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not all fun and games

Ullman Sails' Keith Magnussen shares his final report from the J/125 Timeshaver on the Cabo race... Before I get into this I wanted to start out by saying congratulations to Team Fast Exit for their overall win in the 2019 Newport to Cabo.  Their navigator called a perfect race and the boat was faster than I have ever seen so kudos to them. So now we can dive right into the 2nd or 3rd day of the NHYC-Cabo Race.  If you missed the first few days please check back at my preview and also the live updates from the boat. You prepare...

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this little piggy..

...went to the Olympics? The L 30 has been chosen for something called the double-handed Offshore Worlds in 2020, yet another World Sailing event. It would then follow with the notion that this $200,000 fugly, twin-wheel steered, under-powered trailer sailor is destined for the Olympics. Um, okay....

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rent a ride

If the figures announced by Globe Sailor are not an independent statistical campaign, they give an interesting picture of the boat rental market, through an operator working with many fleet managers. While international tourism grew by 6% in 2018 with 1.4 billion tourists, Globe Sailor posted a 30% increase, all types of boats combined, confirming the attractiveness of the boat holidays. Read on....

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round and round

The 10th Round Hainan Regatta kicked off on the 16th March in Haikou with opening ceremony followed by two round the cans races in boisterous but not crazy conditions. I was fortunate enough to sail in the round the cans races with SailingIn on their chartered Dubois 50 which took two bullets giving the team a useful position going into the first leg of the offshore elements starting the next day. Most made it round the race course with few issues but the big Hanse ‘Shanghai’ didn’t look where they were going before tacking onto the track of another competitor...

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busy boys

Nearly everyone reading this will have sailed or raced a singlehanded dinghy, either as a youth, more recently as an adult, or both. The pure joy of being in complete control of your own craft speeding effortlessly across the water and the direct feedback it brings to the senses is indescribable and keeps us forever attached to this sport. So it may come as a surprise that, with this genre being crowded with so many designs over the decades, there could still be space left for innovation – yet Melges Performance Sailboats has done just that with the Melges 14,...

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blow boat

On Friday, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Tampa offloaded about 27,000 pounds of cocaine at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, worth an estimated $360 million wholesale. It is the latest in a long series of multi-tonne drug seizures taken in the Eastern Pacific's busy trafficking zone. The drugs were seized off the coasts of Central and South America, and they represent the results of a dozen separate smuggling vessel interdictions. Three cutters contributed to the haul: the cutter Dependable interdicted two boats and seized about 2,900 pounds; the Tampa interdicted six boats and seized about 18,000 pounds; and the Venturous interdicted four boats and seized about 7,200 pounds. Read...

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