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September 19th, 2017

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If you don’t know who Jim DeWitt is, you should, especially if you are a boat owner and would love to have your boat immortalized by one of the greats. Jim has spent his career painting beautiful versions of many, many boats over the years, and can paint yours as well. Just click here for a […]






September 19th, 2017

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September 19th, 2017

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Golly, we are as surprised as you are, but it looks like SWYC accepted our entry into the San Diego to Ensenada Race! Check the entries here. We must commend them for doing what is best for the sport, and of course, that is encouraging, not discouraging participation. It is refreshing to think that they […]






September 18th, 2017

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We were rafted up waiting for the fog to lift and breeze to fill on Sunday, the last day of the last T-Bird Regatta for 2017. Breeze finally filled in after a couple of postponements. There was a bit of alcohol involved and we happened to be DDW to the RC. Why not stay rafted and […]






September 18th, 2017

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Given Southwestern Yacht Club’s long history of incredibly poor race management coupled with it’s recent targeted vitriol, it is little surprise that the upcoming San Diego to Ensenada race, with just 13 days until entries close, has a whopping 14 boats entered. This is a race that routinely drew 70, 80 boats, but has seen […]






September 18th, 2017

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As I was driving home from Santa Barbara last night, after thrashing through the Pacific during the weekly Wet Wednesday bash, I got to thinking about our sport and the people in it.  We all know that there’s actually a rather diverse selection of characters in sailing, despite what the media likes to portray: from the snooty, […]






September 18th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ Making sense of sailing is hard enough when you’re in the race, let alone when you’re on the outside looking in, whether as organiser, coach or spectator. But the advent of accessible GPS tracking is now starting to make things easier to understand and Germanybased software giant SAP is working hard to refine […]






September 18th, 2017

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Lightly attended and largely inconsequential, the frisco bbs continues the slide to irrelevance. If not for the sexy Pac 52’s, this once impressive regatta would be little more than just another shitty frisco affair in the cold, gray bay. Far as we can tell the two things worth noting are Gavin Brady’s straight bullet dominance […]






September 17th, 2017

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I see New Zealand Herald are at it again seems to be typical NZ Herald reporting on sailing- trying to sensationalize something that is not sensational. They claim that Larry Ellison is set to “snub the America’s Cup ”. For the record snub means to “ignore or spurn disdainfully”(Oxford English Dictionary) This comes on the back […]






September 17th, 2017

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An amazing and impressive effort, Francisco Lufinha along with German world record holder Anke Brandt set a world record in an unprecedented odyssey that began on September 4 in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. Lufinha and the team were welcomed as true heroes in the Marina of Oeiras, after a long journey with […]






September 17th, 2017

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We’ve managed to remain in close touch with our friends in the Caribbean Sailing Association throughout their recent and dreadful experiences – offering by comparison minuscule but still sincere support wherever it can be of any use whatsoever. We were thrilled – and surprised – by the inspiring stated ambition to run their scheduled regattas […]






September 17th, 2017

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I was a tad bummed to see this pic on my Facebook feed this morning. The red and white boat washed up there after Hurricane Irma was my ride for the 89/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. It’s called Fazisi and was the Soviet Union’s first, and by happenstance, last entry in the Whitbread. When […]






September 16th, 2017

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John MacLaurin, one of SoCal’s most involved and successful owners has passed away. Always a gentleman and a true sportsman, he owned a succession of (mostly) very successful Pendragons, most notably Purple Pendragon, there isn’t much that they didn’t win. His presence in our sport will be sorely missed. There is a discussion thread.  






September 16th, 2017

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With only one race firing off before the Mistral shut down yesterday, the J/70 Worlds in Sardinia has been a frustrating look at too much breeze and not enough.  It doesn’t seem to be bothering Peter Duncan though – his main competition had deep results in the finicky race on Friday, and his Relative Obscurity […]






September 15th, 2017

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Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity has half the 2015 Worlds winning team aboard along with Jud Smith on tactics, and they take a 1 point lead into the championship rounds at the J/70 Worlds.  25 year old Claudia Rossi sits in second, and you can check it all out live with Clean and the J/70 Italian Class team […]






September 15th, 2017

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America’s fastest sailor (and the only American to ever win a foiling World Championship in any class) shows off his new grip in Detroit yesterday. One of the best hopes for US metal in Tokyo tells us he will be back on the water soon after his nasty defingeration last month, and we don’t doubt […]






September 14th, 2017

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The view of sailing as the sport of kings – or at least oligarchs – got an unneeded boost in the arm today when the world’s most notorious martial artist posted a photo of himself still looking dazed after the beat down he took from Floyd Mayweather. Seems fitting that he is next to the […]






September 14th, 2017

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Almost 30,000 of you already watched this video of our first-ever walkthrough of the canting-keel Melges 40, so we’re posting it on the front page for the Facebook-averse.  Narrated by the class’s creator and 11-time World Champion Federico Michetti, have a look at the sexiest new raceboat of the year – inside and out.  






September 14th, 2017

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We know – with all the pictures of hurricane boat destruction, who needs another? But they happen all over the world and we particularly hate this one as one sailor has gone missing. from Bolina magazine: Great Passion, a 12-meter sail boat from Germany has crashed towards the rocks of Colonia San Benedetto while trying […]






September 13th, 2017

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We were kind of surprised to see the new Melges IC 37, which was originally introduced as the NYYC One Design, but is now branded and managed and sold by Melges. There are a couple things that really jump out: 1) Only Group 1 sailors can sail 2) An attractive price of $259,000 3) Must […]






September 13th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ Speaking of Doyle, it is interesting to see that they are now building a lower cost product for boats under 15 meters. They look good, too bad you can’t get them for your Melges IC 37… Doyle Sails is thrilled to introduce the latest addition to their performance cruising and racing range, DELTA. […]






September 13th, 2017

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Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede takes advantage of 30+ knots of Mediterranean action to practice for the massive Porto Cervo Audi J/70 Worlds in this shitty iphone shot of a sick moment.  Racing for the 170-boat fleet was called off for the second straight day a few minutes ago, meaning qualification will be ultra compressed tomorrow and […]






September 13th, 2017

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From our loyal advertisers, Front Street Shipyard. This cat looks pretty impressive! We’re partnering with one of our favorite designers, McCollough Yachts, on a new performance catamaran concept. The Windfall 58 strives to work smarter not harder. Utilizing innovative features such as leeward lifting foils, end-plated sails, and a canting rig this 58 will sail right past 66′ and […]






September 13th, 2017

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I honestly thought I’d never say those words again, but hell froze over when I bought the Santa Cruz 33! Here is the rendering of our  Airex 500 Runner (and main) from OneSails Australia,  who are building the entire new sail inventory for Anarchy III. We are getting the latest in their FORTE 4T  (full pre-preg […]






September 12th, 2017

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Given how many mariners are run over by ships, will this be good or bad for ocean racing and sailing? Given the media focus on autonomous cars, it might be expected that self-driving vehicles will be in use before autonomous ships. The reality is quite the reverse, according to a report on the future of […]






September 12th, 2017

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We have just about enough of these smart-ass kiteboarders! Vid thanks to Steve Bodner.  






September 12th, 2017

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Ah yes, the second punch of the 1/2 – 1/4 ton punch is just about here… A fleet of 23 exquisitely prepared classic race boats – along with some of the world’s best sailors – have gathered in Cowes for the 13th edition of the revived Coutts Quarter Ton Cup. With four countries represented, plus […]






September 12th, 2017

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We’re not sure. What do you think?  






September 11th, 2017

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Granted this is from Friday, but very relevant and it shows how quickly society falls apart Folks: the situation in Tortola, if you can believe it, is becoming even more dire. Fear and panic are setting in and friends on the ground are scared. Looting has begun. I have reached out to the Chicago Tribune to tell […]






September 11th, 2017

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