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Many in the sailing community know Billy Black from his work as a photographer in the marine industry. You may have seen his boat at regattas, seen his pictures in magazines, or if you are really lucky, had the chance to spend time with a man who turns every shared moment into some of the […]






August 21st, 2017

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Just weeks after seven sailors died in their bunks when the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Fitzgerald smashed into a stand-on cargo ship, another AB destroyer – the John McCain – collided with a tanker yesterday, and another 10 sailors are missing. What in fuck’s name is going on with the US Navy?  Is the 20 million dollar AN/SPY […]






August 21st, 2017

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We’ve had plenty of ‘Monster Garage’ stories over the year, but the main full for the oddball foil/planing trimaran Frog has to win some kind of award for ‘monster roof rack’.  The small trimarans blog has all the info, with thanks to SA’er ‘groucho marx’ for the show and tell.  Title to an amphibian classic.






August 21st, 2017

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UPDATE:  We admit to getting fired up after seeing an InfoWars sticker alongside a prominent display of support for the youth pathway to the olympics. We may have even gone off a little half-cocked,  and we apologize to the US Sailing Team for mistakenly calling them out as supporters of one of the most toxic scumbags in […]






August 20th, 2017

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With the announcement of its as yet unchristened new, foil-assisted monohulls for the 2019-20 crewed lap of the planet, and beyond, the Volvo Ocean Race continues its longstanding tradition of letting the Imoca class do much of its full-scale R&D. But has it all happened too fast this time? Water ballast was first introduced in […]






August 20th, 2017

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Hey! You can own a piece (or pieces) of America’s Cup history. For a “suggested” bid of $229,000, you can own this outdated, slow and near useless catamaran. Don’t delay, jump over here and get your bid in, but we’d suggest starting with $22,900, not $229,000…  






August 20th, 2017

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At the risk of insulting female sailors everywhere, we present this week’s SCOTW, courtesy of the New Yorker’s excellent cover illustration.  Of course we know that Dolt 45 doesn’t sail, and as far as we know, he’s not a chick. But we do know that he is a blow hard racist. Keep blowing, Twitler, it […]






August 19th, 2017

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I am always interested to know people think of my opinions and the information that I share in my Great Circle Sails blog. Actually, for a while there I was wondering if anyone even reads my blog but lately I have been getting some fan mail so some people are enjoying my point of view. […]






August 19th, 2017

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Just a month after Mischa Heemskerk and Stephan Dekker’s ridiculous, all-bullet (gold fleet) performance to win their first-ever F-18 World Championship, Mischa is back in the driver’s seat on Poland’s Baltic Sea coast as the A-Cat Worlds fleet fires up, and if this pic is any evidence, he’s on the prowl…[just joking, Carrie -ed].  Head to the […]






August 18th, 2017

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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 […]






August 18th, 2017

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SA Exclusive Here is the brand new J/121; after all systems had been installed for engine, power-train, steering, plumbing, electrical and the water-ballast distribution pumps and manifolds, the deck was fitted and installed. Can’t wait to see what this “All American” thing can do!  






August 17th, 2017

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VOR BREAKING It sounds like Volvo 65 Hull Number 8 will indeed be on the starting line in a few short months, and our dockside insiders tell us it will be carrying a GBR sail number! A slightly weaker rumor has skiff legend Chris Nicholson running the show, which leads us invariably to the speculation that […]






August 17th, 2017

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As if Australian sailors didn’t already have enough to be proud of…now they’re not only the top Olympic team, they’ve also got a bona fide hero in their midst: Here’s an excerpt of the incredible story of Simon Hoffman’s lifesaving rescue at the 29er Worlds last week.  There’s plenty of chatter about organizer safety considerations, knives, […]






August 17th, 2017

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We won’t even tell you how we (didn’t) solve the equation. How did you do???  






August 16th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ Thanks to the R4 update to Raymarine’s Award-Winning Evolution line of autopilots, a sailor is allowed better understanding and responsiveness to the winds and waters around him than ever before. The R4 upgrade provides 9-axis gyro stabilization of wind and navigation data, and Evolution TrackIQ for tighter track-keeping, accuracy and responsiveness to sea […]






August 16th, 2017

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Pretty sure this has not been seen before – a tandem kite board! Leave it to the kooks in ‘Frisco….  






August 16th, 2017

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J/70 Women’s Keelboat Worlds Preview There is a precise word to describe how we feel regarding your visit – honored.  Honored that you have chosen our little oasis as the venue for your prestigious championship. The peña that backs our club house and watches over the lake has witnessed four generations of friends become family. […]






August 16th, 2017

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While the word ‘Mooch’ still may remind folks of the racist nutbag running the USA for the moment or the Goodfella who ran his press office for 6 minutes last month, we hope the UK yacht Scaramouche can begin to wash the smell off what is a damned good nickname.  And if they keep taking underprivileged […]






August 16th, 2017

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Tuesday 15th August 2017, Kinsale, Co. Cork racing in the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup 2017 at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland.Photograph: David Branigan/OceansportWe of course are loving the Half Ton Cup action, but never forget just how much “fun” these things are downwind in a little breeze! Oh and here is our daily […]






August 15th, 2017

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Anyone who’s played around in the Caribbean racing scene for any time has come across “D” Randy West.  Quick with a multihull, quicker with a drink or a joke, we’re sad to see West go and we enjoyed our own time racing with and against West on various Gunboats.   SA’er “Rasputin” wrote a little eulogy […]






August 15th, 2017

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Monday 14th August 2017, Kinsale, Co. Cork Nigel Biggs’ Checkmate VIII taking the overall lead after three races on the opening day of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport Is this the boat to finally knock Swuzzlebubble (the boat I should have bought when I had […]






August 14th, 2017

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Being There Friday 4th August was the start of the Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race covering some 340nm up the Queensland coast as a feeder into Hamilton Island Race week. With 35 entries ranging in size and a weather forecast better suited to offshore water skiing, it was always going to be interesting. The fleet […]






August 14th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ If you wanna race at 20+ knots and still party like a rock star on your racing machine, no one does it quite like Gunboat.  Here’s a muy bonito look at the NYYC Multihull Regatta, with Gunboats making up 6 of the 8 entries in the class (including some newly imported AC talent) […]






August 14th, 2017

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Nacra and the designers of the foiling Nacra 17 have more egg on their faces after they cancelled the Nacra 17 medal racing day at the Aarhus “Test Event” last week due to a problem with the foil bearings.   The radical recall was necessary because of safety concerns for boards that were breaking during […]






August 14th, 2017

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Community The CRAB Skippers Challenge is our online fundraising competition using the donations you raise, instead of wind, to crown the winning skipper. The team raising the most funds will have their name prominently placed on a beautiful plaque at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis, Maryland for everyone to see. This virtual event […]






August 13th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ A new and exciting concept will be used for this year’s Nord Stream (NSR) race, that brings new boats, new teams and a new culture of sailors to this pan-Baltic event. Following years of past success racing Swan 60s in the Nord Stream, organisers from the St Petersburg YC and Konzeptwerft Holding GmbH, […]






August 13th, 2017

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Santa Barbara YC Extends Lead @ US J/70 Youths The second day started out with a forecast for light to medium winds from the southeast after an early morning Low passed over the region.  Instead, early morning showers gave way to light fog, overcast skies, and a virtual glass-out across Newport Harbor. At the 0900 […]






August 12th, 2017

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So I rarely post anything like this, but my dear friend Gary Swenson just sent this picture of myself and Dave (Deke) Klatt standing on the bow of Windward Passage, circa 1975.  I believe I am posing in that shot – apologies! We had won first overall in the MDR to Puerto Vallarta race on […]






August 12th, 2017

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Brian Hancock, SA’s resident grumpyguts, is at it again, desperate to exhibit his ignorance and prejudices in this article. Not long ago he was praising the late Alan Bond of Australia II fame without making any mention of Bond’s time in jail for ripping off millions from his defenceless mum-and-dad shareholders, money they will never […]






August 11th, 2017

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Uh oh. Brian Hancock is cranky again… So this is one of my pet peeves and I debated whether I should use this forum to air it, but what the heck there is not much going on in the sailing world this week (joke). A couple of days ago I got a press release from […]






August 11th, 2017

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