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It’s sure got a cool paint job. So what is it?

 

November 28th, 2014

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November 28th, 2014

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The rest of the world may see Thanksgiving as skivin’ off work and eating all day, but in an increasingly secular life it’s become something far more.  For most Americans, the harvest holiday gives us a little time to reflect on all the people and things that made our life better that year, those that deserve our thanks.  And so we share that with you.  Along with a picture we feel encompasses the spirit of giving, thanks to the interwebs.

To the millions of you spanning all corners of the globe – those who share our passion for the sometimes ridiculous, often enthralling, and occasionally sublime sport we all love – We thank you for enjoying it with us.

To the tens of thousands of you inside our strong Anarchist forum community, Sailing Anarchy thanks you for making us laugh, cry, and love, and sharing some of your most important moments with us.

To the thousands of you who contribute stories, photos, videos, legal funding, tips, scoops, and little nods of encouragement when we see you on the dock, Sailing Anarchy thanks you for giving us the power and the strength to carry on in the face of adversity. We believe our community has been helping to move sailing in positive directions over the decade and a half that we’ve been the insider’s go-to website, and we won’t quit.

To the hundreds of you corporate types who make the decisions to spend your hard-earned money to help us keep the lights on, Sailing Anarchy thanks you for your trust. Unlike most sailors, to you the sport is your livelihood, and we’re grateful you let us speak to our readers on your behalf.

And to the few dozen of you who really help us keep this place relevant and rollin’: The core writers, videographers, photographers, PR people, designers, builders, riggers, critics, event organizers, sponsorship specialists, project managers, coaches, pro racers and others who help us steer our coverage towards the things you feel need exposure, Sailing Anarchy thanks you for your commitment. Your plotting, planning, brainstorming, and hard work bringing the excitement of this sport to the world is bearing fruit. Keep it up and the next decade will finally reverse the trends of the past three, bringing millions of new faces to sailing over the next decade.  You know who you are, and we thank you for your courage.

To all sailors everywhere, we wish you and your families the happiest, healthiest, and safest harvest possible.  Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28th, 2014

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No words needed.  Have a great weekend!

 

November 28th, 2014

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the pointy end

SCOTW Sarah Niedzwiecki-Mecoy. Ladies day race,  Cape town 2014, Yacht Vulcan GP42, Pic credit Dave Mabin.

 

November 27th, 2014

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Screen_Shot_2014-11-26_at_20.16.33Props to Dongfeng Race Team for keepin’ it real and sharing yet another breakage from the Charles Caudrelier-led team.  Mast track troubles disclosed a few minutes ago add to their earlier padeye shatter and rudder breakage to give the French/Chinese team the early rep as the fleet’s boatbreakers.  As Harry Hogge said, “Loose is fast, and on the edge of control.”  Or it could just be bad luck.  Read about the mast track failure – an issue that can have major repercussions for the leg – and how they’re coping with it in this excellent entry from Dongfeng’s blog.

In any case, the bulk of the fleet is almost comically close together, swapping places just like NASCARs on the high banks.  There have been close Volvo legs in the past, but 6 boats separated by a handful of miles this far up the course?  NFW.

Track ‘em, chat about it, and watch videos here.

 

November 26th, 2014

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minitransitBob Salmon ignored the hundreds of people who told him he was crazy. He ignored rules, convention, and tradition. He knew it was possible, and along with the folks at the Penzance Sailing Club, he drug the Mini Class and Mini-Transat Race into existence.  It remains today one of the most respected and extreme races in the world, and without Bob, it wouldn’t exist.  Rest in peace, Anarchist.

Lots of background at the PZSC over here, where we got the pic, too.  For a 2012 interview with Salmon and some ancient footage, click here.  Here’s a little more from our friends at Adonnante.

 

November 26th, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 12.52.42 PMWe apologize to all the round-the-world fans for our continued slacking as our Senior Editor works on his comprehensive look at the renovated Volvo Ocean Race.  In the meantime, the Anarchists continue to get creative with the free tracking data that VOR HQ is sending out to the world.  There are constantly new bits of pretty colors to look at, and some of them are even useful – how’d you like to know polars for every boat in the fleet?

True, the data on the left isn’t all that accurate – it’s based on single 3-hour tracker data readings after all – but in a race that will probably be decided by boat lengths, the more information available to the fans, the better.  As long as they keep coming up with cool ways to display it!

The Polar on the right comes from SA’er “Volodia”, who has been propogating the simple but solid tracker many of us have been using to measure distances amongst the fleet.  Also active has been SA’er “C Hawk”, who built an entire ‘Public Tableau” experimental dashboard recently, featuring a wide variety of graphs, charts, and diagrams that document all sorts of interesting facts about the Volvo fleet.

Of course these developers are limited to the public data available, and we hope the VOR folks continue to add more of it to the stream.  But for now, these crowd-sourced tools are a must-see for anyone as dug into the race as we are.  So use ‘em.

UPDATE:  We’ve just learned about two new crowdsource data sites – here’s a map/tracker, and here are more data displays.

 

November 26th, 2014

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You might remember when we brought you a week of insane live-streamed video from the first-ever M32 Worlds in Porto Cervo back in what now seems like 1950.  With the class going way too exclusive for the past few years and SA staying far away from the inevitable mess, it’s easy to forget how integrated we were with the M32 Class back when it was roaring into big success.  And quite frankly, we missed it.

But there’s a new sheriff in town in the Melges 32 Class, and he tells us things have changed for the better, and more importantly, they’ve invited us down to Miami Beach to prove it.  We’re told the things we always loved about the class are back in force – the incredible excitement and competitiveness of the racing, the cameraderie of the skippers, amateur, and pro crews, and the laid-back and fun attitude that prevails even at a major World Championship.

We’ve got daily highlight reels and recaps on tap (with the help of kiteboarder Gretta Kruesi presenting), as well as live video updates throughout the Worlds from Clean, daily photo galleries from the inimitable Carlo Borlenghi, and there’s even talk of a long-awaited live talk show…be sure to watch this page for more, and follow the Melges 32 Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute reality from South Beach beginning next Monday.  Find out who’s competing over here.

 

November 26th, 2014

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November 26th, 2014

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From the Cap

Nearly a week onboard the fine vessel Team Brunel, time flies. Is it as we expected? Yes and no: some really nice days just after we left Capetown, blasting along, always pushing, but knowing you are in full
>control, it was the kind of sailing why we love this race. Now doing the less interesting part of the job, bashing upwind in 25 knots, wet on deck, several difficult sail changes,because of the unpleasant seastate. Once down below it is not much better as it is getting sticky warm. Some of us produce plenty of “gas”as a result of our delicious freeze dried food and with the hatches closed it smells like a pig farm.

By now we know by smell who are the offenders, no way to hide. Also have been running the engine nearly continuously since we left, as we try to to burn the excess fuel we had to take for this leg. We had to leave Capetown with a required full tank of diesel and knowing roughly long this leg is going to take, the excess burning goes terrible slow , but adds the extra couple of degrees of temperature down below. But even with that we are all smiles, a good bunch of guys, doing what we like: sailing and competing.

Cheers,

Bouwe Bekking

 

November 26th, 2014

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Local Knowledge

We’ve had an early cold snap here in the Pacific Northwest, distressing for those who’d prefer to ease into winter, but tantalizing to we who love to skim across frozen surfaces powered by the breeze. It was below freezing here in Spokane for nearly two weeks, but it wasn’t quite enough to produce usable ice. But the Flathead Valley was typically five to ten degrees cooler, with some nighttime temps near zero, enough to freeze Smith Lake, west of Kalispell, six inches thick! Phil spotted it, put the word out, and he and John proceeded to rip it up day after day. I had to wait til the following Thursday to break free of work, loaded up the Fed, and trundled off to the mountains.

I arrive early afternoon, and meet John at the launch. The predicted wind is a no show, but it’s sunny, still cool, and we strap on the skates and scout the lake. Numerous dead heads sticking thru the ice at the east end, and some open water where Ashley Creek exits the lake. We return to the rigs, break out chairs and beers to await some pressure. We eventually get a tiny bit, maybe two to three knots of breeze. John, with his World Championship boat and commensurate skill, gets her hooked up occasionally, teasing her into the teens, thanks to the hard and fast ice. I make a few desultory attempts, extremely doubtful of my chances, and a few times I can keep my steed rolling, but just barely. And as soon as the tiny puff vaporizes, I’m sittin’ still. We hang til near sunset, ever optimistic, but leave unrewarded.

Friday noon we try again, with similar results, even less wind, if that’s possible. So we again skate the perimeter, armed with fluorescent flagging tape and wands to mark the hazards. Don’t wanna be finding these things at speed! In the end, another nice day outside in the winter, just no adrenaline on tap.
I retire to the cabin in Rollins, lights out sometime after ten, only to be awakened at eleven by the predicted warm front arriving like a freight train! Breeze on! I return to slumber slightly giddy. Up at seven, it’s 35 degrees and still blowin’ hard! We’re on the ice by 10:30, rigging. Phil’s the first one to launch with his 4 meter kite, and he’s off like a shot! It’s rare that we get to run the iceboats with the kite skiers, they generally want a rougher surface than we’re looking for, but the warm temps and serious breeze have softened up the ice enough for him to get an edge. John’s off next, and I follow shortly. Ah, it’s good to back in the saddle!

Clouds move in, and with them come snow squalls. The wind becomes much more variable, dropping from our initial runs, and picking up as the squalls pass thru the valley. Phil and I return for larger rigs, John, having made the right choice of sail size initially, continues to cut it up. The surface is warming fast, producing significant puddles, and now thin sheets of ice are being torn off by the runners. All of which makes for a damp ride. Around noon we converge on the launch, for dry clothes, a bite to eat, and maybe a beer.

It’s starting to fill in now, and after a few more runs I have to rig down to the 4.5 meter sail. Perfect! She’s fully powered up now, the runners are biting well, and both John and I are approaching 50 mph on the downwind sprints. Which uses up this small lake quickly! John parks at the east end and breaks out the video camera. I race around him, trying to maximize my speed as I pass by him. It’s blowing a steady 20+ now, and it’s a challenge to control the boat. Apply too much power, or turn too sharply, and my rear runners break free, and she goes into a violent spin. One mistake, and I do a 720 degree spin, which I exit backwards, still travelling 20 mph!

I relieve John on camera duty, and he gets to show off, making the same loop, looking much smoother than me. This is the best pressure of the day, and it’s the kind of sailing we dream about, sometimes never seeing in a season. And here we are in November, already chocking up an epic day.
Phil’s burned up his available reserve of energy, and we’re winding down as well. As the sun rushes the horizon, we head in and pack up the boats in the waning sunshine, grinning stupidly again!
What a sport! Patience rewarded!

Dave

 

November 25th, 2014

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November 25th, 2014

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paris loveOn Nov 15th at 14:34 AST Stanley Paris, aged 77 rounded St. David’s Lighthouse in his second attempt at Dodge Morgan’s 150 day Bermuda to Bermuda record to circumnavigate single handed, non stop and in this case without the use of fossil fuels, via the great capes. His vessel, Kiwi Spirit a 63′ Farr Yacht Design experienced a number of mechanical and rigging issues during an attempt 12 months ago that collectively had the shore team encourage him to pull the plug at Cape Town after 50 days at sea.

Stanley Paris is a determined individual who does not let failure dissuade him from trying again. As an previous 70,000nm circumnavigator ( with crew ), Hawaii Ironman finisher and having swum the English on two occasions out of five attempts he was not going to give up after last years effort now viewed as an excellent shake down cruise. Previous multiple solo circumnavigator Steve Pettengill was hired as project manager at the end of last years attempt and has added the necessary refinements to both sailor and yacht to give Stanley Paris the best opportunity to complete the journey.

Follow Stanley Paris and Kiwi Spirit via www.stanleyparis.com

 

November 25th, 2014

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Are you getting stoked for the Sydney Hobart Race?  We sure as shit are, and judging from longtime Sydney-Hobart photographer Andrea Francolini’s Facebook Page, he is too (and thanks AF for sending over a higher-res shot of this 2006 dunking for the SA’ers).  It’s not just the long-awaited US vs. AUS showdown between the wily, old, rarely-defeated veteran Wild Oats XI (going for her record-breaking eighth overall win) and the bleeding edge Kenny Read-led star-spangled Comanche.  Even better than this tête-a-tête is a big upswing in the typical fleet size (up to 117 boats for this year) thanks to the extra buzz of the race’s 70th anniversary.  Relive some of the great shots of the past with Andrea as well as some non-sailing Sydney vistas over here. The CYCA is on board with the nostalgia too – how about a movie from the 1974 race?

And for some classic SA shit talking between the Aussie fanboys and the yank shit-stirrers anxious to prove their maxi is bigger than yours, start here.

November 24th, 2014

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Clean Report

The last time the supremely badass RTW’er Dee Caffari and I shared an on-screen moment was during the 2012 Vendee Globe, when we sat in a TV studio together for about six hours commentating on the start of the race.  I fell in love with her incisive wit, open nature, and vast knowledge then, and knowing how much she longed for the sea when we were sat in our booth, it’s great to see her joining Team SCA for Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race.  I grabbed Dee yesterday on the satellite camera for 17 minutes of open discussion about her training for the leg, the dynamics aboard the boat, what it’s like to come through the same spot she has multiple times – but with a crew this time – and most importantly to their fans, just where the girls are bleeding miles and where they’re strong.  Worth a listen for any fan of ocean racing, and required for anyone already as absorbed with the one-design VOR as we are.

 

November 24th, 2014

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November 24th, 2014

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We don’t hear much from the Caribbean’s ‘deep south’, but this pic piqued our curiosity about Grenada Sailing Week.  One of the earliest Caribbean regattas, GSW has great racing in a reasonably priced and beautiful setting, is as laid back as you like, and has chicks-to-dicks ratio hire than anything on the winter circuit.  Check it out here, and thanks to Derek Pickell and the Hot Stuff chicks for the great look from early 2014.

 

November 24th, 2014

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Frank Gehry has designed a building that, through its strength and singularity, represents the first artistic step on the part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This large vessel covered in twelve glass sails, set on a water garden created for the occasion,

Better known for its late night ladyboy whores, Paris’s Bois-Du-Boulogne is also one of the city’s biggest and prettiest parks and gardens – at least during the day.  And now, after a nearly decade-long saga, it’s also the home of one of the world’s most interesting ‘sailboats’.

Meet the Louis Vuitton Foundation’s brand new art museum and cultural center, a $150-million building that’s a piece of art in itself.  Designed by Frank Gehry and created to look like a stylized tall ship with dozens of flowing sails, the museum’s facade features some 3,600 glass and 19,000 concrete panels, which were simulated and then molded by industrial robots.

See what you can do when you keep that America’s Cup sponsorship money in your pocket?  Gorgeous work from Christophe Launay, with a big gallery here.  Video here.

November 24th, 2014

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The competition amongst Volvo On-Board Reporters (OBR) is easily as heated as it is between the skippers, at least at this early stage, because there is an immediate payoff for those who excel.  The best of each leg gets a cool 1,000 euro, and anyone who really hits it out of the viral park will have some very happy sponsors and decades of solid work ahead of them.  Given the importance of the OBR role, the commitment that VOR have thrown behind them, and the likelihood that the next 8 months will be – let’s say ‘instructive’ for the future of sailing and the media – we’re paying close attention.  And so should you.

Today’s VOR piece comes from the 2 meter tall, slightly insane cameraman Stefan Coppers (Team Brunel).  We had fun with the gangly, wild-maned Dutchman in Cape Town, and he promised to give us something we saw precious little of in Leg 1: Humor.  So for our OBR video of the week, we’ve got a little giggle for ya – click on it above.  There’s more good news today as well; over here is a gyro/steadicam look at a full gybe as requested by many of you and answered by the poet of the bunch, Dongfeng OBR Yann Riou.  We also note that Team Alvimedica is (thankfully) back to releasing a raw, daily ‘Boatfeed’ especially for the more educated fan; check out today’s here.  Also, there are now TWO teams who have their own apps.  Team SCA’s is here, while Brunel’s just got launched this morning over here.

Tabulated

You all may not know that the Volvo folks only run a portion of the videos coming off the boats; in order to really stay on top of what’s happening in the Indian Ocean, you need to follow the teams as well.  We’ve found our VOR mornings to be best served by opening a window with the following tabs in it.

Abu Dhabi Youtube

Alvimedica Youtube

Brunel Youtube

Dongfeng Youtube

MAPFRE Youtube

SCA Youtube

Vestas Youtube

VOR Youtube

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November 24th, 2014

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