Archive for the ‘Big Pimpin’’ Category
The Star Sailors League continues on its merry way 180 sailors, 90 teams, 100,000 dollars on the riverfront in Hamburg, Germany. Live, big money, knockout format monohull sailing may be right up your alley. Check it out all week, right here on the front page. Full schedule here.
May 3rd, 2016 by admin
Zika, Roussef’s impeachment, and Brazil’s nasty recession have taken the focus off the putrid condition of the Olympic Sailing Venue in Guanabara Bay, but a team of high level documentarians is hoping to make sure the environmental lessons learned in this debacle of an Olympics will never be forgotten. If you believed any of the ISAF or IOC or Rio2016 bullshit, watch the beautifully produced trailer above to find out the real truth from people who really have something to lose. Here’s a deeper description from our friends at Sailors For The Sea.
We just recently helped raise the funds to send the film crew to finish filming so the documentary can be released before the Olympics. Tomorrow we are launching a crowd-funding campaign to finish production. We could really use the help of the passionate Sailing Anarchy base to get this thing off the ground. With 99 days to the Olympics I don’t think it could be better timing!
When the world descends on Brazil this August for the Olympics, they are going to get more than they bargained for. Shopping carts and couches, offensive odors and a web of plastic pollution blanket the once iconic landscape of Guanabara Bay.
The film will document the origin of waste, from the communities where it is generated, to the streams and major tributaries that carry it into the Bay. We will define the scope of the problem and tell this story from the perspective of community members and activists who desire lasting change, such as Arthur a young sailor featured in the trailer.
We will also document community-level waste collection centers, and other localized solutions that can be scaled, as an example not only of the hope, but also of the real and prosperous future that is possible for the citizens of Rio, who call the Bay their home.
Sound Off Films’ founder Annie Costner has been traveling back and forth to Rio since 2011. Intrigued by the waste issue and determined to tell the locals’ side of the story—which extends beyond the concerns of international athletes competing in this summer’s Olympics—she started asking questions.
- Tags: brazil, environment, guanabara, ISAF, Olympics, Rio, Rio 2016, sailors for the sea, world sailing
April 29th, 2016 by admin
One of the breeziest Charleston Race Weeks in years wraps today, with waves so massive outside the jetties that organizers took the unprecedented step of moving the entire offshore racing fleet under the Ravenel Bridge for some tight windward/leewards in the Wando River. Want to see how it all unfolds? Watch Clean and the team on Facebook, all day.
Here’s a shot and story from the inshore course.
I have been a part of some epic knock-downs, but I think this one had even more special meaning. I was onboard with two amputees and a blind guy that not only recovered from this 90 degree charleston harbor perfect 10, but proceeded to put the spinnaker up again and push to get it right. I can’t tell you how amazing this group of men and women are that committed to sail in Charleston race week with Warrior Sailing Program. Back on the water today for some J22 action and big boat racing!
The Warrior Sailing Program is still seeking last bit of funding to help make their fund-raising goal!
This is the deal: The men and women of Warrior Sailing Program have opportunities to sail onboard USMMA Sailing Foundation vessels. One of the vessels provided this week is Metolius, an 84’ donated vessel. All of the expenses for this opportunity are covered by the Foundation. We need help from the sailing community to make this happen on a consistent basis. While we have been sailing in regattas and having a blast, these men and women have been fighting for our freedom and safety. If everyone takes a minute and donates even $5, it is going to a worthy cause!
Please introduce yourself and come meet the Team! We will be at all of the Charleston Race Week events sporting our awesome new Zhik gear.
-Ben ‘Pooch’ Poucher
April 17th, 2016 by admin
There are a few folks who truly stand out for their thankless, difficult work trying to build a future for this sport we love so much, and Ben Poucher is one of the most noteworthy. He sends us the latest from the WARRIOR SAILING PROGRAM to try to get your support, and to remind everyone that the WSP has nothing to do with the scandalized Wounded Warrior organization - with Ben, your money actually goes to the veterans! If you hate reading, just go and watch this great video about WSP. Thanks to Marco Oquendo for the shot of the program-owned Trebuchet in Havana Harbor.
People who read the SA front page consistently might notice the name Ralf Steitz or USMMA Sailing Foundation on occasion – usually they’re getting some love for their efforts in supporting youth sailing initiatives. But do people ACTUALLY know what they do for sailing? I doubt it. Not only does Ralf continue to support cadets at King’s Point and youth programs like 13Fifty Racing, but he has also committed to making Warrior Sailing Program a sustainable success story. With over 120 graduated wounded veterans through the Basic Training Camps to date, the Warrior Sailing Program is expanding its horizons and challenging its graduates to new sailing adventures! New initiatives for advanced training, offshore sailing opportunities, and able bodied regattas are all on the upcoming schedule. WSP is the lead sailing program in adaptive sailing opportunities for wounded members of the armed services.
So what, exactly, is WSP about? The Warrior Sailing Team is comprised of graduates from the training camps that are ambitious to race at a competitive level. The WS Team will be competing in able-bodied and disabled body events through the spring/summer 2016. The first in a series of inshore training regattas for 2016 is Charleston Race Week. The team’s season will continue with monthly regatta or training events and will culminate this August in Kingston, Ontario for the J22 WORLDS !
In addition to supporting Warriors on the J22 race circle during Charleston Race Week, Ralf and The Sailing Foundation are also offering their newest donated sailing vessel as an awesome platform for pursuit racing during the Charleston eent. The 84 foot ‘Metolius’ will be a sight to see with Warriors taking their new skills aboard from April 14-17. To add another event to the already busy April schedule, The Sailing Foundation is sending Kings Point Cadets along with youth sailors offshore onboard the Foundation Reichel/Pugh 69 Trebuchet in the Palm Beach To Charleston Race April 8th.
The USMMA Sailing Foundation is taking the lead and needs your help to keep these initiatives and opportunities for youth and warriors! Send your support to Warrior Sailing and go to the WARRIOR CAMPAIGN fundraising efforts, or go to the website to see how you can get involved!
If you see us in Charleston, please come introduce yourself! Our top priority is to make the men and women who graduate from WSP camps feel welcome and included in the sailing community. We all owe these warrior sailors a sincere ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifice. Support Warrior Sailing, not other initiatives that don’t directly impact those that need it the most.
-Ben ‘Pooch’ Poucher, Director
Warrior Sailing Program
- Tags: ben poucher, MMA Sailing Foundation, ralf steitz, veterans, warrior sailing program, warrior sailing team
April 3rd, 2016 by admin
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March 28th, 2016 by admin
Dial-downs, slam dunks, lead changes, capsizes, and hot babes on the beach seemingly everywhere? Yeah, we’re cool with the new face of the previously ignored World Match Racing Tour. Will 6-time World Tour Champ Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar boys beat out 2014 M32 Series Scandinavia winner Hans Wallen and his WAR racing team? You’ll have to tune in to Clean and Shawzi on the microphones on finals day from Fremantle to find out.
March 6th, 2016 by admin
One more stop for your Editor at the Dusseldorf boat show today. Here’s a shot the perpetually sweet-looking Esse 7.50.
January 29th, 2016 by admin
People taking advantage of the $50 early-bird discount in January have gotten the 2016 Newport to Ensenada entries off to a strong start. There are a lot of interesting boats and clubs in the mix. The best-known boat is probably Taxi Dancer, an R/P68 rating -84 out of Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The fastest boat entered so far is Aszhou, an R/P63 at -143. The slowest boat is Bon Vivant, a Catalina 30 rated 192.
Notable for all the wrong reasons is Anarchy, a Melges 32 rated 6 (Owner Scot Tempesta is the editor of the notorious SailingAnarchy.com).
PHRF is the largest group, promising some excellent class breaks and close racing. J120s and Fast50s are notable sub-classes. The fastest ORCA multihull entered is Uni, a Seacart 30 trimaranAnchor. Dana Pont Yacht Club leads with the most entries.
There are several clubs, like Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in Ventura, with only a single entry. There are three All Female teams entered, but only one Doublehander. There is a sizable Cruising group. Quite a variety of boats with one thing in common, they will all have a great a great time racing to Ensenada in April. REGISTER.
January 26th, 2016 by admin
With 315 days to go to the first gun, Petey and the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds crew just logged the 100th entry for what many are now expecting to be the biggest M24 Worlds ever. 100 boats on the line would already beat the biggest US-based M24 Worlds in history…three dozen more and they beat even all those huge European-based Worlds.
The 100th entry was no slouch; it was the mysterious man above. Some say his hands, feet, and buttocks are webbed, and that he swims the shallows of the Chesapeake Bay at night looking for his favorite prey; hammerhead sharks. All we know is he’s called the Hutch! (With thanks to Jeremy Clarkson). Number 99 ain’t no slouch either.
And check this out – the insane, >$30,000 (in gear and upgrades) grand prize of the Pimp My Ride contest will be selected in just 6 days at Quantum Key West Race Week, and all you have to do is (1) enter your sub-600 series Melges 24 in Worlds, agree with Terms and Conditions, and PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE. No brainer, right? Oh, by the way, your odds of winning are 1-in-18 right now. Seriously.
Title shout to Drake for what’s also now our regatta anthem.
January 15th, 2016 by admin
We’re seriously stoked to be part of the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds sponsors, and we can’t help but be amazed at the energy level and creativity behind Petey Crawford’s leadership for the first M24 Worlds in years to brave the open ocean. Over 90 boats already registered for an event almost a year away? Are you kidding? Nope – we are not. One of the coolest things to follow about this event will be the very cool Pimp My Ride contest, which ends in just days! Miss this one and you’ll kick yourself. Here’s Petey with more:
Just before Thanksgiving holiday, Miami Yacht Club hosted twenty Melges 24 teams from around the world that travelled to South Beach to compete in the 2016 Worlds Test Event and Act 1 of the newly designed Winter Series. With wind ranging from 8-18 knots and different directions over the 3 days everybody got to experience what Miami will deliver in a year from now at the World Championship.
After 3 great days of racing, Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon were crowned Champions, barely holding off a late charge by Connor Clarke, who lost on countback. Marty “Marty The One-Man Party” Kullman on the historic New Wave team finished a point back to fill out the podium.
As I walked around the boat park and talked with the teams, it became clear that most everyone had a great time racing Melges 24’s in the big water again. Santa Cruz  was the last time these boats got to go surfing, and most everyone was psyched for some new thinking and revisiting old techniques to make the switch from flat water venues. Some of the boys said so
Connor Clarke (IRL 829): Miami conditions are amazing, even in light breeze you can have fantastic fun. This is absolutely the best venue I have sailed in the US in my time with the Melges 24 class”
Gary Schwartling (USA 587): “ Nothing better than sailing out in the ocean swell, ripping along, beautiful stuff. This was my first time in conditions like that and we had a blast.”
George Haynie (USA 687): “We had a ball in the ocean. Our pick-up crew from Ft Lauderdale was 11-year old Opti sailor, Connor Boland, who helped us out a lot.”
“He was our Traveller-Jockey, spinnaker stuffer and pulled sea grass off the rudder while we planed downwind in 18 knots. “He was loving it!”
Federico Valenti - (ITA 841): “We prefer sailing in the ocean and the Melges24 is the best boat for the swell.”
As old man winter is knocking at the door, you may wish to consider the 2 additional opportunities for your Melges 24 team to test the 2016 Worlds Venue. Miami Yacht Club and Travis Weisleder / Lucky Dog Racing are co-hosting a 10 team Training Event Feb. 19-21. Details are here.
After that we roll into Act 3 of the Melges 24 World Winter Series at the Melges 24 Madness Regatta March 17-20. Enter here.
Rich Tobin, Miami Yacht Club past Commodore, told me the entire club is psyched to do something they haven’t tried before. “Next March when we host the Melges 24 Madness Regatta we look forward to showcasing many of the upgrades to the club and venue that we have planned for the Worlds! We are thrilled to be hosting the Melges 24’s for the next few events so we can show you all the hospitality and great racing that makes Miami such a great place to sail.”
BUT FOR NOW, Quantum Key West Race Week (Act 2 of the World Winter Series) is currently in our sights. This also happens to be where we will be announcing the winner of the Pimp My Ride 2016 Worlds Edition. If you haven’t heard about this or haven’t entered yet don’t worry you still have a little time left. Pimp My Ride is a contest available for series 500 or older Melges 24 owners to win over $30,000 in upgrades to make your boat more competitive. Yup, you read that right over $30,000.00 of upgrades. The only other qualification is that you pay your 2016 Worlds Entry fee before January 20th 2016. We will announce the winner on the 21st.
People, this is a serious list of sponsors and upgrades. If you aren’t the lucky winner of tonight’s record Powerball payout, don’t cry, you can still enter this amazing contest and walk away with some serious kit. Your odds will be far better as well!
Check it out for official contest details, and Do Not Miss Out On This Opportunity!
January 9th, 2016 by admin