Archive for the ‘Big Pimpin’’ Category
Winter sucks, doesn’t it? How about finishing yours off with a Caribbean bang in a well-prepped, winning racer-cruiser? Well don’t wait around – we’ve got something special for you and it’s coming up March 21-24th…
Christian and Lucy at Performance Yacht Charters have the best reputation in the Caribbean at delivering an awesome race experience to charterers from anywhere in the world. Last week they added the Smile and Wave to their stable, renaming her Southern Child to complement their well-known, perennial winner Northern Child. You might remember SnW from last year, when she took all podium finishes at the major Caribbean events; two 1sts, two 2nds, and two 3rds, and the bulb-keeled Beneteau First 40 is perhaps the most race-ready in the world: Full North inventory including 3DI main and jibs, both sprit and pole with massive A-sail and lightly used kites, and everything else you need to scrape up the competition at the St. Thomas Rolex.
Just two weeks are left before the Rolex, and they’re ready to make a deal to get you racing at one of the Caribbean’s best regattas, and a breeze to get to from the US or Canada; Get your ass in gear and reach out to Lucy and Christian via their Performance Yacht Charter website for either the whole boat or individual and affordable week-long race berths. Hit them on the phone at +44 7795 955702 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 8th, 2013 by admin
Our pals at Doyle NZ check in with some of the sail tech behind Sean Langman’s Team Australia trimaran, which set a Sydney to Hobart record last week.
Having made the decision to try for the Sydney-Hobart record with his impressive Orma 60 Trimaran, Sean Langman approached Mike Sanderson at Doyle Sails to discuss the possibility of working with them on a new STRATIS offshore main. The sail had to be light, incredibly stable to endure the high loads, but also very rugged due to the rigours of offshore sailing. This would be the first time that Doyle had supplied sails to the yacht, and was an exciting new relationship. Time was short and so Team Australia and the Doyle Sails design team, led by Richard Bouzaid, worked tirelessly on every small detail to make sure that the sail was perfect for the attempt.
It was a great prospect for Doyle to be involved with and they worked with Sean and supported him on the resource side of the challenge. The result achieved was a fantastic outcome. “It was a really good effort by Sean and his team,” said Chris McMaster, MD of Doyle Sails NZ. “Sean has a lot of experience along that coastline and this, combined with the right boat, sails and crew, really paid off.” McMaster flew to Sydney before the passage to help set up the mainsail on the boat, just two days before they departed.
Sails designer Richard Bouzaid had this to say about the project. “We put in a lot of engineering study on how heavy the main should be and what was required for the loads on the boat. We ran a full FEA of the structure and found that our loads in certain areas to be particularly high. We set the fibre orientation to ensure there was no distortion as these sails go through quite a big twist variation,” said Bouzaid. “The sail has our standard GPx carbon compression structure which adds substantial stability to the membrane. The end result was an incredibly smooth and stable sail that remained that way throughout all the reefing scenarios and tests that racing challenges like this present.” Bouzaid concluded by saying, “ The sail performed as the modelling showed that it would, which is what we would expect these days.”
Full of praise for the STRATIS main, Sean Langman said: “Without doubt the new Doyle STRATIS offshore mainsail provided to Team Australia was key to our success. The new main was bent on three days prior to our team’s assault on the Sydney Hobart world mark. The main fitted beautifully and performed straight out of the bag. I am looking forward to further adding STRATIS to our wardrobe.”
March 1st, 2013 by admin
Another year, another countdown to America’s funnest overall regatta, and we welcome back Charleston Race Week to the SA family. With the rebounding Melges 24, the exploding J/70, the exciting HPR class, and continually growing big boat racing of all levels, it’s hard to beat Charleston in April. Here are a couple of words from our pal Randy Draftz, the wizard moving the handles around for the event.
“You’ve still got a couple of days to save $50 on your registration to America’s biggest regatta (and the biggest beach party in sailing), but you have to ACT FAST! After January 31, the Early Discount expires, so register now. Inshore courses are expected to reach capacity early, so late entries may be excluded in the larger inshore one-design classes. As of January 28, there are already 29 J/70s registered. And remember; only entries that are fully paid are considered registered. You can check out exactly who’s already signed up here, and the link to register is right here. Crew Board is here.”
January 29th, 2013 by admin
Our friends at Crowley’s Yacht Yard are big players on the Strictly Sail stage. Here’s what they are up to.
Crowley’s manages and staffs some of the biggest booths at the show including SLAM, Henri Lloyd, Lewmar and Sperry. The main Crowley’s booth is back, the Close-Out booth is bigger than ever, both are full of great stuff from Spinlock, Mustang Survival, Gill, Adidas, Henry Lloyd, North Face, SLAM, and much, much more. Stop by for the best deal of the year on anything you need.
At the yard, we’re busier than ever, and we just finished a complicated but exciting turbo project on a SC52. The rig shop is going through the 200+ rigs that came into the shop in the fall, inspecting, tweaking and tuning. The gear heads in the Mechanical Shop are rebuilding engines. The store is getting a face lift, bringing in a bigger part of the Gill line, and creating a new service counter to answer all of the boating questions you can think of. The Fiberglass Shop is stripping decks, repainting topsides, and applying both race and cruiser bottom jobs. Our systems experts are installing new equipment and the yard guys are busy moving boats and just trying to stay warm.
Want to stay up to speed with Crowley’s? Email us at email@example.com to get added to our e-Newsletter list. Oh, and don’t forget to hit up the Winter Anarchy Party at Lizzie McNeill’s at 9pm on Friday the 25th and, if you’re still standing on Saturday, come out to the Pink Pony Party at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station and party like you just got to Mackinac (okay, maybe not quite that hard).
We’re at the following booths:
SLAM booth #341
Henri Lloyd booth #332
Sperry booth #207
Lewmar booth #331
Crowley’s booth #333
Crowley’s Close Out booth #530a
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January 25th, 2013 by admin
Last week, Design Catamaran made a major
investment into the Asian market and signed a distribution agreement with First Marine Ltd; a major boat distributor & broker in Japan. First Marine is a distributor of prestigious brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon Catamarans and Montecarlo Yachts to name a few.
With this agreement, Design Catamaran secured a strong foothold into the Asian market and the Pacific Rim. DC team members were very pleased with this new announcement made by VP of Sale & Distribution André Pilon last Wednesday. The production line is in full operation and delivery of the first unit to Japan is set for April 2013. with others to follow.
Design Catamaran will also be attending the Paris Expo Nautic boat show to hand out promotional brochures and will be available to meet and have discussion with customers. Do not hesitate to contact us to set an appointment during the show.
December 14th, 2012 by admin
Long time West Coast multihull designer Randy Reynolds has modified and redesigned the platform of his award winning Reynolds 33 adding reverse bows, curved beams, 8-degree canted hulls and a new powerful 95% 3-point rig for short-handed sailing – changes he says have been brewing in his mind for years.
“I had always wanted to incorporate these ideas into the R33 design,” said Reynolds. “During the sail trials we were surprised how the canted hulls and curved beams effected performance. The light air performance improved while hitting 20 knots was easy – with just a crew of three!”
Reynolds says the new hull alignment and beam shape make the boat far more efficient than traditional configurations and the XS-35′s boat-speed consistently doubled wind speed, particularly in flat conditions. This first XS-35 was configured with a 44-foot tall mast creating impressive results. Check the video!
The XS 35 also has extended rudders, optional curved foils and like the R33, accommodations for four. The boat can be configured with mast heights and beam widths to meet most any spec, stability and speed desired. The deck layout is designed for short-handed sailing and an optional all carbon construction is being offered which will further enhance the performance of the new XS-35.
December 14th, 2012 by admin
Futurists predict the end of the world in 2012. Border Run organizers are taking no chances. In 2011, the Border Run became the largest point to point race on the West Coast. For 2012, organizers are going all out so sailors can sail and party like it’s their last. So what’s new?
Sponsored by Ullman Sails and outfitted by Pirates Lair, the Border Run has a new date, Saturday, March 10th 2012. Why? Reasons include a full moon, a chance for more wind, a feeder race for the NOOD, a tune up for the Newport to Cabo race and 6 weeks before the N2E so sailors can race both.
To appreciate being ‘alive’, Border Run sailors can experience the largest single-start in the USA. All classes will start at 11 a.m. GPS time on one start line separated into three classes…the 14-mile Sprint course to Dana Point, the 70-mile Short course to San Diego and the 90-mile Long course around the island of Coronado del Norte to San Diego. You don’t want to miss it.
Sign up by December 15th 2011 and save money, get cool stuff and a chance to win a $1,200 SUP by BORD or GoPro video cam. Check website for details.
More News: Dana Point Yacht Club is onboard to finish the Sprint course to Dana Point. The San Diego Trophy party will be at Silver Gate Yacht Club with plenty of parking and catered by Fiddlers Green. Most importantly, Border Run sailors can earn prizes by raising money for three charity. These charities are dedicated to preserving our oceans, promoting the sport of sailing and fighting blood cancers including skin cancer.
The Border Run Team consists of XS Racing, South Shore Yacht Club (the Organizing Authority) and Dana Point Yacht Club. The Border Run is part of the 2012 Ullman Sails Offshore Championship Series. For more details go to www.TheBorderRun.org or call 800-366-8584.
December 14th, 2011 by admin
Our friends at Regatta-Manager have put a sweet deal together for clubs and event organizers, a $1.5 Million Sponsorship Program
Regatta Manager announced a $1.5 million sponsorship package for clubs using their Regatta Manager product for their 2007 season. The funds will be distributed to qualifying clubs in increments of between $5,000 and $15,000 as in kind sponsorship of Regatta manager’s Marine Suite line of products. For details on eligibility, receive more information, or apply for sponsorship please visit here.
Give Boyd at Regatta Manager a yodel and see what he’s got to say about it.
May 3rd, 2007 by admin
You can now replace that gigantic web block at your headboard for your 2:1 halyard system with a block hardly bigger than your standard halyard shackle. Antal Hardware has created a 2:1 halyard block that is CNC cut out of a solid piece of 17-4ph Stainless steel. The result is a tiny block with extremely high working loads. The version used by the Farr 40 class is only about 2 inches long with a 26 mm sheave, has a 3000lb working load, and weighs 3 oz. Less weight aloft. It’s a good thing. Get in touch with Euro Marine Trading for more info.
Have any of you anarchists used these? Jump in the Gear Anarchy forum.
May 2nd, 2007 by admin