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Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 7.07.58 AMPenalty Box Productions’ Petey Crawford and Melges 24 Class President Jens Wathne take a short break from the action at the M24 Worlds in Middlefart, Denmark, where moth and 49er rivals Bora Gulari and Chris Rast have been battling it out all week.  Rast capitalized on yet more mostly non-planing conditions to take three bullets today, with Bora losing positions to both the Rastaman and Italy’s Andrea Rachelli.  Watch it live over here for a couple more days.

Petey’s got a bang-up gallery of beauty shots over here and be sure to check in on the front page for more great work from Petey during next week’s J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle, FRA.

 

July 2nd, 2015 by admin

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M32 Hydra Sailing went from 12 knots to zero in less than a second yesterday on the penultimate day of the M32 Scandie Series in Gothenburg, proving yet again that even the most space-age autoclaved carbon fiber is no match for a big piece of steel.  You can see the highlights from a day of light-air racing here, but if you really want entertainment, stand by for the final day of action, coming at 1400 CET today.  20 knots of cold breeze is pumping up the river and the final four/double-points format means it ain’t over til the hot blonde Swedish girl sings.

I did my part last night to keep things interesting on the course today, topping up the dominant US-One team’s champagne glasses until daybreak at the hottest club in town.  Will a hangover make a difference to the results?  Only one way to find out.  Swedish AC and match race legend Magnus Holmberg will join me in the booth for the day’s call; click ‘play’ above and enjoy.

 

June 14th, 2015 by admin

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May 6th, 2015 by admin

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Drizzle doesn’t dampen the mood for Charleston Race week. It didn’t stop the ridiculous Sperry/Sailing Anarchy party last night, and racing commenced on time and on pace today. Under dark morning clouds, an eight knot northwesterly greeted the inside fleet and held enough to get high quality racing in. And what’s Charleston Race Week without current. The ebb was flowing hard today, with teams jockeying for shallow water position all day. Who played it the best?

It’s not Cinco de Mayo yet, but the J/70 Mexican team Flojito Y Cooperando helmed by Julian Fernandez celebrated early with two bullets today to set themselves apart in this talent laden fleet. Elvind Astrup’s Norwegian Steam stayed consistent with a 1, 6, 5 to hold on to an early second. The top and only US team currently on the J/70 podium is Joel Ronning’s Catapult. Since there are 78 J/70s racing in four separate fleets, the points add up quick and the scores are really close with eight boats tied in one way or another in the top 15. The fleets will be reset tomorrow for more qualifying racing.

Continuing the south of the border but north of the fleet tone, the lone Brazilian Melges 20 entry, Portabello, led by Cesar Gomes Neto, threw down some spicy upwind skills to keep ahead of Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis by three points. Midnight Blue sailed well in today’s darker conditions to keep it tight on the podium, behind second by only one point. Only eight points separate the top six in this wide-open class.

Guy Mossman’s name is on the Melges 24 score sheet, but he’s mending a broken hand from a ‘being a nice guy’ moment.  Lesson: Don’t punch a fighting pit bull in the head. In his place on Battle Rhythm is Will van Cleefe, who earned a four point lead today over Brent McKenzie on Ex-Kahn, followed closely by Bruce Ayres on Monsoon.

Watch the full replay of all the live racing action here, and if the wind ever fills in, we’ll have Saturday’s racing for you on this page.

© Sander van der BorchBrian Carlin photo of the sexy C&C 30 and the rest of PHRF A offshore, and seriously big, badass galleries from Brian and Sander Van Der Borch are over here.

And the Team Vestas Wind award goes to Christian Koppernaes in the VX-One fleet, who took the ‘short tack the shore’ move a little too far.  Sander Van Der Borch photo.

Results after day one here, and of course a huge thanks to our friends at Sperry for making SA’s extended coverage of Charleston’s action.

-John Casey

 

April 18th, 2015 by admin

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It has been a long time since we’ve seen this much excitement around a new boat launch, but we reckon if ever a boat deserved it, it’s the world’s first fully foiling cruiser/racer.  Sick work from all the Gunboat G4 build/design team, and we’re proud to host this World Premier of the beautiful film of Timbalero 3′s sea trials earlier this week (thanks to Richard and Rachel).

Mr. Clean heads down to Antigua at the end of the month for his in-depth, Anarchy look at the G4; in the meantime, head to the thread for all the news and analysis here.

 

April 11th, 2015 by admin

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One of the most competitive and extreme one-design fleets of the past decade has gotten the message from its owners, and we’re excited to share the news that the Melges 32 Class is rolling out a new Winter Series for the 2015/16 season.  Hosting all three events from the same yacht club will cut down significantly on logistics costs, and the Fort Lauderdale venue will prove far more affordable than some of the over-the-top locations of recent years.  With used boats available at great prices, it’s a perfect time to get into the exciting Melges 32 fleet.

Joy Dunigan photo, and check out the full schedule over here.

 

April 7th, 2015 by admin

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A stoked Peter Johnstone reports that the hard-working design and build team at Gunboat have done it!  The full-foiling G4 cruiser/racer is ticking all the test boxes during her St. Martin sea trials, and here’s today’s sailing report directly from test pilot and mast builder Ben Hall:

“An epic day of sailing the new Gunboat G4!  The orange rocket handled the 18-20 kt breezes off St Maarten with ease.  Foiling was fast and steady. I got to drive upwind and hit 15.4 kts…incredible!

Downwind with R1 we peaked out at 25.7. On the foils we had really good VMG with TWA of about 160. On the final burn into the harbor with the solent and full main the top speed was 29.7.

Probably one of the best days of sailing ever for me…all on a boat with a cruising interior, a nice fridge and stove, electric sail drive and cockpit for the best of parties.

Truly remarkable!”

Screw the AC48 – they should just do the America’s Cup in these things.

Watch the G4 thread in Multihull Anarchy and Gunboat’s Facebook Page for the latest photos and reports, and check back here later in the week for the full video.  Photo courtesy of Rachel Jaspersen/Ocean Images.

 

April 6th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 11.55.20 AMLanguage boffins have complained for years that the 3-day Sperry Charleston Race Week is woefully misnamed.  But the wild success of the hemisphere’s biggest regatta has allowed the event to leapfrog right over the ‘week’ part of its name, because this year, April is Charleston Race Month.  And thanks to our friends at Sperry and their Odysseys Await promotion, Sailing Anarchy is bringing you its biggest coverage of Charleston action ever – just when conditions in the South’s sailing capital are a sailor’s paradise.  For more, we go to For2Battery Race founder Tim Fitzgerald:

All the Charleston action begins on April 11th, when the second annual Fort2Battery sprint turns Charleston Harbor into “Caddy Day” at Bushwood.  This hot event reached its entry cap weeks ago, and some 75 high-speed kites, boards, catamarans and moths will be racing down the harbor at speeds touching 40mph, competing for some $20,000 in prizes including a brand new bike, and one of the largest single cash prizes in all of American sailing!

One notable absence is the inaugural Champion, “King of the Harbor” Bora Gulari, who’s giving someone else a chance to win this year.  Will the sailors still be able to hold off the kites in 2015?  You can tune in right here on the front page for a live hour-long morning show from the beach, and the entire 9-minute race, streamed by the original troublemakers who called last year to tell us “DUDE! this race needs to happen, how can we help?!” at Sailing Anarchy. And we’ve got a pro photographer going up in a Holy City Helicopter to shoot the event – it will be awesome!  Head over to our Facebook Page to find out how you can enter to win a brand new Liquid Force Kite or Kiteboard, and please join us at the huge post-race party and awards at the awesome Palmetto Brewery at 7 pm. 

The nearly 300 teams entered in Sperry Charleston Race Week in about a hundred classes on 5 circles will begin arriving in Charleston immediately after the sprint, and we’ve got a full program of live, recorded, photo, and social content for everyone stuck at home.  For the 2500-odd sailors, shore crew, and support staff in the Holy City, we’ve got all sorts of goodies, including giveaways, contests, and a VIP after party with tons more giveaways, and a Karaoke contest where we’ll award a year-long Sperry footwear sponsorship to one lucky crew!

While the multi-media fun ends on 4/20, the month ain’t over for sailors until the next weekend, when 15-20 high-speed E-Scows (including one helmed by the aforementioned Gulari) will take advantage of the perfect SE seabreeze to race in the CYC E Regatta.  We’ve also heard rumors that several high-performance one-design and box rule classes are looking to join the late April fun in 2016; is there another 200+ boat Charleston regatta on the horizon?  We think there should be.

Check out the full webcast schedule here, and let us know about you and your crew in the Charleston Race Week thread.

 

April 6th, 2015 by admin

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It hasn’t been around long, but already Eelsnot racing hull coating is making a big difference on the race course! In Key West, Eelsnot-coated boats tied for first in the J/111 class (Spiff lost on countback), grabbed 11th and 13th overall/3rd Corinthian (B-Squared) in the J/70 Class, and took 5th in the Melges 24 (Party Girl). Eelsnot kept the slime off and the speed up in Miami too, with Entourage taking 3rd Corinthian in the Jaguar Cup and J/70s scoring a 4th and 5th in their big fleet at Bacardi Sailing Week (Reach Around and Rascal).  

Use the coupon code ANARCHY and grab your 10% discount when ordering two or more tubs of Eelsnot from our pals at Latis International today, and don’t forget to check out their other offerings; the awesome Raptor deck grip and the best dock boxes ever – Mobox.

 

March 23rd, 2015 by admin

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Jen Edney is one of the most exciting young photographers to come along in years.  But can she write?  Peter Johnstone and the Gunboat folks gave us all a chance to find out with this excellent NC to Miami delivery report from the Gunboat 55 Toccata.  And for those of you waiting for the details on the loss of the Rainmaker, sit tight.  It drops soon.  Those of you confused by the title of this one…really?

I hear the buzz next to my head, my alarm waking me up to make sure I don’t miss sunrise.  I roll over to my side, peaking out the porthole – thankfully, it’s still dark.  I hit snooze, and this way-too-comfortable bed keeps rocking me back to sleep, rather than tossing me out of my bunk. More sleep…

Buzzzzzzz! It’s 20 minutes later, and I see light starting to tickle the water with reflections.  Now I’m excited to get up, and even more excited when I realize I don’t have to suit up in foul weather gear to go out on the deck to “use the head!”

Gunboat55_Toccata_Day4_-2812I peel myself out of bed and walk up the steps to make a cup of coffee, and rather than hunkering down in a deep galley looking at a gimballed cooker, I feel like I’m walking into the cozy family room of a modern Manhattan apartment with the best 360 degree-view of the ocean in the city.  But it isn’t, of course – it’s a Gunboat, and we’re motoring along, waiting for the slightest zephyr of breeze to let us get the sails up.

The hectic day before was a bit of a blur, as pre-delivery days with a narrow weather window usually are.  I helped with the extensive job of finishing up provisioning and making sure everything was loaded on the boat as quickly as possible, and seeing the food that was being passed onboard, I realized it was going to be a far cry from my racing yacht days of one-pot meals and freeze-dried hell.

“There’s a serious flood of emotions right now,” said Carolyn Groobey, proud co-owners of Toccata.. “We’ve been anticipating this day for so many years, so my heart was pounding like I’d just won the prize I’ve been striving for.” At the same time, there was some heaviness. “This was a goodbye for a while to our families, dogs, and the Gunboat family for a while.”

Gunboat55_Toccata_Day4_-2397Within hours of arriving in North Carolina I heard the phrase “Gunboat Family” and “Tribe” more then a handful of times, especially when listening to Chris Bailet recount the reaction after the loss of the boat he was delivering, Rainmaker. “We had no idea what was going on back on shore,” said Chris.  Apparently the coast guard was in touch with Lauren and that started the ball rolling, and the entire Gunboat staff was working angles for both getting us home and readying a salvage mission. “I was only able to get one call out to Peter. It was chopped up and cut out halfway through the conversation. But it was enough to let him know the situation, and enough to get people moving.”  Johnstone had calls on from Florida to Annapolis, people were ringing their cousins’ second uncle with a Commercial shrimp boat in Charlestown to get out there. By the time we landed, the Gunboat team was at Dare County Airport, open arms and hot pizza, with a meeting scheduled for a full review and salvage operation. “This level of camaraderie and support – it’s just not something you feel with any other boat company, said Chris.  “Ask any of the crew or owners on any Gunboat – it’s a family. Or as Peter so appropriately put it before, a TRIBE” [PJ’s first Gunboat – the boat that inspired the Gunboat line – is called Tribe -ed].

Having only met them the night before, I didn’t realize how strong the relationships were among the crew, though I learned the next day that PJ and the Groobeys had built a friendship over the preceding 3 years.  They recounted stories with laughter and nostalgia,  discussing the journey that led up to this monumental maiden voyage. “That unique Gunboat sense of community is important to us, and it’s one of the big reasons we bought the boat,” explained Carolyn.  “From the beginning, we felt like part of a big, awesome family, welcomed by the high-caliber folks that make up the tribe of Gunboat owners, employees, skippers, and crews.”

Gunboat55_Toccata_-1089For this trip, the new owners were eager to get acquainted with their boat – meaning lots of helming.  And the diminutive Carolyn Groobey proved to be the rock star, hitting 21.8 knots for Tocatta‘s first ‘personal best’ speed.  “It was a real gift to have Peter do this passage with us. We were learning ‘the Gunboat way’ at the feet of the master,” she said.    Curious to know a little more about how these boats handle after only a few days onboard, I asked Chris Bailet what he thought was a standout feature of Gunboat. “All of PJ’s boats seem to have the perfect combination of speed and comfort, without tradeoffs.  I’ve been on a lot of Peter’s boats, and you can ramp it up and send it while feeling completely stable, and not have the wave slap sending your coffee machine into a charter guests face. The beam keeps it stable and all that freeboard makes you feel like you’re at the bridge. I love the boats and the family, especially the 55, that thing is like a guided missile.”

Chris and Carolyn had similar feelings about the comfort of the boat, as did I, especially when compared to my last big delivery – the turboed VOR 70 Maserati.  Comfort is not a word I’d use when describing any VO70, but that’s what it takes to get real speed out of a design like that.  Gunboat does it smarter, as Groobey summed up: “We are deliriously happy with the boat. It’s solid, strong, and very comfortable. The openness and 360 visibility in the boat makes it both a great sailing platform and living platform. We love the galley up configuration. As you are sailing along, various crew members are cooking, sailing, reading, and relaxing – it’s all about the family; the tribe – that’s what Gunboats do.”

 

February 16th, 2015 by admin

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