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If one measure of a person’s worth is the impact they make on those around them, Trevor Moore was one of the most highly-valued sailors of his generation.  We salute the thousands who tried in vain to solve the mystery of Trevor’s loss; from Facebook, Kyle Kusunose writes about it (and thanks to Amory Ross for so perfectly capturing Moore’s spirit in this photo):

Over the last week I have witnessed more generosity and love than I can put into words. It is a testament to Trevor’s character and how much he meant to people, even those that barely knew him. People have come to Miami from all over the country to aid in the search and rescue. They have dropped their lives and donated their time and money in hopes we would bring Trevor home. After day 3 the physical and emotional exhaustion began to set in but adrenaline and Libby’s will pushed us on.

I’ve had the honor of spending much of the last week with Libby Patton. Her courage, strength, and determination have been inspirational as she personally combed every inch of the bay. She never stopped, she never lost hope, and I am truly proud of her as her friend. As of yesterday we have concluded our search. This is the first morning we haven’t been out on the water in 6 days. I continue to pray for Trevor’s miraculous return. Until then…be well my friend. Please continue to pray for Libby and her family, and Trevor’s family and friends.

July 2nd, 2015

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This one is a bit excruciating to watch unless you are a foiling fanboy, and we admit our fanboyness for AMAC’s new Waszp thanks to the decent shot we think it has to be a game changer.  So here’s 46 minutes of Andrew introducing his price-point, one-design foiling moth to the world at The Foiling Week.

 

July 2nd, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 7.07.58 AMPenalty Box Productions’ Petey Crawford and Melges 24 Class President Jens Wathne take a short break from the action at the M24 Worlds in Middlefart, Denmark, where moth and 49er rivals Bora Gulari and Chris Rast have been battling it out all week.  Rast capitalized on yet more mostly non-planing conditions to take three bullets today, with Bora losing positions to both the Rastaman and Italy’s Andrea Rachelli.  Watch it live over here for a couple more days.

Petey’s got a bang-up gallery of beauty shots over here and be sure to check in on the front page for more great work from Petey during next week’s J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle, FRA.

 

July 2nd, 2015

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Longtime singlehander Tim Kent sent us this report from the deck of Areté, the Great Lakes’ new king of speed. It’s great to finally see a real, modern ocean racer come to freshwater sailing – even if she’s more than a decade old herself. Expect to see some records fall this summer, especially if the all-Anarchist crew can keep the skinny side up.  Head over to the team’s Facebook Page for photos, videos, and updates.

The idea of bringing an ORMA 60 trimaran to the Great Lakes was an audacious one.  There are an extremely small number of decent examples of the world-beating trimaran class left, fewer are for sale.  The closest ones are in France, and shipping one is ludicrously expensive, so a long transatlantic delivery needs to be planned and executed with all of the vagaries that such a trip can entail.

Because the boat is roughly a 60’ square, it won’t fit anywhere easy, and has to come in through the St. Lawrence Seaway – and if the boat is to be raced on the Great Lakes in the summer, it has to come in during the spring.  The early, windy, very cold spring.  Why so cold?  Because at the northernmost point of the delivery, the boat is at a latitude that is roughly 530 statute miles north of Detroit.

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 11.37.23 AMRick Warner has an affinity for audacious projects – his previous trimaran was the relatively audacious [modified F-31 R] Cheeky – so he dove in, acquiring the ORMA 60 Sopra in April and rechristening her Areté (from the ancient Greek, meaning “striving for excellence in all things”).  The boat made a two-part delivery from the Med to Newport, RI – including an unplanned stop in the Canary Islands.  Members of the racing crew picked her up in Newport and sailed her up over the Gaspé peninsula, down to Quebec, then through the locks on the St. Mary’s River and the Welland Canal – lifted 590 feet above sea level – to her summer home in Port Huron, Michigan.

The team’s first-year goals are simple – compete for first-to-finish in every race.  Our first race was last weekend’s Queen’s Cup, South Shore Yacht club’s annual sprint across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, and our goal was the Sylvie Trophy for first-to-finish.  The top contenders for first to finish were a bit different from last year, as unfortunately the Max Z86 Windquest and the VO70 il Mostro were both sitting out the race, but the TP 52s and the Andrews 77 Ocean were on the line.  No matter what, we wanted to post a lusty time.

South Shore Yacht Club moves the Michigan finish for the Queen’s Cup each year; this year, the race re-visited the resort town of South Haven, making this trip 78 miles on the rhumbline.  The race starts in the early evening, with the cruising fleet starting mid-afternoon.  Our start would be with the rest of the multihulls – last – with the forecast calling for a breezy, one-legged reach across the lake.

Our new sails had the battens from our old ones installed, and with our confidence in the old sticks a bit low, we started the race with our foot not entirely on the gas.  We crossed the starting line with a reef and the J2, reaching hard at 21 to 23 knots.  After clearing the multihulls and the first two fleets, we switched to the J1.  Still not satisfied, we declared the veteran battens to be stout enough for reaching and shook the reef and Areté responded, jumping to over 25 knots.

At this point we were carving through the fleet, doing our best to minimize our impact on the boats we passed.  With the cold water temps, spray and wind chill, it was cold on deck but no one minded – after a 9,700 mile delivery, we were finally racing!  As we watched our distance to finish quickly diminish, we realized that if we were to get all seven crew a little helm time, we were going to have to start rotating fast!  After the mid-point of the lake, it began to get warmer, but the wind backed off a bit as the temps rose.  As we closed on the coast, we picked out the finish boat, which had hustled out to meet us and crossed the line in 4 hours, 30 minutes, the first boat to finish.

We nailed our goal, adding Areté’s name to the Sylvie Trophy.  We learned more about the boat – it is an absolute thrill to sail, but we have a long, long way to go before finding all her speed buttons.  In two weeks, the freshwater sailing world’s longest race will begin in Chicago; it’s the 568-mile long SuperMac, and all the big players will be on the line.  We can hardly wait.

Queen’s Cup results here.

 

July 2nd, 2015

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Long the place for the dreamers and tinkerers to play, the evolution of top-end sail racing has finally made winged catamarans not only technologically interesting, but actually cool.   How else do you explain all the good looking youth engineers throwing their souls into the Quebecois Rafale Little America’s Cup project? Here’s an update from Canada, and head over to the thread for the latest likely entry list and chatter about the Little AC.

Our hulls are in the last stage of fabrication, i.e. just adding the daggerboard cases. Plateform assembly should be well advanced by the end of the week, depending on a few missing bits and pieces.  A prototype set of our hydrofoils has been tested by the Mystere Composites team on their Espadon Air Design 20ft catamaran. Results have been very encouraging with some good speed and stability. Our set of foils and rudders are being built as we speak by the Mystere team.  The wing is also at an advanced stage of completion. The front element is 90% complete. The flap / rear element is 60% or 70% complete. Most of the wing assembly should be complete by next weekend.

We are on track to be hitting the water on the weekend of July 4th and 5th. We should have 1 months testing and debugging before we ship the full kit to Switzerland.  There are still some questions marks on some key elements, especially shipping and budget. We are keeping our head down and hoping for the best.

I have to give a big shout to all the people who have supported us and helped us get this far, especially all our sponsors who have trusted us to deliver! We hope to make a good showing in Geneva and make them proud.  Overall I have been really impressed by the resourcefulness of the team and what we have manage to achieve considering where we started from. Few would have given us much chances of making it this far. For sure we have had to make many compromises along the way to save time and/or money. The result will be a boat that is slightly heavier than we would have liked but it’s not a bad effort for a first attempt. It will be a tremendous plateform to work from in the future.

 The team keeps some update and uploads regular photos on our Facebook page, accessible also from our website (http://etsclassc-rafale.ca/)
-Juls.

 

 

July 1st, 2015

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Talk shows, live sporties, SCOTWs, flying scows, and one of the biggest races in the world.  It’s another Sailing Anarchy video tour!

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Ian Walker and Jamie Boag began their Volvo Ocean Race adventure way back in the Green Dragon days, and if anyone’s earned the victory in the world’s premier sailboat race, it’s them.  Clean grabbed Walker and Boagie (both late to their own show, of course) as well as Phil “Wendy” Harmer and best overall OBR Matt Knighton for 45 minutes of chat just before the final awards show last weekend.  Plenty to learn and plenty to laugh about as these boys depressurize after a well-deserved few days of R&R in Sweden.  As all of our VOR coverage, this one is thanks to Sperry, where Odysseys Await.

better late than never

It’s only been 6 years since On-The-Water Anarchy broadcast the first-ever live racing action from a Melges 24 Worlds, and thankfully the cameras are better, the network’s better, and the location and fleet size are both far better than those dismal grey days from the Chesapeake Bay.  The racing, unfortunately, is just as bad – ultra light air began the first four shitty races without much improvement in the forecast – but if you dig sportboats, you’ll still enjoy this live action with 95 boats on the line (half of them Corinthian), and significantly more than the next week’s J/70 Worlds in France.  More links here, and results here.

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Remember all that debate about Saving Sailing?  Team SCA standout Sally Barkow gets to the answer in just a few minutes.  One of our favorite all-time sailor chicks…listen to Sally talk about the race, about inspiring the next generation, about sailing instructors and mentors, all here.

the genny fan club

Who knew when superstar skiff/sportboat/match racer/SCOTW Genny Tulloch came to commentate with Clean and JC at the 2010 America’s Cup that it would be the start of a new career?  While we think the TeamSCA boat might have done well to add her to the race crew, Genny did a lovely job of sharing the 2014-15 VOR with the world through her daily shows and live-finish commentary.  Always a great chat and good chemistry with her old friend Clean, the brilliant GT is always worth watching.

23 proof

We’ve seen the stills, but until there’s video, it never happened.  Last week, the world’s first foiling sportboat proved that, indeed, she does.  Where to from here for the Q23? 

 

July 1st, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 7.54.48 AMProviding nearly all the answers to the numerous reasons why normal humans don’t buy moths, Amac’s new Waszp website went live today.  We hear it will be a while before the boat’s really figured out, but as the only guy to have ever been successful at selling production foilers, we wouldn’t bet against him!  Check out the cheaper, easier, beach-launchable details over here and talk about it here.

 

July 1st, 2015

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Big Pimpin’

Is this the coolest regatta of the year?? Foiling Kiteboards ripping around at 30 knots Classic wooden designs and fun family PHRF boats all racing on the same waters under the same premise; raise money for Sail Martha’s Vineyard.
Needless to say when you combine the words “Sail” and “Martha’s Vineyard” you don’t usually get a lot of people reaching into their pockets to support you it can be a definite case of T-Rex Syndrome.

There is a broad assumption that a “Sailing” organization on the “Exclusive” Island of Martha’s Vineyard where seemingly every Hedge fund manager and Venture Capitalist rubs pumiced elbows with the President  is definitely not in need of funding. But with 500 kids and 400 adults involved in programs this year and an operating budget reaching close to $600K SailMV needs to create innovative ideas to raise money(just like all non profits).

With this in mind the Vineyard Cup was created 10 years ago and it has existed as a family fun regatta with a great party but for 2015 SailMV wanted to make some changes to the Vineyard Cup and wanted to provide the Island with an event that was not only beneficial to one of the most influential non profits but also to provide something that was exciting to watch. Enter Lynch & Associates and their commitment to donate $10,000 in cold hard cash as the prize money for the first Foiling Kiteboard Vineyard Cup.

Bill Lynch and Lynch & Associates have been the force behind the North American Speed Sailing Championships as well as Rob Douglas and his 2008 assault on the Outright World Speed Sailing Record in Namibia. With the prize money in hand Sail Martha’s Vineyard has opened up registration to 30 Foiling Kiteboards to race July 10-12 right off State Beach which in the summer boasts 7,000+ Sun burnt spectators lounging on the beach. So if you think you can nail a foiling jibe at 30 knots or if you want to support a great organization check out the Website here.

The NOR is hereRegister here for both Foiling Kiteboards and PHRF/Classics.

 

 

June 30th, 2015

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One big black mofo hit a slightly smaller white mofo at the ORC Worlds. Pic by Maria Munia.

 

June 29th, 2015

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Being There

loco 1Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is usually a reminder of what happens when big breeze and Southern California sailors interact. It reminds us that most of the weekend warriors are not used to much more than the average 10-12 kts that frequent the best coast. Torn spinnakers, ripped jibs, flogging mains and a man overboard rescue were just some of the incidents. Sunday was a bit traumatic for one PHRF boat as they rounded up in a 20kt puff and consequently lost a man in the water. My friend Mark Koski was driving the coach boat for me and was following us downwind when he saw the incident that was happening in the other fleet. He quickly jumped into action and managed to pull the distraught and exhausted sailor from the sea.

2015 found me celebrating my 37th birthday the day before the regatta and Monday I find myself feeling all 37 of those years. My weekend was spent on Ed Feo’s new C&C30 “Loco.” Long time friend Dave Millet introduced the C&C 30 to Southern California and Ed is the first one to jump on this cool little boat. Chris Deenan and Bob (forgot last name) came on and In addition to them I recruited Cody Shlub (who is also going on Transpac with me) and Dustin Durant from the Long Beach Match Racing Team.

There was a sense of optimism even thought this was our first regatta on the boat. That optimism was quickly put in check after the first race. Friday was windy and choppy which was less than ideal for us as we watched boats 10 feet bigger easily crush us upwind. A bit frustrating, especially for Ed who was used to his original Locomotion which was an Andrews 45. Positive side of the first race was turning the weather mark. The C&C 30 is fast and fun off the breeze.

Our frustration was still in full effect as we tried to tune the boat for the wind. The wire rigging was stretching and by the second upwind leg we would be pretty loose so keeping the main full was next to impossible. Eventually this was sorted out and on Sunday our upwind speed was improving. Results for Friday were less than ideal. Even though we finished in third place for race two we ended up in a protest. The typical he said she said thing. We crossed Meridian on port but their crew were quick to freak out since it was close. Thankfully no one is under oath in protest rooms (You can figure that out).

Saturday was more of the same except we won a race. We finally got off the line and held our speed. The wind was really far right so the weather mark was closer to shore which helped us out. The further out the mark was the more chop we incurred. By Sunday we found we could really keep up well in the bottom third of the racecourse. By the top third it was a different story, all together.

The last race on Sunday Ed had had enough and turned it over to Dustin. Dustin really is a good driver especially upwind. He was able to keep the heel angle a little more constant and drove the waves a little better. I found this way easier on the main trim and we were in the hunt after the first beat. Again we passed boats downwind and kept pace through the second leg. On the final downwind we gybed behind the J-111, passed her like she was standing still and caught the other boats. I put us on a good starboard layline for the finish and it looked like we were going to win. I call the gybe and we exit into a crash. Shit! I lost my cool a bit but we sorted it out after a minute and finished third. The round up was a team effort and started when we did not gybe at top speed. Big mistake cost us two spots but oh well. It was just good seeing the boat finally perform upwind.

C&C30 for me is a cool boat. It is called a C&C30 One Design for a reason. In PHRF it is hard to rate. We could probably rate 70 upwind and 25 downwind. How do the handicappers handle that? We had to change some of the systems. Cody made a good comment, “Less Gucci more performance.” We had already bypassed the jib halyard lock that never worked and then had issues with the main one! The jib tack has a ton of friction and some other frustrations arose with the placement of controls. Why can’t I control the jib lead from the high side? It is al led under the deck!

Downwind this boat is so much fun. Everyone back, bow up and go. Smiles on faces and people hooting for us as we screamed by them. We have a little more practice and tuning to do but I think this boat has potential. If you want to see more pictures and read more about our program please click here.

Thanks again to Ed and the entire Loco team. Next stop for me is Hawaii on the J-125, my personal favorite boat. – Keith Magnussen.

 

June 29th, 2015

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