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The SAP 5O5 Worlds has everything you’d want from a big event: Container accommodations, spectator boats, live race coverage on the SAP youtube channel,  and the event website is a great source of information.  So far, all that’s missing is the wind. Like Outkast so wisely said, “You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather.”  The next few days are looking better with breeze coming in for the final days.

Seldén Mast has been on site all week in support. Their “Alto” 505 mast has won about everything there is to win in the 5-Oh class and they’re raffling a brand new one this week. This Alto is from their new “XPS” aluminum alloy, which is harder, stronger. better against corrosion, and can take more bend without a permanent set – ideal in a dinghy mast. You can jump in the raffle at the link below.

From the SAP 2017 International 5O5 World Championship event:

Dear Competitors,

Our Partners at Selden are going to run a raffle for their brand new Alto Mast Section.  Each ticket is $1.00, 6 tickets for $5.00, or 12 for $10 to be entered and randomly drawn for this great prize.  We will announce the winner at the closing ceremony on Friday.  Selden has also agreed to generously donate all proceeds to the Olivia Constants Foundation (link).  The Olivia Constants Foundation was founded in honor of Olivia Constants, a talented young 14 year old whose life was taken away on June 23, 2011 in a tragic sailing accident. Olivia lived her life with such joy and has impacted so many people that we have been encouraged to continue her legacy through this foundation.  The Foundation is run by Steve Constants a longtime member and leader at SSA.

You can buy as many raffle tickets as you like to maximize your chances of winning this great prize!

To buy your tickets please use this Paypal link.

And if you don’t know about the 505, now ya know, Sailor.

 

September 28th, 2017 by admin

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Many in the sailing community know Billy Black from his work as a photographer in the marine industry. You may have seen his boat at regattas, seen his pictures in magazines, or if you are really lucky, had the chance to spend time with a man who turns every shared moment into some of the best moments you can remember.

What folks might not be aware of is that Billy Black had a fight with ocular lymphoma in 2013 that spread to his brain this past December. By May he had successfully achieved remission and since this type of cancer has a high relapse rate, the recommended course of action is to get a stem cell transplant following remission. He completed that treatment but the doctors say it will be a year before he recovers his previous energy and endurance. The prognosis looks good and over the past month or so he has been getting back on the water and resuming his work, which is fantastic news.

His insurance policy covered most of what was a very expensive treatment. The reality, however, is that he has been out of commission for over 6 months and as a result he had to cancel scheduled work, could not take new bookings, and had no revenue coming in. He and Joyce also incurred significant out-of-pocket expenses related to his treatment that were not covered by insurance and they had to dig into the savings they had put aside, spending a little over $100,000.

Those funds had been earmarked to purchase a replacement for the Silver Locomotive. You may have seen Billy towing his photo boat with this van, kitted out to serve as his home while he was on the road up and down the east coast traveling to shoot all of us on the water. The current vehicle has 350,000 miles on the odometer and is on borrowed time.

To know Billy is to love him. He is the nicest guy in the marine community, and someone who certainly makes me want to be a better person. He is generous with his time, his knowledge, his smile and his art. I know there are people who would like to help he and Joyce out, so Tristan Mouligne and I have organized an effort to pass the hat around. We have set up a joint account in Billy and Joyce’s name, and hope that folks in the community can join us in helping Billy bounce back from this challenge. A gift in any amount will help us put Billy back on the road and back on the water. If anyone would like to give, it’s simple:

For maximum benefit to Billy, make out a check to Billy and Joyce Black and mail it to the following address:

Morgan Stanley
C/O Tristan Mouligne
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02210

Tristan will take care of the details of getting it credited to Billy and Joyce’s account, and I will send out periodic updates of the progress.  If you would like to support Billy with an online gift, please go to www.youcaring.com/billyblack-908322 with your credit card.  It’s free to you.

Thanks so much for considering a gift. I know that Billy really appreciates all the support he has been shown by his friends throughout this challenge. If you want to get in touch with him directly, his email is [email protected]. He has been much more active on social media and email as he has recovered from his stem cell transplant, and I am sure he would love to hear from you.

Best Regards,

Michael Hennessey, Skipper

Dragon

August 21st, 2017 by admin

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For the select few sailors looking for the ultimate in Grand Prix one-design, it looks like the TF-10 might just be it. With electronic rake control, off-watch bunks for distance races, and a M&M design that appears to be extremely well mannered, the TF-10 seems to answer all the right questions for even the out-of-shape or septuagenarian owner.

The boys at DNA put together the sea trial video above that includes quite a lot of info directly from the owners mouths – owners with experience in everything from Melges World Championships to J/105s at the Big Boat Series to Marstrom 32s in Sweden, and they explain why they’ve decided they’ve moved out of all that jazz and into this.  We’ve been told they’ve all signed off on the design, the components are greenlit, and production on hulls 2 and 3 is now under construction in Holland with the fourth beginning soon.

Sailing Anarchy will be aboard hull number 1 as soon as possible for a full review; a truly stable foiling multihull has long been sailing’s unicorn and we’re goddamned stoked to check her out.

Details and sea trials are over on the DNA site here.

 

 

August 18th, 2017 by admin

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If you wanna race at 20+ knots and still party like a rock star on your racing machine, no one does it quite like Gunboat.  Here’s a muy bonito look at the NYYC Multihull Regatta, with Gunboats making up 6 of the 8 entries in the class (including some newly imported AC talent) and taking 1st and 3rd.  Buy your own over here.

August 14th, 2017 by admin

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Over eight years ago, Hakes Marine in New Zealand started building a very special catamaran for a German client. It was called the SL33: 10m in length, weighing only 650kg with a mast over 18m tall. A bit insane in its power-to-weight ratio, the boat was designed and built for the light winds of Lake Constance, where the goal was to fly hulls to victory fly to victory  in the typical 4 knot breeze.  

The SL33 was one of many successful ventures between builder Paul Hakes and designer Gino Morrelli. At the time of construction, Morrelli & Melvin were also contracted by Emirates Team New Zealand to design what would eventually become the very first flying AC72. Impressed by the SL33 project and recognizing it as a good training and development platform, ETNZ purchased two SL33s from Hakes, with Luna Rossa following suit and purchasing one of their own. Using this new, lightweight yet robust platform, ETNZ began daggerboard development and eventually learnt how to foil on the SL33s. This technology and valuable experience was quickly applied to the AC72, which went on to shock the world with the first-full flying America’s Cup boat, setting a standard for AC racing that would continue through the exciting event in Bermuda while changing the face of racing forever.

Since that revolutionary day in New Zealand, the world has seen a remarkable number of boats, both multihulls and now even monohulls, flying on foils with incredible speed. It’s great to reflect back to one of the foundations to flying multihulls and spectacular America’s Cup racing, the SL33. Today there are three SL33s still tearing it up around Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Black Jack, the original SL33, still dominates lake racing in Northern Europe.

Today, we see Paul Hakes and Gino Morrelli teaming up again, this time on a slightly cushier project! HH Catamarans, the luxury, performance cruising cat line, has commanded the niche market, and considering the shared pedigree: carbon construction, curved C-boards, T-rudders, push button sail controls; and luxuriously comfortable platform, it’s easy to see why. HH Catamarans’ most recent launch, HH66-05 is currently in the midst of sea trials – check out the video of her launch here. The electric blue hull is already hitting speeds in the high teens in the light Xiamen seabreeze, with plenty left in the tank. With a forward helm inside the salon and ORMA style bucket seats and tillers aft, HH66-05 provides the best of both worlds for the serious dual purpose sailor. Loaded with all the amenities for cruising and entertaining in style, the HH66 will be the perfect platform for spectating the next Cup in Auckland in 2021… Want to get in on the fun? Contact [email protected] to discuss your AC inspired cruising catamaran, and find out more about HH Cats bere.

July 10th, 2017 by admin

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Bouwe Bekking is the most experienced VOR skipper in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, and if you’re fit, strong, under 30, and will do whatever it takes, you might just be able to learn from the Jedi master himself as the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race gets going in just a few months.

The positive side of Brunel’s ultra-late entry into the race is the amount the save on crew and staff expenses.  The negative side is they now have just a month or two to get their crew selected, trained, and fully up to speed.  So if you fancy yourself an ocean racer, get your sailing CV together and submit it online TODAY.  Sailor chicks too!

 

July 4th, 2017 by admin

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If you like sailing with and against the best of the best in the world’s best sailing destinations, have we got a boat for you!  More from their first-ever regatta in Porto Cervo at the Melges 40 Facebook Page.

June 21st, 2017 by admin

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Today the first-ever Melges 40 regatta began, and here’s a quick preview from our friends at Melges Europe.

Designed to race with maximum performance, everyone is quite curious and excited to check out the numbers produced by the Melges 40. Its initial performances in Dubai over the past few months show speeds very similar to that of a TP52.

For the first 2017 event and the only one to be held in Italy, there are four teams in Porto Cervo. Additional Melges 40s will be launched in the coming months.
Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Melges 32 and Melges 20 World Champion), Richard Goransson on INGA (2016 Melges 32 Series Champion), Valentin Zavadnikov’s SYNERGY GT (2014 Audi Sailing Series), and Hannes Waimer at the helm of NIGHTSHIFT from Dubai are the protagonists of the Melges 40 Grand Prix.

The current onboard configuration is a crew of nine, including the helm/owner. Tactics will be entrusted to Olympic Gold Medallist Jordi Calafat on STIG, multi-champion Vasco Vascotto for INGA, America’s Cup winner Ed Baird on SYNERGY GT, and former Volvo Ocean Race sailor Gordon Maguire for NIGHTSHIFT.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine and Barracuda Communication.

Check out the M40 Facebook Page for photos, videos, and updates!

 

June 16th, 2017 by admin

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We’d call this pimpin’, but they’re giving it up for free so we’re not sure that even applies.  Check out what our pals at Predict Wind are doing for you AC junkies in the video above.

Looking for a definitive source of weather during the America’s Cup in Bermuda this coming month? PredictWind has the perfect solution. With our four world leading weather models the trends for race day can be forecasted with more confidence than ever before. The proprietary PWG an PWE weather models cover Bermuda with 1km resolution forecast modelling, which is ideal for the small island nation. We also provide the 11km resolution ECMWF model and the 25km resolution GFS weather model for comparison.

PredictWind has 5 real time observations from weather stations in Bermuda that are updated every minute.  Watching these observations can give you insights into the race strategy and what team is making the best of the conditions. The observations can be shown in actual time or animated and graphed over the past 48, 6 and 1 hour periods.

Available on the excellent PredictWind Apps or the PredictWind forecast website.

 

May 27th, 2017 by admin

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Melges 14 Fleet

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While retaining post-school sailors in the sport continues to present a challenge we all need to solve, High School sailing is one of the fastest growing sectors of sailing..  In the Midwest, Melges and The Great Lakes Boating Festival are doing their part to get those teens pumped up with the Melges 14 Stadium Sailing High School Challenge.  Here’s the release from Melges:

High school sailors will battle it out in the new Melges 14 at the Melges 14 Stadium Sailing High School Challenge on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It’s going to be an adrenaline-fueled regatta on a course close to the crowd. No doubt an exciting event for spectators in the stands. 18 short races in 4 hours start to finish. Participating schools (including Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, Brother Rice, Liggett, Detroit Country Day and Cranbrook) will each choose one boy and one girl to represent their school in the Melges 14 Tour event.

Melges 14 Stadium Sailing is part of the Great Lakes Boating Festival, a three-day boat show at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club May 19-21 where the Melges 14 will be on display and available for anyone to demo.

For more details on how you can watch or help out, go to the event site here.

May 9th, 2017 by admin

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