Archive for the ‘Big Pimpin’’ Category
One more stop for your Editor at the Dusseldorf boat show today. Here’s a shot the perpetually sweet-looking Esse 7.50.
January 29th, 2016 by admin
People taking advantage of the $50 early-bird discount in January have gotten the 2016 Newport to Ensenada entries off to a strong start. There are a lot of interesting boats and clubs in the mix. The best-known boat is probably Taxi Dancer, an R/P68 rating -84 out of Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The fastest boat entered so far is Aszhou, an R/P63 at -143. The slowest boat is Bon Vivant, a Catalina 30 rated 192.
Notable for all the wrong reasons is Anarchy, a Melges 32 rated 6 (Owner Scot Tempesta is the editor of the notorious SailingAnarchy.com).
PHRF is the largest group, promising some excellent class breaks and close racing. J120s and Fast50s are notable sub-classes. The fastest ORCA multihull entered is Uni, a Seacart 30 trimaranAnchor. Dana Pont Yacht Club leads with the most entries.
There are several clubs, like Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in Ventura, with only a single entry. There are three All Female teams entered, but only one Doublehander. There is a sizable Cruising group. Quite a variety of boats with one thing in common, they will all have a great a great time racing to Ensenada in April. REGISTER.
January 26th, 2016 by admin
With 315 days to go to the first gun, Petey and the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds crew just logged the 100th entry for what many are now expecting to be the biggest M24 Worlds ever. 100 boats on the line would already beat the biggest US-based M24 Worlds in history…three dozen more and they beat even all those huge European-based Worlds.
The 100th entry was no slouch; it was the mysterious man above. Some say his hands, feet, and buttocks are webbed, and that he swims the shallows of the Chesapeake Bay at night looking for his favorite prey; hammerhead sharks. All we know is he’s called the Hutch! (With thanks to Jeremy Clarkson). Number 99 ain’t no slouch either.
And check this out – the insane, >$30,000 (in gear and upgrades) grand prize of the Pimp My Ride contest will be selected in just 6 days at Quantum Key West Race Week, and all you have to do is (1) enter your sub-600 series Melges 24 in Worlds, agree with Terms and Conditions, and PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE. No brainer, right? Oh, by the way, your odds of winning are 1-in-18 right now. Seriously.
Title shout to Drake for what’s also now our regatta anthem.
January 15th, 2016 by admin
We’re seriously stoked to be part of the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds sponsors, and we can’t help but be amazed at the energy level and creativity behind Petey Crawford’s leadership for the first M24 Worlds in years to brave the open ocean. Over 90 boats already registered for an event almost a year away? Are you kidding? Nope – we are not. One of the coolest things to follow about this event will be the very cool Pimp My Ride contest, which ends in just days! Miss this one and you’ll kick yourself. Here’s Petey with more:
Just before Thanksgiving holiday, Miami Yacht Club hosted twenty Melges 24 teams from around the world that travelled to South Beach to compete in the 2016 Worlds Test Event and Act 1 of the newly designed Winter Series. With wind ranging from 8-18 knots and different directions over the 3 days everybody got to experience what Miami will deliver in a year from now at the World Championship.
After 3 great days of racing, Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon were crowned Champions, barely holding off a late charge by Connor Clarke, who lost on countback. Marty “Marty The One-Man Party” Kullman on the historic New Wave team finished a point back to fill out the podium.
As I walked around the boat park and talked with the teams, it became clear that most everyone had a great time racing Melges 24’s in the big water again. Santa Cruz  was the last time these boats got to go surfing, and most everyone was psyched for some new thinking and revisiting old techniques to make the switch from flat water venues. Some of the boys said so
Connor Clarke (IRL 829): Miami conditions are amazing, even in light breeze you can have fantastic fun. This is absolutely the best venue I have sailed in the US in my time with the Melges 24 class”
Gary Schwartling (USA 587): “ Nothing better than sailing out in the ocean swell, ripping along, beautiful stuff. This was my first time in conditions like that and we had a blast.”
George Haynie (USA 687): “We had a ball in the ocean. Our pick-up crew from Ft Lauderdale was 11-year old Opti sailor, Connor Boland, who helped us out a lot.”
“He was our Traveller-Jockey, spinnaker stuffer and pulled sea grass off the rudder while we planed downwind in 18 knots. “He was loving it!”
Federico Valenti - (ITA 841): “We prefer sailing in the ocean and the Melges24 is the best boat for the swell.”
As old man winter is knocking at the door, you may wish to consider the 2 additional opportunities for your Melges 24 team to test the 2016 Worlds Venue. Miami Yacht Club and Travis Weisleder / Lucky Dog Racing are co-hosting a 10 team Training Event Feb. 19-21. Details are here.
After that we roll into Act 3 of the Melges 24 World Winter Series at the Melges 24 Madness Regatta March 17-20. Enter here.
Rich Tobin, Miami Yacht Club past Commodore, told me the entire club is psyched to do something they haven’t tried before. “Next March when we host the Melges 24 Madness Regatta we look forward to showcasing many of the upgrades to the club and venue that we have planned for the Worlds! We are thrilled to be hosting the Melges 24’s for the next few events so we can show you all the hospitality and great racing that makes Miami such a great place to sail.”
BUT FOR NOW, Quantum Key West Race Week (Act 2 of the World Winter Series) is currently in our sights. This also happens to be where we will be announcing the winner of the Pimp My Ride 2016 Worlds Edition. If you haven’t heard about this or haven’t entered yet don’t worry you still have a little time left. Pimp My Ride is a contest available for series 500 or older Melges 24 owners to win over $30,000 in upgrades to make your boat more competitive. Yup, you read that right over $30,000.00 of upgrades. The only other qualification is that you pay your 2016 Worlds Entry fee before January 20th 2016. We will announce the winner on the 21st.
People, this is a serious list of sponsors and upgrades. If you aren’t the lucky winner of tonight’s record Powerball payout, don’t cry, you can still enter this amazing contest and walk away with some serious kit. Your odds will be far better as well!
Check it out for official contest details, and Do Not Miss Out On This Opportunity!
January 9th, 2016 by admin
We’ve told you once before, and we’ll tell you again: NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP SAVE OUR SEAS. You can do your part in any way you like; as Christopher Clarey wrote in yet another yacht-racing-related New York Times piece last week, you can sponsor events or you can use your boat or club or class or race as a platform to bring awareness to the plight of the ocean.
But we want you to do something else with your money today. We want everyone who loves the oceans to dig deep, right now, and help the Seabin boys get over the hump to bring their ultra-simple, ultra-useful, ultra-clever labor of love to the market. You remember those affable Aussies who’ve dedicated their lives to cleaning up the ocean? Sure you do. And thanks in large part to you SA’ers, the Seabin have raised an awesome $205,000 of their $230,000 goal via IndieGogo!
So get to it, folks! Volvo Ocean Race – this one is tailor-made for you! America’s Cup – we promise if you buy a few of these, we’ll say something nice about you! And for the ordinary guy or gal, dig deep guys! Pledge another 100 bucks and proudly rock your Seabin t-shirt, or pre-order a Seabin for your Yacht Club today and help inspire both your members and your region to do their part and clean up our waterways! Don’t you want to be the first Yacht Club in your state/county/lake/ocean/world to be actively cleaning the water for future generations?
The video above gives the full story, and if you want more detail (and don’t mind awful sound), check out Andy and Pete’s interview with Mr. Clean at the METS show last month.
Shout to Sam Greenfield for the heads up.
December 29th, 2015 by admin
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December 21st, 2015 by admin
One of the things we’re excited to check out at the METS show is Oceanvolt’s new smartphone app to go along with their very sexy electric motor and management systems. We’ve got a treehugging streak, but even for the environmentally apathetic, these things have some phenomenal benefits over traditional diesel systems. More from our pals in Finland:
Oceanvolt’s award-winning electric motors and energy management systems for sailboats and catamarans are silent, lightweight and maintenance free. Oceanvolt offers both sail drive and shaft drive motor models. The Oceanvolt SD system has a patented, flexible mounting to attach the motor to the sailboat hull to absorb vibrations. This feature also makes it possible to refit or install the electric motor system on any boat between 20-80ft.
Oceanvolt systems create energy while sailing – up to 4000W per motor, monohull or catamaran. This will recharge the batteries quickly. Complemented with solar power and shore power, there is rarely any need to use a generator while sailing. Compared
to traditional diesel motors, Oceanvolt electric motors have no gears or components that wear out or parts that need to be replaced in yearly service.
Oceanvolt has also developed a smartphone app that will show you the system’s state of charge and status, as well as the location of your boat and other useful info, anywhere in the world. This same system is also used by Oceanvolt’s service team to monitor, diagnose and remotely service customer boats. It is called Oceanvolt RSI- Remote Service Interface.
November 13th, 2015 by admin
While much of the Northern Hemisphere is busy tucking their boats away for the coming winter, the season’s still rolling on the beautiful West coast of Turkey. SA’er ‘Telebox’ checks in with this report. Video of Marmaris Race Week here.
With Marmaris Race Week the season concludes. We were especially happy to see that the Farr25 performs well in IRC after a great second-place showing in ORC earlier this year at the Sportboat Europeans.
In consequence, one boat has been ordered from Switzerland. The boat will be shipped before the end of this year. In addition Marmaris Race Week caused some more interest in East Europe and Russi, and with 7 boats on the water now, the Farr25 just keeps getting more and more interest. We also have an official distributor for Switzerland now. So in case you wanna test sail the boat, just let us know! Overall results from Marmaris are here
November 2nd, 2015 by admin
We’ve always maintained that the Melges 24 probably provides the most enjoyable one-design racing experience for the average sailor. With the perfect blend of convenience, hard work, competition, adrenaline, and personality, the 20+ year-old class continues to fire on all cylinders, especially in Europe, where 100+ boat fleets are a common occurrence. But the debacle of an Annapolis Worlds in 2009 set the US Class down a bad road – 0ne that it’s finally recovering from, and with a vengeance. And with the appeal of a Worlds one of the best marketing tools of any class, organizers and sponsors behind the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Miami have joined with Sailing Anarchy to bring you the coolest contest we have EVER run: It’s Pimp My Ride, Melges 24 Worlds Edition! Here are the details:
Are you thinking about going to Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds but are worried that your older boat won’t be competitive?
- How often have you taped the cover of your jib sheets hoping to get a few more races out of them?
- How often does your spinnaker halyard slip through the cleat leaving you shrimping while the fleet passes you by?
- Do you find yourself tightening the same screws race after race?
- Have you ever rigged “old” spinnaker sheets because they are in way better condition than your “new” ones?
If any of the above sounds familiar, than we want to PIMP YOUR RIDE!
Now of course we aren’t going to install a pop-up flatscreen with XBOX controls to pop out of the deck. Nor we will replace your corrector weights with 15″ subwoofers and a power amp. But with the help of a great group of supporters in the world’s best one-design class, we are going to PIMP YOUR RIDE!
The organizers for the 2016 Worlds and the IMCA Class President Jens Wathne have come up with a concept to get your older boat tuned up, dialed in, ready to race on the Worlds starting line. And in the process, we’ll show the rest of you older Melges 24 racers how it is done right.
The lucky winner of the Miami Melges 24 Worlds PIMP MY RIDE Contest will have a complete makeover for their boat, with the work done by some of the most skilled folks in the Melges racing world. We’re not talking a few sheet bags, folks – we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars in value for your prized speedster! New sails, electronics, sheets, halyards, standard rigging, lifelines, stanchions, graphics, team gear, and more! As the Donald would say, this is YUUUUUGE.
To qualify you MUST:
- Own (not charter) a 500 series Melges 24 or older.
- Join the OVER 65 HOT TEAMS ALREADY REGISTERED for the December 2016 event and PAY the 2016 Worlds entry fee before January 20, 2016 to qualify.
- Agree in writing to let us take your boat with us as it makes the journey into a modernized competitive state by going from vendor to vendor while we film every step of the way. *estimated 4 weeks total.
- Agree in writing to actually race your boat at Worlds, and if you are unable to race your boat, to allow a qualified and insured skipper and crew to race your boat if requested and provided by the organizer.
- Agree in writing to deliver your boat to Worlds a minimum of two days before Worlds.
- Agree to media appearances and several interviews during the event.
*additional rules may apply*
We will randomly select 1 winner during the awards ceremony of 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week (attendance not required). We will then send over our team of experts to evaluate your boat, set up a work schedule, and PIMP YOUR RIDE!
We know it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest, and boat work may have slid down the priority list, but its never too late to bring a Melges 24 back up to competitive condition. Some of the oldest M24s are still blazing fast today, it just takes some PIMPIN’. We’ll see you at the starting line. REGISTER AND PAY TODAY OVER HERE.
Got burning questions? Email the boss man at [email protected]
Quantum Racing, Melges USA, Velocitek, Raptor, Line Honors, GT3 Creative, Evolution Sailing, Torreson Marine, George Peet Sailing, Hutchinson Sports, New England Ropes, Sailing Anarchy and Penalty Box Productions.
October 20th, 2015 by admin
Will Canfield continue to humiliate the Euros or will the Dark Hammer or Taco Matt climb their way over him to take the ultimate Scandinavian prize – a meter tall trophy and likely an instant invite to the million-dollar 2016 WMRT? Only one way to find out, and with 15 knots hitting Lake Malaren again, the final day of the M32 Battle of Stockholm is fucking ON!
September 13th, 2015 by admin