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Surf, too. A vigil was held for Barry Ault, one of the most interesting characters in the San Diego sailing and surfing scene, who passed away in late December. He was one of those unique and rare SDYC guys who was able to cut through a lot of bullshit associated with our sport,  while succeeding at a high level. A genuine good dude. We always dug him, always enjoyed our all too brief encounters and chats with him. What a bummer. Photo thanks to Da-Woody.

 

January 18th, 2015

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Well, sorta! But it actually was the beacon that drew plenty of folks to the 2015 Winter Anarchy party in Chicago last night. More soon.

 

January 17th, 2015

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The On-The-Water Anarchy/Sperry Top-Sider/Line Honors team is off to the pubs with the Moth World Champ, but not before gettin’ you the goods on the overall action.  And the action is all about Peter Burling – so motherfuckin’ ill!  Huge thanks to all of you for watching, and sit tight; we’ll have one hell of a reality show/reel in a couple of weeks.

Sander Van Der Borch’s sick-ass photos from the day are all over here.

 

January 16th, 2015

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Wanna watch the most insane sailing you might ever see?  NOW IS THE TIME, and it’s live from Australia!

One final day, 25-30 knots, and 80 of the world’s fastest dinghy sailors will put on a show for you today, and we’ve got our superstar team on the water to bring it all to you live.  Watch today and you might even win a highly sought-after Sailing Anarchy/Sperry/Line Honors/Moth Worlds Flexfit gangsa cap like the ones we rock.  And yeah, we’ve got another special guest star on the microphone today…

Please go and thank Sperry for their patronage, but only if you want more…

 

January 15th, 2015

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photo 1Allen and Daniela of PhotoBoat.com are at Key West Race Week Next week for the 9th year in a row capturing the action… You know you wan the kind shots of your boat and crew in full action!

Hell, why go (well, except for the racing and the parties and the chicks) if you can’t hang a righteous shot or two from the race course on the office, we mean, living room wall!

Don’t be that guy who didnt get the shots that will last a lifetime! Here’s a link to save some money if you want make a deposit for photography before race week starts.

 

January 15th, 2015

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last 1Amid calms, gales, controversy and carnage, the 2015 Moth Worlds has become an easy target for criticism. From a fleet that was arguably too big and star-studded to manage, to a struggling race committee, to weather that refused to cooperate for days on end, to a multi-time world champ getting run down by a CNN media boat, almost everything that could go wrong in this regatta has. None of that seemed to matter after Thursday however, when beautiful Sorrento and Port Phillip Bay twisted up the good stuff for this record-setting fleet with flat water and 25 knots in the sun, allowing the race committee to run four races in the Gold Fleet and three for the Silver Fleet. With just one race sailed during the past three days, day five of the Moth Worlds was a critical juncture for both the organizing club and the sailors alike; those on point solidified a good regatta while those that floundered have watched their championship hopes slip away. As the last remnants of a low moved east across the region on Thursday morning, the rain cleared out almost on cue to allow the fleet to get an early 1100 start, and it was game-on from the get go. Defending Moth world champion Nathan Outteridge and current regatta leader Peter Burling squared off for the first time in this Moth Worlds, hooking up to engage in a long-awaited battle at the front with the young Kiwi crashing ass-over-teakettle on the second downwind leg to relinquish a valuable point to Outteridge as the battle for the world title has taken focus. From there on out it was all Burling however, with the future skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand going lights out with a downhill advantage over everybody to score three straight bullets and stake his defining claim to ownership of this championship regatta. With Moth specialists Josh McKnight and Chris Rashley alongside America’s Cup stars Outteridge, Burling, Draper and Slingsby consistently going head-to-head in 15-25 knots of breeze and full-on flat water boat speed conditions to contest the top five, the incredible competition that we have long anticipated from this regatta has finally begun to materialize in the final two days.

‘Slingers’ broke a foil on the way to the race track to miss the first race but came back to show blistering upwind speed, sailing on his light-air foils, though a DNF in the first race and UFD over-early in the second race saw his chances at a good finish in the worlds slip away. Peter Burling is close to having this Moth Worlds win wrapped up, he needs two decent races and he’s got it. While numerically any one of the top three can grab the win, as long as Burling doesn’t suffer a major gear failure, we can’t see how he’ll lose it. Nathan Outteridge sits in a solid second place, while the final podium position is well and truly up for grabs, with Aussie Josh McKnight battling pommy rivals “the Chrisses” (Draper and Rashley) in an effort to make it a southern-hemi clean sweep of the podium.

last 2US top gun Bora Gulari was uncharacteristically off the pace Thursday, apparently both shaken up and lacking in boat speed after being run over by Shirley Robertson and the CNN Mainsail bunch, watching his chances at a good worlds fade to black. To add insult to injury, Robertson and her boats’ driver didn’t even agree on their story in the room, with the driver claiming they were filming, and Shirley saying they (conveniently) weren’t. Thanks to the self-serving testimony, Gulari got screwed out of redress, and the international clown court said the crash was partially his fault. Motor boat vs. sailboat…unfuckingbelievable, and we had multiple reports of the same asshats refusing yesterday to help a stricken sailor waving his hands in the international distress signal. Yet another American got completely screwed yesterday; event videographer Beau Outterridge apparently didn’t know how the finish line worked, and he was directly in front of US Class President Matt Knowles as Knowles rolled around the mark to head upwind for his final lap. The whole media thing is shocking; who would ever have thought that it would be Robertson/CNN and young Outerridge wrecking regattas while the SA media boats are the responsible ones.

Top American and perhaps the most over-achieving sailor at this worlds right now is one-design rockstar Anthony Kotoun who is having an incredible regatta to sit in seventh place with a realistic shot at the top five going into the final day. There’s great battles all over the fleet with Mach 2 builder Andrew McDougall leading the Masters division, 17-year old Italian Gian Maria Ferrighi leading a big juniors fleet (his twin brother sits a bit deeper) and local Mothie Samantha England leading a close battle over Irish Olympic radial sailor Annalise Murphy and Japanese Olympic hopeful Wakoko Tabata for top women’s honors. You can check out interviews with all these cats on Facebook or with links in the forum.

What will happen on the last day of the Moth Worlds? The hell if we know, but already, the Silver Fleet has been AP over A’d thanks to the big breeze, and with a major NW’ly running against a fairly big tide, we can guarantee big carnage and the chance of a major gear failure at the top of the fleet, throwing the scoring into mayhem. Will Burling hold on to claim his first Worlds? Will he falter and somehow allow Outteridge an unlikely repeat? Can Bora stage some late-race heroics to move back up the board, passing Kotoun for top US spot after a worlds he’d likely rather forget? It’s Finals Friday, bitches and there’s only once place to be. And you know where you can watch it, right? More awesome photo work from Sander Van der Borch…check his Worlds galleries here.

 

January 15th, 2015

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Repeat after me: Sailing ain’t a spectator sport.  Yet another myth, busted, thanks to Petey Crawford and the Moths on the penultimate day of racing at the Moth Worlds.  One more day to go, and the dogs are already blowing down the beach, chains in tatters.

 

January 15th, 2015

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BWR Breaking

Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes, skippers of yacht HUGO BOSS in the Barcelona World Race this evening lost their mast at 21.02 GMT. The yacht was reaching in moderate conditions when there was a rigging failure and the mast fell overboard and broke.

This means they will now cease racing in the Barcelona World Race 2014 -2015. The skippers and the shore team are currently evaluating how to get the boat to the nearest landfall, which is likely to be Salvador in Brazil which is a significant distance from the boat’s current position. Read on.

 

January 14th, 2015

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Two days left, and everything to play for.  Watch a full four-race, action packed day, all live…now.

 

January 14th, 2015

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15_003953_MothWorlds2015 The wheels are dangling by a single bolt on the bus that is the ultra highly anticipated Moth Worlds. Despite sailing just one light-air, low-riding race in the finals the fleet has been bloodied from top to bottom with the carnage spilling over to a humbled race committee who is feeling the pressure and has used their one life-line in hopes that they can salvage a regatta that’s been slipping away from them.

A few boats again didn’t make it home after sailing yesterday, a two-time world champ got taken out by a press boat, another ended up tangled in the rig of a moored yacht, and one boat dropped a rig without a single race to show for all the effort, and with just two days to go, the pressure is on to do everything possible to get in three a day on Thursday and Friday.  Meanwhile, the Anarchy team went hunting for two elusive species in Southeast Oz: Bogans and kangaroos.  We”ll have more on that when our regatta recap/Reality TV episode next week

Recap:

Peter Burling’s dominant performance, both in the heavy and in the light, means he has a nice cushion at the top of the leaderboard. Following up his unforgettable four-bullet performance in breeze-on conditions on Sunday to own the right side of the course, keep it on the foils and secure a handy third place finish in race 1 of the gold fleet, Burling has now opened up an eleven-point lead over now second-placed Josh McKnight. Japanese Nacra 17 Olympic hopeful Hiroki Goto relied on a special ‘samurai’ foil and some smooth moves at the top mark of the second lap to gybe inside of Chris Draper and take his first ever worlds race win. While Burling, Bora and Hiroki were both happy to be interviewed live aboard M/V Anarchy during the postponement that followed, several other skippers weren’t so stoked to race in non-foiling conditions with just 7 of 80 starters getting around the race track within the time limit. After a three-hour postponement to wait for breeze, the RC finally pulled the plug and called off the day’s second race. With Murphy’s law in full effect, a perfect 12-15 knots built in the late afternoon sending several Moths back onto the course for a beautiful sunset sail.

15_004445_MothWorlds2015-EditFollowing up ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘Mellow Monday’ was ‘Terrible Tuesday’ at the Moth Worlds. With northerly breeze and it’s associated twenty miles of fetch combining with blinding rain and poor visibility to wreck the race course, the race committee was eager to get a race off but gun-shy of sending the fleet out into controversial conditions after the reaming they had taken in social media the day before. At three o’clock, after four hours of postponement, a competitors meeting was held under the marquee with the decision to race or not coming down to a show of hands amongst the sailors. Silver fleet voted almost unanimously to hit the shower and then have a rum in lieu of sailing while gold fleet wanted to get a race off. Almost exactly the opposite as Monday, as soon as the decision was made to go racing, the conditions deteriorated again with northeasterly breeze well into the 20’s and an opposing flood tide at the height of it’s flow creating a virtual minefield of short, choppy waves for the Moths to contend with. Just getting out was going to be a dilemma with the lee-shore boat park, heinous conditions and a large mooring field full of peril. The media, spectators and other competitors watched on in anticipation to see who would be the first one to go out and with little surprise it was Moth builder Andrew ‘A-Mac’ McDougall who led the charge on what was truly a boat-builders day. About 30 Moths followed and what ensued was complete and utter chaos with Moths crashing in every direction, carbon bits exploding and of course, the Bora incident. With half the fleet in the water and the other half afraid to bear away and put the bow down, RC was again in a bind and made the call to go in for the day. The sail back to the beach was just as hectic with as many sailors needing assistance to get back in as those that were able to sail in. The Emirates Team New Zealand boys were amongst the dozen chase boats that stayed out for an hour until all boats could safely make it back to the beach, several of them having sustained too much damage to foils, wands and other bits to sail in under their own power.

The predicted front came through on the lay day, the Club has brought in a class-recommended technical advisor to prevent more gaffes on the RC boat, and the weather should  allow for some solid, (if wet and low-vis) racing on the final days of the regatta.  We’re looking forward with cautious optimism and will continue to bring it all to you live from Sorrento.  Check the thread for the latest.

Sander Van Der Borch photos, with big thanks to Sperry Top-Sider for their support.

 

January 14th, 2015

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She barely made the start after a long delivery from the Northeast, but Rambler 88 hit the line flying for her first-ever race, and now has a massive lead on the Lauderdale to Key West fleet in VMG running conditions.  Pic from Trey Rose. New Rambler launch video here.

January 14th, 2015

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When normally consistent summer weather turns shitty for days on end, when your Race Officer has a heart attack two weeks before the biggest event in club history, when the breeze you do get seems to always line up directly against the biggest tide of the month, and when a major international news team runs over the double world champion in a RIB, what the hell do you do?

You thank your lucky stars you have this guy running the show.  Meet retired Royal Australian Navy Commander Peter Osbourne, and listen to how an expert talks to the press when things go wrong.  Seriously – everyone in race management or event PR should watch this video, and learn.

Nice work from Petey Crawford on the two-cam shoot.

 

January 14th, 2015

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We’re always stoked when accomplished young women reveal they are SA fans; here’s a note we got this morning from delicious UK pro kiteboarder and model Hannah Whiteley.  As, ummm, visual beings, we think the best place to follow Hannah is over on Instagram.

Hi, Mr. Clean! I love checking out your website, always something interesting on there. ;-)

I thought your readers might like to check out my new video ‘Extreme High Heel Kitesurfing’

I love trying different things and having fun with kiting, but I can promise you that kiting in high heels was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I still had a great time working on this project and trying something new, and showing that you don’t have to be a guy or a boyish girl to kitesurf!  Kiting is for everyone and a beautiful passion. Try something new today and don’t be afraid to have fun and be different.

Thanks to videographer Andre Magarao and sponsors Best Kiteboarding, Chiemsee, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles & Prolimit. Song: Barking by Wally Gagel, Xandy Barry.

-Hannah

 

January 14th, 2015

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BORA NNC

That’s double gold medalist Shirley Robertson and her CNN Mainsail producer offering the first of many apologies to top US mothie and Luna Rossa Challenge team member Bora Gulari (Detroit, Michigan) after her media boat collided with his foiling moth.  Shirley’s media boat destroyed the rudder gantry of Bora’s Mach 2 during the carnage-filled pre-start to an aborted race yesterday while the CNN crew were facing the other way; they were filming a pre-start lineup with Nathan Outerridge and Paul Goodison.

CNN took Bora’s foils to shore and then left him when help came along; Bora went into survival mode, with a club rescue RIB nearly running him over in an attempted recovery in wind-against-tide nastiness.  Finally, the ETNZ rescue boat came over and helped the American and his boat get to shore (along with helping about a dozen others, while event rescue boats milled about in some confusion).

15_004095_MothWorlds2015While CNN may be used to being ridiculed, we’re pretty disappointed in Robertson, who we know is a passionate, experienced sailor.  Given how lightly the responsible RIB got off (no injuries to Bora), Shirley would have certainly won our respect had she stood up and taken responsibility and assuring Bora that she would do what it took to get his boat back up to snuff.  Instead, she tried to divert blame from her, implying that the sailboat ran into her powerboat.   We understand that lawyers have made honesty something of a relic, but we would hope Shirley knows better.  Apparently not.

In contrast, Regatta Chair Peter Osbourne and the entire SSCBC team have been transparent and communicative, and this morning, we got a phone call assuring us that Bora would not be out of pocket for a penny.  That’s how it should be done.  Top photo credit to Petey Crawford, rescue shot to Sander Van Der Borch.

Racing is cancelled for Wednesday, with 30-40 knots on Port Philip Bay.  Join us right here on Sailing Anarchy for all the live video action on Thursday and Friday as the Worlds Finals is packed into 2 short days.

January 13th, 2015

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charlieThe horror show in Paris has shaken up much of Europe, and thanks to some of our French readers, we’ve got this well-remembered cover from more than 40 years ago to pay tribute to the spirit of the shit-stirring mag and yachting.  It’s the mag’s response to Pen Duick IV’s dismasting during the Whitbread back in January 1974, a backhanded compliment to Eric Tabarly’s massive male genitalia (figuratively, and we’ve heard literally) and ego.

Our thoughts go out to our frères et soeurs in and around Paris effected by this horrible attack; Charlie Hebdo remains typically defiant, though they’ll sell some 50 times their regular circulation for the next issue – featuring cartoons of Mohammed himself.  Nice.

Leading VOR 65 skipper Charles Caudrelier had some comments about the massacre a few days ago; check ‘em.

 

January 12th, 2015

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Here is this year’s version of Hawaii 5 0 2 , thanks to local WYC anarchists at heart, Steve for the boat and BJ for making it happen. Yup, this is winter in Hawaii…record lows last week too. Musta dipped down in to the low 60′s. – Anarchist Pat.

 

January 12th, 2015

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Top Oracle Team USA coach and multihuller Philippe Presti shares the sentiment of the Moth Worlds fleet as the nearly always sunny summer beach town of Sorrento waits for a window to get off the lee shore beach in 25+ knots; even the Aussies are under-dressed for the monster low pressure that’s touching Port Philip Bay today.  On the other hand, most of the chillin’ sailors told us ‘it’s the first good RO decision of the week’…so there’s that.

Not everyone was too scared to go out; check out the scow!  We’ll be posting real time updates on the comments section of today’s Youtube Live feed – and no, we’re not broadcasting yet.  For all of yesterday’s pics and some gorgeous sunrise action from the awesome Sander Van Der Borch, go here.  Day 3′s video highlight reel is now up as well, and thanks to Sperry for making it all possible!

January 12th, 2015

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slingersMost of the criticism has already been pulled from the web, but there’s little doubt the Moth Worlds Race Committee is the worst in recent Moths memory; something Oracle Team USA strategist Tom Slingsby seems to agree with on Facebook, along with some even more critical comments from the fleet.  Hit the thread for the rest of the story.

Note to all future Moth Worlds committees: No matter how much he thinks he can, your ‘RC superstar’ simply does not have the tools to run this most unique of events.  There’s only one guy to call, and his name is Anderson Reggio.  Why?  Because he is a peer, and he spends all his time with the racers, finding out exactly what they want.

Racing is live at 1100 local/1900 EST; watch yesterday’s below and follow the links to foiling gold.

January 12th, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 7.20.29 PMWe’re stoked to become the first sailing publication in the world to reach 100,000 likes on Facebook; and unlike a handful of our would-be competitors, we didn’t buy a single one.  Thanks to all of you for sharing, liking, and commenting on our content – it keeps it all real, and that’s what we love most of all.

True sailing geeks can go check out the sexiest collection of dinghy carbon porn shots you’ve ever seen in our Facebook Moth Worlds Bits gallery over here. 

 

January 12th, 2015

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Are you ready for it? We are. Sperry Top-Sider and Sailing Anarchy bring you what you’ve been waiting for: The Gold Fleet! 3 women and 76 guys made it through, and now, the regatta really begins.   We’ll be telling you the full story live, over three races as the Finals begins.  Bouncy video and awesome commentary at the 2015 Moth Worlds.

We might even get our super special guest star to talk on the microphone; he’s holding cables at the moment…stay tuned.

 

January 11th, 2015

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