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Archive for the ‘video’ Category

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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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Like most sailors, we’ve never quite gotten the cruise ship thing. Why shell out a bunch of money to hang out on a moving motel that smells of burning diesel and the other thousand passenger’s farts?  Even more odd is how little ‘cruisers’ actually understand about what they may be getting themselves into; they never seem to know that it doesn’t matter if your ride is 20 feet or a thousand feet long – when Mother Ocean decides it’s time for a ride, she’s gonna give you one.  Click the video above to see what such a ride looks like on the monster Anthem of the Seas.

 

March 22nd, 2017 by admin

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The Gladiator getting the shock of her life from Sled, with thanks to Ben Durham for the spot-on video.

 

March 7th, 2017 by admin

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We’re not sure whether the new Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will ever be able to give boat owners real-time warnings when their masts are at risk, but as you can see in the NOAA video posted today, the capability ain’t far off. From the excellent NOAASatellites Youtube channel:

Lightning observed by the GLM illuminates the storms developing over southeast Texas on the morning of February 14, 2017, in this animation of GLM lightning events overlaid on Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) cloud imagery. Frequent lightning is occurring with the convective cells embedded in this severe weather system. The green cross indicates the location of Houston, and green dotted lines indicate the Texas coastline. This animation, rendered at 25 frames per second, simulates what your eye might see from above the clouds. GLM perceives the scene at 500 frames per second, and can distinguish the location, intensity and horizontal propagation of individual strokes within each lightning flash. Monitoring the flash rate from convective cells and their extent can help forecasters improve tornado and severe weather forecasts and warnings and their impending threat to the public. At the time of this animation, the storm cell in the center of the frame was reported by the NWS to have spawned one of a number of tornadoes and damaging winds spawned by the storm complex.

 

March 6th, 2017 by admin

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Everyone who reads these pages knows the program trying to raise the bar on keeping teens interested in sailing, and we promote everything we can about those Mudratz.  Monday you’ll get to hear a full interview with one of those plucky teens, but for now, check out this Mudratz-produced promo for their signature race – the Volvo Secor Fisher Island Race.  And if you have kids in the right age range and within a few hours, do them a favor and get them entered.

 

March 3rd, 2017 by admin

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What’s better than a ship launch gone wrong?  How about dozens of ’em?  Here’s five minutes of bad splashes – with thanks to JBSF for the heads up.

 

February 26th, 2017 by admin

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