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Virtual Cape2Rio Race 2021 - RESULTS

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Comment from SOLer gilzean “As the race comes to an end, I must thank those that made it come true. My only regret is that as a sailor we would not throw caution to the wind and sail into storms, but well done to winners. It was great to see how I did going the more traditional route.”

It was the third week in October 2020, after a difficult 10 months for so many around the globe coping with the #COVID19 pandemic, when an email arrived in the SRC inbox, primarily asking about gribs but also, almost in passing, enquiring about tailoring a race. From then on, the Sailonline all-volunteer team got to work with Royal Cape Yacht Club and the organisers of the #Cape2Rio2023 on what was to become the Virtual Cape2Rio Race 2021 hosted by Sailonline NavSim AB. Agreeing the date and two virtual-only events before the next real race in 2023, came first, then honing the Mark Mills C2R74 polar and tailoring it for Sailonline’s server, creating the race, producing the Boat Particulars sheet, coordinating the promotion/publicity, generally managing expectations and finally doing what Sailonline does best – racing the event with gusto, enthusiasm, expertise, generosity, humour and challenging rivalry with keen competition. A large participation flying South African flags (81 registered) in a fleet of 353 racing, representing 46 different nations, was a real joy to see and demonstrated not only the appetite for virtual racing among those who would otherwise sail in reality, but the remarks made during the course of the race, truly vindicates Sailonline’s “brag” that it is probably the best sailing wind navsim on the internet.

The winds were a little different from historical convention and it was interesting to see several of those who have raced the course in the past in reality choosing to sail the traditional route, mindful of prevailing major currents, and using this virtual event as a test case. Perhaps in the future Sailonline will be able to include some global current metrics in races that cross the major oceans. For now, however, the challenge is to win at wind navigation and our podium three surely did this. Each has written a report of their race which will give you a flavour of how our race raced.

Our thanks again must go to RCYC and the organisers of the #Cape2Rio2023 race for putting their trust in Sailonline and, of course, for providing prizes for our podium three. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and bravo to our podium representing South Africa, Italy and UK. See you all again next year!

The #Cape2Rio2023 team have produced a Certificate to commemorate this first Virtual Race and everyone who took part who would like a copy of this, showing their position in the final ranking, are invited to contact anthony@spillebeen.co.uk

Free Commemorative Certificate from RCYC

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Kingston Reggaeta 2021 - RESULTS

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PARABÉNS Vida_Maldita!!!

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The 2021 Sprint Series got away in fair winds and pleasant winter tropical weather from Jamaica's West Indies Yacht Club line out on Old Harbour Bay. A reach out to Portland Cay and back to Pigeon Island kept the fleet close together, but from Pigeon Island it was upwind all the way to the turn at Lime Cay for the Port Royal finish line.

With the wind slowly backing north, judging how free to sail into the heading and dying breeze for a series of tacks along the Hellshire coast was the key to taking the lead and it was Brazil's Vida_Maldita who read it best, to hold off all challengers short tacking under shore and on the freeing lay for Lime Cay, for his first first on SOL and a proper reggae-reggae party in Kingston Town!

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Tasman Double Series 2020 - RESULTS

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The 2020 Tasman Double series was a marvellous opportunity for real sailors unable to get on the water to experience the challenges of racing from Sydney to Tasmania and “ferrying” (also racing) back again! The waters of Australia’s SE Coast can be challenging at the best of times, with the currents and winds channelling through the Bass Strait and mixing with conditions from the Pacific. The race to Tasmania was awesomely fast – probably one of the speediest in Sailonline’s history – while the return trip needed tactics aplenty to produce a top result. Click on the thumbnails of each Leg podium above to read the Results Blogs and reports for each race!

As ever, our congratulations and admiration to those who top our mini-series podium – to win any race in Sailonline is an achievement, but to win a series, however small, is at least doubly so! Well done to all!

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Tasman Double 2020 - Leg 2 - RESULTS

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Gratulacje WRmirekd!!!

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After racing from Sydney to Hobart, it was time for Sailonine’s racers to ferry their boats back “home” but, there is never any such thing as ferrying in Sailonline – it is (almost) always a race! The second leg of our Tasman Double mini-series was another excellent race – not quite as speedy as the arrival in Hobart, but positions were fought for as fiercely as ever!

A total of 39 nations were represented in this year’s race and our podium three, from Poland, Brazil and USA are to be congratulated on leading the fleet into Sydney Harbour to complete Sailonline’s first race of 2021!

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Shetland Winter Race 2021
A-OI!!! The cry should soon be ringing out in the streets of Lerwick as the Guizer Jarl and his crew, along with the other teams in the Up Helly Aa parade complete their preparations for the biggest fire festival in Europe. While Shetland continues to manage #COVID19 well, Up Helly Aa has been cancelled but this won't stop SOLers racing their Elan 410s this 383nm course from Aberdeen to be sociable in Lerwick Harbour. SAILING NOTE: Gruney may be approached from any direction but must be passed for rounding purposes as indicated on the chart.
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Last raced as part of the 2018 40 footer series, we return to Boston for another race to Newport. However, instead of choosing a boat for a given start time, you get to choose a start time for the given boat choice of the speedy R/P 66! How quickly can you complete this  132nm run? 
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Time to don full weather gear and put the foot down as we race Sailonline's new foiling Imocas over the 11200nm from Wellington NZ to Ushant, France! We will cross two oceans, round Cape Horn, and try to stay on the foils through the notorious highs of the south and north Atlantic Oceans.
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