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US Sailing has reached it’s nadir by foisting Dee “I’m not handicapped” Smith into the Olympics by insisting that he should represent the US in the Paralympic Sailing Games in Rio. From an organization that has a history of incompetence, irrelevance, and remains grossly unconnected from the sport it purports to represent, with this sham, it has [...]

April 30th, 2016

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Zika, Roussef’s impeachment, and Brazil’s nasty recession have taken the focus off the putrid condition of the Olympic Sailing Venue in Guanabara Bay, but a team of high level documentarians is hoping to make sure the environmental lessons learned in this debacle of an Olympics will never be forgotten.  If you believed any of the [...]

April 29th, 2016

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Few sailors have made the kind of sacrifices Conrad Colman has in his pursuit of solo ocean racing glory. We love his story, we love his passion, we love his attitude; “I’ll sail the shit out of this boat, or die trying.”  Conrad’s looking for some love from the SA community, so give yourself something [...]

April 29th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Since the birth of the Melges 24, boats from the Zenda, Wisconsin-based company have set the standard for the world’s grand prix sportboats. As the heavy, spinnaker-pole fleets began creeping inexorably toward their grand prix death, the Melges 32 showed them all that speed doesn’t have to be complicated.  And as racers downsized, [...]

April 28th, 2016

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April 28th, 2016

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What most of you schlubs can’t possibly see is the value of a $500 Louis Vuitton long sleeve shirt. What makes it priceless however, is the complete lack of even the most basic idea of what “America’s Cup” boats are supposed to look like. Good lord, these guys are a major sponsor of the AC [...]

April 27th, 2016

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Antigua Sailing Week is currently underway and in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea dozens of highly strung yachts are duking it out. It’s the 49th time that the regatta has been held with a promise that the big 5.0. next year is going to be a bumper event. If you look at the [...]

April 27th, 2016

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Who among us has not experienced this, or at least something very close to it? Props to hottie Lolo.  

April 27th, 2016

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Props to Sportscar!  

April 27th, 2016

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The Southern Hemisphere Moore 24 fleet, a.k.a. hull #40, GANNET, departed for Opua, New Zealand when the wind came up on Tuesday, April 26—Monday the 25th in the U.S—to resume what, time and chance permitting, will be her first circumnavigation and her owner’s sixth. She is heading to South Africa via Australia, where her port [...]

April 27th, 2016

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Sunday April 24, the 25 second shitbox, (Anarchy), in haste to get back to San Diego, left Ensenada before a large front was due to approach. 50 K offshore and 20 K inshore was forecast, and was was due to come in in the afternoon from the northwest. A bit incautious, but we wanted to [...]

April 26th, 2016

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Well not yet, but here are 3 teams practicing in Bermuda thanks to Rachel Fallon-Langdon.  

April 26th, 2016

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More informative content in collaboration with Seahorse Magazine. In 2008 Sultan Qaboos bin Said gave the green light to set up a groundbreaking initiative to reinvigorate Oman’s maritime heritage and introduce sailing to a new generation of youngsters. Eight years on, things couldn’t be going better for Oman Sail. From its humble beginnings Oman Sail [...]

April 26th, 2016

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The only shot I could find of our Melges 32 up and planing in the N2E race. The boat is a knife with a very sharp edge. We could not love it more!  

April 25th, 2016

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CORRECTION: WE ATTRIBUTED THE TRANSLATION BELOW TO THE WRONG ANARCHIST.  WE SALUTE SA’ER SURLEPONT FOR HIS HARD WORK, AND TO ALL THE ANARCHISTS WHO SPEND HOURS AND HOURS TRANSLATING NEWS TO ENGLISH EVERY YEAR SOLELY SO THEIR ANARCHIST PALS CAN KEEP UP WITH OCEAN RACING. Names like Chichester and Hasler graced the first-ever solo transoceanic [...]

April 25th, 2016

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Antigua Sailing Week remains one of the fullest ‘race weeks’ available anywhere in the world, and it’s great to see the Caribbean fixture on the upswing.  SA pals Roddy Graeme Grimes and Robin Johnston put together this sweet little highlight reel from day one, and you can find pics, news, and more on their Facebook [...]

April 25th, 2016

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A fruitcake named Reza Baluchi joined Rimas, the Flyin’ Hawaiian, and Reid Stowe in the illustrious ranks of the Idiot Mariner Society last weekend during a passage attempt from Florida to Puerto Rico in what is essentially a human-size hamster wheel.  Reza’s been rescued before, but this time was different, or so sad Baluchi’s website. [...]

April 25th, 2016

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Kevin Hall’s resumé is Hall of Fame stuff, but what sets him most apart from the usual pro-sailor crowd is his massive, never-slowing brain.  Unfortunately, it’s also his biggest enemy.  Join the JC Worldwide Podcast for an hour plus with this fascinating man, who has more stories from a lifetime of Olympic and America’s Cup [...]

April 25th, 2016

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The Newport to Ensenada race was one for the ages. Sailing my Melges 32 Anarchy, we revelled in the 15-22 knot breeze that blew for nearly the entire race. Never have I sailed a boat that is quite a weapon in that stuff like the 32. The thing is a beast, and the wettest boat, [...]

April 24th, 2016

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We confess to spending a few minutes ogling crack rowing shell builder and carbon artist Chris Maas’s Facebook Page every week or two for the latest in carbon dinghy porn – the well-regarded PNW builder has a knack for making incredible looking craft of all types. His last jaw-dropper was a homebuilt emerald-green Moth, but [...]

April 22nd, 2016

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Everyone does their Olympic selection a bit differently, and it seems trials have been especially screwed up for the Spanish 49er and Nacra 17 Classes, with two better-performing teams getting the shaft.  First, let’s hear from gold medalist Iker Martinez, who until Clearwater, was a shoo-in for the Nacra spot – now, he’s gotta find [...]

April 22nd, 2016

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Remember our Caption Contest from last week? Lots of seriously funny captions, but we especially like the pain of this one!  

April 20th, 2016

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Bay City’s Lightning Fleet 216 and the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association (SBCSA) want to encourage young sailors by providing an opportunity to competitively sail a Lightning Sailboat for 1 year at minimal cost. The grantee will be provided a competitive boat and sails, insurance, and a Bay City Yacht Club “One Design Membership” which includes full facility use and storage for the trailer-launched [...]

April 20th, 2016

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HH Catamarans launches the HH6601, ‘R-SIX’, the first in its new line of semi-custom, luxury carbon fiber cruising catamarans. Looks pretty good here! More.  

April 19th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Ever had to lasso a piling with a dock line while backing into a slip? Ever show up to a boat suspended above the water ‘cause you didn’t leave enough slack in the lines for the tide? How ‘bout chafed a rope on a piling full of splinters or oysters? No more! Pile [...]

April 19th, 2016

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Clean Report With three breezy and extremely lumpy (outside) days of racing, 2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week will be remembered mostly for disasters averted, and the biggest was the rescue of Orlando-based J/88 crew Patrick Daniel, whose heart stopped in the middle of Sunday’s first race.  We remember when the Van Liews, Draftz, the Coast [...]

April 19th, 2016

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Awesome shot, right? Wanna see how it ends? We can tell you it is even more awesome. And see if you can spot the windex getting launched!  

April 18th, 2016

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This coming Friday, April 22nd at 6PM, The Newport Beach Film Festival will feature Mexican film director Bernardo Arsuaga’s documentary of the 73-74 Whitbread Round the World Race. This is a brand new movie featuring never before seen footage from the inaugural Whitbread race, aboard the first winner Sayula II. The “Weekend Sailor” won the [...]

April 18th, 2016

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From Italy a new shining dinghy, built in wood (stitch&glue). Modern hull shape, flushdeck for a freestyle drive. Check it.  

April 18th, 2016

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Everyone remembers the basics of what happened on San Francisco Bay. Oracle Team USA was down 1-8. The Kiwis needed just more win. Then Oracle somehow beat back the odds. It’s been called the greatest comeback in the history of sport. But was it? G. Bruce Knecht, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and the [...]

April 18th, 2016

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