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What breeze

All the big boats stayed in at Saint Tropez yesterday, but that didn’t stop this dude. We bet he didn’t try to go upwind! Photo from friend Juerg Kaufmann. Follow him on Instagram....

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Death

A man has died after a yacht capsized off Sydney’s south this morning. Emergency services were called after reports a woman swam to shore from the stricken vessel at Boat Harbour, near Kurnell at about 5am. NSW Water Police and a rescue helicopter conducted a search of the area and located the body of a man near Wanda Beach just before 6am. Thanks to 9News. Forum thread here…...

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Love/hate

Say hello to Theresa Brandner, Commodore of St. Francis YC, and this week’s Sailor Chick Of The Week. Here she is driving her J-105 in Frisco. It is our understanding that she is only 1 of 3 Commodores to helm their own boat in the BBS since 1993. In addition, she’s been actively racing (24 race days so far this year) and has sailed on the Sonar, J/80, J/22, and J/105, and supporting 12 women’s sailing events and clinics during her year as Commodore of StFYC. So we absolutely think Theresa Brandner is an amazing woman. We’ve had a few phone conversations, and...

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Happy birthday

So today my precious older son turns 20 years old. How in the hell is that even possible? Just a few years ago he was this kid, now he is a wonderful young man, thriving in the collegiate atmosphere of USC. I simply could not be more proud, and just wanted to share this. I know those of you with kids can surely relate…...

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Bucket list

The idea came to me in the summer of 2001, while taking a shower.  I was thinking about the different places I had sailed, and started counting the States. There were about a dozen; enough to think it would be fun to try and sail in all 50. Maybe I was all wet, but many people try and visit all 50 states, and other’s try to visit all of the pro baseball or football stadiums, but to my knowledge, none have sailed in all of the States.  My rules were simple: sail on any ocean, navigable lake, river, bay; on...

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We dem boyz

So today was the Sharp Hospice Charity Bay Race, sponsored by the Cortez Racing Association and Coronado Yacht Club. An interesting pursuit bay race with 50 entries, the mighty A4 with my amazing crew of Danny North, The Ed, Sean Kelley, Andrew LaPlant,Paige Johnston and Justin Edelman absolutely crushed it, getting first in class and first overall. Look at me – you’d think I just won the AC, but you know the races where it just all comes together? This was that. We won the start (four other FT 10’s), held of some serious charges from the FT 10 Elusive, sailed by Rick Harris,...

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So cool

We are never not amazed at the design direction the top Mini’s… Jörg Riechers winner has crossed the finish line of the second stage of the 7th edition of Les Sables – The Azores – Les Sables. The skipper of Lilienthal, who swallowed the 1,270 mile course between Horta and Port Olona in 5 days 6:51 p.m. minutes and 23 seconds at an average speed of 9.15 knots, printed a furious pace from beginning to end and finally made the difference. Photo Christophe Breschi....

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You have to

Next year will see the 50th edition of one of the greatest ocean races of them all… save the date! In 1886 Hawaii’s King Kalākaua invited the yachtsmen of the US mainland to race across the Pacific to his island paradise. Forty-nine times now the race has been run, and approaching Transpac 50, in 2019, it’s international. Among the world’s great ocean races there are not many that start and end among palm trees. There are also not many long enough to inspire the spirit of adventure of an ocean crossing in newcomers and veterans alike. Even fewer races have...

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