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bella non piu

The bitchin looking and no doubt quick as hell new Bella Mente has retired from the Caribbean 600. Musta broke something, but what we don't know yet. More here....

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outtie

Wizard and Fujin continue to lead their classes. Wizard has been in the low 20 knot range consistently while Fujin has been averaging just a click or two faster. Coming in fast from behind are Argo (flipped just two days ago) and Maserati which clearly has their configuration dialed in a little better. Both have been sailing in the high 20s to low 30s. Gibb Kane on his beautiful Swan 66 BOUNTY is also sailing well. You can follow the race here. Jump in the thread here....

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creep found guilty

David Hopkins, a San Diego sailor who once tried to race a Tripp 40 in the double handed race to Hawaii (but was denied as one of the sailors was blind), had been arrested and charged with one count each of attempting to use a minor to produce a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, attempting to coerce or entice a minor, traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and transferring of obscene material to a minor, has been found guilty by a federal jury.  Read on.  ...

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investigation

Current investigation of the European Union against World Sailing The European Union opened in November 2018 a preliminary investigation against World Sailing on its choice of boats for the Olympic Games. The procedure, started in Italy with the national authorities at the request of the Italian manufacturer of dinghy Devoti Sailing, was forwarded to the European antitrust authorities. The complainants criticize the International Sailing Federation for awarding the market of each class to a single manufacturer of one-design sailboats. The procedure is still in progress today. Read on....

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e down under

2019 Garmin NSW Etchells Championship The second day of racing in the 2019 Garmin International Etchells Class NSW State Championship did not live up to expectations at all. Everyone was thinking they would have to spend at least a portion of the day onshore, waiting for the wind to come in. Instead, we managed to get all three races in, even if we did need to wait just a little while, so that the wind could settle down and come from a consistent direction. The first race of the day was set on an axis of 060 degrees in around six knots of breeze. It looked as if it would get off the first time around, but with a wind shift just before the start causing a number of boats to be over the line, so a General Recall resulted. The course was subsequently adjusted to an axis of 055, and the fleet was sent off again, this time with a clear start for all. After the first lap, the wind had lightened off a little, and the top mark was moved slightly West....

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battle of the aussies

So SailGP Sydney is over and the two Aussie skippers handed it out to everyone else. Difficult after one venue in one set of conditions to say whether they are a step above the rest or not. Time will tell in a non-home venue in different conditions and of course when others gain more practice. I note multiple comments on our forums, some good, some bad but as sailors what we need to realise is this isn’t really for us, it is for the lands people who don’t know one end of a tiller extension from another. They are the ones being targeted for the oohs and aahs, them and the eventual sponsors who would hope that their logos on the sails and their association with something so modern and ‘out there’ – in their eyes at least. As a sailor was it riveting? Not as much as I hoped but for a 50knot capable boat to reach anything like those speeds Mother Nature has to cooperate and for racing to be close she has to do it equally across a race course and over the past few days the typical Sydney Summer Breeze just didn’t cooperate. Like all short course racing the starts were vital as evidenced by Phil Robertson’s efforts. When China Team got it right (twice) they posted two second slots, when they got buried it was last (almost) all the way in the other three races. I know I was paying attention to that team but just check my screen name. Another thing I noticed was the variation in speed out of the tack especially in these borderline conditions. I am no hydrodynamicist but just like an aircraft adjusts their flaps for take off and landing compared to level flight I imagine the lift Vs drag...

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