XS Sailing http://www.xssailing.com Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:02:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How it all started… http://www.xssailing.com/article/started-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/started-2/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:02:07 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17715

AC History – To think that these giant multihulls were responsible for multihulls being the design of choice for the last two America’s Cups. It was also the first time a challenger for the deed of gift beat the defender. Great footage of the 33rd AC in less than a minute thirty… Enjoy!

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2015 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – Day 1 images by Studio Borlenghi http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-rolex-swan-cup-caribbean-day-1-images-by-studio-borlenghi/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-rolex-swan-cup-caribbean-day-1-images-by-studio-borlenghi/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:03:49 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17712 Studio Borlenghi provide some of these stunning shots from Day 1 of 2015 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean.

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Star Bacardi Cup Miami FL, USA Day 3 http://www.xssailing.com/article/star-bacardi-cup-miami-fl-usa-day-3/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/star-bacardi-cup-miami-fl-usa-day-3/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:01:02 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17714 Another perfect day for sailing with 12 knots from the Southeast and sunny skies. The Brazilians are still running the show, yesterday with a Grael double. The fivetimes Olympic medalist Torben Grael BRA with Guillherme Almeida …

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Brazilians named Grael top day at Bacardi Cup http://www.xssailing.com/news/brazilians-named-grael-top-day-at-bacardi-cup/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/brazilians-named-grael-top-day-at-bacardi-cup/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:52:02 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17703 Miami, FL (March 4, 2015) – It’s hot, hot, hot in Miami for the third day of Star racing in the 88th Bacardi Cup, but it had little effect on the Brazilian contingent. Torben Grael/ Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) and Lars Grael/ Samuel Gonçlaves (BRA) finished 1-2 in today’s race, and Jorge Joao Zarif / Bruno Prada (BRA) continue to lead overall. Click headline for full report and photos.

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Farr 40s take it to the bay at Midwinter Championship http://www.xssailing.com/news/farr-40s-take-it-to-the-bay-at-midwinter-championship/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/farr-40s-take-it-to-the-bay-at-midwinter-championship/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:51:57 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17706 San Diego, CA (March 4, 2015) – The Farr 40 International Circuit launched its 2015 season today with the Midwinter Championship, being held March 4-7 and hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Eleven teams lined up on the harbor course for three races at the doorstep of the City, with tactician Vasco Vascotto guiding Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible to a 2-2-3 to build a five point lead over Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 in second. Wolfgang Schaefer’s Struntje light stils a point further back in third. Racing continues through Saturday, March 7. Click headline for full report.

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Consistency rules at Thistle Midwinters East http://www.xssailing.com/news/consistency-rules-at-thistle-midwinters-east/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/consistency-rules-at-thistle-midwinters-east/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:51:55 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17707 St. Petersburg, FL (March 4, 2015) – The third day of the Thistle Midwinters East required patience for the 43-boat fleet, but champagne sailing conditions eventually filled in for three races. Paul Abdullah with crew Karl Felger and Marie Thompson won the first two races but consistency by Mike Ingham with Dan Fein and Sarah Paisley strengthened their lead in the overall standings. Click headline for full report.

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Memories of a Corinthian Summer http://www.xssailing.com/news/memories-of-a-corinthian-summer/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/memories-of-a-corinthian-summer/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:51:51 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17709 by Dick Enersen
In late September 2014, we held a reunion lunch of the still upright members of the crew of Constellation, the 12 Metre yacht that defended the America’s Cup for the New York Yacht Club in 1964. The crew – Steve Van Dyck, Putter Brown, Buddy Bombard, and I – were joined by our wives and girlfriends as well as two supporters from long ago, Davey MacFarlane (who took care of Nereus, our prewar trial horse) and Jimmy Gubelmann, also a regular crew member aboard Nereus, where all of the alternate Constellation crew trained. The venue was a private dining room at Castle Hill Inn, which had served as our residence in the summer of ’64.

Most of us had seen the others over the years, including at a 40th reunion dinner at Harbour Court, so there wasn’t much catching up to do. The conversation at the table centered around what a wonderful time we had had in that house, in that town, and on that water—half a century ago.

One of us recalled our crew dinners in the spectacular glasswalled dining that still juts out in the direction of Beavertail State Park. Blazers and ties every night and, once a week— and with specific permission from the wife of our skipper—we could bring a date. Those were some of the best sunsets, ever.

That evening, we joined other veterans from the campaigns of ’64 and ’74 for cocktails and dinner at Harbour Court. Counting plus-ones, there were about 50 people and, again, most of the chatter had to do with the good old days. Interestingly, there was almost no discussion about the current state of the America’s Cup. Most of us had written it off as a failing commercial endeavor, having little or nothing to do with the event we had experienced.

Like most of the crew from that era, I had been a college student at the time and had a good deal of sailing experience and size as well as a free summer vacation. The letter I got in December 1963 from our skipper, Eric Ridder, welcoming me to the crew, asked for my clothing dimensions and saying that everything would be provided. (It went on to add that all I would need to bring would be “socks, underwear, and a tuxedo.”)

That Selix tuxedo got a real workout from May until well into September, which speaks to a realization I had later about the nature of the America’s Cup. For those who paid for the campaigns, in after-tax dollars, the competition on the water was really an excuse for more, and better, parties.

But this is not to say that the sailing wasn’t important. It was vitally important to us, as competitors, and to a rather small group of people who went to sea on private yachts with “syndicate flags” in their rigging to cheer on their champions. Even going to watch the racing was an endeavor. It wasn’t a harbor cruise: the race course was 15 nautical miles out in the Block Island Sound.

In the evenings, after long days of sailing and caring for the boats, we went to their parties, gave them the “inside scoop,” and danced with their daughters. We were the show, the circus come to town. And we couldn’t have been happier.

The grandest party of the summer—and, indeed, of my entire life—was the Sovereign party, “at home” at The Breakers. Tony and Val Boyden, patrons of the British challenger, invited about 500 people to gather at “2200” for dinner and dancing (and whatever) until breakfast, which was served at “0400.” The only disappointment was that the Beatles, who had played in Jamestown the previous night, failed to appear. Needless to say, there was no racing scheduled for the next day.

Today, grinders are being paid like first-year lawyers. but, back then, money never changed hands. On reflection, if they had asked us, we would have paid to be included. Not only were we living like princes (never mind the mildew in the basement room that I shared with Putter), but we were sailing the best boats ever—with, and against, the best sailors on the planet. Those experiences, those associations, and those friendships made that summer and have shaped and enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined. I will be thankful for as long as I live.

Source: Quest Magazine

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Mexico to launch KiteFoil Gold Cup 2015 http://www.xssailing.com/news/mexico-to-launch-kitefoil-gold-cup-2015/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/mexico-to-launch-kitefoil-gold-cup-2015/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:51:46 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17708 Hydrofoiling Kiteboards will be on display at the world’s premier sailing destinations for the second year of the KiteFoil Gold Cup tour. The 2015 tour begins March 24-28 in La Ventana, Mexico and then continues on to Europe, San Francisco, and Australia. Click headline for full report.

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Hold on tight http://www.xssailing.com/article/hold-on-tight/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/hold-on-tight/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:51:42 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17710

“Being at the bow is like standing on a moving platform with a fire hose in your face. Hold on tight and clip your harness on.” – Sophie Ciszek, Team SCA

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Damian's back! http://www.xssailing.com/article/damians-back/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/damians-back/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:50:13 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17711

Damian Foxall, one of the biggest names in offshore sailing, is joining Dongfeng Race Team for the forthcoming treacherous Leg 5.

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VIDEO: Crash Test Boat Series http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-crash-test-boat-series/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-crash-test-boat-series/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:51 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17688 What really happens during a capsize? Why did so many abandon yachts in the 1979 Fastnet, only to lose their lives in liferafts while their boats were recovered afloat? Yachting Monthly and Mike Golding capsized a yacht to find out, and tested a few cheap, quick modifications that make life below much safer in a capsize. Editorial content here.

Yachting TV and Yachting Monthly teamed up to produce the Crash Test Boat series. Using a 40ft Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40 ketch, the series tests major disaster incidents that can occur while sailing. Click here to view all the videos.

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Virtual Foiling Machine For BAR http://www.xssailing.com/article/virtual-foiling-machine-for-bar/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/virtual-foiling-machine-for-bar/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:48 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17690
The Duchess of Cambridge received the inside track on the high tech world of BAR on a recent visit to the team HQ

Without cutting edge design and engineering, no one wins the America’s Cup. In pursuit of their goal, the British team has developed their own sophisticated 3D sailing simulator, modelled

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VIDEO: Wisdom from Wanderlust http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-wisdom-from-wanderlust/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-wisdom-from-wanderlust/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:43 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17691 Wanderlust creates media and products meant to get you thinking about how water affects your life. In a tease for an upcoming video, Wanderlust shares wisdom…

“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is to live it inside the world, and try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, and save a little money. But that is a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. The moment you understand you can poke life, that you push in and something will pop out on the other side, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Video published on Mar 4, 2015.

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Reeser and Fedyszyn named US National Coaches of the Year http://www.xssailing.com/news/reeser-and-fedyszyn-named-us-national-coaches-of-the-year/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/reeser-and-fedyszyn-named-us-national-coaches-of-the-year/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:38 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17692 Portsmouth, RI (March 4, 2015) – US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) today announced Morgan Reeser (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) as the 2014 US Sailing National Coach of the Year, and Todd Fedyszyn (St. Petersburg, Fla.) as the 2014 US Sailing Development Coach of the Year.

Each year, the OSC honors coaches who have distinguished themselves at the youth, national and international levels. The awards are a part of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Coach Recognition Program, which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of U.S. coaches who train athletes at all levels of Olympic and Paralympic sports.

“We are lucky to have world-class coaches here in the US, and they do crucial work each year to build the base of sailing talent in this country,” said Ben Richardson, OSC Chairman. “On behalf of US Sailing, I’d like to congratulate Morgan and Todd on a job well done.”

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VIDEO: Leg 4 Review, Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-leg-4-review-volvo-ocean-race-2014-15/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-leg-4-review-volvo-ocean-race-2014-15/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:33 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17695 The fourth leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand started on February 8 with MAPRE winning on February 28. Here’s a video recap of the 5,264 nm leg published on Mar 4, 2015.

Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series.

Leg scheduleRace website

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Community Sailing Manager Job Opening! http://www.xssailing.com/article/community-sailing-manager-job-opening/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/community-sailing-manager-job-opening/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:29 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17696 The America’s Cup Event Authority is looking for an experienced Community Sailing Manager to join the ACEA team in Bermuda and be responsible for planning and overseeing the delivery of local community sailing programs in Bermuda for the America’s Cup…


The America’s Cup Event Authority (“ACEA”), the entity responsible for the commercial and event management of the 35th America’s Cup, is looking for an experienced Community Sailing Manager to join the ACEA team in Bermuda and be responsible for planning and overseeing

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Strategic plan grows one design fleets http://www.xssailing.com/news/strategic-plan-grows-one-design-fleets/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/strategic-plan-grows-one-design-fleets/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:24 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17697 British publication Yachts & Yachting had given its ‘Club of the Year‘ award for 2014 to Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) in Hamphire, UK, in part due to their management and hosting of the Moth National and World Championships. But the club is also focused on its grass roots activity, and is seeing a strategic growth plan payoff.

HISC is one of the few sailing clubs to defy current trends by creating significant growth in two of its one design fleets: Fireball (16-foot, doublehanded, trapeze, dinghy) and RS Elite (24-foot, triplehanded, no hiking, keelboat). Leadership, strategic plans and the strength of the class captains are being cited as some of the reasons behind the recent unprecedented growth of these fleets at the club.

Strategic growth plans were drawn up by both fleets and include activities such as special racing weekends, training weekends, crew swaps, youth recruitment, crew databases, social events and specific marketing and communications to target new recruits from both members and non-members. In addition a number of ‘Elite Ambassadors’ have been created who will be available to answer questions, assist newcomers and champion the fleet throughout the season.

Another reason being cited for resurgence in the RS Elite fleet is the naturally sociable nature of day keelboat racing which enables participants to enjoy competitive sailing whilst remaining dry and upright! The fleet at HISC is attracting strong interest from couples, and is seeing many women returning to competitive sailing after moving on from dinghies. The modern performance design of the RS Elite lends itself to exciting and competitive day racing with the additional benefit of minimal maintenance.

“Both the Fireball and RS Elite fleets have put a lot of hard work and effort into building their fleets and it’s really encouraging to see those efforts rewarded with such excellent growth in numbers,” HISC Rear Commodore Racing Andy Partington said. “Both classes are looking forward to an excellent season of competitive racing on the water matched by lively and sociable events off the water.”

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Bringing The BIG back to Rolex Big Boat Series http://www.xssailing.com/article/bringing-the-big-back-to-rolex-big-boat-series/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/bringing-the-big-back-to-rolex-big-boat-series/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:31:20 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17698

After 50 years of Big Boat Series the StFYC is hoping to bring “Big” back to the event. New event co-chairs Dennis George and Susan Ruhne working with Seadon Wijsen, John Collins and a few others are looking for ways to increase participation for the 51st series with more boats and larger boats. New courses and new divisions are being created and efforts are underway to make the shoreside events more unique and fun. The Rolex Big Boat Series is the premiere event on the West Coast and the St Francis YC would like to see more participation of sailors and boats both locally and from all over

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Why Practice Is More Important Than Talent http://www.xssailing.com/news/why-practice-is-more-important-than-talent/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/why-practice-is-more-important-than-talent/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:28:53 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17702 Not yet competing at the level you want? Starting to lose confidence in your DNA? A new study explains why it is not you, but your execution. Reprinted from fitnessmagazine.com

Sure, “practice makes perfect” is a total cliche. But now Northwestern University researchers are saying it, too. With good reason: They recently found that singing (which most people think is a “you have it or you don’t” skill) is something most people can master with the right amount of repetition, according to a new study published in Music Perception.

The study looked at three groups: kindergartners, sixth-graders, and college-age adults. Participants were asked to sing a single-pitch sequence. When researchers followed up, kindergartners and late elementary school students showed the most improvement, likely because of their consistent exposure to music classes at school. The adults, on the other hand, weren’t regularly singing, so their skills stayed the same or got worse.

Couldn’t care less about karaoke? The theory doesn’t only apply to budding Beyonces; it applies to your fitness goals, too. Mastering a handstand in yoga? Learning to dunk a basketball? Signing up for your first swim meet? Improving your 5K time? All: Mission Possible. And if you’re not amazing in the beginning, don’t ever say, “I’m just not made for this!” You won’t feel that way once you practice.

“Set a goal slightly out of reach, write it down, and make training part of your schedule every day,” says Cindra Kamphoff, PhD, director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology at Minnesota State University.

Ready to make it happen? Here are 9 Steps to Reach Any Goal.

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Showdown… http://www.xssailing.com/article/showdown/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/showdown/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:13:22 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17684

The long-awaited sequel to the ultimate sailing showdown. Watch the battle between a hydrofoil kitesurfer, Moth, Nacra F20 FCS and Marstrom 32 as they battle for short course supremacy. Who will win? Here’s the trailer to the event coming March 11th!

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Dean on the move http://www.xssailing.com/article/dean-move/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/dean-move/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:45:02 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17682

Dean Barker has moved quickly to get back on a boat, signing up as tactician for a Russian team in the 2015 RC44 Championship Tour which starts in Malta at the end of the month. Check out this bad computer audio report but newsworthy still the same. 

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Here’s to all the women sailors! http://www.xssailing.com/article/women-sailors/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/women-sailors/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:41:43 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17681

Women’s Sailing – On the occasion of the 2015 International Women’s Day we are celebrating our female Australian Sailing Team & Squad athletes!

About International Women’s Day: All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day: www.internationalwomensday.com

For more info on the Australian Sailing Team: http://www.australiansailing.org

For more info on our team members: http://www.australiansailing.org/team…

Video: Australian Sailing Team / Beau Outteridge

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BWR – While Neutrogena crosses a wide swathe of light airs race leaders Cheminées Pouljoulat have been stripping out fast miles almost directy north as they reach the latitude of the south of Uruguay. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam were flying home at 19kts while Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz have averaged just 3.3kts over the last four hours to 0500hrs UTC this morning.

Over 24 hours Stamm and Le Cam have regained 140 miles against the second placed boat and are now 1118 miles ahead. They will continue to have these good E’ly 20-25ks winds today but tonight will have five or six hours of upwind sailing.

Neutrogena will continue with these light winds, variable in direction today while GAES Centros Auditivos have gained 55 miles on the second placed Spanish-Chilean duo and are now 187 miles behind. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín, in 10-15kts NW’ly winds, are just getting into this same high pressure area of light winds and will slow today.

Neutrogena will get into headwinds tomorrow night because of a low pressure.

In the Pacific We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton are still joined by elastic. We Are Water now have less than 1000 miles to Cape Horn. The better conditions are those of Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa who are just riding the front of the low in strong SW’lies making 14kts to the Garcia brothers 13kts. The two Barcelona IMOCA 60s are 215 miles apart, and We Are Water are stil on target to reach Cape Horn very early Saturday morning.

Renault Captur are in a good weather situation, between two systems, with 25kts SW’lies making a steady 13kts.

And Spirit of Hungary are caught in a complicated weather situation between three high pressure systems and so have 15kts of SW’ly breeze just now making 11 or 12kts.

Conrad Colman writes in his blog this morning, enjoying a French breakfast:  

“Perhaps there are some benefits to stopping in the middle of the route, aside from fixing the keel bolts of course! After changing from the small reacher to our big gennaker I am able to sit down and have a breakfast of (French) champions… Black coffee and pain au chocolate! Eaten every day from the Calanques of Marseille to the onion patches by Roscoff, but until now never in the middle of the Pacific during a race around the world!

Otherwise all good onboard! It seems that Nandor sleeps better during the night than during the day, so I have taken to doing a long night watch with reefs out and the big gennaker hoisted I’ll turn in at 8 am local time (Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is the closest time zone) and get Nandor up for the morning watch. This way we both sleep well and are not slaves to the standard watch system.”

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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – Competition gets underway in Virgin Gorda http://www.xssailing.com/article/rolex-swan-cup-caribbean-competition-gets-underway-in-virgin-gorda/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/rolex-swan-cup-caribbean-competition-gets-underway-in-virgin-gorda/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:13:36 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=17678 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – A fleet of 21 Swan yachts will contest an eagerly anticipated week of action

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