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Big Pimpin’ Racing multihulls are continually setting new performance benchmarks, with the fastest trimarans likely to be covering 1,000 miles in a day within the next decade. Now imagine putting this kind of performance into a superyacht. Even with a 25kt cruising speed, 10-15kt slower than that of the speediest maxi-trimarans, this still equates to […]






May 30th, 2017

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It has been a week since the Volvo Ocean Race made their big announcement in Sweden about the future of the event and I have found it interesting to read all the comments both for and against their proposed changes. Was it Abraham Lincoln who said “You can please some of the people some of […]






May 29th, 2017

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Good things come to those who wait, and if you’ve been waiting for someone to finally unravel the mystery of the 35th America’s Cup, have we got something for you! Recorded earlier in the week, the 2 hours of audio above will give you the analysis and breakdown you’ve been expecting for the entire fleet […]






May 28th, 2017

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Day One of the America’s Cup Qualifiers went more or less as expected by observant watchers. France got crushed 0-2. Oracle demoralized a quicker Team New Zealand, with Spithill abusing young Burling at a top mark, to go 2-0. Artemis, BAR, Softbank Team Japan, and ETNZ are all on 1-1 records, and Ben Ainslie continued […]






May 28th, 2017

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We’d call this pimpin’, but they’re giving it up for free so we’re not sure that even applies.  Check out what our pals at Predict Wind are doing for you AC junkies in the video above. Looking for a definitive source of weather during the America’s Cup in Bermuda this coming month? PredictWind has the […]






May 27th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ Our heartfelt congratulations to SA advertiser and supporter HH Catamarans for their very strong showing on the one-year anniversary of the launching of R-Six.  Here’s their own take on it. As the relative newcomer in the performance cruising cat segment, all eyes have been on HH Catamarans. The four-year old venture, a partnership […]






May 27th, 2017

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Lloyd Thornburg ain’t just the guy writing the checks aboard the all-conquering Phaedo program – he’s the guy writing the reports, too.  Props to a guy who ain’t afraid to get his hands dirty, who truly acts – and feels – like crew rather than owner, and congratulations on setting perhaps their toughest record yet. The […]






May 27th, 2017

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On the 21st episode of the Sailing Anarchy Podcast, we go straight to the source for an analysis of the new direction announced last week by the Volvo Ocean Race.  First, Clean updates us on the Podcast’s status, tells us his story of hunting and killing a 300 pound alligator in Charleston, and gives us his […]






May 27th, 2017

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As the R2AK start time approaches quickly, attached is a pic of my ride. I’m thinking of it as the ideal vehicle for extended water camping and voyaging. Not as light as a rowing shell (no easy portaging), but much more capable, and comfortable, when coastal cruising. It’s an Angus Rowcruiser, slightly modified for my […]






May 26th, 2017

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Those of you who have followed the racing scene for a while certainly know the names Steve and Fred Howe. They are extremely good guys who have had a number of very successful programs; TP 52, Farr 40, Melges 32, Santa Cruz 52. Steve hasn’t raced the Melges 32 Warpath since 2012, but decided to […]






May 26th, 2017

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE! We are the first publication in the world to confirm with a representative of the organization that the Storm Trysail Club has finally killed the long-on-life-support Key West Race Week.  Somehow the power of Scuttlebutt, US Sailing, the STC, NYYC, Doug Devos, and history couldn’t manage to save what was, just a decade ago, […]






May 25th, 2017

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As everyone prepares to watch the America’s Cup, a bunch of Americans have been getting out on their small cats. 50 A-Class boats sailed in the annual Florida Winter Series with the series finishing at an event at St Andrews Bay YC in Panama City. The US A-Class hired Nick Bowers of Kettle Cinema, just […]






May 24th, 2017

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Rán [pronounced rahn], an Esse 750 fractional sloop, #30 of 35, built in 2016 and the only Esse in the US, splash-landed in San Diego last month with new owner John and Tracy Downing. A 24’ Swiss manufactured two-person lake racer, the boat is constructed with a carbon hull, deck, mast, boom, and rudder, weighing […]






May 24th, 2017

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What’s not to love about this beautiful shot taken by very talented Christophe Launay from his home town of Kerroch, France. Summer travel, anyone?  






May 24th, 2017

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The guy who nearly killed the C-Class with his wing sail design has a new appreciation for the development race in Bermuda.  Here’s longtime SA’er and Cogito builder/skipper Steve Clark reflecting on a potential game changer at the America’s Cup. I just got schooled in a previous thread for not knowing that The defined “illegal actions” […]






May 24th, 2017

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Who doesn’t want to be this dude, at least for this experience?  






May 24th, 2017

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Marine Engineering 105: Why My Boat Costs What It Costs?  Pricing out a new boat is the no-win gig in yacht design. Resolving down the cost of materials, labor, and design into a figure you can plan for, is like finding longitude before clocks. It takes time, patience and a whole lot of luck. For […]






May 24th, 2017

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Stolen from FB… Whattaya got?  






May 24th, 2017

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Building an AC50. Southern Spars Big Pimpin’. Southern Spars have been building some of the best masts in the world for more than a quarter of a century, and for their first few challenges outside the realms of masts and rigging they haven’t lowered their sights even a fraction. Equipped with some of the best […]






May 24th, 2017

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And so it begins. My Santa Cruz 33, (currently Mondo) soon to be Anarchy 3, came out of the water today at Shelter Island Boatyard, not looking half bad! Of course, half of it actually does look bad, but surprisingly not all of it! Obviously we are putting a new bottom on the boat, blasting […]






May 23rd, 2017

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May 23rd, 2017

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Most haven’t been on one, now’s your chance. Thanks to Keith Brash.  






May 23rd, 2017

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The last time I crossed the start line in a big regatta was the ’97 A-Cat worlds and that didn’t turn out so well see A Sordid Tale of A-ddiction. And with two knee surgeries and the laws of physics preventing me from flying above the waves on an A-Cat; I needed, and found an […]






May 23rd, 2017

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St. Lucia to Marathon, Florida, was the most beautiful of passages until it wasn’t.   Twelve hundred miles were full of fine sailing, and the last one hundred full of frustration and despair.  The above image of GANNET’s Yellowbrick track only suggests the agony of those last miles. I was aiming for Key West, but […]






May 22nd, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ For those on the cutting edge of technology the shift in platform choice to wing-sail catamarans in the America’s Cup may have reduced the number of sail-handling systems to develop, but it has created new opportunities for innovation in hardware solutions across a multitude of entirely new applications. Foil and wing-control systems, for […]






May 22nd, 2017

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Design optimization and simulation specialists Altair put together the sweet little film above that may just be the slickest media yet to come out of AC35.  We’re not picking Artemis to advance to the grand finale, but this film shows they’ve left very few stones unturned in their quest to shock the world in Bermuda. Tell […]






May 21st, 2017

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With New Zealand’s media exploding with America’s Cup action, top Kiwi sports personality Darcy Waldegrave caught up with our own Mr. Clean for some live RadioSportNZ chatter about the racing coming in just 5 days.  Clean may not be smart, but at least he’s loud!  






May 21st, 2017

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America’s Cup Anarchy junkies had fun with some pretty fun AC limericks the last time around, and now they’re back at it thanks to kiwi Anarchist ‘ianz’.  Here are a couple we liked, the first from a Kiwi fan: This AC is run by rich muppets, Defended by Oracle (and puppets). To bring back some […]






May 21st, 2017

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Mothers, don’t let your kids become sailmakers! It will condemn to a life of racing, sailing and having the times of their lives. And they may never escape! OneSails Australasia hosted the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club youth development squad at the Fremantle loft on Saturday where we designed, cut and made two jibs as part […]






May 20th, 2017

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Crazy? Brave? Adventurous? Courageous? Mad? – pick your own adjective to describe Ken Fowler’s daredevil dash up the West Coast of the UK. Only 8 days into the challenge and our intrepid sailor already has back catalogue of tales to last him a lifetime. To kick off the mighty challenge to ‘Race to Scotland’ in […]






May 18th, 2017

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