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What a gorgeous view of the sights associated with this week’s SCOTW. The photo is taken from Lysefjord in Norway, with the 1000 meter world famous base jumper spot Kjerag in the background. The girl is a local Viking, Kristine Haugan. Click here to see the rest of the story.  

June 30th, 2016

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We get letters… Your assessment of Peter Wilcox is quite wrong.  He is no more than a pirate and the Russians were simply giving him his due.  I am a merchant mariner by trade and have worked in the oilfield for years.  I’ll note at this point that there is an island at the eastern [...]

June 30th, 2016

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In Sailing Anarchy Podcast # 7, Mr. Clean caught up with some of the juice behind the badassery that is the Race 2 Alaska just before the start of Leg 2: First, a half hour with race founder and cool-as-stage-smoke square rig sailor Jake Beattie to learn some of the stories behind the race, second, [...]

June 29th, 2016

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With the M32/World Match Tour, AC World Series, Extreme Sailing Series, and what seems to be an unending cascade of new and old ultraperformance racing to do and watch, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the owner/driver foiling GC32 series.  After all, it was the promising GC that looked to be taking over the world a [...]

June 29th, 2016

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Best known for the excellent and effective Clean Regattas Program, Our longtime friends and partners-in-crime over at Sailors For The Sea keep a good eye on green-ness of the oceans, and just the other day, SFTS’s Hillary Kotoun sent us over an excellent little book review about a sailor’s life in service of not just [...]

June 29th, 2016

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Local Knowledge The Melges32 Drop Bear raced in the RORC IRC Nationals this past weekend in the newly created HP30 Class. This was the second event for our (new to us) Melges32, the first being a bit of a disaster. The fleet included two Farr280’s (FOMO, Pandemonium) a Farr30 (Pegasus) and a Fareast28 (Shanghai Lil) Conditions [...]

June 29th, 2016

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There is a well-sailed, extremely well prepared San Diego-based Bolt 37 named Valkyrie, owned by super nice guy Andy Rasdale. The boat does well most all of the time with a very nice overall win in the 2016 Newport to Ensenada Race as their highlight. Like all boats, it doesn’t win all the time, but [...]

June 29th, 2016

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Travellers arriving in Rio given grim safety warning by police protesting about funding shortages ahead of the Olympics. How dare people dare question the integrity of the upcoming Olympics… Thanks to Anarchist Mark.  

June 29th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ With the sailing world seemingly going foil crazy, stock prices are rising for Dynamic Stability Systems and Infiniti Yachts, chief exponents of the patented DSS foil system. Deploying a lateral foil to leeward that generates lift and piles on righting moment when it is needed, as a single entity DSS represents one of the [...]

June 29th, 2016

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A surreal picture from today’s TP 52 Superseries by Max Ranchi. Title inspiration thanks to Schooly D.  

June 29th, 2016

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I was lucky enough to race around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Race  back in the days when the world was flat (except around the edges) and we had wine with dinner every night. Yes, and we slept in cabins, not on cots. This was in the 80’s back when boats were [...]

June 29th, 2016

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Unlike one of our decidedly lesser competitors, we don’t engage in phony glad-handing or gratuitously blow smoke up people’s asses. So when we saw the press releases for Long Beach Race Week, we didn’t think cutting and pasting was worthwhile. Leave to our long-time friend Keith Magnussen to bring you the real dope… I do [...]

June 28th, 2016

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Fortunately nobody who sails boats with giant assymetricals has ever done anything like this! Photo thanks to Max Ranchi from the TP 52 Superseries.  

June 28th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang – valued at US$3,000 – with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount [...]

June 28th, 2016

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29 year-old Lucas Calabrese is perhaps the world’s best Optimist coach, but he’s also one of a handful of Argentinos to ever win an Olympic sailing medal.  He’s back at it in the 470 Class this August, and our old pal John Casey caught up with him in an entertaining chat about a whole pile [...]

June 27th, 2016

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Having just started their second stage (Victoria to Ketchikan) in just their second year, the R2AK is already a huge success story and one of the world’s most oddball yet ultra-interesting races.  Be sure to check in tomorrow night for the next Sailing Anarchy Podcast with nearly two hours of chat and interviews with the [...]

June 27th, 2016

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June 27th, 2016

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By definition, when you decide to sail a Moore 24 to Hawaii, you are bat shit crazy!  

June 26th, 2016

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This is an interesting question, followed by some great responses in our forum… My wife and I are members of an US east coast yacht club. She’d liked to learn how to sail one of the fleets 420′s or Lasers and inquired about a lesson but was told by the sailing chair that they were [...]

June 26th, 2016

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Rio 2016 watchers never seem to have to wait long for yet another scandal; since our last piece there have been more robberies, more assaults, and on Friday the World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the only WADA-accredited lab in Brazil for noncompliance with lab standards. Putting aside WADA’s own disgusting treatment of the Russian doping issue [...]

June 26th, 2016

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2016 M24 Worlds boss Petey Crawford is back with Episode 5 of “View from the Chair”, and he’s got a special sponsor prize for competitors who haven’t yet completed their replication; two brand new Velocitek Pro-Starts will be awarded to those who finish their registration (meaning…they pay) before July 14th.  Even if you ain’t coming [...]

June 26th, 2016

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Exploring the science of larval fish and the sport of freediving with Biological Oceanographer Dr. Claire Paris and our friends at Waterlust.  

June 23rd, 2016

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The Sailing Anarchy Podcast is back, and this week Mr. Clean gets into the business behind the single biggest event in the entire sport: The Vendee Globe.  This 100-minute episode # 6 is a mix of insider chat from Clean and four interviews he grabbed last month in New York with interesting Vendee figures: IMOCA [...]

June 22nd, 2016

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Extreme 2 continued her dominant ways in the C&C 30 class at the NYYC Annual last week, with mast man Petey Crawford continuing his ultra-high octane videography with this highlight reel from the regatta.  What isn’t on camera was a stellar Round-The-Island Race crash when the 12M Courageous sailed headlong into the rocks at Fort [...]

June 22nd, 2016

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J/111 skipper Bill Smith very nearly became the first posthumous winner of a Continental Championship this past weekend after a massive heart attack took the hard-nosed Chicago sailor’s life on Saturday morning.  His Wooton was leading after the first day of racing for the North American Championship, with light airs killing off Saturday and very [...]

June 22nd, 2016

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Spotted in the creek in brightlingsea Essx UK this past weekend. Local sail maker Mark Butler with a Gaff rig 505… He seems happy with it… The sail was made from an old big Genoa. He’s smiling which is the main thing… I’d love to see it in a blow! Keep up the great work. [...]

June 21st, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ The Esse 990 of Guy Williams ranked 3rd at the oldest point to point regatta in the Western Hemisphere, the Race to the Coast, organized by the Southern Yacht Club. The first race was held on July 4, 1850 with a (since then unchanged) course that started on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, [...]

June 21st, 2016

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Because you don’t sail like this…(Um, neither do we. – ed)  

June 20th, 2016

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Okay, okay we give up. They rule. Sort of. I had been tempted to take another jab at Comanche, the 100-foot sloop owned by Jim and Kristy Clark, as they led the Newport-Bermuda fleet toward Bermuda. I was waiting for the jubilant press release about how they had beaten all the other boats in the [...]

June 20th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’ From our friends at Oceanvolt. This from Conrad’s IMOCA60 during the NY Vende. The boat was hydrogenerating 4,7kW at 20 knots speed (charging the whole 16kWh battery pack in 3 hours). We think that’s pretty damn good.    

June 20th, 2016

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