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A subscription to Seahorse. If Santa were a sailor it¹s what he¹d want. Print. Digital.

 

December 18th, 2014

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small fryMy name is Julio Paredes and I have a 7 year old son that sails on an Open bic in the Columbia River in Oregon.  As the wind pics up here in the Gorge, the Open Bic becomes hard to handle especially downwind for a 50lbs kid.

Sailworks, a local windsufing sail loft in Hood River, has designed and produced a 3.3 sail for the Open bic that is way better quality than the stock sail and for a fraction of the price.

Just wanted to share this with other parents in the same situation.

 

December 18th, 2014

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There’s something special about a pretty drawing, and Francois Chevalier has long been the world’s most interesting racing yacht illustrator.  He and the Anarchists over at the ChevalierTaglang blog have knocked up not only this awesome drawing of Comanche, but all 5 of the Supermaxis contesting this year’s Hobart.

They’ve even got analysis, and thanks to SA’er ‘nuttyrave’, you can check it out here.

 

December 17th, 2014

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lemon and lineThe history is a little foggy, but Lemon & Line was launched one summer night over a healthy ration of Dark ‘n Stormys. Staring down at the weathered turks head bracelet on his wrist, life-long sailor David Norton saw the opportunity for something different.

Using only marine grade materials, he set out to make the “new” rope bracelet. Clean & subtle in approach, Lemon & Line debuted the original square knot bracelet in 2010. Now offering a large selection of bracelets and other accessories, Lemon & Line has something for the sailor in all of us. Visit the flagship/headquarters at 421 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Facebook here.

 

 

December 17th, 2014

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Finally, here is the full story, as only the skipper could tell it.  55 minutes of everything about the why, the how, and the what next after the shipwreck that shocked the world.

Huge thanks to the M32 Series, Gosford Sailing Club, Redhanded TV, Penalty Box Productions, Morten and Team Vestas Wind, and Megan, the blonde groms, and Rusty for helping make it happen, and of course thanks to the Anarchists for giving us mostly excellent questions for Nico.

And if you want to see the boys in blue back in the race, tell them so on Facebook. 

 

December 17th, 2014

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shredded sailorWith Key West just around the corner it’s well past time to drop weight for the procrastinating grand prix racer; want to learn how the most elite fighters cut 20 pounds in five days?  Don’t try this at home, kids – this is just an illustration of just how crazy weight manipulation can get.  From Tim Ferris’ blog.

WARNING: Even though boxers and wrestlers have been manipulating weight in this fashion for decades, it has the air of illicit activity. And though it’s legal in MMA competition, you should *never* try this at home or without medical supervision. Excessive dehydration can kill you. “Cutting weight” has no place in real-world dieting or behavior.

This is NOT an article on sustainable weight loss or healthy living. Rather, it’s a fascinating look at how far athletes and scientists will go to manipulate the human body for competitive advantage.

Imagine this: It’s Saturday night and you’re a top-ranked MMA fighter who just stepped into the cage to fight for the 170-pound Welterweight Championship.

Question: How much do you weigh?

The answer may seem obvious: 170 pounds, right? But if you followed the steps of extreme weight manipulation, the real answer is that you weigh somewhere between 185 and 190 pounds. That’s 15-20 pounds more than the “cutoff” weight of 170.

24 hours before you stepped into the cage, however, you did in fact weigh 170 pounds. You had to. Friday night was the official weigh-in where you and your opponent both stripped down to your skivvies, stepped on the scale in front of the judge, and prayed that the number on the scale hit 170 or lower.

But once you stepped off that scale it was a race to gain weight.

I find this kind of physiological puppetry very interesting. Most of us regular guys have a hard time gaining or losing just 5 pounds at a time.

But the top combat athletes can lose up to 30 pounds in just 5 days leading up to the fight. Then they can gain nearly all of it back in the 24 hours between weighing in and going toe-to-toe.

READ ON.

 

December 17th, 2014

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Mr. Clean’s headed over to Abu Dhabi next week to bring you more of what a sailor wants to see, but already, SA Middle East Bureau Chief Jeff B is on the ground putting his own slices of life together with some Canon L glass.  He ain’t Borlenghi but he’s got a good eye, and we can definitely say we’ve got the only VOR-accredited photographer who flies fighter jets!

Jeff caught this awesome Lego Team SCA boat in the race village, and we learned the (now old) story of why it’s going with them around the world; very cool stuff that you can learn too if you get to the Abu Dhabi Stopover thread for all sorts of pics of the haulouts, the teams, the race village, the Boatyard, and much more.

And don’t forget to check out the live feed when Clean and the VOR team bringing you the In-Port Race and Leg 3 Start on the 2nd and 3rd of January.

December 16th, 2014

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We were so motivated by the youth-centric feel at last week’s Melges 32 Worlds (and stay tuned for the full movie from that one coming soon) that we arranged a little trans-oceanic conversation between M32 alums Charlie and Mark and the Worlds fleet on Team Alvimedica.  Petey Crawford and the Alvi editing crew put it together into a little story.  Maybe your school kids or sailing organization wants to chat to them too; can’t hurt to ask them on Facebook...

 

December 16th, 2014

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Likely old news for many of you, we dig it. Click on the pic and you’ll see.

 

December 16th, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 5.04.43 PMWe’re not quite sure how we missed this one, but here’s today’s Public Service Announcement:  Think about your GoPro helmet mount kit, and think hard.  Why?  Because there might just be a chance it could turn you into a paraplegic, or worse.

All this because of an interview with a lone French F1 journalist – Jean-Loiuis Moncet – who has been following Grand Prix legend Michael Schumacher and his very slow recovery from coma and paralysis after a skiing accident.   Moncet wrote in October that “The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the GoPro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain.” 

Because of Schumacher’s massive celebrity, this single sentence caused a shockwave in the world of high-flying IPOs and action sports.  GoPro’s stock (which had only gone public a couple of months before) immediately tumbled more than 20%, losing literally billions worth of market capitalization in a few short days (and other wearable cam makers followed).  According to Forbes, GoPro responded by immediately (and publicly) discussing legal action; perhaps this was what led to Moncet immediately labeling his comment as ‘opinion’ via Twitter just days later.

According to various sources, at least one German lab is testing to see whether a GoPro on your helmet can contribute to injury or reduce the efficacy of a helmet; considering the fact that more and more of you are wearing hard hats for your cat/kite/moth sailing, it’s probably a prudent time to wear your helmet as the engineers designed it rather than the way your HD loving ego would prefer, right?
It seems obvious when you think about it – doesn’t it seem stupid to glue a very strong, sharp-cornered bit of plastic onto the hard shell designed to protect your head?  Whether it is dangerous or not, there are plenty of other mounts to use…leave the helmet clear, for now.

 

December 16th, 2014

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How long are the entrenched, formulaic junior sailing problems going to continue to foist the piggy, overpriced antiquated  Opti’s and Sabots on a youth would otherwise not even bother setting foot in them if they weren’t forced to? This looks like a pretty god damn good direction to head. Wake up, junior programs, before the kids realize they’ve been duped for the last couple of decades or so… Title inspiration thanks to Young the Giant.

The Patapon is a simple, stitch and glue boat with a watertight mast pocket. The boat is built in marine ply with epoxy/glass laminates. Simple to build, very easy to sail and easily righted by a kid of ten years old. We are very interested in seeing lots of kids out on the water getting into sailing on their own boat. Watch one being built right here.

 

December 16th, 2014

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N00b ‘beezer’ asks: When someone says this is “Grand Prix” racing or a boat setup is “Grand Prix style,” what does that actually mean?  I assume it means a big boat and big bills?  Top of the line everything?  Is there a size cutoff? How do you define “Grand Prix Sailing” these days?

It didn’t take long for longtime Anarchist ‘ease hike trim’ (who’s plenty familiar with the world of GP sailing) to answer:

A Grand Prix boat must include at least two containers, one containing a minimum of five (5) longboard skateboards.  60% or more crew members must have nicknames that end in “ie” if Kiwi (Coutsie, Monkie, Stinkie) or “er” if Aussie (Splitter, Nipper, Stinker).  PBO fuzz on clothing.  Shoes tied to Da Kine backpack with initials or nickname embroidered on it.  Must begin at least 1/3 of all sentences with either “In Palma…” or “On ___  (fill in slang term for boat name i.e. “On Experi Mente we used to…)”…

What do you think Grand Prix Sailing means? Post up here with your answer.

 

December 16th, 2014

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We still cannot for the life of us understand what is going through ISAF, the IOC, and the dozens of governing bodies’ minds when it comes to the dangerous levels of pollution that even Brazil admits it won’t be able to solve as promised to the IOC by 2016, much less this summer’s Test Event.  As of Monday, the problem became not just dangerous, but life threatening, when Brazil’s most respected health institute said this morning that 3 of 5 test samples on the Carioca River (which flows directly into the bay) tested positive for KPC-enzyme producing bacteria, also known as ‘superbugs’.  Resistant to almost all modern antibiotics, treating these critters can require extremely toxic chemicals, treatments that can be even more destructive than the infections themselves.  Don’t think this is a big deal?  This shit makes MRSA look about as serious as blue balls.  And we still haven’t heard word one from any of our sport’s supposed caretakers…

Anyone still think the IOC and ISAF have the sailors best interests at heart?  Check the AP story here; now including quotes from a long time Canadian Anarchist!

UPDATE: Apparently IOC has more important things to deal with than the health and safety of its athletes.  Time for a gorgeous new Lake Geneva HQ building!

December 15th, 2014

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big keefSuccumbing to the same fear that spurred the creation of what has been dubiously called the ‘biggest spinnaker ever built’ for the Perpetual Loyal, Jim Clark’s big native was seen today sporting her own monster mega-kite, an answer to the 10-degree advantaged soaking power that shot the old Speedboat out the back of Wild Oats XI’s skinny ass last year.  While the window for a loose-luffed kite on boats these fast is extremely narrow, if those deep downwind angles are required, the fat girls are going to need every advantage they can get to stay in touch with the low-drag hull of the silver arrow.

The first problem?  Big ratings hit, which means the decision to carry or not will be a last-minute one.  The bigger problem? The 100-foot tall warrior head looks far more like the Rolling Stones’ own Energizer Bunny than it does a fearsome warrior.  But the motherf*%ker can play, can’t he?

Longtime SA’er ‘gybe-ho!’ coined the new sail’s name, forever now known as “Big Keef”in the continuously enjoyable trash-talk thread.

For a great look at a couple who’s really growing on us, head over to this Channel 7 sitdown with Clark and supermodel wife Kristy Hinze on whether the decidedly not fat-bottomed girl will race down to the Customs House on a jet or on a supermaxi.

 

December 15th, 2014

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From a healthy-looking yachtie to a meth-addled trucker in just 3 weeks; Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing war correspondent Matt Knighton shows just how hard life is at the extreme – and there hasn’t even been an extreme leg yet.  And he’s got the least physically demanding job on the boat.

Nice work from Ian Roman.  Now get that man a burger!

December 15th, 2014

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pt 1His crew have seen it too often to be surprised but Kenny Read is both a gifted showman and great ambassador for the sport. On a Sunday morning at Woolwich dock in Sydney, a fleet of local Optis’s were just finishing their session on the water when Kenny leaned over the rail to the Opti safety boat and extended an invitation to all the kids for a tour on board when they were done. It was priceless…

Thirty kids (and stoked parents…) wandered around Comanche with Kenny as chief tour guide as they turned pedestal handles, peered into the nav station, stared at the guys doing final engine checks and giggled when they saw the canting carbon head forward of the mast. When KR mentioned the Comanche was built just 2cm under the maximum allowed length of 30 metres, a little voice piped up asking why it wasn’t built just 1cm shorter… After the Opti tour bus had left we sped out past Sydney heads and picked up the pace, finding some very sweet sweet-spots – boy does Comanche fly…

Thanks to Rhino, Kelvin, Kenny and the crew for a Sunday blast. – Blue Robinson.

 

December 14th, 2014

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The required “bad-ass” look in big boats is the black on black look. How long until it’s white on white? These are a couple of bad-ass MC 38′s racing for the best black look. They both won.

 

December 13th, 2014

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After a thrilling final Team Brunel has won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutch Volvo Ocean Race boat sailed over the finish line in Abu Dhabi on Saturday morning 16 minutes ahead of the second-placed boat Dongfeng Race Team. It took skipper Bouwe Bekking and his men 23 days and 16 hours to cover the 6,125 nautical miles (11,300 km) from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Team Brunel now stands in 1st place in the general ranking.

The last miles were unbelievable tense. Yesterday Team Brunel lost the lead to Dongfeng Race Team. The distance between us was 1,5 Nm. In the following night the men of Team Brunel fought back to a distance of 0,7 Nm. “Nobody slept, it was a drag race,” says Bouwe Bekking with a smile on his face. “Suddenly the wind shifted slightly, this meant we could sail the last miles with a bit more speed and pass Dongfeng.” Jump in the discussion here.

 

December 13th, 2014

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Dongfeng Racing hangs on to a slim lead over Bouwe and the Brunel boys, with Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi team just a few miles back with a hair over 100 miles to the finish.  And when the sun comes up in Abu Dhabi today, the Volvo Ocean Race folks will bring the last piece of the Leg 2 puzzle to you live. Click the link above for the countdown timer, and look for videos, analysis, and share your predictions and banter in the thread.

 

December 12th, 2014

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Chris Nicholson sat down with us on Friday for his first real interview since his return to civilization, and with the help of about a hundred Anarchist-sourced questions we had an emotional, hour-long discussion that should answer all your questions about the grounding, the evacuation, the cleanup, the rescue, the salvage, and the future.  With both Clean and the Redhanded TV shooters in the air right now, the full edit will take a few days – but here’s a little teaser.

Be sure to check back right here on Wednesday for the full cut – it’s some of the best work we’ve ever done with one of our favorite skippers, and we owe a huge thanks to the following folks for helping to make it possible: Team Vestas Wind, the M32 Series, Redhanded TV, the Extreme Sailing Series, the Gosford Sailing Club, and of course Chris and Megan for making the long drive down to meet us.  If you want to see Nico back on the line in Newport, it’s time to start showing your support for TVW over on their Facebook Page.  You may very well make the difference…

 

December 12th, 2014

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