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Virtual AWKR Race 2021 - RESULTS


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GRATULACKJE WRmirekd!!!
CONGRATULATIONS Tyger!! CONGRATULATIONS AndyS172!

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For the second year, Sailonline would like to thank Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) and Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta for promoting a virtual-only version of the AWKR Regatta Race in response to the last minute announcement of a #COVID19 lock-down in Melbourne which had resulted in the real race being postponed to later in 2021. Sailonline set up the 2020 triangular course in Port Phillip Bay (next year the plan is to create a course closer in design to the real event) and welcomed a significant Australian participation to the platform.

Conditions were reasonably stable for the race and while its timing was ideal for those racing in Asia-Pacific timezones, the newly designed and implemented delay command sensitive predictor option did mean that those unable to commit to helm the course manually had a fair chance at finishing (without being particularly competitive!). As it was, two of the 22 Australian-flagged First 27s arrived on the podium just behind another impressive performance from Poland’s WRmirekd.

Congratulations then to all participants, particularly those new to Sailonline – we hope to see you again soon – with our podium arriving within 21s of each other and a total of 17 boats arriving within 10m of the winner, this was a fiercely competitive event. Well done!

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SoCal 300 2021 - RESULTS


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GRATULACJE WRmirekd!!!
HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH rumskib!! CONGRATULATIONS FreyjaUSA!

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It is hard to believe that it is already the sixth running of a virtual SoCal 300! In 2016, San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) co-organisers of the SoCal300, part of California Offshore Race Week first worked with Sailonline to bring virtual and real fleets together in competition. What a great association! Often, however, local wx conditions can mean that not all goes strictly to plan and, sadly this was the case this year, with a tricky start and a super-slow race forecast, resulting in several in the real fleet simply having to retire. Such setbacks to best-laid-plans, however, help reinforce how virtual sailing, as realistic as that on Sailonline, can open a window onto the world of decision-making in real racing, where practicalities as well as wind and sea conditions come into play.

The race this year was predicted to be the slowest on record and although the start was pretty smart, once through through the channel between Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands on the way to the NOAA Buoy, both fleets headed offshore in search of better winds (see pic 1 below). A day later (see pic 2 below) and the real fleet, with advantage perhaps not just of local knowledge but also prevailing tides/currents, appeared to diverge from the bulk of the virtual fleet of Santa Cruz 52s, and ended up making better progress and arriving in San Diego some time ahead!

Sailonline’s fleet this time saw boats flying the flags of 28 different countries take part and our congratulations must go to our podium three, representing Poland, Germany and USA, for an excellent result. While it was impossible to arrive in a record time, given the conditions (see the real results here), for the three of them to arrive within 3m 24s of each other is impressive. Congratulations guys!

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Susan Hood Trophy Race 2021 - RESULTS


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GRATULACKJE WRmirekd!!!
PARABÉNS nacrr!! FELICIDADES rafa!

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For some months Sailonline had been working with LOOR (Lake Ontario Offshore Racing) to offer racers three virtual events, representative of the racing available on Lake Ontario. Excitement was building for the first ever race of this new partnership but, unfortunately, as with so much since January 2021, the #COVID19 pandemic had other plans. So it was that at 0100utc on the morning of Saturday 5 June (2000EST on the Lake) a virtual-only version of the classic Susan Hood Trophy Race was raced.

The race itself looked pretty straightforward – with winds appearing relatively stable - unusually so, according to locals familiar with the course and the Lake. Such stable winds, of course, made for a particularly tricky race where trade-offs between manoeuvring and performance loss really came into the mix. As local Canadian racer Scooby said “The wind was consistent, strong enough that there weren’t any of the holes so often encountered in this race - especially at Burlington where many have sat for five or six hours. The weather modelling was a great feature, really capturing the feel of being on water. Having the boat course determined by the forecast was my downfall, but that is not a SOL issue, more a napping issue from a first time SOLer!”.

Sailonline would like to thank LOOR for trusting us with this first of three races in 2021 and for this new partnership – long may this association continue. For regulars on Sailonline it was a real delight to see such a healthy participation from Canada. A total of 22 Canadian-flagged boats took part in a registered fleet of 129, flying the flags of 27 nations - from now on, sailing on Lake Ontario will be known around the world! Competition for the top spots was fierce, with 20 boats arriving within 10m of the winner.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and completed the race and especially to Sailonline’s podium representing Poland, Portugal and Peru.

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Virtual AWKR Race 2021

Thirty years ago two female sailors from Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) were inspired to create a women’s only regatta after attending the New Zealand Women's regatta. Their goal was to encourage women to get involved in the sport of sailing. This goal is still very much at the heart of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta held annually at RMYS.

In 2019 the regatta attracted 40 boats and just under 300 competitors from around Australia and overseas making it the largest women-only keelboat regatta in the world. Non-local competitors generally borrow local boats unless they are close by (i.e. within 200nm). For the 2020 30th anniversary the target was even bigger with plans for 50-60 boats and 400+ competitors, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic the event was cancelled, and so was born the "29.5th AWKR" hosted by Sailonline (SOL)!

The entries were flowing in strongly for the 2021 30th anniversary but just two weeks before the event Melbourne was plunged in to a 7 day snap lockdown and it was decided that the event should be POSTPONED until later in the year. Again, Sailonline are delighted to have been again asked by RMYS, to offer Australia's women and all-comers, the opportunity to compete in an online one-day version of the event, helping to promote women in sailing further. So this year the "29.9th AWKR" is being hosted by SOL on June 12th which would have been the opening day of the regatta.

Sailonline's race will open for pre-race practice shortly and it is all free to participate.

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Virtual Shetland Race 2021 - Leg 1 - Bergen to Lerwick
Welcome again to outer Korsfjorden, Norway, for the first leg of two in the 2021 Virtual Shetland Race. Due pandemic restrictions and concerns the Pantaenius Shetland Race 2021 will not now be taking place but the organisers have approved us to race the course anyway! This Sailonline mini-series comprises two races of 186nm across the North Sea from Bergen to Shetland and back and we will be racing our First 40.7s
Race #1476
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RANKING: Shetland - SYC
Race starts: Jun 23rd 08:00 Registration will open soon

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Singapore Visit 2021
Welcome to the remote Indonesian island of Natuna Besar and our third running of this 365 nm race across the southern reaches of the South China Sea to Singapore. In previous runnings we have allowed you a choice of 40 footers. This time, we'll keep it simple and just give you the fastest one, the Carkeek 40. Race, race, race!
Race #1460
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Race starts: Jun 23rd 02:00 Registration will open soon

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Sprint Jezera 2021
Welcome back to the Dalmatian Archipelago, so named because the chart of its waters resembles the coat of 1 of the eponymous 101 hounds, with 1001 spots to enjoy a BBQ or seek shelter. It's summertime, so the chance of a cold katabatic north easterly Bora gusting down from the mountains catching you out, as you race your flashy First 27s around our triangular 20nm course, are reduced now, but you never know. To quote Iain M Banks: 'Look to Windward!'
Race #1453
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First 27 PARTICULARS
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SPRQ2 - SPRCH - SUPSOL - SYC
Race starts: Jun 19th 16:00 Registration Open!

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Kaneohe to Kiritappu 2021
It's time to say goodbye to Hawaii and head to leg 3 of the PAC6 Pacific Ocean racing championship. Ahead of us is 3108 nm across the northwest Pacific Ocean from Kaneohe Bay to Kiritappu, Japan. Our Maxi Trimaran's are still undergoing the necessary repairs, so leg 3 we will be racing VO70. Fair winds and see you at the finish line of Kiritappu.
Race #1475
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Ranking: SYC - PAC6
Race starts: Jun 08th 22:00 Registration Closed

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ESRW Honolulu to Port Noumea 2021
Time to stow all warm weather gear as this outing we undertake the 3350nm fourth leg of our fabulous equatorial round the world race (ESRW) from Honolulu across the equator to Port Noumea in our Steinlager 2. We did tell you to bring lots of sunburn cream for this series!
PRIZE: SMPF
Race #1473
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0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: ESRW-OCQ2-OCCH-SUPERSOL-SYC
Race starts: Jun 06th 21:00 Registration Closed

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Vinland Rally 2021

Welcome back to virtual cruising. This time our cruise starts from Reykjavik, Iceland and after calling in at Taliisaq and Nanortaliq in Greenland, and Cartwright Harbor in Labrador, we finish at L’Anse aux Meadows Historic Site, an archaeological site that may well prove to be Leif Erikson’s 1001 AD Markland settlement, evidencing Viking arrival in N America. You may start at any time after 1700utc on 20 May, to arrive in l'Anse aux Meadows by 2300utc on 26 June.
Race #1470
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Santa Cruise 52 PARTICULARS
Passport Cruise 40 PARTICULARS
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0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
RANKING: NONE
Race starts: May 20th 17:00 Registration Open!

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