If you're lucky enough to be in Boston for Independence Day, be sure to check out the final day of Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series, which has been taking place in Beantown since June 30. While the racing has been spectacular, the event organizers have no doubt been taking full advantage of spectator interest. 'OK. Eight races?,' wrote Morgan Trubovich, a trimmer aboard Artemis Racing, after Day 3. 'They are truly trying to wear us out. But it was the best day of racing so far. Bright blue skies and a very nice 7-12 knot sea breeze. The racing was so close to the shore that the committee boat was actually tied to the spectator wall all day! That was another first for us! But it made it pretty cool for the thousands of people who lined the shore to watch the racing.' Check out this issue for the full report and multimedia coverage, and stay tuned to the site for more information about this series, as it becomes known.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing Transatlantic Race 2011, all the boats have started racing, with the fastest boats starting, pursuit style, on Saturday. Reports have been calling for a windier-than-average crossing, ideal for record chasers like George David's Rambler 100, but less ideal if there are big headers involved. 'The wind got up to 26 knots and shifted 25 degrees to the west,' reports skipper Nick Bate from British Soldier. 'There was a small matter of a Chinese gybe. With the boat pinned down by both the mainsail and the spinnaker rolling in the Atlantic swell, this is a serious scenario for a yacht well offshore. The British Army Team handled the situation with ease.'
And finally, be sure to check out ace lensman Daniel Forster's image gallery from the Rolex Baltic Race Week. If you love classic yachts, this is a must-see gallery; also be sure to check out the regatta reports, results and other media from this event, in this issue.
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