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Good things come to those who wait, and if you’ve been waiting for someone to finally unravel the mystery of the 35th America’s Cup, have we got something for you!

Recorded earlier in the week, the 2 hours of audio above will give you the analysis and breakdown you’ve been expecting for the entire fleet in Bermuda.  First we spoke with Rio Olympian and former Luna Rossa driver and foiling star Bora Gulari, and then with Match Race World Champ and former BMW Oracle trimmer Hayden Goodrick.  Along with Mr. Clean, they share the kind of info on these teams that only real pro racers have, and that only guys who’ve been at this level can glean.  If you want to put money down on one of these teams or you want to wow your sailing friends with your deep, inside knowledge of what will happen in Bermuda, you can ditch the World Sailing preview guide, Alt-F4 on every other publications’ dumb picks, and enjoy yet another Sailing Anarchy Podcast with the best AC35 preview in the world.

You can all stop sending emails to us about how shitty the AC coverage is; we understand that you probably can’t watch it where you are, how you want to, or without shit tons of action breaks for no reason at all.  If you’re having trouble finding a suitable way to watch what has so far been reasonably exciting racing, be sure to check out the ‘How Do I Watch?” Thread here for the official, legal channels as well as more ‘creative’ options…

If you want some reality-show interviews and blondestyle stuff from our old friend Nic the Sailor Girl, click on her Bermuda HQ page here. For the old timers looking to relive the 20th century, Lester and Tasker are doing a free audio-only commentary feed over here with Voda.  For a look at how to run a shitty press conference, watch this.  And of course, any questions you have are probably already asked and answered somewhere in AC Anarchy.

May 28th, 2017 by admin

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On the 21st episode of the Sailing Anarchy Podcast, we go straight to the source for an analysis of the new direction announced last week by the Volvo Ocean Race.  First, Clean updates us on the Podcast’s status, tells us his story of hunting and killing a 300 pound alligator in Charleston, and gives us his view on the new Volvo plans.  Then VOR big boss Mark Turner explains the reasons for their decision to use foiling monohulls for the offshore legs and foiling multihulls for the inshore legs of the two or three races following the next one.  Listen for Turner’s views on what other options they considered, what the new 60 footer will look like and how it is expected to perform, how the new lease model will effect the organization, and why teams have had such difficulty finding major sponsors.  The discussion moves to the timetable for full flying boats to take over the race and safety considerations between mono and multihulls, and finally what kind of events would make up the more permanent annual racing schedule for VOR teams.

Next we spoke to Nick Bice, Director of Boats and Maintenance and founder of the Boatyard, about more technical matters: How, exactly, a new-rules VO60 can be converted to an IMOCA-legal Open 60, what kinds of differences does a Volvo require compared to a singlehanded boat, and a whole lot on foil control systems and logistics for a two-fleet race owned entirely by Volvo.  Clean and Bicey got deep into the subject of the continually shrinking crew component and the impact of this shrinking pool to ocean racing and the sport in general, and plenty more.

Finally, we spoke to pro trimmer and former VO70 crew (ABN AMRO2, 2005) and medical officer George Peet on the anniversary of his crewmate Hans Horrovets’ death about a race that remains very close to his heart.  GP and Clean got deeper into crewing issues with a general discussion of the state of professional offshore racing as well as the usual pull-no-punches analysis of the new classes with a guy who always tells the truth.  As a bonus, we got Bear – one of the nation’s top Moth racers – to give us his America’s Cup picks…

Enjoy, and subscribe to the SA Podcast for more great shit (iTunes, Stitcher) , including our full form guide and preview of the America’s Cup dropping today.

May 27th, 2017 by admin

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With New Zealand’s media exploding with America’s Cup action, top Kiwi sports personality Darcy Waldegrave caught up with our own Mr. Clean for some live RadioSportNZ chatter about the racing coming in just 5 days.  Clean may not be smart, but at least he’s loud!

 

May 21st, 2017 by admin

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It was great to get an update from Phil Sharp on Imerys and his drive to win the Classe 40 Championship, but what about the future for the charismatic Brit?  Hit this 17-minute audio interview on Soundcloud about Sharp’s Vendee Globe aspirations, the pros and cons of hydrogen/fuel cell technology, which historical figure he’d most like to sail around the world with, and more.

One issue with Sharp’s claimed goal to be the first to race around the world with zero carbon fuels: Didn’t Conrad already win that battle?

 

 

April 15th, 2017 by admin

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For episode # 20, we caught up with three guys who represent some of the brave new thinking in the sport of sailing.  Longtime SA’er Chris Woolsey runs the reborn Miami Havana Race for a reborn SORC, and we get into the whys and hows of recreating this complicated international race to one of the world’s most unique race destinations.  After that, we catch up with Tim Fitzgerald, founder of Charleston’s Fort2Battery Race, to talk about his motivations for creating the successful harbor sprint.  We also get into Tim’s experience as one of the drivers behind Selden Masts growing dinghy business, discuss the first new hardware change in the 420 in years, and learn what Tim’s learned about getting millennials and Gen Z excited about sailing.  Finally, we turn to one of those Z’ers, young Peter Cronin of the Mudratz.  This clever kid discusses the team’s experience sailing amongst the big dogs in the Melges 24 and J/70 Class and the philosophy behind their growing Mudratz youth sailing movement in the Northeast.

Our next Sailing Anarchy Podcast will come to you from Havana Cuba, and you won’t want to miss that one!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the SA Podcast for instant notifications when each one drops.  (iTunes   Stitcher)

 

March 14th, 2017 by admin

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Fresh from a respectable Caribbean 600 aboard their Swan 46 Isbjorn (which you can join as paying crew here), On-The-Wind Podcast founder Andy Schell caught up with our own Senior Editor for a fun talk from a different angle.  We leave it to Andy to describe what happened below, and encourage you to sign up with the one of the very few sailing podcasts worth listening to (at Stitcher here, at iTunes here).

Alan Block, aka Mr. Clean, is one of the driving forces behind the hugely popular – and sometimes controversial – Sailing Anarchy website. He’s a staple on the racing scene, traveling far and wide to cover events from the Volvo to the Vendee and lots in between. Alan’s story is a fascinating and circuitous one, and during our 90-minute conversation, we covered the whole thing, from his early days as a lawyer, to his dreams to set off sailing, and ultimately to his serendipitous opportunity to work with Sailing Anarchy. Alan is also the founder and host of the Sailing Anarchy podcast.

 

March 13th, 2017 by admin

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After his epic Vendée Globe finish under jury rig and a decade of some of the nastiest racing trips around the world, Conrad “The Krazy Kiwi” Colman may just be the toughest sailor in the world.   The first New Zealander to ever finish this toughest of all races spent an hour with Sailing Anarchy’s Alan Block to get deep into his trials and tribulations on the open 60 Foresight Natural Energy.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the SA Podcast (iTunes   Stitcher)

Show Notes: (1:30) How his obstacles allowed him to show just how hard the race is to his fans.  (2::15) How the poor coverage of the 2012 battle for the lead inspired him to do better in this race. (5:00) Conrad’s maritime heroes (6:15) why does he always end up in the crazy stories? (11:00) “Joining the Club” off Vendée skippers who’ve finished under jury rig. (12:45) finding the intensely enjoyable moments in a tough race. (14:05) how to deal with an inbuilt hydraulic ram endcap unscrewing itself. (17:00) losing his entire ass as he lost 24 pounds, and the most effective diet in the world. (17:50) gory details of the dismasting and jury rig. (24:00) advice to young sailors about their future (29:00) Seeing the jury rig in daytime for the first time and sailmaking with scraps of mainsail. (32:05) that time Conrad t-boned a cargo ship.  (34:05) Highest speed under jury rig, best average. (35:30) risk taking, his dad’s death falling from a rig. (37:00) guardian angels and a life touched by premature death. (38:30) how he gets through dark places in life. (40:05) falling off the boat and nearly dying…again. (45:00) that time Sam Goodchild fell off the boat and what Conrad learned from the rescue. (48:00) will he do the race again?  Financial situation, sponsorship possibilities. (50:00) media value and what Conrad’s real competitive advantage lies (55:15) – why was Conrad the only one flying a drone? (56:00) the toughest sailor in the world (57:30) Why is the Vendée so hard?  What percentage tougher is it that the Barcelona? (1:01) Ted Talk/Motivational speaking and why your company needs Conrad to come inspire.

March 2nd, 2017 by admin

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Oracle, Softbank, and Big Ben have now all splashed their AC50s this week, but it’s the throwback bicycle grinders that has set the mainstream’s tongues wagging all over the world.  Will bicycle power make the difference to help ETNZ overcome the obstacles they face in just a few months’ time, and if so, will Oracle or another team have time to catch up to a system the Kiwis have been working on for more than a year?  And will Franck Cammas – well experienced with leg-powered racing yachts – uncover his own spinning class on Groupama Team France?

As the unveilings begin, we’re finding ourselves interested again.  Watch the excellent launch video above for a look at New Zealand, head over here to listen to Glenn Ashby discuss the new systems with RAdioSportNZ’s D’arcy Waldegrave, and click the player below for Mr. Clean’s take on what is finally an interesting week in AC land, also with RadioSport’s Waldegrave.

The America’s Cup Anarchy forum is heating up as well…chat about any of your favorite teams right over here.

February 17th, 2017 by admin

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This week’s Sailing Anarchy Podcast features two sailors who’ve fallen in love with sailing fast, and when they say fast, they don’t mean 15 knots!  First we grabbed forty minutes with male pin-up model, VOR/AC veteran, and 24-hr monohull recordholder (aboard Comanche) Shannon Falcone, picking his brain about testing and delivering the F4 foiling cat, who he sees as favorites for the America’s Cup, and whether he’s even interested in it anymore.   Follow Shannon here.

Then we sat down with a guy who sees 50 knots as the speed for the kids boat; it’s multiple iceboat world champion Ron Sherry, and on an icy day in Detroit, he talks with Mr. Clean for an hour about Obsessive Runner Disorder, raising your kids while racing, crazy rigs, and sailing in Siberia.  Learn more about Ron and iceboating at the web’s most comprehensive iceboat racing site here.

Follow the SA Podcast on iTunes here or Stitcher here.

February 15th, 2017 by admin

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Clean headed over to Westchester NY for a couple of hours of talk with Jonathan Blum, also known as “The Digital Skeptic.” Blum has led a fascinating life in and outside the media world, and he’s got a unique look at where sailing – and the marketing of sailing and the industry – is headed in a rapidly changing world.  One for the industry insiders and the youngsters looking for trends from someone who’s been there and done that with some of the biggest media companies there are.  Check out Sailing Anarchy # 17 above, on iTunes, and by the middle of this week (finally…sorry!) on Stitcher.

BONUS TRACK

The kid’s got a new one up as well, and this is way more racy than ours.  Boats N’ Prose grabbed former world champ Taylor Canfield down in Florida to talk match racing, dismasting, and losing a million bucks.  A good listen from an up-and-comer in the media world and one of our favorite skippers.  Linky.

BONUS 2

Andy Schell interviewed the dude and hottie from Youtube tropical cruiser sensation S/V Delos.  You know them for skimpy bikinis and lots of Go Pro footage of shit you wish you were doing…right now.  A good listen from On The Wind and keep an eye out for a special On The Wind coming over the next few weeks.  If you don’t like bikini girls, there’s always an hour with Nigel Calder…

January 23rd, 2017 by admin

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