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We’re massive fans of the simple genius of the Seabin (and we’re stoked to see the first one hit New Zealand shortly), but even ten thousand seabins won’t solve the problem of the giant, growing plastic garbage patches concentrated in all the world’s oceans.  One young inventor thinks he can do better, and no one does environmental news pieces as nicely as Vice.  Check it out above.

February 10th, 2018 by admin

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6/7 of the fleet heads off to Auckland as the Hong Kong start of Leg 5 is on!

February 6th, 2018 by admin

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It’s amazing how polarizing Bill and Jack Macartney’s Superfoiler Grand Prix has become in such a short time. Supporters love the experimental nature of the incredibly overpowered triple-wired foiler and the big crashes, while detractors can’t seem to understand how two years in, no one can really sail the boat in anything but the flattest water – and even then, half the fleet can’t keep the boat right side up.

Is this the next 18-foot skiff or 49er, and it’ll just take a bit of patience for the world’s best sailors to figure it out?  Or is the Superfoiler already an albatross that will never be able to overcome its design deficiencies?

Watch the first-ever livestreamed Grand Prix coverage above and decide for yourself.  Argue here.

 

February 4th, 2018 by admin

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UPDATE: Several bright Anarchists pointed out that the whole ’40 knots VMG’ thing doesn’t pass the reality test, and that the poorly labeled VPP graph above actually refers to actual boatspeed on VMG courses upwind and downwind. Even so, the numbers are still ultra impressive and significantly faster on most points of sail than an AC50 – or any other course racing boat on the planet.  According to a slide shown during the 90-minute Bella Mente Quantum Racing presentation at this morning’s US Sailing Leadership Forum, the America’s Cup 75 might hit 40 knots of upwind VMG in 25 knots of breeze, and according to Terry Hutchinson, they should be quicker than the AC50 once on the foils.  Have a look at the polars above for the details, and here’s a look at an early Botin concept drawing of what the AC75 might look like. Head to the Foiling AC thread for discussion.

While of course you’re never going to get any real secrets out of them, Hutch’s presentation had some interesting bits and pieces and is worth a watch – it’s here.  Clean’s interview with him is quite a bit more intimate.  See below.

February 3rd, 2018 by admin

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Dongfeng Race Team does their best impression of a Tuesday night hack banging into the committee boat at the start of the Pro-Am race yesterday.  Like all our VOR coverage, presented by Musto, Official Apparel Provider of the VOR.

January 30th, 2018 by admin

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One boat missing in a race worth half-points in a series that isn’t even counted other than for the tightest tie-breaker, but it’s live and it’s in Hong Kong, so why not?

January 26th, 2018 by admin

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A little reminder of the best thing to do while sailing, even if you are a Muppet.  Maybe don’t do it exactly the way the Pistols imagined, though. (full lyrics here and not for kids, dumbass!)

January 26th, 2018 by admin

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What is it about King Harbor Pier?  Just 10 months ago a Martin 242 got beaten to a pulp in the same exact spot as this little S2; the Martin got the worst of it, but the S2 has some issues too.  Nice work from the Redondo Beach Fire Department rescue swimmer who dove in off their Harbor Patrol Boat.

 

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

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UPDATE: Video of the fisherman casualty being winched up into the helicopter is on the web, and we note that he may have been dead before he ever got to the hospital.  Investigation underway and VOR finally confirms the death hours after numerous other sources.

If there is a mild winner in this whole situation (and it’s a morbid thought), it’s Charlie Enright, who sat out this leg to deal with health issues in his family.  We doubt he is feeling particularly lucky tonight.

More reports as available.

January 20th, 2018 by admin

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Our Volvo Ocean Race coverage is brought to you by Musto, Official Apparel Provider for the 2017/18 VOR.

The first decent live coverage of the Hong Kong arrivals happened just a few minutes ago when overall leader MAPFRE crossed the line in fourth place; click the vid for some updates about Vestas and strong on-water color from Bicey as Xabi and team dock in.

 

January 19th, 2018 by admin

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