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As seems more and more common lately when it comes to ISAF and the regulation of the sport, the more you dig, the uglier it gets, and so it has gone with our reporting on the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations and its battle for survival against the might of World Sailing and its delegate, [...]

February 5th, 2016

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A quick report from the US Ailing “Leadership Council”… I went to the circle jerk for the “State of One Design”…unbelievable!!! They put up a graph that showed declines in most one -design classes, blamed it on a birth rate shortage and went on to talk about nothing and of course doing nothing. Do these [...]

February 5th, 2016

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We like half this picture. Can you guess which half?  

February 4th, 2016

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US Sailing and Leadership in the same sentence? That’s almost as funny as World Sailing and leadership. Yet this US Ailing “forum” in Dago is one your Editor was purposely not invited to speak.  They offered  me a “media pass” (Are you fucking kidding?)  but they didn’t want me anywhere near a microphone. And who [...]

February 4th, 2016

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The first offshore proa?  

February 3rd, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Lemon & Line is the original nautical bracelet company based in Newport, RI. Founded by sailors and always true to our sport, Lemon & Line has sponsored hundreds of regattas, teams and clubs over their five year history: Annapolis to Newport, J70 North Americans, Nantucket Race Week, Miami Sailing Week, Leukemia Cup Regattas, [...]

February 3rd, 2016

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Restricted and expensive access to good event venues are competitive sailing’s biggest obstacle in the USA.  Does this explain America’s Olympic difficulties over the past few cycles? Windsurf Olympic lifer Farah Hall reports that in Miami, it’s only getting worse. From her blog: In preparation for the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the first World Cup [...]

February 3rd, 2016

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For the first time ever the tables have been turned, and our own Mr. Clean gets finally grilled by someone else!  John Casey puts Alan Block on the hot seat in this 2 and a half hour JC Worldwide podcast that’s exactly what you’d expect: Funny stories, outspoken opinions, and plenty of information on, well, [...]

February 3rd, 2016

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Clean Report For around thirty years now, ISAF (now known as World Sailing) has had a peculiar rule. It’s a rule that almost every other sporting organization long ago learned wasn’t enforceable, but somehow, World Sailing didn’t get the memo.  And as The Ed reported yesterday, World Sailing is using this rule as a bludgeon [...]

February 3rd, 2016

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Thick fog apparently led to the death of two sailors not far from Cape Town on Monday, when skipper George Mills ran his 47′ yacht Tara onto rocks near Table Bay.  Mills and Rachel Daly from Ireland died as the yacht was broken up, her injured husband reached shore and eventual rescue.  Another reminder of [...]

February 3rd, 2016

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The new Melges was also spied  - in model form – at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. It will be fascinating to see how the sales go for this canter. Disappointed that R/P was not chosen to draw it… Speaking of Dusseldorf, the numbers are in: 1,800 exhibitors saw 247.000 visitors from 52 countries, up 2.8 per [...]

February 3rd, 2016

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From Peter Johnstone: “As Founder of GUNBOAT, I am passionate about the boats I created and produced. WARSHIP YACHTS has been set up to handle brokerage of the GUNBOATS I built.”  

February 2nd, 2016

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More fuckery, courtesy of “World Sailing”.  Are these buffoons intentionally trying to ruin our sport?? The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed by the CEO of World Sailing (WS, formerly ISAF), that WS has requested IFKO (“International Federation of Kitesports Organisations”) to immediately remove and furthermore cease to publish or promote any information which [...]

February 2nd, 2016

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Um, no.  

February 2nd, 2016

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Our friends at Professional Boatbuilder have a good article on design… Three years ago, the design and engineering team for the 100′ (30.5m) Wild Oats XI faced a fairly common problem: how to update an old boat. Except the boat wasn’t at all common, and it was old in maxi-racer years only. Launched in 2005, [...]

February 2nd, 2016

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With a solid list of interesting guests and a good location in Miami, John “Worldwide” Casey’s podcast continues to impress as he ramps up to the ultimate sailing talker – our own Mr. Clean.  That one won’t drop until Wednesday, but you road warriors and bored bastards can listen to today’s chat between JC and [...]

February 1st, 2016

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January 31st, 2016

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Long time Anarchist and ultimate bro Keith Magnussen gives the skinny from the C&C 30 Loco from their KWRW adventures. K Mag does an awesome job sharing the vibe of their sailing. This is how you do it… Ernest Hemingway once said, “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love”. So when Ed [...]

January 31st, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Trogear Marine Products is pleased to start out 2016 by announcing new distribution channels for our line of adjustable, carbon fiber bowsprits for boats 18’-50’. All of our distributors and reps are as excited as we are to share our unique bowsprit with sailors worldwide. Handling St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies [...]

January 31st, 2016

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  Organizers of the Conch Republic Cup have been careful not to call the 90-mile cruise from Key West to Cuba a “race”, and with that in mind, they called off yesterday’s start in near-perfect racing conditions of 20-25 knots from the West.  Given the pedigree of at least one of the entering vessels, we [...]

January 29th, 2016

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Fresh off a crew substitution (trading windsurfer Solvig Sayre for Louisa Chafee, daughter of dropped out 2016 Presidential candidate Linc Chafee) original SA gangsta Bora Gulari looked to be taking the Nacra 17 class by storm this week at the OCR, sitting in medal position after three days of tumultuous Miami weather. With just two [...]

January 29th, 2016

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Yacht racing meets The Benny Hill Show, with thanks to some creative editing from Keith Brash/Quantum Sails TV.

January 29th, 2016

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There have been precious few counterpoints to the Rio pollution monster, and while the author of the below piece is wrong about quite a few things (namely that our own SA staff spent dozens of hours in-country investigating the situation on both water and land, talking to locals, and speaking with Brazilian scientists), it’s good [...]

January 29th, 2016

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One more stop for your Editor at the Dusseldorf boat show today. Here’s a shot the perpetually sweet-looking Esse 7.50.  

January 29th, 2016

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Brian Hancock gives a slightly different take on the two ‘tards who can’t seem to sail their way straight… There is a story all over the news about two America sailors who have called rescue services for help nine times in the last seven months. It’s an interesting story and one that at first glance [...]

January 28th, 2016

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First it was Sarah Palin.  Then it was Donald Trump.  Now it’s 71-year old Bob Weise and Steve Shapiro, the latest morons to make Americans look like the stupidest people in the world.  Worse yet, like crappy sailors!  Title shout to an icon of the 80s. Threads abound about this winter Norway to US ‘voyage’, but [...]

January 28th, 2016

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Sailing Anarchy Senior Editor Mr. Clean finally tracked down double gold medalist Malcolm Page, the new spokesman and Chief Marketing Officer of World Sailing, to get the inside story on all the controversies piling up in ISAF’s inbox.  Page didn’t always give a complete answer but he didn’t back down, and a 20 minute chat [...]

January 28th, 2016

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Ever wonder what y’all look like from the front? In this case, pretty damn good. Vid thanks to Keith Brash.  

January 27th, 2016

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As we surmised the day his resignation was announced, former ISAF CEO Peter Sowrey said today that didn’t leave sailing’s governing body voluntarily – he claims he was voted out by the “World Sailing” Executive Committee for refusing to give in to Rio 2016 organizers and the ISAF board on racing in Guanabara Bay.  From [...]

January 27th, 2016

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Big Pimpin‘ People taking advantage of the $50 early-bird discount in January have gotten the 2016 Newport to Ensenada entries off to a strong start.  There are a lot of interesting boats and clubs in the mix. The best-known boat is probably Taxi Dancer, an R/P68 rating -84 out of Santa Barbara Yacht Club.  The [...]

January 26th, 2016

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