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JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt I) JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt I) When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo akin to Mr. Creosote, they reach for the JATO bottles. Aircraft like C-7 Caribous and LC130 Hercules strap rockets, yes rockets, to the underside of their wings to gain valuable extra thrust, which surely helps keep the pilots heart rates below the red line. by John Curnow Posted today at 4:45 am Secure your seat at the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series Secure your seat at the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series There’s an old adage that it’s best to have a comfortable seat when the music stops. There’s an old adage that it’s best to have a comfortable seat when the music stops. While nobody is overly concerned with creature comforts at an athletic competition, all teams wishing to secure their spot on the starting line of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 14-17, 2017), hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club are kindly reminded that entry-deadline music officially stops on September 6, 2017. by St. Francis Yacht Club Posted today at 7:23 am Discussing the Storm Trysail Club’s Ted Hood Regatta with Clarke Smith Discussing the Storm Trysail Club’s Ted Hood Regatta with Clarke Smith I chatted with Clarke Smith, chairman for the 2017 Ted Hood Regatta, via email, to learn more about this exciting event. Given the late, great Ted Hood’s sterling reputation as both a sailor and innovator, it makes a lot of sense that the Storm Trysail Club’s Marblehead Station would create their inaugural Ted Hood Regatta (August 25-27), which will be held on the waters off of Marblehead, Massachusetts, in his honor. I corresponded with Clarke Smith, chairman for the 2017 Ted Hood Regatta, via email, to learn more. by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor Posted on 21 Aug 2017 Palermo Montecarlo - Start in Palermo 2017 Palermo Montecarlo - Start in Palermo Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Palermo Montecarlo 2017. Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Palermo Montecarlo 2017. by Studio Borlenghi Posted today at 7:00 am Laser Radial Worlds - Slovenia and Brazil lead after Day 1 in Holland Laser Radial Worlds - Slovenia and Brazil lead after Day 1 in Holland Two races were completed today in all three fleets, kicking off the Laser Radial World Championships in Holland. Two races were completed today in all three fleets, kicking off the Laser Radial World Championships in Holland. The morning brought glassy waters and postponements, but by early afternoon, the wind on the IJsselmeer built to about seven knots. by Katie Olsen Posted today at 2:10 am U23 Finn Worlds - 21 nations set to compete at Balatonfüred, Hungary U23 Finn Worlds - 21 nations set to compete at Balatonfüred, Hungary 2017 U23 Finn World Championship for Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfüred was officially declared open tonight in a ceremony The 2017 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfüred was officially declared open tonight in a ceremony overlooking Lake Balaton. Over the coming week nearly 50 young sailors from 21 countries will be fighting to win the right to lift the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup, a trophy gifted to the International Finn Association 13 years ago by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. by Robert Deaves Posted today at 1:42 am Challenge of the Nord Stream Race beckons for rookie offshore sailors Challenge of the Nord Stream Race beckons for rookie offshore sailors Some young, talented sailors are about to undergo one of the biggest challenges as they set sail in the 1,000nm race While all the competitors taking part in the race are expert sailors in some form of the sport, many of them are completely new to sailing out of sight of land and concentrating for hours and days at a time. by Andy Rice Posted on 21 Aug Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nomination period open Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nomination period open There are two categories - male and female - and sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport. World Sailing will draw up a shortlist of nominations with the highest and most inspirational achievers going on to become the 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees. by World Sailing Posted on 21 Aug Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Day 2 – Calm except on starting line Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Day 2 – Calm except on starting line Day two was very different to the first. Black Jack's new tactician, Tom Slingsby isn't afraid to match race 100 footers Day two of Audi Australia Hamilton Island Race Week was very different to the first! I started with the cruising fleet starts, and then headed over to the IRC divisions where we witnessed 100 foot maxis pushing the start line after a long delay due to unstable wind on the offshore course. by Nic Douglass Posted on 21 Aug Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Spars VO65 masts help slash race record Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Spars VO65 masts help slash race record Southern Spars new run of VO65 masts passed their first test, helping MAPFRE carve seven minutes off the Round the IOW Southern Spars new run of VO65 masts passed their first test, helping MAPFRE carve seven minutes off the Round the Isle of Wight record. The seven teams took off around the race course which was the setting for the foundation race for the America’s Cup. by Southern Spars Posted on 21 Aug 470 Class Japan National Championships – Day 4 470 Class Japan National Championships – Day 4 Final series started by waiting ashore. At 13:10, GF started with 220/6-7kt. It was light, but quite stable direction. R6 was sailed just under 8kt, no Oscar flag was up. Ichino/Hasegawa found a good way to the top mark, and lead to the finish with ease. The Spanish women’s team, Mas/Barcelo was second, and Isozaki/Takayanagi third. by Aiko Saito Posted on 21 Aug Clipper Race – Day 1, Race 1 – Settling in Clipper Race – Day 1, Race 1 – Settling in With less than 20nm separating the fleet between first and twelfth place, positions are expected to change regularly Once clear of the River Mersey, teams began to progress towards the Irish sea, but changeable and fickle wind conditions teamed with close proximity racing overnight made for a tiring night with regular sail changes and movement of leader board positions. by The Clipper Race Posted on 21 Aug Spectacular race expected as Extreme Sailing Series returns to Cardiff Spectacular race expected as Extreme Sailing Series returns to Cardiff The fleet of seven GC32s will include British-flagged wildcard entry Team Extreme Wales, skippered by Stevie Morrison. The ultimate Stadium Racing championship will headline the Cardiff Harbour Festival over the August Bank Holiday, with the free-entry Fan Zone, located next to the Norwegian Church, offering the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the thrilling racing. by Extreme Sailing Series Posted on 21 Aug Oman Air hopes history will repeat at Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff Oman Air hopes history will repeat at Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff Fresh from back-to-back victories, the Oman Air head to Cardiff this week aiming to maintain 100 percent winning streak It is an unrivalled sequence of success the current Oman Air crew will want to continue as they set out to reinforce their position on top of the overall series leaderboard. by Oman Sail Posted on 21 Aug Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Day 2 – Short and long, old and new Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Day 2 – Short and long, old and new All divisions contesting passage races were finished at Denman Island as the sou’easter ran out of grunt over the course Light shifty winds on the Eastern Course for the IRC Racing division caused a long delay in the commencement of their windward/leeward program. by Lisa Ratcliff /Crosbie Lorimer/ AHIRW Posted on 21 Aug Wind and waves on Day 1 of the Baja Desert Showdown Wind and waves on Day 1 of the Baja Desert Showdown Riders from 14 countries were arriving all morning, and after a quick skippers meeting the first heats kicked off The bar was set high from round one with current IWT overall ranked number two Morgan Noireaux against San Carlos veteran Kevin McGillvray, French standout Maxime Fevrier, and none other than Francisco Goya himself, who surprised the crew with his unexpected last minute arrival for the event! by IWT Posted on 21 Aug GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Round 4 – Matchu Lopes takes the title GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Round 4 – Matchu Lopes takes the title Matchu is the reigning champion, but ideally needed a win here in Germany to close the sizable gap Julien Kerneur had the potential to score his first podium, or would we get another sensational showdown in the final between heavyweight unhooker Airton, whose dominant strapless freestyle performances have led many to wonder if he can actually be beaten on flat water this season, versus the ultra-fluid, smooth and stylish Matchu. by Matt Pearce Posted on 21 Aug World’s youth attracted by the timeless challenge of the Finn World’s youth attracted by the timeless challenge of the Finn One of the largest Finn Silver Cups on record is about to begin on the largest lake in Central Europe. One of the largest Finn Silver Cups on record is about to begin on the largest lake in Central Europe. Nearly 50 young Finn sailors from 21 countries and four continents are gathering at Balatonfüred, a popular resort town on Lake Balaton’s northern shore. by Robert Deaves Posted on 21 Aug J Class World Championship 2017 action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi J Class World Championship 2017 action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from J Class World Championship 2017. Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from J Class World Championship 2017. by Carlo Borlenghi Posted on 21 Aug Will Holz in-action at Chicago Grand Slam Will Holz in-action at Chicago Grand Slam Price and his crew, Murray Jones and Cameron Seagreen, were fast and sailed impressively well all weekend In a David-and-Goliath-style Finals series, Will Holz, who is ranked #406 in the world, took down the formidable, #6-ranked Australian Harry Price, and the Down Under Racing Team. Price and his crew, Murray Jones and Cameron Seagreen, were fast and sailed impressively well all weekend, but Holz had an edge in the light air and came out on top of the four-race Finals. by Chicago Match Race Center Posted on 21 Aug
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