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Clean Report

Held just outside Tampa earlier this month, the US Sailing Leadership Forum was better than the vast majority of these things for one major reason: The attending members and presenters seem to have finally realized that there simply aren’t enough privileged white people to keep the sport of sailing alive in America for any real length of time.

The answer, it seems, is to support the real drivers who are creating future boat owners and crews, and driving the message towards the ‘nontraditional’ sailing clubs to help change the godawful perception of Americans that sailing is only for Larry Ellison and European royalty.

I had a chance in St. Pete to talk to an inspiring woman we think is the only Black female YC Commodore in America, and Karen Harris is a fascinating chat.  She told the interesting history of one of the Midwest’s oldest clubs, addressing the difficulties and successes of the predominantly black Jackson Park Yacht Club in Chicago.

For an interesting look at another inspiring Black female sailor, check out this cool profile of Ayme Sinclair in the mainstream black fashion mag Essence.

And yeah, we’ve used this title before.  Shoot us – we’re proud of our love for 80s new wave

Jump in the thread.

 

February 17th, 2018

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You really can’t make this shit up!  Dee Caffari’s Volvo team Turning The Tide… not only sailed within a few hundred meters of Jennifer Appel’s ‘ghost ship’ the Sea Nymph, but they got some great drone footage of the drifting shitbox that became the biggest story in the US news for about 10 minutes last year.  If you somehow never heard the story, here’s where you want to go and spend 2 and a half frustrating hours hearing from the crew.  And if you want to join the 2 people who’ve donated 15 dollars so far, here.

The rescued skipper of the Nymph is still arguing about it in here.

February 17th, 2018

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Given that this $2M, 3100-horsepower branding exercise/penis extension doesn’t even use Mercedes engines, I guess it’s…nothing? How long til the concept car, the boat, and Alex Thomson’s Benz-sponsored Open 60 do their photo shoot together?  Might be silly, but still sexy as…

Image credit Cigarette Racing.  Thoughts?

 

February 17th, 2018

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While walking the docks today with my gorgeous fiance, I spied Vince Brun standing on this Farr 40 at SDYC. “Hey Vince, is that yours?” “Yes. I just got it!” So we chatted for quite a bit – the Farr 40 NA’s and are in Long Beach this year and he wants to do that (bets on an early favorite, anyone). It was really great catching up with Vince. He is without a doubt not only one of the best sailors, ever, but just a super friendly and gracious guy. He wants to do the beer cans in San Diego which I think is so great coming from him!

He traded his power boat for the 40 (“Scot, I’m not really a power boater!”), and it will be cool to see Vince and team out racing locally. I know North and I aren’t besties, but talking with Vince today kinda made me wish I’d reached across the aisle a long time ago.

Oh well, to quote the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Never been a better time than right now!”

 

February 16th, 2018

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I am notorious for letting shit fall through the cracks, and this is a perfect example. Here are the questions: What is it and what year was it?  I deserve a beating. – ed.

 

February 16th, 2018

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The Biz

KPMG, the administrator for Oyster Marine Holdings in the UK, has received 45 expressions of interest in purchasing the Oyster Yachts brand. This was confirmed to IBI yesterday by CEO David Tydeman. He has also confirmed that the main cause of the group’s collapse was the insurance claims that followed the sinking of Polina Star III in 2015.

“There has been a good response to the administration, with KPMG receiving some 45 expressions showing interest in possibly buying Oyster,” Tydeman said. “KPMG will start the process of working through these next week with NDAs and bids and it will likely take several weeks to complete.”

Polina Star III sank off Spain in July 2015, generating a claim and counter claims of £7.2m. To date only £400,000 has been paid, leaving a £6.8m amount to settled.

“Payment of the claim against Oyster and our counter claims against Bridgland Moulders (a Norwich-based subcontractor) have been delayed and delayed and our shareholder, HTP Investment, became inpatient over the delays so withdrew their support. They feared that our claim would be unpaid by the time they had to pay the claim against us.”

The claim against Bridgland alleges improper moulding of the Polina Star 111 and three other yachts – Albatross, Meagan and Reina, which have since been repaired. The delays to the claim have lasted over two years and had been due to be heard late last year, but a further delay has now moved this to May or June this year. Thanks to IBI News.

 

February 16th, 2018

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Why is it that we see dudes wearing hats like that we think they have to be shitty sailors?

In the coming 24 hours it is expected that Enda O’Coineen will sail alone around the notorious Cape Horn as he endeavours to complete his solo sailing lap of the planet. O’Coineen set out from Les Sables d’Olonne in France on 6 November 2016 to compete in a round the world race called the Vendee Globe. On New Year’s Day 2017 Enda’s race came to a dramatic end when his mast came crashing down some 180 miles south of New Zealand.

This historic rounding will be only one of a few recorded times that an Irish sailor has rounded the infamous Cape Horn alone. He will be followed in a few weeks’ time by Annalise Murphy as she races around the globe as a crew member of one of the Volvo Ocean Race teams.

Speaking about historic rounding O’Coineen said: “Cape Horn is one of, if not, the most feared pieces of land to round on the planet. And it is certainly living up to it’s reputation as I approach with 60kph winds and roaring seas hurtling me towards the great cape. This will hopefully be the coldest and wildest weather I will encounter as I then turn north and start the final leg up the Atlantic Ocean and into Les Sables d’Olonne to finish what I started.”

“It’s hard to explain why I put myself in this position, alone, cold, and exhausted as the bottom of the earth but as any sailor or adventurer knows as soon as you reach your destination and accomplish your goal you quickly forget about the hardship. Right now I am living on the edge, moment by moment. Having the joint backing of two teams and flying both the Irish and French flags is an honour. The work of Le Souffle du Nord and the Atlantic Youth Trust keeps me motivated during the lows.”

The timing of the rounding coincides with Summer in the Southern Hemisphere however the latitude and converging seas make Cape Horn a daunting prospect year-round. For live tracking of O’Coineen’s voyage visit www.teamireland.ie

 

February 16th, 2018

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You don’t see this everyday….

On Wednesday, an EOD team with the Royal Navy’s Southern Diving Unit 2 detonated an 1,100-pound Second World War bomb in the River Thames. The vintage unexploded ordnance was found on Sunday during construction work near London City Airport. The discovery of the bomb led to the closure of the airport and forced the temporary evacuation of nearby residents.

After examination, the device was confirmed as a WWII-era, 1,100-pound tapered end shell measuring five feet long. Bad weather on Tuesday meant that it was unsafe to detonate the bomb, and the dive team guarded it overnight until calmer weather arrived. It was blown up at 1200 hours on Wednesday in the waters off the UK Ministry of Defense’s Shoeburyness range. Thanks to Maritime Executive.

 

February 15th, 2018

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Life does not always go according to plan, and that is the case for me. Due to some changes in life, I am sadly putting my Santa Cruz 33 Anarchy III up for sale. We never really raced it enough to get it going the way I know it can, but did manage to trophy in the Hot Rum Series and win the CRA Year End Regatta. The boat is a classic, and is a very cool old school racer/cruiser.

Check the ad here and if you know someone who might like this thing, send it to them. – ed.

 

February 13th, 2018

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We can tell you one thing, it appears to only have one sail…. Bring it.

 

February 13th, 2018

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