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2048With ISAF issuing one of the softest, weakest statements possible about the Malaysian visa scandal, it’s good to see there are sporting federations out there that aren’t controlled by weak, scared old men. Have a look at what the head of the world’s ping pong association told Malaysia…and their event hasn’t even happened yet.  Are you listening, ISAF?  Is there anyone at your organization that can actually be a leader?

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia could be barred from hosting major table tennis events unless it gives Israel visas to compete in next month’s world team championships, the sport’s global body said today (Jan 7).

Judit Farago, CEO of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), gave the warning as the results of the Israeli team’s visa applications remain undecided.

If they deny visas, then Malaysia will not be awarded any world title events in the future by the ITTF,” Farago told AFP by email.

Get in the thread for more news, and to discuss the impending statement by conflicted ISAF ‘investigator’ Chris Atkins.

 

January 10th, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 8.05.07 AMOur most sincere condolences to Valerie, Sandy, Ian and Ros and the extended family of Bob Oatley, who died on Sunday morning.  Of course we all know Bob is the man behind the Wild Oats line of racing yachts as well as wines, islands, and much more, but we loved him for his no-bullshit attitude and a commitment to the sport that’s legendary.

Get into the thread and share your own Oatley story here.

 

January 10th, 2016

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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 [2007] 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

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This Montreal cruiser faced Haitian pirates, dismasting, a punctured hull, 70-knot winds, and days of passing boats ignoring his Mayday pleas, but he kept it together long enough for this rescue by a research vessel. The video is a good reminder that just because you’ve been found, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to actually get off the god damn boat! The fascinating story is here.

 

January 9th, 2016

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Key West Race Week’s new management has started to move in the right direction, stopping Premiere Racing’s hemorrhage of entries over the past few years with a current entry list of 140 boats.  Most importantly for the event’s success, a decent number of handicap boats have shown up, and the world is certainly watching the once-great regatta to see if it will survive in the new era of American yacht racing.

Unfortunately, it looks like there isn’t much ‘champagne sailing’ for you if you’re competing in 2016 – in fact, it looks downright chilly. So bring your layers and get ready for some breeze!  Here’s the forecast from SA’s own Mark Michaelson – watch the thread here for more info.

I have been asked more than a few times recently what effect El Nino is likely to have on the KWRW weather. The answer is not a simple one but I will do my best to give all of you headed down for the event a glimpse into what is likely on the way.  If you are arriving early (Like this weekend) then I suggest you enjoy cocktails this evening, a bloody mary on Saturday morning and some mimosas on Sunday as sailing is going to suck from 6PM today through Sunday night.

Monday should find the wind machine turned back on for some lovely breeze albeit accompanied overcast and scattered showers. High 60s to low 70s during the daylight hours Monday. Temperatures drop and more wind comes in for mid week. DRYSHIRT HOODIES are definitely the call for apparel. Wednesday is looking like big boy breeze (20+kn) so sport your Pro-Tech base layer and foulies on top. If you are looking to shake it down for real ahead of KWRW, this would be the day to do it. Here’s the bad news…High temps may scratch 60 if you are lucky. Right now Thursday is looking like Sailing in Michigan day as temps even at 10AM are sub 50 degrees F’.  Hey at least it will be sunny as compared to the heavy overcast Sunday through Wednesday…

More later on the actual KWRW weather (Following week) but as you can see, you need to be prepared for potentially windy, cold and wet weather.

-MM

 

January 9th, 2016

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Winter Anarchy Chicago is just one week away on Friday, January 15. The largest midwinter party in the region is returning to Bottom Lounge, but this time it’s taking over the whole top floor. Just $25 ($30 at the door) will get you beer from our newest supporter Anchor Brewing, an hour Mount Gay Rum pour and a ticket for our famous raffle. Click here to get your tickets and see what you can win!

Last year, Winter Anarchy raised $4,000 for The Skin Cancer Foundation. This year, we’re hoping to make it $5,000. We’d like to thank our sponsors Skyway Yacht Works, Crowley’s Yacht Yard, Line Honors Yacht Racing Outfitters, Chicago Yacht Works, Pettit Paint, Sea Hawk Paints and Helly Hansen.”

Title thanks to Digable Planets.

 

January 8th, 2016

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As good as our last SCOTW of 2015 was, the first one for 2016 is equally great! There is a great story here so check it out!

 

January 8th, 2016

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That is the only possible takeaway from this useless, throwaway “statement” from ISAF, er, we mean “World Sailing”. It really should be “World (except Israel) Sailing”.  And you wonder why why we loathe them??

“World Sailing’s Executive Committee met today, Friday 8th January 2016,to urgently consider the recent unacceptable events at the just concluded Youth World Sailing Championship in Langkawi, Malaysia. Having undertaken a thorough investigation of this matter with the full co-operation of the IOC, it was decided as follows:

In future the organisers (MNAs, regional organisations, national organisations, international classes, etc) of all international sailing competitions will be required to comply with specific conditions to ensure that all competitors from all countries can participate equally. If these conditions are not met specific sanctions will be applied to any future international sailing competitions held in that country.

Details of the conditions will be published next week.” 

 

January 8th, 2016

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Spindrift 2, Trophée Jules Verne, 2015

That’s the difference between Spindrift and IDEC on their futile attempts to break the Jules Verne Record. 29,000 miles covered, and only four hours difference. Wow… Here’s the Spindrift spin on things…

 

January 8th, 2016

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SpatenBootGlassIn an almost unheard of occurrence, The Ed is going to make a public appearance. The only thing is that you’ll have to be in Germany to see him….

Scot Tempesta and his girlfriend Raina are heading over for the Dusseldorf boat show, and will be there Jan 23 and 24.

Without question one of the more incredible shows, it will be a chance to meet up with some of the people from our sport whom we have only traded e-mails with, and most that we have never met at all.

Before heading to Berlin, Prague and Auschwitz (insert snarky ISAF/Israel comment here), The Editor will be cruising the entire show for two days, and will be happy to meet up and at least say hello, perhaps even share a Boot or two!

Drop him an e-mail if you’d like to meet the Great One – ha!

 

January 7th, 2016

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