vedran & Dado www.risailingteam.com Croatia...

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retro

Big breeze at start of the Flying Fifteen calendar which kicked off at County Antrim Yacht Club,  Northern Ireland last weekend with extremes in weather. Saturday saw a forecast of Force 6 which ended up with 5 knots cyclonic. Sunday made up for it though with 25 knots gusting to 35 and phenomenal times have been had by all the Irish competitors. Maybe the only Flying Fifteen event  where the Classic Fleet exceeded the Open Fleet. Retro racing at its finest. And less than finest!  Anarchist Gavin and pics by Alasdair McBroom....

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Community

high times

Over the past several weeks, Lake Champlain has risen 6 feet above normal level and we have been reminded of the incredible impact the Lake has on our community. The flood has taken a toll on so many families and businesses and it's times like this that shows us how incredibly important lake access is and just how strong a community we are. For more stories and pictures from the flood, check out the Burlington Free Press. Here at the Community Sailing Center, we’re trying to keep it all in perspective–our sailing gear has come in handy to keep us dry and most of our equipment is meant to get wet! Our awesome volunteers filled sandbags and staff waded through water to get to work. But unfortunately last week the Lake made its way into the office and forced us to evacuate. While we are not entirely sure what the Lake has in store, we are certain it will be another fabulous summer of playing on Lake Champlain! Right now the lake is at102.92 feet above sea level and we cannot install our docks until it’s below 100 feet–only 200 billion gallons of water to go. Ways to help: Contribute to the Staying Afloat Fund to help offset the $10,000 in lost revenue and the expected cleanup and repair costs. Register online for 2011 summer youth camps, adult sailing courses, and clinics. Sign Up for our Staying Afloat Volunteer Day – Saturday, May 28th. As of today, most of our spring programs are canceled and opening day has been postponed until Saturday, June 18th. A full schedule and summer e-newsletter will be sent in a few weeks when we know more about our plans to move forward. Stayed tuned for the amazing programs, events and community activities we have in store for you this summer!...

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mucho ado…

Last minute invite from a mate: persuade wife to do the Saturday supermarket thing, two hours to Florence - Portofino gas-guzzling at 140/150 km/h, 60 euro's for six hours parking, candy bars and bresaola sandwich aboard. Were very happy when the wind piped up to 5 knts... All sorts of rock stars around, for a series of windward-leewards on Wally's - much ado about nothing (on the water anyway) would sum it up! James Robinson Taylor....

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tide tech

We don't know the terms of the deal, but we've worked with Tidetech before and hope it works out well for them. From the press release... Tactical racing oceanographic data specialist Tidetech has been recruited to provide oceanographic data and tidal modelling to the 34th America’s Cup. Tidetech has agreed to supply a licence to use its San Francisco 100m v5 model from June 2011 to September 2013. The tidal model created for the San Francisco Bay area has been developed with the America’s Cup in mind but is available to anyone who needs accurate tidal stream data for that location. Tidal models are constructed using detailed bathymetric data (depths) and knowledge of local tidal harmonics. Complex calculations and mathematical analyses are then used to calculate how water moves from one part of the model area to another. The data is subsequently converted into a visual representation either in GRIB format, downloaded to onboard navigation software, or in a set of downloadable images.  ...

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caption contest

We haven't done one of the for awhile and this seemed like a good one. Our friends at West Marine have $50.00 gift cards for the three best captions. Here's ours: "Can you call the Farr office and make sure they wanted this much internal ballast?" Have fun! And thanks to anarchist Tim for the shot - check out his journal......

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Race Report

multi multis

The 2011 US Trimaran National Championship was sailed last week out of the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club in Pensacola Beach, Florida. The fleet was comprised of two groups. Twenty (20) Corsair and Farrier design trimarans raced with class and PHRF scoring for class and overall awards and ten (10) Weta trimarans raced as a one design class for their southeast championship. The PHRF fleet completed six races over four scheduled days of racing. Two were point to point distance races and the remainder were W/L buoy races. The Weta fleet raced the same format but were able to complete two more buoy races than the PHRF fleet. Conditions were great for the event with sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, two days of racing in 8-15 knots and one day in 4-8 knots. Racing on Day 3 was cancelled after a strong cold front pushed through with 22-25 knot winds even though almost right after the cancellation, the winds moderated to a perfect 12-18 knots! In the PHRF fleet, there were several classes scored: PHRF A, PHRF B, Dash 750/Sprint 750, F-27, and overall. Randy Smyth won PHRF A with his F-25C, John Achim won PHRF B with his F-27, BobHodges won the Corsair Sprint 750/Dash 750 class on his Sprint 750, and John Achim also won the F-27 class. In the overall scoring, Randy Smyth took first followed by Bob Hodges, Don Wigston (Dash 750), Cliff Farrah (Sprint 750), and Tom Reese (C-28R). In the Weta class, there was a two way battle all week between Jim Leonard from Birmingham, AL and Weta designer Chris Kitchen who had traveled to the event from New Zealand. The two finished the series tied and Jim won the overall on the tie-breaker. It was the first time Kitchen had been beaten in a regatta and the...

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hey now

These pictures are from a spectacular wipeout that occurred at the leeward gate at the Spring Dinghy Championships, held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, BC. The club recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the issuing of their Royal Warrant. This was such a big deal, that a local brewery even brewed a special beer just for the occasion!  - Anarchist John  ...

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re: quest

Lia Ditton has a few questions for round-the-world cruising couple Gillian and Graeme Mulcahy, who did the Indian Ocean/Red Sea passage at the time when the 58ft sailboat ‘Quest,’ was seized by pirates and her crew shot dead. Image courtesy of Gillian and Graeme. SA: Were you acquainted with the US sailboat ‘Quest’ or her crew? She was a breakaway from Blue Water Rallies – was that a rally you considered following? How many Red Sea rallies are there! GM: We met the couple from ‘Quest’ very briefly, in the Sand bar one happy hour in Ai Chalong in Phuket.  We know of one other Blue Water boat ‘Spirit of Nina’ who did complete the sail down the Gulf and up the Red Sea, unlike all the others who opted to have their boats shipped to Turkey. They did it with a small group of yachts that got together in Salallah. We also met some of the Vasco de Gama Rally but don’t know what happened to them – they were due to depart from Mumbai, which was far from our preferred route. Blue Water, V de G and TTT (Thailand to Turkey) are the only formal ones we know. We had never considered the Blue Water rally because of cost and being too fast. SA: Did this news provoke discussions of any kind, perhaps as to whether it was safe to continue? GM: The ‘Quest’ incident and later kidnapping of ‘ING’ happened after we had left Uligan so we therefore had to continue. Most of us felt that if these incidences had happened before we left then we would have taken the South Africa route. SA: What factors influenced you to choose one rally over another? GM: Although not rally joiners in general, we considered the passage down the...

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