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A boat starts with a design brief, so what was the brief for the new CNB 66? ‘Put simply,’ explains her naval architect Philippe Briand, ‘I was asked to design the best semicustom 60ft production boat in the world’. But that wasn’t all. CNB’s stunningly sleek 66ft performance cruiser was to be the biggest yacht that could be easily be handled by a couple or family without the need for extra crew. It also had to be a capable, comfortable blue water cruiser that offers a good lifestyle for her owners and safe but exciting to sail. As for its appearance, the silhouette of the design was to be kept as clean as possible. Finally, Philippe has his own personal personal brief: ‘I’m a sailor, a boat has to look elegant’.

Construction Navale Bordeaux (CNB) was founded more than 30 years ago in 1987, based in a historic shipyard on the “right bank” of the Garonne River, south of the rolling vine-clad hills of the region’s wineries. The shipyard has produced many notable yachts. Its first, the 92ft Frers aluminium cutter Mari-Cha II, was an instant classic while the largest was the 117ft Hamilton II commissioned for Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. For 20 years, if you wanted CNB quality, a one-off fully custom aluminium yacht was the only option. Then, about a decade or so ago, CNB noticed that its clients’ needs were changing so it evolved with them.

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December 16th, 2018

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We’re pretty sure Linda Blair get’s this award for a hell of a lot more than this week as she circumnavigates the globe. Very Impressive. here is a bit from her blog…

As it was still very windy with gusts up to 40 knots I didn’t want to gybe the boat in the swell as it would be hard not to have the boom come over by accident while I was winching the mainsail in and with that much wind I was likely to break something so I decided to try a safer option and do what we call a granny tack.

This is when I am sailing downwind but instead of gybing a go the other way and swing almost a full 360 as I come up to the wind, tack and then bare away on the other side until I finish in the position I would have been in if I gybed.

Gybing is the most dangerous sailing manoeuvre you can do as the wind is behind you and gets a lot of leverage on the mainsail throwing it violently so a granny tack is a safe option in high winds however for me it went so horribly wrong that I really wish I had just stuck with gybing.

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December 16th, 2018

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12 Foot Skiffs just keep on giving! props to Anarchist Murray.

 

December 16th, 2018

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You might think that four 100-foot supermaxis duking it out around the buoys on Sydney Harbour would be a riveting spectacle but this year’s Big Boat Challenge was disappointingly dull. Grey sky, grey water, grey boats, grey sails. And anyone looking for an indication of relative form before the Sydney-Hobart line honours battle that’s now just a fortnight away was left pondering the elephant in the room: Comanche didn’t bother to show up.

Instead, it was the 2005 Reichel-Pugh Wild Oats XI that yet again led this annual parade up and down the Harbour, finishing 1’15” ahead of near-sistership Black Jack (formerly Europa, formerly Alfa Romeo). Third – a full 10 minutes behind – was InfoTrack (formerly Loyal, formerly Rambler 100, formerly Speedboat). But they were lucky to pass Scallywag on the final reach to the line after the Hong Kong boat (formerly Maximus, formerly Loyal, formerly Ragamuffin) suffered a furler jam that prevented them flying their spinnaker.

The all-female crew on 66-foot Wild Oats X put in a strong performance that silenced the dockside doubters. But all the serious chat was about Comanche. Did they squib a fair fight with arch-rivals WOXI or was this just a cool tactical ploy by owner/skipper Jim Cooney? They have done plenty of hard sea miles of late (winning three of their last four starts), and certainly don’t need the practice. A more likely explanation for their absence is that Comanche is slow in light air and flat water and simply didn’t want to risk handing the Oats camp a psychological advantage before the Hobart start on Boxing Day. The real contest is yet to begin.

– Anarchist David

 

December 15th, 2018

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We’ve been critical of the Golden Globe race, really from the jump. Super slow boats, questionable racers, long, slow and, while exactly pointless, sort of unnecessary. With the high failure rate of the fleet – with god knows how much more – the event speaks for itself.

We normally don’t run much from other pubs, but this from Outside Magazine is something y’all might find interesting.

The first Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing event held in 1968, was a mixture of triumph, tragedy, and madness—all chronicled in a classic bestselling book and recent BBC movie. Fifty years later, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious—and loneliest—regatta on the planet.

On July 1, 17 skippers in 17 boats left the French port town of Les Sables d’Olonne and sailed west into the Bay of Biscay. Their destination? Les Sables d’Olonne, but from the other direction, a journey of about nine months and 30,000 miles. The boats are unremarkable. The sailors are a mixed bag: hotshot pro racers, ambitious yachties, ultracompetent old salts, young upstarts, dedicated adventurers, a hopeless dreamer or two—16 men and one woman representing 12 countries, all with a common intention. They’re racing around the world without stopping, without benefit of modern technology, and alone.

This is the second-ever Golden Globe Race. The original, which has been immortalized in several books, including Peter Nichols’ classic account, A Voyage for Madmen, as well as the documentary Deep Water and the recent Colin Firth film The Mercy, began in the summer of 1968 and, by its end, turned into an epic blend of historic triumph, human tragedy, and utter shitshow. Nine sailors started and one finished.

One killed himself. This race marks the 50th anniversary of that event, and besides some allowances for safety, the rules limit the racers to technology available in 1968. Sextants, not GPS. Radio, not sat phones. Film cameras and Super 8s, not DSLRs and GoPros. No digital anything. No high-tech materials like Kevlar or carbon composite. No electric autopilot, desalinization, or refrigeration. No blog posts, no video chats, no selfies at sea.

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December 15th, 2018

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A man was found dead on his boat as it washed ashore at Southbroom Beach, South Africa. From Anarchist Struan: What I find interesting is that typically the traveling yacht fraternity slowly make their way down the east coast of South Africa, heading south to Cape Town and then across the Atlantic. This boat was found a couple hundred miles north of his last port of call. Makes you wonder how long the boat had been sailing on its own. More info will surely come out.

Picture and full story thanks to the Southcoast Herald.

 

December 15th, 2018

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AGE OF SAIL / Theatrical Version from Chromosphere on Vimeo.

We’ve been sitting on this for weeks and just got around to it. Without question, very different!

 

December 13th, 2018

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Local Knowledge

The Inaugural J-80 Asian Championships, the T & Z Marine Cup was held on the waters off Wu Yuan Bay, Xiamen, China from 7th – 10th December. 26 Teams stepped up to the plate from as far afield as India, Japan, Taiwan, Eastern Russia and of course China.

They were met on day one with cool conditions matched to a 18-20 knot breeze with the occasional gust approaching the mod twenties which, downwind, produced some hairy moments for some of the less experienced crews along with, I am sure, some very adult language.

On day one some crews had clearly not read the Class Rules and multiple penalties were handed out by the on the water judges for ‘early prods’. This trait amongst the fleet diminished as the regatta progressed as the teams learned, some clearly slower than others, that a J-80 bowsprit is to fly a gennaker from and not to extend overlap opportunities at the top mark.

Having said that, although racing was combative and competitive, it never appeared to cross the line towards aggressive and the regatta was sailed in a  good spirit. Over the course of the four day regatta the wind gradually eased with, especially on day 2, some perfect sailing conditions were experienced by the competitors.

Evolution Tiger lay down a marker in Race 1with a second which was to prove their first of seven podiums including 4 wins netting out at 26 points. In second place local team Xiamen University proved that consistency is important as, although they only scored one win, their eight podiums propelled them to just 4 points behind with Seamo Race Team  further 14 points back completing the podium.

For me the Xiamen University position was particularly sweet as I remember – not that many years ago – their Skipper ‘Eddie’ being a passionate beginner as a student at the same educational establishment, now he is a runner up in an Asia Championship.

The event was ‘marshalled’ with On The Water judging, avoiding long hours in the protest room after racing. Having said that I am sure that infringements often didn’t happen just because of the presence of the ever watchful judges.

The courses, all windward leeward, with square start lines evidenced by the even spread of boats on the start line, also healthily contributed to a successful event with sailors also not being kept hanging around for eternities in between races which almost uniformly ran to between 40 and45 minutes for the front runners.

Finally, overall it has to be said that the choice of Ironrock Sailing Club, which has built the China Club Challenge Match into the ‘must do’ regatta in China, proved to be a good choice to organise and run this inaugural J-80 Asians.

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December 13th, 2018

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Our Cape Horn Friends are giving a special Christmas lightning deal, giving to all Sailing Anarchy readers a 30% off to the Cape Horn Genuine Leather wallet & Recycled Kevlar and Carbon Sails from patagonia.

JUST the First 100 “Beautiful Sailors Handcrafted Wallets” will have a 30% OFF, so buy it now or pay the real price tomorrow …

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December 13th, 2018

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I have followed the online comments about the rescue of Susie Goodall, some with bemusement and some with disdain. Before I explain let’s recap what happened. Susie Goodall, a 28 year old British sailor was competing in the Golden Globe Race when her yacht was pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean. The yacht was dismasted and in pretty bad shape and Susie made the decision to seek rescue. Last Friday the Hong Kong registered cargo ship MV Tian Fu came to her aid and using a crane hoisted her off her stricken boat to the safety of the ship. Of the 18 sailors that set out from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on July 1 earlier this year, only seven remain in the race.

Eleven sailors have either been rescued or made it to port and some of the competitors are not yet halfway around the world. If truth be told it doesn’t look good for the event and its future and that has many asking whether the race officials should call the race off before someone dies.

So here is my take on this. Each sailor that had the idea to enter the race, that raised the money and made the extraordinary effort that it took to get to the start line knew exactly what they were getting themselves into. No one was coerced, no one was bribed. Nope they signed up willingly and enthusiastically and I think that they should be saluted for their courage and commitment not only to the sport of sailing and of adventure, but to humanity.

We need more Susie Goodall’s in this world. We need more people willing to push themselves and the limits as far as possible. New worlds would never have been discovered were it not for the brave seafarers that came before us. Heck, what if Columbus had said that the dangers were too high to take a risk? No, we need more, not fewer people out there pushing toward new horizons and if some of them come a cropper along the way then so be it. Lucking we now live in a modern, civilized society where they can be rescued. It wasn’t that way just a few decades ago. If you were gone you were truly gone.

I admire the concept of the Golden Globe Race, it’s purity and simplicity but I have to wonder if the kinds of boats being used make any sense. In the original Golden Globe Race that took place 50 years ago there was only one finisher; Robin Knox-Johnston aboard his 32 foot Bermudian ketch Suhaili. The rest of the fleet didn’t make it to the finish and that should have been fair warning for anyone entering this most recent race. Odds were pretty good that you were not going to make it around the world. So far there have been five dismasting and three rescues and most of the fleet are just over halfway around. There are a lot of potholes between where they are and the finish in France.

The thing about these boats is that when you are sailing in big seas like those found in the Southern Ocean speed is your friend and these full keel boats are dog slow. Furthermore with a full keel and a trim-tab type rudder, if your boat is pushed beam-on to an approaching wave they are not able to respond quick enough, the barn door of a keel sees to that, and you are left sideways at the mercy of whatever the ocean will toss your way.

One other thing to remember is this. The climate has changed a lot over the last few decades and the severity of the storms is increasing and there is simply no arguing that. I remember a time (not so long ago) where you could read the book Ocean Passages for the World and it would describe the best sailing route between major sailing destinations and if you followed the advice from the book it was pretty true to form; no longer. We used Pilot Charts in the early Whitbread Races and they would have wind vectors showing what wind speed and direction you could expect in a certain part of the ocean at a certain time of year but they are no longer accurate.

Too much has changed and not for the good. While it’s most definitely a mammoth task to sail a 100-foot trimaran around the world it’s a lot safer than a 30-footer. For starters they can see what weather to expect and get out of the way of bad storms. The Golden Globe sailors are at the mercy of whatever comes their way and even if they saw a massive front approaching their boats are too slow to do anything about it.

The next Golden Globe will take place in  2022. I am sure that there will be plenty of entries despite the damage done to this fleet. I hope that Don McIntyre, the founder and race organizer is able to fashion the next race so that it has the character of the original but is a lot safer.  And I hope that Susie Goodall returns.  – Brian Hancock.

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December 12th, 2018

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