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#Piracy - The body of a German sailor held hostage by militants in the Philippines late last year has been found, as RTÉ News reports.

Seventy-year-old Jurgen Kantner was murdered last week by terror group Abu Sayyaf after their ransom demands of more than half a million euros were not met, according to the Philippine government.

Kantner had been captured in November by the IS-aligned militant group, who killed his companion Sabine Merz when their yacht Rockall was boarded off the southern Philippines in an kidnapping blackspot, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The incident came eight years after the couple had been held hostage for 52 days by Somali pirates at the Horn of Africa.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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A record fleet of 80 yachts will be competing in the 9th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starting from Antigua this morning.

This year's race will see the most spectacular line-up of high performance boats and crews racing from 30 different countries.

The crew list reads like the 'Who's Who' of international sailors with hundreds of round the world, America's Cup, Olympic and Volvo Ocean Race professionals rubbing shoulders with passionate corinthian sailors on the same 600 mile race course around 11 Caribbean islands.

Check out the pre–event video below with an interview with RORC Commodore Michael Boyd of Dublin Bay. 

 

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The Offshore World Championship 2018, a World Sailing sanctioned event, will take place in the Hague, specifically from the port of Scheveningen, in July 2018. An innovative solution will be used for the first time to unite the two largest offshore racing fleets. Confirmation of the championships follows news of the story breaking in the Irish Times Sailing Column by David O'Brien last November here.

Baltic, North Sea, Mediterreanean, Atlantic and English Channel-based yachts along with rated offshore racing boats based everywhere else in the world, will have the chance to compete for the 'best in the world title' in a World Sailing-sanctioned offshore World Championship.

There are many handicap and rating systems in use around the world but the two most successful in terms of numbers of subscribers are ORC and IRC. Together the two have rated over 15,000 boats in over 50 countries worldwide in 2016.

There have been World Championships run since 1999 for yachts handicapped under the Offshore Racing Congress' IMS and ORCi rating systems, while for the first time since being sanctioned as an International Rating system by World Sailing in 2003, IRC scoring will be used in a World Championship.

A pragmatic and innovative solution now opens the door to allow an offshore fleet derived from ORCi and IRC-rated boats to assemble and compete for their discipline's ultimate title, 'World Champion'. By using a combined scoring system, this combined fleet will, in 2018, be able to compete on the water against each other for the first time using both systems.

The compromise reached at the sport's international federation (World Sailing) conference in Barcelona last November calls for each boat entering the world championship to have a measurement certificate from each of the two systems, ORCi and IRC. ORC had previously approved the proposal bid from organizers from The Hague to be hosts for the World Championship based on the ORC's standard week-long championship format, however the details of format and scoring will be re-examined by a Working Party formed from IRC and ORC to examine the options.

Stan Honey, chairman of World Sailing's Oceanic and Offshore Committee said: "It was really important to come up with a solution to find a way for the two most important fleets of offshore yachts to compete for a world title. By using both systems conjointly for the event's scoring neither group is compromised and both groups benefit from the dual system solution that we agreed upon in Barcelona last month. I'm looking forward to the return on experience from this event in 2018. I'm sure it will be a popular and successful event."

Based on the experience from this exciting new cooperation between these two systems, further evolutions and convergence are envisaged in the future.

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#Piracy - Offshore cruisers are urged to be vigilant as the latest figures show a rise in sea kidnappings despite a global decrease in piracy.

Practical Boat Owner has more on a recent report from the ICC’s International Maritime Bureau identifying a number of zones and shipping routes where sea pirates are known to operate.

West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea and the waters around Malaysia and Indonesia are the biggest hotspots for kidnappings, which tripled worldwide in 2016 on the previous year’s figures.

Only weeks ago a German sailor was abducted and his companion killed off the southern Philippines, eight years after the couple were held hostage by Somali pirates.

The Royal Yachting Association urges cruisers in vessels “which are slow and low remain vulnerable from opportunistic attacks and hijackings” to steer clear of such danger zones.

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This video clip (below) of Dagmar Aaen was shot during an Ocean Change expedition, while enroute from Ushuaia, Argentina to Piriapolis, Uruguay.

Dagmar Aaen is a sturdy old time vessel originally built to be a fishing cutter in 1931. Though recent, the footage is a great reminder of the boats and sailors of yesteryear.

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Ireland's contribution to world offshore sailing has been great, but, is in need of constant support and ambition writes Northern Ireland Offshore sailor Andrew 'Hammy' Baker. Here the solo sailor oultines the sailors and the events in the 2017 Irish offshore sailing scene

In the words of Andre Gide; "man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore" and I guess in a lot of ways that is the point offshore racing. The new places and experiences shared are the same for amateurs and professionals alike. No two races are ever the same, calm drifters giving a welcome break from a hellish week of work as you enjoy the sunset before a star-filled night sky, others become a marathon style fleet race where boats can find themselves only a few feet apart for miles on end. Even those wet, windy and miserable ventures bring a sense of satisfaction when you finally make it to the sanctuary of the destinations local pub.

Offshore sailing worldwide is on the increase. Fully crewed we still have big name races such as the Sydney Hobart, Fastnet and Caribbean 600. However, it is now being embraced in new regions with events like Sail Arabia the Tour showcasing fleet racing port to port around the Gulf of Oman. Even ocean crossing is becoming common place with increasing number of Transatlantic races. Still at its panicle, of course, is the Volvo Ocean Race. Ireland has played a big role here with leading offshore crew such as Damian Foxall and Justin Slattery both victorious in editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Shorthand and Solo Sailing too, are proving more popular. Now most fully crewed offshore races will host a double handed class and this year we witnessed the first Solo Offshore Racing Club (SORC)'s Solo Fastnet letting competitors take on the challenge the full course single handily within the relative safety of the race. Howth Yacht Club's Conor Fogerty was the sole Irish entry.

For those taking things into a professional light, there is La Solitaire du Figaro. Known as the unofficial world championships of solo sailing this French run event is the proving ground for up and coming talent. Many of whom who have gone on to win the Everest of our sport, to sail non–stop around the world in the Vendée Globe, before then returning to have another crack at the Figaro.

Ireland's contribution is in my opinion, has been great, but, is in need of constant support and ambition. The emerald isle has produced many very successful offshore sailors. Damian Foxall first non-French to win a leg of the Solitare in 1998. He and Justin Slattery were both key crew members aboard Volvo Ocean Race winning teams, to name but a few.

lynx ISORA round irelandISORA competitors such as the Irish National Sailing School's Lynx boosted Round Ireland numbers in 2016. Photo: Afloat.ie

Last year's Volvo Round Ireland Race brought signs of a lift for offshore racers. 63 boats set off from Wicklow, almost double the 35 in the 2014 race. This increase is seen further when the Irish Sea Offshore Sailing Association (ISORA) reported 54 boats raced its 10-race 2016 series.

So what prospects have we to look forward to in 2017?

Locally, or at least within a day's sail, the ISORA race series is a fantastic way to get into offshore sailing. This season will consist of 14 races ranging from 35-mile coastal courses and 6 offshores races averaging around 70 miles. The highlight of this series has to be Dun Laoghaire to Dingle staged over 270 miles on the 14th of June, and so, promising great weather.

For those willing to travel a little further, seeking some longer distance racing or fancy mixing it up with some of the top French sailors we have the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). 15 races are scheduled, the majority of which starting of the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, Isle of White.

Fastnet RockFastnet Rock – One of the most appealing aspects of this 600-mile race is that first timers and Corinthian sailors can sail bow to bow. Photo: Rolex

Key Offshore Sailing Events for 2017

Rolex Fastnet Race
The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will depart the Solent toward the end of the summer season. A classic offshore race, this testing event can have you racing tight up against the rocks around famous headlands of England's south coast before pushing out into the Celtic Sea to reach iconic Fastnet Rock. A quick wave to the lighthouse keeper as you round before the dash back across to finish in Plymouth. One of the most appealing aspects of this 600-mile race is that first timers and Corinthian sailors can sail bow to bow with the world top teams and professional sailors. With an entry list boasting over 300 boats including Volvo Ocean Race teams and 100-foot trimarans this race has to be ticked of the bucket list for any sailor worth his salt.

Some offshore events worth keeping an eye on this coming season:

Vendée Globe
The Vendée Globe is in its final stages with the leaders set to finish within the next couple of weeks. There are many other stories still to unfold as the competitor's venture on round cape horn and up the Atlantic to finish in Les Sables D'olonne, France.

Solitaire du Figaro
Solitaire du Figaro has confirmed itself with new sponsors Urgo. This year's race will begin in Bordeaux and visit Guon and Concarneau before finishing in Dieppe. With a fleet of over 40 boats and 24hr tracking / live race feeds its great way to learn more and gain some insight into this form of racing.

Clipper
The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper is a race that anyone can take part in with no prior sailing experience the Clipper is a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on 70-foot yachts.

Divided into eight legs and 14 to 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. Organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew. We even have an Irish entrant in Derry-Londonderry-Doire.
Think you're up for the challenge of a lifetime? Why not apply now?

Transat Jaque Varbe (Ocean masters)
Transat Jaque Varbe is a qualifying race for the Vendée Globe and counts towards the ocean masters championship. Probably one of the hardest events to win in world sailing as even if you are continuously winning you still need to endure over 40,000 miles of sailing collectively.

Open to four classes of boat, Class 40's, IMOCA's, Multi 50's, and big fast and downright crazy Ultum Trimarans. is a double handed race that follows the historic coffee trading route between Le Harve, France and Itajai, Brazil.

The Future for Irish Offshore Sailing…

KEY PEOPLE
Ireland has and still is producing some fantastic sailors but here are a few I know and warrant a mention.

Enda O'Coineen
A man who needs little introduction and was the sailor of the Month for December just past. Enda has done a lot of sailing in Ireland. On shore, he has been involved in Galway's Volvo Ocean Race stopover, President of the Atlantic Youth Trust and is always somewhere in the background driving projects along.

More recently however it his exploits offshore that is catching people's attention for he is Irelands first ever entrant into the Vendée Globe on his IMOCA 60 ‘Kilcullen Voyager’. Apart from being on his bucket/feck it list, he is using his media exposure to promote and publicise the Atlantic Youth Trust: a project close to his heart.

I have been involved in his campaign as a reserve Skipper, sailing on-board during the latter part of 2016 preparing him and the boat for the start of this epic race, including a month in Les Sables d O’lonne prior to the start last November. The procession along the famous ‘canal’ being cheered on by thousands of people lining the shore on the way to the start area was an awesome experience impossible to imagine beforehand.

This race is incredibly challenging with an attrition rate of close to half and unfortunately on New Year’s Day we received the sad news that, Enda was forced to join the growing list of retirees when he dismasted south of New Zealand. He has done Ireland proud and should hold his head high; to race over half way around the planet single handed is still an incredible achievement. I look forward to what 2017 may have in store for this, unsinkable O'Coineen.

Dave Kenefick
Afloat's Irish Sailor of the Year in 2013, Kenefick is not new to the offshore game. Two-time veteran of the Solitaire du Figaro Dave still has his heart set on a career in Sailing and when he is not sailing Maxi Yachts in Palma he is flying around on his moth. I have it heard he is actually pretty good at it now but I’d need to see is for myself. Dave was also involved in Ireland's first Vendee Globe campaign and we spent many weeks days working with Enda in the ‘Kilcullen Voyager’.

Joan Mulloy
Up and coming Joan from Westport has been actively racing on the Irish and UK Offshore scene for years. After working as a fleet captain for the Artemis Offshore Academy she has caught the Solo Sailing bug and has now launched her own 2018 campaign in the Solitaire du Figaro. Based in Cowes she will spend the season training and in search of the ever elusive sponsorship required. In the meantime, she hopes to content herself by competing in the Double Handed Fastnet and Tour de Bretagne a Voile.

Gregor McGuckin
Gregor is a lad with a serious old-school offshore ambition aiming to compete in the 2018 Golden Globe race. Originally held in 1968/69 the race is a non-stop single-handed race around the planet, very similar to the Véndee Globe. The similarities stop there. This modern-day take on the iconic race will put competitors back in time using only the same type, or similar equipment and technology that was carried on board Robin Knox-Johnston's winning yacht Suhaili

Next year's plan is to secure a boat by February. Spend a month or so to ready her for solo sailing before a summer spent training and travelling around Ireland to promote the race and major winter refit.

Tom Dolan Mini SailorCounty Meath's Tom Dolan competes in the Mini 650 class. Photo: Simon Jourdan/Facebook

Tom Dolan
After a successful 2016 season in the Mini 650 class. County Meath's Tom will return to the Atlantic scene in his trusty Mini 910 whereupon attaining the necessary funds will compete in the Mini Transat next October.

Sean McCarter
Sean McCarter is a skipper with dozens of national and international sailing achievements. He has already skippered two circumnavigations around the world including as Skipper for the Clipper and has been awarded the "Rod Stephen's Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship". He is currently involved with Team Maverick, the Infinity 46 DSS foiler. Having just won their class and coming 2nd overall in the Transat they plan on racing in the RORC season including the Caribbean 600 and Fastnet before heading down under for Sydney – Hobart.
Rumour has is there are plans being made for a larger version of this boat in the near future so which this space.

Andrew Baker sailorAndrew Baker from Strangford Lugh kicks off 2017 at the Sail Arabia Tour

Andrew Baker
Finally myself, though I love to talk and share my views on today's sailing world with this article, I will admit, I hope it will help me build my profile.

2017 is undecided as yet, largely due to still seeking instead the funds needed to afford any campaign. The Ideal year would consist of Figaro racing in the beginning of the season building up to and including my third participation of the Solitaire du Figaro. Following this my main goal for the year is to compete in the Transat Jaque Varbe.

I will be continuing my training and racing with Whitecap Ltd on board the Artemis IMOCA 60. This programme is designed to train Britain’s top offshore talent and provide the platform to run professional, competitive campaigns.

First up though I will kick off the year with a month in Oman where I will compete for a second time in the Sail Arabia the tour. This time as Skipper for Team Averda. We have posted 2nd overall in 2014, 3rd in 2015 and hopefully this year we can push for the top spot.

All of these campaigns are great individual feats of sailing and great determination is required to even get to a start line, never mind the racing. They are however even more reliant on the support and funding of sponsorship. Gone are the days of Cigarette and Alcohol companies throwing money at projects to get results. These day’s sponsorship is much more elusive and with new laws and legislation sometimes even sponsors who want to get involved can’t do so because of various restrictions. There is however opportunities for those who are looking for an investment. Corporate days, media return, shared brand values, sailing being the target demographic… I won’t go into my full campaign proposal now but I do believe to keep achieving these great stories we need to support and get behind our sailors. The support really does make a difference. If anyone is looking for a sponsorship opportunity, please do get in touch.

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ISORA's Peter Ryan anticipates a 50% increase in offshore sailors into next July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The buoyant prediction is in step with an encouraging ' Super Early Bird' entry for the biennial event that closed on New Year's Eve. Organisers received a fantastic response to the new Super Early Bird Entry draw with 178 fully paid entries received. The current entry now stands at 184 boats. 

Entries have alrady been received from 31 of the 33 Regatta classes with great support from all the class captains who encouraged early entry within their fleets.

Fleets which currently have already over 10 boats entered (with still six months to close of entry) are Sigma 33, IRC Offshore, Non Spinnaker, IRC Cruisers, GP14 and IDRA 14 Classes.

An independently & professionally audited draw took place in the National Yacht Club on Monday 9th of January and 18 winners were selected across a number of classes and yacht clubs in IRL and UK (list of winners attached). These winners will have their entry fee fully refunded to them by the organisers.

A discounted 'Early Bird Entry' is open till 31st March 2017.

 

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Eight days out from the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, a race in which a number of Irish sailors are participating, and there is no solid indication as to what weather pattern the 91–yacht fleet will experience.  The race begins in six day's time on Boxing Day from Sydney Harbour.

Barry Hurley and Kenneth Rumball from Dun Laoghaire will sail again on the Beneteau First 40 Breakthrough, a fourth time for Hurley.  The pair will join an Australian crew  and were 11th overall in the 2014 race, the best result yet for Hurley.

This morning, Australia's internationally acclaimed yachting meteorologist, Roger Badham, had one message for all crews in the 628-nautical mile classic: "In the past two days the two main long range weather models have swapped their outlooks. That's come about because of the complexity of the developing weather. All I can say is, don't read too much into it yet because things are certain to change again."

However, Badham added that the one likely scenario at this time was that race record holder, Wild Oats XI, or one to the three other supermaxis in the fleet, could set a record for the course. "Today the indications are that there will be a solid north-easterly wind at start time, so the yachts should enjoy fast sailing south from Sydney. However there is the chance for an explosive frontal low to develop in the Tasman Sea the first afternoon. But it would only be short-lived; the big boats would be back on record pace very quickly."

The Oatley family's Wild Oat's XI will this year be going for her ninth line honours in 12 starts in the Hobart race. The 30-metre long "Silver Bullet" has broken the course record on two occasions, her latest mark being 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds, which was set in 2012.

Badham's current projections indicate the first of the big boats will reach the finish line on Hobart's Derwent River in about one day 15 hours

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Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 is flying towards Grenada's Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and expected to touch down in about 24 hours. Mike Slade's Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the RORC race record. The IRC Fleet and Class40 Division are getting a savage taste of ocean racing.

MOD70 Phaedo3 is screaming towards the finish line outside Port Louis Marina in Grenada. Skipper Brian Thompson has told the crew to fasten their seatbelts and stow their dinner tables. For nearly a week, the crew have had no more than a few moments sleep in cramped conditions, living off freeze-dried mush and warm desalinated water. A hot shower, a proper bed, delicious food and a cold beer is just a few more hours away! A warm welcome is set for Phaedo's arrival and for Giovanni Soldini's MOD70, Maserati. However the Italian flyer is estimated to be as much as 24 hours behind their rivals.

The crew aboard Mike Slade's British Maxi, Leopard 3 have a huge lead on the water over the IRC fleet, vying to win the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. This morning the powerful Maxi had reduced speed as they passed through a transition zone created by a low pressure system to the north and solid trade winds in the south. The clock is ticking away, as Mike Slade explains via satellite connection:

"What a night! Almost every sail we have took a share of a battering; 80 degree wind shifts and wind speeds ranging from 6 to 40 knots, demanding at least 12 sail changes. Leopard never knew what the fuss was all about! Now into more stable conditions charging along at 16 to 20 knots, still hoping for line honours but the record will be won or lost by a matter of minutes. Once again the drone caused excitement reaching huge heights taking fab photos. We need to finish by 6 December at 1900 GMT, 1500 local time. After last night we all need a rum or two, but will have to wait. 1,500 miles to go."

Leopard's complications have been to the advantage of the variety of yachts that are also racing in the IRC Division. Arco Van Nieuwland & Andries Verde's Dutch Marten 72, Aragon has continued to perform. Approaching the halfway mark, the team are back as race leaders contesting for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy, and making a move south to hook into the trade winds. Leopard 3 is estimated to be in second overall, but should increase speed over the next 24 hours which may propel the team back to the top of the leaderboard. Swan 82 Stay Calm is already further south than Aragon and could well make up time on their immediate rival. All of the IRC fleet have now turned south away from the highly unusual westerly winds to the north. However the last 24 hours have been tough going for the Class40 division and smaller yachts in the IRC fleet.

Leader of the Class40s, Halvard Mabire & Miranda Merron's Campagne de France has sent in their latest blog. The team are racing Two Handed:

"Campagne de France, somewhere in the Atlantic on a very dark night. We must have read the wrong brochure. Trade wind route it isn't. Still upwind since the night before last, but on the way to better things, although the wind is refusing to match the forecast at the moment. Upwind = bouncing/ slamming off waves and into troughs. Getting water into the Jetboil and then pouring boiling water into a mug and keeping the contents in it while placing the lid on it are activities best undertaken in foul weather gear and boots, despite the heat. Every four hours we receive a position report (or punishment report depending on performance), where we see how Campagne de France, or more precisely her crew, has fared against the competition. There are still 2,000 miles of race course to go. Many more miles than that to sail as the direct route is closed, at least if we want to get to the finish this year, and a lot can happen in that time," writes Miranda Merron.

James Heald sent an SMS via satellite from on board his IRC Two Handed entry, Swan 45 Nemesis. James and his crew Ben Harris have 2,000 miles to race to complete an epic challenge.

"Man thinks he's king of the world. Yet Mother Nature rules out here as we beat into 20 knots, of that there is no doubt. Course is sort of towards Grenada; it's going to be a long one. Boat and us getting a beating today and looks set to continue before we hit forecast light winds again. Perhaps the southerly route via the Cape Verdes would have been more favourable, though I still believe in the Rhumb, or is it Rum! Routine and camaraderie are our friend, from our daily Iridium forecast we continue to execute our best attempt at using these contrary conditions to our goal. Ben broke a finger nail today. Me, I am just racing my yacht in an iconic race on my own terms and at times wonder WTF I am doing. One things for sure, it's a true adventure and that's what we were put on this planet to do: explore, sail, live. Checking off watch," Capt James Nemesis.

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As dawn broke on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the majority of the fleet were still to round Tenerife, the last mark of the course before the international racing fleet head out into the open waters of the Atlantic. Land effects were still the main influence on tactics and strategy, with some big gains and losses in the fleet overnight.

Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson has pulled out an astonishing lead of more than 100 miles on Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. Thornburg broke the Round Ireland speed record in early August as Afloat.ie reported here.

However, this huge lead is due to a very different strategy developing, rather than a speed differential. Phaedo3 look to be committed to a southerly route, whilst Maserati appear to be going north. The Italian multihull may have delayed their move north to enjoy a calmer sea state after passing La Palma.

In the IRC fleet, Mike Slade's Maxi, Leopard 3 has been revelling in the upwind conditions, pulling out a lead of 30 miles on the monohull fleet. After IRC time correction, it is estimated that Arco Van Nieuwland & Andries Verde's Dutch Marten 72, Aragon is leading. In the early hours of the morning Aragon was side-by-side with Swan 82, Stay Calm. The powerful Swan tacked to the north whilst Aragon stayed on the same tack, resulting in a nine mile lead on the water this morning.

Whilst the Maxis racing in the RORC Transatlantic Race can power through the two-metre sea state in relative comfort, the smaller boats in the fleet will be experiencing a wet rollercoaster ride; confirmed by Miranda Merron in her blog from Class40, Campagne de France which was three miles ahead of rival, Catherine Pourre's Eärendil.

"Almost dawn and it's been a long night of slamming upwind (Class40 hell). At least we don't have to sit on the rail hiking out...Wind going from 10 to 20+ knots, occasional short squalls. Two tacks to avoid the forbidden traffic separation schemes (there are a few ships around, but not in the TSS) and Tenerife. Complicated weather and no tradewinds in sight. So we shall read the tea leaves. A little hard to keep tea in the mug with all this bouncing around!" - Campagne de France, somewhere north of Tenerife.

Ben Harris reported in from IRC Two Handed entry Nemesis, skippered by James Heald. "Just 20 minutes sleep for each of us last night; hell of a battle upwind. James reckons it's more like the Fastnet than the tradewinds. We could do with some crew on the rail!"

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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