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What are the courses in Portland for both days of leg three?

June 6, 2018

The inshore races are run around a number of government marks alongside marks placed by the Atlantic Cup Organising Authority. The courses will be revealed to the competitors at the Skippers Meeting on Friday. They will be made available to the public shortly after. I hope this helps and stay tuned for more information…

Hitting the Doldrums

May 28, 2018

Question: Looking at the online tracking App it appeared that First Light and Power of One were heading for an area of very low opposing current, whilst having similar wind conditions (12-16 knots from the SW) to most of the others. Am I reading the charts wrongly because their speeds have dropped to just over[…..]

What would Ken Read do?

May 26, 2018

What would Ken Read do? Go for the Gulf Stream or sail rhumb line? North Sails Expert Ken Read: “If it’s light air the extra miles to the stream are likely worth it. If it’s breezy and fast then likely it isn’t. The beauty of modern navigation systems, weather forecasting and good polar boat speeds[…..]


June 2, 2016

First Name Rick Question Headline Why did Privateer retire? Your Question Why did Privateer retire? Was there a boat problem, injury or time limit that forced them to retire? They told us they were so far back and stuck in a no weather situation (no wind) and the forecast was showing they would be without wind for an[…..]

Why is Tales having such a hard time finishing?

May 31, 2016

First Name Tim Question Headline Hard time finishing Your Question Why is Tales having such a hard time entering the Narrows? Hi Tim To answer your question we went to both North Sails Expert, Charlie Enright & Anderson Reggio, here’s what they had to say. Sailing into New York is all about current. Right now[…..]

Monday May 30th Update – Charlie Enright – North Sails Expert

May 30, 2016

North Sails Atlantic Cup Expert, Charlie Enright, recaps what he is seeing on the race course and discusses the tricky nature of sailing into New York: “Well it appears that for the teams who took a more inshore route, it was high risk, but it yielded a high-reward especially for Tales. That said, the teams (Amhas, Dragon, Oakcliff)[…..]

Where is Pleiad Racing?

May 30, 2016

First Name Brian Question Headline Where is Pleiad? Your Question HI Charlie, Any word on Pliad position? Tracker leaves them off Hatteras. They still moving well? No drama? Thanks   Hi Brian We just checked in with Pleiad. All is well on board, they recently tacked over to exit the Gulf Stream. They are pointed[…..]

Sunday, May 29th Update – Anderson Reggio – North Sails Expert

May 29, 2016

Fast and Furious The lead 2 boats right now, Tales and Eärendil are just fast. Tales has shown speeds upwards of 19.6 knots. There are still some cells out there that are remnants from this tropical storm, but they are very much into the southerly breeze and whipping along. Most boats are seeing consistent speeds[…..]

Boat Speed

May 29, 2016

  Subject Tracker Question Question Is the boat speed that is posted on the tracking chart speed over the bottom or speed through the water? The tracker is showing speed over ground or SOG.

Saturday, May 28th – Anderson Reggio – North Sails Expert Update

May 28, 2016

“The a tropical storm coming in towards the Carolina coast, which will become a tropical storm tonight. The boats need to get over the top of it and get to the Gulf Stream to make their way north as quickly as possible. The challenge in going over the top is that they will be getting[…..]

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