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college review, II

Next in Line:   If fleet racing is a zen-like endeavor where sailors compete mainly against themselves while the opposition is a secondary consideration, team racing is a one-on-one match where your squad must work together in perfect harmony to take down the opponents. It is match racing multiplied by three. Don’t forget to check our out the S1D ICSA Pre-Season Team Race Rankings, complete with coach panel analysis, presented by Dynamic Dollies. The top team race teams have a star, an elite sailor that has the speed and boat handling to hang with the best and the leadership to boost younger, inexperienced teammates. The final-four teams have two of these stars and a third experienced skipper that has battled along-side the other two drivers at the highest level. The championship caliber teams have the full package. They have a superstar, the have a sneaky speedster, they have a scrappy team racer and 3 or more mechanically sound crews that know where to look and make their drivers omniscient. Read on....

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saved

  Class 40 #83 salvaged from Atlantic after being abandoned during the Route du Rhum last November, now in Falmouth. Great job by the salvage crew....

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anna banana

This Moore 25 was 16th overall in the double handed  in the double handed 3 Bridge Fiasco.  It was all Alex Higby whose superb tactics overcame our old sails, bottom paint and one day of preparation. Results here. - Anarchist Joseph....

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flying

At its boot Düsseldorf press conference last week, Finnish yacht-builder Nautor’s Swan said that the renewal of its product range has contributed to enhancing its financial performance. Turnover has risen 26% following the renewal of the range, which currently sees six new models in build. This has resulted in an active order book in excess of €110m, with 11 yachts being delivered in 2018 and over 20 anticipated this year. The new line comprises the Swan 48, 65, 98 and 120, together with the ClubSwan 36 and 125, the former of which features an inboard version of Torqeedo’s Cruise 10.0 electric drive system. With six new models in construction, Nautor’s Swan is confirming its leadership across a wide range – from 10m-40m (39ft-131ft). Three distinct divisions, Swan Yachts, ClubSwan Yachts and the Maxi Swan Division, enable Nautor to respond to all market needs. Read on thanks to IBI....

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see it

Here’s a sneak preview of the just-released documentary film about Vendée Globe competitor (and one time Seahorse contributor) Mike Plant. It’s an amazing, probably unrivalled glimpse into the psyche of a solo sailing icon Mike Plant was one of the most remarkable and fascinating figures ever to compete in solo ocean sailing, widely admired for his prodigious talent, superhuman toughness and single-minded determination. He burst onto the scene out of nowhere in the mid-1980s, built his own Open 50 on a shoestring and won his class in the first race he entered, the 1986- 87 BOC Challenge. In a career that spanned just five years before he was lost at sea while sailing his radical new Open 60 Coyote to the start of the second Vendée Globe, Plant achieved more – against all odds, sailing around the world three times by the seat of his pants – than most professional sailors do in a lifetime. Read on....

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it happens

A pair of sailors competing in the 334-boat Three Bridge Fiasco race Saturday were left rudderless after a collision with a whale in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Adam Spiegel, a technology CFO in San Francisco and his sailing partner had been roughly an hour into the grueling "short-handed" race around the Bay's three central bridges before the incident occurred. They'd rounded one the race's marks called Blackaller up by Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge and were heading toward Red Rock Island at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge when their J/105 sailboat abruptly came to a stop. "All of a sudden it felt like we'd ran aground," Spiegel told SFGATE. A second or two later, Spiegel said, there was another thud, followed by another thud. Then, the pair heard a loud, cracking noise and what sounded like a splintering sound coming from the 35-foot fiberglass racing sloop. After that, a gray whale, which Spiegel estimated to be at least 25 feet long surfaced next to them. Spiegel couldn't see any blood in the water or injuries to the whale, but they wondered if the whale was going to "come after" them. They also wondered whether their boat was going to sink. They figured out they'd lost partial steerage and couldn't get back safely on their own. Spiegel and his crew didn't report the collision to the Coast Guard. Soon after, the dockmaster of the St. Francis Yacht Club came out in a powerboat to rescue the pair and escort them back. The boat's rudder was dislodged and the underside of the yacht was scraped up by barnacles on the whale, Spiegel said. It's still not clear if the whale suffered any injuries from the small boat, which would have been moving around 5 knots, which is around...

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pre-order up!

Over the past 6 months, hundreds of sailors around the world have pre-ordered the Vakaros Atlas. We’re excited to be finally shipping the sailing instrument we’ve been designing for nearly two years. As a result, the pre-order period and the 20% discount for the Atlas will be coming to an end on February 3rd. After that, the Atlas will be available at its normal retail price. Thank you so much to all of the sailors who made this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we can’t wait to show you what’s coming next, from software updates to advanced wireless sensors. The Vakaros Atlas is the next generation of racing instrumentation. It combines industry-leading 18 Hz GPS with a gyro-stabilized magnetic compass and a sunlight-readable graphic display to deliver the ultimate on-the-water experience. Regular software updates bring new features, and with its 300+ meter wireless range, the Atlas is ready to support external sensors, coach boats, and more. Learn more about the Atlas right here. ...

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