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Inaugural Quahog Cup 2020 - RESULTS

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Sailonline has been offering a free-to-play sailing navigation simulator since 2008 and has, over the years, found the ebb and flow of interest in both online sail racing and sailing navigation is very much pegged to events in the wider world but the recent declaration by the World Health Organisation of a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) has meant that sailors no longer able to sail or race in reality can find their home with Sailonline. As Sailonline was designed as a server-based wind navigation simulator for ocean racing and its clever presentation of real-time wind forecasts in-race means that sailors planning future inshore, offshore and ocean adventures of their own, can safely hone their navigation skills at home!

It has been a while since Sailonline last raced from Newport RI, so when SailNewport approached us to tailor-make a course in their home-waters, despite having a full racing calendar, it seemed appropriate to agree. The race designed by SailNewport took Sailonline racing inshore from Newport for the first time – conventionally we’ve headed off to Boston or eastwards across the Atlantic – so it was fun to explore as far inland as Rumstick Point and use internet resources to find out a little about the history of the area.

Now to the race. Well it is many years since Sailonline saw such a high volume registration for one of its events - boats flying the flags of 48 different nations took part, with a huge turnout from the USA - and, while a significant proportion of registrants chose not to race on the day, with the race remaining open for a few more days, it is clear that more than expected have been out on course. Within the first hour there was a delightful spread across the course with many manoeuvring and engaging their tactical brains.

Rounding Rumstick Rock saw several boats miss the turn for “home” but it was in the run to the sea and the mark at Newton Rock that saw the competition for the podium heat up – just look at the timelapse video and see for yourselves!

Our podium three, unsurprisingly all SOLers (racers who regularly sail on Sailonline), are to be congratulated on their success, arriving within a minute of each other. A total of 78 boats finished within the first 10 minutes of the winner, which is a remarkable result. Everyone, therefore, who finished should be very pleased with themselves – it was a tricky and full-on race indeed!

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Toulon RTI Sprint 2020 - RESULTS

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What better way to distract you from the misery and rising loss of life from the pandemic that is the monstrous COVID-19 virus, as you self-isolate to thwart its spread. Perhaps this thought helped swell the ranks for our just short of 21 miles course to windward and Toulon. To windward, but, mind you, those who had studied the course all chose to fetch the eastern tip of Ile de Levant before rounding up onto a free and fast heading to a tack point under the mainland France shore, after which the numbers of tacks and points where to tack varied considerably from competitor to competitor.

Two not-entirely-regular sprinters picked their tacks particularly well, WRmirekd and aner59 crossing the line in first and third place respectively, but calmxy kept them honest all the way to slot in between them and incidentally also take the overall honours in the Q1 Sprint Series. Congratulations, one, two, three!!!!

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San Diego to Puerto Vallarta 2020 - RESULTS

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It seems a long, long time ago – another age – that we set off virtually, together with the real life racing fleet, from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, under the auspices of the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC). Light, variable winds to the horizon and beyond forced our keenest racers to time and again hunt for breeze under the coast, skirting myriads of islands and headlands to gain whatever advantage they might. The progress was slow, and every now and then a new forecast caused them dramatically to change course. Others took it more leisurely, imagining they were enjoying the early spring sunshine as they ambled southward to the Mexican riviera.

But, after more than seven days at sea, there had to be a winner, appropriately enough on this occasion hailing from the US of A, and indeed a first first on sailonline as well. A relative newcomer to sailonline, but obviously not to online yacht racing and routing, Starship, for it was her/she/him/he, in another race running concurrently was heard to wonder at his competitors dedication and ability to stay in the vanguard on two oceans at once, although, if you check our ocean race fleet approaching Cape Town, you'll find he hasn't done that badly so far on the Atlantic either. Welcome and well done Starship!

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Van Isle 360 2020
Welcome back to Vancouver and the 525nm delightful course designed by SOLer fastpassage39. This is a tricky race, combining tight channels and open water which our seldom sailed and elegant Dufour 40 will love.
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A3 2020- Leg 3 - Hobart to Sydney
SOL's continuing tribute to AGage is the A3 - Agage's Around Australia Series. This race is Leg 3 of a 9-race series. Not a race goes by without the name of AGage appearing somewhere in race chat. We continue our running of this tribute circumnavigation of Australia in his memory. Leg 3 is a 630nm race from Hobart to Sydney.
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Ranking: A3 - SYC

Race starts: Mar 28th 19:00 Registration Open!

Lisbon to Cape Town 2020
Our third OCC race in Q1 is also our first race of a special 4-race RTW series. Given that this leg 1 is taking us on a more than 5000nm passage from Lisbon to Cape Town, the betting has to be that the subsequent legs will be into the wind. Hopefully not in replicas of Ellen McArthurs Orange catamaran then!
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Orange 125ft Cat Particulars
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Ranking: OCCH - OCQ1 - RTW - SUPSOL - SYC
ALT. CLIENT: Classic
April 5 at 2300 UTC.
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