As Mr. Clean works on the report of his 8-day trip hanging with the US Sailing Team Sperry, combing through the pollution of Guanabara Bay, and the endless ass parade that are Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, we figured we’d share some information with you that explains why we don’t ask Olympic Athletes whether they ‘feel comfortable’ competing in nasty and dangerous water. Because around half of them would literally choose death in five years if it guaranteed them a medal. From a New York Times piece on doping comes this description of the Goldman Dilemma, and here’s a pertinent study.
There’s a well-known survey in sports, known as the Goldman Dilemma. For it, a researcher, Bob Goldman, began asking elite athletes in the 1980s whether they would take a drug that guaranteed them a gold medal but would also kill them within five years. More than half of the athletes said yes. When he repeated the survey biannually for the next decade, the results were always the same. About half of the athletes were quite ready to take the bargain.
Only recently did researchers get around to asking nonathletes the same question. In results published online in February, 2009 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exactly 2 of the 250 people surveyed in Sydney, Australia, said that they would take a drug that would ensure both success and an early death. “We were surprised,” James Connor, Ph.D., a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and one of the study’s authors, said in an e-mail message. “I expected 10-20 percent yes.” His conclusion, unassailable if inexplicable, is that “elite athletes are different from the general population, especially on desire to win.”
Check back later in the week for Sailing Anarchy’s carefully researched and written onclusion on the water problem. And in the meantime, let’s give new ISAF CEO Peter Sowery some props for at least getting a threat to move the racing on record.
August 24th, 2015
The Little America’s Cup may have lost a lot of its shine, but if you think the world’s most open development class (and the boat that birthed the modern America’s Cup) is done giving lessons to the world’s high-performance thinking, you’re dead wrong. Here’s the latest Anarchist team to send in their update for the upcoming Little Cup. Get to know Team Norgador over here.
On September the 12th, a historical event will take place, and it will provide a unique opportunity to watch genuine flying machines, a cradle for spacecraft technology. Two seasoned sailors are at the helm of this “interceptor aircraft”, and communication, commitment, know how, fortitude, mental endurance – these are the ingredients of our recipe. Share with us these values, so this very project –our project~~, this challenge is lead to success. “You are about to hear the heartbeat of our earth to the tune of wind, water and clouds.”
-Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal, CEO, Team Norgador
August 24th, 2015
Photojournalist Jen Edney continues to make her mark on the yachting world as her skills and network grow, and this is perhaps her most impressive work yet. Here’s Jen’s report as the third crew aboard the Gunboat G4 on her trip from the Caribbean to the Carolinas, and we encourage you to follow Jen via Facebook here.
I am about to take the helm of the Gunboat G4 Timbalero for the first time, and my nerves are getting the best of me. But on a perfect evening with maybe the perfect foiling catamaran watch mate – silky-voiced 2010 and 2013 America’s Cup winner Shannon Falcone – and it’s time for me to give it a go, and to give him a long-deserved break from the helm. The gentle giant gave me the coaxing I needed for my anxiety to clear, and I settled in with the tiller, only for Shannon to smirk and say, “I believe you are the first women in the history of the world to helm a foiler offshore.” I let that sink in a bit. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been ‘world first’ at anything, but I think I like it.
Most of us have a healthy dose of fear, anxiety, and emotions before leaving for an offshore passage. “That feeling pushes me to learn as much as I need to really know about the weather, the boat, and the passage preparations,” said Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone, our skipper for the trip. “Leaving St Maarten and setting sail for North Carolina was an emotional moment; here we are sailing offshore on a direct, open-water route to North Carolina on a boat that many fear,” said Peter, and he was right. A 1300 NM passage in what amounts to an open boat with virtually no creature comforts. None of us could recollect any sort of similar passage in such a high-performance multihull. “More than anything, I was very, very excited,” he said.
Peter’s word for this voyage was ‘glamping’, or glamourous camping, and we struggled to find the ‘glam’ part. “Maybe if the stove or toilet worked,” said Shannon. We were able to graze at will rather than dine, and we had to refresh our bucket etiquette. With the pressure water system one of the casualties of the tip in St. Barts, there were no showers and washing was limited to the bottled water we brought aboard. “The most challenging thing about this trip was doing it without wet wipes,” said Shannon.
We spent the first afternoon cautiously sailing the boat well throttled back, and getting everyone oriented aboard. As the day went on, we all felt much more at ease, and the speeds started to build as we gained confidence in her offshore open water capabilities. By sunset, the G4 was moving along mostly in skim mode, with occasional full flight on her foils.
Tune in tomorrow for the rest of Jen’s G4 delivery story.
August 24th, 2015
First all girl crew into Plymouth after the Fastnet Race was Class 40 Concise 2 owned by Tony Lawson. Girls did a great job in the tricky race. Hopefully more ladies will be seen on the course soon following these ladies foot steps. - Anarchist Pip.
August 23rd, 2015
Yet another article lamenting the untenable water situation in Rio. Note the highlighted paragraph at the bottom. Does anything encapsulate the lies, deception, and arrogance of the “officials” better than this?
Canada’s top sailors are taking extraordinary measures to avoid contamination from the polluted waters of Rio de Janeiro during a test event there this week.”It is a major concern, and we have already seen athletes from other teams getting sick,” national team coach Steve Mitchell told CBC Sports.
“Our daily precautions involve only drinking bottled water; hosing down head, ears, nose and face after sailing, and keeping your mouth shut when in the marina or in the harbour,” Mitchell said.
Members of the Canadian coaching staff are also using hand sanitizer in their boat when handling lines that are in the water when in the harbour. The steps are unusual. But Rio’s pollution has been in the spotlight since an independent five-month analysis by The Associated Press published July 30 showed dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues.
Under growing pressure, Rio state officials are employing stop-gap measures to retrieve floating rubbish from the bay, track detritus from helicopters, and step up bacteria-only monitoring. Local organizers and the International Olympic Committee have rejected moving rowing and sailing to cleaner venues.
August 23rd, 2015
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August 23rd, 2015
The Melges 32 Class rebounds to a 22-boat fleet - deep as hell – for their 2015 Worlds this coming week. Longtime SA’er and pro trimmer Sam Rogers reports from Trapani:
Together with Audi-Tron, Torqeedo and Melges Europe, the 7th Edition of the Melges 32 World Championship welcomes 22 fiercely competitive teams to the heart of the Mediterranean in Trapani, Sicicly. Flanked by an arid backdrop with mountains jutting out from the sea, and crystal blue waters providing an idyllic race course, Trapani truly is a ‘bucket list’ venue and the perfect battlground for the 5th stop on the Audi-Tron Sailing Series, and the highly prestigious Melges 32 World Championship.
Although not the largest Melges 32 World Championship fleet, the 2015 edition is arguably the deepest with a roster boasting the world’s best helmsmen, amateur and professional sailors. With 3 different winners at the previous 4 stops on the 2015 Audi-Tron Series, picking a winner for the worlds is an arduous task. A team from the US could be a popular option as the ‘Stars and Stripes’ have claimed 5 of 6 World titles thus far, but with several crafty, world-class Italian tacticians at home on Mediterranean waters, it is truly anyone’s title to grab.
Looming large on the minds of the fleet is the presence of the current World Champ and first-ever back-to-back Melges 32 title holder Jason Carroll’s ARGO, with Cameron Appleton calling tactics. Securing titles in Porto Rotundo in 2013 and Miami last year, Jason and the Argonauts have returned to Italy with one mission in mind; to become the most dominant Melges 32 team in the history of the class.
Trying to slow down the force from USA are several well seasoned teams including ROBERTISSIMA helmed by Roberto Tomasini Grinover with the wiley Vasco Vascotto on tactics. Claiming the European Championship earlier this season, Robertissimo is looking to create triple crown of its own by securing the Audi-Tron Series title, and the prestigous World title all in the same calendar year.
Taking 2nd place in the 2014 Worlds, The colorful characters on TORPYONE skippered by Lorenzo Lupi with tactician and 2010 World Champ Lorenzo Bressani, won Act 2 of the Audi-Tron Sailing Series in a tight battle in Portovenere, and is looking to dance their way back on the podium in Trapani.
STIG helmed by Alessandro Rombelli comes in hot with two victories in four stages of Audi tron Sailing Series, overtaking current World-Champs Argo in Act 4 to grab the title in the final race. The ultimate weapon for STIG is the name of his tactician, the crafty Sicilian Francesco Bruni that has the capabilities to unlock the secrets of Trapani moreso than any other tactician.
The list of contenders continues and includes the reigning champion of the Audi-Tron Sailing Series 2014, the Russian team of Synergy GT of Valentin Zavadnikov with Andy Horton as tactician. From Sweden comes the challenge of INGA FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson with Michael Buckley on tactics. And from the small Island of Bermuda, Hedgehog helmed by Alec Cutler with current Melges 24 World Champ Chris Rast on tactics relies on years of Melges 32 experience to boost its World Title hopes.
Looking to bring back another World title to North America, USA fleet has a few bullets in the chamber both hailing from the same extended family; VOLPE by Ryan Devos with tactician Mark Mendleblatt and DELTA helmed by Dalton Devos supported by the legend Jonathan McKee.
Longtime Melges 32 veterans and representing the flag of Japan, YASHA SAMURAI Yuschiro Ischida (tactician Hamish Pepper) and SWING Keisuke Suzuki (Nicolai Sehested) are ready to battle every race and can make a surge at anytime.
Hailing from Turkey and enjoying his first full season in the Melges 32, Turkish entrant Emet Eker continues his steep learning curve and is looking to apply lessons learned earlier this season to his World Championship bid.
Grabbing a 2nd place in Portovenere, G Spot helmed by Giangiacomo Serena Lapigio with Branko Brcin on tactics has a podium finish in their sights. The lone German entry on Wilma helmed by Frist Homann will rely on Italian tactician Nicola Celon to help improve their chances, and rounding out the Russian contingent, Pavel Kuznetsov and his Tavatuay team are always a challenge on the racecourse.
The Italian fleet is clearly the most numerous among the nine nations at the start and is highlighted by BRONTOLO Helly Hansen helmed by Filippo Pacinotti, the veteran of this class since the first world edition 2009. SPIRIT OF NERINA skippered by Andrea Ferrari, MARGHERITA of Roberto Mazzucato, AUDI E-TRON F.lli GIACOMEL by Mauro Mocchegiani, VITAMINA of Andrea La Corte, FRA MARTINA skipper by Edoardo and Vanni Pavesio, LEA helmed by Marco Cali are the other Italian teams lining up to dethrone Argo.
August 22nd, 2015
While there’s still plenty of International Star racing around the globe, the end of the Olympic career for the venerable keelboat means plenty of extra hulls laying about, and up in Hamburg, Germany, they came up with a great re-use for a pretty hull with no mast; it’s now a launch for the local club. Pics courtesy of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Hamburg (NRV). Here’s an even prettier pic from above.
August 22nd, 2015
August 21st, 2015
We get letters…
Every iconic race has an iconic landmark, Fastnet is probably one of the most blockbuster and intriguing races that has been going on in the past several decades. this race does not discriminate small vessels like the Transpac does and it encourages people to test their offshore abilities like no other does.
I find it offensive (being a participant of this race on siren a great 54 foot R/P) that you would criticize the ability of sailors to complete this major milestone. without the small guys braking their necks to complete such a achievement sailing would not be the same. if you want testing winds and people risking their lives on the reg…… you should look more into dinghy sailing and stop criticizing a task that people invest all their money and risk one or more extremities. I am a firm believer in offshore sailing because that is what makes a sailor who is willing to go balls deep without a huge budget.
This Fastnet was my first and may not have been a true Fastnet but I did bond with my crew who I met the day before the start. The amount of wind does not describe a race, the ability of a crew to bond with no wind makes it a sincere and willing crew who is willing to go all out with under 5 knots of wind or over 30. The fact is the Fastnet is a race that promotes HPR sailboats that will and have been changing sailing world.
August 21st, 2015