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“We’re just trying to beat Waikiki Yacht Club”, he said, gazing out over the water. “Us too”, I replied. Having won the Lipton Cup four consecutive times, Waikiki Yacht Club’s group of assembled rock stars and their venerable Humboldt 30 High Tension had a clearly defined target on their backs. Eagerly anticipated by sailors from [...]

April 25th, 2017

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Italian cat sailor Vittorio Malingri long ago proved himself a certified nutter, setting the singlehanded beach cat record for the Senegal to Guadeloupe transatlantic route back in 2008 at around 13 days.  It’s the same route that certified French nutters Benoit Lequin and Pierre-Yves Moreau did in 11 1/2 days on their beach cat, and for [...]

April 24th, 2017

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As expected, in any breeze at all, the Bermuda America’s Cup will be sailed entirely above the water if Emirates Team New Zealand’s most recent practice is any indication.  Watch the 11:30 mark of this video from AC junkie MyIslandHomeBermuda for an incredible sequence of foiling tack/foiling rounding/foiling gybe and note the stability on the [...]

April 24th, 2017

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The multiple-fatality wreck of the Dipiu we told you about last week was hauled off the Rimini jetty over the weekend as documented by Manual Migliorini from Il Resto Di Carlino here. The Italian Coast Guard is now focusing on engine issues as the primary cause of the wreck.  One source told us the on-deck crew was [...]

April 24th, 2017

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After several years with lost days and poor racing offshore, the 22nd edition of Charleston Race Week delivered 3 days of full-on racing, with moderate to big air inshore and big wind and seas outside the harbor for 212 boats at the biggest event on the calendar for many teams.  After losing around 30 boats [...]

April 24th, 2017

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After several years of losing multiple days of racing from the usually reliable Charleston Race Week schedule, the 2017 regatta is more of what Charleston became famous for: 80 degree days and 12-18 knots of sea breeze for the 200+ boat fleet.  It’s also the first regatta in America to feature ORC for all handicap [...]

April 22nd, 2017

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  The latest from one of the greatest – Webb Chiles Rodney Bay, St. Lucia The Moore 24 Southern Hemisphere Fleet went out of existence at 12:35 p.m. on April 1 when GANNET crossed the Equator and returned to the weirder hemisphere after an almost three year absence.  This was GANNET’s second time across the Equator and [...]

April 21st, 2017

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Nobody discounts anything if it is in demand. Yet, the America’s Cup is offering their grandstand tickets at half price for one day only. Might people be getting a whiff that this dog and pony show ain’t gonna be quite what the promoters say it is? After all, when they falsely state that the AC [...]

April 21st, 2017

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This is what happens when you name your boat “Poopy Express”.  

April 21st, 2017

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Bummed out that you can’t make it to Bermuda for the America’s Cup? Disappointed that you won’t be paying exorbitant prices on everything from airfare to hotel to meals and drinks? (well, everything except AC grandstand tickets) Not to worry, bro. You can get your fill of the arrogance, disconnect and overpriced experiences, thanks to [...]

April 21st, 2017

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So will everything soon by foiling?  

April 20th, 2017

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Some raw video of the aftermath of a particularly nasty wreck yesterday in Italy, where Bavaria 50 Dipiú got tossed on a rocky jetty after losing their engine on final approach to Rimini Harbour. 4 dead including the owner and his daughter, and a deeply sobering lesson that clearly must continue to be beaten into sailors’ [...]

April 20th, 2017

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The future of foiling may be all chicken winged, if the latest from foiling design leaders VPLP is anything to go by.  Called Voilavion, it’s a little black windmill of a 16-foot cat designed to be easily foiled by beginners at sailing schools,  clubs, resorts, and the like. This certainly ain’t the first tilting rig, [...]

April 20th, 2017

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Do you know who made this? Or what it is made of? Might you see sails like this on a boat coming to San Diego soon? Well?  

April 19th, 2017

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Leave it to a particular “genius” PR hack and the do-nothing NOSA officials to take the Newport to Ensenada race to an all-time low of 164 verified entries at the entry deadline. There are a few still pending, but in the best case scenario they are around 30 below last year’s 211 entries. Already, 10 [...]

April 19th, 2017

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April 19th, 2017

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Do not believe this “fake news” from the dishonest media. “President” Twitler doesn’t believe in science, and neither should you.  

April 19th, 2017

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A motor show may appear to be a strange place to introduce some sailing team members but when the Motor Show is in Shanghai and the sailing team is Dongfeng it is a little less surprising. Sailing fans may be unaware that Dongfeng is one of China’s largest auto-makers with sales exceeding 1 million units [...]

April 19th, 2017

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First event of the 2017 Figaro season for Alexia Barrier: the Figaro Golfe race. What a bad ass! On March 1st, filled with enthusiasm, Alexia took the start of the Mediterranean 230 NM solo race.The first leg, a good 150 NM, took our sailor from La Grande Motte, around Porquerolles, to finish in Marseille. Her [...]

April 18th, 2017

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We dig the vibe and the message of this article in Mashable. Just don’t tell President Twitler, he’ll declare war on sailboats for not burning enough oil.- ed. The bustling port in northern Honduras has all the trappings of our daily lives. Colorful box containers are stacked like Lego pieces, brimming with inexpensive T-shirts, palm [...]

April 18th, 2017

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What side do we leave the mark? Word has just reached me that Scallywag’s recent record run where they lopped a whopping 15 hours off the record could all be for naught. Impressive as the elapse time is, my understanding is that for a record to be valid the course – as published in the [...]

April 18th, 2017

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Amazing how the new ORC rule has resulted in such an ugly design. It may be slow, but we hear it rates really, really well. Great shot by Christophe Jouany from the Les Voiles de St. Barth.  

April 18th, 2017

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Broken legs, broken wheels, and great fun was had by all in the Sankt Peter-Ording Easter Regatta.  We include the full Googletrans of a regatta report comparing the regatta to a wellness spa…classic stuff.  Great photography from the event over here.   Some call it wellness, the other beach sails. It is the perfect skin peeling [...]

April 18th, 2017

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With just a few short months left until the America’s Cup circus is over, the PR and publicity flacks and the sponsors who pay them are getting a little crazy, at least going by the latest endeavor promoted by Ben Ainslie Racing and their sponsors at 11th Hour.  We’re talking about what we’re calling the [...]

April 18th, 2017

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To some, this is the ugliest creature on the face of the earth.  To others, it’s a prop in a porno movie.  To old wooden ship sailors, it may have been death.  Whatever your perspective, it’s pretty cool in this day and age to see a creature that’s been known for centuries finally see the [...]

April 18th, 2017

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Just wanted to update you on progress. Just 25 days top go to launch for Race To Scotland – route all planned and most of the logistics in place. We did a promo shoot off the South coast of the UK that I thought you might like to put out on Sailing Anarchy – really [...]

April 18th, 2017

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Exhausted but still buzzing after racing 150nm down the stunning coastlines of Oman and the UAE, Caterina Nitto is enjoying some downtime at the halfway point of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. With a day to spare before the action kicks off again, the Italian sailor finds herself at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand [...]

April 18th, 2017

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If there’s such a thing as the perfect dinghy, the super-fast and seaworthy PT-11 might just be it. You can click here to see the PT-11 in action — sailing, rowing, and nesting — in this new video from OffCenterHarbor.com. Designer Russell Brown is no stranger to high speed under sail. He spent years living [...]

April 17th, 2017

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UPDATE: We just got word from Meade this morning that based on the EC’s “unusual start” this year, his time has just been corrected to put him at second place in Class 3. Meade Gougeon, aboard his outrigger sail canoe ELDERLY CARE, placed first in his class in the Everglades Challenge on March 10, 2017. [...]

April 17th, 2017

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FOMO Les Voiles de St Barth 2017 from Ocean Images on Vimeo. One of the great things about having more money than god is that you can have a bunch of cool boats, race all over the world, and have professional photos and videos made. Damn you Lloyd! Oh and if you want to hear [...]

April 16th, 2017

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