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Bored by the 90-minute ‘racing’ in Oman? Sick and tired of paying to watch boats drift around in silly venues? Maybe you just want to see hot chicks, huge breeze, and some of the world’s best veteran and up-and-comers teeing off at 23 knots for a share of a $200,000 event prize purse and a head start on the million-dollar season finale…

We’ve got the cure for what ails you, thanks to the World Match Racing Tour and the M32 catamaran, and you won’t want to miss round-the-worlder Yann Guichard’s debut on the match racing stage.  Live action coming up in just a few hours right here on the front page, results thus far at wmrt.com.

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March 5th, 2016 by admin

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It’s already blowing 20 knots here in Fremantle, Oz, and the final fleet racing qualifying round for the first ever multihull World Match Racing Tour event is about to kick in.  Watch it all live with Clean on the mike from 2pm local/1100 Sydney/0600 GMT/0100 ET/1000 PT.  Results, pics, and highlights over here.

March 2nd, 2016 by admin

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Sydney’s sailing scene adds another sad bit of news today with the passing of a true Harbour legend.  Roger Hickman won the Hobart last year and was a long time sailing crew with recently passed yachting icon Bob Oatley, but he’ll be remembered more for the hundreds of young sailors he helped inspire and mentor to become offshore racers.  From the Daily Telegraph:

Just over two months after skipper Roger Hickman collapsed at the end of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, one of Australia’s greatest ocean racers has passed away.  The Sydney skipper, 61, contested his 37th Sydney to Hobart on his yacht Wild Rose in December. But just hours after the finish of the race he collapsed and was rushed to hospital in Hobart where numerous brain tumours were discovered.

“He was well loved and a special man,’’ said long-time friend and sailor Matt Allen, president of Australian Sailing.

Look for more info or share your thoughts about the indomitable Hicko in here.  Video interview above from our 2013 Hobart coverage in conjunction with McConaghy Boats.

 

March 1st, 2016 by admin

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It turns out you don’t need to drop 25 bucks on any more America’s Cup racing, so spend your money on something that’s actually worth it! (Hint: Not the AC World Series!).

France’s Canal + is the only broadcaster publishing the full races online, and here’s some light action ave the rights to broadcast the full replays on their DailyMotion page.  Between snooze-inducing commentary (with a welcome back to Todd ‘squeaky’ Harris) and exceedingly limp racing on Day 1 in Oman we’re not recommending it, but since it won’t cost you anything, ya might as well take a look.  Oman discussion group over here.

 

 

February 27th, 2016 by admin

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Bang! goes the gun for the Caribbean 600; is anything quite as pretty as a big fleet of big boats racing into the tropical blue sea? Nice editing work from the RORC guys on this start video from yesterday; track ‘em and watch the rolling leaderboard here. Argue about the race, monohulls and multihulls, and what an asshole Mr. Clean is here.

For bonus coverage, check out Comanche bowman Shannon Falcone, publishing short vids during the race on Instagram.

 

February 23rd, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 11.52.49 AMThe Grael family is as close to sailing royalty as exists in South America, so people listen when they speak.  So when millions of people hear her Gold favorite Martine Grael talking pollution on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, they’ll listen – even if Zika and the economy have taken some of the spotlight off the continually shocking pollution problems.  From the transcript:

In August, barriers installed across more than a dozen of Rio’s dying rivers will hold back garbage that otherwise might drift into the paths of Olympic sailors. A fleet of boats will patrol to keep debris from snagging on a rudder or centerboard and costing someone a medal. Some of the untreated human waste that has long fouled Rio’s beaches and docks and picturesque lagoon will be diverted from competitive venues so the athletes who have to navigate them need not worry.

This is what has been promised, anyway. This is the latest stopgap wave of promises made when it was clear the first wave wouldn’t be kept.

A brilliant, lowering sun silhouettes the irregular profile of the mountains behind Martine Grael as she stands on a beach strewn with sailboats after a day of racing at an international regatta on Guanabara Bay and voices her doubts. Grael, 25, is a newly minted member of the 2016 Brazilian Olympic team, the daughter of a gold medalist, a true child of these waters. She speaks with the sad conviction of someone watching a loved one suffer.

“It’s very clear that water treatment and education are the biggest focus on cleaning the water, and I haven’t seen almost anything being done in that way,” Grael says. “I think Rio has a very big coastline and people love to go to the beach, but nobody seems to care that the beach is getting dirtier and dirtier.

“The water’s still dirty and it stinks some days, and, I don’t know. You don’t need to study a lot to understand that it’s not going well.”

Read the most comprehensive story on Rio pollution yet here, or Watch the full video here.

 

February 18th, 2016 by admin

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A maxed-out fleet of 27 boats, the most international field in years, the fastest round-the-world ocean racing monohulls ever.

SA will be there, of course, as we’ve been for a decade now.  So will a forecasted 2 million other ladies and gents.  Will you?

 

February 18th, 2016 by admin

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With four races sailed and the fifth one live right now, the 2016 JJ Giltinan’s got just two more days to go before we learn whether the Seven era is truly over.  Meanwhile, two entries – Lumix and The Black Dog were Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 12.33.52 PMboth killed off yesterday by non-competitors (including a Farr 40 racing their Worlds nearby).  For the full story, a look at the damage and a preview of Race 5, go here.

For picture galleries, Pick the Podium contest, and detailed results, here.

 

February 17th, 2016 by admin

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The Clearwater, FL 49er and 49er FX Worlds are live for the final two days of the important qualifier.  Watch Pete Burling and Blair Tuke humiliate everyone else.  The iconic Peter Lester leads the commentary over a mix of drone and on-board video, and it’s worth a watch.  Results over here.

 

February 13th, 2016 by admin

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Mr. Clean’s long chat with World Sailing Chief Marketeer Malcolm Page last week revealed that ISAF’s budgeted near-million-dollar line item for “World Sailing TV” referred to the 23-minute monthly television show that is apparently the keystone of ISAF’s new rebranding effort.  Episode 1 dropped on Youtube yesterday, and we struggled to get through it.  We can’t say it’s terrible – it does cover a few interesting things and some desperately dull ones – but we can say with some certainty that if the product stays like this, it will fail.

The first edition of World Sailing TV is like stepping back in time 15 years, which makes a lot of sense; as Page told us, it is essentially a more blue-blazered, olympic-ringed version of the Seamaster Sailing, the late night TV and order-by-mail DVD series that preceded the broadband internet era by a few essential years.  But instead of a modern interpretation of what that great series did, World Sailing TV just recreates it…lazily.  Labored voiceover, nothing ‘editorial’ in it at all, the series looks to us like 23 minutes of rights-free assembled PR footage set to a vanilla rights-free music track with a few dragged out interviews all tied together with a dull, labored voiceover that’s more Downton Abbey than Red Bull.

We know we’re not the target audience; not only is the information old, stale, and sanitized, but it’s almost an insult to those who stay up on the sailing news.  Perhaps it is for non-sailors?  It’s really hard to tell.   Undoubtedly someone at ISAF has a list from some TV distribution guy that shows how this groundbreaking TV show is going to reach 200 countries and hundreds of millions of eyeballs and change the world for the sport of sailing, but we all know that’s just not true.  After just one show, we’ll give World Sailing TV…4 stars out of 10, and if the next one is equally dull and uncreative, it will drop rapidly.  We all deserve another try.

Title shout to another movie best forgotten (except for Sophie Marceau).

February 6th, 2016 by admin

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