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Chicago-Mackinac Race Preview
(Chicago, IL)- The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the most popular and loved annual fresh water race in the world. "The Mac" starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and ends after a 289nm dash to Mackinac Island. 306 boats will start off the Chicago city-front on Saturday afternoon, July 28th. The race has become a bucket-list event for America’s Cup winners, Transpac and Volvo Ocean sailors. More than 2,500 people attend the race annually and participants traveled to Chicago from over 500 different cities, 35-plus states and a...
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J’s Dominate Round the Island Race
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- As usual, it was another challenging 60nm offshore adventure for the world-famous “Round Island Race” in the United Kingdom, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight.Over one thousand boats began starting at 0630 hrs.  First off was the IRC Zero class, followed by over two-dozen more classes sailing across the glorious Royal Yacht Squadron line in the beautiful morning light.  On Saturday, the High pressure system produced a light NE breeze to start, veering SE-SW during the afternoon depending where you were. It...
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J/88 Wins Mackinac Solo Challenge
Racing to Raise Funds for Prostate Awareness(Mackinac Island, MI)- Recently, Richie Stearns sailed his J/88 HOKEY SMOKES in the annual Mackinac Solo Challenge, a 289nm adventure starting off Chicago, IL and sailed north up Lake Michigan to that famous jewel of horses and fudge residing in gorgeous azure blue waters between two Great Lakes (Michigan and Huron)- Mackinac Island. For many sailors in the Midwest, the races to Mackinac have a disarming allure, as if there is an invisible magnetic pull that weighs on your conscience, as sailors migrate almost “zombie-like” towards the island for a good dose of rest and...
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Round the Island Race Preview
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- If it's the first weekend in July, it must be time for the world-famous “Round Island Race” in the United Kingdom, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight.  The challenging 60nm race that goes around the Isle of Wight is by far the most popular race on any sailor’s social calendar all year long in the U.K.; particularly for those that love to get thrashed and challenged by the intricacies of the Solent. As has been the case for over a decade, over a thousand boats will begin starting at 0630 hrs. ...
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J/88 BLUE FLASH-  Race 2 Alaska Done!
(Port Townsend, WA)- On Saturday, June 16th, the infamous Race to Alaska started off Port Townsend, WA for the first leg of 40nm.  Then, on Monday, June 18th, the “real race” took off to Ketchikan, Alaska for over 750nm up fearsome straits with currents up to 15 kts, tornado-puffs pealing down hillsides in 40 kt microbursts, and even midsummer snow off the Canadian maritime provinces of British Columbia and the “inside passage” north to Alaska.  The weather can be fearsome.  A race not for the faint of heart, that is for sure. When...
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The Tale of Stearn's All-Women Crew on J/88 Hokey Smokes!
(Chicago, IL)- Here is the tale of Rich Stearns, his all-women crew, and how they learned to “Put the Dawg on It”! Richie sailed the J/88 HOKEY SMOKE in this year’s J/88 class at the Chicago NOOD on Lake Michigan.  His crew was comprised of the following women: Denise Anhurst - first NOODsAnnie Baumann- crew chiefKristin Camarda- first NOODsMarcella GrunertFreya OlsenAnn ZeilerJoy WilsonFollowing is Richie’s story of sailing with these seven (7!!) women on a J/88:Chicago, the home of many competitive fleets and active sailing, recently hosted the 30th annual Helly Hansen NOODs, June...
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