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Archive for February 2017

Pac52 ‘Invisible Hand’ Hits the Bay

 Frank Slootman was a happy man after launching, sailing and christening the new Invisible Hand for the debut season of the Pac 52 class.   latitude/John
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC With the mid-February deliver of Frank Slootman’s all-carbon rocket ship Invisible Hand to San Francisco Bay, the dream of building a West Coast Pac52 fleet has taken giant step closer to becoming a reality. More »

85 Sail Changes in Two Days

Hal Fauth’s 72-ft Bella Mente, on the way to honors and a near record in sail changes, in the Caribbean 600. In previous seasons she’d been knocked out of Caribbean regattas by a dismasting and a keel box’s coming apart.  More »

Transpac Early Entry Deadline

Divisions 7 and 8 started off Point Fermin on July 16 in the 2015 Transpac. © Bronny Daniels The early-entry deadline for the 49th Transpacific Yacht Race is this coming Wednesday, March 1. More »

Photos of the Day

After 10 straight days of rain, Kerry, Shirley (pictured here), Ruthie and Terena took the 42-ft one-off cutter Cetacea out to soak up some sunshine. They stopped at Ayala Cove on Angel Island before heading out the Gate. More »

The Last Two Biscuits

Conrad Colman finished the Vendée Globe today under jury rig with two biscuits to spare. After losing his mast on February 10, the Kiwi-American assembled a functioning rig using his damaged boom, the top of his main and his storm jib. More »

12,600-ton Yacht Busted

It’s just our opinion of course, but isn’t Sailing Yacht A ugly on a stick? (Actually three sticks.) © 2017 Karle Horn Mainstream news sources are reporting that authorities in Gibraltar seized one of the largest and most advanced super-yachts in the world over an unsettled bill. More »

Uplifting Gathering of Sailing Talent

When racing everyone likes to be on the right side of a lift, and the US Sailing National Sailing Programs Symposium was on the right side. The NSPS, which concluded Saturday, is where passionate sailing program instructors and leaders go to inform and energize their upcoming season. More »

Ad: New BAMA Doublehanded Races

BAMA’s Doublehanded Races provide incremental challenges and requirements to explore doublehanded ocean racing. VHF-DSC demo with USCG at March 15 skippers’ meeting. © 2017 BAMA There’s plenty of time to make plans and prepare your crew and boat for BAMA’S Doublehanded Races on Saturday, March 18, 2017. More »