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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.

Learn more the Oceanvolt website, and like them on Facebook here.


November 13th, 2015 by admin

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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.

We had Farr 25 hull # 1 and hull #4 sailing in IRC Class 2 of Marmaris Race Week.  Unfortunately the club decided this year to only have four instead of five IRC classes, so we were facing much much larger boats like the very powerful Dubois designed 1tonner Goblin3 or two very well sailed and fine tuned Russian Salona 41s. The weather was challenging for all competitors. Despite many beating and reaching legs, F25 hull # 1(Ergun Elektrik) finished the race week in 5th place in a very competitive 16 boat field. Given that the boat was chartered to an inexperienced team with just a few practice days before Marmaris,  everyone is very happy with the result!  Hull 4 (Nafiz2) finished only 2 places behind on a 7th overall, which is also a great success for the very young team in their only second season.

12184004_898853220168596_9156937240088987361_oWith 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

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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]

Sponsored By:

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

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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

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SSL Lake Grand Slam in Grandson ( ), on Neuchatel lake in Switzerland. Race Day Two.

Mark “Splat” Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih lead a veritable who’s who in old school keelboat racing at the SSL Swiss Open after 7 races; this great shot from our old friend Christophe LaunayLivestream video racing with commentary here.  Results here.  Daily news here.


September 11th, 2015 by admin

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Augie Diaz and big Arnis Baltins lead the Star Sailors League Swiss Open on Lake Neuchatal after one day of racing in the alpine breeze known as “La Bise”, and some of you found the long course, non-extreme sailing to be great fun to watch.

You can continue to follow the full live video coverage of the Stars – including commentary from Dennis Conner – over here.  Photos here.


September 10th, 2015 by admin

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Superstar racing commentator Mr. Clean is BACK behind the microphone and the breeze is ON here in the Northlands as the M32 Cat fleet readies for 8 days of shit hot racing over the next 12.  So if you didn’t get your fill from some other series in Sweden last week, rest assured: Sailing Anarchy and the M32 Series got your back with young, hotshot crews, real nationalistic battles, tons of lead changes, and the most tech-advanced sailing coverage you’ll see anywhere in the world from now until the 14th.

First up?  Today’s LIVE RACING ACTION in the most northerly metropolis in the world; get to know the black-haired, blue-eyed beauties and sweet breeze of the 300 islands of Helsinki.  It all begins LIVE at 1400 EET/1200 UTC/0800 New York/0500 Cali. Series standings here.

Enjoy the teaser, above.

UPDATE: 5-Time World Match Race Tour Champ Ian Williams has jumped into the series with GAC/Pindar.  Let’s see how the monohull veteran does this week against his old rivals on US-One.


September 2nd, 2015 by admin

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The Melges 32 Class rebounds to a 22-boat fleet - deep as hell – for their 2015 Worlds this coming week.  Longtime SA’er and pro trimmer Sam Rogers reports from Trapani:

Together with Audi-Tron, Torqeedo and Melges Europe, the 7th Edition of the Melges 32 World Championship welcomes 22 fiercely competitive teams to the heart of the Mediterranean in Trapani, Sicicly.  Flanked by an arid backdrop with mountains jutting out from the sea, and crystal blue waters providing an idyllic race course, Trapani truly is a ‘bucket list’ venue and the perfect battlground for the 5th stop on the Audi-Tron Sailing Series, and the highly prestigious Melges 32 World Championship.

Although not the largest Melges 32 World Championship fleet, the 2015 edition is arguably the deepest with a roster boasting the world’s best helmsmen, amateur and professional sailors.  With 3 different winners at the previous 4 stops on the 2015 Audi-Tron Series, picking a winner for the worlds is an arduous task.  A team from the US could be a popular option as the ‘Stars and Stripes’ have claimed 5 of 6 World titles thus far, but with several crafty, world-class Italian tacticians at home on Mediterranean waters, it is truly anyone’s title to grab.

Looming large on the minds of the fleet is the presence of the current World Champ and first-ever back-to-back Melges 32 title holder Jason Carroll’s ARGO, with Cameron Appleton calling tactics. Securing titles in Porto Rotundo in 2013 and Miami last year, Jason and the Argonauts have returned to Italy with one mission in mind; to become the most dominant Melges 32 team in the history of the class.

Trying to slow down the force from USA are several well seasoned teams including ROBERTISSIMA helmed by Roberto Tomasini Grinover with the wiley Vasco Vascotto on tactics.  Claiming the European Championship earlier this season, Robertissimo is looking to create triple crown of its own by securing the Audi-Tron Series title, and the prestigous World title all in the same calendar year.

1271131_10152873394953756_8076457835770492826_oTaking 2nd place in the 2014 Worlds, The colorful characters on TORPYONE skippered by Lorenzo Lupi with tactician and 2010 World Champ Lorenzo Bressani, won Act 2 of the Audi-Tron Sailing Series in a tight battle in Portovenere, and is looking to dance their way back on the podium in Trapani.

STIG helmed by Alessandro Rombelli comes in hot with two victories in four stages of Audi tron Sailing Series, overtaking current World-Champs Argo in Act 4 to grab the title in the final race.  The ultimate weapon for STIG is the name of his tactician, the crafty Sicilian Francesco Bruni that has the capabilities to unlock the secrets of Trapani moreso than any other tactician.

The list of contenders continues and includes the reigning champion of the ​​Audi-Tron Sailing Series 2014, the Russian team of Synergy GT of Valentin Zavadnikov with Andy Horton as tactician. From Sweden comes the challenge of INGA FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson with Michael Buckley on tactics.  And from the small Island of Bermuda, Hedgehog helmed by Alec Cutler with current Melges 24 World Champ Chris Rast on tactics relies on years of Melges 32 experience to boost its World Title hopes.

Looking to bring back another World title to North America, USA fleet has a few bullets in the chamber both hailing from the same extended family; VOLPE by Ryan Devos with tactician Mark Mendleblatt and DELTA helmed by Dalton Devos supported by the legend Jonathan McKee.

Longtime Melges 32 veterans and representing the flag of Japan, YASHA SAMURAI Yuschiro Ischida (tactician Hamish Pepper) and SWING Keisuke Suzuki (Nicolai Sehested) are ready to battle every race and can make a surge at anytime.

Hailing from Turkey and enjoying his first full season in the Melges 32, Turkish entrant Emet Eker continues his steep learning curve and is looking to apply lessons learned earlier this season to his World Championship bid.

Grabbing a 2nd place in Portovenere, G Spot helmed by Giangiacomo Serena Lapigio with Branko Brcin on tactics has a podium finish in their sights. The lone German entry on Wilma helmed by Frist Homann will rely on Italian tactician Nicola Celon to help improve their chances, and rounding out the Russian contingent, Pavel Kuznetsov and his Tavatuay team are always a challenge on the racecourse.

The Italian fleet is clearly the most numerous among the nine nations at the start and is highlighted by BRONTOLO Helly Hansen helmed by Filippo Pacinotti, the veteran of this class since the first world edition 2009. SPIRIT OF NERINA skippered by Andrea Ferrari, MARGHERITA of Roberto Mazzucato, AUDI E-TRON F.lli GIACOMEL by Mauro Mocchegiani, VITAMINA of Andrea La Corte, FRA MARTINA skipper by Edoardo and Vanni Pavesio, LEA helmed by Marco Cali are the other Italian teams lining up to dethrone Argo.

More here.

August 22nd, 2015 by admin

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An army of Vikings has one thing on their collective minds: Let’s get Taylor.  Can Canfield’s US-One continue to dominate the M32 Scandi Series as learning the boat begins to get really important?  Watch here from 0730 EDT Thursday.  Schedule, teams, program all over here. Title play on the other Copenhagen.


August 13th, 2015 by admin

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Our friends at RS Sailboats are lighting things up with the ultra-light RS Aero singlehander.  We’ll have more from them next week as their North Americans gets set to go off in the Gorge.

A year ago almost to the day, the first production RS Aero dipped its toe in the water just around the corner from RS HQ in Lymington, UK. And then the whirlwind began!  A year gone by and an average of 2 RS Aeros have been sold every single day. As you read this, the 600th boat is in transit to South Korea with a further 150 boats on order. Alongside boats dispatched to Israel, Russia, Turkey and Bermuda, the RS Aero will have reached 39 countries and 4 continents around the world in just over a year.

Not yet established in Africa, Sailors in South Africa are eager not to miss out on the action with 3 competitors entered and chartering boats for the RS Aero Eurocup and Lift-Off Coaching taking place over the RS Tera Worlds in Bruinisse this Summer. The event will be the first official RS Aero International Championship and will immediately follow the RS Aero North American Championships, Oregon. Held in late July, both will set the precedent for a busy season on the International circuit. The RS Aero UK Nationals and International Open will take the baton a month later before handing over to the very first RS Aerocup to be held in Barcelona in October.

Now with 90 boats in the United States and over 40 in Australia, the Aero has well and truly taken flight. The UK remains the largest Aero nation with over 280 sailing at over 120 clubs, 19 of which have a fleet of 5 or more boats. Nations around the globe are hot on the chase; North America are ramping things up with 19 entries already in for the RS Aero North American Championships just weeks after entry opened, while Germany stakes claim to the second largest Aero Nation in Europe.

750 orders, 365 days, 39 countries, 4 continents, 4 awards, 1 big family doing what we love. It’s been one to remember, and we can’t wait for the next year of Aero!  Learn more about the boat and the Class here.



July 15th, 2015 by admin

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