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Kaneohe Bay, HI, July 20, 2016 – Strong winds propelled Manouch Moshayedi’s super maxi Rio 100 across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup Fastest Passage record. Crossing the finish at 13:51:13 local Hawaii time (16:51:13 PDT).

With an elapsed time of 5 days, 2 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, Rio 100 knocked three hours off the record set in 2004 by Robert Miller, whose 139-foot Mari Cha IV finished with an elapsed time of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds. More.

We hope to have a report from Captain Keith Kilpatrick very soon!


July 21st, 2016

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f is for

Local Knowledge

This is the shit we love – ed.

Not sure what F stands for in your mind but for this last weekend F stood for a few different things during the Bayview to Mackinac.

Let’s start with F standing for Class F, if you don’t know Class F on the scratch sheet consisted of a group of ‘faster’ Cruising boats whom were required to sail the Cove Island or ‘long’ course, something like 270 miles up lake huron. This brings us to the next F, FAR. Yes 270+ miles on a cruising Beneteau 42 is Far. By the end of the race F stood Finally, as in we are FINALLY finished.

Fortunately get a group of close friends together who enjoy sailing and race hard no matter what, some other F’s also happen. Here are just a few more:

First to Finish – in our Class
Fun – yes, had a great time, ate well and slept a little
Fast (relative term) -  Finished 2 hours in front of the closest boat and was 24th overall on the long course out of 100+ racing boats

Need to see it to believe it? No F’n problem, here is a quick video recap of what it is like to drag your 42-footer the long way around Lake Huron.

- Anarchist Steve Gilbert


July 21st, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

We hope that this doesn’t get lost in translation, but Astra Yacht has some pretty cool stuff they want to share with you…

astra 1In the last 40 years sailing  has changed a lot, from the almost instruments-free navigation similar for millenniums of years, to the explosion of electronics on board of the last decades. So if in the 60′s or 70′s a wind sensors was the top technology available together with a log speed sensors, then in the 90′s it started with some LCD display, the revolution of GPS for civil and then a literal vertical explosion. 2000: pc software for tactics and chartplotters. In late 2000 the APP innovation begins with the mobile revolution, and so multitouch display, Wi-Fi on board, miles of cables in the boat and data, data everywhere.

How to manage this amount of information coming from the boat in an efficient way?

This is what Astra Yacht aims to do and this is what we did in the last years, implementing a new approach based on the new most advanced technologies coming from the highly developed nautical and other industries.

Astra Yacht is a company operating in the instrumentation and electronic field for sail boat, developing software and hardware for both racing and cruise purposes (from the tactical software to the electronics unit box up to the output devices such as multitouch displays and wearable peripherals). Performing but still simple systems for winning races and set the sails during cruise as well for a more aware enjoyable and safer navigation.

Check out their website for more info.


July 21st, 2016

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the beauty of light air

Not everyone does, but we love light air. The nuances, subtleties and patience required is what we like. Max Ranchi captures the essence from the ORC Worlds.


July 20th, 2016

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Our beloved Shanghai Sailor has seemingly gone too far….not!

Bitch: What an extraordinarily offensive post by Shanghai Sailor. The Olympics is about winning medals not simply making the final. At the 2012 Olympics Australian sailors won 3 gold medals and one silver to clearly lead the medal tally.

It could very easily have been 4 gold. The 3 medal winners were dominant and have since transferred their winning form to other disciplines of our sport.

Australia was the dominant sailing nation in 2012. Let’s acknowledge that and look forward to Rio 2012. Credit where it is due please.

Reply: Oh dear, it would seem that we have upset someone.

Mr Graham Burrell who as “Executive in charge of Production – Foxtel Olympics at Foxtel” an Australian broadcaster, and has an obvious vested interest in the viewer figures in Australia called our article on who had the bragging rights after the Weymouth Olympic Regatta “extraordinarily offensive”.

To who?

Mr Burrell perhaps? He clearly needs to take a chill pill.

In the first line of his – yes, let’s call it a tirade – he states “The Olympics is about winning medals not simply making the final.” Well I would have thought the executive in charge of production of the Olympics might have had a better knowledge of the basic concept of the event.

Perhaps we are both wrong as, in the view of Pierre de Coubertin, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.  Note to Mr. Burrell : Baron de Coubertin founded the Modern Olympics by the way.

What was intended as a somewhat playful challenge to our down under sailors whom we have enormous respect for, the likes of Burling and Tuke in the 49er & Aleh & Powrie in the 470(W) – oops sorry Graham, they are Kiwis, hope that doesn’t upset you too.

But Belcher & Ryan would be very disappointed to come away with anything less shiny than gold.

On the Para-Olympic side there are defending champions, Fitzgibbon and Tesch and let’s not forget Tasmanian Matt Bugg who has been posting some great results in the 2.4m.

On the flip side GBR is taking 3 reigning world champions to Rio along with sailors, who once again, could ALL end up in their medal race – no one left out because “they are not a podium potential” And let’s not forget Helena Lucas who will be a close rival to Bugg in the 2.4m.

Of course with Australia NOT sending all sailors in all classes which qualified to the Games because they stood no chance of winning (Olympic Philosophy?), once again they won’t feature in every medal race. Team GBR may however – just like they have in the last 3 Olympics.


July 20th, 2016

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hh 55

Big Pimpin’

The first of the uber-cool, carbon fiber HH cats landed in Valencia last month and was recently spotted cruising the turquoise waters of Mallorca. The newest offering in the realm of high performance cruising catamarans, the HH66 is sleek, sexy, fast and lavishly appointed.

Equally comfortable cruising the Med or flying around the race course, the HH66 is setting a new standard for dual purpose yachts and looking damn fine doing so. For more info visit:hhcatamarans.com Photos ©Jesús Renedo


July 20th, 2016

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On Board to Hawaii

Well it’s about 4am California Time.  I’m not sure what time it is out here since we are traversing a number of time zones (with nothing in them) , but we are getting close to Hawaii time.  So I guess it it’s a little after midnight locally.  The graveyard shift might be in the cockpit sailing the boat, but is’s far from a grim affair out there.  The big moon and wild clouds play across the course of the 2016 Pacific Cup in a spectacular way.

So here we are, about five and a half days into the race from San Francisco to Hawaii and things are great out here.  We have had good breeze the entire year, and of the more than a dozen Hawaii races I have done, this is probably one of the most ‘typical’ in that there were no terribly large weather anomalies that we had to contend with.  This is pretty close to the textbook thing.  Plus it’s fast.  If things persist as forecast, we should be finishing early Friday.  That’s less than 8 days to Hawaii.  That’s really quick for a 50 footer.

Everyone on Hula Girl has been doing a great job.  We’ve had a small amount of boat-work, but nothing rushed or unplanned.  You know, the typical staysail up and down thing, a couple of spinnaker peels, one douse for a small preventative repair, and so on.  The driving aboard has been getting better and better, despite the challenging conditions:  first off, it gets breezy, solidly in the 20s, up over 30 at times.  Secondly, the wave pattern is really very erratic.  A couple of tropical disturbances to the south have kicked up some swell energy coming from the wrong direction, so it is a bit of a washing machine.  Makes surfing and driving tougher than usual.  And finally, the breeze, while present, is not terribly consistent.  There are some pretty big shifts and variations in velocity around the persistent (but mild) squall activity out here.  So all in all, a challenging environment in which to hone one’s skills at ocean driving, but like I said, everyone is doing fantastically.

In fact, we have been doing well enough to maintain our lead and continue to be winning our division.  We are on the long port tack gybe towards the islands some 600 miles away right now, and we like our position relative to our competition, so now we just need to work extra hard and not have any major problems!

Ok, enough of this typing.  I came down here to pull the latest weather reports, but then got to feeling guilty about not sending in an update earlier in the day.  But now I really want to go sit in the cockpit and enjoy the evening,.  The moon plays across the water out in front of the boat and it feels like you are speeding into a sea of a million silvery fish.  Hula Girl, our trusty steed, has been performing flawlessly and just loves this stuff.  Brendan is driving, Paul is the on deck watch captain.  Steven is trimming.  Michael is grinding.  And I’m just going to go out there and soak it all in.

See you all tomorrow…

Wayne Zittel and Team Hula Girl


July 20th, 2016

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Records set by boats that are supposed to set them don’t much impress us, but this one’s pretty good.

Spindrift 2 arrived in St Malo this evening (Tuesday) having crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a just over 6 days at an average speed of just over 22 knots in the ninth edition of the Transat Quebec-St Malo.

After 3212 miles of racing, Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli and the 12-strong crew crossed the finish line in their black and gold boat at 23h17m41s (local time), winning not just line honours but smashing Loïck Peyron’s 1996 race record by just under two days.

The multihull specialists established a new race record of 6 days 1 hour 17 minutes and 41 seconds, beating the previous record set by Peyron in 1996 onboard the trimaran Orma Fujicolor II by 1 day, 19 hours 6 minutes and 19 seconds. Spindrift 2 started the race three days after the monohulls and multihulls in the race, and their line honours and record performance further underlines the potential and performance of this legendary boat.


July 19th, 2016

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One Bronze Medal. That is what is projected for the mighty USA in the sailing Olympics. One Fucking Bronze Medal. What a pathetic, low expectation, slap in the face this is to everyone associated with the US Team. US Sailing, sponsors like Sperry, coaches and to the product that they have created, the sailors, should all be so embarrassed by this abject failure that not only awaits, but seems inevitable.

Sure this decline has been ongoing for years, and it should have been dealt with actual corrective methods that would have generated results. Instead, the slow race to win the bottom would appear to be within the grasp of all those involved. What a proud moment!

Given the shit show lead up to these Brazilian Olympics, and the very real potential for a disastrous, infectious, violent nightmare awaiting, the US should have pulled out anyway. It not only would have protected the athletes, it would have sent the right message, and as a side benefit, saved the US from yet another Olympic Sailing Embarrassment.

We see a new Olympic Sailing slogan: Make America Slow Again.


July 19th, 2016

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British Classic Week 2016 Ph: Guido Cantini  /  Panerai / SeaSee.com

Helluva shot from the Panerai British Classic.


July 19th, 2016

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