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Clean Report

Musto and Torqeedo make our European coverage possible this month, please check out their offerings online or at the METS show this week.

At the invitation of onsite project manager Jan Majer, I took a quick side trip yesterday to the industrial wasteland of Burriana, Spain a few hours south of Barcelona.  That’s the home of Longitud Cero – Spain’s top composite boatbuilder and the temporary home of the new Warrior (ex-Camper).  She’s already had all her moving bits stripped off with some modifications scheduled for next week, and will be coming soon to an island regatta near you some time this winter.  You’ll barely recognize her when you see her, but you’ll never forget the new paint job – we discussed this, the bigger modifications to the boat,  the Warrior Sailing Project, and tons of other subjects in ultra-high performance racing with Jan and rigger Ryan Breymaier during a great SA Podcast that will drop next week.  Will the boat originally nicknamed “Clifford” for her doggish ways become one of the fastest monohulls in the world?  Keep an eye here for the podcast…

Special thanks to Bruce Schwab/Ocean Planet Energy and Doyle Sails NZ for their support of our reporting, and a special note to the media team at ISAF World Sailing; while there’s plenty they do poorly, their live streaming of the important Annual Conference is solid and well-considered, and it allowed me to take a side trip to a cool spot rather than sitting in my ass in a meeting all day.  If you have a reason to care about the governance of the Olympics and the sport itself, there’s hours and hours of occasionally useful information in the videos here.

Title shout to one of the pioneers of hard core and an appropriate song for all Americans this week.

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November 12th, 2016

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