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With the Volvo headed back in a few months and a new State law passed last month to bring more and bigger sailing events to the Ocean State, Rhode Island may be the hottest sailing community in the country.  The Captain of Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel is hot too, but for different reasons: He took the Oliver Hazard Perry out earlier this week and did his best impression of a ping pong ball in Newport Harbor, using at least four yachts and powerboats as fenders in the process.

Watch the video to see why you don’t take a full-rigged ship off the dock in 25-30 knots of onshore breeze – and if you do, you make sure you don’t foul both props with a dockline!  What could they have done once propulsion was gone?  Let ’em know in the dicussion thread, and tip o’ the hat to SA’er BrickTopHarry for the find.

 

October 19th, 2017 by admin

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Volvo may wish the world was talking about the Alicante In-Port Race – the first event of the 2017 Volvo Ocean Race – but most continue to talk about the last-minute ousting of Simeon Tienpont.  With VOR’s messaging off the rails (and still no information coming out of AkzoNobel other than a short statement) and now crew telling one publication that they are not leaving for Cape Town without Simeon, what VOR needs more than anything else is a breezy, heart-in-the-throat race around the mediterranean port.

Unfortunately, the forecast is for 10 knots or less, meaning the racing is likely to suck.  More fortunately, Andy Green and Sally Barkow are in the commentary booth.  If Facebook is blocked in your country, head over to the VOR site to watch their bespoke, un-embeddable player (yep, somehow, some brilliant media staffer built a bespoke player…in 2017…seriously).

UPDATE: Is the VOR so broke that they don’t even have onboard audio and video for this race?   Holy shit, this thing really is off the rails.  Piss poor graphics, no narrative setup, dockout show, or dock walk – we heard they had cut their video budget way down, but we didn’t realize they had less money in their live budget than the 5O5 worlds…

To be fair, the first in-port race is as much of a practice for everyone – including the media folks – as it is a real race, but if it were practice, you’d think they would at least have all their assets in place. If this is the sum total of the LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE MOST EXTREME RACE IN THE WORLD as VOR would have you believe?  We all might just be yawning our way around the world.

 

October 14th, 2017 by admin

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Full of charisma and rebellion, Mike Plant remains one of the biggest stars – and saddest stories – in the history of American offshore racing, and what looks like a truly excellent documentary on one of the fastest solo sailors ever continues to make the rounds before a wider release.  They released the new trailer above last month, and you can catch a screening at the Twin Cities Film Festival later this month.

Additional showings should pop up on their Facebook Page, and if you see it, send in a review!

October 3rd, 2017 by admin

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You have never, ever seen anything like this GoPro timelapse from inside Hurricane Irma in Tortola, BVI.  Go big screen for this one, it’s frightening and awe striking in a way we’ve never seen from storm footage. Thanks to Rasputin22 for the find.

 

September 29th, 2017 by admin

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We learned a few key things in today’s AC36 protocol announcement in Auckland.  UPDATE: PROTOCOL HERE.

  1. RNZYS Commodore Steve Nair should never, ever try to pronounce an italian name again.
  2. The boat is a 75-foot long monohull, and the design details will be complete by next spring
  3. Cost containment is a fundamental principal
  4. The boats will need to be build in the country challenging.
  5. Nationality rule: Citizenship requirement is a mere 20%, the rest of the sailing team needs a strict residency requirement in the country they are representing. “It’s not a strict thing, but it’s an attempt
  6. Cup is Auckland 2021, but there’s no infrastructure or plans yet.  2019 and 2020 there will be pre-regattas.
  7. Two boats allowed per team.
  8. Challenger series will be organized by the CoR.  AC will be organized by the defender.  Joint group for broadcasting/sponsorship/umpiring and other common issues.
  9. Facebook Live means journalists can stay at work or at home, cause they sure didn’t show up to the press conference.  Thank you ETNZ!
  10. “They might be” foiling.  The next boat will be presented in November and it ‘definitely will be an exciting boat’.
  11. Some one-design componentry, some supplied parts likely.  Development ‘open in the really important areas’.
  12. 10-12 crew, bicycles allowed.
  13. No tank testing allowed, no wind tunnels.
  14. If for any reason, it can’t be in Auckland, it’ll be in Italy.
  15. Prada Cup.  Yes, Louis Vuitton is gone, and Prada is not only title sponsor of the challenger series, but presenting sponsor for the big one.  Does LV have the balls to return on a Challenger’s sails?
  16. Independent regatta directors and race management, similar to Bermuda setup for RM.
  17. Longer races, ~40 minutes.  Longer pre-start, upwind start.

Watch it all above, and weigh in here.  We’re talking to Dalts tomorrow for the SA Podcast, so add your questions for him here.

September 28th, 2017 by admin

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With only one race firing off before the Mistral shut down yesterday, the J/70 Worlds in Sardinia has been a frustrating look at too much breeze and not enough.  It doesn’t seem to be bothering Peter Duncan though – his main competition had deep results in the finicky race on Friday, and his Relative Obscurity – crewed by Victor Diaz, Creature Van Waay, and Jud Smith – has a ten point lead going into the final two or three races.

As long as they get two in before the wind dies off, one throwout will make its presence known, and with 81 boats in both Gold and Silver fleets, a hero can become a zero in one mark rounding.  Still if Duncan can hang on, that’ll make 3 out of 4 existing world champions all coming from the US of A – something the Italians won’t be happy about at all.

Watch it all live – from the boat with commentary from Clean on the J/70 Italian Class Page, and from the air with Zerogradinord’s drone over here.

 

September 15th, 2017 by admin

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Almost 30,000 of you already watched this video of our first-ever walkthrough of the canting-keel Melges 40, so we’re posting it on the front page for the Facebook-averse.  Narrated by the class’s creator and 11-time World Champion Federico Michetti, have a look at the sexiest new raceboat of the year – inside and out.

 

September 14th, 2017 by admin

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We’ve been accused of being a little morbid with all the damage posts, but that’s not it at all – we’re mostly stunned at just how much worse the damage is from Irma than any other Caribbean hurricane we can remember, and how long it will take to rebuild. Especially as so many of the spots are those that we – and tens of thousands of Anarchists – have enjoyed every winter for decades.

The drone video above is a difficult look at Nanny Cay (and thanks a ton to Adam Dell for publishing it), the haulout location for hundreds and hundreds and boats of all sizes and the long time HQ for one of our favorite regattas of all.   Click on the BVI Spring Regatta link for a look at Nanny in much better times.

There are literally hundreds of heartbreaking images from all over the Caribbean that you can find linked in the Irma thread, so please head over there if you want to share your own story or offer help to others.  We send our best hopes and wishes to all of you affected by this disaster of a ‘cane season in the Leewards, Virgins, Puerto Rico, and Cuba (some of whom are about to get battered again by the Southerly side of Cat4 Jose), and to the millions throughout Florida, Georgia, SC and Tennessee who might lose everything before this thing is over.  A special thought to all of you with property or boats n the Florida Keys, which look perilously close to armageddon in the latest forecast maps.

And now a word from Caribbean charter skipper and former Sailor Chick of the Week Lucy Jones – along with the folks at Performance Yacht Charters, she’s responsible for thousands of sailors enjoying the Caribbean over the past decade, and we listen:

Lucy and the team of Performance Yacht Charter are shocked and saddened by the devastation that has taken place in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

These Islands hold a very special place in our hearts, we have been sailing and racing in these waters for so many years it truly is a second home for us, and so many of our sailing family.  It will take many months to understand the full effect of this hurricane.  

In the short term we can support with financial donations, to the Red Cross and other charities supporting those most in need. But in the long term it is imperative that their economy has a future and that the Islands are kept alive. These islands are dependent on our tourism and as sailors we can do this by supporting the Caribbean regatta season and booking our holidays. 

Accommodation may be difficult, the selection of boats might be reduced but if you can go to the Caribbean this year and spend out pennies in their bars restaurants and shops. This will fund the rebuilding of our much loved Caribbean for a long time after Hurricane Irma has left our memory.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Donate here.

 

September 9th, 2017 by admin

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With Antigua and Barbuda getting a glancing blow, St. Maarten and St. Barts taking direct eyewall hit, and the BVIs, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico all sitting inside the 100+ knot zone right now, it’s almost like Hurricane Irma hates Caribbean yachting and is teaching it a lesson.  It’s a sad day for St. Barts (seen in the photo to the left), which local officials called ‘apocalyptic’ and SXM, where locals said most of the boats are ‘just gone.’  We’ve had reports from the East side of Puerto Rico, where winds are just starting to get serious, and St. Thomas, where the worst is now overhead, and locals are less worried about boats and marinas than they are about how to deal without water and power for the days or weeks it may be gone.

South Florida is also a chaotic mess, with precisely zero outbound plane tickets left from MIA and FLL for any location, and all interstates loaded up with outbound traffic.  We send our thoughts to all of you in the shit – or about to be – and encourage you to post in the SA forums to share your experiences with the others dealing with it.

 

September 6th, 2017 by admin

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Caribbean, Bahamas, or Eastern Seaboard: Any or all of you could be in the path of a beastly storm, so plan ahead: Get your stuff out of the water or tied up in a mangrove, get your home ready, and make sure you have a way out for you and your family.  Thanks to physicist and meteorologist Levi Cowan for the web’s best hurricane forecasts.

Updates in the thread.

September 3rd, 2017 by admin

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