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 20 Jul 2011

Way back in 1989 I was helping deliver a boat from Hobart to Sydney when we got thoroughly pasted by a storm, near Eden. It lasted all night and well into the next day, and I will never forget the eerie sight of the great hills of water all around us in the dark. On that occasion the analogue dial of the anemometer went up to 50 kts, then stuck there and never came down again, so I don't know what the actual maximum windspeed was. "Lots" is a good guess.

So thinking about 100+ kts and being blown sideways at more than 9 kts with the boat flat on the water on its side makes my experience feeble by comparison. Spare a moment in your thoughts for the two crew members lost from WingNuts during this storm in the middle of the recent Cicago-Mackinac Race. Story below.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Chicago-Mackinac Race—100 Knots and Off the Clock

Hearing that it's windy and rainy is one thing. Hearing that water is vaporizing all around you is a completely different tale of horror. Descriptions of the 'strobing' lightning and 'white water everywhere' are on an entirely different level than anything that racing sailors in North America have seen in many, many decades.... [more]
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Miss Saigon, Voodoo, winners at SEA Property Multihull Challenge
Brilliant sunshine replaced the overcast conditions experienced over the last few days and 6 to 8 knots of South Westerly breeze greeted the sailors as they mustered for the final day of racing. As the breeze direction failed to settle, staying in the wind lanes and out of the adverse current between the islands played an important tactical part in determining either success... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper farewelled, Auckland Stopover launched +Video
Richard Gladwell,
The crew of the Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, were farewelled this morning at a media function at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The Auckland Stopover for the 39,000nm ocean classic was launched at the joint function.... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup Day 6 and Radical sailors descend
PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 day six witnessed the world's most radical wave sailors descend on the Siam Water Park to show case their skills on the radical rides. Lighter winds and smaller waves were forecast for the sixth day in Tenerife, providing the sailors with the perfect opportunity to have a day of rest and relaxation.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race preview
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Five hundred 'people like you' representing more than 40 nationalities and all walks of life have signed up to take part in the challenge of a lifetime. More than 40 per cent of them had never sailed before beginning their pre-race training. The ten 68-foot yachts will be berthed in Ocean Village, Southampton, from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Galway homecoming for Team Sanya's new MCM + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Irishman Frankie Leonard has been named as Sanya's Media Crew Member and whatever the result he can expect to be the toast of his home town of Galway when the race finishes there next July. The team has several female shore and support team members who feature in this video.... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 Day 5 - Wave king Dany Bruch
PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 day five experienced more from the El Medano wind machine that has continued to blow the sailors minds. The PWA decided to catch up with event organizer Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) who is also wave king and the busiest man in Tenerife.... [more]
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Statement from Chicago Yacht Club on Race Deaths
Chicago Yacht Club,
As of Monday, July 18, it has been confirmed by the U. S. Coast Guard and it is with great regret that the Chicago Yacht Club acknowledges the deaths of two sailors who were competing in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac.... [more]
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2011 Techno 293 World Championship Event Preview
David Wells,
At the 2011 Techno 293 World Championship 200 plus competitors taking it to the water July 19th through the 24th. The event features divisions segregated by age with the biggest fleet comprised of the Under 17 (U17) age division.... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 day 4 defies gravity
PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011's Super-session on day four was whipped to a frenzy of excitement with gravity defying jumps and crisp cut backs from the men and women's wave fleet. Having completed the official competition in record time, the crowds on the beach were hungry for more action from the world's most radical wave sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: On the PR schmooze in San Francisco
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, has been conducting a public awareness campaign in San Francisco. The following two videos shows the sailors on Comcast's SportsNet... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea makes first splash in Cascais
Team Korea took to the water in Cascais, Portugal on Saturday morning for its first ever sail, marking another milestone for the first Korean America's Cup challenge. The team are one of nine competing in the first round of the America's Cup World Series - a preliminary series of regattas staged as a prelude to the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]
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SEA Property Multihull Challenge 'back on track'
After yesterdays weather fiasco, today started with 8-10 knots of Southerly breeze, which allowed PRO Simon James to run three races and get the regatta back on track. Even the rain stayed away and the heavy overcast sky made for pleasant sailing conditions. The starts were hotly contested with several yachts recalled for being over the line but quickly exonerated themselves... [more]
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Katie Spithill: Helming an AC45 and the Olympic Match Racing Decision
Damian Devine,
Sail-World correspondent, Damien Devine recently interviewed former World 2 ranked match racer Katie Spithill. Katie is currently in Weymouth training with AST and RPAYC mates Nicky Souter and Jess Eastwell. Katie Spithill recently did a trip to San Fran to catch up with brother James and check out the AC45's, the new AC set up and was the first female to be lucky enough to helm an AC45.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Nations Trophy win by France
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship final day in Zadar, Croatia. For the third consecutive year France walk away with the ISAF Nations Trophy with Spain coming in second and Poland taking third place.... [more]
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Rain stops play at SEA Property Multihull Championship 2011
Eventually the course divided into light wind at the top mark and completely glassed out at the finish line. As the leaders ghosted into the finish, the Ao Chalong lottery really came into play, and skippers could do nothing other than watch their chances disappear with the wind as the drift-athon juggled the places.... [more]
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