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Race Report Donkey Punch Who says we don’t give J/105’s any love? J/105 sailors get a lot of flack in the forums around here, but I must admit they held an impressive National Championships over the past 4 days at the St. Francis Yacht Club. 10 races, 36 boats competing for the clean air (at […]

Big Pimpin’ Motivated by a sailing tragedy, TeamO Marine has shown belief, vision and Barnes-Wallis-style testing grit to develop seriously innovative products that are revolutionising safety at sea. Chris Reddish drowned during the 2011 Morgan Cup from Cowes to Cherbourg. While working on the foredeck, he slipped through the port lifelines and was towed to […]

Say hello to Theresa Brandner, Commodore of St. Francis YC, and this week’s Sailor Chick Of The Week. Here she is driving her J-105 in Frisco. It is our understanding that she is only 1 of 3 Commodores to helm their own boat in the BBS since 1993. In addition, she’s been actively racing (24 race days so […]

Dear F18 and other Sailors, A word of caution as week think about rejecting class innovations like DS, hard launchers and C-Boards under the principle that “new fangled stuff will add cost and drive members away.”. As an “old” salt who owned one of the first batch of lasers back when my area was all […]

From our New Toy series. If you have something new to you, send it on in! #1 son did well in the Opti white fleet in Long Island Sound last year in the club’s beater boat, which (no joke) was also used as a party raw bar. So he saved his own money to buy […]

Big Pimpin’ For the select few sailors looking for the ultimate in Grand Prix one-design, it looks like the TF-10 might just be it. With electronic rake control, off-watch bunks for distance races, and a M&M design that appears to be extremely well mannered, the TF-10 seems to answer all the right questions for even the out-of-shape or septuagenarian […]

The 45th edition of New England’s traditional multiclass classic, Buzzards Bay Regatta, took place at New Bedford YC in South Dartmouth, MA over the August 4-6 weekend.  The event drew 140 entries in 13 classes, ranging in tech from the venerable Shields class to foil Kiteboards.   Including the three Kiteboard classes (twin tip, open […]

Ronnie Simpson breaks down the 49th Transpac fleet for you ocean racing junkies.  While the America’s Cup hangover subsides, it’s easy to forget that the West coast’s most famous yacht race is already underway. Back for it’s 49th biennial edition, Transpac kicked off yesterday with the slowest boats starting in perfect weather, while the faster boats […]

A great post from the Key West Dead thread.  Maybe this will finally be what we need to address the professionalization of the sport of sailing. Both in terms of crew makeup, but also in terms of the social expectations that events like Key West have set up for us over the last decade: That […]

Big Pimpin’ Sure, UK Sailmakers focuses on making fast, durable sails; but we’re also interested in making the sport of sailboat racing better, more enjoyable, and safer. Here’s something to consider: Over the past few years a lot has been written and discussed on safety-at-sea: man overboard training, storm sails, PFDs, harnesses, etc. In fact, […]