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Vlad Murnikov, designer and project leader and designer of the infamous Russian Whitbread 83′ Fazisi and his beautiful wife stopped by my house the other day for a visit, and of course the conversation turned to the status of the big, oddly beautiful old warhorse. Given up for dead more than once, Vlad seriously wants […]

February 21st, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ While the sheer size and speed of the super maxis in the Sydney Hobart Race attracts the most attention, the smaller yacht divisions are just as competitive. Follow the 3 day 11 hour journey of the Sydney 38, “TSA Management”, skippered by Tony Levett. Frustrated by light air towards the end, they placed […]

February 21st, 2018

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This is an incredible story about what happened to the Oyster 825 Polina Star III, and how it led directly to the downfall of Oyster Yachts. It must be noted that this story is the opinion of Alexander V. Ezhkov, and in no way are we agreeing with nor disputing the content of said story. A […]

February 21st, 2018

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A gem of a man who claimed his wife ‘fell off the boat and disappeared’ was charged with murder yesterday, nearly a year after the Bahamas honeymoon catamaran cruise went oh, so wrong and just a couple months after Lewis Bennett went to court to try to have a judge declare Isabella Hellman legally dead […]

February 21st, 2018

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On the ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe we just kicked off our season with the Island’s Race, a 130 nm Socal classic. We had a great crew of owner H.L. Enloe, Loick Peyron, Franck Proffit, Peter Isler, Thierry Fouchier, Paul Allen, Jay Davis and myself. We had light air around the course and a tricky late-night […]

February 20th, 2018

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That is the feeling everyone has when they get to deal with the clowns on their local PHRF board! From our forums…. Need ideas (that have worked in the past) on how to convince the newish group of handicappers from dinging a boat that has done well for the past 8 years. Existing rating is […]

February 20th, 2018

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Hot off the press: On Monday 19th February at 20:20 AST, Fujin capsized close to Saba Island while competing in the Carribean 600 and the eight-man crew were observed standing on the up-turned hull. All of the crew are now safe. Stephen Cucchiaro’s Gunboat 60 Flow stood by while rescue agencies coordinated the rescue efforts.  Jens Kellinhusen’s […]

February 20th, 2018

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Our coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race is presented by Musto, the Official Apparel Provider to the 2017-18 race. It may appear strange to see the two current red boats as back markers rather than front runners in the current leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. At around 10% of the remaining distance to run behind the […]

February 19th, 2018

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Pretty awesome looking little dudes, aren’t they? What are they?  

February 18th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ Looks good, doesn’t she? Easy on the eye. It’s difficult to know exactly why but she just looks… right. A sort of understated elegance that whispers style, comfort and control, while at the same time suggesting performance, an unspoken promise of power. The new Solaris 55 was developed by Solaris Yachts’ in-house technical […]

February 18th, 2018

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Well, not quite, but I received legitimate offers with 12 hours of placing Anarchy III in the classifieds, and 4 days later the boat has been sold (pending sea trial) at full pop to a very cute family from Orange County. Thanks to all 10 of you who submitted offers – it appears people dig […]

February 18th, 2018

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Clean Report Held just outside Tampa earlier this month, the US Sailing Leadership Forum was better than the vast majority of these things for one major reason: The attending members and presenters seem to have finally realized that there simply aren’t enough privileged white people to keep the sport of sailing alive in America for […]

February 17th, 2018

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You really can’t make this shit up!  Dee Caffari’s Volvo team Turning The Tide… not only sailed within a few hundred meters of Jennifer Appel’s ‘ghost ship’ the Sea Nymph, but they got some great drone footage of the drifting shitbox that became the biggest story in the US news for about 10 minutes last year.  If you […]

February 17th, 2018

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Given that this $2M, 3100-horsepower branding exercise/penis extension doesn’t even use Mercedes engines, I guess it’s…nothing? How long til the concept car, the boat, and Alex Thomson’s Benz-sponsored Open 60 do their photo shoot together?  Might be silly, but still sexy as… Image credit Cigarette Racing.  Thoughts?  

February 17th, 2018

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While walking the docks today with my gorgeous fiance, I spied Vince Brun standing on this Farr 40 at SDYC. “Hey Vince, is that yours?” “Yes. I just got it!” So we chatted for quite a bit – the Farr 40 NA’s and are in Long Beach this year and he wants to do that […]

February 16th, 2018

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I am notorious for letting shit fall through the cracks, and this is a perfect example. Here are the questions: What is it and what year was it?  I deserve a beating. – ed.  

February 16th, 2018

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The Biz KPMG, the administrator for Oyster Marine Holdings in the UK, has received 45 expressions of interest in purchasing the Oyster Yachts brand. This was confirmed to IBI yesterday by CEO David Tydeman. He has also confirmed that the main cause of the group’s collapse was the insurance claims that followed the sinking of […]

February 16th, 2018

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Why is it that we see dudes wearing hats like that we think they have to be shitty sailors? In the coming 24 hours it is expected that Enda O’Coineen will sail alone around the notorious Cape Horn as he endeavours to complete his solo sailing lap of the planet. O’Coineen set out from Les […]

February 16th, 2018

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 You don’t see this everyday…. On Wednesday, an EOD team with the Royal Navy’s Southern Diving Unit 2 detonated an 1,100-pound Second World War bomb in the River Thames. The vintage unexploded ordnance was found on Sunday during construction work near London City Airport. The discovery of the bomb led to the closure of […]

February 15th, 2018

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Life does not always go according to plan, and that is the case for me. Due to some changes in life, I am sadly putting my Santa Cruz 33 Anarchy III up for sale. We never really raced it enough to get it going the way I know it can, but did manage to trophy […]

February 13th, 2018

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We can tell you one thing, it appears to only have one sail…. Bring it.  

February 13th, 2018

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Brian Hancock apologizes for nothing! I am often criticized about the points of view that I take with my blog and sometimes that criticism is warranted. I often get praised for what I write and sometimes that praise is not warranted. At the end of the day I try and do my best and I […]

February 13th, 2018

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February 13th, 2018

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After seeing some of these pics, we suppose it’s no surprise that Vestas has been in lock down over the fishing boat incident. This is bad. Another view here and here.  

February 12th, 2018

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Anarchist John sent this in from today, just south of Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, Cali. Here’s a long shot. Those tides are a bitch!  

February 12th, 2018

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 We had a blast going out on one of these bad-ass machines when the show rolled into Dago last year, and are looking forward to being a bigger part of it this year. Really nicely done promo vid right here…  

February 12th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ 2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Hudson Yacht Group, builder of the award winning HH Catamaran line. HYG announced the appointment of a new company president on Saturday – Chris Doscher has taken the helm effective immediately. Doscher comes to HYG from Beneteau, where he served as the North American […]

February 12th, 2018

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With 48 boats from 9 countries racing this weekend’s Star Midwinters, SSL commentator and drone driver Kathleen Tocke gives us her take on the evolution of the Miami event and the overall Star Winter Series. Kathleen’s photos of this weekend’s event with our editing. Launched in 2012–13 as a way to bridge the popularity of […]

February 10th, 2018

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We’re massive fans of the simple genius of the Seabin (and we’re stoked to see the first one hit New Zealand shortly), but even ten thousand seabins won’t solve the problem of the giant, growing plastic garbage patches concentrated in all the world’s oceans.  One young inventor thinks he can do better, and no one […]

February 10th, 2018

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Oyster’s shock bankruptcy adds to the woes of much of the UK’s yacht building industry, but all is not necessarily lost in the internet economy.  Witness Discovery Yachts Group, which just closed out their first round of funding after raising an incredible 1.94 million British pounds – almost three times what they sought – on the […]

February 10th, 2018

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