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As expected, in any breeze at all, the Bermuda America’s Cup will be sailed entirely above the water if Emirates Team New Zealand’s most recent practice is any indication.  Watch the 11:30 mark of this video from AC junkie MyIslandHomeBermuda for an incredible sequence of foiling tack/foiling rounding/foiling gybe and note the stability on the Kiwi AC50; is ETNZ once again too stable for speed, or do they finally have it right?

 

April 24th, 2017 by admin

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After several years of losing multiple days of racing from the usually reliable Charleston Race Week schedule, the 2017 regatta is more of what Charleston became famous for: 80 degree days and 12-18 knots of sea breeze for the 200+ boat fleet.  It’s also the first regatta in America to feature ORC for all handicap racing – an experiment that we’ll be reporting on after the data are in.

Results, photos, and constant video updates from our own Mr. Clean are over here.

 

April 22nd, 2017 by admin

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To some, this is the ugliest creature on the face of the earth.  To others, it’s a prop in a porno movie.  To old wooden ship sailors, it may have been death.  Whatever your perspective, it’s pretty cool in this day and age to see a creature that’s been known for centuries finally see the light of day for the first time.

At more than 5 feet long, the Giant Shipworm lives in the mud or in the soft wood from which it gets its name, but it’s diet is fascinating.  The worm (actually a mollusk) consumes hydrogen sulfide from decomposing matter in the mud, with symbiotic bacteria in the animal’s gut aiding digestion.

The story of how they found the animal is fascinating as well, so if you love marine biology or you own a wooden ship, head over to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for the full paper.

 

April 18th, 2017 by admin

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Those legendary Gunboat regatta-and-party reports may have disappeared for a couple of years, but with this video about the luxury multihull class at the BVI Spring Regatta (and their takeover of the legendary Willy T for some all-day Gunboat debauchery), it looks like they’re back with a vengeance.  Full race report coming next week, and pics and words over at Facebook.

April 15th, 2017 by admin

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With the first of the new full-foiling Olympic Nacra 17 scheduled for delivery very soon and the ranking-essential Euros just around the corner, one of Team USA’s best hopes for a medal was messing around in Holland, preparing for the coming battles above the water.

The Keith Brash video above (and there’s another gorgeous one here) is of double Moth world champ Bora Gulari along with his new crew, 2016 FX competitor (and soon to be Stanford Masters grad) Helena Scutt.  And clearly, smart is fast – check out this video for the first-ever of a Nacra 17 nailing a foiling gybe.

Head over to Bora and Helena’s Facebook Page here and like and share them.    Let the Olympic flying begin!

 

 

April 11th, 2017 by admin

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Will the wrapped items prove to be the Great White Hope for Team New Zealand and anyone who wants to see the America’s Cup go to a better steward than Coutts and Ellison?  Or will this be the most irrelevant ‘unboxing’ in yachting history?  Either way, they’re ready to go; let the practice comparisons and “I Spy” games begin!

Only time will tell, and there ain’t much left – and the recently tipped Oracle is already back on the water after just two days of downtime…

 

April 11th, 2017 by admin

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Bravo to Groupama for maybe the best foiling tack we’ve seen yet from an AC cat, along with a pretty good dismount from what appears to be the wing trimmer getting clear from danger with style!

Go here for more from the local videographer who caught yet another AC oops, and stay up to date on Franck & Friends in the Team France thread.

 

April 11th, 2017 by admin

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We reported on two dismastings last week (one of which including a full de-boating as well), and the rest of the story – or at least more of each – has popped up in video format.

First, a fairly short look at Mapfre in their training accident, with no actual footage of the bang (though we all know they have it!), but some pre and post-dismasting work getting things tidy.  The Volvo thread is the place to talk about it.

Second is way more terrifying – it’s the full, 8+minute long shot of the Martin 242 we reported getting washed under the Long Beach pier last week on its way out to beer can racing.  This video includes some rescue and even a look at the boat bashing itself to pieces.  Watch carefully, never repeat their mistakes, and head over to the thread to tell everyone how you would’ve done it. 

 

April 4th, 2017 by admin

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Whatever your body type, one of the new sporty solos are sure to fit you, and if they all look as good as the Melges 14 fleet above, everyone is a winner.  Look at the excellent video of the 25-boat M-14 fleet in Sarasota last week and tell us with a straight face that you can’t wait to get in your Laser…we’re waiting…

Results are here in a regatta that saw age ranges from 13-74, with everything from weekend sailors to past Olympians.  Head to Melges on Facebook for more vids and info about the M14, and join the ‘Catch On’ thread for varied and mostly civil discussions about the M14/Dzero/Aero and the future of solo dinghy racing.

 

 

March 28th, 2017 by admin

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Thanks to the wishes of an uber-secret previous owner, images and videos of the monster Gunboat 90 have been scarce since her launch.  But now that the biggest and baddest cruising cat of all is up for sale, the covers are coming off for the world to see.  She’s got the M&M ‘battleship’ lines that so many love about the pre-2013 Gunboats, and this girl is definitely the only luxury superyacht that can easily hit 30 knots under sail and embarrass any other superyacht on the planet around the cans.

We’re not superyacht lovers by any means, but if we were billionaire industrialists or climate-denying oligarchs, this is what we’d sail away on once the coasts are under water and the poor are eating the rich.   Hit up Nils for more details about the G90 or to arrange a (carefully pre-qualified) test sail.

 

March 24th, 2017 by admin

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