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November 22 - New Zealand

We're late in getting around to report this, but today's Photos of the Day are from the late October launching and sea trials of My Way, the new 74-footer for Baja Ha-Ha vet Don Engle of Lafayette. "A dream of mine that started in grade school in New Mexico has become real with the launching," writes Engle. "All the planning, all the delay and frustration are over. We launched her yesterday, and she is a real beauty. There is no way to describe the emotion. There are still quite a few odds and ends to complete, but all the systems are working. We'll stay in New Zealand until the end of the South Pacific tropical cyclone season. A few years from now, however, I hope to sail her in a Ha-Ha."

Photos Courtesy My Way

Cayard Talks to Chronicle

November 22 - San Francisco

In a S.F. Chronicle story yesterday written by Dwight Chapin, it was reported that, "The peripatetic Cayard doesn't figure to be idle for long. He already has a couple of ventures in mind, including a 'new global event in sailing' he plans to create with New Zealander Russell Coutts, the most successful skipper in America's Cup history."

"It would be a pretty big scale of boats - 80 footers - on a commercially-sponsored circuit of racing at six or eight venues around the world, and Russell and I would skipper a couple of the teams," Cayard said. "We hope to get it going by 2006."

Cayard, of course, is a veteran of many America's Cup campaigns, including the St. Francis YC-based America One campaign that came up just short in New Zealand. He most recently represented the U.S. in the Olympics, taking 5th with Phil Trinter in the Star class at the ripe old age of 45.

Global sailing events are not easy to organize, as evidenced by the fact that the ballyhooed Antarctic Cup has been 'temporarily' canceled, and Tracy Edwards' Qatar-based Oryx Quest 2005 seems to have only one possible entrant.

Joyon Just Misses

November 22 - San Salvador, Bahamas

Soft-spoken Frances Joyon of France has just completed singlehanding the 3,884-mile Route of Discovery from Cadiz, Spain, to San Salvador, in the Bahamas, with his 92-ft trimaran IDEC in the swift time of 11 days and three hours. This easily beats the original course record of two months, set 530 years ago by the Santa Maria, Pinta, and Nina. The current crewed record is 9 days, 13 hours, and is held by Steve Fossett and the maxi cat PlayStation. Joyon, who just one year ago singlehanded the globe in a mind-bending 73 days, initially looked as though he had a shot at PlayStation's record, but at times had to sail 60 degrees off course, and was twice becalmed.

Francis Joyon aboard IDEC
Photo Jocelyn Biérot Courtesy

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Starts from Las Palmas

November 22 - Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Some 205 boats from 24 countries were slated to start the 2,700-mile Atlantic Rally for Cruisers yesterday from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean. Some 43% of the entries in this granddaddy of all cruising rallies are from Britain, 14% from Germany, with a decent number of boats from the Netherlands, America, Norway, Italy and France. The average size ARC boat is now 47 feet, about six feet longer than in the Ha-Ha. Next year, however, the big racing boats will get the boot, as the ARC returns to her roots with a maximum size of 60 feet.

We don't know of any West Coast boats doing the ARC this year. We did it about 10 years ago with Big O, and had some of the most spectacular sailing in great off-the-wind conditions all the way across. It was warm, too.

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