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Chinese Gybe. Setting the boaat back to normalI see they are all still calling it a Chinese Gybe. From the videos IT IS NOT. A Chinese Gybe is where half the sail gybes, the other half doesn’t. Called so because a junk rig (or a gaff rig for that matter) sometimes the bottom part of the sail lifts and gybes – no boom on a junk rig & therefore no vang tension – and the top part of the sail ( due to heavy bamboo battens or the gaff) doesn’t immediately gybe.

With a Chinese gybe you end up with the main half/half, not nice but not as bad as “GYBING ALL STANDING” which is what is actually happening. Gybing unexpectedly with the old runner preventing the mainsail going out freely – now that is serious!

A good example of language been changed by constant incorrect use, but still incorrect. If you doubt the accuracy of this check out “Oxford Companion of Ships and the Sea” or Adlard Coles “The Sailing Dictionary”

Not surprisingly I have seen a “Chinese” Chinese Gybe (check my screen name) and it was really quite innocuous. Maybe it is just that a Chinese Gybe sounds more dangerous – China gets blamed for everything else after all – ha ha!

See ya on the water! – Shanghai Sailor.

 

March 28th, 2015

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SA’er Drew Harper posted this great pic today from his Italian pal Roberto. “It’s a fishing boat with a canvas sail. They would plaster newspaper on the canvas when they were racing so air wouldn’t get through. Not sure how they get it off. All the fishermen had the same boat from the same builder, so it’s a “one-design” fleet…”

 

March 27th, 2015

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As the GP 26 Sleeve of Wizard gets ready to assault San Diego, there are mysterious things going on with the keel. It’s really none of your business. Title inspiration thanks to The Germs. It is the greatest 45 second song ever….

 

March 26th, 2015

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flash gThere must be someone who wants to step back in time while helping collegiate sailing move forward, right?

The Farr 43 ex-Flash Gordon is being auctioned off by the University of Hawaii. All the thrills of IMS racing, with none of the cost. Well, almost none…

Starting bid $25,000. More info right here.

 

March 26th, 2015

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Jesus, we said we were going to lay off the poor bastards in Fresno, but this – this – is too good not to share…

The Fresno Police Department’s second in command has been arrested in a federal drug conspiracy investigation. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, 51, is accused of distributing and possessing drugs. Deputy Chief Keith Foster is accused of distributing and possessing oxycodone, marijuana, and heroin. He was arrested on Thursday after a year long investigation by the FBI and ATF. We don’t believe he was a member of Fresno Yacht Club…

Read on.

 

March 26th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’

mauri proMauri Pro started as one guy selling sails to pay his way through regattas and has grown to a company with a true global reach. Constantly re-inventing themselves, Mauri Pro has become more than an online sailing store. Their continuous search for ways to better serve the sailing community and provide the best and easiest online platform has equipped Mauri Pro with a well-known, friendly and professional group of people to work with.

The latest addition to the family is Mauri Pro Sailing – Colombia! This new division is overseen by well-known and accomplished sailors in Cartagena and Tomine.)
Last week Mauri Pro was accessible to their flourishing Colombian customers while representing sailing as part of the USA NMMA group at the International Cartagena Boat Show.

Sailors from around the world are benefiting from the knowledge that is accumulating within the Mauri Pro website as well as through the experienced members of their Technical Support Team.

Visit www.mauriprosailing.com for more news, products updates and great offers. Editor’s note: Mauri Pro is a Sailing Anarchy supporter since 2003.

 

March 26th, 2015

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A very cool shot by Somira Sao while enroute to  Puerto Williams from Punta Arenas… Check out their cool blog

 

March 26th, 2015

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As Bernie explained well an hour ago, Luna Rossa threatened to pull out of the Cup this morning if AC Commercial Director Doctor Harvey doesn’t respect ‘the principle of unanimity of all challengers required to change the Class Rule’, and he immediately issues a clarification regarding the proposed shrinking of the AC to a regatta for foiling forty-fives.  This is huge news, and the SA Legal Department has been burning the midday oil and wearing out their swivel chairs researching why.

1) The existing Protocol, on its face, seems to require only a simple majority of challengers to shitcan the AC62, and SA’er ‘porthos’ unravels the mystery of how it works.

Paragraph 1.1.(p-bis) establishes the Challenger Committee. That same paragraph establishes that the CC may act via a simple majority unless some provision says otherwise: “Unless otherwise provided, a simple majority vote of all of the Challengers in the Challenger Committee shall be required for the Challenger Committee to make a decision and/or take an action.”

Article 20 addresses amendments to the Protocol. Paragraph 20.2 indicates that the Protocol “may only be amended with the agreement of GGYC and the Challenger Committee.” There is nothing Article 20 indicating that the agreement by the CC must be had by anything more than the simple majority set forth in Paragraph 1.1. In fact, I wasn’t able to find any provision in the Protocol that requires more than a majority vote by the CC to make a decision or take an action. 

Paragraph 1.1 (p-bis) does indicate that the CC may make its own “organizational rules.” I suppose it is possible that the internal rules of the CC may have something to say about this (i.e., that the internal rules of the CC would require more than a simple majority), but I doubt that. “Organizational rules” implies logistics and not substance.

Paragraph 29.1.(g) requires the Match be raced in yachts that conform to the AC62 rule. That is the operative provision that has to be changed in the Protocol. There would certainly be more references in the Protocol that would have to be amended, but that is the provision that dictates what boat is used. As that is a Protocol amendment, the simple majority CC rules set forth in 1.1.(p-bis) would apply. [Contrast to the AC62 Rule, where amendments require unanimous consent of all teams -Ed]

As long as a majority of the CC and GGYC agree to a change — such as ditching the 62′s — then it can happen.

2) We’re not sure what it took just yet but Coutts and the Doc have enlisted that simple majority (including Artemis, the only team that stands to lose almost as much progress as LR), and if the AC press office is to be believed, a vote is a foregone conclusion.

3) Luna Rossa’s reference to ‘principle’ in their release and their signalling that they won’t sue is a clear sign the team is aware of the shortcomings of their legal position.

 

March 26th, 2015

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To no one’s surprise, Luna Rossa Challenge just said ‘fuck you’ to Coutts and Doc Harvey’s plan to cut down the America’s Cup to 40-footers, and judging by the silence coming from Bermuda’s media, it appears they were blindsided as well.  Is this one of those changes that requires unanimous consent from all parties?  ETNZ seem to think it does.

What do you think?  Join the discussion raging in America’s Cup Anarchy right here.

 

March 26th, 2015

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Waterlust gets all big boat speedy on us…

 

March 25th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 7.58.50 PMNow that the big money is locked in for Bermuda’s contract, it appears the America’s Cup is looking to cut their expenses massively by getting rid of the entire AC62 concept, sticking instead with modified AC45 foilers for all teams.  And no, this is not April 1; AC PR released this bit of news today: “The existing operational costs of teams is much too high with a boat like the AC62.”

Let’s revisit the timing on all this; it has been 19 months since Oracle won AC34, and almost a year since the AC62 rule was announced.  And apparently, the folks at ACEA are just now figuring out how much it’s gonna cost.  We honestly had to check the date when we first saw this release, because it seems like a joke.  Then again, this joke is brought to you by the same folks who’ve been delivering great ones for the past two years, though we have to think that Bermuda ain’t laughing.

While it could be negotiation-by-press-release, it seems real enough, but we can’t believe anyone thinks the AC45 will make a successful America’s Cup. Running an AC in the visually much smaller (compared to an AC62) AC45s will absolutely destroy whatever spectacle the Bermudians and Cup lovers were hoping for; the thousands of you who’ve seen an Extreme 40 event know what kind of impact a 40-foot cat makes, and it just ain’t much unless you’re a couple hundred feet away or less.  On TV, the AC45 foilers will look great, but for sailors and AC enthusiasts – and let’s face it, AC34 view counts and ratings proved that’s the audience now – a 45-footer will simply be too close to what’s already out there to generate real interest.   The Extreme 40 has a bigger fleet, and Alinghi, still one of the best-known teams in professional sailing – just joined the foiling GC32 show. The M32 is growing as well.  And a 45 foot cat is really America’s Cup-worthy?

Worse even than the loss of the spectacle is the fact that the shrinking of the boat will mark the final admission that the America’s Cup will never again be the pinnacle of yacht racing.  They tried, and for a few short years, the Cup truly had some of the world’s fastest inshore sailboats.  But the AC45s won’t be the fastest at anything, because in sailing, size matters. The reason a Formula 1 car is tiny is because small is fast.  In sailing, it’s the opposite. Doc Harvey pretending the speed of the 45-footer ‘is expected to be similar to what was achieved in the last America’s Cup’ is just plain silly, and yet another example of an AC promise that will fail to materialize.  The AC45 foilers are very cool boats.  They’re slower, cheaper, easier to handle, and safer than AC62s.  But here’s the thing: If you’re gonna do it in slower, cheaper, easier, safer boats, why not just do it in GC32s?  If you follow Doc Harvey’s logic, there’s no reason to sail the 45 when you can sail the ‘similarly fast’ smaller boat.

Interestingly, the announcement says the deal ain’t done yet, and Luna Rossa is missing from the list of team quotes giving half-hearted support for the change.  Maybe Patrizio Bertelli feels the millions they’ve spent to design their AC62 already (and millions more on salaries for dozens of sailors working toward that goal) shouldn’t be thrown away to let in teams without the resources to compete?  As far as we can tell, the entire advantage LR has been working so hard for these past two years will be wiped away the moment this change is agreed to during next week’s meetings.

Also missing from the endorsing quotes is anyone from Bermuda, where the change to AC45s will probably be rationalized by the fact that the AC eventually has their way with every municipality.  Someone might want to bring the island a bandage; we see a little blood dripping from its ass…

As we said a couple of months ago, we’ve given up our expectations, and we’ve quit criticizing the AC for their move to Bermuda; we’re just looking forward to a fun regatta for fast boats.  It might be a little tougher to see them, if the GGYC has their way…

 

March 25th, 2015

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Oh wait, I think I just did. The GP26 “Sleeve of Wizard” getting it together. Look for it on the water in Dago soon…

 

March 25th, 2015

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A top secret revolutionary “WING” was on display for the first time at Manly during the clubs last club championship race of the year. The “WING” enabled FLUID BUILDING skippered by Clint Bowen to take out the 2014-2015 Club Championship. – Anarchist Michael.

 

March 25th, 2015

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Big Pimpin’

farr 280 pimpFarr Yacht Sales has a Farr 280 for sale in time for Charleston Race Week (April 16-19). Sweet boat, ready to rock.

The boat will be delivered directly to the event and be ready to race in the class’ first one design event.

Interested?  email [email protected].

 

 

March 25th, 2015

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Diam 24 One Design training session at the Pole Finistere Course au Large, Port-la-Forêt, Finistère, Brittany, France. The Diam 24 One Design is the new boat for the Tour de France à la Voile 2015. Nice work from our bud Christophe Launay with more shots here.

 

March 24th, 2015

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After a three day postponement for Cyclone Pam to clear New Zealand, Leg 5 got underway a week ago. Mark Chisnell reviews the early action as the fleet charged into the Southern Ocean on the tail of the beast – no surprises that they’ve hit some tough conditions.

The crashing and the burning have begun. Read on.

 

March 24th, 2015

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It hasn’t been around long, but already Eelsnot racing hull coating is making a big difference on the race course! In Key West, Eelsnot-coated boats tied for first in the J/111 class (Spiff lost on countback), grabbed 11th and 13th overall/3rd Corinthian (B-Squared) in the J/70 Class, and took 5th in the Melges 24 (Party Girl). Eelsnot kept the slime off and the speed up in Miami too, with Entourage taking 3rd Corinthian in the Jaguar Cup and J/70s scoring a 4th and 5th in their big fleet at Bacardi Sailing Week (Reach Around and Rascal).  

Use the coupon code ANARCHY and grab your 10% discount when ordering two or more tubs of Eelsnot from our pals at Latis International today, and don’t forget to check out their other offerings; the awesome Raptor deck grip and the best dock boxes ever – Mobox.

 

March 23rd, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 11.47.51 PMAs if racing at America’s most exciting freshwater venue wasn’t enough, the shiny, happy people of North Bonneville, Washington have just turned up the fun dial to 11 for every non-junior sailing event at the Columbia Gorge Racing Association in Cascade Locks, Oregon.  That’s because N. Bonneville – just 11 minutes by car from the Locks and over the stupefying Bridge of the Gods - now has the world’s only city-owned marijuana shop, with the serious dank, vape, and edibles to make you even the worst regatta results seem just hilarious.  We’re not joking at all - the chronic is now legal for anyone over 21 on both sides of the Columbia, and if organizers can’t come up with some cannachocolate bars or oatmeal-haze cookies in your regatta bag, they’re not trying hard enough!

Just in time, too – the Melges 24 Class is showing a serious resurgence, with 33 teams already registered for a summertime Gorge Nationals, as teams begin to build towards the recently-announced and already highly anticipated 2016 Miami Worlds.  Get to the Gorge; we’ll have more on their upcoming events for you soon.

Offshore racers, we haven’t forgotten your substance abuse needs either – just check out the just-approved powdered alcohol that’s coming to a ditch bag near you as soon as this summer!  Save weight in your gear bag and still give yourself something to warm up those cold, late watches.  No word yet on how it is to snort…

 

 

March 23rd, 2015

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IMG_20150228_190211For a second straight year, the Great Lakes are closed for business.  Icebreakers notwithstanding, the mass of ice still clogs much of the lakes – which reached a hair under the >92% ice cover they reached during last year’s record cold – and it’s making a big dent on the bottom line of the companies that depend on freshwater transit.  There’s more here in the NY Times, and the view on the left is SA’er ’12345′ chillin’ chilling on the ice pile up off Montrose Beach looking at Lake Michigan this past weekend.

Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest maximum extant since satellites starting measuring it 40 years ago.  Get your Northwest Passage cruising plans ready (and don’t count on the $30,000 per person cruise ships – they’re sold out), and see here.

 

March 23rd, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 11.32.48 PMBecause history has shown just how effective walls are against nature, Japan is doing 400 km of their very own to prevent the kind of mass death the last tsunami caused.  Will 5 stories tall be enough? 

We like local mayor Tsuneaki Iguchi‘s comment, and it applies to everyone everywhere who lives on a major coast.  “We don’t need the sea wall to be higher. What we do need is for everyone to evacuate,” Iguchi said.  Read the full story here.

 

March 23rd, 2015

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