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The Tall Ships Races 2020 - Race 1 - Lisbon to Cadiz - RESULTS

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FELICITATIONS knockando60!!!
GOOD ONYA Jugz!! PARABÉNS Vida_Maltida!

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For the 10th season Sailonline is racing virtual tall ships races in association with Sail Training International but this is, of course, the first year when virtual ships are all that are racing. The joy for regular Sailonline racers this time is the participation of crews and skippers from some of the real ships that we only either see on-screen (if Class A ships) or on the YB Tracker. It is apparent that those of us able to experience the real thing really should do so – from the clear camaraderie to the sailing experience itself, it should be on everyone’s “must do” list! This has to have been one of the happiest and most entertaining of all Sailonline’s Tall Ships races, so our thanks go to all those who all who joined us for the first time – we hope you’ll make racing with us a habit!

Our first race between the Tall Ships Festival Cities of Lisbon and Cadiz, with a fleet of virtual Clippers flying the flags of 41 different nations, saw the forecast northerlies giving the initial impression that we’d have the speediest of runs but, as we approached the Beliche Offshore Mark, it became apparent that the wind gods had other plans for us and created a delightfully fickle forecast. A swift glance at a local surfcam revealed blue skies and glorious sunshine, which meant, had we be racing in reality, we’d have been basking in slow and creaking conditions – not really what our Clippers enjoy , but it gave time for the participants from the Rona Sailing Project (boatnames with prefix RSP_) to plan the arrivals party which, if race chat is to be believed, is something that tall ships racing in reality is all about! Another year we’ll have to get them to set up a webcam for us!

The shifting winds meant, of course, that the battle for the podium was fierce indeed with only 32s between 1st and 2nd spot on the podium and a mere 12s between 2nd and 3rd and while the top of the podium was owned by a long standing SOLer, there were two of our new racers occupying the other two places. This was an excellent result for everyone. Many congratulations!

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SSANZ Triple Series 2020 - Lewmar 60 PIC - RESULTS

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PARABÉNS nacrr!!!

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It is more than 10yrs ago that Sailonline first started racing in the waters off New Zealand. The SSANZ Triple series soon became a fast favourite and through this series and many other races that start in Auckland or race in the Hauraki Gulf, these waters have truly become like a home-from-home for many of us. In recent years Sailonline has enhanced its relationship with this three-race series by directly competing against the sailors of the Young 88 Owners Association – these days Young 88s sail in their own Division.

The only shadow over this year’s race was cast by the news of the death in June of Jim Young, the yacht builder and designer, at the age of 94, but for the Young 88s the race turned into a true celebration of the enduring nature of his design style and the report of the race of the real Young 88s can be read here. Sailonline’s race, of course, started with the real Young 88s at 0915 NZ time and it is a tribute to all European timezone racers that so many persisted on-course without resorting to their bunk.

The SSANZ Results show that the best corrected time for the Young 88 start, S/Y Mindbender was 7h28m19s (elapsed: 9h42m14s) while our winner, nacrr, arrived at the finish in 12h28m40s. The locals win, but Sailonline’s participation this time included racers flying the flags of 29 nations and while our winner had a startling 2m53s lead at the finish, the second and third spots were separated by 30s and to the line they were being chased by a sizeable pack – a total of 10 boats finished within the first 10 minutes. An excellent result, guys, very well done – we’ve made a good start to this year’s series!

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2020 Q2 Sailonline Race Committee Report

2020 Q2 SRC Review

As predicted, the pandemic hit real life sailing across the world and to such an extent that virtual sailing programmes have been flooded with requests to host sailing competitions. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID19 came after the Calendar for Q2 had been published and so SRC had limited opportunities to accommodate many of the requests as the Calendar was full. In addition, many of the requests were commercial in nature and thus were not of interest to SOL which is a ‘not for profit’ organisation. Another section of the requests seemed to request that SOL host a virtual sailing race just offshore from the actual club whose members were stranded onshore. One splendid feature of SOL is that we can take you to race anywhere in the world, in a wide range of yachts, all instantly and hopefully the applicants from these parochial clubs could now appreciate that SOL can and does go almost wherever we want.

However, there was one request that originated from such a well-known and respected source which represented a world sailing centre that SOL bent over backwards to accommodate its expression of interest… Report continues here

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Sailonline's Tall Ships Racing 2020

2020 is the tenth season of Sailonline’s association with tall ships racing organised by Sail Training International. This year, however, will be the first year that Sailonline’s racers will be racing the high seas without the company of the real fleet of tall ships. #COVID19 has impacted the world in a manner never anticipated and we will all have to adjust to what is being referred to as “new normal”. The delight, however, is that we may well find ourselves with significant competition for our top spots as STI will be encouraging the Captains and crews of the real tall ships to compete on the level playing field offered by Sailonline’s performance polar for the Clipper ship. The courses are those currently designed for 2021, so this will give everyone a chance to practise!

This is what has been planned:

In July, three races (the TSE Series) from Lisbon to Cadiz, Cadiz to Sagres and then from A Coruna to Dunkirk. If you are familiar with tall ships racing, the gap in time and geography between Race 2 and Race 3 would normally be occupied by the ever-sociable Cruise in Company phase of the Tall Ships Races.

In August two races (the TSA series) from Yeosu, Korea, to Nanao, Japan and then from Nanao to Vladivostock, Russia.

This virtual sailing experience runs hand in hand with Sail Training International's mission - the development and education of young people through the sail training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. Sail Training International and Sailonline both count heavily on volunteer support with financial gain excluded from the equation.

Navigating a tall ship is a remarkably challenging affair, especially if you are more familiar with modern yachts, and gives a real insight into the true nature of ocean exploration in days gone by, so why not start learning the basics today so you will be ready for your Tall Ships experience!

There are four classes of Tall Ship in the real races, ranging from the biggest Class A Square Rigged ships of more than 40m in length, down to training yachts of 9.14m. Sailonline has developed performance polars based on published data for several different tall ships, and races to compete against Class A ships.

Sailonline's first race will open for practice Wednesday, 1 July at 1200utc

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The Tall Ships Races 2020 - Race 2

Welcome to the second of three virtual races of this year's European Tall Ships Races - a race of 124nm from Cadiz, Spain to Sagres, Portugal
NOTE:Starts and Finishes in tall ships racing are always offshore to avoid conflict with shipping and shipping lanes.
Race #1360
INFO by brainaid.de
Clipper 240 Particulars
WX Updates:
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ALT. CLIENT: Classic
Race starts: Jul 12th 12:00 Registration Open!

Stockholm to St Petersburg 2020
At short notice we give you a popular SOL perennial, a circa 450nm sail across the Baltic and into the Gulf of Finland, this year in our beautiful timber Van de Stadt, the Lizza Forte. It's summer time, so no icebergs, but take care, keep a weather eye. The odd stray submarine may need to be avoided!
Race #1376
INFO by brainaid.de
Lizza Forte Particulars
WX Updates:
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Ranking: SYC
Race starts: Jul 11th 16:00 Registration Open!

The Tall Ships Races 2020 - Race 1

Welcome to the first of three virtual races representing this year's European Tall Ships Races - a race of 220nm from Lisbon, Portugal, giving Cabo de Sao Vicente and Ponta de Sagres plenty of searoom, to Cadiz, Spain
NOTE:Starts and Finishes in tall ships racing are always offshore to avoid conflict with shipping and shipping lanes.
Race #1352
INFO by brainaid.de
Clipper 240 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
ALT. CLIENT: Classic
RACE CLOSE: Friday, 10 July at 2300utc
Race starts: Jul 05th 12:00 Registration Closed

Pacific Cup 2020

Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) invites all sailors and SOLer's to participate in the virtual edition of this biennial race from San Francisco Bay, USA, to Kaneohe Bay on Oahu's east coast in the Hawaiian Islands 2070nm across the Pacific Ocean.
Race #1371
INFO by brainaid.de
Santa Cruz 52 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
ALT. CLIENT: Classic
Race starts: Jul 02nd 19:00 Registration Open!

Auckland to Uruguay - 2020 RTW - Leg 3
The third leg of Sailonline's Round the World Race 2020 sees the fleet navigating its way from Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand, across the Pacific and up the South Atlantic to Punta del Este, Uruguay
For your transit from ocean-to-ocean you may leave Tierra del Fuego to port or to starboard, as you please.
Race #1362
INFO from brainaid.de
Orange 125ft Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Race starts: Jul 01st 20:00 Registration Closed

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