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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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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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Those legendary Gunboat regatta-and-party reports may have disappeared for a couple of years, but with this video about the luxury multihull class at the BVI Spring Regatta (and their takeover of the legendary Willy T for some all-day Gunboat debauchery), it looks like they’re back with a vengeance.  Full race report coming next week, and pics and words over at Facebook.

April 15th, 2017 by admin

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Thanks to the wishes of an uber-secret previous owner, images and videos of the monster Gunboat 90 have been scarce since her launch.  But now that the biggest and baddest cruising cat of all is up for sale, the covers are coming off for the world to see.  She’s got the M&M ‘battleship’ lines that so many love about the pre-2013 Gunboats, and this girl is definitely the only luxury superyacht that can easily hit 30 knots under sail and embarrass any other superyacht on the planet around the cans.

We’re not superyacht lovers by any means, but if we were billionaire industrialists or climate-denying oligarchs, this is what we’d sail away on once the coasts are under water and the poor are eating the rich.   Hit up Nils for more details about the G90 or to arrange a (carefully pre-qualified) test sail.

 

March 24th, 2017 by admin

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For generations, families have gone into the woods to dig up time capsules. Relics of the past, to see how things were done way back when. For anyone who dug up an old Club 420, they were able to take it straight to the racecourse and give it the whip.

So many of us wonder why our kids are racing the same boats we buried in the backyard years ago, which is why it’s so encouraging to see some brilliant moves by Class leaders that have allowed the Club 420 to hit a sharp upswing in popularity.  Series scoring, smart championship and event venue choices, and creative work in partnership with builders Sturgis, Zim, and LP continue to add value to one of the foundations of youth sailing in America.

Managing a one-design class is a difficult balance between honoring history and keeping up with the times, and improvements can be painful in the short term even while they make the boat better, newer, and more exciting again. We’ve seen it with the E-Scow, Laser, Sunfish, Thistle, J24, and Melges 24, among others, and over this past winter season, the Club 420 has seen a unique and successful effort by the Builders and the Class, working together, to modernize the gear while adding a bit to the safety and ease of use.

The changes may be minor, but for 420 sailors, they give us some new gear to geek out on. There’s a new spinnaker cut to make the reaches more fun, plus a new rig package from Seldén which offers a lighter boom, plus updates the mast to replace the high-maintenance items with smarter and stronger parts.  Now the kiddos can even fly around the course with the same boom their Team USA heroes Stu and Dave took to Rio in the 470; if you’ve got young ones- the new gear is available from each of the class Builders. (Sturgis, Zim & LP).  Click the photo above or go here for a closer look at the new boom with Club 420 ExecDir John Vandemoer.

It shouldn’t be understated how important the C420 class is for the future of Sailing, and we’re all lucky for the current board of innovators and lifelong class stalwarts, so if you see one of them at the bar or in the boat park, buy ‘em a round and see if there’s an event in your area you can help out with next year! You may leave the weekend with new inspiration from Youth Sailing.

For a discussion about Selden and the growth of youth sailing in the USA, check last month’s Sailing Anarchy Podcast with Tim Fitzgerald, and keep an eye on Selden Mast Facebook page for more innovations over the coming months.

 

March 24th, 2017 by admin

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After a complicated 2016, Gunboat is back with a vengeance, and they open up 2017 with a Caribbean get-together of Gunboats that includes a head-to-head war between two of the most turboed luxury cats ever splashed!

In the above video you’ll see the beastly and beautiful Extreme H2O, the queen of West Coast Gunboats and the fastest multihull in the Transpac.  The last (and by far, the quickest) of the Gunboat 66 line, the burgundy and green mile muncher is transiting Panama tomorrow from Pacific enroute St. Maarten for some relaxing sailing and prepping at the Heineken before the battle of the BVI begins.

Double Melges 32 World Champion Jason Carroll’s all-conquering Gunboat 62 Elvis easily owns the East Coast Champ title in Gunboat land, and has put a similar amount of hot rod performance into his now-teenaged silver G62.  Carroll’s well-oiled multiple world champ, moth, and sportboat crew knows the BVIs like the back of their hands, and they’ll be looking to represent the land of Tom Brady against the interlopers from the Republic of California.

It all goes down at the BVI Spring Regatta at the end of March, where Elvis and Extreme will join the turbo 60’s Flow and Arethusa as well as Momentum and a couple of TBAs for the biggest Gunboat fleet of the season.  Extreme will hope that her extensive modifications and the racing knowledge of VPLP principals Vincent and Xavier as well as a few Gunboat ringers will give her the edge…

Extreme is now for sale, so if you’re looking for one of the fastest and sexiest cruising boats ever assembled, and you’re the kind of owner that appreciates a boat whose kinks have been worked out in excruciating details, let Nils at Gunboat know so you can schedule a closer look.

If you’re puzzled by the title of this piece, get some gangsta in ya.

February 10th, 2017 by admin

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We’re not sure just what the recipe is for smashing the ultra-high performance fleets like they seem to, but we send a hearty congrats to our carbon-spinning friends at CST Marine on a phenomenal 2016 for the Aussie mast builders.  Learn more about their dinghy development and winning ways here.

1st Moth World Championships
1st Moth European World Championships
1st Contender World Championships
1st Contender Australian Championships
1st I14 Australian Championships
1st 16 Foot Skiff State Championships
2nd 16 Foot Skiff Australian Championships
1st MG Australian Championships
1st NS Australian Championships
1st Sabot Australian Championships
1st F11 Australian Championships

 

February 7th, 2017 by admin

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What do the Vendee Globe champion, the Volvo Ocean Race winner and the solo mono 24 distance record holder all have in common? They all trust one company to keep them warm and dry wherever the hell on the globe they find themselves.

Armel Le Cle’ach and his entire Banque Populaire team stood out amongst the throng in the Vendee start village with their smart and sexy shoreside Musto gear, while Armel showed just how smart he is offshore with a brilliant, textbook race that let him finish some unfinished business.   Congratulations to both Armel and Alex and to Musto – pwning offshore for generations. Learn more at Musto’s site.

January 20th, 2017 by admin

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