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The world governing body for sailing, ISAF,  is threatening to move events for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics out of the city’s polluted Guanabara Bay unless “a whole lot more is done very quickly” to clear the site of floating debris and sewage.

Wow, what a bold step. Any idiot could have, and would have said this months and months and months ago…-ed.

 

April 25th, 2015

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fédération Française de Voile. Finn.

Putting his shoulder into it at the ISAF World Cup Hyères. Tons more shots from Christophe Launay right here.

 

April 25th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 8.50.52 AMClean Report

The G4 ‘Wipeout’ video has already racked up some 330,000 views in less than a week, well on its way to million-view status.  But I barely had time to enjoy it last week before Gunboat Marketing chief Lauren Bataille sent me a text message.

Still coming?” she wrote of my already-booked trip to Antigua for some G4 racing at Sailing Week.

Maybe I’m crazy, but watching a sweet 30-knot run segue into a gentle capsize didn’t make me nervous; in fact, it had the opposite effect, and sitting here at Newark airport waiting for a connection to Antigua, I find myself watching that video over and over again.  What would I do?  Where would I hang on?  Do I really want to find out?

My answer remains as it was in my response to Lauren.  “Hell f*&^ing yes!

My seven-months pregnant wife always knows how to cut to the chase.  “If she flips, be sure it wasn’t your fault,” was her first directive.  “Oh, and wear a helmet.  And have fun.”  That part should be no problem at all.

Got questions about the interior, the exterior, the foils, the stove, the capsize, the electrical system…or anything else?  Well, so do we.  Plant yours in the G4 thread (without being a dick) and we’ll try to get an answer for you. Keep an eye in the forum, on the front page, and especially on SA Facebook for video and pics from Antigua.

 

April 25th, 2015

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We’ve been following young Ben Hartnett for a couple of years now, and this 18-year old university student from Southeast Oz is well on his way to becoming the next big talent in sailing video.  He shot this tasty big-wave video at Sandringham Yacht Club with three boats training under Victorian Institute of Sport Geoff Woolley.  He told us more about the shot:

We were just in a rib and because the waves were so big we were completely soaked after 2 minutes of filming. About 5 minutes into the shoot my main camera (canon 7d) copped a full wave and well. That was the end of that camera’s life. But luckily I had the gopro to use for the rest of the time on the water.

Ben shares his photos on Instagram and you can get in touch with him (or if you have the balls to try something fresh, hire him for your next regatta) at the SailingShack Facebook Page.

 

April 24th, 2015

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This looks pretty nasty, but they got it together at the the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series, even if the races got cancelled! Photos thanks to Alex McKinnon.

 

April 24th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.13.27 AMWe’ve been telling you for months that Russell Coutts is funding a Japanese entry for the next America’s Cup, and the Independent has the confirmation this morning that another commercially viable backer of the world’s wealthiest men has joined the fray for AC35.  Banker Masoyashi Son and his Kansai Yacht Club (to include Dean Barker at or near the helm). Like Franck Cammas’ team, the Japanese will be subsidized by Coutts’ and his designers.  With Artemis and Ben Ainslue Racing having allied themselves against the ETNZ/Luna Rossa bloc on every issue, it appears that the Coutts and Ellison plan to kill off everything historic about the AC is just about complete.  The funded but always-underperforming Artemis anchors a group of ‘little sisters’ to Coutts’ team, including Team Ben, Oracle Team France and Oracle Team Japan.  With Coutts having done everything he could to land in Bermuda while screwing all American fans, the AC Anarchy forumites have already dubbed the Coutts team “Oracle Team British Overseas Territory”, or OTBOT.  We agree.

Meanwhile, Russell Coutts continues to defend himself on Facebook like some mentally deranged person in the SA forums; to paraphrase; “Watch me bring in Japan – they’re even bigger than Luna Rossa!”  We are frankly amazed that he is even allowed to speak in public, but with Larry old and sick, there’s literally no one left to reign in King Rusty.

Out in the wilderness, Emirates Team New Zealand awaits as the sole challenger with a real America’s Cup history.  The fight for AC35 will be a fight not only for the Cup, but a real quest, with actual good guys and at least one actual bad guy.  He wears black.

April 24th, 2015

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coming at ya 2

The new Shaw 11 Meter Little Nico is about to rip shit up. Powered by Doyle NZ, we expect great things from the Van Munster build…

 

April 23rd, 2015

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…and two to take him. Take a look at the awesomeness of the AC! The Potential Economic Impact report looks like it has a lot of, um, potential. Hmmm, we’re not seeing much about how ‘Frisco took it in the shorts last time.

But we’ll keep looking…sure we will. Happy reading.

 

April 23rd, 2015

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Just about perfect for a caption contest, no?

 

April 22nd, 2015

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It’s not much of a secret any more, but we might as well let you in on the news that Key West Race Week will be back on the schedule for 2016, thanks to a group of Storm Trysail Club vets and run by St. Thomas YC’s Bill Canfield.

Add this news to the various efforts sprouting throughout Florida to race to Cuba and/or rekindle the SORC, and we come to one conclusion: South Florida’s big boat racing scene might well be on the road to the kind of recovery that one-designs have already seen in Miami, Pensacola, and Davis Island.

We’re quite sure Key West is capable of being re-ignited, and we know Bill is smart enough to make it happen.  We also know the STC runs a damned good regatta up in Block Island. That said, this ain’t an easy one; it’s going to take an awful lot of hard work to bring life and credibility back to a regatta that spent the last decade throwing it all away.

Canfield runs one of the most respected regattas in the Caribbean, though he hasn’t been immune from the down numbers and sponsor flight seen throughout the caribbean over the past few years.  The STC continues to flirt with success, but many of their southern efforts have fallen flat.

There are two things Canfield and his crew have going for them. The first is the astonishing pent-up demand of sailors looking to go to Cuba, and the end of KW Race Week is the perfect excuse to race to Havana.  If the STC can lock up a Cuba Race (there are now three different groups exploring such a race in 2015/16), it will be a huge boon to Key West racing.  The second tool they have to grow the event is the fact that several high-profile classes really want to race it – classes like the TP52, GC32, and similar – though we think this doesn’t really help a more general regatta at all, and could in fact hurt it.

We expect an announcement from the new organizers soon, and the way they do it will give us all a clue on whether it will succeed.  Is it the same old crap, from the same old players? Or is it something new from a group that understands the world we live in today?

We sure do hope it is the latter.  America needs a great January regatta, and there aren’t that many places as good as Key West.

 

April 22nd, 2015

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