Looks like we’re going to Rio after all! Story here.
July 26th, 2016
The Esse 750 International Class held its second official class regatta of the season in pretty (famous) St. Moritz last week. Unlike last year, the 8 teams from Switzerland, Denmark and the USA were faced with somewhat cloudy weather as well as little wind on the first two days of the event. In return, these circumstances made more time to enjoy social life in the midst of the breath-taking scenery. Nevertheless, the regatta eventually also found a happy ending on the water.
Report (with results and photo gallery).
July 26th, 2016
Lior Lavie is a member of the Team USA Coaches. He is a highly respected and much liked coach. Team Anarchy got to know Lior at a regatta in China and as much as we’d like to hire him to coach us, we have realized that we are uncoachable.
SA: Dude, how did the US win The Optimist Team Race World Champs?
LL: They just did not lose any race! Simple!
SA: Tell us about your background. Just who the hell is Lior Lavie?
LL: Little Israeli from a small village. Moved to Miami at the end of 2012… I have a dog name Maya she is my assistant coach.
SA: Share with us us your coaching techniques (even specific to this event). Are there particular areas that you focus on? What weaknesses do you search for? Strengths?
LL: I think every coach has his own style. I like to implant on all sailors low profile behavior. In other worlds I tell them “I don’t want anyone to know who you are, don’t do stupid things, stay focused – go to work, do it good, go back home eat, sleep and do it over again the next day… It’s nice to work with those kids and try to get into their heads and understand how they think. If you do it well, you will be able to create a comfortable environment for the sailors to preform the best. If a sailor has a weakness and we have time to fix it, then we do it. But if not we just focus on other parts and letting the instincts of them kick in.
SA: Without sounding cliched, how much does attitude matter? Do you look for kids with anger? Patience? How “tough” does a kid have to be?
LL: Yes! It matters. You are talking about something that is mental. Not only physical. These events are long. 8 days straight. And all the preparations are exhausting… so if a sailor is “tough” then he has a big advantage over his competitors. They need to want to be as good as possible and if they are there just to participate then something is wrong…
SA: Have you kicked kids out? If so, what reasons?
LL: In training absolutely. Reasons? Disrespectful behavior, being late, repeating same mistake more than few times.
SA: Are you able to immediately recognize brilliance?
LL: I don’t think so…
SA: The common saw is that other counties are better sailors than here. Is that bullshit? Why or why not?
LL: I think the US is very focused on college sailing. Plus, it is a private funded sport. So you get a huge amount of sailors stopping sailing or continuing into the C420 which is not a high performance boat. So maybe in the Opti US is good, but not after that class. I think change is coming now to change in the last 2-3 years, as you can see the i420 class is growing, and the 29er as well. We have podium in last 2 years in the i420 worlds, junior worlds and Europeans. So something is going in the right direction. But still it’s all private funded…
SA: If you could implement universal coaching standards, what would they be?
LL: I can’t. Each coach has his own opinions and sailing is an art. There is no right way to sail upwind or tack… if it’s fast, and getting you faster to the next mark it doesn’t matter how you do it. Don’t break rule 42.2 unless Oscar flag is up!
SA: How do you deal with overbearing helicopter parents:
LL: It is hard… it depends on the type of the chopper!
SA: Tell us what you are doing now, and what is on the schedule?
LL: just came back from winning IODA North Americas Championship in Antigua, coaching Uruguay and Antigua.
SA: Will you coach me?
LL: Only if you invite me to drive your bitchin new car.
SA: No deal.
July 26th, 2016
Southern Spars yesterday announced it has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat for the 35th America’s Cup. New Zealand’s Southern Spars has provided masts for a range of different teams in every America’s Cup for the past 25 years, including the victorious Black Magic campaign in 1995.
The boat, a 50ft foiling catamaran, will be launched early next year ahead of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series and America’s Cup to be held in Bermuda from the beginning of May 2017. Emirates Team New Zealand said it will be its most technically-advanced yacht ever.
Last month, Emirates Team New Zealand launched its first custom-designed development boat, which Southern Spars is also producing the wing-sails for. Emirates Team New Zealand’s chief executive, Grant Dalton, said Southern Spars was an obvious choice when it came to finding a manufacturer with the pedigree to deliver a yacht capable of winning the next America’s Cup.
“Our relationship with Southern Spars goes back a long way and this will be our sixth campaign together. We are delighted Southern Spars will be drawing on their broad and deep international experience to build the entire boat, with the exception of the beams. ”
Southern Spars director, Mark Hauser, said the company’s 25 years involvement in the America’s Cup and long relationship with Emirates Team New Zealand provided a wealth of expertise and experience to the campaign. “We are delighted to have been appointed. We will be bringing all of our people, processes, design and technology to bear in building a winning boat for Emirates Team New Zealand – backed by our comprehensive production facility in Auckland.
“Increasing the scope of our prior Emirates Team New Zealand work from masts and rigging to the overwhelming share of the boat is a great honour for us as we continue to diversity as a business. “The boat will take at least 13,000 hours for our team to build and so we are delighted but at this stage there is little time to celebrate.”
July 26th, 2016
Cool look, but do you know what it is?
July 26th, 2016
Patrick Rynne from Waterlust is one of our favorite people, in no small part because of his righteous pursuit of all things water.
Over the past few years I’ve noticed an interesting trend among sailing clubs, organizations and businesses: a general struggle to attract the next generation, i.e millennials. Why is this so? Sailing, at least from my perspective has an identity crisis in America. Professional sailing here is essentially subsidized by the very rich, making it almost equal parts entertainment as it is actual sport. Many yacht clubs (not all!), exude a sense of exclusiveness and self-importance that is quite frankly, stupid.
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, sailing can feel like it’s reserved for the elite, even though it absolutely is not. And oddly enough for some sailors in those aforementioned clubs, that last stigma somehow makes their experience on the water even more gratifying. Is it all that surprising that twenty-somethings, strapped with student loans and a propensity for seeking activities that maximize their fun/cost ratio, generally avoid this community? It shouldn’t be….
Enough with the bad, what about the good? Last year we took our first trip to Port Townsend Washington to make a film about the inaugural Race to Alaska. You may have seen the film and our write-ups here on SA. In summary, it was epic. Folks from all walks of life competing in a seriously hardcore event that didn’t take itself too seriously. They competed in home built boats, borrowed boats, restored boats, discarded boats, and just plain regular boats. The event felt inclusive, celebratory, and real. From the skippers meeting to the finish line, it was dripping with the heart and soul of sailing that makes the sport so very special. I left Washington last summer inspired and excited.
This year we decided to pass on filming the R2AK again and instead are embarking on a journey of our own that is inspired by that experience. Today we arrived in Annapolis to rediscover what it is we love so much about sailing. Our goal, to build two small wooden boats and sail (and paddle) them down the intracoastal waterway from Norfolk to our home port in Miami. To help us on this 1,000+ mile journey is the amazing team at Chesapeake Light Craft, a company that makes getting on the water accessible, exciting and affordable. With them, we’ve designed two custom craft that are specially designed for an epic nearshore adventure, now we just need to build them, paint them, and sail them home without sinking them.
Follow the adventure on your Waterlust social media habit of choice like facebook, instagram, or twitter. Watch our building progress live each day over the next few weeks via the workshop webcam, and stay tuned for our biggest film of the year, edited and presented one chapter at a time from the road as the experience happens. Send us your questions, comments, cheers of encouragement, and hilarious quips of disbelief. We want to hear it all!
We think sailing should be a fun, crazy adventure that all can enjoy…we hope you do too!
July 26th, 2016
For 33 years designs from the Reichel/Pugh studio have produced unparalleled results for their owners and made a distinctive mark on the sailing industry. With an average age of 38, the Reichel/Pugh team has a strong passion for design, naval architecture and engineering as well as sailing whether in monohulls, multihulls or kiteboarding. The company’s impressive portfolio ranges from the 1992 America’s Cup winner, America3, to groundbreaking one- designs for Melges Boats (the 32, 24, 17, 20 and the Melges 14).
The Reichel/Pugh portfolio also boasts purpose-built offshore record hunters including Transpac record breakers Pyewacket (76ft, 1999) and Alfa Romeo (100ft, 2012), as well as the 100-footer Wild Oats XI with eight line honour wins in the Sydney Hobart and record setting trifecta (line honours, race record and overall handicap) wins in 2005 and 2012. The studio has also produced breakthrough Superyachts including the 45m Visione, the 34m Nilaya, the 67m Hetairos and two Wallycento designs; Magic Carpet3 and Galateia. Now Reichel/Pugh is looking to a new market, one which is quietly exploding in popularity: performance multihulls.
The motivation to design this 45ft offshore performance catamaran started with a question from a prospective client. The client wanted a fast yacht for shorthanded offshore racing that also featured genuine cruising capacity; he initially asked us to offer a recommendation in choosing between a Class40 monohull and a custom multihull design. There may have been an expected response from a design firm with such long and successful pedigree in monohulls, but recent hires by the company have tipped the balance somewhat and, with nearly half of the design team owning performance catamarans themselves, the discussion was spirited and the conclusions divided. To explore the trade-offs in proper depth it was decided to develop a new multihull design.
July 25th, 2016
Team GBR has been at the top of Olympic Sailing since the US unintentionally abdicated its throne, and this video proves they’re not just better on the water, but they crush it in the editing suite and on social media, too. As huge Guy Ritchie fans, we dig this one hard. Enjoy, and head over here to check the comments.
July 25th, 2016
Did they save it? No they did not. Awesome shots from Martin Smith.
July 24th, 2016
We don’t know more than this, might you? This from the dailymaverick.com…
Diane Coetzer had always called Anthony Murray, the Leopard 44’s skipper, her brother-in-law, although technically it wasn’t true. But she had been the life partner of Jeremy Savage, Murray’s younger brother, for almost a quarter-century—had in fact raised four children with him—so the technicalities were beside the point. The important thing was, Murray deeply valued his relationship with the family, and they in turn loved nothing better than his stories of whales and trade winds and dodgy ports. A journalist and writer, Coetzer had begun compiling these stories into a book on Murray’s career. “He said it would be a bestseller,” Coetzer explained. “And then he could retire.”
In February 2016, the book had been on hold for a year. Coetzer’s journalism experience was being put to more urgent use, and she had been faithfully chasing down the story, trying to figure out how a yachtsman as skilled as Murray could simply disappear.
“From the time I first made contact with [TUI Marine] on February 5th last year,” she said, “there was an obvious resistance to giving me and Jeremy basic information about the vessel. It became very clear that they were not going to report the boat missing, so we had to do it ourselves.”
Coetzer’s contact was a woman named Nicky Murison-Burt, who worked in the operations department of TUI’s Cape Town office, which her email signature identified by its locally registered name of Mariner Yachts. The staffer in charge of appointing delivery skippers in South Africa, she was the person to whom the families of Murray, Robertson and Payne initially turned.
At 11.07 AM on 5 February 2015, the following SMS was sent from Coetzer’s iPhone to a contact listed as “Nicky – Tui Marine”: “Hi Nicky – I just tried to call you – my name is Diane Coetzer – I am Anthony Murray’s sister in law. I am just trying to see if he is delivering a yacht for you in Thailand – could you let me know with some urgency – many thanks – Diane”.
Coetzer, having grown concerned about Murray, and realising she didn’t know for whom he was sailing, had set about locating the company via Internet searches and phone calls. Mavericks Yachts in Cape Town had given her the contact for Robertson and Caine, who had then put her on to Murison-Burt, who called back within half-an-hour of receiving the SMS. According to Coetzer, she confirmed that Murray was sailing for Mariner Yachts, and that she hadn’t heard from the vessel since 18 January. “She reassured me,” said Coezter, “that it was a broken satellite phone. She claimed something like, ‘Broken satellite phones are not unusual, they can get wet.’ She told me that the emergency signal hadn’t been activated, and that this was a good sign. She also said, and I’ll never forget this, ‘They ran into a bit of bad weather’.”
July 24th, 2016