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Matthew Taylor, owner of Savage Yachts LLC in Madeira Beach, faces several charges A Florida business owner was arrested Friday and faces multiple charges associated with operating his yacht brokerage firm as a Ponzi scheme and cheating four customers of US$1.5m. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office has charged 42-year-old Matthew Taylor, owner of Savage Yachts LLC in Madeira Beach, with one count of first-degree scheme to defraud, four counts of grand theft and four counts of money laundering following an investigation that began in February of this year, according to WTTV-TV. Read on....

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There was a surprise registration at Fall CORK in the Laser 4.7 fleet: Cort Snyder, from the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Florida, who won the prestigious Orange Bowl regatta Optimist in December last year, and who placed 4th overall at the Garda meeting in 2018, with over 1000 participants. The Fall CORK regatta (CORK stands for Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston) was a 2 day event, held this year in summer like conditions. First day were light winds, and only 2 races were possible. For the second day, there were sustained winds of 12 to 15 knots, and 3 races were completed. Snyder won the regatta in the Laser 4.7 with 3 bullets and 2 second positions. Second in the Laser 4.7 was Noah Adler from Nova Scotia, the 2018 Canadian Optimist champion.  The Laser 4.7 fleet had 19 boats, versus 12 in the Standard and 68 in the Radial, which was won by Canadian sailing team sailor Coralie Vittecoq, from Québec. The standard fleet was won by another CST sailor, Luke Ruitenberg, from Nova Scotia. Read on....

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one and one and one is three

In a multihull marketplace previously dominated by two-hull offerings a lot of careful thought and informed-development is ensuring that the trimaran configuration is finally getting more of the recognition that it deserves... Rapido Trimarans, is the brainchild of directors Paul Koch and James Sganzerla, who ran the highly regarded and successful Corsair Marine from 1994 to 2010. Their collective experience of 60 years building more than 1,500 trimarans is combined with the corporate and production management expertise of Richard Eyre, Phil Johns and Damien Judd. The hard-won experience and eye for detail of this core team guides their talented, 60-strong Vietnamese staff at Triac Composites, who produce lightweight high-end composite structures that span numerous disciplines. Read on. Title inspiration thanks to a band we've never heard of....

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A really good post from Down Unda: So first some context. My crew and I have just won a five race Winter Series with a score (after drop) of 4. We live in a fairly cold part of Australia and ironically winter (and autumn) is the only time our boat is eligible to compete in the top level of racing conducted by any of our three local clubs. Why, you may ask? Well, for some reason, even though all the summer pennant races are conducted in either smooth or sheltered waters (see map), the organising authorities have in their wisdom decided to over-ride the Australian Sailing Category 5 Safety requirements and insist that a fitted (not hand-held) VHF radio must be installed. For those in other regions the safety categories are: Race Category Description Category 0 N/A (Trans-oceanic races) Category 1 Offshore races of long distance and well offshore, where boats must be self-sufficient for extended periods of time, capable of withstanding heavy storms and prepared to meet serious emergencies without the expectation of outside assistance. Category 2 Offshore races of extended duration along or not far removed from shorelines or in large unprotected bays or lakes, where a high degree of self-sufficiency is required of the yachts. Category 3 Offshore races across open water, most of which is relatively protected or close to shorelines. Category 4 Short offshore races, close to shore in relatively warm or protected waters, normally held in daylight. Category 5 Races with limited rescue availability, in protected waters, in daylight hours or in sheltered waters at night. Category 6 Short races close to the shoreline in protected waters, in daylight hours only and with effective rescue availability Category 7 Short races in sheltered waters, in daylight hours only and with effective rescue availability. Boats not complying with...

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The technology focus for the new SailGP global championship has been on the F50s and for good reason. The F50 is a new class of boat that shares DNA with the revolutionary cats used in the last America’s Cup. The boats are turbo-charged with advanced foils and sophisticated control systems. It has been an impressive undertaking and has delivered yet another step forward for high-performance sailing. F50s are capable of more than 50kts (60 mph) and can make 30kts downwind in less than 10kts of breeze. The technical advances are clear to see. ‘Race Control set and modify the course on a PC-based navigation system, which is sent to the LiveLineFX servers for processing and redistribution’, explains Matt Eeles, R&D lead for B&G. In addition to a Fibre Optic Gyro compass, the committee boat utilises a B&G H5000 motion corrected wind solution to calculate true wind data, which is used by the Principal Race Officer to set the course axis and length. It also provides the true wind data for the layline and wind broadcast graphics. Read on....

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With a mere 3-point spread separating first place from second and third place from fourth, competitor energy prior to the first start of the final day of racing was intense. With winds of 9-13 knots there were going to be opportunities for the standings to change. All competitors knew they needed to be sharp to make gains. Throughout the week, conditions had not favored afternoon racing, so it would be important to move up early. Robby Daniel/Gary Chu, overall leaders going into the last day, and Todd Riccardi/Dalton Tebo were not the only pair to watch. Maxime Loiselle/Oliver Pilon, in 3rd, had sailed in single digit standings consistently, but Ulrich Gollwitzer/Liam Walz were equally determined to end the regatta with a strong performance and close the thin gap separating the teams. With a clean start to the first race, Riccardi/Tebo won the pin and headed left. By the windward mark Daniel/Chu, who had started mid-line and went farther right, had a thin lead. Third to the windward mark was Gollwitzer/Walz followed by Katie Flood/Eric Brattinga and Steve Stroebel/ Michael Risoer. By the bottom gate, the leaders split with Daniel/Chu heading left, Riccardi/Tebo taking the right side of the course. Gollwitzer/Walz had set their sights on the fleet leader and also headed left. By the finish, Daniel/Chu had a firm lead and Gollwitzer/Walz had climbed to 2nd for the second time of the event. Flood/Brattinga delivered a strong performance taking 6th in the race, moving that team up in the mixed ranking as well. One more race was held to close out the series. With the breeze between 7-9 knots, the challenge to press through the gears was on. Steve Stroebel/ Michael Risoer took the lead early, leading the first three legs of the two-lap race. Daniel/Chu worked hard to reel them, ultimately...

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