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Mercury Class Championship Richmond Yacht Club – Sept. 13-14 17 boats After a long delay on shore, the PRO Fred Paxton got the fleet out for the first 3 races of this 5 race series. John Ravizza with crew Chris Boome showed the same great speed that had helped John win the Huntington Regatta a month earlier. John was celebrating his birthday by leading all the way for a win in Race 1. The race was a single sausage with wind under 10 knots and a small chop. Race 2 was two times around with the wind and seas increasing. Jim Bradley with crew Richie Burns had their best race of the series by leading around the second lap only to lose to Chris Raab and crew Kenny Dair on the finish line. Race 3 got under way late in the day with the wind still holding around 10 knots. As the fleet reached the mid-way point on the run the wind completely shut off. Chris Raab was leading at the time but as the fleet bunched everyone who was first and became everyone who was last. Mike Burch with crew Greg Dair broke out of the pack on a small zephyr to take the lead. Mike attributed his success to his light air tell tails made from his old Barry Manilow tapes. The fleet caught a tow back to the RYC just as the sun was setting and the moon was rising. With three races on the books Mike Burch, Chris Raab and Chris Messano were virtually tied for first place. Saturday was a complete change in conditions. Fred Paxton had the fleet on the starting line early hoping to get a race off before the wind got too strong. With winds of 18 knots and a heavy seas...

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starts today

Detroit, September 15th, 2019 – The F18 North American Championship hosted at Crescent Sail Yacht Club kicks off Monday for 23 teams competing on 18' high performance catamarans on Lake St. Clair. Racing takes place over four days and will showcase the strength, agility, and strategy required to win in the fleet of two-person high performance racing catamarans. The Formula 18 catamaran has become the largest high-performance catamaran class in the world. Local, regional, national, and international champions have come here to Michigan to fight for the title. Three-time F18 North American Champion and Three-Time F18 Masters World Champion, Robbie Daniel, has been holding training sessions at the venue during the week leading up to the event. He has been joined by Ken Marshack, F18 National Masters Champion and Alter Cup winner. Steve Stroebel, 2018 F18 Nordic Champion, and Maxime Loiselle, defending Canadian National Champion, will compete for the North American Champion title as well....

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jungle fever

The stem, the forward-most curve of the hull, has been installed on the sailing cargo ship Ceiba being built in Costa Rica. The 148-foot (45-meter) tallship is being built completely by hand in a “jungle shipyard” - El AstilleroVerde - by SAILCARGO Inc. The three-masted square-topsail schooner is designed to carry cargo along the west coast of the Americas. The project team hope that Ceiba will be flagship for Costa Rica, transforming the maritime industry by providing a carbon-negative alternative to conventional shipping. Read on....

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2 girls, 7 cups

A temporary shortage of hard-stand space at the Noakes Boatyard in Sydney, Australia, lead to this curious coupling of boats whose designs are more than 100 years apart. The girl on top is Revolver, a 38-foot fast day-sailor designed by owner Bruce Ritchie. Built by Noakes in carbon-sheathed plywood, she was launched in 2015 and has returned to the yard for some TLC. Below, and looking rather tired and emotional, is the classic 1913 William Fife sloop Morna. Re-named Kurrewa IV for a period, this 65-foot yacht had seven line-honours wins in the Sydney-Hobart race. She is slated for a full restoration once some ownership issues have been resolved. - Anarchist David....

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life in dago

Hard to make a light-air 30 mile race around the North Coronado Island look exciting, but Justin Edelman did a good job yesterday from onboard the mighty A4, which dominated class 2 and ended up 5th overall. - Couldn't do it without my peeps - Christi Hagen, Sofi Maranto, Pete Woodworth, Andrew LaPlant and Craig Ramsay.  All of you are just so bad ass. - ed.  PS - That's DC finishing just ahead of us in his 47' beauty Splendor. (they started 20 mins ahead of us)....

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even a kid can do it

"Kirk's Log": Newport, Rhode Island, mid-September, 2019. In this town, this time of year it's a zoo. Just ...chaos. The boat show is in full effect, there’s a fleet of 20 new sport boats racing north of the bridge, and American Magic’s boat 1 is quietly tearing around the east passage. Pure chaos- giving me nasty flashbacks to my time as a youth coach here. But as we round the northern tip of fort Adams and point towards Jamestown, all of that noise quiets down. 9 year old, 55 pound Travis is about to enter a different dimension. The breeze fills in, Nick jumps onboard to give him some extra pounds and a sheeting hand. Time to throttle down, these two are gone. Out of the zoo, up into the blue. Serenity. That’s foiling. That’s why we came. That’s the newness and the difference we set up to share this weekend with the UFO. There’s no “oh yeah I’ve been here before”. That extra element of flight turns the familiar into new terrain. Come by and try for yourself."...

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prostrate for the prostate

It's day 58 of my round UK trip. I've just completed the longest open water crossing I've done so far from Port St Mary Isle of Man to Holyhead in Wales. The last few days have been a real highlight of this trip. Not least because it's not rained as much. I'm now aiming to be on the South Coast within 10 days. Weather dependent of course. Picture below was taken by Jen Kneale Coxswain of the Lifeboat in Port St Mary. Isle of Man. Thanks to everyone who has donated to this very worthwhile cause. Back story: I am embarking on an exciting but seriously challenging and dangerous mission - I am sailing round the UK in a 13ft open Laser for PROSTATE CANCER UK because we men all have one and it takes balls to talk. I will sail around the UK mainland in a 13ft one-man laser dinghy THE WRONG WAY ROUND. Although fascinating and fun this epic voyage is throwing up some huge challenges, bringing a wide host of emotions from fear, passion and frustration and a lot of anxiety!! It's thoroughly testing my faith in everything. But to get a diagnosis of cancer is MUCH, much more frightening - now that's a real battle and I want to try and do what I can to help those affected win their personal battle, by raising money for much-needed research and funding. So thank you too for being part of this fantastic journey with me. I started at Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex on 17th July 2019 at 12noon, and I plan to land back there sometime in September having traversed around the coast of Kent, London, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincs, Yorshire, Tyne & Wear, The Borders, Berwickshire, Aberdeenshire, Caithness and all the way back down the...

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tartan ten anarchy

We love this kinda stuff. Of course it's from our Fabulous Forums... So next week my college team and I are going off to Chicago to race T10's against other Midwestern colleges. I've thumbed through the North, Doyle Boston and Sobstad tuning guides and they seem to point in similar directions as far as rig setup and trim goes, and a lot of the advice is pretty intuitive. We were assigned an LS-10, which is the newer boat with the coachroof and some layout changes on deck and inside. 1. Are there any special tuning considerations for the LS-10 that wouldn't be true for the T-10? 2. Any preseason prep (Fairing, Longboarding, Sanding/Antifoul, New Sails) would have to already have been done by the owner, is there anything we can do to increase performance before leaving the dock? 3. For the main trimmer, how much of the trim is done with the traveler versus the sheet? The guides talk about keeping the aft third of the top batten parallel to the boom and the telltale stalling about 50% of the time, and that it's more crucial to induce twist coming out of tacks to promote flow adhesion on the keel-obviously keeping a dialogue with the driver, is that just slowly pulling the car to windward as the boat flattens out or is there some sheet play? Downwind, is it just playing out mainsheet until the sail hits the spreaders or is there more finesse? 4. Weight placement downwind-I assume that the goal is to keep weight out of the cockpit unless it's nuking, does the T-10 do better with a little windward or a little leeward heel? Better to soak or to try and keep boatspeed up? It's a pretty tiny kite... 5. Any tips to get a crew that...

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fuck yeah!

Let's be clear, we aren't exactly fanboys of AM. The stink of snooty elitism fairly drips from the "administration", and yes the quality of this blows, but god damn if they aren't hauling ass. How ya like that theme music? Check the video!...

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