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Bad rib drivers not only can ruin your shoot but can ruin your life… Glad Carlo and everyone else was ok. Could have been so much worse. Was this CNN Mainsail? They like to take people out. ‪#‎baddeal‬. Petey Crawford

 

July 9th, 2016

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In the latest example of how not to place a photo RIB on a race course, a driver on Lake Garda carrying Italian photographer Carlo Borlenghi was nearly sliced in half by Monaco’s Prince Casiraghi at the helm of a GC32 yesterday during Foiling Week racing.  This photo thanks to Phantom Of The Oscar. UPDATE: Boot Dusseldorf has reposted the crash video.  Sit down and have a look.

Foiling event organizers, take note: We’ve now seen fairly experienced folks like Dave Reed (Sailing World wrecks the G4), Shirley Robertson (CNN Mainsail wrecks Bora’s moth), and a VOR volunteer RIB driver in Lorient (amputated by the Spindrift 2) all putting themselves in dangerous positions leading to massive damage or injuries.  Our suggestion is a new rule: All support boat drivers at ultra-high speed events MUST BE TRAINED in the specific techniques and dangers of the boats they’re covering or they cannot work the event.  If this policy is not adopted, it’ll only be so long before the first death by foils. To point out the obvious, and despite what Sailing World and Robertson may have claimed, when a boat under power is in a wreck with a sailboat, it is the motorboat’s fault.  Get educated.

 

July 9th, 2016

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25 knots and some of the most extreme racing you’ll ever see.  Live at 1400 CET/0800 ET as Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing takes on Taylor Canfield for the biggest cash prize in the history of the sport with our own Mr. Clean on the microphone.  Don’t miss it.

July 9th, 2016

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Clean Report

The first stage of the M32/World Match Racing Tour experiment wraps up today with a shock finale: Only one form guide favorite advancing to the semifinals of the million-dollar, winner-take-all World Championship in Marstrand, Sweden.

Taylor Canfield advances as the favorite, but loses tactician Chris Main to a shoulder injury going into the final day, and with 25 knots forecast, he’l lose weight and strength with GAC Pindar trimmer Garth Ellingham subbing in.

With Iker Martinez, Yann Guichard, and 6-time world champ Ian Williams all knocked out in the quarters, every skipper in the final four matchup is 30 or younger, and Hakan Svensson’s vision of providing a pathway to greatness for young sailors has been fulfilled.

The event itself is quite insane; I’ve never seen more gorgeous women in one place, and the event has set all kids of records for both daily attendance and digital viewership.  We’ll have more on today’s action shortly, right here on the front page – head over to WMRT Facebook for live coverage of the skipper’s meeting and much, much more this morning; we’ll have the finals embedded right here from 1400 CET/0800 ET/0500 PT.  Brian Carlin photography.

Here’s a video summary of yesterday’s insanity, and Nic the Sailor Girl grabbed some strong interviews with Williams after his knockout and his nemesis, young Chris Steele.

July 8th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

Yeah, we know – it doesn’t mean that much if you are ordering a crappy pair of shoes or some widget for your 4ksb, but on a new boat? And for one of the hottest brands and makes on the market? Here’s the dope:

It’s Friday and we’re celebrating with FREE shipping to anywhere in the continental US on all orders of the Seascape 24 or the Seascape 27. Yes, we said FREE!

So, what are you waiting for…call (207) 703-0307 or e-mail to order your Seascape 24 or Seascape 27 today! #FREESHIPPINGFRIDAY 

Oh yeah, you can do this too….

 

July 8th, 2016

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We were stoked to see this new Class 40 from Joubert-Nivelt (and Muratet). We commented how wide these things are and Alexis Muratet said “Glad the rule fixed a maximum Bmax, otherwise we would see square boat!” Or maybe not?  Would be interesting to see the “ideal” Bmax (performance wise, not confort…) if we had no max.”

 

July 8th, 2016

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new nameFollowing the switch from ponderous monohulls to M32 cats the rules of engagement on the World Match Racing Tour have certainly changed… and almost certainly for the better, says Andy Rice.

At the beginning of the season the new look World Match Racing Tour was billing itself as a #gamechanger on social media. However, when reigning world champion Ian Williams came out and won the first event held in M32 catamarans back in March in Fremantle, you had to wonder whether things had changed that much after all.

Since then, however, we’ve seen plenty of evidence that things really have shifted in a number of significant ways. At the WMRT event in Copenhagen in May the number of lead changes and the degree of uncertainty in the matches were unprecedented. In the keelboat days of the World Match Racing Tour the start was everything – or certainly an absolutely critical part of the contest. Approximately 85 per cent of the time the boat that led around the first windward mark would go on to win the match. That percentage is nowhere near as high in the new style of racing.

In the strong winds of Fremantle it was the first time we got to see the M32s and the first time we saw the use of high-speed reaching starts on the Tour. Winning the start was pretty important but now it wasn’t everything. In the predominantly lighter airs of Copenhagen sometimes the start mattered even less.

The 500kg weight of the all-carbon M32 means it responds to the slightest change of wind strength, which makes finding the strongest puff the over-riding factor downwind with the gennaker, and still very important on the upwind legs. A good start provided little guarantee of being able to defend that early lead.

One of the biggest game changers of all, however, has been the introduction of course boundaries up each side of the racetrack. These become particularly important when the course is at all one-sided. Read on.

 

July 8th, 2016

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After surviving the Round the Island race, the  Grand Soliel Lickitysplit got dropped from its cradle coming ashore.  – Anarchist Jamie.

 

July 8th, 2016

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Pretty tempting promo video for the BIC Techno 293 European Championship…and then you realize it’s Poland.

 

July 7th, 2016

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saycWhat kind of a brown-nosing, status quo sucking douchebag do you have to be to write an article about the most Exclusive Yacht Clubs in the world?  What a tool.

So rather than pretend that is worth one word more than we have already said, let’s turn to the Anarchists to come up with the Least Exclusive Yacht Clubs! Seems a far more fitting and interesting list, don’t you think?

We’d like to start off with our very own Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club. Zero qualifications, no references, just $40 bucks for a lifetime membership of a club that you can never be kicked out of.  That’s pretty damn unexclusive.

What’s yours?

 

July 7th, 2016

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