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Sailing with wife, wife falls overboard. A major decision now confronts you. Do you:

A – Ignore what just happened, sail in and after a few beers go home and fall asleep, knowing that the next morning will dawn with the fresh light of freedom.

B – Ignore what just happened, sail in and after a few beers, call the Coasties to report the tragedy that has just happened to you.

C – Ignore what happened, finish the race and protest the RC for yacht materially prejudiced.

D – Ignore what happened for as long as you can, then grudgingly and angrily go back and save her, never, ever, letting her forget how she single handily ruined your regatta.


August 3rd, 2015

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old mini

Straight off their PR e-mail, we run this because we love the Mini’s. It is always great to take a look at the history and development of a class….

The 2015 Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe will be no different to previous editions in being a true laboratory for the latest developments in yacht design whose adoption will depend on how well they work and how practical they are. We look back on a race that is continually evolving.

Twin daggerboards, planing hulls, asymmetric spinnakers, carbon masts… These innovations were all tested for the first time on the boats of the Mini Transat. There is endless discussion on how the race and its technology have evolved – some innovations are adopted immediately while others get left by the wayside. We look back on some of the endless design and technical evolutions over the years. Read on.


August 3rd, 2015

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Classic Silver Bollard Regatta 2015, Port Adriano 2015 ©JesúsRenedo

Get it? From Jesús Renedo, the Sawn 65 “Hardship III “, against 20 knots of “levante”, during the Classic Silver Bollard Regatta 2015, in Port Adriano.


August 2nd, 2015

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Martha’s Vineyard is in full swing this time of year and it’s not just the Island that has been hot. On July 10-12 the waters off Martha’s Vineyard played host to one of the most unique Regatta’s to ever take place. When 88 boats ranging in size from 12 feet to 81 feet shared the water with 30 Foiling Kiteboards competing for $10,000 in the cash purse compliments of Lynch and Associates.

Sustainability for the Future
For 2015 the Vineyard Cup is building on its sustainable roots. For the past three years Sail Martha’s Vineyard has been moving up the ranks in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta initiative but this year decided to go a step further by committing to serve all Local food, which was either grown, raised or landed on Martha’s Vineyard.  This included greens and tomatoes from Island Grown Initiative, Chickens from Morning Glory Farm, Oysters from Honeysuckle Oysters and Pigs from The Good Farm among other Island purveyors.

In addition the event attempted to be a Zero Waste event, meaning that all food would be composted, all containers recycled and anything that can be reused will be reused. In the end we had 1 yard of trash, 90% of which was from the packaging of
materials provided to us by outside companies.

Maritime Heritage with a Progressive Thought Process
While Sail Martha’s Vineyard started with simple boat building and learn to sail programs back in 1992 it has grown immensely with classes ranging from Coastal Navigation to High School Vocational to Rowing to Captains License Testing. At the heart the organization still offers Island Children the opportunity to learn the skills of sailing for free. This in itself is a huge undertaking with 400 children taking to the water this summer alone.


August 2nd, 2015

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K-Mag shares his Transpac on Timeshaver with y’all.


August 2nd, 2015

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In the category of the gift that keeps on giving, former Oracle Racing sailor Matt Mitchell has filed a new suit against Oracle Racing.  The suit details the way Simeon Tienpont admitted to working on the king post, but does not remember who was where or when with him when the work was done.

Oracle knew that Tienpont had altered a kingpost, but did nothing about it.  Oracle Racing will of course have a chance to answer this suit.  In the mean time, this suit raises many question and one of the most important questions will be about the ISAF Jury and how they could ignore an admission of guilt and yet let that sailor walk away cleanly.  A part has been redacted and is under seal.  Why is it sealed?  Comment here.



August 2nd, 2015

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transpac trash

So other than this most recent Transpac sucking for most everyone, thee one theme that is the most disturbing is the amount of trash that every boat encountered. We ran into Alex Camet (Peligroso) at the airport in Honolulu and he was horrified by it.

He is writing an article for us about it, and in the meantime, K-Mag sent this pic from the J 125 Timeshaver,  - shit on every appendage – an all too familiar look these days in the Pacific…


August 1st, 2015

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Twenty I-14s came into Cascade Locks, the heart of the Columbia River Gorge for the 2015 North American Championships, held July 24-26, including 9 boats from Canada, with most of those making the long trek from Toronto. Sailmaker Dave Alexander and 3x world champ Dan Wilsdon made the long flight up from Australia making good use of an idle B6 as well as Marcus Korobacz swinging in from Adelaide and sailing with SF local Mike Lazarro.

The Gorge did not disappoint with boats getting out all week practicing. Blasting up the river hitting speeds in the low 20’s and getting tested by the Gorge shifts and blasts. All week the breeze was pretty solid in the low 20’s with periods higher and lower. Henderson Boats added a new trophy to the mix with the Gorge Speed Challenge… awarded to the average sustained top speed recorded over the 4 days of the event and that led to some beach chatter with people checking their times. Full Sail, Sessions, some Olympia and Ranier were flowing heavy in the boat park with the fleet getting on well. Apparently too much beer hit the slope and a wipe out took out early potential contender Brad Reutenik’s regatta with a broken rib. Where’s a doctor when you need one? Get well soon Brad!

Racing started up at noon on Friday and the breeze was cranked up to the peak of the week hitting the mid to high 20’s and puffs beyond with big shifts, some Gorge stingers and a few holes to keep everyone on their game. However, as attractive as she can be the Gorge can also be a brutal mistress and on day one she let herself be known to a good portion of the fleet, especially new comers. She was full on before the first race and half of the fleet either broke down, were broken down, or hit their limits early and made the smart move and headed in.

Seattle boats sail here the most often… and that was quickly shown with Steve Goodson & Alan Dierks posting a picket fence on day one. Flat boat, flawless crew work and ran a clinic for those who could keep up to see them. In 2nd from Seattle were Boatbuilder Kris ‘Hendo’ Henderson in his latest B6 with his most famous crew, Martin Fabiansson, lead singer of the famed I-14 house band ‘Hoist!’. 3rd on day one were Canadians Lauren Laventure & I14 President du Monde Jason Lemieux with consistent sailing through the day. Myself and Evan Sjostedt got through a tough day in fourth with Peter Haywire & Birdman trying to port tack the fleet every start in fifth. Really gents… did you try to port tack the fleet every race? Commitment!

Lots of beer consumed in Camp Canada and elsewhere that night (I am told) and racing started an hour earlier on Saturday. The day started lighter and the plan was for 2 races and a distance race 8 miles up the river and back. Top Seattle boats maintained form posting a 2, 1 on the first race with Kris Henderson first on this one.

The second race the RC decided to send us on the distance race early. Breeze was about 12-15 but quickly picked up as we started, rounded the top mark and started flying downwind (up river). Tremendous scenery here… if you haven’t been to the Gorge, add it to that ‘sailing bucket list’ we all have… it is epic. Fleet was splitting sides, trying to decide which was best. We had a good lead for a bit until the puffs started hitting the other side. About 2 miles up river the lead boats found the turning mark. Uh, isn’t this about 6 miles short?… (a bit of an RC misread we think but they were solid through out the rest so around we go) A lot of tight roundings at the mark and forced errors sent some searching for sturgeon. Our game fell off quick with a blown jib car, which took us out of contention. Goodson & Dierks took a 5th bullet on this one, Dave A & Dan Wilsdon getting the loaner B6 sorted for 2nd, and Haywire for 3rd. All went in for a long lunch and then upon setting back out a squallish Pacific NorthWest type big breeze canceled it out for the day. Racing done early… oh, what will the fleet do now?

Columbia Gorge Racing Association always puts on a nice event with a picnic style catered meal on Saturday night. We shared the course with 5o5’s, some Weta’s, and a horde of Aeros who were also in attendance for the feast. Add the pre-primed I-14 fleet with the party being strongly led by 9 Canadian teams staying in the adjoining camp, add lots of beer, a seeming never-ending cask of orange whips, a lovely Beaver inspired Piñata filled with airplane bottles of booze and let the games begin. Who doesn’t want a whack at the beaver? I’m pretty sure we will be invited back, I’m pretty sure the other fleets may ask to move their Gorge weekends away from ours, and I know we have inspired some converts. Well done!

So with hangovers in full tilt, we started at 10:30am on Sunday. Do they do this on purpose? A bit misty but breeze was on, we got a race in and then the fans shut off with an abandoned race to the chagrin of launched Laventure & Lemieux… and then a northerly filled in… and finally back on to some good Gorge breeze. At the end, we got 3 races in with super tight boat on boat racing in all parts of the fleet. Dave A and Dan Wilsdon showed their form winning the first 2 and then retiring for the day. Seattle team (Mike Karas?) that jumped in the regatta last minute on Chris Rutz’ borrowed B5 found the magic first beat lift and never looked back to take the final race, well done fellas, looking good, lets see you again soon.

i 14 gorge 2Goodson & Dierks showed they were human and posted an 11, 6, 5 for day 3 but still captured the North American Championship Title by 6 points. Kris Henderson and Hoist front man Martin got 2nd showing Seattle is tops here. Myself and Evan Sjostedt had a fair day with a 2,5,2 for the bronze. Lauren & Jason solidified 4th place being the top Canadian team and Lauren the top female 14er… solid and looking faster all the time. Haywire and Birdman 5th. See full results.

Seriously, a really fun regatta with lots of good sailing up and down the fleet. Great to see a number of ladies in the fleet on helm and crew… and fully competitive in breeze. Every boat in the fleet had their moments both good and bad and everyone learned how challenging the Gorge can be… how big those shifts can be and how critical that top boat handling is. Keep coming back and you will do better! The boats that sail here, do well here, and they do well in big breeze elsewhere.

Special thanks to CGRA, Dierk & Susan for putting on a great event and putting up with us. We do enjoy it! Photog Sean Trew for his work… love the photos Sean! To the Canadian fleet and especially Jason Lemieux, Chris Leigh, and Ashley Warburton for getting your fleet organized and out to this event. Great meeting all of you! So important we get our fleets together often and this is one of the great venues to do it, thank you for making the effort.

The Henderson Boat Company’s Gorge Speed Challenge ended up a tie. Jamie Reid and Cam Puckey posting a sustained 19.8 on Friday on Cam’s boat… Myself and Evan Sjostedt with the same, both done on Hendo built B6’s. Fun inaugural run and we’ll keep this one going at all 14 Gorge events. Check a vid from Monday prior… this one was faster, but not in the event window: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfkMqTm0uLo&feature=youtu.be
Lastly, hats off and huge congratulations to Steve Goodson & Alan Dierks on winning the 2015 International 14 North American Championships and the William Randolph Hearst Perpetual Trophy. Well done, and phenomenal sailing all around, you deserve it!

Skiff sailing is alive and growing in North America with the 14’s. The 14 Class has fleets in Toronto, SoCal, Seattle, NorCal, and Kaneohoe, HI and we are building elsewhere. The International 14 Class has a long history, crushing boats, tough sailing and heaps of fun. Check us out at: Web: I14usa.org Facebook: I14USA, I14 Twitter: #I14USA, #I14NA

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July 31st, 2015

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Has some of the true adventure been lost from modern day ocean racing? My first long offshore race was the Parmelia Race, a 13,000 mile jaunt from England to Australia. Nothing compares with rolling through the Southern Ocean trying to snatch a sun sight after five days of grey skies knowing that you are fast approaching the coast of Western Australia, but not really sure where you are. It was 1979 and the only way we could communicate with the outside world was to patch a single-sideband call through Portishead Radio in England. All we had for entertainment was the BBC World Service which we wired through to a cockpit speaker and listened to the evening news, or on Sunday nights a radio drama. Those we heady times for a 21 year old kid who grew up landlocked in South Africa.

So it was with great interest that I read about the Golden Globe Race being managed by long time solo sailor and adventurer Don McIntyre. Don competed in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge Solo Around the World Race at a time when the race was still an event for those seeking pure adventure rather than the competitive, professional event that it became. A sailing adventure, by my definition, attracts social misfits, renegades, loners and those running from ex-wives and/or the government and the early single-handed races attracted their fair share of all of the above.

The first Golden Globe race was held in 1968/69. It was the first ever solo non-stop race around the world and was won by Robin Knox-Johnston in his leaky double-ender Suhaili. Robin’s circumnavigation was pure adventure; over three hundred days eating canned food, no communication with the outside world except for a brief rendezvous off Tasmania to exchange mail, catching rainwater to survive,
and receiving a hero’s welcome when he returned to England. Now McIntyre wants to recreate that event on the 50th anniversary of Knox-Johnston’s circumnavigation, and he wants the race to have the same look and feel of the original. I love the idea.

In order to make the Golden Globe Race as authentic as possible McIntyre has a list of do’s and dont’s. For starters your boat must be “designed prior to 1988 with a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge.” That rules out most boats, but I am sure there are plenty of oldies but goodies out there with a lap of the planet left in them. The boat must be fiberglass, have a minimum design displacement of 6,200kg, and a hull length of between 32ft and 36ft.

Competitors have to navigate with a sextant, use paper charts (can you still get paper charts?), hand write their log books, and hand steer or use a wind vane. No powered auto pilots permitted. There are plenty of other rules including no outside assistance and one requirement that I think is quite clever. All sailors will be required to make a mandatory rendezvous off Tasmania in the same bay where Knox-Johnston stopped to make repairs to his boat. They will sail through a “gate” at which point the clock will stop, they will meet with the Race Director and media and hand over film and photos, but they may not take anything on board and definitely may not receive assistance in any way, by anyone. The clock will restart when they pass through the “gate” a second time.

McIntyre expects that he will get 25 entrants, the maximum allowed. He has received interest from 48 sailors in 15 countries, most of whom have been drawn to the race because of its simplicity and authenticity. This email from one potential competitor sums it up for all potential competitors. He wrote, “What I love about this race (apart from it solidifying a dream long held) is that you’ve created something that the average sailing person worldwide (with commitment) can compete in. It is therefore truly an open race as it is not open in class but truly ‘open to all’.”

I would love to enter but don’t think I have it in me anymore. I have been too spoiled. There were some answers that I didn’t see on the race website. I wonder if you can have modern foul weather gear. Clothing has come a long way since the days of oil skins (canvas coated with multiple applications of linseed oil sometimes finished with a layer of paint.) How about my iPad? Just for reading and music of course and are competitors required to eat a certain amount bully beef (spam) just for authenticity. I don’t know the answers, but look forward to following the race. Oh, and one last thing, Don McIntyre will compete in his own event. Now that’s commitment. – Brian Hancock. Check out his excellent blog.


July 30th, 2015

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The Royal Yacht Squadron celebrates their 200th anniversary with some big boat racing this week, something that might go unnoticed if it weren’t for Mark Lloyd’s eye for detail and impeccable timing.  The exclusive, absolutely spellbinding shot above of George David’s Rambler 88 is his gift to the Anarchists; check out the gallery here.


July 30th, 2015

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