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Team GBR has been at the top of Olympic Sailing since the US unintentionally abdicated its throne, and this video proves they’re not just better on the water, but they crush it in the editing suite and on social media, too.  As huge Guy Ritchie fans, we dig this one hard.  Enjoy, and head over here to check the comments.

July 25th, 2016

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Did they save it? No they did not. Awesome shots from Martin Smith.



July 24th, 2016

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We don’t know more than this, might you? This from the…

Diane Coetzer had always called Anthony Murray, the Leopard 44’s skipper, her brother-in-law, although technically it wasn’t true. But she had been the life partner of Jeremy Savage, Murray’s younger brother, for almost a quarter-century—had in fact raised four children with him—so the technicalities were beside the point. The important thing was, Murray deeply valued his relationship with the family, and they in turn loved nothing better than his stories of whales and trade winds and dodgy ports. A journalist and writer, Coetzer had begun compiling these stories into a book on Murray’s career. “He said it would be a bestseller,” Coetzer explained. “And then he could retire.”

In February 2016, the book had been on hold for a year. Coetzer’s journalism experience was being put to more urgent use, and she had been faithfully chasing down the story, trying to figure out how a yachtsman as skilled as Murray could simply disappear.

“From the time I first made contact with [TUI Marine] on February 5th last year,” she said, “there was an obvious resistance to giving me and Jeremy basic information about the vessel. It became very clear that they were not going to report the boat missing, so we had to do it ourselves.”

Coetzer’s contact was a woman named Nicky Murison-Burt, who worked in the operations department of TUI’s Cape Town office, which her email signature identified by its locally registered name of Mariner Yachts. The staffer in charge of appointing delivery skippers in South Africa, she was the person to whom the families of Murray, Robertson and Payne initially turned.

At 11.07 AM on 5 February 2015, the following SMS was sent from Coetzer’s iPhone to a contact listed as “Nicky – Tui Marine”: “Hi Nicky – I just tried to call you – my name is Diane Coetzer – I am Anthony Murray’s sister in law. I am just trying to see if he is delivering a yacht for you in Thailand – could you let me know with some urgency – many thanks – Diane”.

Coetzer, having grown concerned about Murray, and realising she didn’t know for whom he was sailing, had set about locating the company via Internet searches and phone calls. Mavericks Yachts in Cape Town had given her the contact for Robertson and Caine, who had then put her on to Murison-Burt, who called back within half-an-hour of receiving the SMS. According to Coetzer, she confirmed that Murray was sailing for Mariner Yachts, and that she hadn’t heard from the vessel since 18 January. “She reassured me,” said Coezter, “that it was a broken satellite phone. She claimed something like, ‘Broken satellite phones are not unusual, they can get wet.’ She told me that the emergency signal hadn’t been activated, and that this was a good sign. She also said, and I’ll never forget this, ‘They ran into a bit of bad weather’.”

Read on.


July 24th, 2016

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The Michigan-based 1D48 WhoDo definitely did, and this John Quinlan (crew on Pterodactyl) photo from a Blake Arnold Facebook post shows her slipping beneath the Lake Michigan waves during this weekend’s Chicago Mac, reportedly after a broach in a squall led to a broken rudder and a big hole in the bottom of the boat.

All crew safely offloaded to their liferaft and they were picked up by Mark Bremer’s City Girl with Eric Oesterle’s Heartbreaker  standing byWe don’t know how much water she sank in or if salvage is possible, but we hope so.  Whodo’s crew list and boat details are here.

While storms beat up the middle of the fleet, the Detroit TP52 Natalie J flew down the course, finishing just 3 hours behind the ORMA 60.  Still plenty of racing to pay attention to (track ‘em), but she looks good for yet another overall victory.  Daily report over here.

This post has been edited to reflect City Girl as the rescuing vessel.

July 24th, 2016

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People are funny.


July 23rd, 2016

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Keith Kilpatrick, boat captain of Rio 100, who just crushed the elapsed time record to Hawaii via the Pac Cup gives it to us straight from the big rig..

Big boat, check
Great crew, check
Phenomenal weather, check
Luck, check

These are the basic ingredients of a record setting run, and we had them in spades.

Prior to the start, some of our routing had us finishing in 4 days, 6 hours! All I could think of was can we go that fast for 4 days without some kind of breakdown? How bad will the seaway be the first night when we might see up to 40! How will our girl 2.5 days of running in 25 to 30? Well, it was as good and bad as I thought it would be.

Race day forecasts had slowed down a bit from earlier in the week, but it was still providing a record run. The big variable was how long it would take us to wiggle out to the synoptic breeze which was looming 60 to 80 miles offshore. The breeze at the start was typical of a summer day, 20 knots, but forecasted to drop quickly once we were outside the gate. That was the case, and all of the boats in our start slowly clawed our way to the breeze. We started to get a sniff around midnight, and by 2am, we were on our way. We quickly went from full main and J2, to 2 reefs and our J5. The breeze topped out at 38 and it was wet and wild. Big breeze, breaking waves and water everywhere. The key to this part of the race was to try not dribble off south and give away miles.

As predicted, the wind slowly abated and clocked, so we gradually added sail area. We had to keep the peddle down, as there was a risk of the high ridging, and taking away any chance of a record.

By late Sunday night, the wind had come around enough for us to set our new 3A. It’s a straight luff sail that we hoped would fill a soft spot on our crossover chart. Boy did it!! We put this sail up, and didn’t take it down until we had to go back to the R2 to lay the finish.

From a tactical standpoint, it was a fairly simple race. Carry on on starboard board until the wind shifted to 50, gybe and head for the finish. That’s pretty much how it went, but we were forced to gybe back to starboard once early on and once to get to the finish.

After our slow start, the after guard was pretty quiet about our record chances, so everyone thought it was out of reach. After all, it was a very fast time set by a 146′ yacht. Once there was a sniff of a chance, it was akin to a pitcher with a no hitter going. Nobody wanted to talk about it!

Well as you all know by now, we did break the record, and what a run it was! Fast, wet, loud, and stressful.

I know some of you out there will say if so and so had come, they would have beat you. To that, I agree. There are much faster 100 footers than ours, but they didn’t start, and more importantly, didn’t finish with no major breakages, and therefore, the record belongs to us!


July 23rd, 2016

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After an ultraquick recordbreaker on the short side, the Big Mac, starting today, looks a bit more like the traditional freshwater hate mission.  Here’s the very latest video weather update from the organizers, and we recommend keeping an eye on CYC’s Facebook Page and the SA thread for the latest news.  This ’5 Stages of Sailing The Mackinac Race” comes courtesy of yachtie/humorist ‘blubberboy’:

 1. Denial and Isolation - The first reaction to is to deny the reality of the situation. It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain (before leaving the dock).

2. Anger - As the masking effects of denial and isolation begin to wear, reality and its pain re-emerge. We are not ready. The intense emotion is deflected from our vulnerable core, redirected and expressed instead as anger. The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects (winches and gear), competitors, or fellow crew members. Anger may be directed at the race itself. Rationally, we know the race is not to be blamed. Emotionally, however, we may resent the race for causing us pain, or for sucking us in to it’s grips; year after year.. We feel guilty for being angry, and this makes us more pissed. ( at the starting area)

3. Bargaining - The normal reaction to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability is often a need to regain control –

-If only we had withdrew from the race earlier…

-If only we had just called in sick…

-If only we had just turned off our phone, and burnt all of our sailing gear….

Secretly, we may make a deal with God or our higher power in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. This is a weaker line of defense to protect us from the painful reality ( Right after your start).

4. Depression - Two types of depression are associated with the Chicago to Mackinac Race. The first one is a reaction to practical implications relating to the the race itself. Sadness and regret predominate this type of depression. We worry about the wasted time. We worry that, in our grief, we have spent less time with others that depend on us. This phase may be eased by simple clarification and reassurance. We may need a bit of helpful cooperation and a few kind words. ( First 5 miles in)

The second type of depression is more subtle and, in a sense, perhaps more private. It is our quiet preparation to separate and to bid our sanity farewell. Sometimes all we really need is a big kick in the ass (Second five miles in).

5. Acceptance – Reaching this stage of the race is a gift not afforded to everyone.  It is not necessarily a mark of bravery to resist the inevitable and to deny ourselves the opportunity to make our peace. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression. Basically, is just an ‘ah fuck it…’  moment.( A little before, or after the  Bahai Temple).


July 23rd, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 10.18.42 AMFrom SA’er ‘Happyboy’ (via Frank White) in the forums, and we urge you both to share this video as far and wide as you can and to set your action-sports camera up as a time lapse security camera whenever possible (and hide it well).

Once again there has been a rash of outboard motor thefts in Alameda Marina’s dry storage area. Even though this has been an issue for at least 5 years, the marina management and ownership has refused to do anything about it. After I got my trolling motor stolen from my fishing boat 2 years ago, I installed a motion activated security camera on my radar arch. The majority of sailboats in the storage area have had an outboard stolen so they now take them home when the boat is not in use. This isn’t possible with a powerboat that has remote steering and throttle.

The accompanying video was captured by my camera over a 2 week period. As you can see, in broad daylight the thieves were able to come in and take not only the trolling motor but also the 250HP Yamaha main outboard. Note the time and date stamp in the upper left corner of the video (full screen in HD).

As everyone knows, the owner of Alameda Marina, Bill Poland – Urban development maven (his website’s description) and Bay West Group, are trying to convert the marina into luxury condos. The more trouble they can attract to the marina, the stronger their argument is for development.  Are they complicit in allowing this to happen?

The damage done to my boat will cost over $41,000 to repair (insurance will cover $25K). A group of boat owner victims are working with an attorney to recover deductible amounts and possibly loss of use compensation from Alameda Marina. Any interested party should reach out to [email protected] if they wish to be included.

Due to my video, one of the suspects is currently in custody. At least one of the other suspects knows that the police are looking for him. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts or identity of any of the suspects, please contact Sgt. Klaus at the Alameda Police Dept (510) 337-8340.


July 23rd, 2016

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We love this video from the R2AK of Team Bunny Whaler.


July 22nd, 2016

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So when something really bad happens during these Olympics – and we’d be stunned if it didn’t – do you think any heads will roll for those guilty of “organizing” this debacle?  Let us answer it for you: No.

rio partyOn the eve of hosting the world’s largest sporting event, Rio de Janeiro’s decade-long push to curb violence in hundreds of slums appears to be crumbling.

Murders rose sharply in the first half of 2016, just as officials wanted to use the Aug. 5-21 Olympic Games to showcase the city as a tourist destination. Shootouts erupt daily, even in Rio slums where community policing programs created to pacify them had successfully rewritten the narrative in recent years.

The number of people killed by police, who many residents accuse of shooting first and asking questions later, has spiked in the past two years after dropping significantly the previous six. Police, in turn, are increasingly under attack: 61 have been killed in Rio since January, the majority while off duty.

“2016 has been a very bad year. We have seen a dramatic increase in homicides, robberies and other crimes,” said Ignacio Cano, a sociologist at the Violence Studies Lab of Rio de Janeiro State University. “We lost a big opportunity to transform police and develop a new public safety model.” Read on.


July 22nd, 2016

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