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Skipper Ryan Breymaier and Navigator Boris Herrman explain the call to leave today to try to beat the record…


July 15th, 2015

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RS Aero,Hayling Island,UKBig Pimpin’

Our friends at RS Sailboats are lighting things up with the ultra-light RS Aero singlehander.  We’ll have more from them next week as their North Americans gets set to go off in the Gorge.

A year ago almost to the day, the first production RS Aero dipped its toe in the water just around the corner from RS HQ in Lymington, UK. And then the whirlwind began!  A year gone by and an average of 2 RS Aeros have been sold every single day. As you read this, the 600th boat is in transit to South Korea with a further 150 boats on order. Alongside boats dispatched to Israel, Russia, Turkey and Bermuda, the RS Aero will have reached 39 countries and 4 continents around the world in just over a year.

Not yet established in Africa, Sailors in South Africa are eager not to miss out on the action with 3 competitors entered and chartering boats for the RS Aero Eurocup and Lift-Off Coaching taking place over the RS Tera Worlds in Bruinisse this Summer. The event will be the first official RS Aero International Championship and will immediately follow the RS Aero North American Championships, Oregon. Held in late July, both will set the precedent for a busy season on the International circuit. The RS Aero UK Nationals and International Open will take the baton a month later before handing over to the very first RS Aerocup to be held in Barcelona in October.

Now with 90 boats in the United States and over 40 in Australia, the Aero has well and truly taken flight. The UK remains the largest Aero nation with over 280 sailing at over 120 clubs, 19 of which have a fleet of 5 or more boats. Nations around the globe are hot on the chase; North America are ramping things up with 19 entries already in for the RS Aero North American Championships just weeks after entry opened, while Germany stakes claim to the second largest Aero Nation in Europe.

750 orders, 365 days, 39 countries, 4 continents, 4 awards, 1 big family doing what we love. It’s been one to remember, and we can’t wait for the next year of Aero!  Learn more about the boat and the Class here.



July 15th, 2015

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Artemis Racing AC45F

Team BAR heads down the mine as they practice for what should be a massively attended AC World Series event in Portsmouth in this awesome shot taken wednesday  by Artemis photographer Sander Van Der Borch.   City councilors predicting as many spectators as the sell-out Formula 1 Grand Prix of Silverstone last week.  Who’s gonna be there, and who’s gonna win?  Trash talking always welcome in America’s Cup Anarchy over here.

July 15th, 2015

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Hobie 20

Thanks in large part to Nicholas Hayes and the movement he began, sailboat racing is on the upswing in hotspots around North America, and while the new face of sailing might not look quite like it did 20 years ago, that ain’t necessarily a bad thing at all.  One of the guys dragging the sport to its new look is young Tim Fitzgerald, and with seemingly boundless energy, enthusiasm, and passion for the sport, the founder of Charleston’s Fort2Battery Race & Party has something new up his sleeve.  Let’s hear from Tim, and you can get in touch with him via the Charleston H20 Fleet website or FB page.

After smoking the Mothies in the 2nd running of the Charleston Fort 2 Battery Race, the growing Hobie 20 fleet’s next stop was the James Island Yacht Club Regatta, where Charleston’s fastest boats race.  The teams’ backgrounds include J24s, Thistles, Lightnings, Optis, 420s, Hobie 16s, and F-16′s (not the boat, the plane), and their 5-6 minute upwind legs while dodging Lightnings, E Scows and Sea Island One Designs was exciting as hell.  At mixed fleet mark roundings you’d look for just a window of daylight, and blast through the hole like Emmit Smith on crack!

In just 14 months, while most local fleets held even or lost a few boats to the war of attrition, the local H20 fleet went from zero to 7 boats locally, with two more on the way. With the exception of the J24, we are now the largest home-based fleet over 20ft in Charleston.  This weekend we had 2 female drivers who led races, 5 coed teams (of 8), and 40% of the sailors were college age or younger, every one of them lit up with excitement and passion.

3 hobie 20s_c o Sam ZankelPeople are so excited here! To give you an example- boats are being bought sight-unseen, up to 14 hours away, and by sailors with near ZERO catamaran experience.  One junior sailor who had nearly left the sport last year for lacrosse and basketball told me that last Saturday’s racing was “a 9.5 out of 10, my favorite sailing day ever”. He can’t wait to race again, and since the regatta, has been working with his dad after school to dial in their boat.  One of the three “Guest Drivers” has already bought their own boat, and right now we have two more people we have to find boats for.

Part of the fleet’s early success comes from our experience with kiteboarding. It’s so much fun that if some other people show up, great.  If not, it’s still the most fun you can have with two free hours.  Going super-fast, getting fire-hosed with water in the face, and wiping out occasionally is an absolute blast. Fleet co-founder Greg Walters said after the event “All three of my kids raced this weekend, I got to sail with two of them, and i’ve never had more fun racing a sailboat.”

Ask yourself- When is the last time your kid, or a friendly non-sailor begged you to go “fun sailing” with them in 10-15kts on your raceboat? Or the last time you reached out for crew and had to turn people away due to the large response?  If the answer took some thought, you may be trying to push the rock uphill.  There can be a better way.

High Performance Sailing and constantly evolving ways of sharing it with the world are unquestionably attracting new people, spectators and sponsors all the way from the America’s Cup and VOR, to the 7000 people who watched the Fort 2 Battery Race via Sailing Anarchy’s live stream.  Whether we like it or not, the environment that we sail in has changed over the last fifty years.  As a result, the 50-year old model that many areas and clubs continue to operate under is no longer bringing in new people and retaining existing ones.

It’s becoming more important than ever for sailing to be inherently fun.  I am not suggesting that we load up novices into aussie-18’s and turn them loose, or have cake and ice cream after every race, but it is obvious that the iphone and X box have raised the level of excitement needed to capture young people’s attention.

In Charleston, the Hobie 20 was the answer. Having a ready supply of used boats at reasonable prices in a spot with a great beach launching club and reliable, consistent breeze (and the ability to outperform the big currents) makes this boat the coolest starter fleet boat in the history of Charleston.   Starting from scratch, we designed our fleet to re-engage and keep those kids who leave sailing because they can no longer fit under an opti boom and don’t like bailing out their boat with a juice jug. We also designed it for the guys who just want to stand the rig up and haul ass on a weeknight. Frequently heard in the group is “I didnt buy this boat to race windward/leewards and worry about tactics.  I bought it to haul ass and have fun.”

High speed, ease of use, learning, and minimal pain-in-the-ass (PITA) factor are the keys.  If you’re having trouble attracting new sailors, try going faster.

July 15th, 2015

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orange is the new orange

Tuesday: Another day flying on the Urnersee. After Michael Good, chieftester of “Die Yacht”, Betrand Cardis from “Decision” (Lausanne) with Jan Giesbrecht on the main, showed us this day, how you even go faster. The speed puck shows the highest 10 second average of the day and peak speed those guys produced, was almost another kt faster: 24.5 kts. Not bad to start with! - Michael Aeppli. Check the new vid to see it in action!


July 15th, 2015

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We told you that the mighty Lending Club may pull out of the the Transpac and start a few days early  in order to have a shot at breaking the elapsed time record if the weather models indicated such.  And such is the case:

Renaud Laplanche and Ryan Breymaier co-skippers of Maxi trimaran Lending Club 2 have made the decision to withdraw from the 2015 Transpac race and instead leave Long Beach today, July 15th, to attempt the outright Transpac record, currently held by Geronimo.

Lending club 2 had entered the 2015 Transpac race with the intention of beating the race record that stands at 5 days 9 hours and 20 minutes. The co-skipper team attempted this feat in the 2013 Transpac but were hindered by debris as large as tree trunks and telephone poles thought to be left by the Japanese tsunami and arrived in Hawaii just two hours outside the record.

For the past week Renaud and Ryan, along with navigator Boris Herrmann have been carefully watching the weather and concluded the weather window for the race start will not offer the right conditions for a fast race. At the same time they noted a low pressure system offering ideal conditions for an extremely fast crossing if the boat were to leave immediately.

The entire Lending club 2 program has been focused on record breaking with a new Cowes to Dinard record just weeks after the boat was handed over in March, fast followed by a very fast Newport to Bermuda record in April, all ratified by the WRSSC and Guinness World Records.

Thus the decision was made today to bow out of the Transpac race and focus on the outright Transpacific record. The boat is ready, the crew are ready. They can be followed via updates on their Facebook page. And live tracking on the Yellow Brick tracker here.

Go The Club!


July 15th, 2015

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lending sailing

My boys and I were lucky enough to get invited to go for a sail on Lending Club, the 105′ trimaran that is in SoCal looking to smash the elapsed time record to Honolulu. Skippered by Ryan Breymaier, we joined the gang from Morelli  & Melvin for a nice afternoon sail. The thing is of course monstrous but easy to steer in the 10 knot breeze and just a giggle to imagine what it must be like to hit 40 knots of boat speed in this thing…But when you go ahead and pull the trigger on your own 100′ trimaran, be advised that there won’t be much of anything down below

The weather might be looking iffy for their scheduled start on July 18, so there is a chance they will start early (Ryan thought there was a potential weather model that could get them to Hawaii in under 4 days) so we’ll keep you posted on that. Ryan will be send ing us some updates from the race – it ought to be fun to follow along! – Ed.


July 13th, 2015

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Fresh off his $20k winning performance as the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing OBR, Matt Knighton checks in from the Chicago Mackinac Race aboard the TP52 Imedi.  Head over to the tracking page quickly to see whether Rick Warner’s brand new (to him) ORMA 60 can catch the Volvo 70 Il Mostro before the poop-covered finish.  Thread here.
We just cannot find the wind.
There’s been this elusive band of breeze on the horizon all morning and now into the afternoon that taunts us – we keep sailing towards it, but then it pulls away. We’re slowly coming to the realization that the mirage effect of the lake and the Michigan shoreline has been playing a cruel joke on us all day.
The favorite phrase onboard is echoed every few minutes, “I think there’s a band of pressure over there coming down to us now…” it’s repeated over and over – we’ve yet to see it pay dividends.
There’s a mixture of pain and relaxation onboard. Spirits are high. This is the Mac Race after all and what would it be without a little light air sailing! Then again, ever since the sked at 10am that showed we had lost 25 miles to the competition who had invested in the Michigan shore overnight, we’ve needed some encouragement.
Pulled pork sandwiches just came to the rescue. So juicy, so good…everyone had seconds.
The sun is setting lower now and we’re clamoring to make it to the breeze that the skeds show is ahead of us. The familiar landmark of Point Betsie is growing larger on the horizon and the canyon of dunes that is the Manitou Passage isn’t too far off now!
It’s been the longest 6 hours of our lives it feels like – we’ve been hovering at less than 3 knots of boat speed the entire time – and the biting black flies are making their cameo appearance. The carnage up on deck is shown in the number of black dots covering the white deck.
Still, couldn’t ask for a better crew to go through the pains and joys of sailing the longest freshwater race in the world. Even though we’ve recycled the same jokes now 3 times…we’re still laughing harder and harder.

July 12th, 2015

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phaedo again

Is there anything these guys haven’t won?? Oh yeah, lot’s of other boats raced  in the 2015 Transatlantic Race!….


July 12th, 2015

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cora 3.pngSo now that confederate flag fever is sweeping the nation, we were just wondering… do you think these guys might want to maybe modernize their flag??

Or is that just more crazy liberal hippie politically correct bullshit?


July 12th, 2015



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