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As you’ve likely read on these pages before, one of our biggest beefs with the folks who run ISAF World Sailing has long been their willingness to threaten those who compete in non-ISAF sanctioned events with a ban from competition.  We’ve long maintained that the rule allowing them to do this (ISAF/World Sailing Regulation 19.14 [...]

September 29th, 2016

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You say you can’t do something? Fuck if you can’t.  

September 29th, 2016

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When I was a kid one of the books I read that really captured my imagination was A World of My Own by Robin Knox-Johnston. It was his account of his solo, non-stop voyage around the world aboard his tiny ketch Suhaili. It was true adventure and as a kid all I wanted in my [...]

September 29th, 2016

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September 28th, 2016

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The Finn may be dropped from the Olympic classes. I just won my 6th Polish Champion title and just in case its the last in Finn as an Olympic boat, I wore a suit and said an elegant good bye!  - Piotr Kula.  

September 28th, 2016

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We shared the tragic story of John Harrison Doucet, and sadly it has not gotten any better… Surgeons had to amputate John Harrison Doucet’s right arm above the elbow Monday, his parents told their Gulfport attorney, Joe Sam Owen. The lifelong sailor, 20, was shocked by an overhead electrical line as he parked his sailboat [...]

September 28th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Representing a revolution in concept, the Diam 24 new one design sport boat multihull is seducing its audiences across the world. Why? Conceived carefully to correspond to the needs of the market – it is an exciting fun modern (strict) one design sport boat multihull that is affordable and technically accessible to a [...]

September 28th, 2016

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The monthly World Sailing show may be a relic from another era, but occasionally they stumble upon great stories. Never mind that America’s Cup and VOR video producer Sunset + Vine didn’t bother to use actual Olympic video, instead relying on still images and grainy camera phone for this piece; the story of Santi Lange’s [...]

September 27th, 2016

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While we’re grateful to have support of awesome sponsors throughout the sport, we’re even more grateful when they have real news instead of just press releases!  Just six months after launch, the first in a new line of Morrelli & Melvin designed, high-performance carbon cruising cats proved her racing prowess, with HH-6601 R-Six winning her [...]

September 27th, 2016

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Fresh off the worst 18 months in ISAF/World Sailing management history, sailing’s governing body continues to search aimlessly for the slightest clue on how to fix its fundamental problems, but it’s hard to have confidence in a body that is likely in November to re-elect the same transparency-challenged, conflict-of-interest-laden Italian who engineered perhaps the worst [...]

September 27th, 2016

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Dave and Steve Clark’s UFO foiler is moving incredibly fast, the unique catamaran already finding a reputable US-based production shop and deposits already starting to flow.  Meanwhile, with the Clark’s opting not to produce a bespoke trailer for the 90-pound boat, the biggest question on anyone’s mind turns out to be ‘how do I transport [...]

September 26th, 2016

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There’s never been anything quite like the latest generation of Open 60s, and in just a couple of months, we’ll learn how they perform in anger when the Vendee Globe kicks off.  We haven’t been this excited by a monohull class in years, and we recommend you take some time to catch up with the [...]

September 26th, 2016

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A little pimpin’ from our friends at Southern Spars.  

September 24th, 2016

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We’ve made it to Miami! After hunkering down through hurricane Hermine in Savannah, we pushed south through a maze of inlets and waterways along the Georgia coast towards Florida. Strong tides and light winds brought a lot of Mirage drive peddling or “miraging” as we call it, but as we crossed into Florida the conditions [...]

September 23rd, 2016

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We thought we were going to be focusing on the Etchells Worlds IJ granting the Event Chairman redress for two different UFD scores, but as we were writing that one up, something way better came up for our monthly look at protests and sailors behaving badly.  And it’s a hell of a story. Julian Fernandez [...]

September 22nd, 2016

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Sailing movies are almost universally awful, but there are a few that we hold dear.  “Wind” for obvious and ironic reasons, “White Squall” for a fascinating dramatic take on a horrifying event, Dead Calm for Nicole Kidman’s nakedness,  Morning Light for some of the best offshore sailing shots of its time, and Master and Commander [...]

September 22nd, 2016

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Having just passed away on Tuesday, we remember long time big boat racer and North Sails owner Terry Kohler today.  Having cemented his legacy in the sport of sailing when he bought North Sails from Lowell North back in the 80s, and over his remaining years, this larger-than-life Wisconsin character continued to touch thousands in [...]

September 21st, 2016

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If anyone ever faced a challenge running a regatta it was the organisers of this year’s China Club Challenge Match in Xiamen China. As you will have seen from a recent article just a matter of hours before the practice day Typhoon Meranti descended on the island city. Well descended is perhaps not the correct [...]

September 20th, 2016

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No doubt this is the best angle for it, but the new Pogo 36 looks pretty awesome from here! Here, not so much… For those who remember pogo, this will take you back there…  

September 20th, 2016

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My name is Kevin Rogers and I’d like to nominate my friend Richard “D” Mitchele for Canadian Sailor of the Year (Around SA, you might know him as Bedford). D is one of Canada’s most experienced offshore bowmen. Over the years he’s competed in races including the Transpac, Marblehead to Halifax, Newport Bermuda and LA To Cabo San [...]

September 20th, 2016

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It’s open, and probably not enough rig. Don’t know anything else, do you? This what is it is brought to you by Stuart Knockabout  

September 19th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Aston Harald, Swedish builders of the M32 World Match Race Tour cats, is now ready to move into other areas of high-tech marine manufacturing Left: Plenty of room… the combined 3,700m2 of work space available inside the assembly and laminating sheds of Aston Harald is kept immaculate by veteran builder Killian Bushe and [...]

September 19th, 2016

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John Harrison Doucet, a lifelong sailor and competitor in the Gulf Yachting Association and member of Gulfport Yacht Club and graduate of Gulfport High School, was electrocuted Sunday, September 18th while trailering a J22 after sailing with his family. He has suffered extensive burns over most of his body and is fighting for his life. [...]

September 19th, 2016

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Clean Report I’d already bailed from the 1D35 I usually race in Detroit for this weekend’s Bayview Long Distance Race, but when my wife’s plans to hold a garage sale changed an hour before getting a text from Rick Warner on Friday, I jumped at the chance to sail Rick’s ORMA 60 Arete in the [...]

September 19th, 2016

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Tropical sailing means diseases, and the past decade has seen a grip of new threats facing anyone who spends their life next to the water.  As of last week, there’s a new one.  According to the Science Daily, scientists at the University of Florida have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness [...]

September 19th, 2016

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Carnival Cruises have long been reputed to be a shit show – there’s a reason industry insiders call it ‘Cannibal Cruise Lines’, after all.  But this video assembled by GCaptain from a few sources shows another side of the Carnival Vista – the ruthless power of its thrusters.  Watch as the concrete docks of Messina, [...]

September 19th, 2016

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We dig the Mills ramp decks. Do you?  

September 18th, 2016

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