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Thanks to income inequality and the booming markets, the maxi class continues to roll; Fresh off a huge acquittal in one of the biggest insider trading trials in years, Flash memory tycoon Manouch Moshayedi bought a motherfuckin’ boat, then made her a Transpac weapon.  Here’s the story from our friends at Doyle NZ.  Back to Eddie Murphy’s “Raw” for the title shout.

Following her major refit at Cookson’s, Rio 100 (ex. Zana/Konica Minolta/Lahana) is back on the water this week and she is raring to go. Purchased in 2014, the yacht has been redesigned and reconfigured by her Kiwi designer Brett Bakewell-White for use on the West Coast of the USA. “As part of her refit, Doyle Sails supplied her with a new set of Stratis carbon ICE sails, including a mainsail, two jibs, two reaching sails and two spinnakers,” says Mike Sanderson, Head of Sales at Doyle Sails NZ. “This was an exciting project for the Doyle team, particularly since Doyle NZ built so many sails for this boat during her previous life.”

Choosing a sailmaker was a key consideration for the refit. “Between the top sailmakers, there is really very little between the products, so we also looked closely at the customer service side in making our choice,” said Keith Kilpatrick, captain and project manager for the Rio refit. “I was very impressed with the Doyle operation. Just seeing it in action, and the hands on approach, reassured me that we would get the attention we needed for a programme like this; we felt that with other big sailmakers we would be just another customer. We are looking forward to seeing the sails in action in sail trials.”

Sail trials are scheduled for this week, with the upcoming Coastal Classic the yacht’s first official outing. The yacht will then be gearing up for the 2015 Transpac race, where the Barn Door Trophy is firmly in her sights.

 

September 18th, 2014

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Big Pimpin’

Bob Hillier and the folks at Line Honors Yacht Racing Outfitters continue to provide one of the most complete lines of racing apparel and accessories anywhere, and now you can try it all before you buy at the new Line Honors shop!  Support Line Honors just as they support so many teams and events around the world – stop into their brand new store on downtown Lake Geneva, WI for the Grand Opening on October 3.

 

September 18th, 2014

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Announcing our new Sailor Dude of the Week feature!  Pic thanks to Christophe Launay! Got a SDOTW? Send it on in!

 

September 17th, 2014

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Last few weeks to win a Trip to any of the Round the World Race Stopovers in 2015 – with ECsix Carbon Rigging.

anarchy t 2Do you want to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015? Great, because it is simple! All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest

“The beauty about this competition is that everyone and anyone have a chance to win an expense paid “trip for two” to one of seven ports-of-call along the Round the World Race. You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand” says ECsix’s Scott Vogel.

“Our entries so far have been drawn up and submitted on a range of things, from napkins at restaurants through to fully computer generated designs, some humorous and some not quite so much.”

The winner can take a guest to either Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Newport, Lisbon, Lorient or Gothenburg. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime.” Entries must be received before October 15th. The winner will be announced at the METS trade show in Amsterdam on the 20th of November 2014. www.ecsix.com.

 

September 17th, 2014

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Clean Report

The B-Squared Racing/Sailing Anarchy J/70 nestles into her mobile 34-foot barn as the inaugural J/70 Worlds ends, along with any notion I had of being a world-class tactician.  The team of Brian Elliott, Bryan Cameron, Whitney Prossner and me managed a 33rd out of 86 boats and 6th of 38 amateur teams.  I’m still licking my wounds as I head north along the Maine coast to check out the new VPLP 100′ canter Comanche at Hodgdon Yachts today, and when I can find some time tonight or tomorrow along the highway back to Detroit, I’ll get my full regatta download online for you to read.  The first J/70 Worlds had a bit of everything, and I’m damned glad I made it, even if I left unsatisfied on a number of fronts – especially my own performance.

Read the full event press release here in the meantime.

 

September 15th, 2014

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We are frequently frustrated by the low-quality videos put out by ostensibly ‘world-class’ organizations (see the link in the BBS BS story below for a great example), so when someone does it ‘just right’, we notice.  And that’s what this is – a short but intense look at the people of the Melges 20 Class from their recent Lake Garda Worlds.  Doesn’t it make you want some?

 

September 15th, 2014

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bush_rolex_replicaWe’ll be the first to tell you that we think the BBS is kinda bullshit; a whole lotta people running around at the helm of what was once one of the world’s major regattas who are absolutely sure that vanilla ice cream oozes out of their anal openings.  Is there anything about it that is even ‘big’ besides the egos of the folks at the helm?  Or besides the 6 figures in cash and prizes that Rolex spends to flog their watches to a few hundred rich white boys?  How can the town that should have been transformed by the America’s Cup fail to draw even 100 boats to their marquis regatta…during its 50th anniversary bonanza?  

Anyone expecting a change doesn’t understand San Francisco very well, we fear.  Example:  Have a look at what 20 grand in movie money buys you for your overall highlights at your club’s premier regatta: It’s an 11-minute video from probably the world’s worst sailing video producer and it looks and sounds like it is straight out of 1998.  How are you StFYC members not embarrassed that this is the best your club can do?

As such, we love this post in our world famous forums. Consider this our one and only article on the BBS.

Reporting live from San Francisco Bay, we are entering the final day here at St. Francis Yacht Club. Big drama unfolding in the HPR fleet as Hamachi (J125) was reinstated from a previous OCS after they filed for redress. Truth be known and it IS CLEAR AS DAY on the video, they were over the line at the start by a boat and a half. Every boat under her went back and re-started. Yesterday, TP52 Becom being sailed by Norman Devant, campaigned to the race committee to go jib reaching around the bay (4 jib reaches) so they can pull a horizon job on the rest of the fleet. Well that worked out well for them securing a slimy win and putting them in podium position.

The racing in this fleet thus far has had 3 bay tours already and very little true racing. It appears though, that the race committee at St. Francis clearly has their head buried elsewhere. Coming live from San Francisco. .. over and out.  Jump in if you wish.

 

September 15th, 2014

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Hint: They are both the same length. That’s all we got. You?

 

September 14th, 2014

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One of the coolest/strangest boats that somehow manages to endure as a class had their Worlds in Frisco. Here’s the PR….

canoeOn the morning of the last race of the 2014 International Canoe (IC) World championship, the championship was down to the wire with Mikey Radziejowski of Santa Cruz, CA (1, 1, [8], 2, 2, 2, 1, 2) leading reigning world champion Chris Maas of Anacortes, WA ([35/DNF], 2, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1) by only one point after eight races and one throw-out. With a second throw-out allowed after nine races, Sunday’s ninth and final race could have shuffled the final standings. However, the race had to be abandoned before the start due to winds topping the International Canoe (IC) class’ limit of 21 knots, securing the IC World Championship for Mikey Radziejowski.

Though only 22 years old, Radziejowski is not new to the sailing scene. He sailed his first IC Worlds in Australia at age 17, was member of the American Youth Sailing Force that raced on the AC45, is active in I-14 and Aussie 18 skiff sailing, and raced in the 2011 Transpac on Criminal Mischief, which came in second. “It’s all still surreal for me, I can’t believe I sailed well enough to win,” said Radziejowski. Although he finished in second place, Chris Maas took pleasure in knowing that Radziejowski was sailing a Superstring Theory boat, a Maas’ design. “It was possibly the most fun regatta I’ve ever sailed in,” said Maas. “Not only were the conditions challenging, but the competition was close, my boat was fast, and the camaraderie was tremendous.”

Third place goes to Alistair Warren of Saxmundham, Suffolk, Great Britain (42 points), Peter Ullman of Oldenburg, Germany came in fourth (46 points) and David Clark, from Warren, RI, USA finished in fifth place (47 points). Results.

 

September 14th, 2014

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From Spookie’s owner Steve Benjamin: 

At approximately 12:45 pm today while sailing upwind on port tack in the second race of the Storm Trysail Club’s IRC Championships of Long Island Sound, SPOOKIE’s rig failed just above the lower spreaders. There was about 14 knots of Easterly wind and severe seas at the time. SPOOKIE’s normal crew of 9 were onboard and Steve Benjamin was at the helm. There was no maneuver or crew error involved, SPOOKIE was on port tack for over a minute before the failure, and there was normal runner tension. A new  mainsail slightly smaller than the prior main was set for the first time racing today along with a J2 (Medium) genoa. Both sails were trimmed normally.

SPOOKIE has recently been in much windier and rougher conditions including the Ida Lewis Distance Race when winds exceeded 20 knots and seas were much rougher. Currently we are diagnosing the complex damage and there is no clear indication of the cause as yet.

“Gravity. It’s more than just a Theory, it the Law!”  - Anarchist Silent Bob. jump in the thread to find out more

 

September 14th, 2014

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Turns out the M32 Cup is pretty damned fun to watch at least from what we saw yesterday in Sweden.  Sweet boats and ultra tight racing on America’s Cup courses – what more could you want?  Final day of racing is above.

 

September 14th, 2014

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Reader Rant

You know…this whole J70 thing is truly….Sailing Anarchy at its best.

A boat design/marketing company that hasn’t said shit about someone pimping their rudder design and building a non-compliant rudder.
A class that hasn’t said anything.
An owner who hasn’t said anything.
A pro, an Olympic medal winner, who hasn’t said anything.
If all of those people are staying quiet, then screw JBoats and the J70 class.
It is, anarchy.

 

September 13th, 2014

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Like a Ferrari 250 GTO or an original M3, nothing will ever quite approach the perfection of the original SA Tensiometer c. 2006, but B-Squared bowchick Whitney Prossner comes pretty close.  This one shot at the end of the penultimate race day of the J/70 Worlds, where Clean once again proved he should be trimming instead of calling tactics, and Tim Healy is walking away from the fleet, while longtime SA friend Marty Kullman (first Quantum boat) is knocking on the podium door with two more races likely on the final day.

Look for the full story of the regatta – including an update on the rudder issue, a few words on the future of the class, and our customarily comprehensive analysis of the good, the great, the bad, and the ugly for the first Worlds in the world’s hottest one-design class.

September 13th, 2014

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magnus smileFor a few years in the 2000s, Sailing Anarchy had a kindred spirit in the UK. His name was Magnus Wheatley and his Rule69 Blog was perhaps the only website besides SA to take on the tough stories in the sport and call a spade a spade.

While he’s become something of a ghost over the past few years, Magnus seems to have developed a conscience lately, and he’s currently raising money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation by sailing in the global Bart’s Bash on 21st September.

We’ve not been huge supporters of the Bash, which was originally conceived of as some kind of world record attempt in Simpson’s name but has since morphed into yet another boring fundraiser, and frankly it always seemed like a bit of bullshit to see all this effort going into honoring Bart’s name, yet none going into explaining his death.

But Magnus is a friend and longtime member of the community, and he has convinced us to promote his effort to dig deep for a worthwhile cause (the Foundation’s money goes to helping to get more people on the water to improve their lives), and maybe Bart’s memory deserves a little SA bump.

So moved was Magnus that he set up a web page to raise money for the Foundation and has smashed through the £1000 mark in a couple of days. We applaud that. Mag’s target?   Overtake Simpson’s Olympic skipper “Not Sir” Iain Percy, currently leading the total on £3900. Mag thinks he can do it, and with the power of SA as the world’s biggest and best sailing site – he should smash it.

Let’s throw him a bone. Give him a shot. Sponsor. Donate. Be kind. Sail on Bart. Remember.

 

September 13th, 2014

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Anika Lorenz & Victoria Jurczock prepping for the worlds in Santander. Image by Lars Wehrmann. Do not piss these girls off. They will crush you.

 

September 12th, 2014

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the look 9 11Huge thanks to Mark Miachelsen and the folks at DryUV for kitting out the B Squared team at J/70 Worlds.  Now if we could just be up there with these guys!  Paul Todd photo of more gorgeous Newport conditions. Get your DryUV stuff today at a ridiculous price!

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September 12th, 2014

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The idea came after a freak rain storm flooding the field at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland just before a major game in the Football World Cup Eliminations. They could not close the roof in time causing the match being called off. A couple of guys cheered the crowed up by jumping onto the field, running and sliding in the water.  The Joke was the largest swimming pool in Europe!

Enter the PWA and 34 industrial sized fans.

With the wind limited to just 2m above the water and 30k at the windward side of the pool and 5k at the leeward side, sailors struggled to complete jumps off the ramp- stalling at mid height and barley able to complete the most basic of freestyle moves at the far end of the pool.  Slalom, freestyle and jump competitions were tried with the wind, ironically being the biggest limitation.

The joke now- Sometimes, there’s nothing like the real thing! More here. – Steve Bodner.

 

September 12th, 2014

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Local Knowledge

The International Moth is an exceptional class, comprised of some of the most talented sailors with a camaraderie that is unparalleled.  As I found out this past Spring in Florida, sailing the boat for the first time, there is a very steep and humbling learning curve.  However once you are foiling (flying) over the water at more than 25 mph, in complete silence, there is nothing else quite like it.  But the learning curve continues both on the water and getting in and out of the water.

broke foil 1On my maiden voyage while bringing the boat back to the beach for some minor adjustments, an onshore gust lifted the sail up and before I could react dropped the transom down firmly on the rear rudder foil.  I didn’t think much of it until we pulled the boat up on the grass nearby and my friend, Paul looked more closely:  ”Joe, I think your rear foil is done”, he said sadly.  Sure enough, there was a fracture line across the once beautifully sculpted carbon fiber artwork of a foil.  ”How much is a new foil?”, I asked, nervously?  ”About $1300″, was the reply.   “Bummer”, I replied trying to think of how I was going to explain this to my wife who was skeptical of my move to a one person foiling dinghy.

broke foil 2Fortunately Paul had one bit of resourceful and wise advice:  ”Call Larry Tuttle at Waterat in Watsonville.  He’s a master of carbon fiber repairs, in demand by AC teams and if anyone can fix it, he can”.   Sure enough, after a couple of weeks, I got a call from Larry.  ”You’re foil is ready.  No guarantees on how it will hold up but hopefully it still has some good life left in it”.

I drove down the coast that afternoon and picked up it up and was amazed!  Thanks Paul for your great advice and thanks Larry for your genius and technical expertise! – Joseph Andresen.

 

September 11th, 2014

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September 11th, 2014

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heritage12 Meter Charters is thrilled to announce that Charley Morgan will be skippering his greatest creation, the bright-hulled 12 Meter Yacht, Heritage, for 2 charity sails during the Newport Boat Show, this Saturday, September 13.

Charley is the last living designer from the wooden 12 Meter Yacht era. His trip to Newport is in support of his favorite charity, the Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, held in April of each year.

Here in Newport, he will be returning to his 1970 position behind the wheel of Heritage on behalf of the winners of the 2014 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup live auction. Along with the professional crew from 12 Meter Charters, Charley will lead the guests on a sailing tour of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor.

Charley Morgan is the only person to ever singlehandedly design, build, and skipper his own 12 Meter in the America’s Cup. Prior to and since Charley’s 1970 Cup attempt, all campaigns were made by large syndicates.

While Charley is one of the last living original pioneers of the fiberglass sailboat industry, his 1970 America’s Cup entrant, Heritage, is the last wooden 12 Meter yacht built for the United States. To this day, she maintains the bright hull and blue decks that she showed off in her 1970 duel with Intrepid and her storied and successful racing career in the Great Lakes during Don Wildman’s ownership.

The 12 Meter era is over, but, in the town that proudly exhibits that history, two of its more storied competitors are reuniting for a noble cause, and we hope to help share that with the sailing public. – Eli Massar.

 

September 11th, 2014

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