Claudio Recchi wins two races to lead the Cagliari edition of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series

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Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

The Cagliari edition of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series exploded into life today with three races being completed in near perfect, ten to twelve knot, Mediterranean conditions. As expected, the racing was of the highest quality with the teams having to use every ounce of their skill and expertise to gain any advantage.

The crews arriving at the dock this morning were greeted by clear blue skies accompanied by a warm, gentle breeze. Following the skippers briefing, where the fleet were reminded by Chief Umpire Luca Babini of his intention to strictly enforce the class concerning bowsprits, all the boats left the dock well in advance of the 12.30 scheduled start time. Outside out of the confines of the harbour the breeze was solid and racing was able to start on time.

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A message from Manley Hopkinson, Director of TORO

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“I would like to publish an important correction to our announcement of the launch of the Ocean Racing World Cup. We consulted with many of the world’s most active market leaders involved in ocean racing, including the impressive OC Group; indeed their professionalism has been an inspiration throughout the development of our event. However, I must clarify that whilst having been consulted for their opinions in 2006, neither the event management arm of OC Group (OC Events) or its professional sailing team (Offshore Challenges) endorse, support or are working with TORO on this proposed event.

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Carina wins 2008 Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta

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By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Carina, a McCurdy & Rhodes 48 with a winning history going back to 1969, was the overall winner of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta sailed Friday in Bermuda. As the top prize, Rives Potts’ and his crew won the New York Yacht Club Trophy with two bullets in Class 1, and a 1,3 in fleet for the day.

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Ragtime, Fortaleza – is rhumb line the best line?

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Friday AM. Dark line is rhumb line to Tahiti

LOS ANGELES—Who has it right?

As the four boats in the Transpacific Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race approached the equator and the critical passage through the light-air Doldrums in the 3,571-nautical mile contest, Doug Baker’s front running Magnitude 80 was on a southwesterly course with Bob Lane’s Medicine Man 241 miles directly behind.

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Cabady slips into first in Onion Patch after Newport Bermuda Race

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Series ends Friday with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta
By Talbot Wilson

Dateline: Hamilton, Bermuda, June 26, 2008: The bright red Concordia 42 Cabady, sailed by Randall Baldwin of Ridgefield Connecticut, moved into first place in the Onion Patch series following a first place finish among series entries in last week’s Newport Bermuda Race. She now counts 11.25 points after the first two events.

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RACE 13: NOVA SCOTIA TO CORK, IRELAND

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RACE 13: NOVA SCOTIA TO CORK, IRELAND
DAY 12

NEW YORK EXTENDS LEAD ON QINGDAO

LIVERPOOL 08 FIGHTS HARD FOR FOURTH PODIUM

FIRST BOATS EXPECTED IN CORK SATURDAY MORNING

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With the strong and steady winds that the fleet has enjoyed over the last 24 to 36 hours and with the favourable winds set to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours the revised ETA for the leading yachts into Cork Ireland is now Saturday morning. These last couple of days of racing have been very fast and very wet for the ten teams, with average speeds being above 12 knots and top speeds being in the high teens. The fast reaching conditions that the teams have been experiencing has required 100 percent focus from the helms and trimmers onboard whilst wave after wave is thrown across the deck. The testing conditions have seen 45 knot winds driving horizontal rain across the decks and made the last stages of this Atlantic race a real roller
coaster ride for the crews.

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