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After much discussion internally and after consultation with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, it was decided that the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) had no option but to cancel the RORC Caribbean 600 due to take place in February. The escalation in the spread of the new strain of COVID-19 in Europe, the state of lockdown in the UK and concern that a large number of sailors travelling to Antigua could transmit the virus to the Island were all taken into consideration when making this decision. The safety of the population of Antigua, competitors, local volunteers and RORC staff is paramount and the committee felt that this could be compromised if the race was run. The Royal Ocean Racing Club would like to thank the Antigua and Barbuda Government for their co-operation and support and looks forward to organising the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600, which is scheduled to start on February 21, 2022. Click here for more information....

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they be everywhere

Of the 500 boats entered for the upcoming Fastnet race, forty-Seven J Boats have entered the race! That is the largest number of entries by a single boat brand, in the world’s largest offshore race. A record entry of over 500 yachts is expected to start the race in Cowes, on 8th August 2021. Notably the first entry was a J Boat, Eva Herman’s J/122 Juliett Romeo. For the last four decades, J Boats have featured in every edition of the race. For the 49th edition, 12 different designs of the J Boats range will be racing. J-Composites, French builder for J Boats, will be competing on one of four J/99s entered for the race. Damn....

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get tide smart for the ac

At Tidetech, our roots are in sailing and we are passionate participants and fans of the Sport. We know from experience that obtaining accurate weather data is only part of the story when it comes to your race strategy. Currents matter too - they are often overlooked, but can make a huge difference to the outcome of a yacht race. Tidetech is the leading supplier of oceanographic data to the elite yacht racing community, supplying competitors in the 36th America's Cup, The Ocean Race and Olympic Games, plus many more world class events such as the Sydney to Hobart, Fastnet and Newport to Bermuda Races. What we do is: Construct models of tidal / coastal currents in great detail for race venues worldwide Obtain third party models to supplement our own models Make everything available in GRIB format or online in Tidemap, our web map service But wait, there's more, and just for SA readers! Like many sailing fans, we can't wait for the action to begin in the 36th Americas Cup in Auckland. Wind speed and direction, as you'd expect, will be the main factor that determines sail and foil choices, and of course, tactics on the course. What about tidal currents? With the speeds that these boats go, you'd be forgiven for thinking that current will be irrelevant. That's not the case though. Here's why: Tidal current changes the true wind that the boats 'feel'. So if the current is 'lee bow' i.e. running at 2kts from the start line towards the top mark on an upwind leg, it will result in an increase in true wind speed of 2kts - which will result in a substantial different in boat speed - perhaps the difference between foiling and non-foiling in light winds? The reverse is true with current...

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nz oops

Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling has downplayed the dramatic capsize that cut short their practice race against British challenger INEOS Team UK. Burling lost control during a gybe in a high-speed downwind blast with the Brits, with the Kiwi boat Te Rehutai nose-diving and twisting on to its side on Monday. The defenders were under pressure looking to make a turn towards the bottom gate. See the video and read on thanks to Stuff!...

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speaking of retro…

By now most of you have seen some of our Retro Boat videos, an idea that popped into my addled brain and has become something that we are quite proud of. Based on viewers comments, y'all seem to like them too! We've now done 26 of them, (which is kind of hard to believe) and not only do we want to keep doing them, we'd like to eventually expand by traveling to various areas, covering amazing boats to share (as soon as Covid-19 is brought to it's knees). The truth of these videos is that they are quite expensive to produce. The incredible shooting, editing and producing by the boys from Nobleman Productions doesn't just happen - a ton of work goes into them. And the end product is really quite good! Reality dictates that in order to keep these videos going, we need funding. Rather than leaning on corporate sponsorship, we are reaching out to the community to ask for a small monthly contribution - as little as $3 bucks - to keep these videos coming. We are using Patreon as a way of doing this, and somewhat uncomfortably,  if you like them, we ask you to help support the Retro videos. In typical Sailing Anarchy fashion, nobody is doing anything like these retro videos, and certainly not at this high production value, and we hope they are worth your consideration. If you can, please click here to help a couple brothers out! There is a thread......

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retro!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3n1vP3CfXk&feature=youtu.be This one is a bit different than what we do, but the subject matter is great: The older Westerly built Schumacher 54, Swiftsure II has now become something else!...

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injectable

Versatile G/flex Thickened Epoxy Adhesive is now available in a convenient dispensing syringe. The G/flex 655-1 syringe contains 0.5 oz of resin and 0.5 oz of hardener, perfect to keep on hand for small repair jobs. Depressing the plunger on the dual syringe dispenses the proper 1:1 ratio of G/flex resin and hardener. This new product will be available through West System retailers beginning January 1, 2021. G/flex 655 is a 2-part, pre-thickened epoxy system that bonds tenaciously to plastics including HDPE, LDPE, ABS, PVC, Polycarbonate, and Hypalon. Its viscosity is similar to gel toothpaste so it won’t run or sag, even on vertical surfaces. The G/flex 655-1 syringe allows users to dispense the epoxy in very small quantities, providing big strength for little repairs. Manufactured by Gougeon Brothers, Inc. and sold in their West System line of epoxy products, G/flex is a toughened epoxy that makes permanent, waterproof structural bonds. It absorbs the stresses of expansion, contraction, shock, and vibration. In addition to its effectiveness in adhering to plastics, this formulation is also excellent for bonding metal, glass, masonry, and fiberglass. It is even effective on typically hard-to-bond substrates including dense, oily or damp wood varieties. The company introduced G/flex in 2008 and this versatile epoxy has been popular ever since. G/flex 655 comes in a wide variety of sizes; the 655-1 syringe is the smallest. To learn more about G/flex epoxy, visit westsystem.com....

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