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omg i want it!

As an OG Lite at SDYC, I fully well know the history and historical significance of Ganbare, and so do many of you. That's why when I saw that it was finally for sale, I yelled "I have to have it!", but my finances would dictate otherwise. Seriously, how long can this boat possibly stay on the market??...

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jam packed

There's a big ol' Eyetalian  Laser regatta going on! You are probably familiar by now with the huge fleets in the 4.7 and Radial at youth Laser regattas in Europe. For the European and World championships, for both the 4.7 and the Radial, levels of attendance of some 400 sailors are regularly reached. What is less known is that national regattas can also attract such huge fleets. The regatta that just started today in Italy is an example. This is the 2019 Italia Cup, organized in Naples, by the Molosiglio Sailing Center, on November 8-10. Let’s have a look at the registrations: - 182 sailors in the 4.7 - 151 sailors in the Radial - 43 sailors in the Standard Read on....

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pay to play, part 2

This is a follow up to this post. This "pay-to-play" thread has brought up the cost of offshore racing, with a 10-20k number thrown around a few times. Interested in what others' estimates are for a competitive 35-40' boat doing say Annapolis or Newport > Bermuda.  With just some quick back-of-envelope numbers, I'm getting roughly between 20-30k. Sails & rigging: $12,500 - 16,500 #4 heavy wx jib meeting SER requirements: $4000-5500 storm jib & trisail: $2000-2500 Spare halyard & sheets, snatch blocks, extra shackles, etc... : $1000 (optional) Code zero (for those long reaches): 5500-7500 Safety & electronics: $3500 - 8350 Satphone & Iridium Go rentals for 2 weeks: $1000 Weather routing (Predictwind pro vs  Expedition): $250 / 1300 EPIRB: $350 Liferaft (rental / purchase)  $1100 / 2500 SOLAS flares, backup lights, radar reflector, bilge pump, misc repair supplies: $800-1200 (Optional) AIS beacons for 8x crew: $2000 Consumables & Misc: $4000 - 4800 Food (8x for 10 days): 1200-2000 Gas: 100 Dockage: 500 Entry Fees & ORR cert: 1600 Safety at sea + 1st aid cert: 600 Jump in and discuss!...

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finally, a one-tonner we want!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Savannah, Georgia seized 967 pounds of cocaine October 29, 2019 in a container of scrap aluminum and copper being shipped from South America to Europe. The seizure set a new port record. CBP said that its officers detected an "anomaly" during an examination of a shipping container aboard a vessel that arrived in Savannah from South America. When officers opened the container, they discovered 21 duffel bags containing 818 bricks of a white powdery substance, which field-tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine weighed a combined 967 kilograms and has an estimated street value of about $31 million. Read on....

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first!

Gilles Lamiré and Antoine Carpentier on their 50ft trimaran, Groupe GCA – Mille et un sourires, have won the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre after crossing the line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 04:49:41 (UTC ), 11 days 16 hours 34 minutes and 41 seconds after leaving Le Havre, France on Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 (UTC) Groupe GCA – Mille et un sourires covered the theoretical course of 4,350 miles at an average speed of 15.50 knots, but actually sailed 4,926 miles at an average speed of 17.56 knots. Find the highlights of their race here....

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another first!

Francis Joyon, the skipper of the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran shattered the Mauritius Route record between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius) at 0726hrs local time (0326hrs UTC) on Friday 8th November). He smashed the reference time he set in November 2009 by more than six days and brings the Mauritius Route record down to less than 20 days or to be more precise to 19 days, 18 hours, 14 mins and 45 seconds.... The Mauritius Route record is the first act in the new campaign of ocean records, the IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR, which the skipper of the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran is currently tackling....

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the brain

It is a dark, moonless, windy night and you’re running downwind in a steep swell in mid-Atlantic. The only thing between you and a standing gybe are the numbers on the instrument displays. The quality of the data is crucial. Accurate numbers that scroll in sync with your movements on the helm are as important as the link between the rudder and the wheel. Reliability is key. This is not a time for sluggish, inaccurate information, or for the system to go down. It’s easy to appreciate good data, solid engineering and sound reliability when the pressure is on. in such circumstances and behind the scenes, the processor is at the heart of the instrument system. Read on....

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