Just A Perfect Day – Audi Melges 20s Complete Two More National Championship Races

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With five races now complete, the overall scores remain tight going into the final day of racing in Charleston

Charleston, SC – What started out as doubtful, turned into wonderful for the Audi Melges 20 fleet participating in the 2015 U.S. National Championship held in conjunction with Sperry Charleston Race Week (CRW). Teams awoke to more rain, overcast skies and worry that racing might not even take place on Saturday (based on multiple forecasts from a variety of prediction centers). As teams congregated at the Carolina Yacht Club (CYC), catching up with friends, playing cricket and in general, keeping pre-occupied, they hung on every word broadcasted by the Race Committee as they sounded their intention for the day.

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Victory in slow-motion

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Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) won an excruciatingly drawn-out Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Itajaí in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday when a lack of breeze tested the sailors’ patience and seamanship to the full (full story below).
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- Skillful Bekking guides Team Brunel to in-port victory
– Windless conditions put premium on seamanship in Itajaí
– Watch Sunday’s Leg 6 start on our fabulous App

ITAJAÍ, Brazil, April 18 – Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) won an excruciatingly drawn-out Team Vestas Wind In-Port RaceItajaí in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday when a lack of breeze tested the sailors’ patience and seamanship to the full.

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Audi Melges 20 Nationals Opens With Challenging First Day In Charleston

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Despite damp weather conditions, the North American Audi Melges 20 fleet completed three races to officially kick-off the U.S. National Championship

Charleston, SC – Opening day at the 2015 U.S. National Championship held in conjunction with Sperry Charleston Race Week (CRW) granted the Audi Melges 20 fleet three nice races with a stab at a fourth. Under overcast skies and light rain teams went racing in 8-10 knots of breeze that fluctuated throughout the day due to the passing weather front. Blend tricky breeze with Charleston’s impressive current and you’ve got a perfect recipe for some very challenging yacht racing.

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New dive support boat for Brazilian offshore market; Todd Grove named ABS Group President and CEO

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New dive support boat for Brazilian offshore market
April 17, 2015—Designed by Incat Crowther in collaboration with SeaSafe Barcos Manufacturados and classed by RINA, the 42.5m x 9.3m Sistac Victoria will operate in the Brazilian offshore in support of Brazil state-owned oil company Petrobras. The SDSV has a draft of 1.85 meters and hull depth of 4.25 meters.

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