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The Hugo Boss team’s ‘replacement rudder’ headfake failed to effect a charging Armel Le Cle’ach, but Alex is happily hurtling along towards Cape Horn in the hopes that the Jackal will find some bad luck along the way.  In the meantime, illustrator Francois Denis and our friends at Ino-Rope continue to memorialize this Vendee Globe [...]

December 9th, 2016

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“Are you sure this is how the AC guys do it?” What’s yours?  

December 8th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ So when you get terrific service from a company, it is worth giving them some love. These guys have done a fabulous job with Anarchy and for anyone in Dago looking for a great diving service, these guys are exactly that. Best Coast Divers provides exceptional underwater boat maintenance services to clients located [...]

December 8th, 2016

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I’m the product of what community sailing can produce. I’m currently a high school racer, a viper Viper 640 sailor, and crew on a J88. I first began sailing as an eight year old but didn’t really love it. I faded in and out of the sport until I participated on a youth Big Boat [...]

December 8th, 2016

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You guys are far too good at this game for us to say anything about this pic other than that it is a very interesting part of a new boat’s systems. What boat? Well, that will be part of your answer, won’t it? You think you can figure it out from this drawing?  Post your [...]

December 8th, 2016

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Conrad Colman continues to prove that he is an ‘innovate or die’ kind of dude.  The first all-electric propulsion in the Vendee Globe.  The first drone shots from a solo racer in the Southern Ocean.  And now – the first podcast from an Open 60, via Soundcloud.  The tech to pull this off has been [...]

December 8th, 2016

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The world is moving damned quickly; we just got notice from our old South African friends at Aerospective that Romain Attanasio is in Simon’s Town, fixing his rudder – and we’re able to watch it almost in real time.  Romain is NOT out of the race as long as he receives no physical assistance; they [...]

December 8th, 2016

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We just stumbled on this 50 minute documentary, and aside from featuring some excellent Mini sailing footage and solid production values,  it’s quite a compelling story of a Czech racer in a French world who just wouldn’t give up.   Watch it above with subtitles.  

December 8th, 2016

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As long as there are humans on this planet, they’ll be doing stupid shit with the best selling racing boat of all time.  While the first ‘foiling laser’ failed to set the world on fire, we knew there would be more, and here it is – from the workshop of crazy Irishman David Harte.  See [...]

December 8th, 2016

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While the recent focus in the sailing news has been on the boats racing in the Vendée Globe and the epic battle between Armel Le Cléac’h racing Banque Populaire and Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss, we are missing what is quite possibly an even greater story. I am talking about Tomas Coville aboard Sodebo vying [...]

December 8th, 2016

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There are always some heroes that you would long to meet. In the sailing world peole like Dubois, Fisher, Read, Knox Johnson, MacArthur, Golding from various elements of our sport all spring to mind. Paul Elvstrom, however, was always top of my list from a very early age, but sadly, now that can never happen. [...]

December 7th, 2016

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We’ve been wanting to do a feature on a sailing school for awhile, so when my girlfriend said she wanted to become a better racer, I sent her to J-World Dago. Here are her observations so far – ed. J/World offers classes in San Diego, San Francisco, and Puerto Vallarta, but since I’m lucky enough [...]

December 7th, 2016

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It has been suggested that this might be too dorky for us…but then again, sailors tend to have dorkish tendencies so it’s perfect!    

December 7th, 2016

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White Island Race report. Marshall Law. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!! After a hectic few months fitting in major mods to the Marshall and putting her all back together, we rocked up to the White Island start line, the first time the boat had been sailing in about 4 months! The forecast sounded [...]

December 6th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Umberto Felci’s new Grand Soleil 58 design does a nice job delivering performance plus contemporary styling typical of a much larger yacht. The collaboration between Felci Yacht Design and Cantiere del Pardo has a long history. It is now 15 years since Umberto Felci designed the GS70, the Italian yard’s custom flagship produced for [...]

December 6th, 2016

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On Sunday, a pleasure boat named Nap Tyme crossed the bow of the Washington State ferry Chetzemoka, resulting in a collision. Wonder what he was  doing down below???  

December 6th, 2016

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Vendee Breaking UPDATE: Kito de Pavant, the 55 years old French skipper of Bastide-Otio, who suffered damage to his keel when racing in the remote South Indian Ocean while racing in the Vendee Globe solo round the world race, was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU this morning and taken aboard the research [...]

December 6th, 2016

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I can totally appreciate that many (most?) people have a contrary opinion on this subject, but I am going to bring it up here again if for no other reason than it’s good to talk about things. Take a look at this pic of Seb Josse racing in the Vendée Globe. He is in the [...]

December 6th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ As the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s undergo refits in Europe, Southern Spars is forging ahead on the first batch of new masts, scheduled to leave their Auckland factory in early 2017. There are currently four more build slots available for early next year which will fill up as teams continue to commit to [...]

December 6th, 2016

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Some afternoon entertainment from this weekends RYANI Topper Squad training! Thanks to Chris & Stephen for this, it’s awesome. #mannequinchallenge #sailinni #trysailing  

December 5th, 2016

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Sea Shepherd, One of our favorite organizations that is actually doing something about the rampant brutality and murder of the Earth’s precious whales by the Japanese, is underway as we speak. Click on their site and take a look at the pictures. Even you Trumpanzees, despite your hero’s disregard for the environment (and the very [...]

December 5th, 2016

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Look at this picture. It is of  Sébastien Josse, the latest Vendee entry to bite the dust. Note that he is not wearing a life jacket and no tether. That amazing footage of Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss also showed that Alex didn’t bother to clip on and his deck was awash. Sure seems irresponsible [...]

December 5th, 2016

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VMG Yacht Design has engineered a set of screwable low friction rings. They are to be mounted through a deck or a bulkhead. The VMG rings can be used either as a fairlead, a chainplate or even a pad eye by simply adding a dogbone. Ideal to guide, deviate or tighten a control line whilst being [...]

December 5th, 2016

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Sure the music is sappy, but the spirit of these folks is anything but. Ya gotta love it. The New Orlean’s based J/30 Team Zephyr was awarded the top fund raising sailing program in the nation after raising $127,000!  Check out their annual video kicked off by San Francisco Yacht Club’s Rhett Krawitt who is [...]

December 5th, 2016

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Community The Geneva Lake Sailing School at the Buddy Melges Sailing Center is pleased to announce that Marek Valasek has accepted the role of Executive Director and head coach effective January of 2017. Marek Valasek has been a sailing director and professional coach for over fifteen years. Prior to joining the Geneva Lake Sailing School, [...]

December 5th, 2016

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Clean Report In this double header to celebrate the end of a long road trip, Clean first talks to freshly minted Director of the US Olympic Sailing Team Malcolm Page.  The Australian double gold medalist and multiple world champion answers questions from Clean and the Anarchists, including a frank assessment of where the US team [...]

December 4th, 2016

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Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih grabbed the big paycheck at the SSL Finals yesterday, and now it’s time for something a  little…different.   Native Bahamian sloops with their Bahamian crews will race their ‘best of the best’ regatta after the traditional anchored start, and the SSL production team stuck around to bring it to you.  Truly [...]

December 4th, 2016

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From 13 to 18 years old, this Mudratz Racing-produced crew is the youngest-ever Melges 24 Worlds team.  They’re also fun, smart, and great at telling their story, and we enjoyed chatting with them on the eve of the final day of the biggest sailing event of their young lives.  Enjoy this uplifting 20 minute Skype [...]

December 3rd, 2016

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The Environment We’ve always thought “cruises” were an absurd thing, and given the long list of horror stories from onboard many of these ships, a story like this comes as little surprise. Fuck ‘em. Princess Cruise Lines has made history by receiving the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution. The line has agreed to [...]

December 2nd, 2016

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It’s not going all that well for the current Melges 24 World Champion (while the US 470 team is showing the rest of the fleet their asses aboard Conor Clarke’s ultra-fast Embarr). Here’s the midweek report from Chris Rast’s EFG Bank team (thanks to Swiss Performance Sailing). Pierrick Contin photo with full galleries, interviews, and [...]

December 1st, 2016

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