From Jesus Renedo: This weekend my club ( Real Club náutico de Palma) is celebrating the 63 Trofeo “Ciutat de Palma”, and as always lots of young sailors came from all over Europe. 500 kids including the Lasers and 420s in this year edition. I took this pic this morning with my new toy, a multicopter with a GoPro.
December 11th, 2013
More good action from downunder from Anarchist BooBoo…
In February next year we set off for the Round North Island 2 handed yacht race again. Organised by the good people at SSANZ (shorthanded sailing association of NZ). You might remember my last RNI race on the Thompson 850 sports boat ‘Waka’. Video here.
Once again I am going on a stupidly small, lightweight flyer…..
This time I’m on a 25+ year old local designed Ross 930 called ‘Pepe’ that has been pimped and turbo’ed to the maximum in true Anarchy style with a carbon rig, massive square head main, T bulb keel, retractable carbon prod, and anything else that makes a boat go fast.
My Co-skipper for this race is Westie, a talented 21 year old sailmaker from North Sails who is regularly seen up the pointy end of theTP52 ‘Kia Kaha’ and has what it takes for an event like this (loosely translated to- he does all the work and I just bark orders from the bean bag at the back…)
Our goal for this RNI campaign was to firstly win PHRF for our division (sports style keel boats) of the Simrad 2 handed series. This is a mid winter series with 140 entries and 3 races ranging from 50-100nm in length. We not only won this but actually owned it with a score line of 2, 1, 1.
Second goal was to win the shorthanded division of the 320nm Around White Island Race which also doubled as ours and many other RNI entrants qualifier for the RNI race. Each boat is required to complete a 250nm qualifying voyage to be eligible for the RNI .
Well we won the shorthanded division in convincing style and while we were at it also took out overall PHRF beating all the fully crewed entries and some MUCH larger boats on line (there were some dummy’s handed out at the prizegiving for some yachts that pulled out rather than being beaten by a 30fter on line…)
Next goal obviously is to win the main event, the 1400nm race around the north island of NZ 2 handed, an event that is simply as tough as it gets…
Can we achieve all of our goals?
The way we work is true to the Anarchy style, turboed, small, super quick boat, regular ‘happy hours’ at sea (drinking rules apply…), Kicking some ass and running as hard on the shore based events as we do in a 50kt roaring 40s gale.
Thanks to Phil Hart from hart and associates chartered accountants for paying our $950 entry fee. Manson Anchors for a huge amount of work on the boat, beers for happy hour, a couple of manson racer anchors and an unbelievable amount of support. Karver for some good kit to make everything easier and the Steve the boat owner for ‘lending’ us his boat!
Check out the white island race video here.
December 11th, 2013
At Weta we work hard to build grass roots sailing, so we made up what was possibly the first ever Rogaine Orienteering sailing race in an effort to get everyone involved. People had to find and take down codes that we had hidden around the harbour (they had a map with their location). But the key was that they could do it in any order that they wanted. After the le mans start they shot off in all directions with a lot of tactical plans. The kids really got into it, bossing their Dad’s around about where to go and getting to be properly involved in the race.
The next day we did sprint racing, we kept it short to keep the fleet together and make sure kids didn’t get bored. We had a huge range of ability, from people who have taught themselves to sail in the Weta, to Jon Bilger a 470 Olympian and his daughter Stella.
Chris followed in the chase boat giving advice and driving our awesome video man Josh. We almost had some Ben Ainslie moments with Chris’ keenness to get the shot, but luckily everyone was to chilled out for that!
With everyone complaining about dropping numbers, we are working to interest families and newbies with innovative and fun sailing. The Weta is a perfect boat for it, you can go fast with little effort or skill, but when you’re racing it tacks and gybes quickly (if you do it right), speed differences are subtle and the race is full on. Will Cobb (second place) and I used to race laser radial’s against each other. He’s now a 49er sailor and I sail F18′s and F16′s and we had some great tussles. Although you are going slower than a true high performance boat, it was all about picking the quick angle, picking the gybe to roll on, looking for shifts etc. Right down the fleet everyone had their battles, The Bilger’s and the Charlesworth’s battled it out for first double handed and the Tauranga local kids Dylan and Tom tried to outsmart Phil and Lawrence Schrerer, but Phil was to wiley for them – he told me he had to employ some dirty match racing tactics to take out 5th place on count back over Tom and Dylan!
Tauranga yacht club was a fantastic venue, they put on good food, cold beers and put up with our random antics. The sea breeze came in and built nicely both days. Not to mention we all got a surf in the morning, I got to go sailing all day and then the boys got a cheeky kite in the early evening. Wish we were doing it again this weekend…
December 11th, 2013
Here’s a sweet gift for anarchists…. We discovered a great new video series by the filmmakers at OffCenterHarbor.com, and so we asked our friends at OCH if they would make the full 3-part series available to anarchists as a gift for the holidays.
They said “yes”! And they also packaged up 10 more of their best professional videos for you and your family to watch over the holidays. Click here to see Part 1 of Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, and be sure to sign up to see Parts 2 & 3, plus the other 10 best videos of OffCenterHarbor.com.
Photo thanks to Ben Mendlowitz.
December 11th, 2013
Larger-than-life Floridian Dennis “Buck” Gillette was a staple in SORC’s illustrious history, and a major cheerleader for the new and successful SORC that’s come to prominence over the past few years. Buck loved mentoring kids on offshore races, and had about a trillion miles under his keel before falling off his boat and not coming out of the water at a LYC event at Ocean Reef on Sunday. Here’s a pic exactly the way Buck would have wanted it; enjoying a sail with Mimi at his side. Our thoughts go out to everyone Buck has touched, and here’s to hoping the next generation produces another one like him. Here are the details about the memorial ceremony, and from the obit: Buck will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Mimi, his 102 year old father Delno, his children Rex (Karin) Gillette, Sarah (Tom) Fox, Rebecca (Marcio) Pancera and his grandchildren Jake, J.T., and Mack Fox, Max and Cole Gillette, and Tess and Siena Pancera. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Lauderdale Yacht Club from 2-4 PM 1725 SE 12th Street 33316. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Buck’s name to a charity of your choice.
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December 11th, 2013
While IMOCA figures out what to do with its future, some of its most legendary skippers are moving in another direction. As first reported here on SA almost half a year ago, Franck Cammas is moving forward with his usual laser-beam focus on a French America’s Cup bid, and an announcement at the Paris “Nautic” boat show may be the first indicator that he could succeed where Les Freres Peyron couldn’t.
Picking up his second-annual French Sailor of the Year award last night, today Cammas pulled together a true ‘who’s who’ in French racing history for this morning’s announcement. Michel Desjoyeaux will lead the technical team and Franck the sailing team, while Olivier de Kersauson and Stephane Kandler will handle the less exciting parts of the effort.
The team’s “founding members” — in other words, the guys that have funded the initial sponsorship hunt and tried to open some boardroom doors — include big biz bosses Bruno Bich (Bic), Bertrand Méheut (Canal +), Thierry Martel (Groupama), Bruno Luisetti (formerly Kraft Jacobs Suchard) and Erik Maris (Messier Maris & Associés), but crucially no major sponsors were announced. In other words, there’s enough money to go looking for more, but not enough to start spending. We also hear from les anarchistes in Paris that some of the veteran grinders are being asked to keep their schedules open for late 2014 and 2015’s AC45 World Series, but no contacts have been signed…
The newly opened Team France thread is bound to be a big one; check it out over here.
While France throws its hat into the ring, Grant Dalton yesterday told 3News NZ that he was back in as well despite earlier question marks from the public and Dalts himself, and the bitter taste of a crushing defeat. It’s great news for AC35, as Team NZ continues to prove, year in and year out, that it’s the most credible of challengers. We’re guessing he won’t be on the boat this time, though Glenn Ashby has already re-upped and Dean Barker is a lifer. Meanwhile, Dalts continues his publicly lukewarm face on the VOR, claiming the $30M he estimates necessary to win might be impossible to find in the current economic climate. Then again, Dalts might just be pulling the old ‘negotiation by media’ option with VOR CEO Knut Frostad…
Pauly (on the) Shore
Doing it’s beat to leave the Paul Cayard-led disaster that was Artemis’ AC 34 effort, the team just announced that Nathan Outteridge and Iain “Goobs” Jensen are continuing with the team, which is currently preparing its bid for the 35th America’s Cup. More. no word which teams are beating down the door to pay way too much for Cayard’s incredible leadership skills.
World Series of Poke Her
The Bay Area Economic Council reported their final America’s Cup economic benefit analysis on Monday, with around $364 million in total economic impact landing in the area over the roughly 3 month period of the event. This is less than 30% of the original (and insane) $1.4B projection, and less than 40% of the revised $902M projection from March 2013 (and hopefully the City will tell ACEA to get fucked when they tote the same incompetent financial consultants to the table when negotiating the 2017 deal). With this crap news and the embarrassing ratings for the entire “Summer Of Sailing” and even the incredible AC final (outside of NZ), Coutts is already hedging against big expectations for AC35 in recent softball interviews.
“We’re considering having each of the teams host a World Series event”, Coutts told AC33 and 34 PR staffer Peter Rusch, who’s apparently playing reporter with Yachting World until his AC35 contract comes in. Coutts says this “would be great in terms of generating excitement in their home countries,” but let’s be serious: After dropping half the US military budget on incredible ACWS events, Russell is very clearly telling potential teams that they will be responsible for their own regattas in the future. It’s a shame, because the ACWS is the one part of the AC34 plan that provided awesome racing from beginning to end, and if OTUSA has the kind of massive advantage over AC35 challengers that we would have seen had they not had the big capsize, it might be the only exciting racing of the next Cup – especially if, as we have been hoping, the AC45s race as one-design platforms with unrestricted foils.
Thankfully Coutts cited a coming nationality rule, a welcome change to anyone (like us) who thinks patriotism and sport make great bedfellows. But he’s already preparing us for a small fleet, presumably because Ellison is shooting to keep the AC72 Class for AC35. “I think we are better to aim at quality rather than quantity,” he said, despite claiming that new cost reduction measures should cut overall team budgets by around a third. Call us cynical, but there’s no way in hell another AC72 program will magically cost 25-35 million less than the last time around, even if some one-design elements come into play and there is a joint logistics package. If there’s one thing that Russell Coutts has proved over and over again, it’s that he always wins, and it always costs a lot more than he says it will.
In our final bit of Cupdate news, longtime Kiwi Cup lawyer (and architect of Alinghi’s doomed CNEV challenge) Hamish Ross hit the news today after claiming in a piece in the NZ Law Journal last month that the New York Courts should have no place in deciding how the America’s Cup is run. Claiming that foreign litigants can’t get a fair shake in the US courts (mostly because he personally can’t seem to win one) Ross says that the Cup should be administered by ISAF instead. Because of course ISAF is so very impartial, and of course unmotivated by greed or the millions if fees they seek from the AC. Ross argues that the Deed of Gift and AC Trust are not even valid, and that they could perhaps be overturned by the Court if a strong plaintiff sued the current Trustee; it’s been Ross’s pet argument for a decade, and it’s quite persuasive, until you realize Ross’s theory rests on two centuries of hearsay, dicta, footnotes, quotes from irrelevant politicians, and courts of another country. It’s no wonder Ross can’t win a case in the US – even after all this time, he still doesn’t understand how precedent works here.
December 11th, 2013
Wild Oats XI may have added yet another Line Honors victory to her long and illustrious career, knocking back the nastiest fleet of challengers to her throne yet in the SOLAS Big Boat Series. It’s hard to take the results too seriously of what is essentially a practice start for the Hobart, but there’s no doubt at all that Loyal (a/k/a Speedboat) had WOXI’s number in around 20 knots of breeze, sailing away from the 100 foot maxi upwind and down. That is, until a late douse of a headsail that owner Anthony Bell called a “North R-1″ that turned rapidly into $150 grand worth of North-branded tarpaulin. Here’s the best video of the sail implosion, while here’s some from a different angle, and here’s some more. Note the Black Jack (ex-Telefonica) flying down the track ahead of both maxis; when you remember that Volvo 70s own pretty much every offshore monohull speed record, you find it harder and harder to dismiss them regardless of the length advantage for the 100 footers.
Bell said they already had another big reaching sail being sourced from the US; either way, it was a great outing for the big JuanK boat that perhaps will presage what we’ll see in the race: The Speedboat hauling the mail until she blows a gasket, when either WOXI, Beau Geste, or one of the Volvos will sail on by. As much as we dig the thing’s beastly nature and raw look, we have to remember that Speedboat/Rambler/Loyal has broken in more races than she’s finished. Like a Volvo 70 only more so, you spend most of the time slowing the boat down rather than speeding her up.
Even the bookies agree; betting odds for Loyal have decreased to just over 2$, while WOXI is up to 1.80. Place your bets and post your thoughts on everything Hobart in the all-encompassing thread, and note that Sailing Anarchy is finally doing something about the canned coverage of the Hobart we all suffer through every year: We’re sending The Cleans down to bring you interviews, photos, and live (or near-live) video of the dock and start for the 2013 race, making it the most comprehensively covered Hobart Race in recent memory. With the support of McConaghy Boats (and using their Facebook Page to bring you rich reports from the Harbor and beyond) and with embedded reporters throughout the fleet, our coverage begins on Christmas day and runs right through New Year’s.
Photo thanks to “Brit down under”, with a full gallery of his pics here.
December 11th, 2013
Our resident offshore soloist and francophonic rigger Ryan Breymaier checks in from the Nautic, with the first real piece of IMOCA news since Keith Mills Open Sports Management announced it would be trying to increase the commercial appeal of the world’s marquee offshore monohull class. Their first move: A series and a promo. Here’s Ryan’s take.
The Paris boatshow is France’s biggest non-sailing maritime event of the year. All the movers and shakers in the yachting industry are there for a show that’s open for 10 days over two weekends to offer maximum opportunity for visitors to discover the latest in industry news and developments. Historically the crowds are huge from start to finish and so I was very happy to attend the ‘pro’ day, reserved for media and maritime professionals the Friday before the start of the show.
They weren’t wrong, though they say the show was smaller than previous years, there was everything you could want for a boat or boat-related; from the fashionable blow-up SUP to a wood carving knife to information on the Corsican classic regatta to the brand new one-design flying cat… but more on that later…
What I’d come to hear was the joint press conference between Open Sports Management (OSM) and the FNOB.
OSM is the company created in 2013 and backed by Sir Keith Mills to commercialize and internationalize the IMOCA class. As part of their role, they will create new races and manage the racing schedule. They will also actively seek title sponsors for the class and assist skippers in seeking their own sponsorship.
Until now, the IMOCA class has been skipper controlled and has acted as the governing body of the class of open 60 boats used for the Vendee Globe and Barcelona World Race.
On Friday, at a joint press conference with the FNOB who organize the Barcelona World Race, OSM announced the “OCEAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP” along with the inaugural NEW YORK-BARCELONA RACE, starting June 1st, to be held every 2 years.
The Ocean Masters Championship is effectively the new name for what was previous known as the IMOCA circuit. The championship will still run over a four year cycle and there will still be a points ranking amongst the skippers, based on placings within the full schedule of races on the racing calendar. The name was chosen because out of over 50 people asked every day at the race village prior to the Transat Jacques Vabre, not one member of the public could say what IMOCA stands for. (International Monohull Open Class Association). Sir Keith explained the new name like this (more or less): “Short-handed ocean racing is a sport that is based around the skippers. In no other sport do people race 24/7 in such tough conditions for up to 90 days non-stop. The racing is about the skippers and so the circuit is called Ocean Masters.”
The New York- Barcelona Race is really great news for anyone interested in seeing more major offshore events in the US. Bringing the boats to the USA in the springtime will finally provide US sailing fans the chance to get up close and personal with these amazing machines, as well as providing an excellent opportunity for US companies to get into sponsorship of shorthanded ocean racing.
The race will be managed jointly by OSM and the FNOB who have already a good experience with organizing a race from New York. The program has the boats going to Newport RI at the end of May with a race to NYC with media onboard each boat on the 24th. There will be a race village at North Cove Marina and a Grand Prix on the Hudson River on the 26th. Race start is on June 1st.
The potential is huge for the first American sponsor to get involved; both in terms of the marketing opportunities offered by the race start in New York, as well as beginning a long term relationship in a sport with undeniable values and an incredibly captivating story to be told in the lead up to the Vendee Globe 2016, singlehanded, nonstop around the world.
I am working hard to be on the starting line for the race and this latest news creates a great starting point for a sponsor willing to accompany me in my quest to be the first American winner of the Vendee Globe. We are certain there is a company out there for whom this is the perfect opportunity to expand their reach, both in the US and in Europe; it’s just a matter of finding them in time to be on the start line.
Finally, to help you all navigate the future of IMOCA (just so everyone’s got the jargon right):
Open Sport Management or OSM promotes the IMOCA class worldwide.
IMOCA manages the technical side of the class. This is still skipper-run and this is where the decisions about one-design, etc. are made.
OCEAN MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is the new name of the racing circuit,
FNOB is the organizing body of the Barcelona World Race.
December 11th, 2013
What does captian kurt, popeye, captain hook and tommy lee have in common? They are all bad ass people. Why? Because they were all in command of ships. You should be in command of a ship. You should buy my boat.
I can offer you the opportunity to be in command of this Catalina 27 sailing ship for about the cost of a lot of the stupid stuff you bought, buy or are thinking about buying. I present the following:
Malls & Nipple Milk
I can tell you this; the boat I am selling is less than the cost of that couch you bought at Pottery Barn* after spending 3 weeks researching it on Google**. I don’t care if your favorite mall doesn’t have a roof on it and has a theme. You should be ashamed of half of the mall things you spent hard-earned cash money and time on. None of it will take you across oceans and it will not get you a buffaloes milk at Two Harbors (or a nimby cup). Not even close. Do you want your only source of alcohol laden milk to be your pregnant girlfriend’s nipple because I guarantee it doesn’t have 8 types of rum and 4 types of artificial sweetener in it. If it does muchacho then you should be hanging out with jcvd on a regular basis and won’t be needing this said boat. Back to your mall things.. If you add up the cost of your bed frame, mattress, headboard, box spring, stupid fancy pillows from Target, decorative duvet cover with a cool pattern from ikea and your designer pajamas it probably costs as much as I’m asking and you can have a f*$king BOAT of which can sleep 5 people and will guarantee you more bidness. You won’t find that guarantee in the bedding department at Macy’s. Note: your lame duvet made from rare dead birds is always on sale, you did not hit the Macy’s Bed Bath and Beyond jackpot and score a 300 feather count for 35% off, everyone did and just because you laughed at some actor making fun of Bed, Bath and Beyond doesn’t give you a pass for going there or not going there. And are you really spending your miniscule amount of free time on Earth counting feathers or laughing at jokes about retail stores? And by the way, if you are the type of person who covers your bed with any amount of (especially more than two) decorative pillows, please do not call about my Boat. I am not interested in selling this to a decorative pillow type which is too bad because you my friend are the type that needs this boat more than anyone.
Recreation, Drinking and Sea Monkeys
I understand you have many options on how to spend your free time. How you choose to recreate says a lot about a human being. What I am offering you is the open Pacific Ocean, fishing, going to islands, breathing salty air at sea, breathing atomic four gas-powered exhaust fumes, drinking rum, drinking whiskey, drinking cheap beer, drinking expensive beer, drinking the dead sea monkeys floating in the drink that your friend backwashed, spear fishing anything that moves, endless supply of gold colored fish to make into tacos, trapping crabs, getting crabs, free membership to hbyc, a money pit, a fist pumping teeth grinding laser eating dance platform, a new kitchen, a boom that might hit you in the head, a $270 slip fee, the ability to t-bone a stand up paddle boarder, the ability to bbq a t-bone steak, the ability to bone in the v-birth, the chance to see whales, the improved chance to bring a whale out of najas and tying knots. These are fine things. These are gentlemanly things. They certainly beat sitting in car traffic towing your sand rail or three wheeler past a bunch of meth labs to glamis or driving a boat in circles in the std filled cesspool commonly referred to as “the river” or any other so called lake. Does a real man or woman want to recreate in a standing pool of “fresh water” or in a hot desert with a bunch of drunk yahoos with engines strapped to their backs?
This boat travels as fast as your Audi on the 405. 6 knots at best. And you spent over $30K. Way more than a domestic car just because of the cool logo, neat ads and foreignness of it. Not to mention the way it makes you feel when you look at it after you park it. You could have got a Ford, a 3 wheeler, a sand rail and this boat for the same price. Enough said.
360 Degree Ocean View and the Mexican Navy
Always wanted an ocean view? See above description of how lucky you are. This boat comes with an ocean view of your damn choosing! Imagine a house that could do that. Those creepy realtor types would be drooling all the way to the bank. (Please no inquiries if your picture is on your business card). For the price of a ocean front strand house you could buy a boat like this every month of the year. In fact for $3,000,000 (reasonable price for a strand house) you could buy 600 boats like this. That’s more than the entire navy of Mexico. What would you do with that many boats? You could tie them together end to end and stretch them from Manhattan Beach pier to Hermosa Beach pier 1.7 times. Toss in a few more and you could have a two way sailboat highway spanning the two piers. This would be enough to move the annual 6 man party to sea and save the fun in a town loosing its charm faster than antartica is loosing glacial ice. Everyone would be happy because the kids could again dress up, beam each other with volleyballs and drink booze in the open sun on a WEEKEND. You would be the damn Kevin Bacon of the beach area. People would make movies of how you returned the joy to such an under privileged area of LA. (Math: 1.8 miles between piers = 9504′ / 27′ boat length = 352 boats required for a one way span.)
You know you want to read the full listing here.
December 10th, 2013
Anyone remember a little AC program called Young Australia, skippered by an arrogant little ginger named Jimmy? It was a hell of a program. They didn’t win, but Syd Fischer’s program (managed in part by Iain Murray) helped fire up more talented young Aussies than any other sailing initiative could have. And now, according to an article in the Australian, Murray is back on track for another ‘young’ Cup challenger after being outbid by Oracle, ETNZ, and Artemis for Aussies Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge, Glenn Ashby, and most likely Jimmy himself.
We know some of those boys used the Oatley-led challenge to bid up their own salaries with their respective expat team, and now after a couple of months of ‘silly season’, we’re guessing Murray’s just about had it with the ‘establishment’ Aussies; with the Cup more and more athletic, youth may be far more valuable than experience anyway. And with the Aussies Olympic talent and their near-dominance of the top end of the foiler moth fleet, there’s no shortage of talent down under.
More importantly, Murray is hopefully signaling the Oatleys’ intent to challenge for more than just one cycle, with AC35 more of a training exercise than a real bid for victory against the massive favorite Oracle Team Everywhere. One good practice run, and maybe they will really be ready to win.
December 10th, 2013
France’s Equipe and Voiles-Multihull blogs are sadly reporting that Jean-Pierre Dick’s MOD 70 Paprec-Virbac is up for sale after her nasty capsize before last month’s TJV. It should be the final death knell of a class that now has 7 boats built and at least 3 on the market, with no real buyers at all. A casualty of poor management and communication by the hodgepodge Franco-Suisse bosses as much as a dire economy in parts of Europe, JPD learned what most suspected and the MOD Class discussed before the first boat was ever built: These things really are just too much for shorthanded or singlehanded sailing.
So if you were thinking about picking up one of those ORMA trimarans, or maybe just looking for a record-breaker, and you fancy owning one of the fastest sailboats ever built, it’s a buyer’s market…especially if you have a spare rig lying around. Get your wallets out!
December 10th, 2013
The Hobie 33 is an iconic SoCal boat like few others. Almost unbeatable off the wind, the long, skinny lightweight is a boat that begs for updating, in both layout and sail area. Those crazy Hippy Bros (Dad Jon Shampain and rockstar son Erik) did just that a while back along with partner Robert Plant to their 33 Still Crazy. Major cockpit surgery, layout, fat head main and more have resulted in one quick 33.
It looks like chainsaw fever is spreading as Rick Yabsley has his fixed keel 33′ at Dennis Choate’s yard for something similar with design and engineering consultation from Alan Andrews. We’ll try to follow along as they improve on the original. Might you be interested in a brand new, new Hobie 33? There is one right here waiting for your name on it!
December 9th, 2013
The energy industry continues to provide some of the most innovative maritime solutions to problems, and increasingly, those solutions float. And so, apparently, does the new holder of the ‘world’s biggest ship’ title, Shell Oil’s Prelude. She’s less ship than factory; the 1601-foot long monster has no propulsion system; tugs will tow her from Samsung’s yard in Korea to Broome, Western Australia, where Prelude will be moored to Shell’s LNG drilling operation (about 300 NM offshore). Most interesting to anyone who’s spent any time at anchor is the mooring system – four sets of mooring cables attach to a central ‘turret’, allowing the entire floating factory to weathervane into the wind – an essential characteristic for her required ability to survive a true Cat 5 Typhoon. Fortunately even if the ship encounters problem, her only cargo is LNG – far less dangerous to the environment than any kind of oil spill.
There’s some more info in a corporate video here, and here’s an infographic showing how big Prelude is compared to the world’s biggest skyscrapers. For the best idea of her scale, look really carefully at the starboard bow, directly under a small blue crane. That’s a man.
- Tags: ships
December 9th, 2013
Camper VOR skipper and lifelong skiffie Chris “Nicho” Nicholson may not have sailed an 18 footer in more than a decade, but the Lake Macquarie native didn’t take long to slip into winning ways as this summer’s 18 Footer season got underway. And now, with another solid performance on Sunday, Nicho and his Mojo Wine team have taken the 3 Buoys Challenge title for the 8-race series that ended this weekend. Does he have what it takes to win a JJ? Fuck if we know, but with one of the deepest ‘top ends’ in the 18 fleet in years, it won’t be easy for anyone.
Just 10 of the 18 boats finished on Sunday; watch some oh-so-sweet carnage from a classic Sydney Nor’easter here, and thanks to the 18 Footers for the news.
December 9th, 2013
The folks behind the Star Sailors League are competing with Larry Ellison for ‘most money spent per online viewer’. It’s costing them about a million bucks to put on the above-embedded live show over in the Bahamas, where they’ve flown in an entire fleet of Star boats and Star sailors, big Dennis Conner and yachting commentator Digby Fox and a team of about 30 media and production staff for the SSL Finale. They’ve got over 200,000$ in prize money for the racers, press junkets for the media, full Virtual Eye, a full online video game with prize money, and a full production team – this is the Finale, after all.
“Finale”, you ask? ”Finale to what”? You can be forgiven for your confusion, for very few people have heard of this multi-million dollar brainchild of Franco/Swiss businessman Michel Niklaus despite all the media money pouring into the SSL in 2013. So what is it, and what’s the point of spending all that money for no real benefit? The point is actually quite cool, even if the execution ain’t.
You see, Niklaus really, really loves sailing, and is slightly obsessed with the Star class. And at about a century old, he was stricken by the fact that sailors don’t have the kind of ranking system that the pro Tennis tour features. It’s a good point, because a single ranking system is a massively valuable tool, driving worldwide attention and helping to turn random names into recognizable heroes. And while ISAF has the World match racing rankings and various classes have their own ranking systems, they certainly aren’t driving any comprehensive ranking to help the sport’s big names along.
So along came Michel, and through a combination of misguided enthusiasm and bad counsel, he created the SSL; a system of ranking the world’s best sailors numerically based on their performance at various Star regattas. We’ve tried to understand the details behind the ranking system’s math but it defeats us, as does the SSL website and explanation; all you really need to know is that it ranks the world’s best sailors based on their performance at various Star regattas.
Now we really, really like Michel, and of course he is welcome to drop a million here and a million there for any reason he wishes. But if he wants to make a difference – to help the world’s sailors out and increase the public’s perception of them as athletes, to increase their general renown, whatever – it might make sense to pick a platform and a class that actually matters to the world, and while you’re at it, call it the Professional Sailors League or something rather than the Star anything… 10 years ago, you might still argue that the Star includes ‘the world’s best’, and yeah, the boat is still one of the sweetest-ever upwind machines with an extremely important history. And while it still attracts great sailors even without the help of the Olympics, it’s been a long time since the Star can truly claim the top of any heap. The guys at the helm of the America’s Cup 72s? Not Star Sailors, and not particularly interested in going 5-10 knots in any direction. AC45s? Not Star sailors. World Match Racing Tour? Not Star Sailors. Extreme Sailing Series? Not Star sailors. Volvo Ocean Race, Round the World, Olympics…a few Star sailors at best. As great as the 100-year old Class is, and as great a future it has as one of the world’s best club and Winter Series boats out there, it will take a lot more than an annual series and a cash infusion to regain the Star’s Olympic luster; it will take a miracle.
We hope Niklaus will continue to look for creative ways to help the sport; if there were a hundred more of him, there’d be almost no limit to where sailing could go. But like Ellison and AC34, and the ISAF World Cup and any number of other events, we’re afraid Niklaus is merely throwing money in directions his ‘experts’ have told him to, and when the results aren’t there, we hope he doesn’t disappear forever. The world of sailing needs people like him.
December 7th, 2013
One of the greatest threads currently on The Sailing Anarchy forum is the one titled 65′ by 32′ catamaran 3200 sq ft of living space.
75% completed federally doc.mid size luxury catamaran 65 by 32 foot.73 over all. 1800 sq. feet inter. space.will consider partial trade for property in hawaii.
And now look, you can own it!
December 6th, 2013
The Australian Sports Boat Association and the iconic CYCA have joined forces to put a big fleet of sports boats on the waterway over two huge events. Whilst not a traditional Sports Boat supporter, the CYCA now knows why these little boats are on the up having just bought a fleet of 10 brand new Elliott designed sporties for their youth sailing program.
The 6th New South Wales State Championship will be the warm up event on February 8 and 9 2014. The Big One will be the 2015 ASBA National Championship on January 2 to 5 2015.
So after the big boats head south for a few days of cold and wet the day after Christmas, the sporty fleet will be rigging up and heading out onto Sydney Harbor to battle for the 2015 Championship jacket on the same courses as the 2000 Olympics.
We know the Aussie locals will travel from far and wide but maybe some international Sports Boat Rockstars may join in? Spend Christmas and New Years on the beach and escape another northern winter for some of this….
December 6th, 2013
Pointe-a-Pitre, 6 December 2013 – After 22 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes and 34 seconds, Swiss sailor Justine Mettraux onboard TeamWork crossed the finish line in Pointe-a-Pitre to take second place in the Mini Transat series class. She not only made history becoming the first Swiss female sailor to race across the Atlantic single-handed but also the highest achieving female sailor in the history of the event. Photos: ©Christophe Breschi/TeamWork. More here.
December 6th, 2013
Big Pimpin’ – Thank You Anarchists!
Crowley’s 2nd Annual One Day Sale Plus is here! Saturday, December 7th from 8am to 4pm we are having a mind blowing sale. Exclusively for Sailing Anarchy, we’re offering the only online discount available for this sale. Use coupon code ANARCHIST at checkout to receive 20% off retail. We are offering 45% off retail for any of Henri Lloyd’s Gore Tex line. This includes the Ocean Explorer line and the VOR worthy Gore Pro line. Use the SAGORE coupon code at checkout. We are blowing out the Gore so take us for what we’re worth, while you can. One code, per person, per purchase please. Head over here this Saturday, December 7th!
The catch? The catch is you only have one day to save using the online codes listed above, online, December 7th, 2013, CST. In store offerings will feature savings up to 55% off retail prices for in-store, in-stock items. Our newly rehabbed store will be full of your most coveted brands: SLAM, Henri Lloyd, Sperry, and Zhik. Our closeout shoe rack will offer up brands such as Sperry, HL, and Dubarry up to 55% off retail.
For the locals, this year we’ve added a Plus to the sale. We’re offering our first ever ‘Ask an Expert’ morning. From 8am to 12 noon in the Store, we will have members from the Rigging, Fiberglass/Paint, Mechanical, and Installation departments to answer questions on DIY projects, estimates, work orders, and more. Have you ever wanted to corner a mechanic and get your questions answered? Now you can. Do you want to know more about your furler or rig tune? Come out and ask an expert. Have a question concerning a recent estimate? Pop in and bend someone’s ear for a bit. Not sure what roll and tip means? Our experts can explain in detail.
Crowley’s Yacht Yard hosts, sponsors, and helps organize many sales events featuring top of the line sailing gear in the Chicago area. Crowley’s is the largest boat yard in Chicago. We have special packages for the Race to Mac, many NA’s, and in and out service.
December 6th, 2013
You’d think so by the eyes, and perhaps they are, but there is actually something they all have in common. Know what it is? Photo from The Wog down-under.
Thanks to the Talking Heads for the title inspiration.
December 6th, 2013