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The most unique thing about the Star Sailors League isn’t the boats, the sailors, or the racing.  It’s the format that sets the SSL apart from all the other racing in the world.  4 days of qualification produces ten finalist teams, but instead of some double points shit, they all start from scratch in the last round. To spice it all up, the final races are all ELIMINATORS, meaning boats get knocked out after each race, with the last team standing pulling in something like 50 grand of the overall $200,000 prize pool.  Click here for more details on the format of the quarter/semi/finals.

Last year it was super light, but this year we’re looking at 14 knots in Nassau for the penultimate day of SSL action.  Enjoy a solid production from a dedicated team – click the video above for all the fun.

 

December 3rd, 2016

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From 13 to 18 years old, this Mudratz Racing-produced crew is the youngest-ever Melges 24 Worlds team.  They’re also fun, smart, and great at telling their story, and we enjoyed chatting with them on the eve of the final day of the biggest sailing event of their young lives.  Enjoy this uplifting 20 minute Skype chat with the future of the sport of sailing, with lessons for anyone who cares where we go over the next 50 years in sailing.

 

December 3rd, 2016

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The Environment

We’ve always thought “cruises” were an absurd thing, and given the long list of horror stories from onboard many of these ships, a story like this comes as little surprise. Fuck ‘em.

cruise-ships-are-dumping-massive-amounts-of-sewage-into-the-oceans-1417798473Princess Cruise Lines has made history by receiving the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution. The line has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up.

Princess will pay a $40 million penalty and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship.

The plea agreement was announced today in the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida. Princess, headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, headquartered in Miami. Read on.

 

December 2nd, 2016

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It’s not going all that well for the current Melges 24 World Champion (while the US 470 team is showing the rest of the fleet their asses aboard Conor Clarke’s ultra-fast Embarr). Here’s the midweek report from Chris Rast’s EFG Bank team (thanks to Swiss Performance Sailing). Pierrick Contin photo with full galleries, interviews, and live video that’s so bad it’s fun to watch – all here.

Sailboat racing is a funny thing. You can feel so prepared for the first day of racing and still fall short. The EFG Sailing Team did not have such a great day out on the water. We had a few problems downwind and at times didn’t find the fastest upwind mode. Nevertheless, no one on the team gave up and we stayed focused until the finish of the last race of the day.

So what do you we do now? WE FIGHT! It has been only three races and we have another nine races to go. Anything can happen in this fleet and the forecast is for lighter wind over the next few days.

The winners of the day were Conor Clarke and his stellar crew including Dave Hughes and Stu McNay. They were the fastest and smartest boat how there. They are closely followed by Airforce One with Bora Gulari on the helm and Jonathan McKee on Tactics. We are looking forward to applying some of our learnings to tomorrow’s racing.

Time for a good night sleep and dream of better day.

Title inspiration thanks to Migos.

 

December 1st, 2016

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-15-21-pmWe are massive fans of the Mudratz, and of their unintentional discovery of just how to fix that problem we’ve all been asking about for more than a decade: “How do we turn junior sailors into lifelong sailors?”

If you haven’t followed the kids from Mystic (and beyond), take this opportunity to peruse their recent history here.  They’ve got a team of kids racing at the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, and to celebrate, they’re auctioning off Charlie Enright’s genuine, brand new, autographed Musto/Team Alvimedica HPX Smock from the last Volvo Ocean Race.  It’s live on eBay with the auction set to end this evening – 100% goes to the team’s 501(c)(3) charity fund, and we encourage you to get over there and bid it up right now.  Hell, at the current bid of $435, it’s cheaper than retail.  Let’s raise some money!

Your auction price will be a tax-deductible contribution, and it comes at the perfect time for your 2016 tax year.  Get over there now.

 

December 1st, 2016

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With Robert Scheidt wiping off the ring rust and rocketing to the top of the leaderboard after two days of qualifications, the Star Sailors League Final in Nassau may be a foregone conclusion this year.  Meanwhile, the live numbers have been through the roof, with the SSL on pace to more than double their viewership from 2015 – clearly, there are plenty of folks enjoying Star Fleet racing with stabilized lenses, good looking graphics, and commentary from the likes of Genny Tulloch, Luke Patience, Louay Habib, Bob Fisher, and several Star insiders.  Watch Day 3 above.

 

December 1st, 2016

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We’re digging the quirky and creative daily cartoons from the collaboration between Ino-Rope and French illustrator Francois Denis; in yesterday’s cartoon, Nandor Fa tries to make Rich Wilson feel better after being passed.

You can see all the archives at Ino-Rope’s site here and we’ll feature the best one each week.  Title shout to one of the nastiest, funniest shows of the 2000s.

December 1st, 2016

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Fairly amazing footage of the two leaders in the VG. Amazing how much Boss heels, isn’t it? Must be fast because Alex Thomson is now leading!

 

December 1st, 2016

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Quantum Key West Race Week is on your “Bucket List” but you don’t have a boat or simply don’t want the hassles of getting your boat to Key West. We have a solution, National One Design Sailing Academy  in association with Torqeedo, is making their hot fleet of 10 Flying Tiger 7.5’s available for charter at QKWRW. National One Design does all the heavy lifting. The boats will be in the water at the Truman Annex, rigged, tuned and ready to go.

Charter fee includes 2 day North U. Clinic (Sat. and Sun), paid registration, haul in and out each day, insurance and five days of racing (M-F) in the regatta. Bring your crew, step on board and at regatta’s end step off the boat. Charter fee for the experience of a life time is US $9,700.00 or register as individuals at US $1,940.00 and we will put you on a boat and become part of a winning team. Click here for more information.

 

December 1st, 2016

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Early qualifications have 2015 SSL Finale winner George Szabo deep in the fleet, but the unique format gives him and the rest of the 25-boat strong fleet a chance at the big cash payout at the end of the event.  With a solid Bahamian forecast and commentary from Dennis Conner and Scottish superstar 470 skipper Luke Patience, the all-live streaming coverage of the SSL should be well worth watching, especially if you love keelboat racing.  Watch from 1100 EST above.

 

November 30th, 2016

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