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Blustery Second Day at Sail For Gold - Weymouth

When we heard from our weather guy Doug Charko that we should expect at least 5 knots more than yesterday, we knew we were in for some serious breeze. When we showed up to the sailing center the weather confirmed his forecast. The wind was steady 20 knots gusting into the mid twenties forcing the [...]

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Blustery Second Day at Sail For Gold - Weymouth

When we heard from our weather guy Doug Charko that we should expect at least 5 knots more than yesterday, we knew we were in for some serious breeze. When we showed up to the sailing center the weather confirmed his forecast. The wind was steady 20 knots gusting into the mid twenties forcing the [...]

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#23
Poised for a comeback… still.

“If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.” That’s what my coach Bill Ward used to say about racing on the international circuit. Let me tell you, this week has been testimony to just that. Even with a smaller fleet, the quality of the Sail for Gold regatta this year is presenting a formidable [...]

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#24
Monday Morning Tactician: 21 Sept 2009

What a regatta Sail for Gold ended up being! Yikes.*It didn’t seem like we were able to get any breaks throughout the event. The strong northeasterlies forced us to sit ashore for a day and a half of what could have been very good racing. When racing was possible, our course was one of the [...]

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#25
Hinman Trophy Quarter Finals in the Rain today

After a day of spectacular wind and 95 races on Friday followed by a classic late summer shifty-turned-beautiful southerly yesterday, the quarterfinal round of the Hinman will likely be sailed in rainy and windy conditions today. After going 9-6 in the opening round robin, Team SDYC was relegated to the middle “silver” group of 6 [...]

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#26
Hinman Report: Team SDYC 4th

Photos from the event* New England gave us the full variety of late summer weather this weekend during the 2009 Hinman Trophy. In a lot of ways it reminded us of the week we just spent in “old” England with more than enough wind, chilly temperatures, and rain all day on Sunday. Conditions yesterday were at the [...]

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#27
Monday Morning Tactician: Bermuda Gold Cup 2009

Photo from the*Gold Cup*This past week has been quite a week of sailing.*Lots of firsts.*It was my first time to Bermuda. It was my first time racing the IODs. It was my first Grade 1 match race. It*was my first time racing as a bowman. It was the first time I’d seen a judge boat [...]

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#28
Melges 24 Worlds well under way in Annapolis

Today was the second day of racing out of downtown Annapolis at the 2009 Melges 24 World Championships. Full results can be found at*http://www.melges24worlds2009.com/results.asp. The regatta has been sailed in mixed conditions so far. Yesterday was crystal clear and a dying northerly. Today was almost the complete opposite with heavy clouds and drizzle most of [...]

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Melges 24 Worlds: Team Kirby finishes 12th

After a long week of patience in the self-proclaimed sailing capital of America, we finally got some double digit breeze on Saturday for the last races of the 2009 Melges 24 World Championships. It was a long week of sailing in Annapolis. The wind was fickle at times, light mostly, and the conditions were on [...]

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#30
The Starting Line - Can you show me where it is? Is it even there?

After spending a weekend back on the college circuit, helping Coach Callahan and Georgetown Sailors Chris Barnard and Charlie Buckingham at the Singlehanded Nationals in Corpus Christi, one glaring question still sticks in our minds: Can somebody please define the term: starting line?Sailors who appeared to be winning the pin end at starts were called [...]

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#31
Starting Lines Best Defined: “In the eye of the beholder”

After a 32 comments and counting… I think that we’ve*sufficiently beat this into the ground. There were some pretty interesting levels of confusion for what should be a simple issue. Likewise, moments of “Aha! It really is a fuzzy definition” from a lot of pretty smart people.Tactically, from the racer’s point of view, we always [...]

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#32
Practice Race in Rio today

We sailed the practice race today before the South American Championships starts tomorrow sailed out of the ICRJ (Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro). Brad and I put up the new jib today to make sure it was all set to go. The distance to the race course sails literally in the shadow of Sugar [...]

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#33
Two Days, Three Races so far at the South Americans

Brad and I started the regatta with a strong showing in a light seabreeze on Thanksgiving. The 85+ degree temperatures and still relatively cooler ocean provided great conditions for a building thermal as we raced two races. We were fourth to the first windward mark of the regatta and sailed on to a second in [...]

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#34
South American Champs: Out with a Whisper

*Thanks Mach for the photosThe final day of the South American Championships in Rio was officially a dud. We sat onshore well after the usual haul-in time waiting for a fleeting northerly to die and allow the steady southerly or westerly to fill. It never did. And we were left stranded in the hot and [...]

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#35
Melges 32 Gold Cup Wrap-up

Thanks Joy for the photos. Team Ninkasi took a fourth place finish in the fleet of 23 boats at the 2009 Melges 32 Gold Cup last weekend of Fort Lauderdale. Owner John Taylor at the helm took his team through a very consistent series and ultimately was within striking distance of the lead going into the [...]

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#36
150+ Days in ‘09: Onward to 2010

Getting 150 days sailing in 2009*is a bit difficult for even me to understand. With the Lasers sold and a new Olympic class in the mix, I’m not sure I could have*forecasted a*year like this one. Three world championships in the J24, Melges 24, and Star show the keelboat theme. Actually I think I can [...]

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#37
Training for Worlds in Rio

We’ve had a couple of days of race-training inside the bay here in Rio. We’re right under the of Sugar Loaf and the massive statue of Christ atop the highest promontory in town, but the only shade in town is under the boat when we’re polishing. Temperatures reach 90+ degrees almost daily this time of [...]

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#38
Two days to go…

Brazil is living up to its summer-time reputation, hot, humid and great sailing. Yesterday was a phenomenal day of sailing outside of Rio. 10-15 knots and some fun wave action made for good tuning conditions and the most fun downwind sailing we’ve seen down here.Measurement is today’s big effort. The Star worlds is a lesson [...]

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#39
Two Days Down, In Fourth at the Worlds

Photo: FriedBits.comWe’ve had two very warm days here in Rio to start the 2010 Star Worlds. Temperatures neared 100 degrees again today even under partly cloudy skies, but the seabreeze could not quite switch on like it did for yesterday’s regatta opener inside the bay. Yesterday we raced in the confines of Guanabara Bay [...]

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#40
Tough couple of races in Rio, Two more to go…

Photo by Friedbits.com I struggled getting off the line cleanly the last couple of days here in Rio. Yesterday was a very light air slugfest. We were postponed for nearly an hour, followed by five starts, three general recalls and another short postponement before finally getting the fleet off the line under black flag. We [...]

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