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Ingredients for Havana Race Class Win and Hobie 33 Midwinter Championship

-1 roll duct tape

-2 alloy winch handles

-30 feet spectra

-1 batten

-15 zip ties

February 13th, 2016

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The Clearwater, FL 49er and 49er FX Worlds are live for the final two days of the important qualifier.  Watch Pete Burling and Blair Tuke humiliate everyone else.  The iconic Peter Lester leads the commentary over a mix of drone and on-board video, and it’s worth a watch.  Results over here.

 

February 13th, 2016

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It’s not gonna help you figure out the favored side in your local regatta, but it is a cool tool\. Click and watch the magic. Props to Anarchist Eric.

 

February 13th, 2016

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A pretty good follow-up article to the controversial Money Wins article that we ran. And with over 15,000 views and 300 plus comments, y’all got plenty to say on the issue. Jump in the discussion.

The other day I had a conversation with a coaching colleague about the state of youth sports. I stated that the emphasis on travel sports and playing multiple games per day for young children was hurting kids and damaging sports.

“I agree with what you are saying,” he said, “but you are forgetting that youth sports is now a form of entertainment for the parents. We are just giving them what they want.” Sadly, he was right, and I hear this a lot. The question is “should we be giving parents what serves them best, or what serves their children the best?”

Is that even a question? Read on.

 

February 13th, 2016

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Brittany West Coast battered by Storm Imogen, France.

During a stroll  between Le Conquet and Roscoff on the Brittany West coast battered by storm Imogen from Christophe Launay. Check out all the shots.

 

February 11th, 2016

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Few sailors have had a bigger impact on the pop culture of sailboat racing than multihull pioneer Randy Smythe.  From Olympic medals to Hollywood helmsman to America’s Cup winner/Dennis Conner trainer, Randy’s done it all.  Perhaps more importantly, he remembers it all, and loves to tell the stories.  Listen to a couple of hours of ‘em as John Casey’s podcast just keeps getting better and better.  Subscribe to JC’s world on iTunes.

 

February 11th, 2016

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Miami to Havana 2016Race Chairman Chris Woolsey gets personal as he heads to Cuba to welcome in the Miami-Havana Race fleet. Marco Oquendo photo of the line honors winner Trebuchet with a bunch more on SORC Facebook. From the race thread.

Okay, after many months of preparation and 24/7 phone calls and emails, arguing with PayPal, various government agencies, and so on, SORC’s Miami to Havana Race finally came to fruition today.  The last few months have been an exercise in not giving up when hearing the word “no”.  I have not heard the word “no” as often as I have in the past year since I stopped frequenting singles bars.  Fortunately, I can be pretty stubborn. Even more fortunately, there was a small army of volunteers, boosters, and problem solvers helping to make it all happen.

Last night’s party was epic, gathering a crowd at Coral Reef Yacht Club as large as any that I have seen there for any offshore race I have ever seen, and I did my first race there over 40 years ago.  We wanted to have a send off party with a distinctly Cuban beat, for which a couple of SORC volunteers literally walked Calle Ocho on a weekend evening until they heard the right sound, and voila!, a four piece band for the party.  The check in process went relatively smoothly, as did the skippers meeting, though we did run out of apparel at the end of the night, something we may remedy with a bit more merchandise and an online store.

Miami to Havana 2016Today’s start was picture perfect, with clear skies and light shifty breeze keeping crews on their toes, with some big gains and losses available early on.  All classes started on time, without any issues other than one boat being a bit tardy to the line.  You can see the rest from the tracker.  We set out to lay the foundation for a great race, but not to try to create a puffed up bloviating PR monster that would be impossible to live up to; we didn’t talk any shit, we just set out to run a clean race with no issues, and so far we met every goal and then some, with 46 boats crossing the line on their way south.  There is a long way to go before the deal is done.  I head down tomorrow morning for the rest of the fun.  So now I get to drop a line I’ve wanted to use ever since seeing the movie “A Few Good Men”, about something I have wanted to do since I was a very little kid:  ”See you when I get back from Cuba.”

 

February 11th, 2016

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50 years ago the wooden 35ft French sailboat Beligou sailed around the world. The crew of three were amongst the first to make a round the world voyage in a small sailing boat. One of the crew has finally published their story, it’s a free” Internet book” and there are no advertisements. I am hoping you will inform your readers about this most interesting story. I believe that the one who cannot read French will be pleased to have a look at more than 400 B/W and several Kodachrome pictures.

It was in the Solent where, when I was 16 years old, I had the great pleasure to be a crew member on this boat, sleeping on a wooden bench in the bow. To give you some impression of the book, it recalls Panama Canal fees of 7 US $ and making the passage under full sail. Once in the Pacific, on Galapagos they were to free to go everywhere and hunt goats (for food) with UNESCO “benediction” approval because the many goats were devastating the grass.

Six yachts in Horta at the time (now 1100) – another world.

In addition, there are 30 pages, nicely hand illustrated, dedicated to the building of the yacht. Also the full 164 pages scanned from the golden book where for example Beryl Smeeton, (Once in Enough), Pat and Barry Cullen (on board Sandefjord) and other famous sailors have written some interesting and amusing comments, some of them in English. Also included are some paper notebooks showing position calculations with sextant and old tables (not HO249), forecast maps received by Morse, etc.

Their accounts book shows an incredible number of rum bottles and red wine…to assist deals/barter at every harbor or haven along the way. When they returned back in 1968, she was sold and passed through the hands of 3 different owners but no one took proper care of her. But 30 years ago, a French guy bought her and renewed her. Except engine, painting, varnishes, sails, and shrouds, all is original including Spruce mast and enormous Goiot winch which was used as an anchor windlass.

And she sails, she is not a house boat! The new owner did all the work himself, it was not refurbished by an expensive “refit” shipyard.

The writer is to day 81, and visited her old boat in December 2015 in a South Brittany marina. He was astonished at the superb restoration. If you like it, please be kind enough to inform your readers. I think you will agree this is an important part of our common yachting history. The web address is http://www.beligou.fr/

Yours sincerely,
Philippe Deblon
Friend of the author

 

February 10th, 2016

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Probably not exactly what the Hawaiian Board of Tourism wanted to hear…

hawaii styleThe mayor of Hawaii Island has declared a state of emergency after more than 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since late October. The island, commonly referred to as the Big Island, is a popular tourist destination, with more than 1.5 million visitors to the island in 2015.

Mayor William P. Kenoi made the emergency proclamation Monday. Officials are using mosquito control measures along with public education and outreach to break the cycle of infection and transmission. The emergency period will be in place for 60 days or until further notice from officials.

Dengue fever is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The disease causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, nausea and joint and muscle pain. In severe cases it can cause bleeding from the nose or gums, persistent vomiting and can be fatal, according to Health Canada. Read on.

 

February 10th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

Seems like a pretty damn nice thing to get! Check them out at the Miami Boat Show.

 

February 10th, 2016

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