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Clean Report

The MUSTO + Torqeedo “Cleanin’ Up Europe” report moves from sunny Barcelona to grey, misty Amsterdam, but not before a short chat with the newly elected World Sailing President Kim Andersen from Denmark.  Andersen took the top spot in the sport away from an incumbent for the first time in the history of the organization, though considering the litany of missteps from the previous board, it’s not a huge surprise.  The Dane’s mantra has been about transparency, equality, and the growth of sailing – not just the growth of Olympic Sailing and revenue streams.

We’ll have plenty more on the interesting developments that came out of the 2016 World Sailing Conference, and trust us – despite the general, all-talk/no-action nature of conferences, plenty of shit went down and plenty of it was good.  In the meantime, we’ll be using Facebook Live for the next two days to bring you the latest and greatest kit from the METS show in dreary Holland. Keep an eye on the page as interviews and product spotlights pop up in our video feed.

Big congrats to Torqeedo for winning their second DAME award in four years!  And a big thanks to them and MUSTO for presenting all of our Vendee, ISAF World Council, and METS coverage this month.  Also thanks to Ocean Planet Energy and Doyle Sails NZ for their support of our coverage.

 

November 16th, 2016 by admin

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The World Sailing (ISAF) Annual Conference wraps up today, with the all-important Presidential and vice-presidential election scheduled for some time around lunch. We’ll have an article summarizing the conference when it’s all over, and you can watch it all unfold yourself during the General Assembly meeting, streaming above.

For Clean’s final take on the whole thing, watch the Facebook Live chat he did this morning.  Candidate Paul “Pope” Henderson’s final pre-election update is here.  Danish candidate Kim Andersen’s last talk with us is here. 

Incumbent President Carlo Croce doesn’t do communication.

 

November 13th, 2016 by admin

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Big thanks to Ben Poucher for reminding us that, no matter how divided we may be, we’re still all part of the same country.  Happy Veteran’s Day (a day late).

Let’s take a minute to get over ourselves and honor those that serve, have served, and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to vote and complain openly about our freedoms as Americans.  No matter what you do on veterans day, make the effort to tell a veteran ‘thank you’ for what they have done for all of us.

Warrior Sailing has continued its success by healing and strengthening veterans through sailing in 2016.  Warrior Sailing hosted 3 basic training camps and 2 advanced camps at partnering facilities throughout the US in 2016. In addition to the core camps competitive graduates compete in various ‘open regattas’ as well as the J22 World Championships this summer! (SDYC, SPSC, CofC, Sail Newport, St. Francis, AYC)  While the country might be divided on various issues, the sailing community remains open to those wanting to join, and Warrior Sailing has facilitated the introduction of veterans to this opportunity.  Over 150 wounded, ill, and injured veterans have been introduced to the sailing community and the sport of sailing since we started in 2013.

In honor of veterans day and to help support activities in the Charleston area, Charleston Yacht Club is raising awareness and funds for Warrior Sailing this Saturday during their Big Boat Regatta!  Sign up, go sailing with a warrior graduate, and get out to support this awesome initiative!

Get involved, donate, do something for a veteran!

Thank you for your service and have a great veterans day!

-Pooch

November 12th, 2016 by admin

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The MUSTO + Torqeedo “Cleanin’ Up Europe” report continues with the big day:

Don’t screw around, ladies and gents; there’s one thing to watch this fall if you love yacht racing or extreme sports, and it begins today!  Get primed by learning about the history of the full fleet here, scroll down for Clean and Ryan’s excellent dock walk/form guide of the entire fleet, and click on the player above for the live dockout show beginning at 0800 local time and running through the pre-start at 1-ish. Not sure why Vendee Globe TV can’t use the same player for both parts like everyone else (but then again the French don’t play that well with YT).

We didn’t do anything like our coverage four years ago, when we spent two weeks interviewing literally dozens of sailors, shore crew, and event staff.  Thanks to the evolution of the internet and event media, a thousand percent increase in english-language coverage from the 2012 event to now, and the fact that the skippers are all in ‘bullshit the media’ mode right now, it ain’t necessary.  We’ll grab them in a week or three when they can start keeping it real, away from phones, tv producers, and all the dangers of the land.  For all the team links, click here.

One interview we did grab was one of our sentimental favorite skippers: Nandor’s Spirit of Hungary.  Maybe it’s his perseverance in the face of almost constant problems over the past couple of years, or maybe it’s because he gets to do the ultimate sailing race with his daughters and wife as his shore crew, or maybe the idea of building your own boat for a race this tough appeals to us – either way, check it out here.  And if that’s too serious for you, get a load of Mr. Clean trying on Alex Thomson’s ‘Pavlok’ shocking alarm watch and shrieking like a little girl – or at least the bald grizzly bear version of one.  Thread remains here and it’s getting updated by multiple Anarchists on site, and check back this evening for the VPLP Podcast – fascinating – and more video work from Clean and his invisible team.  For more details on the broadcast coverage in your area, go here.

Enjoy, and a big thanks to MUSTO and Torqeedo for presenting all of our Vendee, ISAF World Council, and METS coverage this month.  Also thanks to Bruce Schwab and Ocean Planet Energy for their support of our coverage.

November 5th, 2016 by admin

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The MUSTO + Torqeedo “Cleanin’ Up Europe” report continues with this hour-long jaunt in Western France.

If there’s two things I spend most of my pre-regatta time on, it’s dock walks and form guides.  So with one day to go until the Vendee Globe begins, I decided to create some efficiencies and combine these two indispensible tools for following the world’s best race.  The result is this video tour of every one of the 29 entries for the VG.

We grabbed the most knowledgeable English speaker we could for this one; Ryan Breymaier is the rigger for overall contender SAFRAN, and he never pulls punches – listen to Ryan’s analysis of each boats’ strength and weakness and each skipper’s history and chances.  Wanna know the best foils, the dark horses, the hopeless dreamers, and the real podium contenders?  This is the place to go.

Thanks also to Bruce Schwab and Ocean Planet Energy for his support of our coverage.

November 5th, 2016 by admin

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Alex Thomson’s trilogy of sailing stunts – the mast walk, the keel walk, and the sky walk - have succeeded beyond all expectations, but the next generation is even better at this shit.  Check out young Stan Thuret and his extremely creative Frozen Kite Walk.  If you want a little of the real deal, here’s a Facebook Live Q&A that Alex did a few minutes ago from the balcony next to our desk…

 

November 4th, 2016 by admin

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For our final video of this Sunday, we present you something you’d never think we would run – a blue-blazer awards ceremony! We may not like some of the participants (nor they us) or the dress code, but we have a lot of respect for what Lee Tawney and the donors to the National Sailing Hall of Fame have done to legitimize the history of sailing while honoring guys and girls who deserve it.  We also love that they can pull off what many more ‘modern’ sailing organizations can’t – live video streams of their big event for those who live and breathe the sport.  This video of the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees won’t get your adrenaline going, but if you have the patience, you’ll be rewarded with stories from some of the lions of this sport we all love.  Go here to learn more about the NSHOF.

 

October 30th, 2016 by admin

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Perhaps no sailing team in the world is inspiring more young racers than the Mystic River Mudratz.  Full of Anarchists and driven by some very clever industry-insider parents, the New England-based youth sailing initiative continues to give anyone who sees them hope for the future.  But now, their hope for competing at the Melges 24 Worlds may be in jeopardy, and if there was ever a cause that deserved your help, this is it.  Here’s a note from one of those co-founding parents:

“You will never forget the day you break your first rig” were the words of encouragement from world-renowned pro sailor and Race Officer Anderson Reggio.  Unfortunately for our team of youth sailors… it happened on the very last day of practice!  After a full season that started back in May, the kids were finally getting the art of blow-through-jibes while ‘sending it’ off of waves in 18-22 knots last Saturday.  We had a foiling UFO and Waszp in town for demos that morning, and the kids were inspired to just go faster and faster…  the day could not have been going any better, until…BANG!

With the Melges 24 Worlds under 30 days away, our boat probably cannot be fixed in that time.  These kids have scratched and clawed their way to respectability with over 20 days of racing and 40 days of practices.  As guest coach Charlie Enright shared with them one night this past July “The hardest thing about big events – is getting to the starting line”.

We have fundraised relentlessly to cover travel costs and even lined up a final tune-up in Miami with former Rolex Sailor of the Year Stephanie Roble.  These kids have worked so hard and are dying to become bright future members of our adult sailing community.   Does anyone have a Melges 24 they would consider chartering to us?

The Mudratz are celebrating our three year anniversary while all this is going on.  If you are interested to see what this team is about check out the video here.  If you don’t have a spare Melges 24 lying around, PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR TEAM TO HELP US GET BACK ON THE LINE!

October 30th, 2016 by admin

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There’s a lot going on in this Emirates Team New Zealand video of the start of the Auckland-Russell Coastal Classic, and whether you’re into analyzing AC50 designs, love watching ‘old vs. new’ shots, or you just want to see one of the world’s ultimate sailing destinations in glorious HD drone shots, this short is not to be missed.  And maybe there’s fodder for the “Which is better, Auckland or Newport debate” over here?

October 30th, 2016 by admin

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With Northern sailing pretty much over for the season, beautiful Sydney beckons, and nothing says Sydney better than the 18 Foot Skiffs!  Killo and the boys are back on the Camera Cat to bring you live action for the entire 18 footers’ season; catch up with news and photos here on the League’s site, and remember: Before football, Formula 1, and everything else you watch on Sunday, the 18 Footers are there for ya.

 

October 30th, 2016 by admin

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