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The idea came to me in the summer of 2001, while taking a shower.  I was thinking about the different places I had sailed, and started counting the States. There were about a dozen; enough to think it would be fun to try and sail in all 50. Maybe I was all wet, but many […]

September 25th, 2018

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This looks like foiling has truly arrived…  

September 25th, 2018

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So you would think a man with my vast sailing knowledge (baahaahaa) would understand ORR and ORR-ez, but it’s all geek to me. However, that level of ignorance didn’t stop me from getting an ORR-ez rating for my Flying Tiger 10m, A4. Given what so many of us have experienced with the various PHRF knuckle […]

September 25th, 2018

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So today my precious older son turns 20 years old. How in the hell is that even possible? Just a few years ago he was this kid, now he is a wonderful young man, thriving in the collegiate atmosphere of USC. I simply could not be more proud, and just wanted to share this. I […]

September 25th, 2018

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There was some high drama in the Golden Globe Race over the last few days that resulted in two sailors being rescued. It all started last Friday when race founder and organizer Don McIntyre produced a short video for YouTube that showed a number of intense low pressure systems rolling toward some of the competitors […]

September 25th, 2018

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 Mahalo for this awesome opportunity sailing on the J/80 Mojito! The Bows and the Rainbow Beaver were lucky to run our own offshore race program this year. We gained experience in running shifts and race planning and definitely got the hang of sailing the J/80 over the estimated 40 hours we spend sailing inter-island […]

September 24th, 2018

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This event, the longest running  regatta in China, which grows in size, quality and stature year by year drew to a close yesterday. 4 Days with 11 races completed in conditions from 8-15 knots with only 1 hold of around an hour on day 3 was as close to perfection as one could wish for […]

September 24th, 2018

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Maybe the best Craigslist ad we’ve ever seen… A nice heavy duty chair to climb the mast. I’m not sure who the manufacturer is as it was on a boat I bought from a couple in their mid 80’s. So its must be an old design. Here’s the link. We’re pretty sure they mean Bosun’s […]

September 24th, 2018

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A new-age can opener? What?  

September 24th, 2018

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“Aldi had been under a six-month contract to stay on the floating hut, with his main duty to light its lamps to attract fish at night. He had face-to-face contact with people only once a week, when new supplies were brought to him. But after his mooring line broke on July 14, he drifted for […]

September 24th, 2018

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Say hello to Theresa Brandner, Commodore of St. Francis YC, and this week’s Sailor Chick Of The Week. Here she is driving her J-105 in Frisco. It is our understanding that she is only 1 of 3 Commodores to helm their own boat in the BBS since 1993. In addition, she’s been actively racing (24 race days so […]

September 23rd, 2018

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In July 2019, a large fleet of yachts will start Transpac 50, the 50th edition of the classic Los Angeles- Honolulu ocean race. Already there are nearly 50 entries, the strongest turnout in the event’s 113-year history. ‘We knew the 50th would be popular and we are preparing many special features,’ said Transpacific Yacht Club […]

September 23rd, 2018

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A friend and I took the Topper Topaz Race X out for a spin on a puffy, shifty San Diego day. Good news: We didn’t capsize. Better news: It is a cool little thing. Bad news: It’s not made for old men like us! The Topaz Race X. At 12.7 long and a hull weight of […]

September 23rd, 2018

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A man has died after a yacht capsized off Sydney’s south this morning. Emergency services were called after reports a woman swam to shore from the stricken vessel at Boat Harbour, near Kurnell at about 5am. NSW Water Police and a rescue helicopter conducted a search of the area and located the body of a […]

September 23rd, 2018

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Heading down to SDYC to take this brand new Topper Topaz for a little spin and will post a review later. Big thanks to Dan Avina, a new Topper rep in SoCal…  

September 22nd, 2018

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China Club Challenge Match – Xiamen Day one of the event kicked off with the usual speechifying and scene setting that one gets used to at a Chinese regatta. Sponsors and those who helped make it possible were thanked then the current trophy holders official returned the trophies they had held for a year to […]

September 21st, 2018

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From the GBR press report: Solo sailors in the 2018 Golden Globe Race have been hit by a vicious storm mid way across the South Indian Ocean. The 70knot winds and 14m seas have left India’s Abhilash Tomy and Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin’s dismasted, and twice knocked down the yacht of 2nd placed Dutchman Mark Slats. […]

September 21st, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ Competitive big-boat one-design racing is clicking up a notch at New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and soon elsewhere around the world with the new Mills-designed IC37. This affordable, strict one-design speedster will be making its competitive debut in the 2019 season, and the order books at Melges are already filling up fast. It’s […]

September 21st, 2018

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Last Saturday, clear skies and fair winds greeted the many Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club sailors, young and old, for the Opening of the 100th Season of racing boats on the river, the joy and expectation of a landmark season were shattered in the early hours of the following morning when the primary storage shed […]

September 20th, 2018

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Looks like they already did! On the spot shot at the 52 Super Series in Valencia from Max Ranchi.  

September 20th, 2018

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Who really suffers in this trade war with China? The Chinese companies? Perhaps but nowhere as near as the poor American consumer. Let’s look at one simple product – a ball point pen. Pre tariffs (just a tax really) lets say and American ball point pen cost $2 and a Chinese pen cost US1. The […]

September 20th, 2018

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From Pieter van Geest, Van Geest Design… Project Ripple is a study done with feedback from clients and crews. These large sailing yachts are actually very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Guests and even the owner can not manoeuvre on deck because of high tension/load areas with lines (the size […]

September 20th, 2018

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Once you get past the phony look of concern on the orange face of the Orange Blob, then read what he said; “At least you got a boat out of it.” For real, Mr. Fake President? You think it’s funny time? What a first class douchebag. That is almost as good as the so-called president […]

September 20th, 2018

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Defending Champions Team Farrar, representing Fishers Island Yacht Club, won the 2018 International One Design World Championship in an exciting series that took place from 26 August to 1 September, 2018 in Stenungsund, Sweden. Thirteen boats did battle over five days of racing, representing Sweden, Norway, Canada, Bermuda and the United States. Team Werdiger (Nantucket) […]

September 19th, 2018

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 Of course, this can only be from Burning man! That is @delaneyeva. Damn, she just became our Bicycling Sailor Chick Of The Week!  

September 19th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ In all sizes… At the same time as making ever bigger inroads into the sharp end of the superyacht and grand prix fleets, Doyle One Design continue to knock it out the park in classes like the J/70 and Etchells Rolex Yachtsman of the Year 2017 and reigning J/70 world champion Peter Duncan […]

September 19th, 2018

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If our eyes are correct – and they may not be – is this TP 52 not carrying their jib at three degrees?  

September 19th, 2018

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Recreational boating hit hard with a wide range of marine products impacted A third wave of tariffs announced Monday by the Trump administration will impose a 10 per cent tariff on an additional US$200b of Chinese goods are set to take effect 24 September, followed by a 25 per cent increase at the start of […]

September 19th, 2018

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 We kid. We know how hard it is to win a big regatta, especially up there.  Keep rollin, G… It is hard to write a report from a regatta when you did not do that well.  It is harder when you can pinpoint every mistake. Harder yet when you had phenomenal boat speed and […]

September 18th, 2018

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Love this shot of this behemoth… Maxi Banque Populaire IX and skipper Armel Le Cléac’h cordoned off in the morning qualification of 1200 miles in two and a half days. This prerequisite is the first solo since the launching and represents a major step forward for the skipper and his team.  

September 18th, 2018

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