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The differences in strategy

April 5, 2016

First Name Caroline Email Address Subject The differences in strategy Question Hi Charlie! I watched the entire Volvo Ocean Race last year and was amazed by the strategies all the navigators and skippers talked about. How does the tactics or strategy change between these two races or the different boat sizes? Hi Caroline,  Tactics[…..]

2014 – Leg 1 – 48 Hours In

May 12, 2014

Three boats are tied to one another this morning as we watch the fleet come around Cape Hatteras and begin the second half of this first leg of the 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. Pleiad Racing holds a narrow lead over Dragon and Gryphon Solo II with all three boats within three[…..]

2014 – Leg 1 First 24 Hours Update

May 11, 2014

It was a clean start yesterday in Charleston in the 4th Annual Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. The four Atlantic Cup teams raced across the start line in a 20-25 knot breeze with double-reefed mainsails. #54-Dragon cross the line first, however, launched to the front of the fleet and led the first and[…..]

Do dolphins sleep at night?

May 11, 2014

First Name Sam and Lorel Your Question     Do dolphins sleep at night?   Well Sam & Laurel, my first inclination is to say fish don’t sleep at night.  However, it would be wrong of me to assume that. Dolphins are very fascinating creatures. From the folks at Scientific America, we learn that dolphins show two basic[…..]

2013 Atlantic Cup Day 4 Sunset Report

May 14, 2013

Barring anything catastrophic over the next hour or so it looks like #118 Bodacious Dream is going to win the first leg of the race!  They team of Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl have sailed a brilliant race and have done a masterful job of taming the challenging conditions.  At the time of this writing,[…..]

2013 Atlantic Cup – Day 3 Sunrise report

May 14, 2013

Well it seems like the only thing I am certain of from last night is that is did get cold.  It feels more like mid november than mid May along the east coast! Over the course of the evening, the leading western pack seems to have held on to the breeze and have managed to[…..]

2013 Atlantic Cup Leg 1 – Day 2 -2nd Report

May 13, 2013

As we reach the end of the daylight hours on the second day, the teams have gone through a second major transition, and this one, has caused a shakeup. Around midday today the boats that were leading towards the coast, #118 Bodacious Dream, #116 Icarus and #90 40 Degrees fought their way through a brutal[…..]

2013 Report from The Expert – 8AM Monday

May 13, 2013

2013 Atlantic Cup Leg 1 Day 2 After 36 hours of sailing, the teams are not going to hear this, but I believe the race is just starting.  The breeze has shifted from the fast reaching/running conditions the boats were enjoying to lighter upwind angles and as such the strategies are starting to change. As[…..]

2013 Atlantic Cup Leg 1 Day 1 Report

May 12, 2013

It seems like the first night of the 2013 Atlantic Cup was pretty wild for all the teams.  The position reports showed speeds in excess of 15kts for all the boats as they raged along in the nighttime conditions. After an exciting start out of the Charleston harbor, which saw multiple lead changes between #116[…..]

Are the newer boats noticably faster than the first generation designs?

May 12, 2013

In straight line boat speed, the new boats seem to be faster than the older generation boats, but as this leg in particular of the Atlantic Cup shows, the boat speed differences can be overcome with tactics and the skill of the sailors.

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