Another sucky light air Newport to Ensenada Race at least had a pretty amazing battle for first to finish monohull. Know the players?
April 25th, 2015
The world governing body for sailing, ISAF, is threatening to move events for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics out of the city’s polluted Guanabara Bay unless “a whole lot more is done very quickly” to clear the site of floating debris and sewage.
Wow, what a bold step. Any idiot could have, and would have said this months and months and months ago…-ed.
April 25th, 2015
Putting his shoulder into it at the ISAF World Cup Hyères. Tons more shots from Christophe Launay right here.
April 25th, 2015
The G4 ‘Wipeout’ video has already racked up some 330,000 views in less than a week, well on its way to million-view status. But I barely had time to enjoy it last week before Gunboat Marketing chief Lauren Bataille sent me a text message.
“Still coming?” she wrote of my already-booked trip to Antigua for some G4 racing at Sailing Week.
Maybe I’m crazy, but watching a sweet 30-knot run segue into a gentle capsize didn’t make me nervous; in fact, it had the opposite effect, and sitting here at Newark airport waiting for a connection to Antigua, I find myself watching that video over and over again. What would I do? Where would I hang on? Do I really want to find out?
My answer remains as it was in my response to Lauren. “Hell f*&^ing yes!”
My seven-months pregnant wife always knows how to cut to the chase. “If she flips, be sure it wasn’t your fault,” was her first directive. “Oh, and wear a helmet. And have fun.” That part should be no problem at all.
Got questions about the interior, the exterior, the foils, the stove, the capsize, the electrical system…or anything else? Well, so do we. Plant yours in the G4 thread (without being a dick) and we’ll try to get an answer for you. Keep an eye in the forum, on the front page, and especially on SA Facebook for video and pics from Antigua.
April 25th, 2015
We’ve been following young Ben Hartnett for a couple of years now, and this 18-year old university student from Southeast Oz is well on his way to becoming the next big talent in sailing video. He shot this tasty big-wave video at Sandringham Yacht Club with three boats training under Victorian Institute of Sport Geoff Woolley. He told us more about the shot:
We were just in a rib and because the waves were so big we were completely soaked after 2 minutes of filming. About 5 minutes into the shoot my main camera (canon 7d) copped a full wave and well. That was the end of that camera’s life. But luckily I had the gopro to use for the rest of the time on the water.
April 24th, 2015
This looks pretty nasty, but they got it together at the the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series, even if the races got cancelled! Photos thanks to Alex McKinnon.
April 24th, 2015
We’ve been telling you for months that Russell Coutts is funding a Japanese entry for the next America’s Cup, and the Independent has the confirmation this morning that another
commercially viable backer of the world’s wealthiest men has joined the fray for AC35. Banker Masoyashi Son and his Kansai Yacht Club (to include Dean Barker at or near the helm). Like Franck Cammas’ team, the Japanese will be subsidized by Coutts’ and his designers. With Artemis and Ben Ainslue Racing having allied themselves against the ETNZ/Luna Rossa bloc on every issue, it appears that the Coutts and Ellison plan to kill off everything historic about the AC is just about complete. The funded but always-underperforming Artemis anchors a group of ‘little sisters’ to Coutts’ team, including Team Ben, Oracle Team France and Oracle Team Japan. With Coutts having done everything he could to land in Bermuda while screwing all American fans, the AC Anarchy forumites have already dubbed the Coutts team “Oracle Team British Overseas Territory”, or OTBOT. We agree.
Meanwhile, Russell Coutts continues to defend himself on Facebook like some mentally deranged person in the SA forums; to paraphrase; “Watch me bring in Japan – they’re even bigger than Luna Rossa!” We are frankly amazed that he is even allowed to speak in public, but with Larry old and sick, there’s literally no one left to reign in King Rusty.
Out in the wilderness, Emirates Team New Zealand awaits as the sole challenger with a real America’s Cup history. The fight for AC35 will be a fight not only for the Cup, but a real quest, with actual good guys and at least one actual bad guy. He wears black.
April 24th, 2015
April 23rd, 2015
…and two to take him. Take a look at the awesomeness of the AC! The Potential Economic Impact report looks like it has a lot of, um, potential. Hmmm, we’re not seeing much about how ‘Frisco took it in the shorts last time.
But we’ll keep looking…sure we will. Happy reading.
April 23rd, 2015
Just about perfect for a caption contest, no?
April 22nd, 2015
It’s not much of a secret any more, but we might as well let you in on the news that Key West Race Week will be back on the schedule for 2016, thanks to a group of Storm Trysail Club vets and run by St. Thomas YC’s Bill Canfield.
Add this news to the various efforts sprouting throughout Florida to race to Cuba and/or rekindle the SORC, and we come to one conclusion: South Florida’s big boat racing scene might well be on the road to the kind of recovery that one-designs have already seen in Miami, Pensacola, and Davis Island.
We’re quite sure Key West is capable of being re-ignited, and we know Bill is smart enough to make it happen. We also know the STC runs a damned good regatta up in Block Island. That said, this ain’t an easy one; it’s going to take an awful lot of hard work to bring life and credibility back to a regatta that spent the last decade throwing it all away.
Canfield runs one of the most respected regattas in the Caribbean, though he hasn’t been immune from the down numbers and sponsor flight seen throughout the caribbean over the past few years. The STC continues to flirt with success, but many of their southern efforts have fallen flat.
There are two things Canfield and his crew have going for them. The first is the astonishing pent-up demand of sailors looking to go to Cuba, and the end of KW Race Week is the perfect excuse to race to Havana. If the STC can lock up a Cuba Race (there are now three different groups exploring such a race in 2015/16), it will be a huge boon to Key West racing. The second tool they have to grow the event is the fact that several high-profile classes really want to race it – classes like the TP52, GC32, and similar – though we think this doesn’t really help a more general regatta at all, and could in fact hurt it.
We expect an announcement from the new organizers soon, and the way they do it will give us all a clue on whether it will succeed. Is it the same old crap, from the same old players? Or is it something new from a group that understands the world we live in today?
We sure do hope it is the latter. America needs a great January regatta, and there aren’t that many places as good as Key West.
April 22nd, 2015
When Sperry signed on to be a part of Sailing Anarchy’s year-long media World Tour of some of the most interesting events in our sport, we had no mysteries about why. “You guys ooze the kind of passion that Sperry was founded on, and we want to help you share it with the world,” said Dave, one of their marketing bosses.
That’s the easy answer; there is a deeper, more painful answer to ‘why?’ – and it’s the reason Sailing Anarchy has been the world’s best sailing website for the past decade. Because this is not our job; it is our life, and without sailing, there’s a good chance that the folks who run the place wouldn’t be alive today.
So click the player above and learn what sailing means. To us at SA, to Petey behind the lens, to our sponsors, to our friends, but most importantly, to all the folks who do whatever it takes to bring the next generation to this lifesaving sport.
April 22nd, 2015
Sure, we’d prefer less clothes, but we like it! Jesus Renedo shooting sexy Olympic sailors in Hyeres, before the sailing world cup.
April 21st, 2015
There surely must be something behind this level of whining. Why tout all the effort “marketing and promoting” about this regatta, then attack someone who did nothing but help to promote it? Whatever, it is incredibly lame. No wonder this sport can’t get out of it’s own way…
As Fleet Captain at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, I am responsible for the organization, planning, and execution of over 40 sailing events we host during the year. The Baldwin Cup is one of the premier events NHYC hosts during the year and it takes considerable time, effort, and expense to put on such a comprehensive event. One of the areas where we spend considerable time and money is the marketing and promotion of the Baldwin Cup – which includes our PR / communications team, photographers, bloggers, graphic designers, and video production and editing professionals.
After receiving the e-mail / newsletter from WD Schock titled “Best Baldwin Yet”, I was surprised to see such significant inclusion of the NHYC owned and copyright protected promotional materials inside of your corporate promotion.
Can you please refer me to the individual(s) from NHYC who authorized WD Schock to use these materials and the contract where this agreement was executed??
If no such agreement is available, can you please remove the NHYC / Baldwin Cup copyrighted materials from your promotional campaigns and provide a documented apology to our writers, photographers, and videographers for this breech of use?
Finally, the Baldwin Cup is a private / invitational event intended for the racing participants and the invited guests of the Organizing Authority (NHYC). All the non-racing hospitality and social functions are invitation only events. In the future, please be sure you are included in the invitations for the specific events before arriving unexpectedly.
Thank you for your attention to these matters,
John K. Fuller
2015 Fleet Captain – NHYC
April 21st, 2015
Love this shot from Christophe Launay at the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2015 – Hyères. Tons more right here.
April 21st, 2015
Mark Chisnell reports for B&G today with his first report on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15…
“It was a very slow start from Itajai, but Leg 6 is now well and truly underway with the fleet heading upwind into freshening conditions. MAPFRE hold a narrow lead, but there’s a long way to go to Newport. Mark Chisnell looks at the opening couple of days and what lies ahead.” Read on.
April 21st, 2015
Renaud Laplanche, co-skipper Ryan Breymaier and the crew of the 105’ trimaran Lending Club 2 have established a new world sailing speed record for the 635-nautical mile course from Castle Hill Lighthouse, in Newport, Rhode Island, to Kitchen Shoal Beacon in Bermuda. The new record, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), is 23 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds at an average speed of 27 knots. It was only four days ago that the WSSRC ratified Lending Club 2’s record-setting passage of early April from Cowes to Dinard (across the English Channel) to confirm their place in the sailing record books; Guinness World Records has also confirmed that they will include the record. That 138-nautical mile passage, at an average speed of 26.36 knots, was completed in 5 hours and 15 minutes – 8 minutes faster than the previous record which had stood since 2002. We ran five question by Ryan about this latest triumph…
SA: What was the biggest challenge in this record run?
RB: The biggest challenge was finding the right time to take the start and we were pretty worried about having light air leaving Newport. We were concerned about whether we could trust the forecast or whether we’d get stuck drifting in no breeze just off the coast. Fortunately the conditions were as advertised in that it was light until five or six miles offshore and then from there we found the breeze we were looking for. We managed to cover the first miles in about 45 minutes before picking up speed and getting the boat properly on its way.
SA: What did you learn about the boat?
RB: We learned that the boat really needs flat water. This was reinforced more than ever during the Cowes to Dinard record. We didn’t take enough heed to the advice of looking for flat water and we set off in reasonably big waves but thankfully we got the record anyway. This time we spent a lot more time looking for the right wave conditions and sailed in very flat water, except for the Gulf Stream. It made a huge difference and in the same breeze and same wind angle we found ourselves with 3 or 4 more knots more boat speed. This bodes well for the Transpac.
SA: What there an OMG moment.
RB: I think Renaud will agree that the OMG moment was when he realized he was driving the boat at 40+ knots. He always knew the boat was fast and he’s a good driver but when he got it really lit up he had a huge smile on his face. Anyone driving a boat this big and powerful is quickly having a serious OMG moment.
SA: How much did you drive?
RB: In 23 hours I probably drove 4.5/5 hours. We have a crew who can all drive and so everyone does drive. We’re only 7 sailors so its important to be polyvalent and it promotes equality, we all do everything and we all get to have a piece of the fun. I think this is the best way to be and it works very well onboard.
SA: What is the most difficult aspect of the new boat?
RB: There are two things that are really difficult with this boat. The first is getting it on and off the dock! We’re getting used to it now but luckily our shore team are all really good RIB drivers and we had to quickly get well coordinated to keep things under control, even in light air. The second thing that is just life onboard other than sailing. The boat shakes so much you can hardly keep your balance and with the speed you have to be constantly bracing yourself, it makes going for a piss a fun experience. Quin our media guy has had to get special housing for his gear after taking a serious hosing the first time he came sailing, said it was like trying to shoot in a steam bath.
Its an amazing experience being let loose with a machine like this and we’re really looking forward to hitting more top speeds on the west coast in a month or so. Before we go we’ve got a couple more weeks in Newport, our team has an open house ethic so anyone who wants to come and check out the boat is more than welcome. We’re leaving Bermuda in an hour, so we should be there by lunch on Wednesday
Otherwise, see you in San Francisco!
April 20th, 2015
One of the funniest things we’ve seen in a long time. Nice work by Anarchist hoppy. Jump in the thread here.
April 20th, 2015
Despite light to moderate breeze and a noticeable lack of bikini weather, the 20th Anniversary of Sperry Charleston Race Week proved that CRW is not only here to stay, but that it is one of the most important regattas for sailing in America.
It’s not just the fact that so many serious racers gather here every year; the event seems to attract just about everyone in the sailing industry, and Randy Draftz and CORA are constantly chasing ways to make CRW more modern, more progressive and more fun. Sailing Anarchy first partnered with the organizers an incredible 9 years ago, and we consider ourselves privileged to have been a part of what a few friends and sailing coaches started back in ’96, and what CORA, the now-defunct SC Maritime Foundation, Randy Draftz, and a crowd of some of the most enthusiastic volunteers and sponsors in the world have built: America’s must-do regatta.
We almost always avoid annoying you with press releases, but in this case, we’re making an exception, because you all wanna know what happened in Charleston, and because I spent hours with Sperry Charleston Race Week Comms officer Dan Dickison and John Casey helping to write and edit an entire story about it. Besides, it’s my goddamned birthday, and I need a nap. And it’s not like you can’t find out what really happened from the hundreds of awesome Sander Van Der Borch and Brian Carlin photos or hours of as-live streamed video and highlight reels and interviews from Petey Crawford.
So if you really want to know the down and dirty details, comb through on the CRW Facebook Page or head over to the Sperry Sailing Anarchy World Tour posts on our own Facebook Page and be sure to give yourself some time. But other than a quick note of thanks to everyone at CORA and the CRW as well as our team of Mer, Petey, Morgan, JC, Sander and Brian here’s a summary of the event, the way we saw it.
With an early start time, a moderate but consistent breeze from the Southeast, and a ripping tide pouring out of Charleston Harbor, overall victory and podium finishes were up for grabs through most of the 2015 Sperry Charleston Race Week fleet. Unlike Saturday, and early breeze meant three short, intense races in some classes and two in others, allowing a few teams to sew up runaway victories and a few more to make late runs to the top of the leaderboard in the quest for 20th Anniversary silver.
Charleston is immensely proud of its local university sailing team, and College of Charleston Sailing Team Captain Chase Shaw showed why in the J/22 Class. Shaw and his CofC crew reveled in the fast outgoing tide on Sunday, grabbing two bullets and holding off a late charge from US Sailing President Tom Hubbell aboard Air Force One. Hubbell said he’d never had an easier time entering a regatta. “You call up the College, they charter the boat to you, you jump in a plane, show up on the dock, and go race one-design at Charleston Race Week. Could it be any easier?” said Hubbell, whose team finished just 3 points behind Shaw. The J/22 Class also featured the Warrior Sailing Team, entirely crewed and helmed by wounded and disabled military veteran and managed by Charleston professional sailor Ben Poucher. “Sailing with these guys against a fully able-bodied fleet was something we’d been relishing, and watching them put everything they have into it was pretty awesome,” said Poucher. The Warriors grabbed 8th out of 9th entries. “It was a victory in every way,” Poucher said.
14 year old Kyle Gamble and My Sharona shocked the until-then very tight J/111 fleet with three bullets on Sunday, giving them the easy win despite a hard week. “We just sailed clean and fast and it’s great to have days like that,” said Gamble, whose father George steers their Pensacola-based boat.
Lone Mexican entry Flojito y Cooperando earned their first Charleston Race Week win with a runaway performance in the stacked 83-boat J/70 Class. But it still wasn’t an easy day for them, despite their dominance. “With the black flag up and the current pushing us over the line, starting was nerve racking, said tactician Bill Hardesty, one of the most successful American one-design sailors of the decade. “We started in the second row a couple of times, and luckily we had the speed to work our way forward.”
Also in the J/70s, Jud and Lindsay Smith on Africa stole a brilliant penultimate race win, setting up a final battle with Oslo, Normandy’s Eivind Astrup and his Norwegian team on Norwegian Steam. Smith found himself stuck in traffic on a crowded port-tack layline, while Astrup judged the speedy ebb current perfectly, sweeping around the final mark in first place and extending to the victory. “It all came together at the right time, and now that we know the currents, we’ll come back as locals,” joked the skipper – just before singing “Happy Birthday” in Norwegian to celebrate Race Week’s 20th.
The final race of the Melges 24 Class was a nailbiter, but in the end, perennial top helmsman and past Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion Bruce Ayres (Monsoon, Newport Beach, CA) stayed patient despite a spirited attack from College of Charleston junior Ryan Davidson aboard Battle Rhythm; Ayres and Davidson traded leads on the beat, with a luffing battle on the final run allowing Norway’s Jens Altern Wathne (Bergen, Norway) to slip to leeward and take the final race win of the week. Ayres finished less than 10 seconds behind Davidson, tying the two on points, with Monsoon winning on the tiebreak – it was Ayres second-straight win in the Melges 24 Class at Sperry Charleston Race Week. Wathne’s win vaulted him into first place in the Corinthian (Amateur) division, with Australian entry ACCRU losing the top spot after having just gained it. It may be decades since ACCRU skipper Kevin Nixon won his 18-foot skiff World Title on Sydney Harbour, and his crew consists of his wife and three children rather than two huge watermen, but the intense Aussie says he and his family knows they need to come back in 2016 to prove the Aussies can beat not only the Americans, but the Scandinavians as well. “It’s a point of pride,” he said. Both Wathne and Nixon agree that next year’s event should be a big one for the Melges 24 Class. “Charleston and the Melges 24 have a long history together, and with the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds coming back to the states for the November Miami Worlds, Charleston marks the real beginning of the workup to what should be a very big Worlds,” said Wathne.
Only one point separated the top two teams at the start of the final race in the Melges 20 National Championship fleet. Midnight Blue performed under pressure, winning the final race with blinding downwind speed. Richard Davies’ Section 16 took second spot for the second time in Charleston, with third place Tom Kassberg on Flygfisk edging out Brazilian team Portobello, who spent much of the week in first place – until it really mattered. Both Portobello and Flygfisk found themselves in a dying breeze on the final leg, and deep in the fleet, the throwouts came into play. According to Kassberg, “We were consistent throughout the week, so it felt good to have a cushion if we needed to throw out the last race.”
In the Viper 640 fleet Jason Carroll’s Argo didn’t need the final race for a win, but 2nd and 3rd were still undecided. Zeke Horowitz on Jenny won his second race in a row to edge out Tumbling Dice by five points for second.
21-boat J/24 class also had a tight podium with local racer Scott McCormack (Mt. Pleasant, SC) and his Giggity playing the ebb perfectly today to jump ahead of favorite Tony Parker aboard Bangor Packet. Pipe Dream was only four points out of second place with a very steady score line.
Tohidu skipper Jay Cook won in two big ways this week; the lifelong Charleston sailor and longtime supporter of Sperry Charleston Race Week sailed with sons Adam and Travis together for the first time in more than 5 years, something Cook said ‘was one of the best surprises I’ve ever had.’ The Cooks and the longtime friends crewing their Beneteau 423 couldn’t repeat her 2006 class victory, finishing in 10th place in the Pursuit Class, and Jay didn’t expect to spend any time on the trophy stage, making the crowd’s long and strong cheers all the more powerful when Cook was called up to receive the elegant wood-and-glass Jubilee Award for Sportsmanship. Cook’s tireless volunteerism and never-ending generosity in support of the Charleston sailing community are legendary in the community; an award well deserved.
After top-secret calculations to determine the winners in the most competitive classes in the regatta, Randy Draftz announced that Robin Team and his family-crewedTeamwork had won the historic and beautiful Palmetto Cup for the top PHRF performance of the regatta. It marks an incredible 3rd overall win in Charleston, something the Teams say they want to try to add their name to the perpetual trophy again next year.
To no one’s surprise, the Melges 20 National Championship fleet claims the trophy for the winner in the most competitive one-design fleet, with Long Island’s Jason Michas and Midnight Blue etching their names on the Charleston Race Week Cup. Michas adds it to his new title of US National Champion.
In the Pursuit Class, Charleston-based Jamie Walker and his crew on board Walker’s Swan 56 Azura were celebrating with smiles at the awards party. They didn’t see the kind of breezes this heavier boat really requires, but nonetheless finished well enough to secure third overall. “Despite the lighter winds, this event is always fun and it’s really spectacular. Fun is one of our principal goals. For us, it’s safety No. 1, fun No. 2, and then results No. 3. But I’m really fortunate to have a crew that comes from Charleston, England, Germany and Boston. We’re pretty multicultural actually.” Walker said he loves and hates the Pursuit Class. “It’s so frustrating to sit there and watch all those other boats start ahead of us, but once you’re racing, it’s an absolute blast.”
Hank Stewart, the PRO on the most populous racing circle – the 83-boat J/70 course – was relieved and pleased at the end of the day. “I’ve never worked with the fleet split system that we used here (to orchestrate the large number of boats in this class), but it worked really well. I think the tight competition proves it works,” he said. Stuart says his volunteers and Race Week staff provided terrific support for the Race Committee, but emphasized that he “gives a lot of credit to the competitors. I think across all the classes at the event, the sailors were very gracious, particularly in showing such patience on Saturday when we had that lengthy postponement. And, at least on our course, it was worth the wait because we had two of the best contests of the event that day.”
April 20th, 2015
This could not be a better look at how the new G4 tipped over!
April 19th, 2015