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p4

Looks pretty interesting, but what is it?

 

April 27th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 10.05.00 AMClean Report

Just a short one from the Club Sushi balcony at the Antigua Yacht Club, folks.  For videos, interviews, and real time reports from the course, head over here.

With 2-time AC winner (and 5-time AC grinder) Shannon Falcone aboard the Timbalero, the G4 found some new modes on Day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week.  “We went from 9 and a half knots upwind to 13 once we started putting the bow down and letting the foils work,” Falcone told me.  On the RIB, we noted that the G4′s foils were actually lifting her up over monohulls’ lines despite the cat keeping the wind at something like 55 true.

The G4 took the fastest elapsed time of a significantly down ASW fleet, finishing 42 minutes faster than the G55 Toccata and  correcting out just 2 minutes ahead.  A great day for a boat that was in dire straits just 8 days ago, and a tribute to the hard work of PJ, Lauren, Chris and the GB team.  You can find results over here.

Roddy-Grimes Graeme photo.

 

April 27th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.54.39 AMWe offer our condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy in Alabama.  Huge Kudos to logtime SA’er “Puffyjman” for keeping his head on during the bad, bad times on Mobile Bay.  Here’s his report, and there’s plenty more first-hand words in the thread.

We had just finished on a Tripp 26 and threw the kite up for the ride back to FYC when it hit us. According to the Ft Morgan weather station there was an initial gust of 62 followed by 20 min of 50 then over an hour where it was over 30. We were fortunate to have a boat full experienced sailors that didn’t panic and did what it took to secure the boat and ride the storm out.
When it had settled down we threw a blade up and proceeded to head to FYC when we spotted three sailors floating, we rescued them and had learned they were sailing a Cal 24 that turtled and sank. They were in the water for more then an hour and were in shock as they lost 2 crew to drowning. We got them safely back to FYC.

The sailors we rescued yesterday were all wearing PFDs, they stated that the two victims were also wearing PFDs. The chop on the bay was so incredibly steep that it may have contributed to them drowning as the water was constantly breaking over their heads. Ironically one overboard sailor survived a three hour ordeal without a PFD. I’m not advocating against wearing life jackets I’m just telling you what I know that happened yesterday.

My thoughts and prayers to the families of victims of this tragedy.

 

April 27th, 2015

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Will the G4 capsize videos never end? What’s the saying – bad publicity is better than none? Very well done by Martin Keruzoré who unfortunately lost all his photo equipment during the unanticipated wet excursion… Title inspiration from the worst James Bond movie ever.

 

April 26th, 2015

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Alabama Marine Resources has confirmed that bodies of people believed to have been participating in the Dauphin Island Regatta Saturday have been recovered from Mobile Bay. The number of bodies found have not been released. Coast Guard officials said earlier Sunday that 4 people were believed missing after a storm moved through the area, smashing boats and pitching racers into the water.  According to the Coast Guard, one person was pulled from the water around 9 p.m. Saturday night, but at least four others have been reported missing or unaccounted for.

The weather system moved through the area Saturday afternoon as the race was ongoing, with gusts at nearly 75 mph. Racers reported that boats capsized and masts were snapped. Several people were thrown into the water. Other racers helped to make some rescues, according to the Coast Guard.

Here’s a different look at the storm from onboard as well..

 

April 26th, 2015

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Another sucky light air Newport to Ensenada Race at least had  a pretty amazing battle for first to finish monohull. Know the players?

 

April 25th, 2015

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The world governing body for sailing, ISAF,  is threatening to move events for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics out of the city’s polluted Guanabara Bay unless “a whole lot more is done very quickly” to clear the site of floating debris and sewage.

Wow, what a bold step. Any idiot could have, and would have said this months and months and months ago…-ed.

 

April 25th, 2015

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fédération Française de Voile. Finn.

Putting his shoulder into it at the ISAF World Cup Hyères. Tons more shots from Christophe Launay right here.

 

April 25th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 8.50.52 AMClean Report

The G4 ‘Wipeout’ video has already racked up some 330,000 views in less than a week, well on its way to million-view status.  But I barely had time to enjoy it last week before Gunboat Marketing chief Lauren Bataille sent me a text message.

Still coming?” she wrote of my already-booked trip to Antigua for some G4 racing at Sailing Week.

Maybe I’m crazy, but watching a sweet 30-knot run segue into a gentle capsize didn’t make me nervous; in fact, it had the opposite effect, and sitting here at Newark airport waiting for a connection to Antigua, I find myself watching that video over and over again.  What would I do?  Where would I hang on?  Do I really want to find out?

My answer remains as it was in my response to Lauren.  “Hell f*&^ing yes!

My seven-months pregnant wife always knows how to cut to the chase.  “If she flips, be sure it wasn’t your fault,” was her first directive.  “Oh, and wear a helmet.  And have fun.”  That part should be no problem at all.

Got questions about the interior, the exterior, the foils, the stove, the capsize, the electrical system…or anything else?  Well, so do we.  Plant yours in the G4 thread (without being a dick) and we’ll try to get an answer for you. Keep an eye in the forum, on the front page, and especially on SA Facebook for video and pics from Antigua.

 

April 25th, 2015

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We’ve been following young Ben Hartnett for a couple of years now, and this 18-year old university student from Southeast Oz is well on his way to becoming the next big talent in sailing video.  He shot this tasty big-wave video at Sandringham Yacht Club with three boats training under Victorian Institute of Sport Geoff Woolley.  He told us more about the shot:

We were just in a rib and because the waves were so big we were completely soaked after 2 minutes of filming. About 5 minutes into the shoot my main camera (canon 7d) copped a full wave and well. That was the end of that camera’s life. But luckily I had the gopro to use for the rest of the time on the water.

Ben shares his photos on Instagram and you can get in touch with him (or if you have the balls to try something fresh, hire him for your next regatta) at the SailingShack Facebook Page.

 

April 24th, 2015

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This looks pretty nasty, but they got it together at the the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series, even if the races got cancelled! Photos thanks to Alex McKinnon.

 

April 24th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.13.27 AMWe’ve been telling you for months that Russell Coutts is funding a Japanese entry for the next America’s Cup, and the Independent has the confirmation this morning that another commercially viable backer of the world’s wealthiest men has joined the fray for AC35.  Banker Masoyashi Son and his Kansai Yacht Club (to include Dean Barker at or near the helm). Like Franck Cammas’ team, the Japanese will be subsidized by Coutts’ and his designers.  With Artemis and Ben Ainslue Racing having allied themselves against the ETNZ/Luna Rossa bloc on every issue, it appears that the Coutts and Ellison plan to kill off everything historic about the AC is just about complete.  The funded but always-underperforming Artemis anchors a group of ‘little sisters’ to Coutts’ team, including Team Ben, Oracle Team France and Oracle Team Japan.  With Coutts having done everything he could to land in Bermuda while screwing all American fans, the AC Anarchy forumites have already dubbed the Coutts team “Oracle Team British Overseas Territory”, or OTBOT.  We agree.

Meanwhile, Russell Coutts continues to defend himself on Facebook like some mentally deranged person in the SA forums; to paraphrase; “Watch me bring in Japan – they’re even bigger than Luna Rossa!”  We are frankly amazed that he is even allowed to speak in public, but with Larry old and sick, there’s literally no one left to reign in King Rusty.

Out in the wilderness, Emirates Team New Zealand awaits as the sole challenger with a real America’s Cup history.  The fight for AC35 will be a fight not only for the Cup, but a real quest, with actual good guys and at least one actual bad guy.  He wears black.

April 24th, 2015

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The new Shaw 11 Meter Little Nico is about to rip shit up. Powered by Doyle NZ, we expect great things from the Van Munster build…

 

April 23rd, 2015

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…and two to take him. Take a look at the awesomeness of the AC! The Potential Economic Impact report looks like it has a lot of, um, potential. Hmmm, we’re not seeing much about how ‘Frisco took it in the shorts last time.

But we’ll keep looking…sure we will. Happy reading.

 

April 23rd, 2015

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Just about perfect for a caption contest, no?

 

April 22nd, 2015

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It’s not much of a secret any more, but we might as well let you in on the news that Key West Race Week will be back on the schedule for 2016, thanks to a group of Storm Trysail Club vets and run by St. Thomas YC’s Bill Canfield.

Add this news to the various efforts sprouting throughout Florida to race to Cuba and/or rekindle the SORC, and we come to one conclusion: South Florida’s big boat racing scene might well be on the road to the kind of recovery that one-designs have already seen in Miami, Pensacola, and Davis Island.

We’re quite sure Key West is capable of being re-ignited, and we know Bill is smart enough to make it happen.  We also know the STC runs a damned good regatta up in Block Island. That said, this ain’t an easy one; it’s going to take an awful lot of hard work to bring life and credibility back to a regatta that spent the last decade throwing it all away.

Canfield runs one of the most respected regattas in the Caribbean, though he hasn’t been immune from the down numbers and sponsor flight seen throughout the caribbean over the past few years.  The STC continues to flirt with success, but many of their southern efforts have fallen flat.

There are two things Canfield and his crew have going for them. The first is the astonishing pent-up demand of sailors looking to go to Cuba, and the end of KW Race Week is the perfect excuse to race to Havana.  If the STC can lock up a Cuba Race (there are now three different groups exploring such a race in 2015/16), it will be a huge boon to Key West racing.  The second tool they have to grow the event is the fact that several high-profile classes really want to race it – classes like the TP52, GC32, and similar – though we think this doesn’t really help a more general regatta at all, and could in fact hurt it.

We expect an announcement from the new organizers soon, and the way they do it will give us all a clue on whether it will succeed.  Is it the same old crap, from the same old players? Or is it something new from a group that understands the world we live in today?

We sure do hope it is the latter.  America needs a great January regatta, and there aren’t that many places as good as Key West.

 

April 22nd, 2015

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When Sperry signed on to be a part of Sailing Anarchy’s year-long media World Tour of some of the most interesting events in our sport, we had no mysteries about why.  “You guys ooze the kind of passion that Sperry was founded on, and we want to help you share it with the world,” said Dave, one of their marketing bosses.

That’s the easy answer; there is a deeper, more painful answer to ‘why?’ – and it’s the reason Sailing Anarchy has been the world’s best sailing website for the past decade.  Because this is not our job; it is our life, and without sailing, there’s a good chance that the folks who run the place wouldn’t be alive today.

So click the player above and learn what sailing means. To us at SA, to Petey behind the lens, to our sponsors, to our friends, but most importantly, to all the folks who do whatever it takes to bring the next generation to this lifesaving sport.

Gorgeous work from Petey Crawford; The first two parts of the series are here and here.

 

April 22nd, 2015

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Sure, we’d prefer less clothes, but we like it! Jesus Renedo shooting sexy Olympic sailors in Hyeres, before the sailing world cup.

 

April 21st, 2015

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There surely must be something behind this level of whining. Why tout all the effort “marketing and promoting” about this regatta, then attack someone who did nothing but help to promote it? Whatever, it is incredibly lame.  No wonder this sport can’t get out of it’s own way…

Gentlemen,

As Fleet Captain at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, I am responsible for the organization, planning, and execution of over 40 sailing events we host during the year. The Baldwin Cup is one of the premier events NHYC hosts during the year and it takes considerable time, effort, and expense to put on such a comprehensive event. One of the areas where we spend considerable time and money is the marketing and promotion of the Baldwin Cup – which includes our PR / communications team, photographers, bloggers, graphic designers, and video production and editing professionals.

After receiving the e-mail / newsletter from WD Schock titled “Best Baldwin Yet”, I was surprised to see such significant inclusion of the NHYC owned and copyright protected promotional materials inside of your corporate promotion.

Can you please refer me to the individual(s) from NHYC who authorized WD Schock to use these materials and the contract where this agreement was executed??

If no such agreement is available, can you please remove the NHYC / Baldwin Cup copyrighted materials from your promotional campaigns and provide a documented apology to our writers, photographers, and videographers for this breech of use?

Finally, the Baldwin Cup is a private / invitational event intended for the racing participants and the invited guests of the Organizing Authority (NHYC). All the non-racing hospitality and social functions are invitation only events. In the future, please be sure you are included in the invitations for the specific events before arriving unexpectedly.

Thank you for your attention to these matters,

Sincerely,

John K. Fuller
2015 Fleet Captain – NHYC

 

April 21st, 2015

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Love this shot from Christophe Launay at the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2015 – Hyères. Tons more right here.

 

April 21st, 2015

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