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Fort 2 Battery Race founder Tim Fitzgerald has done it again, attracting another record fleet of kiters, mothies, and fast boat owners to the shortest race in all of sailing.  82 entrants will hit the line to the 6 mile race at full speed at 1400 today, and if you’re in town, join the massive [...]

April 29th, 2017

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The foiling scow-bowed Arkema Mini has grabbed her first podium, a second-place out of 69 entrants in the Pornichet Select race.  Welcome to the sharp end of the fleet for a boat that barely looks like one. More info at the Arkema site.  Photo credit: Vincent Olivaud/Team Arkema Lalou Multi

April 29th, 2017

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Mariners in Rhode Island seem to be channeling their inner redneck this week, with USCG buoy tender Ida Lewis discovering the second shot-up-and-sunk navigational buoy this week sitting in a few feet of water near Block Island. The crew was conducting regular aids-to-navigation maintenance when they approached Clay Head buoy number 7 and found it submerged. They raised the [...]

April 29th, 2017

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VPLP principal Mark Van Petegham has been super cagey with the development of the wing/sail prototype they French designers think may revolutionize open water cargo shipping but news and PR is now trickling out on what may finally solve the problem with the uber-efficient shapes of semi-rigid wings; reefing. Note from the photo that the [...]

April 29th, 2017

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Viper – 640 #sailboat #watersports #chucktown #sailing #viper @penaltybox #ocean #nature #shootingthegap Video credit Petey Crawford A post shared by Quantum Racing (@quantumracing) on Apr 27, 2017 at 1:44pm PDT Once again the folks at Quantum were busy at the world’s biggest sportboat regatta, and there’s a pile of very cool and interesting shorts from [...]

April 29th, 2017

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Yachting’s public image picked up yet another public black eye this week in the UK, where once again, people who sail look like entitled douches. In this case, low-income contract workers at one of the world’s most prestigious art galleries were asked in a letter to contribute to buying a yacht for an outgoing executive - gallery [...]

April 29th, 2017

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World Sailing President Kim Anderson ran on a platform of transparency and working better with Member National Authorities. One wonders why then that World Sailing is making an issue out of the US Sailing app not being geo-blocked. Yes, behind the scenes World Sailing is making a case out of the fact a free app, [...]

April 28th, 2017

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So this is different! What do you think?  

April 26th, 2017

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If you don’t know Matt Wake, you should. A truly good guy, good sailor and owns one of the better stores on the East Coast, and is the US dealer for Fareast Yachts He took his Fareast 28 to Charleston Race Week, sailed it in ORC, and here are his observations. Sailing is seeing lower [...]

April 25th, 2017

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How drunk was El Capitan?  

April 25th, 2017

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Blue Robinson talks immovable objects, round-the-world navigation and Southern Ocean weather with routeur du jour Marcel van Triest Seahorse Magazine: Before the last Volvo Ocean Race when Ian Walker on Abu Dhabi came to you, what was your brief? Marcel van Triest: I discussed this with Ian not so long ago, asking what his philo [...]

April 25th, 2017

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“We’re just trying to beat Waikiki Yacht Club”, he said, gazing out over the water. “Us too”, I replied. Having won the Lipton Cup four consecutive times, Waikiki Yacht Club’s group of assembled rock stars and their venerable Humboldt 30 High Tension had a clearly defined target on their backs. Eagerly anticipated by sailors from [...]

April 25th, 2017

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Italian cat sailor Vittorio Malingri long ago proved himself a certified nutter, setting the singlehanded beach cat record for the Senegal to Guadeloupe transatlantic route back in 2008 at around 13 days.  It’s the same route that certified French nutters Benoit Lequin and Pierre-Yves Moreau did in 11 1/2 days on their beach cat, and for [...]

April 24th, 2017

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As expected, in any breeze at all, the Bermuda America’s Cup will be sailed entirely above the water if Emirates Team New Zealand’s most recent practice is any indication.  Watch the 11:30 mark of this video from AC junkie MyIslandHomeBermuda for an incredible sequence of foiling tack/foiling rounding/foiling gybe and note the stability on the [...]

April 24th, 2017

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The multiple-fatality wreck of the Dipiu we told you about last week was hauled off the Rimini jetty over the weekend as documented by Manual Migliorini from Il Resto Di Carlino here. The Italian Coast Guard is now focusing on engine issues as the primary cause of the wreck.  One source told us the on-deck crew was [...]

April 24th, 2017

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After several years with lost days and poor racing offshore, the 22nd edition of Charleston Race Week delivered 3 days of full-on racing, with moderate to big air inshore and big wind and seas outside the harbor for 212 boats at the biggest event on the calendar for many teams.  After losing around 30 boats [...]

April 24th, 2017

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After several years of losing multiple days of racing from the usually reliable Charleston Race Week schedule, the 2017 regatta is more of what Charleston became famous for: 80 degree days and 12-18 knots of sea breeze for the 200+ boat fleet.  It’s also the first regatta in America to feature ORC for all handicap [...]

April 22nd, 2017

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  The latest from one of the greatest – Webb Chiles Rodney Bay, St. Lucia The Moore 24 Southern Hemisphere Fleet went out of existence at 12:35 p.m. on April 1 when GANNET crossed the Equator and returned to the weirder hemisphere after an almost three year absence.  This was GANNET’s second time across the Equator and [...]

April 21st, 2017

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Nobody discounts anything if it is in demand. Yet, the America’s Cup is offering their grandstand tickets at half price for one day only. Might people be getting a whiff that this dog and pony show ain’t gonna be quite what the promoters say it is? After all, when they falsely state that the AC [...]

April 21st, 2017

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This is what happens when you name your boat “Poopy Express”.  

April 21st, 2017

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Bummed out that you can’t make it to Bermuda for the America’s Cup? Disappointed that you won’t be paying exorbitant prices on everything from airfare to hotel to meals and drinks? (well, everything except AC grandstand tickets) Not to worry, bro. You can get your fill of the arrogance, disconnect and overpriced experiences, thanks to [...]

April 21st, 2017

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So will everything soon by foiling?  

April 20th, 2017

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Some raw video of the aftermath of a particularly nasty wreck yesterday in Italy, where Bavaria 50 Dipiú got tossed on a rocky jetty after losing their engine on final approach to Rimini Harbour. 4 dead including the owner and his daughter, and a deeply sobering lesson that clearly must continue to be beaten into sailors’ [...]

April 20th, 2017

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The future of foiling may be all chicken winged, if the latest from foiling design leaders VPLP is anything to go by.  Called Voilavion, it’s a little black windmill of a 16-foot cat designed to be easily foiled by beginners at sailing schools,  clubs, resorts, and the like. This certainly ain’t the first tilting rig, [...]

April 20th, 2017

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Do you know who made this? Or what it is made of? Might you see sails like this on a boat coming to San Diego soon? Well?  

April 19th, 2017

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Leave it to a particular “genius” PR hack and the do-nothing NOSA officials to take the Newport to Ensenada race to an all-time low of 164 verified entries at the entry deadline. There are a few still pending, but in the best case scenario they are around 30 below last year’s 211 entries. Already, 10 [...]

April 19th, 2017

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April 19th, 2017

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Do not believe this “fake news” from the dishonest media. “President” Twitler doesn’t believe in science, and neither should you.  

April 19th, 2017

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A motor show may appear to be a strange place to introduce some sailing team members but when the Motor Show is in Shanghai and the sailing team is Dongfeng it is a little less surprising. Sailing fans may be unaware that Dongfeng is one of China’s largest auto-makers with sales exceeding 1 million units [...]

April 19th, 2017

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First event of the 2017 Figaro season for Alexia Barrier: the Figaro Golfe race. What a bad ass! On March 1st, filled with enthusiasm, Alexia took the start of the Mediterranean 230 NM solo race.The first leg, a good 150 NM, took our sailor from La Grande Motte, around Porquerolles, to finish in Marseille. Her [...]

April 18th, 2017

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