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Live VOR rounding Cape Horn. Title thanks to Malcolm McLaren.  

March 30th, 2015

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We may have just learned why Dongfeng Race Team has been so fast downwind…the triple-rigged headsail!  Seriously, take a look at the masthead breakage DFRT suffered last night (they’re heading to Ushuaia for a repair/replace) and tell us what you see!  We see a mainsail, a solent and a Fr0 below the break and a [...]

March 30th, 2015

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As Ferrari finally gives Italy something to cheer for in top level racing, the fanatical Italian fans are on the verge of losing their maritime standard bearer Luna Rossa thanks to the impending vote on the new America’s Cup One-Design 48. That’s right, folks, and you heard it here first, of course: The next AC [...]

March 30th, 2015

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The Weather Channel We haven’t had rain here in Southern California in quite a while and the North Pacific high doesn’t look like it will relinquish its grip on the state anytime soon. The massive dome that has occupied the area between Hawaii and the mainland pretty much all winter is simply huge and has [...]

March 29th, 2015

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You can be forgiven for not realizing that Jean Le Cam and Bernard Stamm won the Barcelona World Race the other day, and we congratulate them for finishing a task that’s never easy, even if their only real competitor dismasted shortly after the start.  Stamm adds the BWR to his other major victory in the [...]

March 29th, 2015

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Last week we asked our friends Jacques Taglang and Francois Chevalier if they could put together one of their awesome line drawings comparing the various AC multihulls, and they did us one better – here’s a look at the ‘evolution’ of the fastest inshore racing boats in existence; the BMW/Oracle 90, AC72, stillboard AC62, AC45, [...]

March 29th, 2015

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Eric Rogers jacks, Brian Janney holds, Jim Donovan supervises as the GP 26 Sleeve of Wizard keel gets fitted for it’s kelp cutter. Nice cut here. It is looking really good and so is the boat. The rig gets stepped Monday…  

March 28th, 2015

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I see they are all still calling it a Chinese Gybe. From the videos IT IS NOT. A Chinese Gybe is where half the sail gybes, the other half doesn’t. Called so because a junk rig (or a gaff rig for that matter) sometimes the bottom part of the sail lifts and gybes – no [...]

March 28th, 2015

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SA’er Drew Harper posted this great pic today from his Italian pal Roberto. “It’s a fishing boat with a canvas sail. They would plaster newspaper on the canvas when they were racing so air wouldn’t get through. Not sure how they get it off. All the fishermen had the same boat from the same builder, [...]

March 27th, 2015

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As the GP 26 Sleeve of Wizard gets ready to assault San Diego, there are mysterious things going on with the keel. It’s really none of your business. Title inspiration thanks to The Germs. It is the greatest 45 second song ever….  

March 26th, 2015

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There must be someone who wants to step back in time while helping collegiate sailing move forward, right? The Farr 43 ex-Flash Gordon is being auctioned off by the University of Hawaii. All the thrills of IMS racing, with none of the cost. Well, almost none… Starting bid $25,000. More info right here.  

March 26th, 2015

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Jesus, we said we were going to lay off the poor bastards in Fresno, but this – this – is too good not to share… The Fresno Police Department’s second in command has been arrested in a federal drug conspiracy investigation. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, 51, is accused of distributing and possessing drugs. Deputy Chief Keith [...]

March 26th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’ Mauri Pro started as one guy selling sails to pay his way through regattas and has grown to a company with a true global reach. Constantly re-inventing themselves, Mauri Pro has become more than an online sailing store. Their continuous search for ways to better serve the sailing community and provide the best [...]

March 26th, 2015

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A very cool shot by Somira Sao while enroute to  Puerto Williams from Punta Arenas… Check out their cool blog…  

March 26th, 2015

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As Bernie explained well an hour ago, Luna Rossa threatened to pull out of the Cup this morning if AC Commercial Director Doctor Harvey doesn’t respect ‘the principle of unanimity of all challengers required to change the Class Rule’, and he immediately issues a clarification regarding the proposed shrinking of the AC to a regatta [...]

March 26th, 2015

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#LunaRossaChallenge is distinctly opposed to the proposal to change the Class Rule for the 35th America’s Cup — Luna Rossa Challenge (@lunarossa) March 26, 2015 To no one’s surprise, Luna Rossa Challenge just said ‘fuck you’ to Coutts and Doc Harvey’s plan to cut down the America’s Cup to 40-footers, and judging by the silence [...]

March 26th, 2015

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Waterlust gets all big boat speedy on us…  

March 25th, 2015

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Now that the big money is locked in for Bermuda’s contract, it appears the America’s Cup is looking to cut their expenses massively by getting rid of the entire AC62 concept, sticking instead with modified AC45 foilers for all teams.  And no, this is not April 1; AC PR released this bit of news today: [...]

March 25th, 2015

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Oh wait, I think I just did. The GP26 “Sleeve of Wizard” getting it together. Look for it on the water in Dago soon…  

March 25th, 2015

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A top secret revolutionary “WING” was on display for the first time at Manly during the clubs last club championship race of the year. The “WING” enabled FLUID BUILDING skippered by Clint Bowen to take out the 2014-2015 Club Championship. – Anarchist Michael.  

March 25th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’ Farr Yacht Sales has a Farr 280 for sale in time for Charleston Race Week (April 16-19). Sweet boat, ready to rock. The boat will be delivered directly to the event and be ready to race in the class’ first one design event. Interested?  email [email protected]    

March 25th, 2015

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March 24th, 2015

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Diam 24 One Design training session at the Pole Finistere Course au Large, Port-la-Forêt, Finistère, Brittany, France. The Diam 24 One Design is the new boat for the Tour de France à la Voile 2015. Nice work from our bud Christophe Launay with more shots here.  

March 24th, 2015

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After a three day postponement for Cyclone Pam to clear New Zealand, Leg 5 got underway a week ago. Mark Chisnell reviews the early action as the fleet charged into the Southern Ocean on the tail of the beast – no surprises that they’ve hit some tough conditions. The crashing and the burning have begun. [...]

March 24th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’ It hasn’t been around long, but already Eelsnot racing hull coating is making a big difference on the race course! In Key West, Eelsnot-coated boats tied for first in the J/111 class (Spiff lost on countback), grabbed 11th and 13th overall/3rd Corinthian (B-Squared) in the J/70 Class, and took 5th in the Melges [...]

March 23rd, 2015

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As if racing at America’s most exciting freshwater venue wasn’t enough, the shiny, happy people of North Bonneville, Washington have just turned up the fun dial to 11 for every non-junior sailing event at the Columbia Gorge Racing Association in Cascade Locks, Oregon.  That’s because N. Bonneville – just 11 minutes by car from the [...]

March 23rd, 2015

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For a second straight year, the Great Lakes are closed for business.  Icebreakers notwithstanding, the mass of ice still clogs much of the lakes – which reached a hair under the >92% ice cover they reached during last year’s record cold – and it’s making a big dent on the bottom line of the companies [...]

March 23rd, 2015

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Because history has shown just how effective walls are against nature, Japan is doing 400 km of their very own to prevent the kind of mass death the last tsunami caused.  Will 5 stories tall be enough?  We like local mayor Tsuneaki Iguchi‘s comment, and it applies to everyone everywhere who lives on a major [...]

March 23rd, 2015

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New dad Ryan Breymaier and Lending Club have topped the 4ksb threshold in a fairly major way, and it’s just the beginning.  Photo credit to Quin Bisset and Q-and-K. From Ryan: “This was on our first day sailing after putting the 41 meter tall “big rig” in the boat – it’s got 5 meters on [...]

March 22nd, 2015

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McLaughlin Boat Works announced its 25th Anniversary PRO Racer Giveaway today. Widely considered the fastest and most durable Optimist in the world, the chance to win one of the prized PRO Racers is surely an opportunity not to be missed. The drawing, open to sailors ages 8-15, runs now through the end of the 2015 [...]

March 22nd, 2015

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