The Mark Foy Trophy in Auckland continued yesterday after the lay day with a longdistance race in very light winds. After numerous leader changes, the overall leader Yamaha with David McDiarmid NZL had finally the upper hand. …
The Mark Foy Trophy in Auckland continued yesterday after the lay day with a longdistance race in very light winds. After numerous leader changes, the overall leader Yamaha with David McDiarmid NZL had finally the upper hand. …
Photo: Serena Scary / Formula18.it — Lorenzo Bianchini has been racing with Mateo Ferraglia with plenty of success in Italy racing the Edge F18 built by Brett Burvill / Windrush Yachts in Australia.
Lorenzo is also a sailing coach for youths at Garda. Two weeks ago he went to race at Punta Ala with one of his students and he sent me a report of their unexpected win.
Newport, RI (June 30, 2016) – Patience was needed for the third and final day of the 29er US National Championship, as calm winds finally gave way to the sea breeze by early afternoon and 3 more races were held to complete the 10 race series. With a 1-1-3 for the day, Ryan Ratliffe and Sam Merson (USA) climbed up from fourth yesterday to take the title. Greta and Kate Stewart (NZL) continued with consistent top-10 finishes to finish in 6th overall and top female boat. Full report.
Vilamoura, Portugal (June 30, 2016) – The 255 sailors from 59 countries experienced perfect conditions in Vilamoura, with a southwest wind at 14 knots today, allowing two more races to be completed in the four fleets. Norway’s Mathias Berthet has secured the lead after the penultimate day of the individual competition of the 2016 Optimist World Championship. Justin Callahan (USA) is in fourth by 3 points. Full Report.
We get letters…
Your assessment of Peter Wilcox is quite wrong. He is no more than a pirate and the Russians were simply giving him his due. I am a merchant mariner by trade and have worked in the oilfield for years. I’ll note at this point that there is an island at the eastern entrance to NY Hrbr. called Execution Rocks. Pirates used to be hanged there and left for all like minded to see upon entering what would become NYC as a warning. Wilcox got off easy.
Funny, you wise asses all sail plastic boats, with plastic sails but still side against the oil industry even though you know nothing about it…
I’m a sailor too and have put in much of my life on the oceans and they are pretty damn clean. I even worked for…
TP-52 Pheonix getting graphics installed. Video published on Jun 30, 2016.
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The 2016 edition of the Kettenburg and Classic Yacht Regatta was held at San Diego Yacht Club, June 24 – 26, a grand celebration of the classic boat tradition with the Concours d’Elegance and competitive racing.
Video courtesy of Justin Edelman, Animus Studios
Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado wasted no time in getting down to the business of defending their Flying 15 National title…
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races four and five
With the longest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race coming next year, sailors will return to the event’s Whitbread roots with 12,500nm of Southern Ocean sailing.
The Westerly Yacht Club in Rhode Island, USA is seeing event cancellations after its members voted to deny women full membership.
This month, the members of the Westerly Yacht Club voted to keep the policy which bars women from becoming full time members.
Founded in 1928, the Rhode Island club does allow wives of male members to become associate members.
However, they are not allowed to vote.
Women who are not married to a male member can’t join.
Under the current rules, if a woman divorces a man who is a full-time member, she will no longer be allowed at the club.
Members voted 207-171 to allow women to become full time members, but a two-third majority is required to change the rules.
Westerly Yacht Club Commodore, Scott Howard has stated that the leadership of the club is in favour of changing the rule and it will schedule another vote in the future.
As a result of the vote, the club has seen some event cancellations and has been subjected to public criticism.
Comic Dave Kane announced he was cancelling his show at the club in January because of the policy.
Meanwhile, Westerly Hospital has said it would not be holding future events at the club until the rules had changed to admit women as full members.
The club, which has 600 members, has also been criticised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island.
Speaking to the Westerly Sun, the union’s executive director, Steven Brown said that although private clubs had First Amendment rights to operate without government interference, that right is not absolute.
“It also seems clear that the ban on women members is not because the club seeks to express some sort of political view about the role of women, but is instead simply an archaic vestige from another era when women were treated as second-class citizens in a wide variety of settings,” he said.
“Indeed, under this antiquated policy, even a woman’s auxiliary status is dependent on her husband not divorcing her or dying,” stated Brown.
The ACLU also said that it believed the action of the club was a violation of the state’s Civil Rights Act and state laws that ban discrimination based on gender in public places.
A man suspected of stealing a $200,000 French registered yacht three years ago has reported to have left Australia, where the boat washed ashore.
The 11-metre Grand Soleil 37, Nirvelli washed ashore in April in Wooli, New South Wales, nearly three years after the yacht was stolen from a French marina.
It was later removed from the beach by the Wooli authorities after it began breaking up.
The bill for the removal cost Australian tax payers $15,000.
Nirvelli is reported to have been stolen from its mooring in the Mediterranean port of La Seyne-Sur-Mer in August 2013.
According to reports in the Daily Examiner newspaper, a man, who identified himself to Wooli residents as Lucien, turned up to claim the yacht after it washed ashore.
He is believed to have been the same man who abandoned the yacht south of Raoul Island, New Zealand in March 2015 because of the threat of Cyclone Pam.
The French skipper was rescued by the New Zealand navy vessel, HMNZS Wellington after the yacht was found to have engine problems, no emergency beacon and damage to its sail.
Wooli locals told the Daily Examiner that Lucien stayed in the area for two days, inspecting the boat, which he claimed to own.
“He was talking about getting some money together through his family,” said one resident to the newspaper.
“It wasn’t long before the story came out the boat was probably stolen, but he disappeared. He probably caught the first plane out of here.”
The paper claims that the New South Wales Police, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force have “all professed no interest in the knowledge of the vessel”.
The disappearance of the Nirvelli has been covered extensively by French journalist, Delphine Fleury, who has spoken to the original owner.
Fleury, said the owner was able to track the yacht via social media and other internet references.
He has tracked the boat from the Mediterranean to the Panama Canal and finally to the South Pacific.
Entries closed at a very respectable 1,533 for the 2016 Round the Island Race…
Maria Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the last moment, and garnered a huge congratulations from her family and friends.
The frontrunners have started the Ocean Sprint, gunning for all-important two extra points to add to leaderboard tally.
Cruising around the pristine waters of Oahu on a Hobie sailboat with @CaptainCook and @SkyHighHawaii getting adventurous and breathe taking shots! This is just a sampler- incredible footage to come!!!
I was lucky enough to race around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Race back in the days when the world was flat (except around the edges) and we had wine with dinner every night. Yes, and we slept in cabins, not on cots. This was in the 80’s back when boats were unwieldy and surfing down a Southern Ocean wave at 20 knots felt like riding the six-o-clock train into Shanghai; noisy, scary and never quite sure that we would come out the other side unscathed.
These days it’s an entirely different story. The boats are highly strung machines as are the sailors that sail them. Yet for the last few editions of the Whitbread – now the Volvo Ocean Race – there seemed to be something missing. The course followed the money. Nothing wrong with that as money is the driving force of everything, even yacht racing, but those long Southern Ocean sleigh rides were no longer a part of the course. Until now. I am thrilled to see that the new course, just announced, includes two long rides across the deep south where pelagic birds and icebergs make each day just a little more interesting.
In recent years the course has wound it’s way from one financial hotspot to another driven by city bids that help fund the race and in return drive tourism to that city. It’s a model that works well for most sports but I happen to think that it neutered the VOR by keeping the boats in the tropics and missing out on the part of the course that stamped the Whitbread now VOR as the most epic offshore race; the Southern Ocean…
There were 104 entries so a busy startline for the RS Feva class at the Itchenor SC Schools Week Open Meeting…
I’m about to sail from Darwin for South Africa, writes solo adventurer Webb Chiles.
Tomorrow, which will be July 1 in Australia but June 30 in the US, Webb Chiles plans to continue his sixth circum…
Travelers arriving in Rio given grim safety warning by police protesting about funding shortages ahead of the Olympics. How dare people dare question the integrity of the upcoming Olympics… Thanks to Anarchist Mark.
For Paris Henken, who became the first female from the College of Charleston to qualify for the Olympics after being named to the U.S. Sailing Team in February, the Aug. 5 opening ceremonies for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the culmination of years of training and lots of travel.
“This has been an ongoing dream since about junior year of high school and to know that it’s less than (50) days away is unbelievable,” said Henken, who will compete in the women’s 49erFX class. “Helena (Scutt) and I have had some really long, hard days on the water, but so far, it has been going smoothly and haven’t run into any problems.”
Henken, a sophomore from Coronado, Calif., will be the fourth sailor competing at the Rio Games with ties to the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC).
Alumnus Juan Maegli, who was the 2013 College Sailor of the Year, will represent his home country of Guatemala for the third time at the Olympics (2008, ’12 and ’16). Maegli was the flag bearer for Guatemala during the opening ceremony in 2012 before he finished ninth in the Laser Class at the London Games. He finished in the top 40 during his first Games at Beijing in 2008.
Joining Maegli in August and also competing in the Laser Class will be first-time Olympians and current College of Charleston team members Stefano Peschiera (Peru) and Enrique Arathoon (El Salvador).
Earlier this month, those three performed well at the Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland in London as Maegli finished seventh, Arathoon eighth and Peschiera 10th.
“Every time I go out on the water I already know I have qualified (for the Olympics),” Arathoon said. ”It’s a dream come true. The pressure is off, and I’m really enjoying my time on the water. I know I will be nervous, but that’s natural.”
Americans Jim Brady (1992 silver medalist in Soling Class) and four-time Olympian John Lovell (1996, 2000, 2004 silver medalist in Tornado Class, and 2008) are the only other College of Charleston sailors that have competed in the Olympics.
Henken will be the second female to sail for the College of Charleston with Olympic experience, as she is expected to return to the Lowcountry for the fall semester after the Summer Games. Deborah Ong competed in the women’s 470 for Singapore at the Beijing Olympics before she enrolled at the College of Charleston and then graduated in 2013.
Marstrand has never been easy to master. This island has played host to some of the greatest match racers in the world.
The Flying Dutchman, Mischa Heemskerk, won the 2016 A-Class Catamaran World Champion held June 20-24 at Medemblik, The Netherlands. Here class editor Gordon Upton provides a debrief of the event and the latest designs on display…
This was Mischa’s second title following the 2012 win at Islamorada and being runner up last year to Glenn Ashby. With 7 straight bullets and a race to spare, he beat a strong field including Olympian and Former Oracle AC team member Darren Bundock and former double World champion Stevie Brewin, who were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Held at Medemblik on the Dutch Ijsselmeer, the event experienced all weather conditions other than snow. The first scheduled day was blown off with 31 knot gusts. Day three had a massive torrential downpour right on the first race start gun, followed by a flat calm and then a 180 deg windshift. All this made for challenging conditions and a true test of sailing.
With 118 boats from 17 countries competing, the fleet was initially split in two randomly for the first two days, but with a seeding of the top sailors to avoid them racing each other too early on in the tournament. As there was only one course, both fleets raced on the same course, one fleet doing two morning races, then the other two afternoon ones.
The group was then redistributed overnight onto fleets again, and repeated the following day. It was deemed to be the fairest system. However this had the side effect that some sailors could be lucky and be drawn in a fleet with, or without the stronger wind, as the weather was usually changeable throughout the day.
One such lottery winner was Mischa, who was drawn to race all his races in the higher winds where, being a big chap, he excels – his previous title was won in the beginnings of a hurricane!
In the end, Mischa’s fast powerful sailing style forced the speed from his new DNA F1 ‘A’ cat, a boat that he had a major input into the design of. At one point, as he accidentally overstood the top mark after a windshift, he came blasting in, foiling upwind at 21kts, before executing a perfect handbrake turn around it and foiling off in the opposite direction. Man and machine in perfect unison.
The battle for second between Bundy and Brewin was over after Stevie Brewin, on his new Exploder Ad3, dropped the odd point in the light stuff, and broke a rudder on the last downwind of the penultimate race, dropping him to 8th in that one. But he sailed off to shore, fixed it and got back in time to get his second bullet of his series.
Bundy, also on the Ad3, sailing in his first ‘A’ Cat Worlds was always up at the front, other than in the first race on the final day when a plastic bag on a rudder dropped him to 11th. Polish sailor Jacek Noetzel was a close 4th.
The fastest woman sailor was Carolijn Brouwer. She finished her first ‘A’ cat event happily in a superb 15th overall place on her Exploder Ad3 with its slightly reduced mast height. Commenting afterwards, that this certainly wouldn’t be her last race in the class, which hopefully may become more popular with women, as they realize that the boats can be customized to their own weight and sailing styles.
On the technical side, most of the foiling boats are now using the decksweeper sail. The lower centre of effort really works well on a foiling boat that needs to be kept flatter. This also gives them another gear when going uphill for the same reason.
The concentration of the smooth airflow under and over the trampoline has been noticeable too. Twin skinned tramps with all the ropes sandwiched between, mean the underside is now sealed to the hulls to create a tunnel hull effect which aids lift when foiling.
One boat, Sandro Caviezel’s Scheurer C7 even had an extended ‘empennage’ type wind extending back from the rear beam to the stern. This was designed to further smooth the airflow. However, it may make the boat a handful in a high wind going uphill.
The older design ‘Classic’ C or straight board boats proved to still score high places in the non-foiling winds below about 8 kts. Georg Rutter was a close 2nd like this.
The new Holland Composites DNA F1 with its exquisite stealth fighter looks and semi solid tramp was fast in the hands of the right sailors. However, the considerably cheaper Polish Exploder Ad3 is more customizable as regards adding control systems. And it’s not much slower either – ask Bundy.
Matson is top Brit in 12th and Harris takes the Rookie lead after Leg 2 of Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro
The second day of racing at the classic regatta hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda saw a big shakeup in positions.
In Sailing Anarchy Podcast # 7, Mr. Clean caught up with some of the juice behind the badassery that is the Race 2 Alaska just before the start of Leg 2: First, a half hour with race founder and cool-as-stage-smoke square rig sailor Jake Beattie to learn some of the stories behind the race, second, 20 minutes with M32 owner/skipper Randy Miller, who is currently about 270,000 grizzly bear lengths ahead of the second place boat; most likely only major damage or injury will prevent the Mad Dogs from crushing the existing race record. Finally, we spoke with Tritium Racing boat captain Ryan Breymaier shortly before they started (and then withdrew from) Leg 2 of the race. Their story after our Podcast picks up here.
With the M32/World Match Tour, AC World Series, Extreme Sailing Series, and what seems to be an unending cascade of new and old ultraperformance racing to do and watch, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the owner/driver foiling GC32 series. After all, it was the promising GC that looked to be taking over the world a few years ago until engineering and quality control issues nearly killed off the Class…
Tony Grainger’s design lines were already some of the smoother ones in the business. With the light cruiser industry migrating lately to the wave pierce trends, his concepts updated no problem to the new standards. Tony is now addressing more agressive lines from his initial Barefoot & Raku models, and came up with the ‘Flying Fish’ Series.
These are truly Performance Cruiser range
Newport, RI (June 29, 2016) – Racing continued today for the 35-boat fleet at the 29er US National Championship, with a variable breeze going up and down during the day. After completing 4 races, the race committee attempted a 5th race but was forced to abandon as the fog rolled in. After two days of racing, Chris Williford and Cate Mollerus (USA) lead the field with a 4 point margin over brothers Ryan and Andrew Wood (CAN). Racing concludes tomorrow. Full report.
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
I’ve known Piet van Os before he knew how to attach the leeboard to his Sabot, and well before the success he now enjoys as a big boat navigator and captain. Piet has reached out to me for help, and in turn, we are both reaching out to you for help. Here’s his note:
We recently had our family house in La Jolla, CA robbed and among the items taken were 1959 and 1961 silver Transpac Race trophies that my grandfather won on his boat “Nam Sang.” In addition, they stole the entire binnacle from the Nam Sang (won Transpac in 1961) that was in our living room.
It’s very sad as these items don’t have a tremendous amount of value to the average person, but they meant the world to us. There’s not much of a market for the items aside from nautical antiques and scrap so I hope they might turn up.
If anyone comes across these items (some photos below), please contact me at [email protected].
New leader after day 4 of the Optimist World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal. Optimist World Championship – Mathias Berthet of Norway
Captain Peter Willcox has sailed over 400,000 miles – admirable for any mariner, but his story has even more crazy stories, because he’s logged all of those miles while standing up for the environment – and the humans and animals that depend on a healthy planet.
If your looking for a good summer read, check out his memoir Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet. It’s a beautiful, funny, and sometimes-controversial story that show a sailor’s life determined to protect our planet. Whether he is fighting against nuclear power, protecting whales or sitting in a Russian jail – Captain Willcox outlook on life reminds us of the inner pirate all sailors have in their heart! Here are our top quotes from the book:
1. He’s a former America’s Cup sailor
“I continued yacht racing whenever I could, and in 1979 I took some time off from the Clearwater to do a stint with Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup team (the team won the cup in 1980.)”
2. The ties of sailing & environment run deep in his family
“I’m a walking, talking argument for nurture in the nature-versus-nurture debate. I was adopted at the age of thee months by a left-wing, antinuclear, antiwar, socially progressive hardcore-offshore sailing family.”
3. He survived a French sabotage (sadly the boat and 1 crew member did not)
“The inquiry also found that a total of at least thirteen French agents had been involved. Operation Satanique (no translation necessary) was a large and complicated mission. The explosives had been smuggled into New Zealand in a moderate-size sailing yacht. Another French agent had infiltrated the Green Peace office in New Zealand as a volunteer. She had kept the DGSE informed about our timing and plans. She had even used our phones to arrange for the boat and scuba gear used in the attack.”
4. His definition of heaven
“My favorite sound in the world is hearing an engine stop and then hearing the bow wave burble while under sail. Someone once said that the definition of heaven is taking your favorite moment and being able to live in it forever. I’m not saying there is a heaven, and I’m not saying that if there is a heaven I would even be allowed in, but if there is and if I am, that’s the moment I want to be in forever.”
5. He’s got a sense of humor
“Last, I would like to sincerely thank Russian president Vladimir Putin. Without your “two-month, all-expenses-paid vacation in Russia,” this book never would have happened.”
6. He’s not afraid of a little contact
When in the water, wearing a survival suit, trying to stop a Destroyer…. “On the next attempt I let the bow come by so close I could touch it. The bow wave slapped me in the head as she went by, my hand dragging along the gray steel hull of the ship. Once the bow wave passed, it was so quiet I could hear one of the sailors high above me shout: Watch out for the propellers!”
7. Even eco-warrior sailors like to party
“I’ve been in many police stations in many different parts of the world, but when I stepped into the police station at Sète I was completely unprepared for what I saw. There was shouting. Squealing. Stack of pizza boxes. Wine bottles everywhere. Cops and activists taking pictures with each another. In short, I stepped into one hell of a party!”
8. But overall, he really, really loves the ocean
“But I knew it wouldn’t be very long before the sea-less than a mile from our fireplace-would call me back. There’s a long-standing maritime tradition to come to the aid of anyone at sea who is in peril. So when the ocean itself is in trouble, I can’t refuse the call.”
9. And he needs fellow sailors to take action
“Another expression is “We’re all in the same boat.” That’s us. That’s Earth. Everyone’s in the same ecological boat, and we’re sinking our own planet-boat by drilling holes in while ignoring the fact that it’s causing the water to rise faster and faster.”
The entry list for the final 2016 Sailing Series(r) Melges 20 event is long, lean and mean with more than 50 teams
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2016 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
The Volvo Ocean Race route 2017-18 has been announced – and it looks like we could just be in for one of the most exciting editions of this race yet! We’ll be visiting 11 cities around the globe – and sailing over three times the amount of Southern Ocean miles than in previous editions. Here’s the scoop on what’s to come…
Two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Charlie McKee is in his first quad as High Performance Director for the US team preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck spoke with Charlie about his Olympic background.
Let’s talk about your Olympic experience.
I was pretty young when I did a 470 campaign for the 1984 Games. That was when Steve Benjamin and Dave Ullman were sailing. We were the kids, they were the adults, it was a highly competitive era, and we saw how they campaigned and learned it. That was when Benj won the Silver medal.
For the 1988 Games I teamed up with John Shadden. He asked me to sail with him, and he had a pretty well-organized campaign laid out. We were two skippers, so I changed to crewing which I’d done a fair bit of when I was a kid.
That was really an amazing experiences. He was great to sail with, we had a very good campaign, and we won the Trials pretty easily. The 1988 Korea Games were a super windy event and we ended up winning a bronze medal. After that we both basically retired and started our careers. I was a commercial real estate appraiser for ten years.
But high-performance sailing was growing then so I dabbled in this and that, but certainly thought my Olympic experiences were over. But one of the life-changing experiences for me was being a coach on the US team at the 1992 Barcelona Games. I was a coach for the windsurfers – Mike Gebhardt and Lanee Butler.
From the team environment we had there with the athletes and the coaches, I saw how the sum could be more than the individual parts. There were people on the team who came together and helped each other, and Luther Carpenter, who is now our senior Olympic coach, was one of them. Luther had this belief that the coaches had things to add to help other sailors even if they weren’t experts in that class.
So for the 1992 Olympics, there was a little more collaboration or interaction, and that definitely was a team where people stepped up and performed really, really well. We had this Olympic environment experience, where teammates could gain energy from it and people would perform better.
When I heard Nathan Outteridge, who won the 49er Gold at the 2012 Olympics, describe the Australian team after those Games, it reminded me so much of that US team in Barcelona where individual success became not only contagious, but the energy was almost unstoppable. Each person’s success became something much bigger. For those of us that were there and experienced it, that helped formed our view of what you’re trying to create and trying to build as a team.
I feel like this is going to happen for the US team at the Rio Games. When we do spend time together people genuinely seem to like each other for the most part. It looks good.
Much more… click here.
Helsinki, Finland (June 29, 2016) – Renee Groeneveld (NED) broke the dominance of Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby (DEN) by winning their match today. On nine wins and just one loss, the Dutch skipper takes over the top position in the round-robin of the Helsinki Women’s Match, the opening event of the 2016 WIM Series. Full report.
The Race to Alaska (R2K) is a unique 750-mile marathon open to all forms of non-motorized craft. Entrants can have no support of any type; it’s like the Iditarod but on a boat. Avoid drowning, freighters, killer whales, and grizzly bears, and the winner gets $10,000. A set of steak knives awaits the runner-up.
It is a two stage event, with the first stage from Port Townsend, WA to Victoria BC as a 40 mile qualifier before entrants can start the 710 stage from Victoria BC to Ketchikan, AK on June 26. Here’s the update from day three on stage two…
In the weeks before the R2AK’s 2016 model rolled off the showroom floor, our heads were filled with questions on how it would play out.
Would the weather rage for a second year and break masts and sailors, or would human power triumph and evolve with such epic proportions that the Year of the Rowboat be added as the 13th year in the Chinese calendar? Would the trimaran fleet reign supreme, snagging both of the race’s top honors and force Ian Farrier to send us a card, flowers, and a minority position in his company as a way of saying thanks?
What would happen?
As the sun sets on the third day of R2AK, it turns out that we were mostly wrong—ok, totally wrong. Nothing new, being wrong is a bit like comfort food around here, but given last year’s race of gales and this year’s drifter, it’s uncanny how much the two races are identical, at least if you squint and tilt your head.
The multihull in front hit Bella Bella while a monohull was still south of Cape Caution’s big right turn, with more multihulls farther back but gaining all the while. New year, less wind, more boats, but same deal. Weird.
Out in front, Team MAD Dog Racing continues to erase the miles between themselves and Ketchikan in double digit speeds. Behind them two hulls on separate boats have split up around Calvert Island to play out different strategies, each are being pursued by their own trimaran—the Farrier vanguard of Mail Order Bride, and Big Broderna who seem to be closing with every minute. It’s uncanny how similar it all seems. Honestly, it’s kind of freaking us out.
With the big red M32 cat lapping up the miles and light winds and low seas in the forecast, their arrival in Ketchikan is likely only a day or two away. Wow. Their story of speed and sleepless tenacity will be incredible to hear, but while they grind out the last few hundred miles, we’ll take this moment to shift back past the back of the pack to the teams who are going home. – Read on