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Handicap Winner Still In Balance

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The smallest boat in the fleet, Zephyr Hamilton Elevators, was as of this evening, still well in the running to win the IRC overall handicap division of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

Zephyr is a Sea Nymph 33 co-owned by James Connell and Alex Braddon from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. She won division E in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
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Tattersall’s Cup Still in Doubt

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The smaller boats at the back of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, after surviving frustrating light air and calms off the southeastern coast of New South Wales, are blowing home fast today.

A light but steady nor’easter in Hobart this morning, has been giving the yachts finishing a comfortable one-leg day over the last 11 nautical miles of the course up the Derwent River.
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The Rich Get Richer – Rolex Sydney Harbour Race

Monday, December 28th, 2009

The maxis leading the Rolex Sydney Harbour race fleet cleared a barrier of light air and calm in Bass Strait in the early hours of this morning to reach away on a new westerly flow at speeds of up to 20 knots.

Race leader Alfa Romeo, a Reichel/Pugh 100 owned by Sydney-based New Zealander Neville Crichton, first to clear the calm-creating ridge of high pressure to the north of Tasmania, opened a healthy lead of 30 nautical miles on her nearest maxi opponent for line honours, Mike Slade’s Farr 100, ICAP Leopard.
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ALFA ROMEO STILL LEADING LIGHT-AIR DRAG RACE

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo remained in control of her nearest maxi opponents through a changing wind pattern overnight and into the second day of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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BT On Her Way Back Home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Upon arriving back in the UK this Sunday, the BT IMOCA 60 yacht will be lifted out of the water in Cowes and go straight in to short but intensive refit to bring her back to full racing condition for the 2010 IMOCA season, albeit no longer as ‘BT’. BT, skippered by Seb Josse, whose chances of winning the Transat Jacques Vabre were shattered by a giant breaking wave which crushed her coachroof less than three weeks ago, is now on her way back towards England, after having left Praia da Vitoria (Terceira Island, Azores) on Monday, November the 30th. Aboard the “Beautriton” cargo ship, the IMOCA 60 will arrive in Southampton next Sunday, before being towed across the Solent, back to Medina Yard in Cowes on the Isle of Wight – the yard where she was built in 2007. Considering the beating she took in the Atlantic after having suffered the blow that forced her crew to abandon her, the boat is in very good shape and has not suffered structurally, as the surveyor who assessed the damage in the Azores was able to confirm. As a result, the repairs and refit should prove to be straightforward, and everything is already in place in Cowes to welcome the BT yacht.

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Big Breeze Challenges Fleet at 09 Six Metre World Cup

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Competitors arriving at Sail Newport this morning to prepare for the second day of racing in the 2009 Six Metre World Cup were greeted by whitecaps on Narragansett Bay courtesy of a brisk northeasterly (upwards of 15 knots at 0900) that whipped through Newport as a low and a high pressure system fought for control of the day’s weather. It was a stark contrast to yesterday’s light air racing for the two divisions of “Sixes” – Classics (built 1906-1965) and Moderns (built since 1966) – which took place off Beavertail Point and saw one race abandoned and one completed for both divisions. Going “outside” for today’s race was not an option for these delicate yachts, and, with the conditions humming, the Race Committee elected to utilize course B situated between Jamestown and Gould Islands north of the Newport Bridge. However, passage under the bridge was hampered as the windspeed, trending upward, agitated 6-7 foot choppy seas beneath the center span of the bridge. Under postponement, the RC held the 34-boat fleet south of the span until the tide changed and the seas smoothed before signaling the fleet to proceed to the race course. One race was completed in breeze between 18 and 22 knots and while a second race was planned, the fleet was sent in when the wind increased to 25 knots. Even a cruise ship anchored off Rose Island was dragging anchor in the rough conditions.
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Barking Mad leads after Day One of Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

After recent weather fronts brought high winds and squalls to most of Italy, today the wind gods smiled on Porto Cervo and the first of four scheduled race days in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2009 was held in near perfect conditions. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and taking place from June 24-27 hosts 25 teams featuring many of the world’s top racing sailors. West northwesterly breezes ranging from 15 to 20 knots allowed the YCCS Race Committee to set three races today which were won, respectively, by Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I.) on Barking Mad (USA), Massimo Mezzaroma on Nerone (ITA) and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion (AUS). The provisional overall classification now sees Barking Mad, with 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) calling tactics, in the lead on 11 points. Rounding out the crew is Morgan Trubovich (Middletown, R.I.), James Baxter and Derby Anderson (both Annapolis), Zach Hurst (NZL), Linda Lindquist-Bishop (Leeland, Mich.), Marty Kullman (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Matt McDonough (Jackson Hole, Wyo.) and Curtis Florence (Cleveland, Ohio). Owner Jim Richardson is President of the Farr 40 Class and has won the world championship twice (1998, 2004) over the course of its 12 editions. Reigning world champion Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino (ITA), which has Adrian Stead (Poole, Dorset, England) calling tactics, is second overall on 14 points with Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly (ITA), which placed second in last year’s world championship, in third – also on 14 points.
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“Full Noise” For Final Sprint to Russia

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Ericsson Racing Team’s places on the leaderboard are secured, but the team’s two crews are still approaching Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race with verve. (more…)

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Ericsson Racing Team – Earth Day Recognition

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The occasion of Earth Day sees Ericsson Racing Team and the Volvo Ocean Race fleet within 1,300 nautical miles of the Leg 6 finish in Boston, USA.
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Largest Melges 32 European Fleet Gathers In Malcesine

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series gets underway on April 17-19 on Lake of Garda, Italy with the largest fleet gathering ever in Europe.
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