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US-One might be leading by 7 points, but a double points, ‘Final Four-only’ format for the last half of the final day of the M32 Series means anything can happen and probably will.  Enjoy more live racing action from 1400 local/0800 EST, with the dulcet tones of Mr. Clean coming at you from Oslo.  Wanna [...]

May 24th, 2015

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Tom Ehman’s Golden Gate Yacht Club Challenge already made its first political change – it’s now known as the SF Yacht Racing Challenge to keep from pissing off the rest of the Bay Area clubs.  One sneaky anarchist attended an Ehman presentation about this ‘outside the box’ event for the age-advanced, and here are the [...]

May 24th, 2015

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The M32 Series is shaping up to be the kind of fun that so much of top-level racing lacks.  With plenty of smack talk, apres-sail parties open to the public, an extremely approachable fleet and race village, and the latest live web coverage tech, it’s the most modern racing circuit currently in existence. Wanna know [...]

May 24th, 2015

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The theft Tuesday of the beautiful longtime St. Fanny fixture Daisy ended quickly, with the stolen classic washing up on Ocean Beach, just outside SF Bay.  Owners have already gotten her on a trailer and off for some repairs. If you saw something or someone in this boat this week, send a message to the [...]

May 23rd, 2015

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Only boatbuilders understand the miracle that was the just what a miracle the rebuild of Team Vestas Wind was, and with the blue boat’s exit from Persico Marine, one of the fastest racing yacht builds in history is now complete.   TVW is on the road bound for Portugal, and we’ll have updates as soon as [...]

May 23rd, 2015

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There’s some great banter up and down the docks on a sunny, gorgeous day in Norway, and Taylor Canfield’s US-One has finally got their shit sorted out.  They’re chasing down Jes Gram-Hansen’s Trifork team, just one point out of the lead.  The super-short course format is exciting, the breeze is a perfect 10-12 knots, and [...]

May 23rd, 2015

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US A-Class Presidente Bailey White gives us the goods on the biggest regatta of the US season for the foiling singlehander, along with a controversial and exciting new direction for the extremely healthy US and Canadian Class.  Thanks to Walter Cooper for the great shots, and get in on the rules debate over here. The [...]

May 23rd, 2015

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If you gotta bail, bail in style! props to anarchist Stuart.  

May 22nd, 2015

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May 22nd, 2015

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20 knots and double reefs and a guarantee of spray, chaos, and maybe even a capsize or two from the M32 Series in Oslo.  Live from 1400 local/0800 EST…in other words, NOW.  

May 22nd, 2015

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“The best Volvo Ocean Race stopover I’ve ever been to,” said one 10 year VOR veteran. “Way, way better than anything AC34 did in San Fran,” said a former ACEA staffer. “The best crowd I’ve seen at an American sailing event since the 12 meter days in Newport, and maybe even bigger than those days,” [...]

May 22nd, 2015

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With five different boats winning the first five races of the M32 Series opener in Oslo, calling the racing ‘tight’ is something of an understatement.  The one boat off the pace is first-time M32 competitor Eivind Melleby’s Team Hydra from Norway, and here’s a shot showing their form on a puffy day in the Oslo [...]

May 22nd, 2015

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So your dog can ride the rail of your cruising boat?  Big fucking deal.  This border collie from Russia shits all over your chihuahua, and he’s probably a better crew than you. Seriously, you MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO.  And we like the Googletrans description below it even better.  Say in your best Yakov Smirnov accent: [...]

May 22nd, 2015

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Clean’s been straight from Newport to Norway, and he’s bringing you 3 hours a day of live racing action from the M32 Sailing Series starting in 30 minutes. Perfect for a lazy Thursday morning; tune in above.  

May 21st, 2015

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7 sexy M32 (née Marstrom 32) cats including Taylor Canfield’s US-One are on the line in gorgeous Oslo this week for the first event in the  M32 Racing Series. With a mixed forecast of light air today and big air the rest of the week, there should be plenty of high-speed shenanigans amongst this america’s [...]

May 21st, 2015

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The world’s first outward-facing J/foil made its debut last week, and Morgan Lagraviere seems to have the Open 60 Safran going pretty well.  This little shot is a screen grab from the video here of the shakedown cruise, and be sure to check out the 2016 Vendee Globe thread to keep up with the very [...]

May 21st, 2015

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SA’er “WHK” brings us up to speed on this near-disaster aboard the J/130 Solarus.  From the thread. Owner Noel Sterrett and I are safely back in Newport, RI after a potentially catastrophic sinking of J/130 Solarus in 4,000 feet of water approximately 90 miles from the closest point of land during a delivery from Charleston [...]

May 21st, 2015

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“Thanks for running that piece last week about Tom Ehman’s idea for a 12-meter regatta on SF Bay. It got me thinking. While I can definitely see a demand for a racing series that isn’t out on the ragged edge of foils and wing-sails—but it seems a huge shame to retreat to boats of a [...]

May 19th, 2015

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SCOTW Aly Di Nas tells us about her first time… In these moments of sailing being a “dying sport”, there’s lots of discussion about how to get people who left the sport to come back to racing. I’m one of those people who came back, many years after fleeing quite possibly the worst junior sailing [...]

May 19th, 2015

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A cool shot of the hot shot TP52 class in Valencia from Max Ranchi.  

May 19th, 2015

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Christophe Launay was onboard the Bélouga “Gwenva” during the “ Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan”, the “Semaine du Golfe” (Gulf’s Week) in Morbihan (Brittany), the 8th “rendez-vous” for the sailing maritime heritage. Nice, and tons more shots here.  

May 18th, 2015

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Brian Hancock and Tracy Edwards rather thoroughly say what many of us are thinking… There comes a time when it’s time to say something and I am going to say what’s been on the mind of many; why the heck are the women on Team SCA so far off the pace? Yes I know it’s [...]

May 18th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’ NASA scientists report that it’s been 800,000 years since the last magnetic pole switch took place and the earth is way overdue for such an event as reversals typically occur every 600,000 to 700,000 years.  As noted by NASA and UC Berkley, the last reversal happened over 780,000 years ago.  Analyzing this data [...]

May 18th, 2015

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Looks like some potential rules trouble that the VOR might be sweeping under the rug. It would appear that Dongfeng, Mapfre, and SCA entered the feared Traffic Safety Separation Exclusion Zone. Below is Abu Dhabi’s Matt Knighton’s perspective. Jump in the thread here for all the dope! “I wanted to be in front of Dongfeng so we could control them”, Ian said in [...]

May 18th, 2015

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Light sea breeze and gorgeous 80-degree temps mean a great day for watching sailboat racing.  At least if you’re down here in Newport.  Enjoy.  

May 17th, 2015

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You’ve got 40 minutes left before the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race.  Spend the next 15 getting the very latest news from Mr. Clean’s Dock Walk, finished just minutes ago in a full frenzied Newport.

May 17th, 2015

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Big red Mapfre getting the win in Newport. Thanks to Mike Jones / Waterline Media for the shot.  

May 17th, 2015

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Dongfeng Mainsail Replacement. Comments in the Sailing Anarchy Forums have even spoken about a conspiracy regarding Dongfeng’s mainsail so I thought it was time to comment, with a few facts thrown in about the real picture. 1. The rules have always allowed the use of a replacement sail – from the pre-race sail inventory if [...]

May 17th, 2015

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If you’re getting tired of Volvo Ocean Race videos, you’ll probably want to look away.  But if you like straight talk from the leaders of the race about some very serious and some not-so-serious topics, spend another hour with Clean, Nic, Charles Caudrelier, Ian Walker, and Mark Turner and watch this show.  

May 16th, 2015

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MAPFRE wins the In-Port Race and then hits the bricks as they wave to the tens of thousands of spectators at Fort Adams.  Soundtrack courtesy of Team Vestas Wind.  UPDATE: MAPFRE diver is down prepping ‘a few scratches’ for underwater epoxy.  No hauling allowed without a penalty, no big worries until the repair falls off! [...]

May 16th, 2015

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