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It’s a 3-way battle with just a mile of separation as Xabi Fernandez’s MAPFRE holds a slim lead over Azzam and the Dong in the last couple of hours before the Volvo frontrunners hit Auckland.  Genny and the live feed start now!  (or very soon, anyway).  Click the player and compare photos, performance stats and trivia [...]

February 27th, 2015

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Ya gotta dig this cool shot of Johnny Goldsberry taken by our friends at Waterlust. We will have the full story, via their awesome video work, soon…  

February 27th, 2015

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We covered this story last week, and below Webb Chiles offers his take… My initial subject line for this entry was ‘some fools deserve to die.’ Perhaps I’m mellowing in my old age. I changed because I realize they don’t deserve to die—if they can save themselves. What they don’t deserve is to be saved [...]

February 27th, 2015

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We were a little cagey about the news we posted last week that the 103-foot Banque Populaire VIII (ex-Groupama 3) had been sold to Francis Joyon for some solo action; that’s because longtime SA contributor and project manager Ryan Breymaier asked us to keep our big mouths shut for a few days at least.  Unfortunately, [...]

February 27th, 2015

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Former helmsman Dean Barker has vowed today that he will seek revenge on his former teammates, and single-handedly construct a “giant death yacht” with which he will defeat Team New Zealand and “take over the world.” Barker, who was this week publicly dumped from New Zealand’s competitive moneyboat team, said that, prior to his axing, [...]

February 27th, 2015

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The PR folks at Crowley’s Vessel Management department dropped a beautiful if somber photo bomb on the web last night, along with a short report of their assistance to Rainmaker last month.  Meanwhile, we’re still finishing up the crew’s own ‘lessons learned’ from the incident, which you’ll see here soon.  More from Crowley (and there’s [...]

February 27th, 2015

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Oracle just launched their test bed AC45 last week, and in just 5 days their maneuvers and boatspeed already look to have far surpassed the very similar Artemis 45 foiler.  They also look a hell of a lot smoother, more stable, and faster than what we’ve seen from the Luna Rossa testers months after their [...]

February 26th, 2015

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We’ve expected Barker to get eased off the helm of ETNZ for quite some time now, and the only nasty or surprising part of the affair was the shitty way he found out.  Kiwi’s biggest radio station RadioTalkZB gave our Senior Editor a call to discuss the controversy over Barker’s axing this morning; listen to [...]

February 26th, 2015

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The silicon solar cell was discovered back in 1953, but it’s taken more than half a century of innovation to finally get yacht-based solar cells where they belong – on the sails.  Developers tested the durability and effectiveness of the system on this Open 50, and now the new PowerSails system is coming as an [...]

February 26th, 2015

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Question of the Week For the first time ever, our own staff asked the question of the week, largely based on a consistent theme in all of the VOR threads in Ocean Racing Anarchy about the combined effects of AIS and the 6-hour position updates on the Volvo fleet and the racing experience.  Mr. Clean [...]

February 25th, 2015

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When we left Rainmaker skipper Chris Bailet, the Gunboat 55 was being run over by a freight train of wind, and Chris had just made it to the cockpit. CB: The boat lurches and I hit the plinth station just as we all hear a crack, followed by a louder crack. The mast hits the [...]

February 25th, 2015

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To no one’s surprise, Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo^3 absolutely obliterated the Caribbean 600 race record with a 33h35m30s elapsed time, beating the previous time set by an ORMA 60 by 6 and a half hours – some 15 percent.  Brian Thompson, Michel Desjoyeaux, and Lloyd did all the driving, and when we spoke to him a [...]

February 24th, 2015

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The Choate 48′ Good Times, was an under water playground during a one week salvage biding war. She’s now resting safe and sound in Oahu pending future play dates. Anarchist Lolo.  

February 24th, 2015

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As the first of the widely anticipated Irens-designed Gunboat 55’s, Rainmaker was always going to get a lot of attention, and owner Brian Cohen spent much of last season cruising and racing (and getting Forbes magazine press) around the New York area under the watchful eye of a guy we’ve sailed with ourselves and consider [...]

February 23rd, 2015

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Next time you prepare a regatta budget, just remember this one…and thank your lucky stars you aren’t on the hook.  According to the Bermuda government, the 77 million dollar cost of hosting the regatta can be broken down into two categories: The $37M bill is all Bermuda’s, while the second depends on ‘private sponsors’ and [...]

February 23rd, 2015

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Paradox and Phaedo^3 are currently oblitering the existing Caribbean 600 race record while both Rambler 88 and Bella Mente are ahead of the monohull record; it’ll be over almost before it started so track ‘em all here and have a look at the people involved in the video above.  Ask or talk about this race [...]

February 23rd, 2015

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Another 505 Midwinters is done. No breeze and no racing today. After a couple of postponements it was three horns and abandon, and the derigging and packing started. Those driving are some distance up the road by now, others are on planes or waiting for flights at the airport, and more are flying out tomorrow [...]

February 23rd, 2015

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Seve and team on Gotta Love It 7 may have clinched their record-setting 8th JJ championship, but the fight for the podium is still on during this final day of broadcasting for the 2015 18 footer Worlds.  Will Howie Hamlin get the first US podium in more than a decade after winning race 6 on [...]

February 21st, 2015

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Just as Emirates Team New Zealand’s funding looks assured, the shitstorm about Dean’s departure is casting a long black cloud over the team.  Barker threatening to ‘tell all’, according to a herald source, if he gets the boot?  Lawyers on retainer?  Shit’s getting serious in Kiwi if the NZ sports media are to be believed. [...]

February 21st, 2015

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The Michel Desjoyeaux-led MOD 70 crew of Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo^3 was loosely aware of the Farr 115 Sojana’s long-standing 4h37m43s ’round Antigua record when they went out for their first practice sail today; they put the pedal down on the trimaran and shattered it to pieces.  Unofficially, the new record is 2h44m15s, and the top [...]

February 21st, 2015

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On the Volvo Ocean Race’s “Inside Track”, Clean and Genny T are reunited on camera for the first time since America’s Cup 33 in Valencia, and aside from some sound issues, they give some good chat together.  Bouwe Bekking checks in from the front of the fleet, and we find out what he thinks about [...]

February 21st, 2015

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We are officially calling today Fucked Up Friday. between this, Bad Times, Loose Times, Low Times and The Ed finally ending things with his long-time, on again, off again GF (End Times?) this day looks to be a bit of a disaster! From anarchist Jaka : This is from Sestri Ponente, Genova. This steel made ketch [...]

February 20th, 2015

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Last weekend during (yet another) New England Blizzard our frostbite racing hut escaped the comfy confines of the harbor in Winthrop MA, and was seen by the US Coast Guard Cutter William Hanna floating across Boston Harbor. It traveled nearly 5 miles to Point Allerton and ended smashing on the rocks with debris landing on nearby [...]

February 20th, 2015

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Dean Barker gets the flick… Dean Barker only discovered he was on the outer at Team New Zealand after reading about it on social media this week. The Herald understands several members of the team, including Barker, first learned moves were afoot to replace him at the helm with talented young sailor Peter Burling after reading it on [...]

February 20th, 2015

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Here is a picture from yesterday from my hometown(Portoroz, Slovenia). Usually there is up to 2m of water where the boats are docked. They say it was the lowest tide in the last 60 years…  

February 20th, 2015

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The relatively famous Choate 48 ex- Maunalani Flash in Hawaii, in her new bow down trim yesterday in Hawaii. You know where this is going, right? Props to K-Mag.  

February 19th, 2015

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We loved the news yesterday that Banque Populaire would be extending its sponsorship of sailing for 5 more years with the building of a Banque Pop IX – a brand new monster trimaran for the solo Ultim Class. A tidbit in the release caught our eye though; the team announced the sale to Francis Joyon [...]

February 19th, 2015

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Christ, we almost hate to keep kicking these poor fuckers. Okay, this is the last time… A man assaulted a Fresno police officer late Wednesday night, continuing to fight even after being shocked repeatedly with a Taser, authorities said. The suspect, Andrew Esparza, 25, of Fresno, was on felony probation for domestic violence when officers tried [...]

February 19th, 2015

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Add Joe Spooner to the pro sailors calling shenanigans on the already-embattled Oracle Team USA’s hiring and firing practices.  From our friends at www.BoatingLaw.com, who do NOT represent the Plaintiff.  You can read the full complaint here. The America’s Cup AC45 “4 Oracle Team USA” may soon be arrested by the U.S. Marshals at its berth in [...]

February 19th, 2015

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There’s a perfect confluence this year of a strong economy, vibrant offshore racing scene, and serious multihull acceptance in 2016, and for those reasons, we’re calling it The Year Of Broken Records.  Thanks to ubiquitous maxi-multihulls, MOD70s, GC32s, AC45s and the new Ultim tris, nearly every inshore and ocean racing record could fall this year, [...]

February 19th, 2015

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