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Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 8.00.11 AMOur friends at West Marine have joined up with Nobeltec to give away a brand new iPad loaded with charts to celebrate their excellent nav data going mobile with the new TimeZero App for IOS.  We’ll have  full review of the app for you as soon as the ice melts, but if you want a chance to win a jewel of a device with some useful tools, get over to Facebook and fill out a quick form right here.

 

February 7th, 2014 by admin

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barnesSTIRIf, like many of us, you’ve just about HAD IT with this insane winter weather, now’s about the perfect time to register for the St. Thomas International Regatta and save $150 off the entry fee if you sign up by this Friday the 31st.  You’ll be in good company regardless of what you race; the big boat IRC class is looking ultra-competitive with Highland Fling XII, Tonerre, Scarlet Runner fresh across from Cape Town via Rio and loads more, while the STIR always gets awesome turnout from the diverse cruiser/racer crowd racing CSA.  Add in the triple threat of Melges 32s from Puerto Rico, a great beach cat class, and the big IC-24 fleet and you’ve got a recipe for success in the 41st year of the “easy button” for Caribbean racing. “St. Thomas has the best combination of high quality race administration, great competition, and affordability, and the STYC is an awesome atmosphere whether you’re with the family or the party animals,” says Melges 32 owner/driver Jaime Torres. For more information, visit www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com. Or, follow for the latest information on Facebook www.facebook.com/rolexregatta, Instagram #IRRSTYC and Twitter @IRRSTYC.  Dean Barnes photo.

January 29th, 2014 by admin

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The 41st St. THOMAS INTERNATIONAL REGATTA is set to once again provide some of the best racing in the Caribbean, with warm water, hot racing action, and most importantly – a truly EASY regatta to come and sail. Based out of the legendary STYC inside Cowpet Bay, there are tons of apartments, condos, and hotels within walking distance or a short drive away, and rental cars are cheap and easy to pick up when you fly into the airport – which is an easy hop from Miami or dozens of other direct US cities. If you’ve done the logistics for St. Barths, St. Maarten, or even the BVI you know it can be a challenge to get everything sorted out on time and on budget, but not in St. Thomas; it’s just easier here!

With a strong big boat lineup planned and consistently awesome racing for beach cats, IC24s, and cruiser/racers in the 30-45 foot range on CSA handicap, we’ve also got big boat legends like the Kerr 46 Tonnerre De Breskins 3 on the list as well as already three TP52s: Highland Fling of Monac0, Near Miss from SUI/FRA, and the Aussie Scarlet Runner, currently racing over from Cape Town. Get your 52 or other IRC weapon on the list right away and take advantage of some of the best race courses anywhere in the world; we’ve got flat water and swells, the awesome Pillsbury Sound between St. John and the West End, the exciting race to Charlotte Amalie, and more ’round the rocks’ action; everything a real racer wants from their Caribbean fling.

Want to have some REAL FUN with your J/70? Ship it down from Florida with the special deal arranged by Kestrel Shipping, with a simple roll-on/roll-off from Palm Beach to Roadtown in the BVIs. Bring her over for the action in St. Thomas and then back for the BVI Spring Regatta; warm water and big breeze is what these things are made for! Contact Steven at Kestrel or Chris at Island Shipping for more info.

 

January 7th, 2014 by admin

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Rob Doolittle and Bob Hodges took the second ever VX-One North American Championship last weekend in a 21-boat fleet out of Rush Creek YC in Texas.  Full results here, full story here, and a couple of nice photo galleries (and the above shot) from Rush Creek YV here.

The super light, super quick VX-One continues to please, growing especially well on the Gulf Coast…check ‘em out here.

November 11th, 2013 by admin

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Doyle Sails continues to crush it down in the deep South, with Stratis-powered boats taking overall line honors, overall handicap, and taking the line in 4 of 6 classes in last month’s NZ Coastal Classic.  We’ve got two reports for you; one from Simon Kidd aboard overall handicap winner Omega, and one from Moose on the Team Australia trimaran.  Awards irony:  The brand new North Sails trophy for top monohull on handicap went to Omega and her brand new set of upwind Doyle Stratis ICE sails.  Full list of Doyle-powered results and photos are here, and Adam Sandler fans everywhere should get the title reference.

Omega Men

It was always going to be a great race for Omega upwind, with pressure and the breeze backing later in the day. We started well ahead of the starting gun with preparation on the boat, which is half the battle, dropping the rudder to service the bearing and undertaking several other small maintenance jobs. For the sail inventory we added a new Stratis ICE Code 2 headsail, which we carried from North Head up the coast, and also a new Stratis carbon technora mainsail.

With a large fleet off the line there was some urgency to set the Doyle A3 laminated gennaker and we made a nice jump on the other 40′s down to North Head. We had a good run up to Sail Rock with a long port tack and couple of short starboard tacks. Just after Sail Rock a squall came through and we ended up bareheaded for a couple of minutes before settling back into a slightly cracked jib top and then into the Code 0 which carried us through to the Cape Brett. The 40 fleet was locked together with MojoPower PlayPretty Boy Floyd and Lawless all metres apart as we cleared the Brett.

Omega was in her element with an 150% overlapping headsail we laid pretty much through to the Black Rocks, having taken advantage of the incoming tide and then a long starboard tack through to Tapeka Point. A short tack and we laid up to the finish just as the breeze started to die, with the tide changing as we finished. Skipper and owner Scott McLaren was delighted with the result and very complementary of both the crew and also the Doyle sails that powered Omega to her win.

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It’s a long time since someone brought a boat all the way from Australia for the Coastal Classic and so when owner Sean Langman and his team made noises about bringing their very cool ORMA Trimaran Team Australia over for the 2013 event it was pretty exciting news. Team Australia is, like local boat Team Vodafone, an ex-French ORMA Class box rule  boat, maximum length, maximum beam, maximum mast length and that’s about it… they were developed for a combination of round the buoy Grand Prix events and single and double handed Trans-Atlantic racing. Until the creation of the AC 72 they were the most developed large multihull in the world.

Team Australia started their 2013/4 campaign by setting a new bench mark for the Trans-Tasman sailing record, crossing from Sydney to Auckland in 2 days 19 hours 2 mins 45 seconds. Their new record, now ratified by the World Speed Sailing Association, has set the bar very high for others to try and have a crack at. Once in Auckland, with the crew recovered from their Tasman ordeal, we set about getting her ready for the Coastal Classic. This entailed the guys removing all the offshore equipment and most excitingly the fitting of three new Doyle sails to compliment the new mainsail we fitted late last year prior to their successful Sydney-Hobart record run. Ahead of the Coastal Classic, Team Australia got a new Radial Stratis gennaker, and replaced both the primary headsails, the “solent” and “trinquette.” These new sails were utilising our very latest technology, with both the jibs being Stratis carbon ICE. All the sails went straight on and fitted like gloves and were “sweet as,” to use the words of one of the crew.

Race day came around and I think I was the most excited person in Auckland, with the prospect of an upwind beat to Russell, knowing we had two brand new jibs in our arsenal. The start went well, with Sean’s years of skiff sailing paying good dividends. We won the race to North Head but soon after Team Vodafone got through us by just carrying bigger sails. Team Australia is less powerful then Vodafone and so we decided to go with the smaller Trinquette jib. During the reach to Kawau Island we struggled to hang on to them as their added power let them slip away. Around Kawau we cut the corner on them and were right back into it… we then exchanged a couple of tacks and with the wind forecast to go left, we protected that side and were starting to pay good dividends. Just as we were about to tack and clear ahead the $10 lashing that held  the Solent Jib up snapped and we had the jib fall on the deck. There is no halyard for this sail, it gets hoisted on a Gennaker halyard and then lashed, so we had to change down to the Trinquette and set about to catch them up. Whangarei Heads was always going to be an interesting landmark to get past in a Westerly breeze. We saw Vodafone go wide and so hit the beach. This paid off big time and while they were struggling offshore in light winds and headed breeze, we were smoking down the beach. From the time we got past them through to when we finally rounded Cape Brett I believe we were just quicker, as we reasonably quickly extended our lead out to nearly 40 minutes from there it was a blasting reach into the finish..

All in all it was a very satisfying win for Team Australia, we certainly had had our share of obstacles along the way! A big thanks to Sean and the Team Australia team for putting their faith in Doyle Stratis sails to power their amazing boat, and thanks also to our team for delivering. Let’s hope Sean can bring the boat back next year to have  a crack at defending our title!

Video here.

November 4th, 2013 by admin

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Our performance-loving friends over at Velocitek have spent the last couple of years designing and building the perfect tactical compass, and today, they introduce it to the world!

The new Shift uses a nine-axis solid-state sensor to provide buttery smooth compass headings regardless of conditions, while the port/starboard reference angle buttons and indicators are huge, intuitive, and extremely easy to use.  Instead of doing mental gymnastics or waiting for your existing compass to stop bouncing around so you can see if you’re lifted or headed, the Shift tells you what you need to know quickly, accurately, and reliably, taking the guesswork out of your tactics on the course.

Hit the thread and ask the inventors yourself if you have any questions.

 

October 29th, 2013 by admin

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He may not be having the regatta he wanted or expected here in Hawaii, but Red Bull Youth AC winner and 49er World Champ Pete Burling still had enough speed to win yesterday’s Velocitek “Dash For Cash” for a cool grand.  25 knots of boatspeed in 11 knots of breeze on an 11-foot long singlehander?  That’s fast.

Hear how he did it here, and stay tuned next week for the big announcement you’ve all been waiting for from one of Sailing Anarchy’s most loyal longtime supporters, Velocitek.  Photo thanks to Gretta Kruesi/www.grettakruesi.com.

October 18th, 2013 by admin

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This week it’s the Viper 640 North Americans at Houston Yacht Club. Texans believe that two Vipers are better than one, Babe.

Two Melges 32 owners tied for first after the second day. Two leaders are better than one, Babe.

Jason Carroll driving his Viper 640 Argo with crew Chad Corning and Danny Pletsch is tied with Malcolm Geftner’s Celeritas with Willem Van Waay and Victor Diaz Deleon. Both teams are fresh from the Melges 32 worlds where Jason was crowned Champ; the Viper program is a tiny fraction of the cost of a Melges 32 program but it continues to attract some of the best sportboat sailors on the planet as both a great cross trainer for big boat owners and double the pleasure for half the cost for everyday one design sailors. In third,  Jay Gollison with Ched Proctor and Steve Flam are only two points behind the leaders, and they are closely chased by Luke Lawrence in Arethusa, Kevin Taugher in Hot Mess and Brad Boston in Jackpot. It’s a field laden with talent and Anarchists.

Oh and for those Vipers that couldn’t make it to Houston this year, there are another 30+ Vipers registered at the HPDO this weekend! Two Regattas are Better than One, Babe.

Title Credit from a song so old that we can’t even find it online, and huge kudos to the Houston Viper fleet for creating this great cover shot at the HYC parking lot, and to KO Sailing for an incredible Texas Open Pit BBQ!

 

October 11th, 2013 by admin

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Nearly 50 teams participated in the inaugural Star Winter Series (SWS) Presented by EFG International  last year, won by Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins.  The Miami-based series was such a success that both its Event Director and Presenting Sponsor are back, with more excitement and more action planned for the 2013-14 season.  Let’s take it over to that Director, our old Anarchist friend Stu Hebb.

“After wallowing around in ultra-light air at the San Diego Worlds, every Star sailor I know is pumped up for the amazing conditions we get in Biscayne Bay, week in and week out,” said Hebb. “Over the five events of last years SWS – 12 days of racing – we lost just half of one morning to light air, with the rest being perfection; 8 knots to 18 knots, 75-85 degrees; any questions?  Anyone with a Star, or thinking about getting a Star, we’ve made the decision really easy for you:  Get your boat down here before the first event in November and you’ll have the time of your life.”

Hebb says interest in the 2013-14 Series has surprised even him, with multiple teams from California and New England making their way to Coconut Grove next month to join the already-established fleet, as well as committed entries from Germany, Brazil, and several other nations.  As everyone is rediscovering, Miami has become the new “place to be” for winter sailing in this hemisphere.  Here’s the schedule:  Get registered!  Meredith Block photo.

 

October 8th, 2013 by admin

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26 boats are on the line in Macatawa, Michigan for the US Nationals as the Melges 20 Class begins the build toward their first-ever World Championship this December in the Florida Keys.  The world’s top sailors dot some boats while low-key family programs fill others; a nice mix for a sexy boat that’s now an International Class at a club that looks more Lake Garda than Lake Michigan for this well-branded Audi event.

Mer, Clean, and Petey are bringing their ‘lite’ OTWA program to the Melges 20 Facebook page; They’ll have photos, videos, and written updates, and a live-streaming program including tonight’s Opening Ceremony, an hour-long  ’chalk talk’ with M20 owners, crew, and pros on Friday, and Sunday’s awards.  Like the FB page for the most frequent updates; if all you want is live video, follow the Melges 20 Ustream page here.  Meredith Block photo.

August 22nd, 2013 by admin

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Len Siegal’s Lucky Dubie is the world’s best-named J/boat since Smokin’ J was snuffed out years ago, and the longtime Chicago J/sailor tops the leaderboard at the first-ever major J/111 championship worldwide; their North American Championship.  14 boats from as far as Oregon, Florida, and Massachusetts is a solid turnout for a boat that toes the line between Grand Prix and amateur; just one pro is allowed aboard each of the light-but-not-extreme, quick-but-not-extreme J/111.

That’s the good news.  The bad news?  Chicago in the summer might be better for fishing than it is for sailing, at least this week! J/fans can check it out live with full OTWA/Facebook video/interview/photo/updates coverage right here.  Meredith Block photo, event gallery here.  Big thanks to Skyway Yacht Works for the gin palace and Whaler that we’re working from…check ‘em out.

 

August 16th, 2013 by admin

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Doyle’s new ICE fibers may be the worst kept secret in sailmaking over the past couple of years; it’s been helping grand prix racers like Secret Men’s Business, Hugo Boss, and the Team Korea AC45 perform for some time now.  Mike Sanderson tells us it’s incredibly light and stable for a given strength and extremely durable, handling the  flexing and bending those neatly flaked and bricked sails take with very little loss of strength, if any.

The long-awaited official launch of the new ICE happened yesterday, so hit up your local Doyle dealer for their advice on the newest badass molecule, and check here for more info on the science.

August 14th, 2013 by admin

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With the competitiveness of San Francisco’s AC matches a resounding joke for the moment (and possibly for the rest of the summer), it’s good to know there will be some extremely close and exciting match racing in front of tens or hundreds of thousands of spectators in a U.S. venue in just a week and change. We are of course talking about the Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup, the only World Match Race Tour event in North America. It all happens at the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier in conjunction with the massively attended Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge, and OA Chicago Match Race Center’s sexy and sport Tom 28s should not only provide great fun for fans of sailing, but for the random landlubbers as well.

Beginning on the 7th of August we’ll have the live TV for you right here on the front page (with some possible surprise announcers), but we also have a special treat for our Anarchists right NOW: Tons of CMRC, WMRT, and Line Honors swag to give away over the next week as we countdown the days til the start of what may end up as the most exciting match racing in the US this summer!

Our friends at Chicago Match Race Center are giving away:

-Tickets to the Windy City Lounge,
-Chicago Match Cup t-shirts,
-World Match Racing Tour hats and t’s,
-Line Honors hats, belts, and dopp kits,
-CMRC Swag Bags

Winning is as easy as ‘liking’ the CMRC Facebook Page and checking in each morning after 10 AM CST starting tomorrow (this Tuesday) for the “Countdown To The Cup Question Of The Day”. CMRC staff will post a caption contest, trivia, or some other entertaining question about the Chicago Match Cup, and they will pick the winners from the best answers the following morning. With a week to go, there’s dozens of prizes ready to ship; get over to their page now and start clicking.

July 29th, 2013 by admin

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If you’re in the Chicago area on Sunday, head over to the Belmont Harbor breakwater to check out the CMRC’s US Sailing National Women’s Match Racing Championship.  Here’s a preview:

One of the premier match racing venues in the world will host the 2013 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship. The Chicago Match Race Center will welcome this US Sailing National Championship with the first of three days of racing scheduled to begin Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16.

Eight teams will compete on Lake Michigan’s Belmont Harbor in the Tom 28 to decide who will raise the prestigious Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy. The field includes a diverse array of talent, ranging from Olympic and America’s Cup veterans to up-and-coming new names fresh off the U.S. intercollegiate circuits. There are high stakes on the line this week in Chicago as the winning skipper will earn the right to race in key match racing events in 2013, including the U.S. Match Racing Championship this September in Sheboygan, Wis. and the Women’s International Match Race Series event this July in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Returning to compete again this year is Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.) who crewed for winning skipper Genny Tulloch in last year’s championship in San Francisco. Roble also won the 2012 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Boston Yacht Club, as crew for Taylor Canfield. She is ranked 5th in the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Rankings. Roble was a two-time All-American from Old Dominion. Roble’s crew includes Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), Lindsey Duda (Chicago, Ill.), Martha Pitt (Chicago, Ill.), and Janel Zarkowsky (Washington, D.C.). Shea was also a crew with Roble for last year’s championship team. Roble and Shea have been campaigning together this year on the Women’s International Match Racing Series, the first-ever professional prize-money series of match racing events for women, getting third place in the first stage held last month in France.

Jennifer Wilson (Chicago, Ill.) will skipper a Tom 28 this week with crew Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.). Wilson crewed for Roble in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, where they finished fourth. Barkow, a 2008 Olympian and two-time winner of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, is seeking her first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship title as crew. She won this championship as skipper in 2011, 2005 and 2000. Barkow is ranked 2nd in the U.S. and 10th in the world. Wilson is an experienced Tom 28 sailor, having raced in CMRC events over the past five years. Her crew also includes Katherine Pettibone (Sacramento, Calif.), Krista Paxton (Royal Oak, Mich.), and Sandi Svoboda (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.). Pettibone is an America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran.

Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.), a three-time Rolex Women’s Match Racing Champion (2008, 2006, 2004), is in pursuit of her first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship title. Her crew this week includes Cindy Olsen (Scituate, Mass.), Martha Parker (Newport, R.I.), Marcy Lake (Brewerton, N.Y.), and Lynn Kotwicki (Royal Oak, Mich.).

The roster of teams includes new talent that may challenge these veterans. Madeline Gill (Norwalk, Conn.), who has been recently very active at the Oakcliff Sailing Center and training hard with her team for this event. Her crew includes Ivy Binns (San Francisco, Calif.), Sarah Ragle (Breckenridge, Colo.), Ann Schwagerl (Syosset, N.Y.), and Liz Hjorth (Marina Del Rey, Calif.).

Another new talent still competing in the intercollegiate scene comes from the Old Dominion University sailing team. Rachel Austin (Clinton, Ohio) will have America’s Cup veteran Suzy Leech (Jamestown, R.I.) as her crew, as well as Laura Muma (Clermont, Fla.), Sarah Renz (Chicago, Ill.), and Lindsey Gates (Cedar Springs, Mich.).

Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) raced in last year’s USWMRC in San Francisco, and comes to Chicago this year with her team of Chanel Miller (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Megan Six (Fontana, Wis.), Amanda Baker (Grosse Ile, Mich.), and Molly Forbes (Madison, Wis.).

The remaining two teams hail from the West Coast. Shala Lawrence (San Diego, Calif.) as is her team of Julie Mitchell (San Diego, Calif.), Summer Greene, Tracy Nackel (Encinitas, Calif.), and Julie Servais (Scituate, Mass.).

Katie Maxim (Napa, Calif.) is trading her umpire whistle for the tiller at this event, her first USWMRC, where she has some fellow Bay Area sailors on her team: Stephanie Wondolleck (San Rafael, Calif.), Janice Wondolleck (San Rafael, Calif.), Kerry Sullivan (Roslindale, Mass.), and Vicki Sodaro (Tiburon, Calif.).

The intended racing format includes four stages, beginning with double round robins followed by a round robin to determine places 5-8, a semi-final knockout series for places 1-4, a petit final for places 3 and 4, and a final knockout series for places 1 and 2. Races will be conducted by PRO Darcy Cook and her race committee team, while the umpire team will be led by Umpire Kathy Lindgren.

Racing will occur outside Belmont Harbor in front of the break wall, an ideal viewing location for spectators with bleacher-style seating. The intended course is Windward/Leeward twice around with a downwind finish and possible leeward gates. Racing begins at 1 pm on June 14 and continues at 9 am on June 15 and 16 (start times subject to change).

June 14th, 2013 by admin

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Anyone looking for a sailing success story:  Look no further.

The first J/70 North American Championship opened for registration on Monday, reaching its limit of 90 boats in a single day.  

Say what you like about the newest addition to the sportboat fleet:  It’s on like donkey kong, and here’s where they come from.

 

June 5th, 2013 by admin

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We introduced you to the world’s 5th-ranked match racer last week; now let’s hear what he has to say about his other job; Sailing Director for the Chicago Match Race Center.  Taylor has plenty to say about his program; we were pleasantly surprised to learn that perhaps the most intimidating form of sailing has had the barriers to entry stripped right away at CMRC; for just $650 for the entire season ($950 for skippers), you can spend two to three days a week learning to race at an extremely high level.  We’re headed over for our first look at CMRC in person for their Spring Invitational this weekend; come over to Belmont harbor to check out the fleet and say hello.

Edit:  Taylor’s US-One Sailing Team had a nice first day at Match Race Germany; here’s their video update.

May 16th, 2013 by admin

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When Chicago Match Race Center was founded by Farr 40/Melges 24 owner/skipper Don Wilson about four years ago, we were pretty sure it would go the way of most of these vanity yachting projects; in other words, a bunch of pros and hangers-on would make a ton of money for a few years until the checkbook got tired of emptying itself, and then it would all disappear.

So it’s been a pleasant surprise and a credit to Wilson’s perseverence to see CMRC not only still alive, but thriving in America’s second-largest metropolitan area.  Led by Sailing Director Taylor Canfield and administered by Tod Reynolds and a team of very clever sailing professionals, CMRC has rapidly become ‘match race central’ in the Western hemisphere.  With a schedule including the spectator-friendly Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup – the only US stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour – and literally dozens of events right on Chicago’s waterfront, CMRC really is unique, and it’s got a bright future ahead – especially with local media and Comcast buying into the concept – hard.

We’ll be spending quite a bit of time in the Windy City this summer to see how this phenomenon has continued to develop, and to find out how CMRC has managed to attract spectators, new members, and the media to monohull match racing; something that might become a lot more relevant with recent events in the multihull version of the discipline.

In the meantime, the best way to understand the young, vibrant attitude that’s allowed CMRC to prosper is to meet the young, vibrant racer behind that attitude. He’s St. Thomas native Taylor Canfield, and with his positive attitude and two shocking wins (in just three tries) on the WMRT last year, he’s helped to ignite the match race fire in countless young sailors around the world (and his hometown just won the High School Nationals last weekend in Chicago to boot).  So here’s ten minutes with Taylor on what it means to become the 5th-ranked match racer on the planet, on how he manages his career while cavorting around the planet racing with his US-One Sailing Team, how to split up prize money, and whether the America’s Cup belongs in multihulls.

Look for Part Two on Wednesday, when Taylor will explain just what the CMRC is all about.  You can also follow Taylor and US-One’s progress at the first WMRT event – Match Race Germany – starting on Wednesday.

 

May 13th, 2013 by admin

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The first video from our recent New Zealand trip is finally off the virtual cutting room floor, and this one is a gem; 37 minutes with two of the world’s top Kiwi sailors, talking shit about the thin bits of fabric and plastic that make us go.

Doyle New Zealand principal sail designer Richard “Buzzard” Bouzaid and partner Mike “Moose” Sanderson sit down with Clean to talk about the fast-moving face of sailmaking and design, what’s real and what’s hype in the marketing-heavy sector, what it takes to build Superyacht sails, whether we’ll see Mike in the next Volvo, and much, much more for anyone who just can’t get enough information about sails.  Enjoy!

April 18th, 2013 by admin

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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 christian@performanceyachtcharter.com.

 

March 8th, 2013 by admin

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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

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