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Our friends at OffCenterHarbor.com have just released a beautiful e-book of The Common Sense of Yacht Design — the iconic book on yacht design by L. Francis Herreshoff. This book has long been out-of-print, and goes for $150+ on eBay. They’ve done a nice job presenting it in a high-resolution flipbook format, so it’s easy […]

January 23rd, 2018

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I have been wanting to write about the collision that happened in the Volvo Ocean Race between Vestas 11th Hour Racing and a fishing boat at the end of Leg 4, but still need more facts before I can put together something that makes sense. The accident resulted in the death of a Chinese fisherman. […]

January 23rd, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ The new J/121 has been created to allow fast, simple sailing for those who want to spend their time tackling classic ocean races (quickly) as well as local beer can races… and not chasing down a large crew Four decades ago a sleek, flush-deck keel boat appeared in the summer race circuits around […]

January 23rd, 2018

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Your dopey editor is hoping on a jet Wednesday and heading out for the Dusseldorf Boat Show for a few days. The show is amazing – if for no reason other than it’s sheer size. There is an amazing display of virtually every type of boat, and for sailboaters like us, it is really, really […]

January 23rd, 2018

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What is it about King Harbor Pier?  Just 10 months ago a Martin 242 got beaten to a pulp in the same exact spot as this little S2; the Martin got the worst of it, but the S2 has some issues too.  Nice work from the Redondo Beach Fire Department rescue swimmer who dove in […]

January 22nd, 2018

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80 million dollars is the publicly disclosed amount of PRADA’s 4-year sponsorship of Luna Rossa Challenge, at least according to the public filings required by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It’s a bit frightening that this pile of cash isn’t nearly enough to win the next Cup, but it’s a hell of a head start […]

January 22nd, 2018

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If we were looking for a sailing PR company for a class or event, nothing would make us run away faster than this kind of sloppy infographic bullshit complete with tiny anchors and probably a compass somewhere.  Before we even get to the actual content – could they possibly get the sailing any more wrong?  […]

January 22nd, 2018

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The creator and director of one of our favorite short sailing documentaries ever weighs in on an issue few mariners are paying attention to, and one we will all be paying for when it inevitably goes wrong: Donald Trump’s expanded offshore drilling proposal, which was unveiled Jan. 4. The public has until March 9 to weigh in […]

January 22nd, 2018

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As someone close to the communities involved, ie. Chinese seafarers, Chinese sailing and the VOR I understand the concerns of all parties. It is never good news when someone dies in an accident and that applies to all concerned. However to suggest that legs should finish out to sea instead of in close to where […]

January 20th, 2018

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UPDATE: Video of the fisherman casualty being winched up into the helicopter is on the web, and we note that he may have been dead before he ever got to the hospital.  Investigation underway and VOR finally confirms the death hours after numerous other sources. If there is a mild winner in this whole situation […]

January 20th, 2018

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VOR BREAKING 2 minutes ago, Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily News reported that a Chinese fisherman died in a collision this morning and the coincidences are way too strong for it to be anything other than the fishing boat involved in today’s collision with Vestas 11th Hour Racing.  NOTE: This is a legitimate news source claiming to have […]

January 19th, 2018

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Our Volvo Ocean Race coverage is brought to you by Musto, Official Apparel Provider for the 2017/18 VOR. The first decent live coverage of the Hong Kong arrivals happened just a few minutes ago when overall leader MAPFRE crossed the line in fourth place; click the vid for some updates about Vestas and strong on-water color from […]

January 19th, 2018

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Our Volvo Ocean Race coverage is brought to you by Musto, Official Apparel Provider for the 2017/18 VOR. The Anarchists have been swarming over Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s debacle just a few miles from Hong Kong since around 8 hours ago, when, in the middle of the night at 20 knots of boatspeed in 20 knots of […]

January 19th, 2018

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What can’t Brian Hancock complain about? Like many other sailors out there I have become a tad obsessed with the Volvo Ocean Race tracker especially at the start and finish of each leg. And I confess that in the last few days I have been keeping a close eye on the Hong Kong entry Team […]

January 19th, 2018

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An awesome picture from new fiction: The world was melting down with political insanity – Dylan Blake was happy to leave it all behind. Sailing alone near Antarctica in the middle of winter, she was prepared for the worst: icebergs, rogue waves, isolation. She had no idea of the dangers ahead. Any good? You decide  

January 18th, 2018

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Over the years I have been pretty outspoken about the use of lifejackets and safety harnesses, and have received my fair share of grief from readers who have a different opinion. Basically I view it as a personal responsibility kind of thing. You know when you need either, or both, and it should be up […]

January 18th, 2018

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We asked “What is it” about one of top hollywood and video game artist David Levy’s insane sailing renders last week (with another of his ‘space-sailboats’ in the pic), and of course y’all got it in seconds.  What we didn’t know is that Levy is a longtime reader of SA and he checked into the […]

January 18th, 2018

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Anarchist Lyn sent this photo in and it immediately made us think of an Iggy Pop song that we guarantee you have never heard…  

January 17th, 2018

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The terrifying nature of old men in powerful boats comes alive in this dashcam video from the Columbia River.  The video came out with news of a lawsuit filed by one of the jumpees, off-duty cop Bryan Maess, who alleged maybe, possibly, just a tiny touch of negligence and recklessness from 75-year old Marlin Larsen, […]

January 17th, 2018

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Yes, our last what is it was far (east) too easy, and this one is too but it looks cool.  What ya got?    

January 16th, 2018

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Reader Rant As a result of all severe storms or hurricanes, such as the recent devastating Hurricane Irma, how many petrochemical based non-essential luxury sail boats are now littered about in our oceans? Who is responsible for the destruction of our environment which has been now littered with thousands of chunks of petroleum based carbon, […]

January 16th, 2018

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It is a bitchin’ matte blue, that we can tell you. Anyone?  

January 16th, 2018

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 Here is a little video i put together for the owner of the TP52 Celestial. He had a nasty crash off his bike while training for the race and did not recover in time, but he let us take his yacht for a wee spin! Top bloke. – Anarchist Scott.  

January 15th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ In June 2016 Spinlock kicked off with a development map for the design and production of a new lifejacket harness for the Volvo Ocean Race crews. The company has been supplying personal safety equipment used by the Volvo teams since 2005, but for 2017-18 race organisers approached Spinlock and asked them to develop […]

January 15th, 2018

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We’re not suspicious types, but it’s hard to keep calling it ‘coincidence’ when a yacht seems downright cursed.  Ever since the blue Banque Pop colors were replaced with the black and gold Spindrift livery, the former Jules Verne-owning Spindrift has gone from one catastrophe to another. The boat has seen broken bit-ending record runs, an awful […]

January 15th, 2018

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 Not quite, but a creepy video of dead crew being removed from the Iranian tanker Sanchi that has been ablaze off China since January 6 sank on Sunday, causing the Iranian government to give up hope of finding any of the crew alive.  

January 15th, 2018

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This boat sank in Bass Straight, and a crew member believes that it happened after striking a large fish. The yacht, pictured here from better days, is Hollywood Boulevard a Farr 55 that was heading back to NSW, having placed ninth in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, when the accident happened about 11am on […]

January 14th, 2018

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Sunday is race day here at the Southern Highlands Sailing Club in NSW south of Sydney. Mixed fleet Commodores Cup today, Mono’s and Multihulls, with Nacras, Spirals, Lasers, a Tornado, A-Class and plenty of Hobies. I race a Finn, one of two here at the club, and it was a windy and very shifty day, […]

January 14th, 2018

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While Dongfeng was languishing at the back of the fleet, Team Director Bruno Dubois was visiting the team’s home stopover at Nansha, Guangdong and took time out to visit the Temple of the Sea Goddess and her Four Dragon helpers a few hundred metres from the marina. Around the same time Dongfeng moved up from […]

January 13th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ Sailing upwind at a true wind angle (TWA) of 50° in light air, then bearing off and accelerating to 15-16kt, still in no more than 12kt of true wind… These are typical performance prediction figures from the designers of the latest Gunboat and the first of its kind to emerge from its new […]

January 13th, 2018

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