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So we have some of the greatest old ads sent in by you guys – thank you! This is a German Version of Popular Mechanics Aug. 1956  sent in by Anarchist Thomas.

In addition to some of these sorts of things, we have a lot with boobs! So whatever you got, tits of not, send it on in!


March 23rd, 2018

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 In a recent post the VOR Race Experts tell us that Mapfre is gaining miles on everyone.

The tracker however tells us that that since the 0100 UTC sked Dongfeng has gone from (according to the tracker at least) from 14.4 miles in deficit to Mapfre at 0100 UTC according to Scuttlebutt Europe (linked to Seahorse Magazine) to 0.9 miles ahead 15 minutes ago. Even the tracker doesn’t quite add up as it is showing a gain of 14.4 miles while 14.4+ 0.9 is surely 15.3 is it not?

The “East Wind” must have their own West Wind, lit the afterburners or just hit that perfect groove.

I know I am liable to be accused of being biased AND there is still a long way to go to The Horn, let alone Itajai but to gain 15.3 miles over the space of just one sked is extraordinary.

Where have the Dongers found the extra gear from? Or has the table of luck turned in their favour?

Or does Mapfre have an issue as it is not just Dongfeng that has taken chunks out of them, in fact the only team to bleed any distance at all is Scallywag with all the teams taking double figures out of the Spanish boat.

Another couple of skeds like that and I shall be reaching for the ‘malt’ or the Valium (or both)

All those who thought the fat lady was standing in the wings ready to come on stage may just have to wait a while, looks like we have a yacht race on our hands.


March 23rd, 2018

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Sometimes it feels as if the world has gone mad and no this time I am not referring to the absurd political machinations going on in the US. I am taking about a much smaller world; the sailing world. I read online that so far it has cost David Witt, the skipper of the Volvo entry Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag $40,000 in legal costs to defend himself against a complaint of misconduct that occurred during the second leg of the race. I have written about this before and took Witt to task over his boorish behavior, but this time I am going to take his side. It’s an absurdity that this has gone this far and in my mind it’s wrecking our sport.

Just to remind you of what happened. Witt and others in the Scallywag crew put on a ridiculous skit for the video camera in which the sole female crewmember Annemieke Bes was put in an awkward position of having to endure a blatantly sexist performance. I don’t think that there is any place for that kind of behavior at the top levels of sailing and I called them out on it. But seriously this kind of stuff has been going on for decades and previously no one really cared.

As far as I can tell there was no bad intent; it was just a bunch of clueless guys having a bit of fun, but that’s not where it ended. When they arrived in South Africa they were charged under Racing Rule 69 which deals with misconduct and the matter was referred to the Event Disciplinary Investigating Officer who had three options available to him.  He could dismiss the complaint, offer a warning, or charge the participants with misconduct. Guess what, he chose the latter and that’s where the rails are starting to come off.

Do we no longer have any common sense? Seriously. The Investigating Officer could have issued a warning but when he pressed charges Witt had no option other than to engage a lawyer to defend himself and that’s where the $40K in legal costs were incurred. How absurdly ridiculous and it’s always the flipping lawyers that make out. When I called out Witt for his behavior I got a lot of hate mail. One person told me that Witt’s comments were that of a Fair Dinkum Aussie and that it was totally acceptable. I don’t agree but what’s not acceptable is where this whole mess has ended up.

Do we really need to lawyer up for any and every kind of stupid stuff we might get ourselves into? I guess so and that’s a crying shame. In my mind the Investigating Officer is the real scoundrel in all of this. Too many rules and regulations. It’s one reason why I have never joined US Sailing. In my mind they are all about making up new rules and this, to my way of thinking anyway, is the antithesis of why we go sailing. We love the freedom and independence that being on a yacht with a fair breeze at our back gives us. 

I will let the lawyer that handled the issue in Cape Town have the last word but not before pointing out that $40,000 equals almost a half million South African Rands. That’s a LOT of money for a very minor infraction. Here is how the lawyer summarized things in her address to the International Jury.

“The lawyer said “I can’t believe I’m sitting here. This is the most ludicrous thing I have ever seen. If this were in real life it wouldn’t even get to the Police Station let alone to the Court.”

She then asked her husband and kids to look at the video an offer an opinion.

“My eight-year-old son said the masts were funny, and everything else was boring.”

“My husband said, “I hope they can sail because they are lousy actors.”

“My sixteen-year-old daughter said it was the funniest thing she had ever seen.”

“And my 19-year-old daughter, who is extremely feminist said: “Mum, I’m not real sure about it, what does the girl in the video think?”

“The lawyer said let’s find out and opened the Case up, read the notes, and said, “they haven’t even asked her.”

“The 19-year-old’s response was “that’s what I find extremely offensive.”

Nicely said Ms 19-year old. I agree – that is extremely offensive that they did not even question the aggrieved party. – Brian Hancock

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March 23rd, 2018

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From the Holt Allen catalog, circa 1976. Jesus, this advertising wasn’t happening in the puritanical U.S. of A. Thanks to Anarchist Ben, from Allen Brothers! Dirty bastards…


March 22nd, 2018

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Ross Bell has never been so happy to be ignored in his life. The long-time Manly 16ft Skiff Club sailor wrote to the race committee asking for a revision to his handicap time after going two years without a win. He dropped the letter off at the club and headed out to sail in last Saturday’s pointscore race, unsure whether his request would be met.

He had his answer a few hours later after piloting Ross Bell Electric to a handicap win in a light nor easter. He will now get a handicap adjustment – just not the one he was after.

“No-one was in the office when I dropped the letter off so I’m not even sure anyone read it,” Bell said. “I wrote that we were old and slow and the young blokes were smashing us and we needed our handicap revised.

“They can rip that letter up and put it in the bin now. We won’t be getting any favours now.” At 57, the popular Bell is in the veteran class at Manly.

His love for the sport keeps him coming back year after year despite the victories drying up.

Read this great piece.



March 22nd, 2018

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Cruising around Dago the other day and spotted this beater arriving in town. A ten year-old FT10, that looks twenty years old? Good luck with that, buddy.


March 22nd, 2018

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This was an iconic ad back in the early 90’s on Italian TV.  The music still gives me the shivers – Anarchist Jaka.  And what’s really great about this is the dude bullshitting this girl about his great sailing knowledge. Sound familiar?


March 22nd, 2018

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The Environment

Many people have tried to find ways of preventing hurricanes before they make landfall, resulting in the loss of human lives. Norwegian researchers believe that the answer lies in cold bubbles.

In recent years we have witnessed intense tropical storms that have taken many thousands of human lives and caused massive destruction. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina killed more than 2,000 people and caused damage worth about $110 billion. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew swept across Haiti, taking 852 human lives and destroying many towns on the island.

Warm water is the problem

Tropical hurricanes are generated when masses of cold and warm air collide. Another essential factor is that the sea surface temperature must be greater than 80°F.

“Climate change is causing sea surface temperatures to increase”, says Grim Eidnes, who is a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Ocean. “The critical temperature threshold at which evaporation is sufficient to promote the development of hurricanes is [80°F]. In the case of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in the period August to September 2017, sea surface temperatures were measured at [90°F]”, he says. So to the big question. Is it possible to cool the sea surface to below 80°F by exploiting colder water from deeper in the water column?

Many have tried to address this problem in the past. People have suggested towing icebergs to the Gulf of Mexico from the Arctic. Others have proposed seeding clouds with sea salt in order to make them whiter, thus increasing their reflectivity and so reducing sea surface temperatures. Attempts have been made to use aircraft to release dry ice in the vicinity of hurricanes with the aim of increasing precipitation as a means of dissipating energy. “However, none of these ideas or suggestions have been great success stories”, says Eidnes.

Read on.


March 22nd, 2018

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If you keep getting seduced by boats like this racing B-Cat Silent Maid, you probably have the boating disorder “OCHD.” You can click here to learn about the symptoms of this disorder and get instant, effective treatments.

Title inspiration thanks to Disturbed.


March 22nd, 2018

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Shhh! Don’t tell Dolt 45, he’ll do the same thing here. After all, if executing drug dealers is such a brilliant idea, why not turn the CG into an SS Division? 

Chinese state media announced Wednesday that the nation’s coast guard will be placed under the command of the Central Military Commission, bringing it closer to the formal status of a military force.

Since 2013, the China Coast Guard has been a division of the State Oceanic Administration, which is under the civilian Ministry of Land and Resources. At the annual National People’s Congress last week, delegates voted to put the China Coast Guard under the People’s Armed Police Force. Since January, this military police division has answered directly to the Central Military Commission, a body chaired by President Xi Jinping. According to the language authorizing the reorganization, the move is required “to fully implement the [Chinese Communist] Party’s absolute leadership over the PLA and other armed forces.”

In addition, the State Oceanic Administration – itself just five years old – will be disbanded. The agency was created in 2013 to bring together all of China’s maritime law enforcement units under one umbrella. Its functions will be taken over by the newly formed Ministry of Natural Resources, which also replaces the Ministry of Land and Resources and the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping.

A Japanese government source told Nikkei that the transfer of the China Coast Guard into the military police is concerning. China’s coast guard, fishing fleet and military vessels frequently visit the waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands, and “the boundary between police and military activity has grown unclear, making it difficult to respond,” the source said.

Thanks to ME for the blurb.


March 22nd, 2018


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