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Both Charleston Race Week and the Volvo Itajai In-Port Race are suffering from the same light air problems.  We’re assured the VOR will go live – wind or no wind – around 1 PM EST, though Clean and the team in Charleston will hold off their live one-design sportboat coverage until (and if) the breeze fills in on the harbor.  Clicky, clicky.

Itajai In-Port Race

Charleston Race Week Day Two Action

 

April 18th, 2015

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Drizzle doesn’t dampen the mood for Charleston Race week. It didn’t stop the ridiculous Sperry/Sailing Anarchy party last night, and racing commenced on time and on pace today. Under dark morning clouds, an eight knot northwesterly greeted the inside fleet and held enough to get high quality racing in. And what’s Charleston Race Week without current. The ebb was flowing hard today, with teams jockeying for shallow water position all day. Who played it the best?

It’s not Cinco de Mayo yet, but the J/70 Mexican team Flojito Y Cooperando helmed by Julian Fernandez celebrated early with two bullets today to set themselves apart in this talent laden fleet. Elvind Astrup’s Norwegian Steam stayed consistent with a 1, 6, 5 to hold on to an early second. The top and only US team currently on the J/70 podium is Joel Ronning’s Catapult. Since there are 78 J/70s racing in four separate fleets, the points add up quick and the scores are really close with eight boats tied in one way or another in the top 15. The fleets will be reset tomorrow for more qualifying racing.

Continuing the south of the border but north of the fleet tone, the lone Brazilian Melges 20 entry, Portabello, led by Cesar Gomes Neto, threw down some spicy upwind skills to keep ahead of Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis by three points. Midnight Blue sailed well in today’s darker conditions to keep it tight on the podium, behind second by only one point. Only eight points separate the top six in this wide-open class.

Guy Mossman’s name is on the Melges 24 score sheet, but he’s mending a broken hand from a ‘being a nice guy’ moment.  Lesson: Don’t punch a fighting pit bull in the head. In his place on Battle Rhythm is Will van Cleefe, who earned a four point lead today over Brent McKenzie on Ex-Kahn, followed closely by Bruce Ayres on Monsoon.

Watch the full replay of all the live racing action here, and if the wind ever fills in, we’ll have Saturday’s racing for you on this page.

© Sander van der BorchBrian Carlin photo of the sexy C&C 30 and the rest of PHRF A offshore, and seriously big, badass galleries from Brian and Sander Van Der Borch are over here.

And the Team Vestas Wind award goes to Christian Koppernaes in the VX-One fleet, who took the ‘short tack the shore’ move a little too far.  Sander Van Der Borch photo.

Results after day one here, and of course a huge thanks to our friends at Sperry for making SA’s extended coverage of Charleston’s action.

-John Casey

 

April 18th, 2015

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Maxi-trimaran “Lending Club 2″ is in the starting blocks for the Newport to Bermuda Record

In 2000 Steve Fossett and the mighty Playstation covered the 635 mile course in 38 hours 15 years ago and we’re aiming on cutting it down to at least 28 hours, if not less. Ideal conditions for us are moderate reaching breeze (15-20 knot) with not too big waves so we can get this beast going fast but not out of control. With a crew of just 7 it takes all we’ve got to manage the 850+ square metre sail-plan and keep the boat at 100% of its polars.

This weekend is showing an ideal departure time between late tonight and Sunday morning so its code green and we’re ready to head out. We’ve got a tracker on the boat so you can follow us live with updates every 15 minutes and it will be continuous at the end.

We’ll also be posting photos and videos to the FB page when we can.

We’ll be coming back to Newport after Bermuda so anyone who hasn’t had time this week, but still wants to see the boat is welcome to come on down to the Shipyard and help wash off the salt. Same goes for anyone in Bermuda, keep an eye on the tracker and come and say Hi when we get there! As always, thanks to our technical partners : Marlow Ropes, Guy Cotten foul weather gear, Under Water Kinetics technical equipment, Great Circle weather data analysis, Events Clothing and Switlik Survival Equipment. – Ryan Breymaier.

 

April 18th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 6.54.23 AMIf we’re talking about foilers vs. floaters and record-breaker monohulls vs. the rest of the world, we must be talking about Saint Barth, and outright World Sailing Speed Record holder and longtime SA’er Paul “Larso” Larsen checks in from the ORMA-60 inspired racer/cruiser Paradox at Les Voiles.  Most of the chatter from St. Barths can be found here.

It was an interesting day with a wide range of conditions. Big, heavy rain squalls coming over the island on the preceding night with big calmish periods afterwards.  We put the Code Zero on the boat in the morning in prep. Another big squall washed over the fleet during the start sequences for the first classes (we were last off after the big Maxis).

Loick Peyron sailed on Phaedo today, but with big wind shifts and start line corrections, her timed run didn’t really work out. They haven’t really appreciated our “high mode” off the line previously so we considered that with Loick potentially changing their gentle start strategy (and with their handicap and speed they can afford to be gentle), I was worried they might try and get under us and squeeze us out at the start. Loick helmed our first start masterfully the other day… so full respect ( he’s done some other s**t too, apparently).  Anyway, they were miles late.

We started mid line on a fairly even line and were happy with clean air and options. The chartered GB62 Elvis [world champ owner Jason Carroll is racing his Viper 640 in Charleston -ed] made a good start to leeward of us and we had the GC32 and G4 back and to windward. Phaedo tacked off once across the line and took a long beat out to sea (East) whilst we went in towards the island shore. I think we did pretty well to ride through the lulls and gusts. We sailed over the GC and the G4…which are just not that fast upwind yet. I fully respect the challenges of Mk1 development and I’m really enjoying watching this one done to this high level. It seems like it’s being sailed very well. Putting it around a course not of your choosing really highlights the reality of the compromises though. The fact is, your dragging a lot of excess up the course with you. We had full main hull-flying conditions up the shore from time to time (not so easy on Paradox i.e. 19-20 knots) which were followed by 10 knot lumpy stuff trying to lay the top of the island. We weren’t that far behind Phaedo when they hit the layline but they just tear chunks out of us when it gets lighter. They are two tons lighter with much more sail area and are only getting better and better with the tools.  Things even up a little more as it gets stronger (handicap wise at least).

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 7.06.17 AMWe had managed to also put good distance between us and the GC (which was sailing under full rig today). I think Elvis may have been ahead of the G4 on this part of the race. The next short reach had us debating whether to hoist the zero or stay with the solent and peel straight to the big gennaker at the corner. We chose the latter but hated the short period sailing undercanvassed. We chased down “Lucky” on the next downwind, but it took a while in a light spot.  The GC joined us on the leg, promptly jumping onto foils and sailing away from us faster and deeper on a long starboard gybe. We sailed against two of the quick foilers in last years RTIsland race and we know how quick they can be! We were sailing pretty clean but they gracefully sailed through. We couldn’t even see who was fourth.

On the following beat we were still in touch with the GC, past Lucky and chasing Lupa. We got to watch the G4 heading downwind. It looked like hard work in the marginal foiling conditions (i.e. sailing whatever angles it takes and trying everything to get on the foils). It wasn’t a good day for a heavy foiling boat!  We rounded the next mark still behind the GC and cracked off onto a tight reach which turned into more of a beam reach. The wind had finally returned so that we had full foil down and could sit around 20-23 knots. We caught up and passed the GC pretty quickly… but it was obvious they had some problem on port tack. They should have been smoking us, but were still lowriding.  Anyway… as they say in the classics… “stiff s**t”:)

So we pushed on, rounded the island further and went to the big gennaker/staysail combo. The GC came around the corner, gybed onto starboard and sure enough… popped onto the foils and took off again. We could see Bella Mente parked up in the distance and knew the race was far from over. There was one mark to round before the 3/4 mile or so beat up to the line. It all looked very light and random in there so we stood offshore.

The GC had overtaken us again and the big Swan Odin had somehow managed to slide down the inside gifted by it’s own personal breeze. We stayed away from the mass of boats as we sailed from one swirl of wind and velocity header to the next. Somehow we rounded the mark just ahead of most of them and then fought our way upwind finally using the 0 in anything from 5-15 knots of wind. After a long period in those super light and fickle conditions we knew the handicap was a lottery but were very happy with the way we sailed through the bunch to claim our own little victory. The GC was a wounded bird so no big conclusions can be drawn there. Phaedo is in another league and I have no idea what they experienced at the finish. Elvis sailed very well and the G4 was a long way back. The G4 really is an interesting boat… so was the Hobie/Ketterman tri-foiler. I’m glad both of them exist. So basically, there was a lot of randomness on todays course. It’s a great course and event and a very interesting collection of boats. I’m very much enjoying sailing on Paradox. She’s a great ride.

-Paul

 

April 18th, 2015

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The girls are pretty darn good in the VOR in-port races, can they keep it up? Awesome shot by Rick Tomlinson.

 

April 17th, 2015

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large-photo-1You say you’ve got the classic yawl bug? Oh do we have the boat for you then!  A 1961 Concordia Yawl 39′ Wood Sailboat “Dame of Sark” that will be auctioned on April 29, 2015 @ 1PM @ the Dodson Boatyard – 194 Water St., Stonington, CT.

Continually maintained by Dodson Boatyard since 1991 to the highest standards, DAME OF SARK has been completely rebuilt since 1995 and had the definitive Concordia refit in 2000-01. DAME OF SARK (hull #86) was built in 1961 at Abeking and Rasmussen Shipyard, Lemwerder, Germany (originally incorporating laminated oak frames that were stronger than the unsuccessful steam bent frames of earlier Concordias).

This might be a hell of an opportunity!  Click here for full details

 

April 17th, 2015

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MAPFRE was penalized two points in the Volvo Ocean Race. Some say they should have been disqualified, some say they didn’t do anything to make the boat faster, so why penalize them at all?

What’s the all the fuss about? Jump in right here to find out.

 

April 17th, 2015

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Too many stories, too many Dark’n Stormies, and too many competitors to keep track of, the 20th anniversary of Sperry Charleston Race Week sets another attendance record as the spring classic inches towards 300 boats.  This year they’ll squeeze yet another sportboat class in with the VX-One, with 10 boats signed up for their first year at the event.  It’s also Melges 20 Nationals and several other championships, but the monster fleet is again the J/70, with 80 and change on the split lines.  That’s 230 boats or so racing in a harbor that’s about a mile wide, and you can see who’s what and where over in the scratch sheet.

As serious as some are, the majority of sailors are here because it’s always fun and always unpredictable, and that’s what Petey Crawford captured with this short preview and practice reel from today.  Enjoy the film and keep an eye on Facebook for all kinds of updates this weekend.  CRW has plenty going on themselves over at their Page, including a contest;  If you like them, along with Coral Reef and Gill NA, you get a chance to win one of two remaining Charleston’d up Gill Crew Lite jacket (they gave one away today).

And when you’re bored tomorrow at work, click back here on the front page for our first livestreamed video coverage of Charleston Race Week in 4 years, with huge thanks to Sperry for helping us put it all together for you.

 

April 17th, 2015

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If ever a video needed some bad ass dubstep, it is this one. But they didn’t, so turn down the volume of the lame song and dig the action….

 

April 16th, 2015

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After watching this, we’re pretty sure that we have chosen the wrong path in life…

 

April 16th, 2015

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old multiThought you might like this picture of Peccadillo, my slightly hotted-up Chris White Atlantic 46 MkII, getting some air while taking the short cut over the shallows at the mouth of the Tamar River (Bass Strait, Tasmania).

We were on our way to breaking the long-standing record for the first leg of the Tasmanian Three Peaks Race in 2013.

Not bad for an old multihull! – Anarchist Charles

 

April 16th, 2015

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It is almost hard to believe how Gunboat has absolutely rocked the world of multihull sailing. Good lord! Awesome shots of the new G4 thanks to Jesus Renedo.

 

April 15th, 2015

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For more on the open positions, click here.

 

April 15th, 2015

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This Southport, Australia departure was discussed in the forums last year when it happened, but our friends at Voiles et Voiliers posted some great shots of the action and we figured we’d share one up.  Name of the boat?  Jeux De Guerre.  Translation?  Wargames.

Head over here for more info, and go to the V&V page to find out what happened.  If you don’t get the title, we hate you because you’re young.

 

April 15th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 10.22.42 AMWe thank you for all of your e-mails and comments regarding the statement we’ve issued on the front page. In response to the deluge of requests and questions:

Yes, the lawsuit is finally over.
Yes, we’re still standing.
And no, we won’t be saying anything about it beyond what you just read above.

We’re grateful that we can finally get back to our core mission – to bring you the most interesting, exciting, and entertaining pieces from the sport we love.  And you know what? Thanks to all the Anarchists and all of our commercial sponsors and partners, 2015 will be the biggest and best year ever for the world’s #1 source for sailing entertainment.

We start with our most comprehensive coverage ever from the hemisphere’s biggest regatta and a long time Sailing Anarchy partner – Sperry Charleston Race Week.  We’re ready with a team of awesome media pros and live commentators and producers…are you?

 

April 15th, 2015

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There are spots in the Caribbean where you’ve got great racing at a relatively affordable price.  Than there’s St. Barths, where if you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it!

Day 1 at Les Voiles De St. Barth saw just how embarrassing a monster monohull can be; it cost Jim Clark around $30M (not including salaries!) to get horizon-jobbed by Phaedo, the trimaran Lloyd Thornburg picked up for less than a tenth of that.  In other Maxi action, the JuanK Rambler 88 finished the same course a long way behind Clark’s big VPLP/Verdier, proving her uselessness as a line honors winner in typical trade wind breezes.  The pretty Bella Mente zippered her mainsail on her way to a DNF.

While Phaedo was untouchable by monohulls or multihulls, the fresh-out-of-the-box G4 Timbalero impressed everyone, foiling and low-riding her way to finish around 10 minutes ahead of the well-sorted Gunboat 62 Elvis,  though apparently she lost by a long way on handicap (as if anyone sailing a foiler gives a crap about that). Erik Maris’ GC32 Zoulou didn’t finish either, sources in St. Bart’s say it’s (yet) another main foil issue with the high-flying racing cat.  G55 Toccata also DNF’d, though we’re not sure why – yet.  

Les Voiles may cost a fortune, but you wouldn’t know it by the third-world scoring system they use.  Squeak your way through Day 1′s scores here. There’s also an Event-produced day 1 highlight video here featuring Rambler, Comanche, and nothing else.

Chat about the Phaedo here, and the Rambler here.

 

April 15th, 2015

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Kind of funny that almost all the pics of big boats leaping out of the water these days are all multihulls, Here’s one for you prehistoric types from Jesus Renedo showing Rambler 88 getting air at Les voiles de St Barths today.

 

April 14th, 2015

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With so many Olympic sailors having grown up as part of the SA community, we’re especially pissed about the continuing mess in Guanabara Bay, Brazil. Longtime sailing cheerleader Glenn McCarthy is staying on top of it with one smart solution; we pulled this piece from Chicago Now.

HOW HARD IS IT TO MOVE A VENUE?

  • Years ago, a sailing event in Springfield, IL ran out of water in their lake due to drought, within two weeks, they had it rescheduled at Lake Geneva, WI some 250 miles away.
  • People who sail iceboats retain flexibility as a way of life.  A few years ago their World’s Championship was scheduled to be held in Minnesota, they held out hoping for cold to freeze their lakes, with less than a week to go, they shifted their World’s Championship to the Finger Lakes region of New York, 1,000+ miles away.

There are at least two open ocean venues where major regattas in Brazil have been held, one is 2 hours, 75 miles, away from Rio, another 4 hours away.  Having the sailing portion of the Olympics/Paralympics away from the host city is not uncommon.  In the 1996 Atlanta, GA Games, the sailing venue was 250 miles away in Savannah, GA.  At the 2008 Bejing, China Games sailing was held in Qingdao, China some 430 miles away.  In the 2012 London Games, sailing was in Weymouth, England about 135 miles away.

Sure moving the Olympics and Paralympics might be a tad more work, but there is over one year to do it.  That is ample time.  Rather than scrambling for housing for the competitors and race officials, a cruise ship can be rented and anchored off the beach.  A cruise ship is a floating city and can provide housing, meals, medical facility and lighters/tenders for shuttling people back to the shore.  A cruise ship was rented recently for housing for a convention in San Francisco recently.  Security can be done with a couple of Navy boats around the cruise ship.  Problem solved.

Read on.

 

April 14th, 2015

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Our first day of real sailing on the Jim Donovan-designed WRrace Boat Gp 26 Sleeve of Wizard. The boat is sweet to sail, but we have a lot of work to do to get everything figured out. It helps to have wickedly talented people like Brian Janney and Erik Rogers involved. We are pleased with the first look at the Doyle Sails and are leaning on their expertise in rig/sail set ups to make sure we get this boat right. Photo by DaWoody. More soon and here’s a video he took of our first go

 

April 13th, 2015

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locoDídac Costa finished the Barcelona World Race last week in fourth position after rounding the world non stop. He did that together with Aleix Gelabert on board the IMOCA One Planet One Ocean (the old Ellen MacArthur’s Kingfisher).

Only 48h after spending 98 days to round the world, he decided to join the crew of the Cheminées Poujoulat (who won the Barcelona World Race) to take the boat back to France in the Atlantic Coast.

Is he crazy? Actually, I think it’s just because he is #borninmini ;)  Foto credit: Daniel Martin. – Anarchist Gabriel.

 

April 13th, 2015

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