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Twenty I-14s came into Cascade Locks, the heart of the Columbia River Gorge for the 2015 North American Championships, held July 24-26, including 9 boats from Canada, with most of those making the long trek from Toronto. Sailmaker Dave Alexander and 3x world champ Dan Wilsdon made the long flight up from Australia making good [...]

July 31st, 2015

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Has some of the true adventure been lost from modern day ocean racing? My first long offshore race was the Parmelia Race, a 13,000 mile jaunt from England to Australia. Nothing compares with rolling through the Southern Ocean trying to snatch a sun sight after five days of grey skies knowing that you are fast [...]

July 30th, 2015

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The Royal Yacht Squadron celebrates their 200th anniversary with some big boat racing this week, something that might go unnoticed if it weren’t for Mark Lloyd’s eye for detail and impeccable timing.  The exclusive, absolutely spellbinding shot above of George David’s Rambler 88 is his gift to the Anarchists; check out the gallery here.  

July 30th, 2015

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For almost two years we have been railing against the ridiculous state of affairs at Rio’s Olympic sailing venue, but official reactions from ISAF, the IOC and pretty much every other organization with an interest has been to plunge their heads deeply into sand.  We’ve wondered how long they could go on without meaningful action, [...]

July 30th, 2015

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First there was moth.  Then AC72.  Then C-Cat.  Then there was GC32, then SL33, FP, FCS20, Stiletto, that orange scow thing, and the hits keep on coming.  What do they all have in common?  You aren’t going to race across the ocean in one. That changes today, because the first ocean-ready racing foiler is now [...]

July 30th, 2015

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Kelly Johnson of Windsor Ontario preparing to start the 2015 Bayview Port Huron to Mackinaw Race aboard her vintage Viking 28 Shenanigans. She went on to win the double handed class and finish 18th out of 100 overall.  

July 29th, 2015

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Who says beach cats can’t race offshore?  Randy Miller’s M32 catamaran horizoned the 100-ish NM Santa Barbara to King Harbor fleet this weekend, beating Bill Gibbs 52-foot cat Afterburner by almost three hours and the first monohull – a TP52 – by almost two and a half. Here’s Randy’s report, from the thread. We deployed [...]

July 28th, 2015

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Even the most corporate-raiding sailor still considers himself something of a conservationist; the time we all spend amongst nature’s beauty means we pay more attention than most to the problems facing our natural world.  But to the overwhelming majority of sailors, seamanship and respect for other vessels is at least as powerful as our love [...]

July 28th, 2015

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Mini sailor on board “roll my chicken” the prototype 679, I am preparing the Mini Transat and also having fun with this fabulous machine.  We had fun last week end in La Rochelle (France) and made this video, a tribute to the performance of Alex Thomson and a good exercise for me and two young [...]

July 27th, 2015

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Next time ACEA tell you they’ve got China – ask them what they actually have. They will probably tell you they have CCTV5. This is ‘China Central Television Channel 5′ What they actually have is CCTV5+ which is an internet channel not normal terrestrial TV. This is viewed by 2 and a half people. Sorry, big [...]

July 27th, 2015

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Here’s what the morning revealed from our Surreal Hawaii post from yesterday…  

July 27th, 2015

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It is in fact the mold for the 2015 Barn Door Trophy winner’s little baby cousin – a new Bakewell-White 6.4m sports boat with the build just kicking off at MG Composites in Wellington New Zealand. Sails will be by evolution and carbon rig by NZ Rigging. Due out of the shed end October before [...]

July 27th, 2015

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Thursday – July 23rd: beer can kite racing in ‘fukitsnukin’ conditions.’ I survive the night but don’t get anywhere close to getting around the course. Its blowing the dogs off their chains. Foiling in anything over 20 knots still comes with unexpected results at best and bodily or equipment injury at the worst. Do no [...]

July 27th, 2015

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Sure, they’re long in the tooth, but they look good, they go fast, they sail in 30 knots and they crash all the time.  And it’s free.  Enjoy the final breezy day of the Extreme Sailing Series, live from Germany.  

July 26th, 2015

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The first of the fan reviews from the ACWS Portsmouth are now in, and surprise, surprise – they’re just as bad as the online and app community. Hey Gosling’s, Louis Vuitton, and anyone else who paid real money to be part of this clown parade: You listening yet? From SA’er “Quirky Torok”:  On Thursday my [...]

July 26th, 2015

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Beach cats plus cold front equals a hell of an expensive beach sculpture.  Huge bummer in the North Holland beach village of Egmond aan Zee, and there are some more gorgeous, if painful, shots here.

July 26th, 2015

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The AC World Series Portsmouth will be remembered not for the racing and not for the teams; instead, it will be remembered as the event when God, Nature, the Devil, and Karma looked at Russell Coutts in the face and said, “You’re kidding, right?” This is the event where we learned that the same, gorgeous [...]

July 26th, 2015

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This is not an entrant in the Transpac 2015 but this yacht tonight has reminded us of the power of the ocean at entrance into Waikiki Harbour, where the competitors finish. So surreal… Photo by Richard Langdon / Team Phaedo” @ 9pm (Hawaii time) Saturday the 25th of July 2015.  

July 26th, 2015

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Local Knowledge We don’t know a lot about this issue, but it seems worth having the community here take a look at it. We copied the below from their site… Clipper Cove is home to some of the best recreational and instructional boating on the San Francisco Bay, including youth sailing, disabled sailing, dragon boating, [...]

July 26th, 2015

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Been a while since we did one of these features, but we love them. This is Anarchist Mayo and his sportboat kit proto: MaYò 637. We’ll have the full story shortly… Got a Monster Garage project? Better send it in for some front page love on SA!  

July 25th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’ Special demo events Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1. Both the Seascape 27 and the Seascape 18 will be available. Test sail the boats in pristine Kittery, Maine with one of the original Seascape designers. Seascape USA is proud to be sponsoring the Whaleback Regatta, hosted by Kittery Point Yacht Club Saturday August [...]

July 25th, 2015

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As you can see above, Gorgeous Georgie Ainslie is a hell of a presenter, bringing exactly the kind of edgy, informed presentation to BAR’s AC World Series ‘Live From the Flight Deck” that the event needs.  And guess what? It’s free! Racing action starts soon; we promised you we’d have links to help you avoid [...]

July 25th, 2015

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I am in the north of Europe, Hamburg/Germany. It is the first time the Extreme Series has come here. The city is great, and around the harbour they have rebuilt the old warehouses, and the most iconic building is the new Opera House. We gave it a “Gotham” effect for the fleet photo… Racing in [...]

July 25th, 2015

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The first-ever RS Aero North Americans kicks off this weekend at North America’s most beautiful sailing venue.  Class Manager Peter Barton sent in this preview. In just nine months since the first RS Aero arrived in the States, the first RS Aero North American Championship is set to achieve over 20 entries with sailors expected [...]

July 24th, 2015

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Welcome to the 2015 Tour De France a la Voile, the seminal series barely rescued from an ignominious death last year and entering its final days of action down in Nice.  The new TdF is all about beaches, babes, trimarans, and action rather than sportsyachts, distance racing, and student teams.  Wanna see the balls-deep T-bone [...]

July 24th, 2015

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Fresh off the obliteration of a decade-old Transpac record, Ryan Breymaier sat down with Mr. Clean for another of their excellent Skype chats about life, liberty, and the pursuit of speed.  Listen to the details of their incredible 3 day run from California to Hawaii, get the goss on their even crazier trip ahead – [...]

July 24th, 2015

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The SC 70 OEX checks in from 3rd in class in the Transpac…  First off, I’ve re-read some of our previous posts. Please accept my apologies for the numerous grammatical and typographical errorz. We’ve all been racing across a zone of high pressure that between Long Beach and Diamond Head. On the western edge of [...]

July 24th, 2015

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UPDATE: If Jimmy Spithill can donate, so can you!! So this is the part where you click to support a good cause and the good people behind it. We’ve always been about the community and we hope you’ll join us. Below is a bit of information about what your support means… LLS’s continued advancements over [...]

July 24th, 2015

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Speaking of community… We’re looking for input to the SERs (Safety Equipment Requirements) for 2016, so we’ve created a really easy to use web site that allows anyone to comment on the current requirements. We would love to get more input from Anarchists, since they have tremendous sailing knowledge and don’t hold back.  This is [...]

July 24th, 2015

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Today’s AC World Series press conference featured the first instance in recorded history of Jimmy Spithill being speechless.  A well played piss-take from Glenn Ashby reminding the world of kingpostgate with a laugh and a smile and the usual stuttering from Tugger T.  All the chatter about the ACWS Portsmouth is in here, but if [...]

July 23rd, 2015

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