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Rules and Tactics Seminars Start February 2017

NorthuYou can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules. North U Rules & Tactics seminars cover the rules (new and old) to make sure you know your rights and obligations in every situation. This case-based curriculum teaches the underlying principles behind the rules to provide a clearer understanding of how the rules apply.

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Bringing an Olympic Gold Medal Back Home

By Dermot O’Flynn

Dermot O'FlynnIn January 2014 my father Dermot O’Flynn passed away suddenly at the wonderful age of 94. A father, a great surgeon, and a yachtsman who enjoyed any opportunity to be out and about near or on the sea, he left me many happy memories. He also left me an Olympic Sailing gold medal from the 1948 London Olympics. The medal was won by Jim Weekes, an American who crewed on a 6 Metre yacht called Llanoria.

The author sails Llanoria on Lake Lucerne before the 2016 6 Metre European Championships.

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Llanoria was owned by Herman Whiton, a past member of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, a wonderful club that is steeped in yachting history.

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An Interview with Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner

Mark TurnerOne of the most respected figures in professional sailing, Mark Turner was appointed CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2016. The 49-year-old Briton competed in the race aboard British Defender in 1989 when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and he led the Dongfeng Race Team campaign in the 2014-25 edition.

The Volvo Ocean Race is in Mark Turner’s very capable hands.  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

A veteran of other premier offshore events including the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat, Turner managed Ellen MacArthur’s Vendée Globe in 2001, in which she finished second, and masterminded her record-breaking non-stop solo circumnavigation in 2005.

The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October in Alicante, Spain. At nearly 45,000 nautical miles, the route is the longest in the 44-year history of the event that was born as the Whitbread in 1973. And with many more miles in the Southern Ocean as the previous editions, this will likely be the toughest VOR yet. We spoke with Turner about what’s in store for the 2017-18 edition.

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – New Yorker Competing for the First Time

sydney_hobart_course.jpgDecember 30, 2016 - The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race started December 26. A fleet of eighty-eight yachts from eleven countries, and comprising four 100-ft Maxi yachts, competed in the 72nd edition of this famous 628-nautical mile offshore race. All boats were in today.

 

Anthony Bell’s Perpetual LOYAL set a record time of 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds, some 4 hours, 51 minutes and 52 seconds faster than Wild Oats XI’s 2012 record. New Zealander Jim Delegat's Giacomo was the overall winner.

 

 

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November 2016 Comic by Dave Foster

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A Sperry Charleston Race Week Primer

By Dan Dickison

VXOne.jpgSperry Charleston Race Week is just over 20 years old, but its notoriety has grown precipitously and it is now a must-do regatta for sailors from across the U.S. That simple fact means that each year, some 20 to 30 percent of the participants are new to the event. Given that, a primer on how to get the most out of your trip to Charleston, South Carolina is in order.

Most of the racecourses are set within the harbor. © 2016 Tim Wilkes Photography

 

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Block Island Race Week set for June 18-23, 2017

Block Island Race WeekThe Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of a new event website at blockislandraceweek.com, where links to register and the Notice of Race are available.

The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week  is poised to be the best one yet.   © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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The Greenport Ocean Race & The Greenport Bay Race

By Jim Ryan, Event Chairman

Greenport Ocean RaceAt the awards party, one of the Greenport Ocean Race competitors, upon accepting his trophy said, “Victory by attrition is still victory,” and I agree. Coming into the first October weekend, the wind blew hard from the east all week. I hoped that it would let up somewhat for the race on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and it did, but everything is relative. When 35-knot winds dissipate to 30-knot winds, it’s still pretty breezy out there.

Sedgewick Ward’s J/111 Bravo crosses William Hubbard’s RP56 Siren just after the start of the Ocean Race. © RJ LaBella/rjlabellaphotos.com
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Whitebread 23: A Light Air Success

By Andrew “Bill” Shemella

Whitebread 2016What a difference a day makes. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 we sailed in the 23rd edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race (WB23) with barely enough wind to keep the boats moving. As I wrote this the next day, it was howling and raining in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Light breeze presented unique challenges for sailors in Whitebread 23. © Celia Withers

No one can say the light conditions were a surprise. All week anyone with a cell phone and any one of a dozen apps knew the forecast was for, at most, 5 knots of wind, cloud cover to make a seabreeze unlikely, and rain. OK, we all chose an outdoor sport but at least we’re not sleeping on the ground.

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Kiwis Win Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final

Red Bull Foiling World FinalIn a high-energy, high-emotion celebration, New Zealand sailors Olivia Mackay (age 20; helm) and Micah Wilkinson (20) were crowned the World Champions in the first-ever Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. Fifteen teams from around the world, each comprising two sailors ages 16 to 21, raced identical Flying Phantom foiling catamarans on Narragansett Bay in a spectacular regatta that was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI October 21 - 23, 2016.

New Zealanders Olivia Mackay & Micah Wilkinson are World Champions.   ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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