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PRB Seizes Transat Lead

by Sail Staff, Posted May 18, 2008

Artemis Transat competitors sailed out of their position-blackout period on Sunday, and for the Open 60s the retirement of race leader Sbastien Josse and BT changes the picture in a big way. The mainsail headcar is broken on BT, the sea state prevented Josse from going aloft, and the decision to turn around was a necessary bitter pill. Josse said, "Pulling out is a big


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Desjoyeaux Out

by Sail Staff, Posted May 16, 2008
He had the resume, the credibility, and the talent. What he hadn’t expected was the whale.

French superstar sailor Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of the IMOCA 60 Foncia, and an early favorite to win the Artemis Transat race—he commanded a spot on the leader board early on—had an unexpected encounter with a whale on May 15 (Day 5 of the race), and was forced to retire.


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Island Time

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By David Schmidt

Few regattas dish up the trade winds, the big waves, and the international scene that can match Antigua Sailing Week. This year there may have been an extra infusion of Europeans, considering the high value of the euro in terms of U.S. dollars. What awaited them this year were conditions on the light side for this exposed flank of the Antilles, with average winds in


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Shambler

by David Schmidt, Posted May 8, 2008
“Ooohhh, is that a Rambler shirt?”

It was a female sailor cooing to the rest of her all-female crew at Antigua Sailing Week as I walked past their charter boat at Jolley Harbor. Tempting but—

I glued my eyes to the dock and kept right on walking, pretending that I hadn’t heard her comment. Not only am I happily married, I’m also a sailing journalist


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The Named

by David Schmidt, Posted May 8, 2008

One of the closest-guarded secrets in American sailing circles has been the who’s-who roster for Puma Ocean Racing, Ken Read’s Puma-sponsored Volvo Open 70 team, the only U.S.-flagged entrant in the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race. Many big names tried out for these 11 coveted spots, and Read has joked about receiving “death threats” from certain veteran ocean racers, should he pass them over for


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