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The latest sailing news from New Zealand and the world.
 03 Feb 2017

Invisible Hand..Bobby Grieser passes..BoISW and Millennium Cup images

Bobby Grieser - the 1988 America's Cup was his first Cup.  Bob Grieser/Outside Images©
Welcome to's New Zealand e-magazine for February 3, 2017

Sad to have to report the passing of one of the great media characters, photographer Bobby Grieser.

Bobby G, as he was known, hailed from San Diego, and began his sailing photography career (if ever that word could be used in Bobby's context - he always seemed to be having too much fun to take life that seriously) with the Big Boat America's Cup Challenge in 1988.

His start in the sailing media came on the back of a long career as a news photographer for several US news outlets including an 18-year stint with the San Diego edition of the Los Angeles Times. That was preceded with a stint at the Washington Star and also on call for Associated Press (AP).

Bobby was a familiar sight around the Auckland waterfront whenever there was an America's Cup event in town - be it the 2000 or 2003 Cups, or the Louis Vuitton Pacific Trophy Series - run in 2008 and 2009 - when the Cup was embroiled in the New York court system.

One of his favourite shots, Bobby G aboard his camera boat in San Diego  Paul Todd©

The frequency of his visits to New Zealand could have had something to do with the fact that his long-time business partner, Paul Todd, is a Kiwi, based in the USA.

As mentioned Bobby was one of the great characters of the sailing media scene. He had one of those body shapes that almost defied conventional dress - so whatever he could get away with was OK.

My first memory of Bobby is probably the same as everyone else's. Standing in the media boat with a bunch of photographers all concentrating on catching that vital shot, fingers poised on the shutter button. Just waiting for the moment the skipper of the Cup boat a few metres away turns for a fleeting at the waiting cameras.

Bobby Grieser - waiting for the wind.  Bob Grieser/Outside Images©

Right at the critical moment, there is a loud guttural dog bark from somewhere further forward in the media boat. Those who hadn't worked with Bobby before, drop their cameras and turn their heads wondering how the large and loud dog had got on their media boat.

Those who had worked with Bobby before joined him in firing off their shutter release buttons - getting the perfect shot as not just the skipper but the whole crew briefly looked in the direction of Bobby's media boat.

Somehow, somewhere Bobby Grieser had learned to bark like a St Bernard dog. It was his trademark call-out in sailing, but apparently, he had used the trick right through his various photographic assignments. Those included a stint as a White House photographer, and Grieser is claimed to have barked at Presidents Nixon and Reagan. Those who knew Bobby wouldn't put anything past him.

Bobby Grieser was one of the few people who can rightly claim to have never worked a day in their life. He loved his photography and the lifestyle that went with it. He was always fun to be around and the America's Cup World which often takes itself way too seriously, Bobby was one of those people who could always pop the pumped up egos, and lower the tension levels, with a quick comment or aside, or just by being Bobby G - the media's Court Jester.

Bobby Grieser will be sorely missed, as will his great photographs which we feature in a story and tribute in this edition.

TNL GAC Pindar - Pac 52 - Invisible Hand loading at Tauranga - January 2017  TNL GAC Pindar

In this edition, we feature a couple of stories on the new Pac52 class, which is an initiative from the West Coast of USA to develop a useful 52fter - more along the lines of the original TP52, than the Super Series 52 which enjoys some excellent inshore racing.

The Pac52 as the new type is is a box-rule and will sit within a rating band and with a class rule based on Fox - another 52fter exported from New Zealand last year.

Two of the latest Pac52's have been built in Auckland by Cookson Boats. One - Invisible Hand - has been sea trialed in Auckland before being broken down and freighted out of Tauranga. The other will follow on a separate ship - both will be racing out of the West Coast later this year. A third is being constructed at Premier Composites in Dubai. The aim is to have a fleet of six boats, including Beau Geste and Fox racing this season.

Crew will be restricted to sailing owner-drivers only with a limitation of seven professionals on board. Nine crew will sail offshore and 15 inshore.

Part of the reason for the class rule is to bring costs under control and to ensure that boats from different designers and concepts can enjoy level racing - while being capable of serious offshore races such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Transpac, and Auckland Fiji/Noumea races.

Pac52 Invisible Hand on sea trials in the Hauraki Gulf, January 2017  Darren McManaway

The changes to a Vrolijk Super Series 52 hull for the two Cookson built boats include raised freeboard and altered deck layout. The Cookson boat has a bigger rig and 'more gears in the box' than a Super52.

Features of the latest Pac52's underline how far the Super52's have gone from the original TP52 concept. They include a galley, navigation station (under the cockpit), a head, crew lockers (tube and fabric), a sea hood, and the ability to remove the wheels and fit a tiller for inshore racing.

One of the intentions of the Pac52 is to equalise the boats, new and existing, through slightly adjusting keel depth to equalise righting moment.

Spars for all three new builds have come from Hall Spars and Rigging NZ, Doyle Sails have designed and built the sails for the first exported, Invisible Hand.

We expect to have more on this exciting new class and concept later this week/next week in

Pac52 Invisible Hand on sea trials in the Hauraki Gulf, January 2017  Darren McManaway

Finally a plea for your help.

There are a lot of regattas underway in New Zealand this time of the year. It is near impossible for us to keep up with the action, find contacts, websites, Facebook pages and other social media for a string of regattas which often only last a day or three.

A few clubs and class associations know how to get the news out - but most don't. What is required is a simple email us (and other media) when the event is on, whether there are media boats available, who the media contact person is (and their mobile number/email) and the regatta website/Facebook page.

It is possible to get the images we need for coverage of an event with just 30 minutes on the water. Otherwise, we can readily download from a Facebook site (provided they are posted) and are of close-up racing shots. Good mobile phone shots will usually suffice. But a modest family camera with a small zoom lens is better. Don't shoot into the sun - light is your friend, not your enemy.

Near miss in Race 3, Australia Day - Race 3 - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship, January 26, 2017  © Michael Chittenden

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Dennis Conner returns the America's Cup to USA - Fremantle, 30 yeasr ago tomorrow February 4, 1987  Bruce Jarvis

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FXOne - Mackay Boats, Southern Spars and North Sails - Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week, January 2017  © Will Calver - Ocean Photography

2017 Millenium Cup   

Pumula - Bay of Islands Sailing Week, January 2017  Mark Sims

Team MAPFRE will be on the start-line for the Volvo Ocean Race.  © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

Steinlager 2 - Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week, January 2017  Steve Western

Luffing now - Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week, January 2017  Steve Western

- Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week, January 2017  Steve Western

Race 3, Australia Day - Race 3 - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship, January 26, 2017  © Michael Chittenden

Bobby Grieser - the sailing photog who barked - dies at 70 + Images NZ,
Robert Grieser, a legendary marine photographer, passed away on January 31 in San Diego, Calif., after a four month long series of illnesses and other health issues. He was 70 years young. “Bobby G,” as he was known to all, was perhaps best known for his America's Cup images, beginning with the Big Boat Challenge in 1988 and continuing for the next six Cups until the last in San Francisco.... [more]

Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
Paul Gelder,
Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World's Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.... [more]

Stunning finale to Bay of Islands Sailing Week
Helen Horrocks,
An absolutely stunning day. That was the consensus of those on the water today for the final day of the 15th annual Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta. Prior to racing this morning, regatta weather advisor Mike Quilter had predicted a slight delay in racing, with conditions he said looked: “glassy until around midday, with a late sea breeze filling in from the Ninepin about 1 o'clock”.... [more]

Hall Spars NZ rig all three new Pac 52's with next generation mast
Annaleis Shearer,
Hall Spars & Rigging New Zealand has been selected by three of the four founders of the new USA-based Pac 52 racing class to design and manufacture the rigs for their new builds; Invisible Hand, Rio, and Bad Pak. The masts represent the next generation in mast design from Hall Spars & Rigging New Zealand and result in improved performance.... [more]

America's Cup - Fremantle - celebrating 30 years since the best ever
David Allan-Petale, WA Today,
In 1983, the 12-metre racing yacht Australia II crossed the finish line off Newport, Rhode Island ahead of US contender Liberty. For the first time, Australia had won the America's Cup. Then, when the hangovers subsided, a sobering realisation crept in. Australia was to defend the Cup in 1987. This photo-video story looks at the events of 30 years ago in Fremantle.... [more]

Doyle Sails score four divison wins at BoISW and Millennium Cup
Ellie Brade,
As the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand, Bay of Islands Sailing Week (BOISW) is an important fixture in the Kiwi racing calendar and Doyle Sails New Zealand works closely with our customers around this popular event. Doyle Sails NZ is also a long-standing sponsor of the Millennium Cup, the South Pacific's premier superyacht regatta... [more]

Bay of Islands Sailing Week and Millennium Cup - North Sails in action NZ,
Bay of the Islands Sailing Week celebrated their 15th anniversary at last week's regatta. Over a thousand sailors raced everything from sport boats to super yachts in the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand and what has become one of the Southern Hemisphere's premier races. North Sails was well represented across all divisions in the fleets.... [more]

Collinson FX Market Commentary - Feb 3 - USD and GBP soften
Collinson FX,
The Dollar was not assisted by the Challenger Jobs Report, which reflected a jump in retail job cuts, ahead of the all important Non Farm Payrolls tonight. The NZD continued to push towards 0.7300, boosted by a weaker reserve, while the AUD stabilised (0.7570) after bullish trade data.... [more]

CQS - above and below decks tour of the foiling supermaxi - Video
Crosbie Lorimer takes a look above and below decks on the radical foiling supermaxi CQS ahead of the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.... [more]

Rio Olympic medal winners to participate in Delta Lloyd Regatta
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Based on the world ranking dated 13 March, we will be inviting the top five of every class.... [more]

Vendée Globe – Day 89 – Same but different
Vendée Globe,
Seventh placed Burton told of how he and his team had exceeded his expectations, his huge smiles radiating out to a warm hearted, appreciative press and public reception which was packed with the extended Burton and Escoffier families, sailing friends and supporters.... [more]

Vendée Globe – Good judgement, good pace – Burton's ‘lucky' seventh
Vendée Globe,
Louis Burton secured seventh place this Thursday morning when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 07hrs, 47 mins, 49 seconds. For the young solo skipper who lives in Saint Malo, completing the legendary solo non stop round the world race today represents a major triumph.... [more]

Meech and Maloney begin quest for Olympic gold
Yachting NZ,
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have collected mementos from around the world over the last decade and have their eyes on obtaining something golden from Tokyo in 2020. The pair were thrilled to collect silver in the 49erFX at last year's Rio Olympics but feel there is “unfinished business” as a combination, meaning they will put together a campaign they hope ends with a gold medal in Tokyo.... [more]

Zhik becomes Official Clothing Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series™,
As it enters the 2017 season, the Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik.... [more]

Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Kiwis are on the front foot
Jonny Fullerton,
Finally on the third day of racing at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in Perth Waters, the sun returned and a full day of eight flights of Round Robin 2 racing were completed.... [more]

Day 88- Never stop believing, never stop working
Vendée Globe,
Arnaud Boissières will climb north across the Equator later this afternoon or early Wednesday evening to leave six skippers in the South Atlantic. After 88 days of racing it may seem like most of the long established hierarchy is set to remain in place but places can and will still change before the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne is reached.... [more]

Sehested brings Danish Dynamite to World Match Racing Tour
World Match Racing Tour,
When Sehested throws his hat in the ring, the rest of the teams can be sure that they will have to prepare for an opponent who will stop at nothing in order to reach his goals.... [more]

World Sailing headquarters to relocate to London
Daniel Smith,
World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016.... [more]

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2017- Charter Party
TOG Event Media / Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta is set to showcase Pattaya and the Gulf of Thailand this May. Big boats racing in IRC divisions, one-design Platus in the Coronation Cup, dinghies, and of course the Thailand Optimist Nationals - making for a fleet in excess of 200 boats and 700 sailors, coming from all corners of the world to compete in what has become one of Asia's biggest regattas.... [more]

Tawera takes the NZ Millennium Cup 2017
Isla McKechnie,
The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing, taking line honours for a third consecutive day, bringing home the NZ Millennium Cup 2017. Coming into the final day of racing, Pacific Division competitors, Antaeus and Steinlager 2, were tied on points. Rumours of an extensive tactical defence strategy to retain the Pacific... [more]

Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Day 2
Jonny Fullerton,
Another testing day on Perth Waters at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta. More persistent rain showers, overcast skies and light and patchy five - ten knot breeze from an E/SE direction. A second day of very compact courses with close boundaries and multiple place changes, testing some of the world's highest ranked match race teams.... [more]

A helping hand for Invisible Hand from GAC Pindar
Richard Thorpe and,
TNL GAC Pindar's Australasian Manager, Richard Thorpe didn't get a break over the holiday weekend, being on hand to personally supervise the loading of the new Pac52 Invisible Hand in Tauranga. The new Pac52 - a reduced cost 52ft class, orginating in the West Coast of USA is designed to be a managed class, with owner drivers and capable of doing extended offshore races such as the TransPac and... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Mapfre confirms they will be back for upcoming race and Sail-World,
Mapfre will take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, the round-the-world race leaving Alicante on 22nd October. The Spanish team is the third team to confirm their presence on the start line of the 2017-2018 edition of the offshore race. No details of her skipper or crew were mentioned in the official media release.... [more]

More images from Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week
Stephen Western,
Second image gallery from Bay of Islands photographer, Steve Western was on hand to catch the action during the Millennium Cup and the Bay of Islands Sailing Week which were contested from Wednesday to Friday of last week. Even the big boats had their moments in the regatta as the racing got pushed a little too hard.... [more]

Warren Jones Intl Youth Regatta - Very tricky racing in rain on Day 1
Jonny Fullerton,
The first day of the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta was sailed in unseasonal overcast skies with continuous rain showers all day and a shifting breeze ranging from five - ten knots.... [more]

Images from Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week
Stephen Western,
Bay of Islands photographer, Steve Western was on hand to catch the action during the Millennium Cup and the Bay of Islands Sailing Week which were contested from Wednesday to Friday of last week. The three day regatta was blessed with beautiful weather which showed the racing and superyachts off at their very best... [more]

Vendée Globe – Day 86 – Keeping a good lookout
Vendée Globe,
Conrad Colman on Foresight Natural Energy crossed the Equator back into the northern hemisphere this morning at 0845hrs UTC in tenth place... [more]

Olympic and Paralympic Gold medalists in Australia Day Honours List
Australian Sailing,
Rio 2016 Sailing Gold Medallist, Tom Burton has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year's Australia Day Honours List. Burton, who won Gold in the Laser Class in Rio, sailed the race of his life to pull off a stunning victory on the final day of racing.... [more]

World Series Cup - Hitting the right notes in Miami
Stuart Streuli,
A classically trained concert pianist, Afrodite Zegers (NED) is no stranger to the big stage. So when the pressure was at fever pitch in the final race of the 2017 World Series Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella, and the proverbial lights of a live worldwide broadcast at its brightest, Zegers and teammate Annaloes van Veen displayed incredible poise to grab the Women's 470 title.... [more]

18ft Skiffs - Witt takes second win in Australian titles – Race 4
Kimberley Wilmot,
Lee Knapton's Smeg led at the top mark the first time but David Witt's came through on the long reach from Shark Island to Robertson Point to take the lead. After the first lap of the course, there was little change. But after the windward return, there was plenty of action at the front of the pack. Includes full race video from Killo and the Camera Cat team.... [more]

Five Kiwis compete at the 12ft Skiff Interdominions in Brisbane
Jono Clough,
Five boats made it across the ditch for the 57th 12ft skiff Interdominion Championship held in Brisbane at the Darling Point Flying Squadron. The team was Tim Bartlett & Matt Hix on Frankinskiff, Graham Laurie & James Fleet on 12 Gauge, Paul Mackintosh & Jono Clough on Monkey Wrench, Thomas Olds & Dan Pooley on Mr Scruff and James de Lisle & Stu Williams on Mistress.... [more]

Rolex China Sea Race launches new official website
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today unveiled its new official website and logo for its flagship event, the biennial Rolex China Sea Race - Asia's principal blue-water classic.... [more]

World Cup Series Miami - Back in the Brazilian Laser
Brazilian sailing has had superstars grabbing the headlines since the 1980s with Torben Grael and Robert Scheidt. Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze thrust themselves on to the world stage at Rio 2016 taking a thrilling gold in an epic final Medal Race. The skiff girls represent a younger generation and after Scheidt bowed out of the Laser there is a gap to fill.... [more]

Jules Verne Trophy - The fantastic six
IDEC Sport Sailing,
Francis Joyon spent the whole day yesterday talking to the media and meeting the public in Brest, where he moored the maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport after sailing around the world in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds. Along with his crew of five, he revealed what happened during this circumnavigation.... [more]

World Cup Series Miami - Grael and Kunze show their mettle on Day 4
Stuart Streuli,
For Brazil's Martine Soffiati Grael and Kahena Kunze, the fourth day of the 2017 World Cup Series Miami presented by Sunbrella started on a sour note, with a 14th in a 16-boat 49erFX fleet.... [more]

Vendée Globe – Duelling duos
Vendée Globe,
After 82 days of racing there are two intense duels still playing out in the non stop solo round the world race. Racing in sight of each other today, at the latitude of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Didac Costa (One Planet One Ocean) and Romain Attanasio (La Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys) spoke to each other by VHF and have been no more than three miles apart as they climb the Atlantic.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Dongfeng Team first to start training in race mode
Dongfeng Race Team,
The Chinese team in the next Volvo Ocean Race became the first to take delivery of its newly-refitted race boat today, marking the formal beginning of Dongfeng Race Team's second campaign in the world's toughest fully-crewed ocean race that will start from Alicante in October this year.... [more]

Sailing World Cup Miami - Finals Day 1 and 2 - LIVE Video Coverage,
Medal Races on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January will draw the 2017 World Cup Series Miami to a close. The deciding races will be streamed live on World Sailing's Facebook page and World Sailing TV on YouTube. Video links and racing schedule for both Saturday and Sunday are available below:... [more]

Red hot fleet for 2017 Warren Jones International Youth Regatta
Jonny Fullerton,
The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta has been held in Western Australia since 2003 and has grown into a highly regarded event on the international yachting calendar. Competition is sure to be intense this year with four teams ranked in the top ten of the most recent World Sailing Match Race rankings.... [more]

Day 3 - Minimizing risk key to success on 'crazy' Biscayne Bay
Stuart Streuli,
For Swiss RS:X sailor Mateo Sanz Lanz, success on the third day of racing at the 2017 World Series Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella was as much about what he didn't do as what he did do. In a gusty and shifty northeasterly breeze that moved about like an over-caffeinated flyweight boxer, Lanz finished first, third and fourth in three races.... [more]

IDEC obliterates Jules Verne record and remembering Meaghan van Liew
Brian Hancock,
I have been trying to come up with some kind of superlative to describe the awesome accomplishment by Francis Joyon and his crew aboard IDEC as they totally obliterated the Jules Verne non-stop, circumnavigation record. Let me be clear. When Loïck Peyron and his team aboard Banque Populaire V set the record three years ago it was deemed by many sailing pundits to be almost impossible to beat.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Melbourne to be a Southern Ocean and Xmas stopover
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race will give sports fans an extra Christmas present in 2017 after adding Melbourne to the route for the forthcoming edition starting in October. The change to the 2017-18 route, announced on Friday morning in Melbourne, means the Race will visit Australia for the eighth time – but for the first in more than a decade.... [more]

Momentum builds at Bay of Islands Race Week on Day 2
Helen Horrocks,
After a slow start in calm conditions on Day 1, it was a very different Bay of Islands morning that met around 1,000 sailors taking part in the 15th annual Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta today. Much to the delight of race organisers and participants alike, a steady southerly allowed racing to start without delay, and a total of 104 yachts... [more]

Jule Verne Trophy - IDEC Sport lowers record by 4days 23.5hrs
IDEC Sport,
The Maxi Trimaran IDEC Sport sailed by Francis Joyon, Clément Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane won the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright round the world sailing record, this morning. They crossed the finish at 0749hrs UTC on Thursday 26th January 2017.... [more]

Starling Match Racing Nationals won by wild card entrant Jack Frewin
Brian Peet,
The 2017 Starling Match Racing Nationals were completed over the weekend in the most challenging of conditions. In an event normally characterised by 12 regional representatives completing over 150 races in three days, this year just 61 races were sailed. Updated story features new images from the event.... [more]

Vendee Globe - And then there were twelve
Vendee Globe,
After the arrival of three skippers in three hours yesterday afternoon, Les Sables d'Olonne is now looking towards the next competitor to finish, but he is not expected until early next week. Louis Burton is still 2200 miles from the finish, while Sébastien Destremau at the back of the fleet is 8000 miles from Vendée...... [more]

18ft Skiffs - Witt jets in to win Race 3 of Australian Nationals
Frank Quealey,
Skipper David Witt flew back into Australia only hours before taking out onto Sydney Harbour today, with his teammates Tom Anderson and Tom Clout to win Race three of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship.... [more]

Day 81 - Three Vendée Globe skippers finish within three hours
Vendee Globe,
Vendée Globe history was made today when three solo skippers crossed the finish line at one after the other within three hours of each other, the closest finish between a trio of boats since the solo non-stop around the world race was first contested in 1989.... [more]

Jules Verne Trophy - IDEC Sport expected at first light on Thursday
IDEC Sport Sailing,
IDEC Sport is at full speed with the finish of the Jules Verne Trophy drawing near. With less than 550 miles to go, Francis Joyon, Clément Surtel, Bernard Stamm, Sébastien Audigane, Alex Pella and Gwénolé Gahinet are about to complete their victorious round the world voyage. They are currently averaging 35 knots off Cape Finisterre after 40 days of sailing and are expected early tomorrow morning... [more]

Knocking off the rust on Day 2 of the World Series Cup
Stuart Streuli,
Even sailors who have committed in advance to another campaign traditionally take some time away from the sport after the Olympics. The question is usually how much time is needed to refresh the batteries without getting too stale. Decades ago these hiatuses were usually measured in years. Now it's more likely to be weeks or months.... [more]

World Cup Series - US sailors begin racing on home waters in Miami
Will Ricketson,
Sailing can often be as much of a battle against the weather as it is a contest between athletes, and the 450 top sailors assembled on Miami's Biscayne Bay for World Cup Series Miami, Presented by Sunbrella (January 22-29, 2017) were quickly reminded of this on the first day of racing. With the wind direction often fluctuating across 25 degrees during races... [more]

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