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Category: sailing

Nominations sought for the YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2017

The Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) has extended its nomination period after receiving few entries Yachting Monthly’s Bob Shepton is a previous winner of the award. Credit: Bob Shepton In the past, the YJA Yachtsman of the Year award has attracted some of the most famous names in sailing. The accolade is regarded by many as…
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October 20, 2017 0

Ambition, nerves, and espionage: final countdown at the Volvo Ocean Race

We go behind the scenes at the Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team to find how the team is preparing for the longest, furthest Volvo Ocean Race yet Sanxenxo training 2 boats testing with mapfre The first race that ‘counts’ for the Volvo Ocean Race, the Alicante in-port race, takes place tomorrow. The seven…
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October 18, 2017 0

Tom Cunliffe: A guide to downwind sailing

You don’t always want to have to come head-to-wind to reef. In this extract from The Complete Ocean Skipper, Tom Cunliffe talks about how to reduce canvas without turning around On passage, your mainsail is hoisted and likely to stay up, barring extreme weather, until you arrive and, for much of the time out there…
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October 17, 2017 0

The amazing voyage of Laura Dekker, the 15-year-old who sailed round the world alone

In 2011, Dutch teenager Laura Dekker became the youngest person to sail alone round the world. Her account, of which this is an extract, bubbles with a youthful verve and passion. In 2009, the English sailing community was galvanised by the arrival on the East Coast of a 14-year-old single-hander from Holland, writes Tom Cunliffe.…
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October 12, 2017 0

SPC Oct 9, 2017 1630 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

SPC 1630Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1122 AM CDT Mon Oct 09 2017 Valid 091630Z – 101200Z …THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SOUTHEAST KS AND EASTERN OK… …THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SOUTHWEST MO/SOUTHEAST KS TO CENTRAL TX… …SUMMARY… Isolated…
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October 9, 2017 0

SPC Tornado Watch 497 Status Reports

WW 0497 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 497 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 60 SSE MOB TO 20 ESE MOB TO 50 E PIB. ..PETERS..10/08/17 ATTN…WFO…MOB…LIX… STATUS REPORT FOR WT 497 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS ALC003-025-035-053-099-129-080640- AL . ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BALDWIN CLARKE CONECUH ESCAMBIA…
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October 8, 2017 0

SPC Oct 8, 2017 0600 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

SPC 1200Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1246 AM CDT Sun Oct 08 2017 Valid 081200Z – 091200Z …THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FOR SOUTHEASTERN AND EAST-CENTRAL AL… …THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE WESTERN FL PANHANDLE INTO NORTHERN GA…
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October 8, 2017 0

What are the most common repairs at sea for yachts sailing across the Atlantic? ARC survey results tell all

We surveyed nearly all 290 yachts in the 2016 ARC transatlantic to find out what broke and how it was fixed; what worked and what didn’t. You cannot presume to be able to sail across an ocean without experiencing some problems or breakages with your equipment. We issued the 290 yachts sailing in the 2016…
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October 7, 2017 0

How Deep is the Ocean, How Clean is the Sea?

Human beings have used the oceans as a trade route and playground for millennia, since man found he could get from A to B even when there wasn’t a land bridge. To this day our many sea-going friends both commercial and sporting/leisure travel the oceans in fair weather and foul. So, why do we take…
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June 11, 2017 0