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Sail-World USA: 27 February 2010

BMW Oracle Racing has returned the America's Cup to the USA - setting the stage for a new era in US sailing  BMW Oracle Racing: Guilain Grenier
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 27 February 2010.

Sorry, we have been off the air due to commitments to the America's Cup and covering the tremendous win by Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing.

Once the euphoria from the Victory Parades and functions have faded, the serious work of defending the trophy will begin, as will the leverage that US sailing can leverage for the rest of the sport from this tremendous win.

In this issue we catch up on the news outside the America's Cup.

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Pacific waits for Chile's tsunami waves
Sail-World & wire services,
Tsunami warnings have been posted around the Pacific, including New Zealand,Mexico the USA's Hawaii and California, Japan and Russia and the Australian East Coast south of Queenslands Double Island Point to the southern tip of Tasmania after a massive earthquake near Chile's second largest city Conception.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Conditions about to get tougher for Groupama 3
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy update. The sailing conditions will become harder this Saturday evening for Groupama 3 with the arrival of a cold front via the West, which is set to catch up with the trimaran whilst causing the wind to shift round to the same sector. Cape Horn - its very utterance conjures up images of the wind you expect to find there.... [more]
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RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Team Aqua wins a tough battle
Bernard Schopfer,
Chris Bake and his Team Aqua won the fleet regatta after a fantastic final battle, whilst Torbjorn Tornqvist and Artemis conquered the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy (the combination of the match race and fleet race rankings) ahead of Pieter Heerema's No Way Back and Markus Wieser's Team Sea Dubai.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe and Bora Gulari honored
Barby MacGowan,
Anna Tunnicliffe and Bora Gulari have been honored at US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Ceremony. The award recipients, chosen for their outstanding on-water sailing accomplishments in 2009, were joined by family, friends, sailing dignitaries and members of the press at the New York Yacht Club's renowned Model Room.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Hat Trick for Beau Geste
RORC,
Although several boat are still racing, Richard Bamford's Swan 38 Dolfijn retired this morning which means that at tonight's prize giving Karl Kwok's Farr 80, Beau Geste, will be awarded the RORC Caribbean 600 trophy for best yacht overall under IRC, the line honours trophy for monohulls and Class trophy for IRC Super Zero.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 extends her lead
Groupama-Cammas,
Sixty miles better in 24 hours: Groupama 3 is continuing to extend her lead in relation to Orange 2's course in 2005. This is beginning to become a habit. Indeed it's been a week now that Groupama 3 has been accumulating 650 to 750 mile days! 5,650 miles in eight days, that is almost twice the distance of an Atlantic crossing...... [more]
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Star Western Hemisphere Championship 2010 - Nassau is at the ready
Thierry S. Huguenin / ISAF,
After a year of intense planning and preparation, the Nassau Yacht Club is in the final stages of readying itself to once again welcome the International Star Class.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Beau Geste takes monohull line honours
RORC,
Beau Geste has taken monohull line honours finishing the RORC Caribbean 600 on the 25th February 00 01 13 in an elapsed time of 2 Days 11 Hours 21 Minutes 13 Seconds. Helmsman Gavin Brady was very impressed with the race course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Cape Town selected as first port of call
Volvo Ocean Race,
Cape Town's selection as the first port for the 2011-12 race is a result of a lot of hard work on the part of the stopover organisers in meeting the criteria laid down by the port bidding process introduced for this edition of the race.... [more]
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U.S. Youth Championships 2010: Applications Close March 15
Jake Fish,
Applications for the 2010 U.S. Youth Championships, the premier youth sailing championship of the year, will close on March 15 at midnight EST. The winners in the Laser, Laser Radial and 29er fleets will be named to US Sailing's Developmental Team. For the first time, this year the championship will be held in August... [more]
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US Sailing announces 2009 One-Design Award winners
Jake Fish,
Each year at the One-Design Sailing Symposium, up to five awards are presented to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations in one-design sailing. The categories are: Service, Leadership, Club, Regatta, and Creativity. These awards highlight role models of creative leadership in one-design sailing.... [more]
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Voices of Classic Rock Perform at St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Heather Tackling,
Heineken proudly announces the “Voices of Classic Rock”, an all star ensemble comprised of the original lead singers from among the most iconic classic rock acts of the 1980's, will star at the opening party of the 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in Port de Plaisance, on Thursday March 4th 2010.... [more]
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Glowfast Cruising Series – Just as bright, half the price
Brita Fowler,
Glowfast has long been known for its Luminous Draft Stripes Now they have announced the release of their Cruising Series, and they are half the price!... [more]
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Hospice Regatta meets its goals - Competition and Compassion
St. Croix Yacht Club,
Two very different days of weather, two rainbows, five dolphins and 66 entries on the starting line made for a good venue to raise funds and awareness for hospice on St. Croix, at the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta, February 19-21. Regatta director Julie San Martin announced the $50,000 fund raising goal was met through entry fees, donations and sponsorships.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 into the Pacific Ocean
Groupama - Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is nearly into the Pacific Ocean with a lead over the reference time of Orange 2. Groupama 3 is on the point of collecting her first trophy of this Jules Verne! Indeed this round the world sprint has also provided the crew with the opportunity to beat three other records recognised by the WSSRC (World Sailing Speed Record Council).... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Whales and wind shadows
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600. ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe had just rounded St.Maarten, the most northerly part of the course as dawn broke on the second day of the event. Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy's Swan 56, Noonmark VI, is leading IRC One, however two of the Farr 65s are only 5 miles behind. Spirit of Minerva is having a battle royale with Spirit of Isis and they have been barely a boat length apart ........ [more]
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RC 44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Tough day for Katusha
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard onboard Katusha at the RC 44 Al Maktoum Trophy reports - Tough day onboard Katusha. We had five match races today and only managed one win. I haven't had that bad of a win percentage in a long time. The local team, Sea Dubai is having a great regatta so far having won all five of their matches.... [more]
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ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous - Bitter End Yacht Club BVI
Cailah Leask,
The annual ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous is set to take place at the Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC), British Virgin Islands, 15 – 20 March 2010. The Rendezvous fleet will sail around the spectacular British Virgin Islands taking in the outstanding scenery and natural ambience the area is famous for.... [more]
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Next New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series
Barby MacGowan,
Last month, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) invited the leading American yacht clubs to compete for spots in the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, to be sailed in Newport, R.I., September 10-17, 2011. The U.S. Qualifying Series will be held in Newport, R.I. this September 7-11.... [more]
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BoatU.S. Foundation Emergency Rescue Beacon Rental Program
BoatU.S.,
Sailboat racers, tournament fishermen and short-haul cruisers who occasionally travel far offshore have relied on the BoatU.S. Foundation's Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon (EPIRB) Rental Program for over 14 years... [more]
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2010 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 2 pictures
Sail-World.com,
2010 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 2. Jeff Ecklund (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on Star with Harry Melges and Barr Batzer as crew are the event Champions. Enjoy these pictures from Joy Dunigan/ International Melges 20 Class Association.... [more]
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Team Tunnicliffe starts National Speaking Tour
Team Tunnicliffe,
This weekend, Team Tunnicliffe visited Riverside Yacht Club, CT and Beverly Yacht Club, MA to kick off the start of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics National Speaking Tour.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Giltinan Championship Race 7 - Champions decided
Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League,
18ft Skiffs Giltinan Championship Race 7 - Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout are the 2010 Giltinan champions. Today began with three boats in a head-to-head battle for the championship. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Project Racing and Gotta Love It 7.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is shooting across the Indian Ocean
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 record attempt. Time is ticking by! After amassing a deficit of over 430 miles following 18 days at sea at 1400 UTC on Thursday, the time spent in the Indian Ocean was beginning to drag for Franck Cammas and his nine crew. Having succeeded in getting ahead of the front circulating around the Roaring Forties, Groupama 3 has finally clawed back some miles.... [more]
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Canadian students ‘safe' after boat capsizes off Brazil
Lesley Ciarula Taylor,
All 63 students and crew aboard a sailing ship that operates as a floating classroom for a Nova Scotia school are safe after a night in lifeboats off the coast of Brazil. 'Everybody is safe,' said a spokesman for the Brazilian Navy on Friday morning. Asked if anyone was sick or injured, he said, 'Everybody is fine.'... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series gathering in Miami
Melges 20 Class Association,
The Audi Melges 20 fleet gathers once more this weekend in Miami, Fla. for number two of three 2010 Miami Winter Series events hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, supported by Shake-A-Leg Miami and Melges Performance Sailboats. Fourteen teams have assembled for yet another beautiful regatta filled with warm weather and some of the hottest sportboat competition around.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Into Stealth mode
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Race. Team Finland has left Taiwan and is en route for Qingdao, China. At 0720 GMT (1520 local time) today the yacht left Hualien under jury rig and will motor sail to the Chinese Olympic sailing city where the rest of the fleet is due to arrive this weekend.... [more]
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Bermuda Race announces NYYC's Harbour Court as pre-start headquarters
Bermuda Race Organizing Committee,
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has announced that the pre-start race headquarters for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race will be the Sailing Center at the New York Yacht Club's Newport clubhouse, Harbour Court. Crews may use the clubhouse and its facilities before the race's start on June 18, 2010.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - When only the Fastest is fast enough!
Paul Larsen,
The UK based team behind the Vestas Sailrocket project are building a new boat to finish the job of setting the outright world speed sailing record. It will incorporate many features to make it more versatile and practical to sail at world record speeds in a wider range of winds and sea states.... [more]
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Bruno Peyron decides to relaunch The Race
Mer et Media,
Bruno Peyron has officially announced that he has decided to relaunch The Race. The three times holder of the Jules Verne Trophy is creator of The Race. After several months of studies and some careful thinking and after consulting the main potential competitors, a second edition of the race around the world for the giant G-class boats is therefore planned for 2013-2014.... [more]
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Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta attracts top World teams
Warren Douglas,
Some of the world's top international match race teams are set to descend on Auckland for the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta in March. A mix of America's Cup experience plus rising young talent will do battle in the invitational regatta on the Waitemata Harbour.... [more]
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2010 Melges 24 World Championship NOR and Online Entry available
IMCA,
The International Melges 24 Class is pleased to announce that the Notice of Race and Online Entry for the 2010 Melges 24 World Championship, to be hosted by the Kalev Yacht Club, Tallinn, Estonia in association with the Finnish & Estonian Melges 24 Class from 4-12 August 2010, are now available from the Event Website.... [more]
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Southern California Yachting Association's 81st Midwinter Regatta
Rich Roberts,
Southern California Yachting Association's 81st annual Midwinter Regatta Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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Harbor Cup 2010 - Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta
Rich Roberts,
There's no doubt about the team to beat when the Los Angeles Yacht Club stages the third annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta March 12-14. The West Coast's only intercollegiate big boat regatta.... [more]
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US Sailing announces 2010 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Marni Lane,
US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, is proud to announce the members of the new 2010 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG).... [more]
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33rd America's Cup enters annals of history
Sara E. Watson,
“It was a terrific show of ultimate technology at the edge between success and the possibilities for trouble - fortunately it all worked.” So observed Halsey Herreshoff, President of the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame and sailor in six America's Cup competitions, at the conclusion of the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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Paul Cayard - Finally and different to what we thought
Paul Cayard,
Well, we finally got some racing and it was completely different than all of us thought. At least upwind. I am off to Dubai for some RC 44 sailing with Artemis and Katusha and my Eurosport buddies are off to Vancouver.... [more]
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Kiwiprops - an innovative new propeller for sailing yachts
Kiwiprop media,
The Kiwiprop™ is a unique cost effective feathering propeller that eliminates gears, aligns the blades with the streamlines, not the shaft; minimises corrosion potential from the lightweight composite blades and offers users easy variable pitch adjustment... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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Paul Cayard reports on another frustrating day in Valencia
Paul Cayard,
The writing was on the wall last night when the Race Committee postponed the start time for today from 1000 to 1200. Paul Cayard reports 'Another frustrating day in Valencia. No racing today. I am very frustrated by all this as I feel we are not putting our best foot forward as a sport. Obviously, February in Valencia is going to be tough with the weather criteria as tight as it is for these boats... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Jamaica Lightning Bolt closes in
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore to Qingdao Day 9. Jamaica Lightning Bolt has narrowed the gap on leading pair, while Edinburgh Inspiring Capital has gone into Stealth Mode. The other crews are still trying to close in on Cape Breton Island, Hull & Humber and Jamaica Lightning Bolt.... [more]
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Nanny Cay Challenge for Round Tortola Record
J2 Communications & Events,
Nanny Cay, the British Virgin Islands' flagship resort and marina, has launched the Nanny Cay Challenge for the round Tortola record. Yachts visiting the British Virgin Islands are invited to make an attempt to beat the latest round Tortola records which have been established by the monohull and multihull times set in the 2009 PegLegs Round Tortola Race... [more]
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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Snow pushes sailors south to thaw out
Heather Tackling,
One of the worst winters on record for many parts of the USA and Northern Europe has resulted in a boom in entries to this year's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 4-7). Fed up with the long, cold, winter freeze, competitors have opted to migrate south to enjoy a fun-packed week of partying and racing in guaranteed high temperatures, fresh, consistent breezes, and clear blue Caribbean waters.... [more]
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Newport - Ensenada 2010: Time is short for your boat's claim to fame
Rich Roberts,
Any boats that enter the 63rd race before Feb. 28 will be part of another classy company with their names placed for posterity on the official commemorative race poster titled 'The Thrill of Victory.'... [more]
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2010 Miami Grand Prix less than a month away
Jeanne Kleene,
There will be no shortage of top-tier competition at the 2010 Miami Grand Prix. Racing sailors from across the country and around the world are setting their sights on Premiere Racing's second South Florida event. Melges 32, Farr 40 and IRC boats will race in the sparkling ocean waters off beautiful South Beach March 4-7.... [more]
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Kiteboard class added to 2010 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta
Isabelle Picard,
At the request of our local Kiteboarders, the St. Croix Yacht Club is adding a racing circle to the Hospice regatta the weekend of February 20 -21. This will allow our avid kiteboarders to compete in round the buoys racing and practice for upcoming competition, using the Racing Rules of Sailing.... [more]
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The end of an era: Decommissioning the North American Loran-C
US Federal Register,
The Long Range Aids to Navigation (Loran-C) system was a valuable position and navigation system when it was established in 1957, but it is about to go into history, made redundant by the GPS system. The US Government, as part of an Obama economy package, has determined that it is not even needed as a back-up.... [more]
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Paul Cayard - No wind, no sailing and a let down
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard is in Valencia and here is his latest report. In this case here in Valencia, we have put ourselves in the hands of a judge because we could not agree on when to race. So here we are in February, in Europe, trying to hold the most important race in our sport. This is going to be about as difficult as holding the World Cup of skiing in Gstaad in August.... [more]
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Registration for 2010 Newport Bermuda Race open
Newport Bermuda Race Committee,
Registration for the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race is open. More than 100 boats have already entered and have begun the preparation countdown. Now is the time to get started.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe - At Stake, a World's spot and last year's Title
Anna Tunnicliffe,
This past weekend was the 2010 Radial Women's North American Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I competed in the event in the hopes of qualifying for a spot at the 2010 Radial World Championships, and of defending my title from 2009.... [more]
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Graham Biehl joins AlphaGraphics in Learn to Sail Regatta
Nikisha Williams,
AlphaGraphics, the title sponsor of the US Sailing Team vying for the ultimate prize in England in 2012, took experiential marketing and relationship management to the next level via its sponsorship of the team and its young athletes.... [more]
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Paul Cayard in Valencia - Less than 24 hours to go
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from Valencia - I had a chance to talk to Skipper James Spithill while the boat was being rigged. James had some very interesting insight to the wing and the foils and how they are used on the boat. It made me think back to 1986 and our radical 12 meter USA and all that we sailors learned from that project.... [more]
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Andrew Campbell's thoughts on 'Can Sports Save the World?'
Andrew Campbell,
On January 15th, The Atlantic Monthly ran an article online by author Adam Hofstetter titled 'Can Sports Save the World?' Only with Sportsmanship can Sport inspire citizens of enemy nations to progress towards peace. Sport brings out the passion of battle between athletes. When the athletes respect the effort and skill of the each other those passions are incredible for all to see.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo uses new product to preserve hull weight and design shape
Sail-World,
The name Alfa Romeo evokes sensuous lines, One of the major concern on any race boat is unnecessary weight. Any excess weight will create performance penalties that de?ne the difference between victory and defeat. When it was time to redo the anti-foul paint from Alfa Romeo's hull, the requirement is that 36 kg of old Anti-Foul needs to be removed, and precisely 36 kg be put on again.... [more]
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TowBoatU.S honours on-the-water boat towing captains for heroism
Scott Croft, BoatU.S.,
BoatU.S. Towing Services honored 11 of its TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist captains for heroism at its annual BoatU.S. 'Lifesaving Award' at a ceremony that capped off the group's annual conference held recently in Arlington, VA.... [more]
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America's Cup - Paul Cayard from Valencia
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard - In Valencia. I have just arrived in Valencia where I will be part of the television coverage team from EuroSport for the upcoming America's Cup.... [more]
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2010 Long Beach Yacht Club Wet Wednesday Series NOR
Rick Roberts,
Long Beach Yacht Club is pleased to announce a new Wet Wednesday Series format for 2010... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac: Registration is now open
Chicago Yacht Club,
Over 100 sailors have already registered for the 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, which starts on July 23-24, 2010 in Chicago. Over 550 invitations were issued to past competitors on February 1, and with such a tremendous response in just days, Chicago Yacht Club anticipates another big fleet... [more]
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IC Midwinters won by Vineyard Vines; Baxters with Pletsch and Magill
Lincoln White,
This past weekend 76 Interclub Dinghy sailors braved sub-freezing temperatures and a near blizzard at the IC Midwinter Championship hosted by Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, MD. Team Vineyard Vines out of Larchmont YC with John and Molly Baxter sailing A division and Danny Pletsch with crew Meagan Magill in B division won the event by a decisive 33 points.... [more]
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2010 North American Course Racing Championships NOR published
Markus Schwendtner,
The Notice of Race for the 2010 North American Course Racing Championships has just been published and is available for download... [more]
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