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Well I do! You know I am talking about the awesome SA hat, right? I mean, what else could there be in that picture that is more awesome that the hat? SCOTW Aly Di Nas seen here looking, um, awesome thanks to Laura Purschke Photography.

Weren’t we talking about hats? Get ‘em here. – Ed.

 

November 20th, 2014

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foulies homelessEverybody has some old foulies hanging in their closet or in their hanging locker on the boat, maybe some boxed up in the attic or garage.  Those old sets of foul weather gear that just don’t seem to keep the elements out any longer.  You’ve had them for years, they are worn out for sailing and not good enough to sell.

Don’t take them to a for profit charity location, bring them to Sail Northwest and we’ll put together a huge box of old gear to take over to The Bridge Care Center were they will be lovingly given out to the homeless.

The exact people that need this type of clothing, the people in your neighborhood that need your help and without anyone making money off your old foul weather gear.  In 2013 local sailors helped put together 6 huge boxes of gear and warm items for the homeless – Thank you for your generosity. Jump in the thread here.

 

 

November 20th, 2014

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In a little country close to the Baltic Sea – Latvia, we are sailing too. In case you struggling with next headline photo for next release – here it is.. absolutely off wind regatta, naming “autumn winds at Usma Lake”.

Best regards.
Usma, Latvia, Sailing Anarchy and porn obsessed!
(that describes our entire male readership. – ed)

 

November 19th, 2014

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Local Knowledge

acapulco goldMy name is Erik Brockmann, I actually met some of your Sailing Anarchy team at the J70 Worlds earlier this year. I was sad to see your publication the other day as the last thing we need is bad news specially in Acapulco and racers scared of comming to this great place for sailing.

This has been a very tough month as you may all know, but at the same time I can tell you that in the past 4 weeks we have enjoyed better racing than any other sailing venue in the world probably has. On september 25-26 we had our monthly regatta with great attendance and perfect sailing conditions. The fleet consisted of the 70 ft maxi Peligroso, five 52s, (Vincitore RP52, Bandido (Ex Meanie) RP 52, Patches TP 52, Destroyer (Ex Mayhem) TP 52 and Kayue (Ex-Flash) TP 52) a OD 48, Farr 47, six Farr 40s, J133, J120 and of course some of the older IOR boats that were very successful in the 80s and 90s all over the world. We have a 25 boat fleet that races for one weekend every month. Anyone who has been to any of these regattas I am sure will only talk great things about racing in Acapulco.

On November 8 and 9th we had the Copa Aaron Saenz which is for small boats and on that one there were 90 optimist, 50 lasers, 30 420s and 15 J70s who were sailing their National Championship at the same time.

This past weekend we had the Zihuatanejo-Acapulco Race for the big boats and as always great attendance, nice conditions and sailors enjoying this place. It is sure things are not at its best but with one of the best Yacht Clubs you will ever find and one of the best big boat based fleet probably in all the Pacific Coast of the continent, it would be hard to stop going to such a place at least once a month.

 

November 19th, 2014

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November 19th, 2014

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There is no reason to believe that this fine citizen of Fresno, is a member of the Fresno Yacht Club….

Fresno police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing his girlfriend Monday morning, then attacking his mother and son with a knife. Police said the man, identified as Steven David Clark, was high on methamphetamine. His 44-year-old girlfriend was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive.

Officers were called to Saint Agnes Medical Center just before 10 a.m. after a woman with multiple stab wounds was dropped off at the hospital by her boyfriend. Minutes later, officers were called to the 1100 block of East Kelso Avenue, just north of Clovis West High School, on a report that an adult son was trying to kill his mother with a knife, Lt. Joe Gomez said. The caller indicated the son had his mother cornered, Gomez said.

Officers arrived and detained the son in the front yard, police said. The mother had the knife and turned it over to police. She was not stabbed in the encounter. Officers learned the two cases were related. Clark had blood on his clothing and inside his car when arrested, Gomez said. Read more here.

 

November 19th, 2014

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Off they go! Leg 2 start photos thanks to Rick Tomlinson.

 

November 19th, 2014

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Clean Report

We’ve got far too many videos from my ten-day stop in Cape Town to put them all up here, but despite the fact that they’re all shaky ‘Clean Cam’ clips, the interviews finally get you sailors what you really want:  In-depth discussions of what’s working and what’s not, what’s fast and what’s not, and what their real problems and advantages are.  So enjoy, and be sure to head over to our Youtube playlist for the stopover, don’t forget there are a few more (including an exceptional chat with VOR sail loft manager Nathan Quirk) over on Facebook, and of course you all owe it to yourselves to catch up with the latest and greatest on the Leg 2 thread, though you might want to skip to Page 6…

The Big Show

Mark Covell and play-by-play guy Niall Myant have started feeling their oats in the broadcast booth and I’ll be taking over Knut’s spot on the chase boat along with the incredible Skip Novak for color, but here’s what you really want to know:  It will be BLOWING DOGS OFF CHAINS.  In fact, it already is.  In double fact, it hasn’t stopped since I got off the plane.

Please stay tuned for the team-by-team form guide that’s on its way to you as soon as I can get off the water, and keep your eyes out for the (far too lengthy) analysis of pretty much everything you could want to know about the VOR; 30 hours of air travel on Friday should be just enough time to finish that one.  Live Stream begins at 1750 local time/1550 UTC/1050 EST/0750 PST, and we’ll be online for at least an hour; longer if the near-gale conditions and possibly huge seas will allow.  I can guarantee you one thing: It’s gonna be a hoot.  We’ll change this link to the replay when it’s available, usually a few hours after the end of the broadcast.

The Crush Goes On

Team SCA Skipper Sam Davies may be a  couple of years older than the last time she enthralled me with her brains and skills, but she’s still as open and interesting as ever to chat with.

Pit Boss

At 37 years old, Nick Bice has spent the better part of his adult life on the Volvo, first as a racer and then as a shore manager.  Now he’s running the Boatyard, perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle in the Volvo’s quest for sustainability.  This is an awesome 18 minutes with one of the most charismatic dudes in the game.  Enjoy it.

Race Boss

Grizzled ocean racing and race admin vet Jack Lloyd has already lost part of a finger to this race, but he’s not about to lose any of his teams to pirates.  We get the full story on how the Exclusion Zones work, what military support is available to the fleet, and much more in yet another good chat with yet another guy boiling over with character.

Language Gap

With Iker Martinez heading off to deal with business back home, the French press was left to sort out what happened during MAPFRE’s first-leg implosion.  We grabbed Iker in a romantic spot to get the real deal from him, and as usual, he was an open book. Find out whether Iker and Mich Dej came to blows on the run down the African Coast (spoiler alert- they didn’t).

 

November 18th, 2014

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We’ve all seen it happen, over and over again: A Class/regatta, or area (or judging from sailing’s decline since 1979, the entire country of America) judges the temperature of its customers poorly, and that line between ‘let’s go swap a little gelcoat with great sailors and earn their respect’ and ‘holy crap, I’ll never, ever have the time/money/desire to keep going in this sport’ disappears.  The issue is not simply about well-written and conceived rules, though they help; it’s more about the kind of perception and atmosphere created by the folks running the show.  No Class has more epitomized this struggle than the Melges 24; despite a feverish period in the 2000s when the M24 saw 100+ boat turnouts for the majors and big regional fleets, the NorthAm fleet went into rapid decline beginning about 2009. Escalating costs, difficulty in finding good crew who could hike as long and hard as the pros who absolutely filled the fleet, and distracted marketing from the builder were the culprits, and half a decade later, the Class is seeing a serious resurgence in the boat we’ve always considered to be the world’s most perfect one-design race boat.  Long time Melges performer and now pro crew Sam Rogers explains why.  Joy Dunigan photos with a sweet gallery over here.  World Champ Brian Porter beat Bora Gulari on the final day in a replay of something we feel like we’ve seen at about 10 of these Nationals.  Full reports here.

Where do you find that line between keeping top level pros in a fleet to provide that ultimate challenge, and keeping the average racer happy and engaged?  It certainly depends on the fleet you’re talking about, but there’s no question that for an open class like the Melges 24, the amateur owners and crews are absolutely vital to maintaining a successful fleet – and the overall sport.  Most amateurs want the challenge of sailing with and against the very best, but without the average man/woman making it to the race course, those lines are awfully lonely places.

I’m writing today just after an awesome 31-boat Nationals at Davis Island, FL, to let you know that the US Melges 24 Class seems to have made it through its ‘re-birth’ while really nailing this balance, and without losing its high-performance, grand prix identity.  Nearly a perfect split between open and amateur teams swapping blows over 3 days and 8 races with both overall and Corinthian standings going down to the wire and several all-amateur teams filling out the top ten. Kevin Nixon’s Accru+ entry from Australia took the overall Corinthian trophy and 7th overall, competing with his wife, daughter, son and son’s girlfriend.  Sounds like a perfect weekend getaway to us!

PH-JOY-M24Nationals_267Roger Counihan’s Just Add Water team (Lake Lanier, GA) is a Melges 24 staple, and he finished a solid 3rd Corinthian and 11th overall.  Roger thinks the fleet’s new look is awesome: “The Corinthians by themselves are a very strong fleet, and in every race there are Corinthian teams sticking it to the pros.  There’s nothing better than seeing an America’s Cup sailor or World Champion behind you – those are always great stories for the bar.  At the same time, its great to see what the pros are doing – how are they trimming their jib, where is their traveler, how hard are they soaking.   Plus, as a fan of sailing, watching strong teams full of sailmakers, Olympians, and boat builders go head to head in the same boat we sail is pretty cool.”

Part of the Class’s rebirth is thanks to the early success of the M24, and the big used-boat market that developed as the economy collapsed.  Enterprising sailors in a few unexpected regions scooped up good boats for great prices, the grassroots growth results are now filtering into the traveling/major regatta fleets.  “There are still new sailors picking up competitive starter boats for surprisingly low prices and quickly learning to mix it up,” said Counihan.  ”Our fleet is a tight knit bunch of friends who have sailed on everyone else’s boats, help everyone get better, and hang out off the race course.”

PH-JOY-M24Nationals_188Texas & Gulf Coast District rep Ryan Glaze (Gringo) says it’s important to represent his regional fleet on the national stage.  ”Our performance this past week at (2nd Corinthian, 8th overall) was important to our team, the Gulf Coast District, and to the USMCA.  We proved that you can get an older boat, put used sails on it, and be competitive with a good team of amateurs.  There are a lot of good sailors out there that would like to race the M24 but might be turned away by the costs. However, over the past couple of years, we have seen more teams in our district take a similar approach to ours; purchasing an older used boat, giving it a little TLC, and putting together a core group as your team.”

Through the ebb and flow of fleet growth in the 20 year history of the Melges 24 class and a stronger than usual used boat market, attracting a balanced mix of amateur and pro teams seems to have reach an equilibrium, and the spirit of the class has been renewed. Along with the solid turnout the Nationals, there was a strong sense of community with every sailor leaving with something. With a well attended class debrief led by some of the classes best-regarded pro and amateur helms (Porter, Gulari, Kullman, Madrigali), and an owners’ meeting that highlighted the recent growth in the class and previewed a solid 2015/16 schedule (featuring the 2015 Nationals at the awesome Gorge in late August and the 2016 worlds being narrowed down to a location in South Florida) the Melges 24 may be blazing a new trail as a model for successful One-Design fleet growth, just as it did over 20 years ago.

And it’s still quite a bit faster than all the 20-something production sporties that have come since…

 

November 18th, 2014

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Somewhere in the Baltic Sea. One of the coolest shots we’ve seen for awhile. Props to Anarchist Kaspars.

 

November 18th, 2014

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Big Boat Breaking News

ran away1We’re sad to report that Niklas Zennstrom has pulled the plug on one of the most successful offshore racing teams of the past decade.  Both of Zennstrom’s new Rán boats - the mini-maxi and the 52 – will go into the shed for a couple of years.

The good news is that it ain’t permanent, and we understand that it’s not a healthy, family, or judicial issue…in fact, it’s all about opportunities.  Our sources tell us Niklas’s extremely active tech startup investment company requires a lot of his time right now, and that means getting off the sailing circuit and into the board room.   Judging on Zennstrom’s past business performances, we imagine he’ll be back soon…and with even more money to blow on his hobby.  And judging on his team’s success, most recently winning class in the Middle Sea Race last month, ex-Rán sailors won’t have a tough time finding work…

Tell Rán to come back to racing on their Facebook Page.

 

November 18th, 2014

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Big puff  at our local club y.c.Orsan regatta! -Anarchist Ivo.

 

November 17th, 2014

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pip 1The final conclusion to my 2014 Route du Rhum race was played out over the weekend when the international jury heard my protest against the boat that was involved in the collision with me during the first night of the race, 142 La Conservateur. In the collision spreaders were pulled sideways through the mast creating a crack 3/4 of the way around the circumference of the mast, even though I managed to get boat back to Roscoff in Northern France without the mast falling down there saving further damage to the boat or my new sails! However the mast did break in half later when it was removed from the boat.

There is never a happy conclusion for all parties when the incident is decided by a protest committee. Initially I was hesitant to protest Yannick as although I felt sure he was in the wrong, I knew how hard it is to get to the start of races like this. After a long debate I filed a protest against Yannick for the collision. On Saturday the 15th the Jury claimed the protest invalid. Then the Jury filed a protest against Yannick on 142 and me on 52. On Saturday evening we had a conference call to hear the protest. The Juries conclusion is that Yannick has a time penalty of 24 hours once he has finished the race.

I am very happy that Yannick is still racing and doing so well. He is currently in 4th place with only 770nm to go to the finish in Guadeloupe. I hope that maybe we will be at the start and finish of 2018.

Now I will put the disappointment of my 2014 RDR that only lasted for 12 hours behind me. On the plus side I have learnt so much during the build up of this campaign and had fantastic group of people helping me, I know it will be a struggle again to raise money but the RDR is a fantastic race. I now plan to be on the start line of 2018 RDR but more importantly to be at the Finish!!! - Phillippa Hutton-Squire.

 

November 17th, 2014

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Remember Kiwi skipper AJ Reid, skipper of the ill-fated and now very waterlogged J/111 Django, which sank on delivery after the Auckland-Fiji Race?  As we mentioned in September, Reid is building a brand new Bakewell-White rocket ship at Yachting Developments, and he sent us a note this morning about her progress.

“Hiya Clean, you’ll be amused to know that the new boat is called Anarchy!  Check out our Facebook Page for updates on the build, and yes, you’re welcome aboard even though you’re clearly bad luck!”

Big thanks to sailing/adventure photojourno Jen Edney for a little last second photoshop work, and head over here to see her latest work from the VOR in Cape Town.

 

November 17th, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 12.25.45 PMAcapulco is where the rich and famous used to go play with yachts, and there’s even still a little racing in the once-great venue.  But if we see more ultra-violent protests like the one that shut down almost the entire town last week, the once-great resort will definitely join the ‘no-sail’ list for cruisers and racers up and down the Pacific Coast.

The protests are an emotional response to a horrible, government-involved mass murder of students in one of the world’s most corrupt countries, and anyone who misses the wonderful place Acapulco once was may shed a nostalgic tear when reading about the horrible situation – read about it here.

 

November 17th, 2014

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The same godawful arctic hell that led to the second-coldest winter in recorded history and the longest iced-over period ever for the Great Lakes is back, and with an icy skin making its debut on Lake Superior a full ten days earlier than last year, we could be seeing a historic winter for much of the Midwest.  Stay warm, and check this piece from ABC News for some infographics on the solidifying situation.

 

November 17th, 2014

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Mr. Clean will surely give us the blow by blow report of the VOR Pro Am race from today as soon as he posts bail, but in the meantime, here’s s great shot of the start from Trevor Wilkins, with more here. Race was won by Team SCA.

 

November 16th, 2014

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Will Ian Walker get back on form and run away with the Cape Town In-Port Race? When Bouwe told the press that he didn’t take the in-port seriously, was he serious? Will the girls start showing their talent? What happens when you sail a VO65 with just 7 crew? And most importantly, will Knut Frostad throw Mr. Clean in the water during their on-water commentary together?

Find all this out and more with a couple of hours of beautiful racing in the shadow of Table Mountain.  And don’t forget about the Leg 2 Start this coming Wednesday, when you can listen to Clean and the team once again as the fleet heads off for some Soouthern Ocean fun. That’s 19 November at 1750 local/1550 GMT/1050 EST/0750 PST.

UPDATE: Thanks for your patience. We’re not happy with this delay at all and we can say confidently it’ll be a lot faster next time. I’ll have my thoughts on the race and some more inside news and gossip over the next few days as the Leg 2 Start approaches. Thread or Facebook for it.

November 15th, 2014

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Seascapes 27 flocked south to join Croatian Offshore classics The Jabuka race. Racing in their own class for the second year gathered 7 crews from around the Europe. Probably the craziest is the Norwegian crew of Tor Hove and Lars Peter Karlsen which drove 2500 km from Oslo to Zadar on Wednsday, will do the race today and drive back with their boat on Saturday! This pic is from the nightime start!

Online updates of the race progress and preparation are here.

 

November 14th, 2014

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Clean Report

It was nearly ten years ago when I did my first on-assignment interview for Sailing Anarchy; an interview with then-skipper of Movistar, Bouwe Bekking.  Three weeks later, Movistar sank, but Bouwe is brave and I’m going aboard Brunel with him today for the practice race, but not before posting this interview with the Dutch ocean racer.  Check out this link for ten minutes with another bald icon, Ian Walker, and be sure to hit the Leg 2  thread with any questions you have for me.

And be sure to watch the In-Port Race tomorrow starting at 1350 local time/1150 GMT/0650 EST.

 

November 14th, 2014

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