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  24. <title>America’s Cup: What Mother Nature sees</title>
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  31. <description><![CDATA[Sailing Hall of Famer Buddy Melges is famous for saying how “instruments are great, but you have to look at the water and present the boat to Mother Nature.” While it is computers that have created the latest batch of America’s Cup AC75s, Mother Nature will get the final vote on which team got it [&#8230;]]]></description>
  32. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Sailing Hall of Famer Buddy Melges is famous for saying how “instruments are great, but you have to look at the water and present the boat to Mother Nature.” While it is computers that have created the latest batch of America’s Cup AC75s, Mother Nature will get the final vote on which team got it right. Here’s a glimpse of what she’ll be seeing:</p>
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  34. <p>With four teams revealing their box-fresh AC75s, it’s abundantly clear that different solutions have been found for very similar questions. The design teams have worked feverishly to deliver their best and latest thinking whilst the electronics and mechatronics engineers have been hard at it to produce the control and power-delivery systems that will define each team’s campaign. So what do we know so far?</p>
  35. <p>With three teams sailing, what we are seeing is fast-flight being achieved by a combination of Barcelona-specific hull design and clever-thinking on controls. For Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, we are only seeing a fraction of their potential as they are with legacy foils and foil arms. That will change.</p>
  36. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43.jpg" ><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-125401" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43.jpg?resize=620%2C349" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" srcset="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43.jpg 1920w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43-600x338.jpg 600w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-24_8-43-43-620x350.jpg 620w" alt="" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  37. <p>The performance, however, of Alinghi Red Bull Racing has everyone sitting up and taking notice with the team running full-span bespoke foils which clearly have an enormous effect on performance.</p>
  38. <p>Hull differences and bustle treatment are more nuanced. Easy to say that Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli are from the same stable of progressive thinking, so too perhaps INEOS Britannia, but Alinghi Red Bull Racing has thrown a spanner in the works with their chine on the bow and full length, considerable, bustle leading to the stern.</p>
  39. <p>All the teams have gone for T-section shapes at the stern run-off but it’s in the bow area where the differences are most marked. INEOS Britannia have real volume in their in-built immediately voluminous bustle, whereas the Italians and Kiwis have aggressively flared bow profiles back to the foil arm boxes.</p>
  40. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4.jpg" ><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-125400" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4.jpg?resize=620%2C349" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" srcset="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4.jpg 1920w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4-600x338.jpg 600w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18875_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_171376281658F4-620x350.jpg 620w" alt="" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  41. <p>The deck area is key. For anyone that has seen an overlaid flow diagram of an AC75, the biggest disturbance air passing over the yacht is at deck level and it’s here where designers and technicians have worked the hardest.</p>
  42. <p>The Italians have a beautifully contoured naked carbon approach, moulding the side pods evenly into the deck and aft off the transom. Emirates Team New Zealand does the same with a raised ellipse stern that screams aero.</p>
  43. <p>Alinghi Red Bull Racing has detail from bow to stern with what look like Venturi bumps on the bow to aid airflow into the jib and then an incredibly open cockpit that creates something of a tunnel with the raised pods having internal sidewalls rather than blended in an aggressive treatment of the flow.</p>
  44. <p>INEOS Britannia, from early morning spy shots, appears to be somewhere in the middle of the Italians and Swiss with blended side pods streaming aft – we will know more when they officially launch in the coming days.</p>
  45. <p>Bumps and both hull and deck dilets are evident on all designs but perhaps the biggest differences lie in the treatment of the bustles and skegs that run down the middle of the boat. What we see on the Swiss AC75 is almost an International Moth style of skeg whilst for the Kiwis and Italians, they have a more blended, considerate approach.</p>
  46. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://i2.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E.jpg" ><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-125399" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E.jpg?resize=620%2C349" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" srcset="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E.jpg 1920w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E-600x338.jpg 600w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18927_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846728F82E-620x350.jpg 620w" alt="" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  47. <p>Emirates Team New Zealand’s bustle runs full length, kicking up in the final third to the transom allowing for the rudder to be hung beneath the bustle. Its angularity is marked, similar in fact to the sharpness of INEOS Britannia’s treatment although their bustle stops a few feet from the transom tip, meaning the rudder mechanics are mainly all above deck.</p>
  48. <p>The Swiss have considerable volume at the stern in their bustle with the added benefit of getting those rudder controls low and hidden. Same too for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli whose refined bustle goes full length and again has the rudder slung off the underbelly. All the boats so far have a keel chine running off the bow with varying degrees of depth.</p>
  49. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC.jpg" ><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-125398" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC.jpg?resize=620%2C349" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" srcset="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC.jpg 1920w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC-600x338.jpg 600w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18925_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846202A0FC-620x350.jpg 620w" alt="" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  50. <p>Another similarity so far, appears to be in crew configuration with everyone so far going for the trimmer in the forward pod, followed by the helmsman and then the two cyclors in the aft. A screen on the forward pod of Alinghi Red Bull Racing confirms their aero intention whereas for the other trimmers, it’s just a very low position out of the wind that they maintain.</p>
  51. <p>Same too for the cyclors, the power units of this Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup. They are arched into an almost time-trial position with their heads down in the ‘pain-locker’ pedaling for all they are worth – rarely do you see a cyclor look up when the boats are in motion.</p>
  52. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3.jpg" ><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-125397" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3.jpg?resize=620%2C349" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" srcset="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3.jpg 1920w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3-600x338.jpg 600w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/m18926_crop169014_2000x2000_proportional_1713846605A6A3-620x350.jpg 620w" alt="" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  53. <p>In terms of sail control, we can see that all the teams have gone for trench configurations on both their jib track and mainsheet track but there’s a world of difference and new thinking going on here.</p>
  54. <p>Emirates Team New Zealand have innovated once again and removed all of their control componentry below the aft deck to produce a very neat dual control system that auto-varies side to side and gives them ultimate control over both skins of the mainsail.</p>
  55. <p>Jib systems all look to be sunken 3D controls mounted on self-tacking tracks and all the teams have been seen linking up mast rotation to the mainsheet system.</p>
  56. <p>Pre-sets will become defined as the teams ramp up their time on the water, making these AC75s some of the most refined and setting-repeatable boats ever created, placing much emphasis on the data for given wind conditions.</p>
  57. <p>One of the closely guarded areas of development is the foil design. Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli have both opted at launch to keep their designs secret and complete the commissioning of their boats on legacy foils.</p>
  58. <p>Alinghi Red Bull Racing, however, did not have this option and what we saw at their launch was a first iteration of the long-span, low volume foils that are beautifully sculpted with almost invisible dual flaps and upturned wing tips. Designed for super-fast flight and early foiling, we’ve already seen the Swiss get airborne in just 6.5 to 7.5 knots of breeze which is an impressive performance upgrade on the first-generation boats.</p>
  59. <p>INEOS Britannia revealed their boat but kept their new foils shrouded until launch, but what we can certainly see is the trend for back slung foils off a slender bulb – expect this to be the norm but whether will we see innovations here such as ‘Tubercles’ like the Swiss trialed on their LEQ12 moded AC40 or something different, is the big question that won’t be answered for some time yet.</p>
  60. <p>Standing by for NYYC American Magic and Orient Express Racing to reveal their boats.</p>
  61. <hr align="left" width="30%" />
  62. <p>Following the publication of the AC37 Protocol and AC75 Class Rule on <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2021/11/16/details-released-for-37th-americas-cup/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">November 17, 2021</a>, the AC75 Class Rule and AC Technical Regulations were finalized on <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2022/03/17/design-race-starts-for-37th-americas-cup/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">March 17, 2022</a>. The entry period opened December 1, 2021 and runs until July 31, 2022, but late entries for the 37th America’s Cup may be accepted until May 31, 2023. The Defender was to announce the Match Venue on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2021/09/16/americas-cup-postpones-venue-selection/" >September 17, 2021</a> but postponed the venue reveal, confirming it would be <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2022/03/29/barcelona-to-host-37th-americas-cup/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Barcelona on March 30, 2022</a>. The 37th America’s Cup begins October 12, 2024.</p>
  63. <p>Teams revealed to challenge defender <a href="http://emirates-team-new-zealand.americascup.com/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Emirates Team New Zealand</a> (NZL):<br />
  64. • <a href="https://www.ineosbritannia.com/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">INEOS Britannia</a> (GBR)<br />
  65. • <a href="https://www.alinghiredbullracing.com/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alinghi Red Bull Racing</a> (SUI)<br />
  66. • <a href="https://lunarossachallenge.americascup.com/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team</a> (ITA)<br />
  67. • <a href="https://americanmagic.americascup.com/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">NYYC American Magic</a> (USA)<br />
  68. • <a href="https://www.k-challenge.fr/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Orient Express Racing Team</a> (FRA)</p>
  69. <p><strong>2023-24 Preliminary Regattas</strong><br />
  70. September 14-17, 2023 (AC40): Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain<br />
  71. November 30-December 2 (AC40): Jeddah, Saudi Arabia<br />
  72. August 22-25, 2024 (AC75): Barcelona, Spain</p>
  73. <p><strong>2024 Challenger Selection Series</strong><br />
  74. August 29-September 8: Double Round Robin<br />
  75. September 14-19: Semi Finals (Best of 9)<br />
  76. September 26-October 7: Finals (Best of 13)</p>
  77. <p><strong>2024 America’s Cup</strong><br />
  78. October 12-21: 37th Match (Best of 13)</p>
  79. <p>For more schedule details, <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/01/22/schedule-set-for-americas-cup-events/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">click here</a>.<br />
  80. Additionally, 12 teams will compete in the <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2023/04/21/twelve-teams-for-youth-womens-ac/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">2024 Youth &amp; Women’s America’s Cup</a>.</p>
  81. <p>Noticeboard: <a href="https://ac37noticeboard.acofficials.org/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://ac37noticeboard.acofficials.org/</a><br />
  82. Additional details: <a href="http://www.americascup.com/en/home"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.americascup.com/en/home</a></p>
  83. <p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.americascup.com/news/3002_REVEALING-REVEALS-THE-NEW-AC75-LAUNCHES"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">ACE</a></em></p>
  84. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/24/americas-cup-what-mother-nature-sees/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
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  88. <title>A rite of passage for SoCal sailors</title>
  89. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/a-rite-of-passage-for-socal-sailors/</link>
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  91. <pubDate>Thu, 25 Apr 2024 01:26:01 +0000</pubDate>
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  95. <description><![CDATA[The 76th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will commence on April 26, 2024. The 125nm course from Newport Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico has long been a rite of passage for Southern California sailors, with the more recent option of an 88 nm course to San Diego, CA The entry list has 164 boats [&#8230;]]]></description>
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  97. <p>The 76th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will commence on April 26, 2024. The 125nm course from Newport Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico has long been a rite of passage for Southern California sailors, with the more recent option of an 88 nm course to San Diego, CA</p>
  98. <p>The entry list has 164 boats going the full distance with 20 teams staying north of the international border.</p>
  99. <p>The 2023 race saw better-than-expected winds at the start, but dropped overnight, making for very close racing by morning’s light. For 2024, the Windy.com app is suggesting that westerly winds will carry the fleet all the way to the finish.</p>
  100. <p>The inaugural race was held in 1948, with a record 675 boats entered in 1983 to earn N2E the title of “World’s Largest International Yacht Race.”</p>
  101. <p>Tom Siebel’s Orion, a MOD70 has held the multihull elapsed time record since 2016 when it broke an 18-year-old record with a time of 5:17:26. A new monohull elapsed time record was set in 2022 when Manouch Moshayedi’s custom RIO 100 crossed the finish line before sunset with a time of 7:02:17.</p>
  102. <p>Trophies are awarded in more than 40 classes for the best in ultra-light and maxi-yachts and non-spinnaker and cruising classes.</p>
  103. <p><a href="https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/27233#_home"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Event Details</a> – <a href="https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/27233#_registration"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Entry List</a> – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NewportToEnsenada"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></p>
  104. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/24/a-rite-of-passage-for-socal-sailors/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
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  108. <title>Transat Ready: Solo Skippers Optimised For Success</title>
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  111. <pubDate>Thu, 25 Apr 2024 01:25:07 +0000</pubDate>
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  115. <description><![CDATA[With the Vendée Globe on the horizon, excitement is building as the IMOCA skippers hurtle towards the world&#8217;s premiere offshore challenge&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  116. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/cyclopsmarine/WEBP/yysw468092.webp?resize=620%2C534&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="534" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  117. <p>With the Vendée Globe on the horizon, excitement is building as the IMOCA skippers hurtle towards the world&#8217;s premiere offshore challenge&#8230;</p>
  118. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273947/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  119. ]]></content:encoded>
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  122. <title>Clipper Race: Winning the China-USA leg</title>
  123. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/clipper-race-winning-the-china-usa-leg/</link>
  124. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  125. <pubDate>Wed, 24 Apr 2024 00:06:07 +0000</pubDate>
  126. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  127. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168761</guid>
  128.  
  129. <description><![CDATA[Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam has claimed its fourth win on the 2023-24 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, topping the fleet of eleven 70-foot yachts on the longest and toughest race on the circuit. The team finished the North Pacific Crossing from China to the USA in 25 days, 19 hours, 26 minutes and [&#8230;]]]></description>
  130. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-23_14-06-00-620x350.jpg?resize=620%2C350&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="350" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  131. <p>Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam has claimed its fourth win on the 2023-24 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, topping the fleet of eleven 70-foot yachts on the longest and toughest race on the circuit. The team finished the North Pacific Crossing from China to the USA in 25 days, 19 hours, 26 minutes and 11 seconds on April 22 with a 140-mile lead in Seattle, WA.</p>
  132. <p>Led by Race Skipper Bob Beggs and AQP (Additional Qualified Person) Cameron McCracken, the team will double the eleven points scooped up for first place, having played its lucrative Joker on this race. The team also adds a further three points to its take home after a <a href="https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/news/article/scoring-gate-results--race-10-the-ultimate-test-of-perseverance"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Scoring Gate win</a>, meaning a certain shake up of the top spots on the overall <a href="https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/race/standings"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Race Standings</a>.</p>
  133. <p>This victory on the 5580nm course comes as another in a stream of great results for the team as no other boat has won more than one race on this edition.</p>
  134. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/23/clipper-race-winning-the-china-usa-leg/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
  135. ]]></content:encoded>
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  138. <title>Sailing terms for landlubbers</title>
  139. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/sailing-terms-for-landlubbers/</link>
  140. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  141. <pubDate>Tue, 23 Apr 2024 23:52:11 +0000</pubDate>
  142. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  143. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168759</guid>
  144.  
  145. <description><![CDATA[In a humorous movie scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Jack Sparrow and his mutinous helmsman-turned-ally Hector Barbossa stomp down the deck of the Black Pearl barking orders at the crew. “Trim that sail!” one of them shouts. “Slack windward brace and sheet!” another roars. “Haul the pennant line!” they bellow [&#8230;]]]></description>
  146. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>In a humorous movie scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Jack Sparrow and his mutinous helmsman-turned-ally Hector Barbossa stomp down the deck of the Black Pearl barking orders at the crew. “Trim that sail!” one of them shouts. “Slack windward brace and sheet!” another roars. “Haul the pennant line!” they bellow in unison.</p>
  147. <p>Although the scene ultimately revolves around the unsolved question of which one of them is Captain, much of the comedy derives from the fact that the film’s audience—largely comprised of 21st-century landlubbers with a limited understanding of sailing jargon—has absolutely no idea what the characters are talking about. – <a href="https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/sailing-terms"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Full report</a></p>
  148. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/23/sailing-terms-for-landlubbers/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
  149. ]]></content:encoded>
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  151. <item>
  152. <title>INEOS Britannia AC75 – Filling in the details of RB3 with hopes riding high</title>
  153. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/ineos-britannia-ac75-filling-in-the-details-of-rb3-with-hopes-riding-high/</link>
  154. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  155. <pubDate>Sun, 21 Apr 2024 01:08:27 +0000</pubDate>
  156. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  157. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168659</guid>
  158.  
  159. <description><![CDATA[End of a long day for the INEOS Britannia team after their 05:15 dawn rollout&#8230; Read more on Sail Web]]></description>
  160. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sailweb.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Ac37-INEOS-AC75-Roll-Out-3-20042024.jpg?resize=620%2C349&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  161. <p>End of a long day for the INEOS Britannia team after their 05:15 dawn rollout&#8230;</p>
  162. <p><a href="https://www.sailweb.co.uk/2024/04/21/ineos-britannia-ac75-filling-in-the-details-of-rb3-with-hopes-riding-high/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail Web</a></p>
  163. ]]></content:encoded>
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  165. <item>
  166. <title>king of the vangs?</title>
  167. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/king-of-the-vangs/</link>
  168. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  169. <pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 23:51:55 +0000</pubDate>
  170. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  171. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168600</guid>
  172.  
  173. <description><![CDATA[Big Pimpin’ Allen has just unveiled its latest development in sailing hardware: the Vang King. The Vang King is not just a gas strut; it’s a game-changer in vang control systems for keelboats up to 26ft. Designed to serve as a boom support system, the Vang King seamlessly integrates with a purchase system to deliver [&#8230;]]]></description>
  174. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft wp-image-114271 size-medium" src="https://i0.wp.com/sailinganarchy.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/2024/04/vang-king2-300x195.jpg?resize=300%2C195&#038;ssl=1" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/sailinganarchy.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/2024/04/vang-king2-300x195.jpg?resize=300%2C195&#038;ssl=1 300w, https://sailinganarchy.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/2024/04/vang-king2-768x500.jpg 768w, https://sailinganarchy.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/2024/04/vang-king2-100x65.jpg 100w, https://sailinganarchy.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/2024/04/vang-king2-584x380.jpg 584w, https://sailinganarchy.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/2024/04/vang-king2.jpg 799w" alt="" width="300" height="195" data-recalc-dims="1" />Big Pimpin’</strong></p>
  175. <p>Allen has just unveiled its latest development in sailing hardware: the Vang King.</p>
  176. <p>The Vang King is not just a gas strut; it’s a game-changer in vang control systems for keelboats up to 26ft. Designed to serve as a boom support system, the Vang King seamlessly integrates with a purchase system to deliver unmatched control of your mainsail vang settings.</p>
  177. <p>In light winds, the Vang King will hold the boom up which will reduce the unwanted weight on the mainsail leech and thus result in a better sail shape and more speed. Whether you’re cruising or racing, the Vang King ensures optimal performance in every sailing condition.</p>
  178. <p>Find out <a href="https://www.allenbrothers.co.uk/2024/04/04/vang-king-keep-your-boom-up/"  target="_blank" rel="nofollow external noopener" data-wpel-link="external">more here</a>.</p>
  179. <p><a href="https://sailinganarchy.com/2024/04/18/king-of-the-vangs/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sailing Anarchy</a></p>
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  183. <title>Race to Alaska Podcast</title>
  184. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/race-to-alaska-podcast-12/</link>
  185. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  186. <pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 23:50:00 +0000</pubDate>
  187. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  188. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168602</guid>
  189.  
  190. <description><![CDATA[The Race to Alaska will hold its 8th edition in 2024, continuing with its 750-mile course from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. And now there is a podcast series prior to the June 9 start. Featured in this episode are perhaps the two most different teams in pursuit of glory: Team Stranger Danger Yet [&#8230;]]]></description>
  191. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-01-22_13-04-51-620x350.jpg?resize=620%2C350&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="350" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  192. <p>The Race to Alaska will hold its <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2023/09/08/race-to-alaska-gets-changed-for-2024/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">8th edition in 2024</a>, continuing with its 750-mile course from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. And now there is a <a href="https://r2ak.com/podcast-2/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">podcast series</a> prior to the June 9 start. Featured in this episode are perhaps the two most different teams in pursuit of glory:</p>
  193. <hr align="left" width="30%" />
  194. <p><strong>Team Stranger Danger</strong><br />
  195. Yet another team only shaking hands for the first time just days before race start, meet Stranger Danger—riding high aboard their Schock 40 until the keel probably falls off. Oh, and Katy Stewart is back, if that means anything to anybody.</p>
  196. <p><strong>Team Barely Heumann</strong><br />
  197. The internet got a collective brain freeze when a randomly posted photo of Jim Heumann’s Nauticraft Escapade was posted to the R2AK social media landscape. Why does Jim think this is a good idea? Hear the answer from him</p>
  198. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/18/race-to-alaska-podcast-12/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
  199. ]]></content:encoded>
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  202. <title>America&#8217;s Cup Defender christened &#8220;Taihiro&#8221;</title>
  203. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/americas-cup-defender-christened-taihiro/</link>
  204. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  205. <pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 23:49:00 +0000</pubDate>
  206. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  207. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168587</guid>
  208.  
  209. <description><![CDATA[In a stirring ceremony, Iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei gifted and blessed the name ‘Taihiro&#8217; on the boat that Emirates Team NZ will sail in their defence of the 37th America&#8217;s Cup. The launch event took place at the Team&#8217;s base in Auckland&#8217;s Wynyard Point&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  210. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/ac75/WEBP/yysw467191.webp?resize=620%2C466&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="466" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  211. <p>In a stirring ceremony, Iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei gifted and blessed the name ‘Taihiro&#8217; on the boat that Emirates Team NZ will sail in their defence of the 37th America&#8217;s Cup. The launch event took place at the Team&#8217;s base in Auckland&#8217;s Wynyard Point&#8230;</p>
  212. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273729/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  213. ]]></content:encoded>
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  216. <title>76th N2E Yacht Race &#8211; One week to go</title>
  217. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/76th-n2e-yacht-race-one-week-to-go/</link>
  218. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  219. <pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 23:47:01 +0000</pubDate>
  220. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  221. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168604</guid>
  222.  
  223. <description><![CDATA[The 76th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will depart from its multi-line start. A multitude of racers and 145 boats that keep N2E a Southern California yacht racing favorite, will take to the 125mn course bound for the Hotel Coral and Marina&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  224. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/irc2024/yysw467105.jpg?resize=620%2C414&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="414" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  225. <p>The 76th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will depart from its multi-line start. A multitude of racers and 145 boats that keep N2E a Southern California yacht racing favorite, will take to the 125mn course bound for the Hotel Coral and Marina&#8230;</p>
  226. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273721/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  227. ]]></content:encoded>
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  230. <title>Cup Spy April 16: Luna Rossa revealed</title>
  231. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/cup-spy-april-16-luna-rossa-revealed/</link>
  232. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  233. <pubDate>Wed, 17 Apr 2024 23:11:59 +0000</pubDate>
  234. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  235. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168554</guid>
  236.  
  237. <description><![CDATA[The first tow-run reached a boat speed of 20 knots before turning around and proceeding with the second one at 25 knots and finally increasing to 30 knots&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  238. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/ac75/WEBP/yysw466980.webp?resize=620%2C349&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  239. <p>The first tow-run reached a boat speed of 20 knots before turning around and proceeding with the second one at 25 knots and finally increasing to 30 knots&#8230;</p>
  240. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273694/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  241. ]]></content:encoded>
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  244. <title>Cup Spy Apr 16: Radical Swiss AC75 revealed</title>
  245. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/cup-spy-apr-16-radical-swiss-ac75-revealed/</link>
  246. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  247. <pubDate>Wed, 17 Apr 2024 23:08:16 +0000</pubDate>
  248. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  249. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168555</guid>
  250.  
  251. <description><![CDATA[Alinghi Red Bull Racing was revealed in daylight on Tuesday in Barcelona &#8211; showing some very unique design features &#8211; and looking to leapfrog the other design teams, and make a two generation advance in AC75 design&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  252. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/ac75/WEBP/yysw466971.webp?resize=620%2C349&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  253. <p>Alinghi Red Bull Racing was revealed in daylight on Tuesday in Barcelona &#8211; showing some very unique design features &#8211; and looking to leapfrog the other design teams, and make a two generation advance in AC75 design&#8230;</p>
  254. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273695/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
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  258. <title>Match Racing Tour begins in USA</title>
  259. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/match-racing-tour-begins-in-usa/</link>
  260. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  261. <pubDate>Wed, 17 Apr 2024 22:49:42 +0000</pubDate>
  262. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  263. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168563</guid>
  264.  
  265. <description><![CDATA[The 2024 World Match Racing Tour gets underway with 17 teams and over 100 of the world’s top match racing sailors competing across back-to-back events in Long Beach, CA. Using Catalina 37s, the Grade 2 Ficker Cup (April 19-21) is followed by the Grade 1 Congressional Cup on April 24-28, with both events hosted by [&#8230;]]]></description>
  266. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-17_11-21-24-620x350.jpg?resize=620%2C350&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="350" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  267. <p>The 2024 World Match Racing Tour gets underway with 17 teams and over 100 of the world’s top match racing sailors competing across back-to-back events in Long Beach, CA. Using Catalina 37s, the Grade 2 Ficker Cup (April 19-21) is followed by the <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/01/26/expanded-field-for-2024-congressional-cup/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Grade 1 Congressional Cup on April 24-28</a>, with both events hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, this year celebrating its 95th Anniversary.</p>
  268. <p>Eight teams from five countries will compete at the Ficker Cup with the top three finishers advancing to the <a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/01/26/expanded-field-for-2024-congressional-cup/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">expanded 12-team field</a> for the the 59th edition of the Congressional Cup.</p>
  269. <p>The oldest continuously-held sailing match race regatta in the world, the 2024 Congressional Cup roster has defending champion Chris Poole, USA (Riptide Racing), five-time Congressional Cup winner Ian Williams (GBR, Team Gladstone’s Long Beach), 2009 Congressional Cup winner Johnie Berntsson (SWE, Berntsson Sailing Team), Eric Monnin (SUI, Capvis Swiss Match Racing), Jeppe Borch (DEN, Borch Racing), Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL, Knots Racing), Rocco Attili (ITA, RBYS) and Dave Hood (USA,DH3 Racing).</p>
  270. <p>Returning to the event after 12-years is also four-time Congressional Cup winner Gavin Brady, USA (True Blue Racing). While back on the World Match Racing Tour last year, Brady narrowly missed out on the 2023 Match Racing World Championship title in Shenzhen, China after being defeated by GBR’s Ian Williams in the final.</p>
  271. <p>“It will be a very special week for me being back at the Long Beach Yacht Club and racing in the Congressional Cup,” said Brady. “My match racing started in 1996 at the Ficker Cup and Congressional Cup, I won my first Congressional Cup before one of my crew was even born!”</p>
  272. <p><a href="https://www.wmrt.com/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour information</a> – <a href="https://wmrt.com/2024-season/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">2024 season</a> – <a href="https://thecongressionalcup.com/ficker-cup"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ficker details</a> – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></p>
  273. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/17/match-racing-tour-begins-in-usa/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
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  277. <title>A-Class Cat North American Championships overall</title>
  278. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/a-class-cat-north-american-championships-overall/</link>
  279. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  280. <pubDate>Wed, 17 Apr 2024 22:48:17 +0000</pubDate>
  281. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  282. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168546</guid>
  283.  
  284. <description><![CDATA[The A-Class Catamaran Admiral&#8217;s Cup and North American Championship wrapped up on Saturday, April 13 with a total of seven races raced in the North Americans, allowing one throw-out&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  285. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/aclasscat/yysw466948.jpg?resize=620%2C413&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="413" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  286. <p>The A-Class Catamaran Admiral&#8217;s Cup and North American Championship wrapped up on Saturday, April 13 with a total of seven races raced in the North Americans, allowing one throw-out&#8230;</p>
  287. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273686/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
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  291. <title>2024 UK Wingfoil Tour in Portland Harbour</title>
  292. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/2024-uk-wingfoil-tour-in-portland-harbour/</link>
  293. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  294. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Apr 2024 23:35:38 +0000</pubDate>
  295. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  296. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168452</guid>
  297.  
  298. <description><![CDATA[The arrival of the 2024 UK Wingfoil Tour brought the biggest numbers to date within the national wing foil fleet, and with good wind all weekend at Portland Harbour, this first event kicked the season off with some spectacular wing foil course-racing&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  299. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/wingfoil/yysw466343.jpg?resize=620%2C412&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="412" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  300. <p>The arrival of the 2024 UK Wingfoil Tour brought the biggest numbers to date within the national wing foil fleet, and with good wind all weekend at Portland Harbour, this first event kicked the season off with some spectacular wing foil course-racing&#8230;</p>
  301. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273579/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  302. ]]></content:encoded>
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  304. <item>
  305. <title>Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli AC75 has the style, does it have the pace?</title>
  306. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/luna-rossa-prada-pirelli-ac75-has-the-style-does-it-have-the-pace/</link>
  307. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  308. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Apr 2024 23:31:04 +0000</pubDate>
  309. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  310. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168444</guid>
  311.  
  312. <description><![CDATA[As expected the latest Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli AC75 has already claimed plaudits as the best-looking boat of this cycle&#8230; Read more on Sail Web]]></description>
  313. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe loading="lazy" title="Luna Rossa AC75 Rollout Highlights" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TNCU7UJY0to" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  314. <p>As expected the latest Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli AC75 has already claimed plaudits as the best-looking boat of this cycle&#8230;</p>
  315. <p><a href="https://www.sailweb.co.uk/2024/04/13/luna-rossa-prada-pirelli-ac75-launched-with-style-does-it-have-the-pace/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail Web</a></p>
  316. ]]></content:encoded>
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  318. <item>
  319. <title>2024 Star Western Hemisphere Champs</title>
  320. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/2024-star-western-hemisphere-champs/</link>
  321. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  322. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Apr 2024 23:28:53 +0000</pubDate>
  323. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  324. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168459</guid>
  325.  
  326. <description><![CDATA[Thirty-three teams competed in the 2024 Star Western Hemisphere Championship, won by Tomas Hornos and Mauricio Bueno on April 12-14 in Miami, FL. After posting a 15 in the first race, Hornos/ Bueno had top four scores in six of the remaining seven races, climbing past the consistency of Piet Eckert/ Frederico Melo in second [&#8230;]]]></description>
  327. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-04-14_13-05-14-620x350.jpg?resize=620%2C350&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="350" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  328. <p>Thirty-three teams competed in the 2024 Star Western Hemisphere Championship, won by Tomas Hornos and Mauricio Bueno on April 12-14 in Miami, FL. After posting a 15 in the first race, Hornos/ Bueno had top four scores in six of the remaining seven races, climbing past the consistency of Piet Eckert/ Frederico Melo in second and Augie Diaz/ Bruno Prada in third. – <a href="https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=16436"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Details</a></p>
  329. <p><a href="https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2024/04/14/2024-star-western-hemisphere-champs/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Scuttlebutt</a></p>
  330. ]]></content:encoded>
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  332. <item>
  333. <title>Cup Spy  Apr 14:  Kiwis up close</title>
  334. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/cup-spy-apr-14-kiwis-up-close/</link>
  335. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  336. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Apr 2024 23:27:59 +0000</pubDate>
  337. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  338. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168455</guid>
  339.  
  340. <description><![CDATA[Emirates Team New Zealand sailed a three hour plus session on Sunday. It was the first chance to see the America&#8217;s Cup Defender sailing in daylight, and with a close up of the new mainsheet and traveller system&#8230; Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  341. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe loading="lazy" title="Getting Up to Speed on Day Two" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-D64IGHoIy4" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  342. <p>Emirates Team New Zealand sailed a three hour plus session on Sunday. It was the first chance to see the America&#8217;s Cup Defender sailing in daylight, and with a close up of the new mainsheet and traveller system&#8230;</p>
  343. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273587/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  344. ]]></content:encoded>
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  346. <item>
  347. <title>what up?</title>
  348. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/what-up/</link>
  349. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  350. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Apr 2024 23:26:19 +0000</pubDate>
  351. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  352. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168445</guid>
  353.  
  354. <description><![CDATA[Read more on Sailing Anarchy]]></description>
  355. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe loading="lazy" title="What’s really going on with Tally Ho - major updates." src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wsTh2M1zIcY" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  356. <p><a href="https://sailinganarchy.com/2024/04/13/what-up/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sailing Anarchy</a></p>
  357. ]]></content:encoded>
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  359. <item>
  360. <title>America&#8217;s Cup:  International views on new AC75s</title>
  361. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/americas-cup-international-views-on-new-ac75s/</link>
  362. <dc:creator><![CDATA[XS Editor]]></dc:creator>
  363. <pubDate>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:31:13 +0000</pubDate>
  364. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  365. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168426</guid>
  366.  
  367. <description><![CDATA[Two international sailing commentators Matt Shehan and Tom Morris, have posted their views and insights into the latest AC75s from the Emirates Team NZ designers and Alinghi Red Bull Racing. Read more on Sail-World]]></description>
  368. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sail-world.com/photos/ac75/yysw466154.jpg?resize=620%2C349&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  369. <p>Two international sailing commentators Matt Shehan and Tom Morris, have posted their views and insights into the latest AC75s from the Emirates Team NZ designers and Alinghi Red Bull Racing.</p>
  370. <p><a href="https://www.sail-world.com/news/273549/?source=rss"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail-World</a></p>
  371. ]]></content:encoded>
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  373. <item>
  374. <title>Nick Craig returns to top OK Dinghy World Rankings after 14 years</title>
  375. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/nick-craig-returns-to-top-ok-dinghy-world-rankings-after-14-years/</link>
  376. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  377. <pubDate>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:28:55 +0000</pubDate>
  378. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  379. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://xssailing.com/?p=168431</guid>
  380.  
  381. <description><![CDATA[Only two GBR sailors feature in the top 20 of the latest OK Dinghy World Rankings, but they dominate with two in the top three&#8230; Read more on Sail Web]]></description>
  382. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.sailweb.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/OK-Dinghy-Worlds-Nick-Craig-GBR-01032024.jpg?resize=620%2C372&#038;ssl=1" width="620" height="372" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  383. <p>Only two GBR sailors feature in the top 20 of the latest OK Dinghy World Rankings, but they dominate with two in the top three&#8230;</p>
  384. <p><a href="https://www.sailweb.co.uk/2024/04/13/nick-craig-returns-to-top-ok-dinghy-world-rankings-after-14-years/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail Web</a></p>
  385. ]]></content:encoded>
  386. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">168431</post-id> </item>
  387. <item>
  388. <title>LUNA ROSSA AC75 – Launch Live and replay from Cagliari</title>
  389. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/luna-rossa-ac75-launch-live-from-cagliari/</link>
  390. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  391. <pubDate>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:28:01 +0000</pubDate>
  392. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  393. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168433</guid>
  394.  
  395. <description><![CDATA[The wait is over. Follow live from Cagliari the launch of Luna Rossa AC75 to experience the excitement of this moment with the team. Live streaming Saturday, 13 April 2024. Read more on Sail Web]]></description>
  396. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe loading="lazy" title="LUNA ROSSA AC75 LAUNCH" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qx_adRqDkLA" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  397. <p>The wait is over. Follow live from Cagliari the launch of Luna Rossa AC75 to experience the excitement of this moment with the team. Live streaming Saturday, 13 April 2024.</p>
  398. <p><a href="https://www.sailweb.co.uk/2024/04/13/luna-rossa-ac75-launch-live-from-cagliari/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail Web</a></p>
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  402. <title>ETNZ AC75 First Sail, First Impressions</title>
  403. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/etnz-ac75-first-sail-first-impressions/</link>
  404. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  405. <pubDate>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 00:04:48 +0000</pubDate>
  406. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  407. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168393</guid>
  408.  
  409. <description><![CDATA[Emirates Team New Zealand took advantage of a weather window to quietly launch the AC75 raceboat that will defend the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona in October. The hopes of this sailing-mad nation rest on a progressive and heavily refined design, a (big) step-on from their America’s Cup winning boat ‘Te Rehutai’ of… [&#8230;]]]></description>
  410. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe loading="lazy" title="ETNZ AC75 FIRST SAIL" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KOweVRH3Dlw" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  411. <p>Emirates Team New Zealand took advantage of a weather window to quietly launch the AC75 raceboat that will defend the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona in October. The hopes of this sailing-mad nation rest on a progressive and heavily refined design, a (big) step-on from their America’s Cup winning boat ‘Te Rehutai’ of…</p>
  412. <p><a href="https://www.sailweb.co.uk/2024/04/12/etnz-ac75-first-sail-first-impressions/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail Web</a></p>
  413. ]]></content:encoded>
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  416. <title>Pen Duick VI takes Line Honours in McIntyre Ocean Globe Race</title>
  417. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/pen-duick-vi-takes-line-honours-in-mcintyre-ocean-globe-race/</link>
  418. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  419. <pubDate>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 00:03:45 +0000</pubDate>
  420. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
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  422.  
  423. <description><![CDATA[The French legend Pen Duick VI, skippered by Marie Tabarly, has taken provisional line honours in the final leg of the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race. Read more on Sail Web]]></description>
  424. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe loading="lazy" title="French Legend Pen Duick VI FR (14)  skipper Marie Tabarly #OGR2023 LINE HONOURS finishing Leg 4" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xQjNVq7KnO8" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  425. <p>The French legend Pen Duick VI, skippered by Marie Tabarly, has taken provisional line honours in the final leg of the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race.</p>
  426. <p><a href="https://www.sailweb.co.uk/2024/04/12/pen-duick-vi-takes-line-honours-in-mcintyre-ocean-globe-race/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Sail Web</a></p>
  427. ]]></content:encoded>
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  430. <title>Mariners Rescued From Uninhabited Island After Writing “HELP” With Palm Fronds</title>
  431. <link>http://xssailing.com/article/mariners-rescued-from-uninhabited-island-after-writing-help-with-palm-fronds/</link>
  432. <dc:creator><![CDATA[deleteme]]></dc:creator>
  433. <pubDate>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 00:02:31 +0000</pubDate>
  434. <category><![CDATA[Article]]></category>
  435. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://xssailing.com/?p=168406</guid>
  436.  
  437. <description><![CDATA[We’ve seen it movies — mariners stranded on an uninhabited island signaling their plight and being rescued. This week the scenario was real when three mariners were rescued from a tiny, uninhabited island in Micronesia after laying out palm fronds on the beach to spell “HELP.” On April 6, a relative notified the USCG that [&#8230;]]]></description>
  438. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>We’ve seen it movies — mariners stranded on an uninhabited island signaling their plight and being rescued. This week the scenario was real when three mariners were rescued from a tiny, uninhabited island in Micronesia after laying out palm fronds on the beach to spell “HELP.” On April 6, a relative notified the USCG that her three uncles had failed to return home after departing Poluwat Atoll on March 31 aboard a 20-ft outboard-powered open skiff.</p>
  439. <p>The experienced mariners, all in their 40s, had been heading for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 miles northwest of Poluwat. They were in familiar waters but had sustained damage to their skiff and outboard, becoming stranded on the small island covering less than 2000 square feet. On April 7, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft identified the stranded men and confirmed their presence and condition. The aircraft crew successfully dropped survival packages to sustain the mariners until further assistance could arrive.</p>
  440. <figure class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.news.uscg.mil/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-128888 size-large" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach-1150x647.jpeg?resize=620%2C349&#038;ssl=1" sizes="(max-width: 1150px) 100vw, 1150px" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach-1150x647.jpeg?resize=620%2C349&#038;ssl=1 1150w, https://www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach-800x450.jpeg 800w, https://www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach-768x432.jpeg 768w, https://www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach-533x300.jpeg 533w, https://www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach-600x338.jpeg 600w, https://www.latitude38.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/HELP-on-Micronesia-beach.jpeg 1280w" alt="Palm leaves spell HELP on beach" width="620" height="349" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The crew of a Hawaii-based HC-130J Hercules aircraft made contact with three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. After dropping them a radio on April 8, the air crew informed the men that USCGC <em>Oliver Henry</em> would arrive on April 9 to transport them home to Poluwat Atoll.</p>
  441. <div class="source">© 2024 U.S. Coast Guard</div>
  442. <div class="external_link"><a href="https://www.news.uscg.mil/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.news.uscg.mil</a></div>
  443. </figcaption></figure>
  444. <p>On April 8, a US Coast Guard Hercules aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, flew over the area and dropped a radio to establish communication. The mariners confirmed they were in good health, had access to food and water, and had recovered their damaged skiff. The next morning, they were picked up by the USCG’s 154-ft Fast Response Cutter <em>Oliver Henry</em>. The men and their equipment were taken aboard and returned to their home port, Poluwat Atoll.</p>
  445. <p>The rescue operation was a coordination of US Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and the US Navy. USCG Lt. Chelsea Garcia, the search and rescue mission coordinator on the day the mariners were located, said spelling out “HELP” on the beach with the palm fronds was a crucial factor in their discovery. “This act of ingenuity was pivotal in guiding rescue efforts directly to their location,” Lt. Garcia said. “This successful operation underscores the effective coordination and partnership between the US Coast Guard, the US Navy, and regional partners. We extend our gratitude to everyone involved.”</p>
  446. <p>The USCG concluded their <a target="_blank" href="https://www.news.uscg.mil/Press-Releases/Article/3734724/us-coast-guard-us-navy-unite-for-maritime-rescue-emphasizing-community-ties-in/" >report</a> with the recommendation that “all mariners equip their vessels with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) to enhance safety on the water. A growing number of maritime communities offer loaner programs for these devices, making it easier for everyone to access this critical safety tool.”</p>
  447. <p><em>We wrote about a similar rescue in 2020 when mariners were rescued from an uninhabited beach in Micronesia after writing SOS on the beach. You can read that story here: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/some-of-sailings-more-unusual-stories/#:~:text=SOS%20they%20had%20written%20in%20the%20sand" >SOS</a></em></p>
  448. <p>The post <a target="_blank" href="https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/mariners-rescued-wrote-help-palm-leaves/"  rel="nofollow">Mariners Rescued From Uninhabited Island After Writing “HELP” With Palm Fronds</a> appeared first on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.latitude38.com/"  rel="nofollow">Latitude38</a>.</p>
  449. <p><a href="https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/mariners-rescued-wrote-help-palm-leaves/"  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read more on Latitude 38</a></p>
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