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We couldn’t be more gutted for Alex Thomson and the UK-based Hugo Boss team after the world’s best known English-speaking ocean racer crashed headlong into the rocks on Guadeloupe Island at nearly 20 knots.  Thomson was able to motor his smashed Open 60 off the island, finishing the Route Du Rhum first-in-class a day later, […]

November 16th, 2018

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You think you know how to jury rig some shit and limp home?  Get a load of these Canadians! The crew of HMCS Lockeport sailed 350 km under this rig following a severe storm that disabled her engines in January 1944.  They made a square course and a proper mizzen from hammocks and blankets, making good progress […]

November 15th, 2018

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The US Coast Guard is looking for information about what seems to be a Sabre 34 adrift in the Gulf of Mexico around 80 NM southwest of Cape San Blas, Florida.  Coasties tried to raise the crew by radio or the horn from a NOAA ship that made a pass, though neither NOAA nor the […]

November 15th, 2018

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After a couple of spendy years under the ownership of Swedish ultra-enthusiast Hakan Svensson, the World Match Racing Tour is back on the block, currently under contract to new owners the C Shine Financial Corporation.  Svensson rescued the Tour from death just a few short years ago, transforming it into a truly high-performance tool to […]

November 14th, 2018

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In  the battle between an AC 50 foiling cat and a DJI Mavic drone, the last one to flinch wins.  Matt Knighton pilotage, of course, and thanks to the folks in the Larry’s Foiling Circus thread for the find.

November 14th, 2018

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November 14th, 2018

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French skipper Lalou Roucayrol has capsized on his Multi50 Arkema at around 0630hrs UTC/0730 CET this morning while racing in fourth place in the Route du Rhum-Destination Gaudeloupe approximately 1000 miles east of Guadeloupe. Roucayrol is safe and well inside his boat. He made immediate contact with his shore support team to tell them of […]

November 14th, 2018

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Today we embark on day two of our three day METS World Tour, as this place is indeed full of virtually every marine industry from around the world. It is huge, well organized and so far, a fruitful and interesting experience. Getting stopped by people I don’t really know because of my Sailing Anarchy jacket […]

November 14th, 2018

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Outside Mag published an incredible story yesterday by Ali Carr Troxell about the disappearance and search for her circumnavigating dad, retired shrink Richard Carr. For its attention to detail and the dee+p dive into the kind of fear and horror faced by the family of a sailor in trouble, we urge every ocean sailor to […]

November 13th, 2018

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In an area that seems to bring bad luck to big catamarans, a 45-foot high bridge ended the life of a 56-foot mast on Sunday.  The unknown Catana 401 was sailing a few miles from the old Gunboat HQ in Wanchese NC when she tried to get under the old Mann’s Harbor bridge with predictable […]

November 13th, 2018

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4-time Olympian, first American winner of the Prince of Wales Cup (UK), Founder of the SSA dinghy club in Annapolis, author of 11 brilliant (if occasionally incomprehensible) books on sailing, and teacher to literally millions of sailors, Dr. Stuart Walker died yesterday at 95 years old.  A life well-lived as you can see in the […]

November 13th, 2018

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The more adventurous amongst us often lament the sterile nature of our privileged lives.  “I was born to be at sea during the age of sail,” they complain.  In reality, there has never been more discovering than right now.  Under the ground, at sea, in space, and in our own minds, people are breaking down […]

November 12th, 2018

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We’ve been in awe of Francis Joyon for a long time, but even his incredible record-shattering solo circumnavigation aboard IDEC pales in comparison to his overall victory and course record yesterday in the Route Du Rhum. “But all the way round the world is so much tougher”, you might say – but you’d be wrong.  […]

November 12th, 2018

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Not even Thanksgiving yet, and already Anarchist David gets the Sydney Hobart shit- stirring underway. The are gathering as they do every year around this time. Like a herd of old pachyderms trudging wearily towards their elephant’s graveyard, the 100-foot Supermaxis once defined the frontiers of high-performance ocean racing. Far too cumbersome for efficient mobility […]

November 12th, 2018

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Isn’t the RDR all about survival? Going as fast as humanly (and machine-ly) possible, yes, but above all survival. So while it is hearbreaking for Francois Gabart to have broken a rudder and foil and lose a race in which he so clearly dominated in virrtually every phase of this race, ultimately, in a game of […]

November 11th, 2018

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How is this for one hell of a perfect face plant? This is Simon Nearn, skipper of RMarine showing us how it’s done!  

November 11th, 2018

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No wonder Francois Gabart’s lead in the RDR – he lost a foil and a rudder! Closing in rapidly Check it here! Francois Gabart on MACIF has seen his lead over Francis Joyon disappear completely as the two French skippers have crept around the west side of Basse-Terre island in windless conditions in the final miles of […]

November 11th, 2018

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The Falls of Clyde, the last sail-powered oil tanker in the world, will soon return to Glasgow, the city where her keel was laid some 140 years ago. The Clyde has been moored in Honolulu, Hawaii since 1963, and she is in deteriorating condition. A non-profit group, Save the Falls of Clyde International, hopes to move her to Scotland […]

November 10th, 2018

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Along with my beautiful fiance, I am heading to the METS Trade show in Amsterdam. Leaving this Saturday to see the sights for a couple days, then we are jumping right into the show from Tuesday to Thursday. We are going to try to meet with as many industry folks as possible, and would love […]

November 9th, 2018

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We don’t know about that, but we do know that we want don’t want the MC 38 back….! One question, do you think the sailing is CGI??  

November 9th, 2018

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I have always been a huge proponent of women in sailing. I guess it started when as a kid I got thumped on the race course by some girls in our cub and I figured that I had no right to ever think I was a better sailor than them just because I was a […]

November 9th, 2018

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God damn do we love craigslist… Selling a hand crafted viking ship. Couldn’t find enough warriors to be paddle. Many a moon was spent crafting this mighty ship. Sail good. Praise Odin. P.S. instead of buying, you may join our team to cross the mighty Atlantic, on a one way voyage to a new land […]

November 9th, 2018

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14th China Club Challenge Match Finals In its 14th year the ‘Club Cup’ as its known experienced a new weather phenomenon – RAIN. Extraordinary as it may seem, but in the entire history of the event, neither the fleet racing preliminaries nor the match racing finals have had a drop of the wet stuff falling […]

November 9th, 2018

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The two leading Multi50s in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race are set to make technical pit stops in the Azores in short succession. First-placed Thibaut Vauchel-Camus tacked his Solidaires en Peloton-ARSEP to the west, upwind in 20-25 knots, towards the island group at around 0230hrs (CET) this morning, and away from his […]

November 9th, 2018

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This is the best picture to come out of the Melges 40 Lanzarote GP in the Canary Islands. Oh the poor Melges 40. A cool looking thing with seemingly all the right stuff, but exorbitantly priced and targeted for a group of buyers that never really materialized. We wouldn’t call the class dead, but it […]

November 8th, 2018

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Local Knowledge Cronulla Sailing Club in partnership with the J24 Southern Sydney Fleet again hosted the NSW State Championships in the water of Bate Bay. Saturday came with the crew briefing lead by starter Bruce Swane, laying down the law and setting the scene for what was to come, two days of exciting, frustrating but […]

November 8th, 2018

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Spotted in Dago yesterday. Yep, those are DSS foils… Bring it.  

November 8th, 2018

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Unless we’re not in on the joke (then who the hell is?), calling your sailing newsletter “Tip & Shaft” is so ridiculous it makes us laugh.  Are they being clever? Are we all supposed to giggle like 10 year-old boys at the ‘naughtiness’ of it? Perhaps it’s for gay sailors and we’re just not sensitive enough? […]

November 8th, 2018

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 While seemingly every boat in the RDR has some degree of fuckery going on, Francois Gabart is sitting pretty… Title inspiration thanks to Helmet.    

November 8th, 2018

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…there weren’t enough things to worry about in the Route Du Rhum, you know like dismasting or huge waves or freezing conditions, or tactics or strategy, etc.,etc., every once in a while you have to clean up the lines and sheets in the cockpit! This from Germany’s Boris Herrmann is up to second place on Malizia […]

November 8th, 2018

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