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Picking the sweet spot in the Doldrums

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

It’s a moment of truth in the Transpacific Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race or any race across the equator: looking for the sweet spot in the Doldrums. (more…)

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Mag 80 Breaks Out at 19 Knots

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

In the first official position report after 17 hours of the Transpacific Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race, Doug Baker’s Andrews 80 maxi sled from Long Beach had traveled 234 of the 3,571 nautical miles at an average speed of 13.7 knots, including 98.5 miles at 16.4 knots between midnight and the daily report at 6 a.m. Monday.

There’s still a long way to go with the Doldrums yet an obstacle, but a strong launch off the foggy California coast puts Mag 80 in position out of the starting blocks to beat the record of 14 days 21 hours 15 minutes 26 seconds set by the late Fred Kirschner’s Santa Cruz 70, Kathmandu, in the most recent Tahiti Race in 1994.

Navigator Ernie Richau reported by e-mail: “We had another fantastic sail leaving So Cal! Although there was a bit of fog at the start, it soon cleared. We passed the west end of Catalina going upwind with the # 2 jib about 4 p.m. By 11 p.m. we had the # 4 jib up, the sky was clear and we were heading south at 16-17 knots. As the sun came up this a.m. we put up our first kite, the 3A. We are now reaching at about 19 knots and still heading south. By the afternoon we expect to be running with a full-size spinnaker and heading a little more toward the southwest.”

All four boats were still east of the rhumb line running downwind in northwest breeze, as yet uncommitted to lifting west across the line and long before jibing south toward the equator.

Bob Lane’s Andrews 63, Medicine Man, was closest behind Mag 80, followed by Chris Welsh’s Ragtime, a Spencer 65, and Jim Morgan’s Fortaleza, a Santa Cruz 50. At report time, the 41-year-old but recently upgraded Ragtime was within reach of Medicine Man and projected second overall only to Mag 80 in handicap time.

Mike Priest, navigator on Medicine Man, e-mailed Sunday evening after the Andrews 63 had stolen the start in light wind and poor visibility: “Thanks for great foggy start … cleared almost instantly about 40 minutes later with great photo of fog bank against PV, looking like Sausalito! We could actually see Catalina before we saw Mag 80 abeam.

“We came out of fog just above and ahead of Mag 80, a nice surprise for us. They remedied that quickly, and the parade begins. We rounded west end [of Catalina] just before 1600 hrs. about 2-plus miles behind Mag 80 and about same ahead of Ragtime. We did not see Fortaleza, last seen when we were mid-channel, hanging in above and behind Rags. We are sailing nicely with wind forward of beam in not quite 15kts of breeze. You all probably know more than we do if the [Flagship] tracker is working!”

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Fog-Shrouded Tahiti Fleet Sails Out of Summer

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Never mind Tahiti, which way’s Catalina?

Good question to ask when four boats started the Transpacific Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race Sunday in a dense offshore fog off the Point Fermin bluffs. To further disorient observers, the onshore breeze was only 3-6 knots and the Los Angeles Yacht Club’s race committee boat, Warrior, was pointing downwind toward land into a favorable current, not toward Santa Catalina Island 22 miles out.
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23 Superyachts Gathered; Racing Starts Tomorrow

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Twenty three of the world’s largest, fastest and most luxurious sailing superyachts grace the quays of Porto Cervo Marina today, ready for the start of racing tomorrow in the inaugural edition of the Boat International Superyacht Regatta. The event, which takes place from June 22nd to 26th, is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Boat International Media and forms part of the celebrations for Boat International’s Silver Jubilee. (more…)

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112-Boat Fleet Showcases Racing’s Best

Friday, June 13th, 2008

NEWPORT, R.I. – With an entry list flush with famous boats and crew lists stacked with stars, it’s fair to say the New York Yacht Club’s (NYYC) 154th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex is set to be one of the most talked about regattas of the summer. It all starts this weekend in Newport, where 112 boats–from brand new to vintage–have gathered to test equipment and polish racing skills on the world-famous waters of Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound. Before competing in multiple races Saturday and Sunday, the fleet will enjoy a 19-nautical mile race around Conanicut Island, playing out mini distance-race scenarios that will further prepare those crews entering the Newport to Bermuda Race, a 635-nautical mile ocean racing classic that also starts off Newport next Friday. (more…)

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Sailboat Winches

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Most sailboats have winches, from snubbing winches to eight man coffee grinders. Some are electrically or hydraulically powered. They run from halyard winches to swing keel winches. Small boats with no winches on board often have a winch mounted on their trailer to assist with hauling the boat. The thing that is common to all these winches is the need for maintenance.Cleaning and lubricating winches is absolutely essential. To determine the time between cleanings requires a look at the many variables harmful to winches. The frequency of use has little to do with the need for maintenance, nor does the loading placed upon the winch. The attitude of the winch on the boat contributes greatly to the need for cleaning. Deck winches, mounted vertically, require more frequent maintenance than those mounted on a mast or below deck.Those in a salt water environment will naturally require more frequent and extensive maintenance than winches that only feel fresh water. Airborne dust is a big troublemaker. The dust gets on the top of the winch and is carried inside when the deck is washed or when it rains. The water flushes right through the winch but the dust gets trapped by that layer of grease that is required for smooth operation. Dirt inside the winch is what causes them to wear and parts to fail. The dust, dirt and salt can also plug the drains in the winch and then comes potential freeze damage. Improper bedding or improper orientation of a deck winch can inadvertently affect the winch drainage.

The answer to all these problems lies in getting the winch thoroughly cleaned and properly lubricated. Then keep the dirt out. Putting a cover on a winch for the great percentage of its life while it is not in use is strongly recommended. There are winch covers available that do a great job. These covers go over the winch and are held in place with sewn-in shock cord. They are available in just about any color if you want to coordinate the appearance of the boat. Just about anything is far better than nothing. Beach pails are available in many sizes and will do a great job, if you can keep them in place when the wind blows.

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Summer Sailstice

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Torresen Marine, Inc. is proud to be a part of Summer Sailstice, a global event started in 2001. The goal of Summer Sailstice is to connect the community of sailors, to celebrate and share their common passion for sailing, and go out on the water the weekend of (or closest to) the summer solstice. It is the only global celebration for sailing that is open to all sailors, from cruisers to racers and recreational sailors who want to join friends and family, clubs, sailing school buddies or fellow boat owners and those who are curious about sailing. Let’s celebrate why we all love to get out on the water.

Please join the crew at Torresen Marine for this summer celebration of sailing on Saturday, June 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There are several events taking place throughout the day that are free to everyone as well as great deals available in the ships store.

  • Sail the waters of Muskegon Lake during a complimentary cruise: Call 231-759-8596 or email Judi Shedd to schedule a time.
  • Lunch provided by Muskegon Junior Yacht Club. Donations for lunch will be accepted and will help the MJYC raise funds to add a butterfly sailboat to their fleet.
  • New Hunter sailboats up to 41′ in length open for viewing.
  • Small Boat Display including Sunfish, Laser, Barnett 1400 and Butterfly.
  • Great mid-season close out pricing on sailing accessories.
  • Pre-owned boats open for viewing.
  • Group sail – This is a great day to fill Muskegon Lake with sailboats!

Please plan on joining us on June 20th to welcome the official start of summer by joining hundreds of other organizations across the country as we celebrate the exciting and environmentally friendly way to enjoy the water by sailing. This is the perfect opportunity to fellowship with other sailors and also to expose your non-sailing friends to the sport you love. If you are not in our area, please visit Summer Sailstice to find an event near you. Have a great summer!

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Urgent Mayday Saves Seven After Boat Sinks

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Coast Guard pilot Lieutenant Jeremy Loeb’s involvement in the rescue of seven people from the frigid waters of Lake Michigan more than validated his career change from Army to Coast Guard. (more…)

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Fight Under Way for National Championship

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Newport, Rhode Island – The top 18 college sailing teams in the nation have begun the contest they hope will end with their win of the most coveted title of the year – the ICSA/Gill National Championship. From June 2-4, Narragansett Bay will be the stage for this grand finale of the college sailing year after an exciting lead in over the past week that saw Boston College win back-to-back college national championships at the ICSA Women’s National Championship and the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship. (more…)

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Bolzan and Pilot Italia Team Lead After Day One

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

PORTO CERVO, ITALY – The Volvo Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, got off to a challenging start today with the 114-strong fleet from 16 nations completing two of 12 scheduled races. The large number of competitors means that the fleet must be divided across two racecourses. Therefore, the fleet has been split into four groups and will sail a six-race round robin series with each group racing the others twice to identify the Gold and Silver fleets for the final six races of the series. (more…)

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