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July 19 at 3:27pm · Chicago, IL · 7/18/2017 High Priority 2 Update A long day on the water, 13 hours later she is floating upside down at a commercial ship yard in Milwaukee. 2 boats and 4 able body seamen ; David (boat owner/skipper) myself, Pete and Gary from Tow Boat US were not […]






July 21st, 2017

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Like a whirlwind of brilliance and carbon fiber, Russell Coutts leaves a path of devastation behind him.  First in NZ, where to many he is still one of the biggest traitors in the island’s sporting history.  Then to Switzerland, where his divorce from Alinghi was so nasty there was a rule written specifically to ban only […]






July 21st, 2017

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Just a little bit of summer vibe from the beautiful Bay of Arcachon…. in South West of France. – Christophe Launay.  See all the beautiful shots here.  






July 20th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ In the 1930s, when the rule was first introduced, J-Class yachts were the pinnacle of world yacht racing. But by 1940 many had been stripped or broken up for scrap metal for the war effort or just abandoned and left to rot in mud berths. Decades later several of these leviathans have been […]






July 20th, 2017

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If there’s one thing that bothered us during the buildup to AC35, it was the way they treated the Cup itself; that doo-doo brown Louis Vuitton case was bad enough, but the pair of white-gloved rent-a-guards toting the silver cup everywhere brought it into parody territory for just how silly the ultra-rich can be. Despite the […]






July 20th, 2017

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On Saturday 3rd June, 53 inflatable dinghies lined up for the 4th edition of the TIWAL Cup in the Gulf of Morbihan (France) – an annual event for fans. Participants came from the United States, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malta, Sweden and all over Europe to take part in this fun and sporting challenge. The […]






July 19th, 2017

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We never have really thought about how to win a Super yacht Regatta… Talking about racing sailboats starts a competitive debate around here. On one hand, we’re still the boat-nerds dreaming of deconstructing a Vendee Globe or America’s Cup racing rule to unlock the hidden speed secrets that take the silver home. All designers dream […]






July 19th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ Summer is for sailing and enjoying life. We would like to remind you that you can spend your Seascape summer/autumn vacations in FreeSpirit Sailing Center, based in Croatia and surrounded by a beautiful archipelago of islands and crystal clear sea. Free Spirit is the right place for all of you who might need […]






July 19th, 2017

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A scary little shaft near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge during a nice Saturday sail.  Tip ‘o the hat to Spinsheet.






July 19th, 2017

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Delta pilot Mark Wheeler is the luckiest man in the world this week, and thankfully, he’s sharing the info in the hopes that others have an easier time when they go in the water.  The Delta pilot (presumably with far more training in survival than the typical sailor) and crew of Farr 400 Meridian X gave his […]






July 19th, 2017

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The latest edition to the FAST40+ Class is the Ker designed Signal 8. The boat no stranger to racing in European waters, having competed in the boat at Cowes Week and Cork Week in 2012. Signal 8 was shipped to the UK earlier this year and is undergoing final modifications by John Corby in Cowes, as […]






July 18th, 2017

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The Environment Not to worry, Putin’s Cockholster will forgive the fucking Russians…. The Permanent Court of Arbitration has ordered the Russian government to pay the Netherlands $6 million in damages for seizing a Dutch-flagged vessel in international waters. The panel had already ruled that Russia had violated UNCLOS when its agents boarded the ship without the permission of […]






July 18th, 2017

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A Great Lakes Videographer joined our crew to capture the essence of amateur racing crew and gave a great look into our team – Knee Deep!  






July 18th, 2017

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UPDATED at 5 p.m.: A 10-year-old boy was killed after he was struck by a boat propeller during a sailing lesson in the vicinity of Centerport Yacht Club on Tuesday afternoon, police say. According to authorities, the boy was among three students participating in a sailing lesson when the boat was intentionally capsized as part […]






July 18th, 2017

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Very cool to see the new Black Jack is the old (relatively) 100′ Alfa Romeo. Photo thanks to Andrea Francolini.  






July 18th, 2017

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High Priority 2 update from the Chicago-Mac race: The crew is currently on the road (with the boat trailer) to Grandhaven Marina where a recovery vessel is waiting. We were removed from the Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay Sunday afternoon via a small boat out of the Frankford CG base. A vehicle was waiting to […]






July 18th, 2017

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Our friend Zack Downing is getting ready to sail the Moth Worlds in Malcesine, Italy and dent this pic from the venue. Over 240 boats are signed up and it is sure to be wild! Zack will be sending us daily reports. Go the Zack!  






July 17th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’ As the inventors of the revolutionary Stratis membrane technology, Doyle Sails are at it again with another badass breakthrough in sail technology.  The Doyle team have launched a product known as the Cable-less Code Zero sail in which an uninterrupted lens of uni-directional fibres designed in the luff of the sail takes the […]






July 17th, 2017

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Another record has fallen and this one is huge. And not surprisingly, set by a Frenchman. What’s in the water over there that produces these amazing offshore sailors? Last Tuesday Thomas Coville set off from New York in an attempt to break the single-handed Transatlantic record; eastbound. Unlike his fellow countryman Francis Joyon (who set […]






July 17th, 2017

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Waaaa! I’m afraid of boats! The Trump family has offended many sectors of establishment Washington since their arrival in the nation’s capital, from Langley’s spymasters to mansion-dwellers in D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood. But 30 miles north of the White House, a conflict is now brewing on the banks of the Potomac River that pits the president’s […]






July 17th, 2017

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Larry Ellison’s “USA 17” turned out to be a complete dog when facing the mighty Kiwis with their Guillaume Verdier-designed Aeotearoa, and it’s naught but coincidence that his newest flying boat – The Rothschild family’s Gitana maxi-trimaran – also has ’17’ in her name.  The boat looks like an absolute beast, and with highly adjustable (flapped) […]






July 17th, 2017

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It’s been six years since Mark Morley and Suzanne Bickel died during the Chicago Mackinac Race aboard Wingnutz, and Saturday night was very nearly Deja Vu all over again.  A nasty frontal line – similar to the one that capsized Wingnutz in 2011 – tore through the fleet from the West around Midnight.  Rather than just a big increase […]






July 17th, 2017

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Transpac 2017. ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe. Night one. We are in the gauntlet of beam reaching, racing away from California toward the trade winds. The boat is hurtling through the darkness at speeds up to 35 knots. We are hunkered behind the beams, clutching sheets, soaking wet in our survival suits and spray goggles. The […]






July 17th, 2017

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R2AK? Prototype of the Volvo boat? Another crazy Frenchman? Tell us!  






July 16th, 2017

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Ah yes, another old shitter ULDB getting a makeover…hmmm, where have we read about something similar….?  An Olson 40 gets redone, from our forums… My wife bought me this boat for my 60th birthday. My friend Steve Brown and his excellent crew at Finco Fabrication, in Santa Ana CA, has done all the work. Here is […]






July 16th, 2017

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SR33, when you absolutely positively want to be the smallest boat in your ChiMac division, beating into 25-30 with temps in the 50s, accept no substitute. From FB. Title inspiration not what you think it is….    






July 16th, 2017

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Hopefully, the puss on this guy is just bad timing but how funny is the look on that mug? Photo by Jean Marie Liot from the Tour de France.  






July 15th, 2017

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The one that started it all. Not quite original, as it was butchered beyond recognition by Lief Biely, perhaps the worst designer ever, but saved as much as possible by Bill Lee. It is well worth noting that while losing on corrected time, Merlin beat Pyewacket by over 70 miles! Great shot thanks to beautiful Lolo […]






July 14th, 2017

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Wholescale change is afoot in the Volvo Ocean Race following Mark Turner’s appointment as CEO almost a year ago. The new measures, set to be implemented for the race after next are colossal, way, way more than merely adopting a new boat. The latest initiatives for ‘Volvo Ocean Race – the next decade’ are intended […]






July 14th, 2017

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Apparently able to fuck up anything, at anytime, Twitler’s visit to France (besides being embarrassingly awkward and a total waste of time) even ruined sailing. USA! USA! USA!  






July 14th, 2017

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