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Pardon this unreal walk down video-memory lane. Those of us old enough to remember will find it amazing. Those of you who aren’t will also find it amazing, but probably not for the same reasons as the old bastards!  Jump in the thread here! Props to Mike Jones for the title inspiration.  

After the ass-kissing statement of support released last week by the ‘Euro 4′ AC35 challenger heads (Ainslie, Sirena, Percy, Cammas), we’re unsurprised to learn that, according to AC authority and AP writer Bernie Wilson, Russell Coutts specifically told ETNZ to stay home from a major, confidential Challenger/Defender summit meeting later this week in London. According to […]

SA’s resident Wx expert ‘DryArmour’ checks in with a report on El Nino.  For more, check the thread, and if one of the hundreds of uninformed news reports on the weather phenomenon has you confused, read this primer on the state of the Pacific. The Eastern and Central Pacific are as active as I can […]

As the entire world (or maybe just a few thousand die-hard ocean racing fans on the SA Forums) waits for the identity of the mysterious skipper behind the 7th and final Volvo Ocean Race team, just the other day,  former Mean Machine owner Peter De Ridder got behind the helm of one of the VOD65s […]

SA’er “US772″ checks in (with some editing help) from the Landsailing Worlds sailed last week in the heart of the Nevada desert in Smith Creek.  More photos from Walter Carrels here, and you can add your own report or ask the new Champ questions in the thread. I just got back from the event – about […]

Fresh from their trouncing of Teams SCA and Campos during last weekend’s little Round the Canaries race comes this shot of Brunel bowman Gerd-Jan Poortman standing on Brunel’s forestay.  ”Was he up there fixing or inspecting?”, we asked.  ”Nope – that pose was on his bucket list.” While Bouwe and the Brunel team continue to […]

We took Mich Dej’s presently undefined role in the Team Campos VOR team as an indicator that maybe things are not going all that well for him as one of the trio of leaders of the Team France AC effort, but that take might be very wrong if you believe France’s top sailing journo Loïc LeBras. […]

The boat was simply spectacular today. The wind was 3-5mph max but was 4-6 at my house from the south when we left. By the time we got to the Port Canaveral it had switched to the SW and died to 3-5. But the waves left over from the 20 mile fetch south were still […]

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Thanks to an entire crew of AC superstars, Luna Rossa Challenge principal Patrizio Bertelli embarrassed the Puig 12-Metre Worlds fleet last week in Barcelona in his beautiful Nyala, taking bullets in 5 of 7 races he sailed.  That’s not really news (though this gorgeous photo from Martinez Studio might be), but certainly newsworthy were LRC […]

UPDATE: From the forum… 7/23 – Wanted to let you all know that Bob Winson passed away this morning at about 3:30a.  He was surrounded by his family – as he was when this terrible accident occurred.  Bob was surrounded by family wherever he went.  He loved being on the water with Dale.  He was […]

That shock of fuzzy hair looking over things at the back of the unbranded (though the color gives away Spanish bank MAPFRE) Team Campos VOR is no other than France’s top ocean sailor, Michel Desjoyeux at the start of the ‘Round the Canaries’ race – the first real tète-a-tète for any of the VOD65s yet. […]

AC Breaking UPDATE: It is indeed official – for the second straight time, The Challenger of Record has pulled out of the contest they helped to create along with Coutts & Co, and with no entries yet approved by GGYC, there is a real question whether the existing protocol will be able to exist in […]

Really, what a perfect picture for some fun, don’t ya think?  Nice work by Chris Coad.  

While The Tour De France a la Voile has history, a great name, and a format that people understand, it’s on the verge of death, with just nine boats competing in the edition running now and almost zero worldwide interest in the race.  There isn’t one reason for the Tour’s; there are several; add up […]

We absolutely dropped to our knees in admiration when the UK’s Peter Morton won both the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup (with Bullit) and then backed that up with a win at the Half Ton Cup with Swuzzlebubble. It wasn’t so much the victories, but rather the dedication to finding and then modernizing the boats, particularly […]

Longtime SA’ers will know of our love affair with Sailrocket’s Paul Larsen, and our favorite ultra-high speed sailor, offshore racer, C-Class star, and Antarctic explorer is firing up the Sailrocket team for a new and extremely ambitious new project – a truly ocean-capable, highly stable, offshore foiler.  And whether he succeeds or fails might just […]

Arctic sea ice may be thinning at an alarming rate (and the resultant water level rise is having plenty of effect).  For some, that means mo’ money, while for others, more adventure.  And both of those will be subsidized to the tune of millions upon millions thanks to icebreakers and SAR rescues for the shipping […]

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