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The Italian team Tiliaventum on Serenity (1936), 1st and a special team for all on Capriccio during a special week on the sea in a fantastic atmosphere! – Team Tiliaventum.

 

October 16th, 2016

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rootsWith the race heading back into the Southern Ocean, Richard Mason, veteran round-the-world racer and now operations director of the Volvo Ocean Race, talks to Blue Robinson about the evolution of the event, breaking records, getting the real story off the boats… and the smart boat choice for 2020

Seahorse Magazine: Before the last race what were the big reasons for moving from the Volvo 70 over to the 65?

Richard Mason: Money. To be competitive, campaign costs and the cost of boat development were very, very high, which created an arms race, so that really drove the move to the 65. Of course it’s not just the boats – you now have shared economies in the rigging, the sails the equipment onboard, plus maintaining and running all this with a common shore team.

We are really starting to see the impact from that decision, the benefits of Nick Bice setting up the boatyard and of us now supplying everything to the teams.

SH: Was the last race essential to consolidating the event?

Read on.

 

October 16th, 2016

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post-17096-0-66375300-1476471989An epic story of a piece of history’s restoration ends with a splash…with thanks to sleddog;

Last evening, as the sun set into a thick fog, the acerbic and perpetually weird Bill Lee’s iconic ‘Fast is Fun” MERLIN was lowered into the Pacific at Santa Cruz Harbor after an absence of many years in Great Lakes waters.

Bill and crew spent recent months removing the dysfunctional canting keel, daggerboard, hydraulics, and massive internal structure, and installing a new, Alan Andrews designed, torpedo type keel. Bill had a broad smile last evening when he saw MERLIN floating evenly and exactly on her original, 1977, designed lines, indicating a displacement of 25,000 pounds had been met.

MERLIN will compete in next summer’s Transpac, 40 years after breaking the Transpac elapsed time record.

Welcome Home, MERLIN! A re-christening ceremony will be held February 26, all invited. Regarding questions about the paint job, cabin shape, and other refinements, Bill would say MERLIN remains a “work in progress,” with nothing off the table, but jesus, can’t  ya at least paint the god damn thing something other than that? Say, white?

It is worth noting that design hack Leif Beiley is the one who orchestrated the butchery, as noted above, to virtually destroy as much of the originality of Merlin as possible. Y’all remember that tool, don’t ya?

 

October 14th, 2016

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Croatia’s very popular Viška regatta (Split to Vis) saw yet another failed string product on this RC44:  The new Self-Reefing Main!  Here we see the Jugo wind showing how effective it is…Photo credit B. Vukičević with many more here. (note: we originally thought this was a North sail, but apparently not – ed.)

 

October 14th, 2016

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After a very strong Marstrand finale to the inaugural World Match Racing Tour,  our friends in M32 World have been extremely quiet, with no firm announcements for the 2016/17 WMRT season other than a teaser telling us there would indeed be another million on offer for the winner of the series. This week, we found out what they’ve been up to: First, and as you can see by the titillating video above, they’ve gotten International Class status from ISAF and the inaugural M32 World Championship will be sailed on the Devil’s Island immediately after the Tour finale in Marstrand.  While future M32 Worlds will be qualified events, this first year is first-come, first-served, and capped at 25 boats, so get registered now.

Far more importantly, M32 World announced that the Volvo Ocean Race will now feature the M32 cat for Pro-Am and guest racing at 8 of the VOR Stopovers. Each boat will be branded like one of the teams and sailed over the course of the stopover, allowing non-stop sailing action for spectators and VIP/hospitality guests.  Instead of a two days of in-port and pro-am racing, those eight stopovers will now be full of racing action – a move that pleases both VOR, the teams, and the local vendors while increasing the crossover between long time circumnavigators and inshore cat racers.

 

 

October 14th, 2016

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screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-10-20-pmIt must suck to win an Olympic gold medal in your fifties and find out you’re not even ranked in the the top ten in your class!  This screenshot comes from Santiago Lange’s current, official World Sailing Rankings for the Nacra 17 – apparently, the Princess Sofia is worth 100 points, but the Olympics is worth nothing at all.   Unless it’s yet another in the endless parade of World Sailing fuckups?

Title shout to the Chocolate Factory and to the late, great Gene Wilder.

October 14th, 2016

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Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous.  And it costs 7 figures.  And it would be significantly faster with less horsepower if it had some foils.  But if you’re a motorhead as well as a mariner, you gotta give the Glidersport SS some props.  For fuck’s sake, they say you can buy it with 3400 horsepower for a 3.5 second 0-60 time (same as a Ferrari F50) and a top speed over 96 knots, though we’re not so sure we’d like to be aboard what looks a bit like a wing at 100 knots…

Go here to add one to your stable of tenders.  Tip o’ the hat to Billy Backstay for the find.

October 14th, 2016

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che-guevara-smoking-a-cuban-cigarIf you’re entered or have considered one of the races to Cuba this winter, rejoice! In an effort to make it difficult to undo his administration’s US reconciliation with Cuba, President Obama is making big moves to help establish as many business relationships as possible with the island nation.  The first of those new moves was announced today, and it includes UNLIMITED PURCHASE OF CUBAN CIGARS!  That means you can offset some of your cost to race to Havana by loading your boat up with the finest Fidels…so long as they are for ‘your personal use.’  Now we don’t know about you, but personally, we could smoke a lot of cigars in a year…

Regular tobacco duties will apply, and here is a USA Today story outlining the other eased restrictions going into effect.

 

October 14th, 2016

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When you are trying to promote an event, we think a video like this is exactly how you do it!

 

October 13th, 2016

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Spurred on by sailors around the world to help save sailing from itself, the former 10-year president of ISAF has thrown his hat back into the ring to become President of World Sailing during the November election in Barcelona.  A two-time Olympic sailor himself, Paul “The Pope” Henderson has strong, clear ideas about where ISAF needs to go in order to regain its reputation, its value, and its relevance to the sport. Paul and Clean go deep in the first of our special World Sailing election coverage; an hour and a half of stories and discussion from Henderson’s experiences over a long lifetime inside the sport; from the infamous 1972 Munich Olympics to his quest to uncover what’s really been going on at ISAF for the past few years to the origin of his nickname, the man is a natural storyteller and he deftly makes his case for where sailing has gone wrong and where it needs to go for the future.  He also drops a few bombs, so don’t miss it.

Learn who’s running for the ISAF election here, and click this map to find out who to call in your own National Governing Body to ask who they’re voting for in November.  Check back here on the Front Page for our second presidential candidate’s interview coming this weekend after we speak to Denmark’s Kim Andersen.  Subscribe to the SA Podcast here.

 

October 13th, 2016

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