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Part 2 of out in the wilderness series of abandoned boats, and all of them contributed by Anarchists. Today’s gem is a Valicelli 50 -Trinity ex-Pioneer, Lying in Toledo, OH. Submitted by family member Ryan Knight, he gives us the backstory:

“It has been in the back of our building for 15 years.  Dad bought it in 1989 and raced it on the Great Lakes until 2002.” As to why they stopped racing her; “Dad got older, I had a young family and crew started having families, etc.  He always wanted to get it back in the water but now the boat is in bad shape, however it is an aluminum hull, no fiberglass.  Would sell it if we could find a buyer.  Was a hell of a time, racing against FUJIMO, Leading Edge, American Eagle, Margret Rintool, many others in the IOR 50 fleet.”

How awesome to know the story! Got a story? Send it in!

 

June 22nd, 2017

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Wednesday, 7th of June a huge storm hit the whole of the western province, causing all schools to be closed for the day. We usually train up to four times a week, but the wind was too strong and no one wanted to go sailing in the overcast weather. So while the rest of Cape Town was running to shelter, I was crazy enough to go sailing.

We measured winds between 32-46 knots at Imperial Yacht Club. My home club is Zeekoeivlei Yacht Club and I am training to go to my second world championship in Thailand. As a sailor grown up in Cape Town, strong winds are common for us.

But there has never been anything so strong to make me look forward to the same ways I did to this one! I went out and sailed for about an hour, and then came back exhausted! With footage from my GoPro, I have put this video together from “The Mother of Cape Storms.” – Anarchist Alex.

 

June 22nd, 2017

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Instructor: “I think we can leave your PFD on the beach.”

What’s yours?

Shoutout to Windzone​​​​​​​ for the pic.

June 22nd, 2017

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5878155.jpg.857142c9ade45a84f9ea0a18dfd1647a.jpgIf you’ve got time on your hands and a willingness to live the multihull hippie lifestyle, SA’er ‘multihuler’ has a proposal for you!

Check this out: A former Race 2 Alaska competitor wants to go bigger, and needs minions to assemble and prep his fleet of multihulls for a wide range of pursuits.  The boats include a 40′ carbon Antrim offshore race cat, a vintage 34′ Gougeon trimaran, a Reynolds 33 cat, a 38′ cruising trimaran, and a Newick trimaran powerboat/tender to carry your passports.

He writes: “I will consider any race, anywhere, but prefer the East Coast to gather the fleet. My only funding is barely enough to support the boats.  Preferred crew are self-sufficient, have extra time on their hands, willing to help with media campaign for future sponsorship (video/writing/social media experience helpful)…First choice is to gather the fleet in North Carolina this summer or fall.

“I like the R2AK, Ft. Lauderdale-Miami, any Cuba race, and prefer to train and cruise the Bahamas in between.  Yes, I am a multihull addict and I am running out of time.”

In other words, work your ass off on some quick, cool boats, and race and cruise whenever you’re not fixing something!  Join the commune and get lodging at no cost and expenses if sponsors are found.

Find him on Facebook or pick this interesting dude’s brain in the thread.

June 21st, 2017

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Shanghai Sailor’s nostalgic Cup piece Then And Now last week touched a nerve with encyclopedic SA’er “The Jay,” who took issue with the concept of the America’s Cup as the sport’s leading edge of development.  Check it, and join the conversation here.

SS writes some great posts but when it comes to the piece from the front page it seems that he may be off the ball. The basic tenet of the piece is wrong. The AC has rarely, if ever, been “at the forefront of yachting development”. It has been involved in some development, but it’s generally just been refining small-boat ideas for big-boat use. Let’s look at the claims that were made about the J Class on the front page;

“Rigs went from single spreader to multi spreaders….rigs that were so much higher and more efficient with Bermudan Rigs, as large a change from the old gaff rigs to the new rig as wings are to soft sails.”

The AC did not lead this process at all. Bermudan rigs came into international yacht racing in the mid-1890s at the Seawanhaka Cup, a quarter of a century before they were first used in the AC. Bermudan rigs and multiple spreaders came into big boats in 1921, when the 112 foot cutter Nyria was redesigned to take a bermudan rig with triple spreaders. There were also three 23 Metres racing with bermudan rig (Astra, Cambria and Candida) before the rig was ever used in the AC. It also seems that the old US AC boats Resolute and Vanitie had been converted to bermudan after their AC careers but before any bermudan boat had raced in the AC.  The facts are clear – not only did the AC not lead the way for the whole sport, it didn’t even lead the way for 130 footers.

“sails like genoas and spinnakers (both or which owe their developments to the J-Class era.”

Nope. Depending on who you believe, genoas came from Manfred Curry and his renjollen dinghies, or Sven Salen in Six Metres, or Francis Herreshoff before he designed an AC challenger. Modern style “parachute spinnakers” only came into the Cup in 1934, many years after they had been adopted in smaller boats. In fact AC legend Sherman Hoyt wanted “parachute spinnakers” banned from the J Class because they were unseamanlike.

What actually happened was that the AC boats held on to multiple small jibs longer after small boats had moved to genoas. Almost all of the first crop of Js had triple headsails. Only the last to be launched, Whirlwind, came out with twin headsails. This was a quarter of a century after the bermudan sloop had first raced in an international yacht race. As Uffa Fox noted, Whirlwind was already behind “the single headsail rig of the future”, which had already been in use in boats like Twelve Metres for years. So again, the AC did not lead the way, but lag behind.

“Those sails were in grooves or tracks up the mast instead of secured by hoops as with gaff rigs increasing aerodynamically, the efficiency. Aluminium made its appearance, as lighter than wood as carbon is now lighter than ally and even a form of wing mast made its appearance on what many people consider the greatest J-Class of all, Ranger.’

Yep, duralumin/aluminium was first used in the AC boats, but not on Ranger. And the mast’s creator didn’t think they were “a form of wing mast” or had track slides instead of hoops for what we would call a good reason. The shape was to give them strength and “diminished, rather than added to, the effectiveness of mast and sail on the wind…..The track on the after side of the mast which carries the luff of the mainsail is .an unfortunate necessity of the jib-headed rig.”

Of course, any claim that the second or third series of Js were like the AC50s is fatally flawed by the fact that the later Js were intended to be racer/cruisers – built to Lloyds so they did and could sail across oceans; carrying 7 tons of accommodation down below including a palatial owner’s stateroom and sometimes a bath; and with heavy masts built to rule restrictions. The British Js often raced around the coast week after week, like the earlier AC boats. They were rarely just day-racing boats like the AC50s. Yes, some had advanced equipment but not always – Rainbow used 27 year old winches!

However, while the masts on some of the Js were advanced, the hulls were extremely conservative. As Fox and others noted at the time, Js like Enterprise were very, very similar in hull shape to Britannia,designed in 1893. A class that has the same sort of hull as a boat about 30 years older is hardly bleeding edge in many ways. As Burgess, the man who created that first aluminium mast noted, “our latest America’s Cup yachts are more like the Gloriana in hull form (ie an 1890s design) than those of 30 years ago.”

“Rod rigging – common place on modern race boat with now steel being replaced by carbon leading to the modern E6 rigging on the highest end boats”

Rod rigging wasn’t invented in the AC; Burgess noted that rod rigging had been used in small boats beforehand. I think you’ll find that carbon rigging was also used outside of the AC for years. By the way BBurgess, who brought rod rigging into the AC, said that the Js did “not even contribute to the development of yachting as a true sport apart from the satisfaction of an illogical national vanity.”

“In 1987, after every 12 Metre before her had been aluminium the New Zealand plastic (cheater as Dennis Conner accused her of being) boat nearly carried all before her”That’s a classic example of the AC boats dragging the development chain. By 1987, fibreglass was old hat in every other class. ‘Glass ocean racers had been around since the Bounty II came out in 1956. Foam sandwich ocean racers had been around since the ’60s. Maxis had been made in fibreglass and foam sandwich since 1971. Carbon ocean racers had been around for about six years. Running 31 to 16 years behind the times is not leading edge.

“We had the NZ ‘Big Boat Challenge….the full on wing mast made its first appearance in this match.” The “full on wing mast” had been around since the 1950s in small boats, and since the 1970s in C Class cats. Wing masts had been used in ocean racing multis since 1968. Once again, the AC was dragging the chain by decades. Let’s not even get into designs like assymetrics, bowsprit poles, exotic masts, planing hulls, light displacement, film sails or the many other areas where the AC has lagged eons behind small boats and shorthanded racers.

The idea that the AC is leading edge seems to be comparatively modern. The fact is that the event started with a boat designed from a workboat, which was beaten before it left the USA, and with challengers that were cruising boats, and ever since then the heritage and value of the AC has laid in the conservative refinements of ideas that are then used in mainstream monohulls, not in blazing trails in the far reaches of design.

Sorry if it seems like I’m taking potshots at you SS, but the history of the event doesn’t bear you out.

June 21st, 2017

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Holy Shit!!!

 

June 21st, 2017

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Big Pimpin’

If you like sailing with and against the best of the best in the world’s best sailing destinations, have we got a boat for you!  More from their first-ever regatta in Porto Cervo at the Melges 40 Facebook Page.

June 21st, 2017

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Even sailors getting paid to sail make mistakes. Must be the vibe of that suspect Russian money. Was Dolt 45 onboard? From the coastal race of TP52 Super Series  in Sardinia from Max Ranchi.

 

June 21st, 2017

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From the forum…

Well, the new trimaran by Corsair saved my sailing life anyway…

In short, I found myself without a fleet in my early 40’s asking the question “what’s next?”.  I learned to sail at age 7.  I won my first national championship at 11, was a four year letter at USMMA with a few national titles in hand by graduation in 1997.  After college, like many others, I continued to sail lasers and V15s though many of my fellow collegiate sailing competitors went into full time Olympic campaigns.  I qualified and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 & 2008 to showcase how much better the full time campaigners became over the years. For my personal fleet, I traded usage of an S525 for a J22 along the way and raced it for 13 years.  I ended up with a J30 that my wife and I enjoyed overnight cruising on but now with three kids, two boys 9 & 6 and a girl now 3, the contentment and solice the J30 brought my wife and I does not quite do it for all of us.

One day about three years ago, the owner of the J22 Green Flash called requesting his boat back.  We originally traded boats because we were both moving simultaneously, I left my boat where it was in Port Arthur for him to use, he left the J22 in Houston for me to use.  Sadly, I delivered Green Flash back to Port Arthor and the two of us decided I would donate the S525 along with some cash from him to the sea scouts.

I looked around for a new fleet and was not pleased with the state of the sailing world.  It was the new age of the handy sport boat with new fleets popping up every six months.  I went to a regatta that had 8 fleets of sport boats under 30 feet none of which had more than 6 boats and I could only think “this could be an awesome regatta with 50 boats on the line but instead it is a whole bunch of mini-regattas going on simultaneously, yipee, what is wrong with this picture?”.    I had no intention on waiting for one fleet to take over the others which may take years and didn’t care to buy a boat that propaganda dictated “that’s where the competition is going.”

Watching the sport get stretched so thin was depressing and, frankly, I just wanted to go sailing again, have fun and go fast.  After much research, I bought the Corsair Pulse 600 last spring and can’t say enough good things about this boat.  I have raced it with my family of five, single handed and with an experienced crew or two .  I have hit 25 knots with three experienced crew and I have returned to port at 19 knots with my 6 year old attempting to do flips on the windward trampoline.  One Friday afternoon, I left the office, splashed the boat left the dock at 2:45, went sailing came back put the boat away and left for home at 5:07 after logging 21 miles of blasting around Galveston Bay in my button down shirt and slacks.  For the first time in a long time, I am excited about just going out for a sail.

Read on.

 

June 21st, 2017

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Patrick Rynne from Waterlust displays behavior that makes us think he already has Zika…

 

June 20th, 2017

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