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Big Pimpin’

Nice to see a fleet of the brand new, McConaghy-built MC 31‘s out already! They look pretty bad-ass and we already have a name for ours – Sucker MC!

 

February 9th, 2016

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We’re afraid Bedford’s problem hits near and dear to many of us who either have suffered from, or know someone who has fallen to the sweet siren call of sailing…

Hi, my name is Bedford. I guess it started back when I was in my teens. I started experimenting with sailing, a race here a cruise there. My friends all did it. I’ll never forget the time my mom found my Dubarrys. She was so pissed. It seemed harmless enough at the time. My Dad sailed and his father sailed too. They didn’t seem to have a problem.

My friends and family really started to notice that things were going to leeward when I got into my thirties. Sometimes I’d go off to a regatta and miss a whole week of work without calling in. I missed squash games, fund raisers and gallery openings. I’d show up at work a week later, tanned with a bunch of selfies. I was sailing four nights a week and all weekend.

That’s when the traveling started. I’d find myself flying all over North America and the Caribbean, staying in luxury hotels and eating at the best restaurants on the owner’s tab. All the other sailing bums lived that way back then. I was becoming a fixture on the yacht club scene. People were starting to talk. I had so much sportswear that I had to hide it from my wife. I kept telling myself that I could quit at any time. I just needed one more regatta. It got to the point where I couldn’t hold on to a day job anymore and my wife left me for an unemployed stereo salesman.

I realized that the only people I felt comfortable around were hardcore sailors. Back then, if we weren’t racing, we were looking for our next big race. All I could think about was the next race, plane tickets, hotels, fine dining, more sportswear. Even if I was traveling on business, I’d invariably end up down at the local yacht club trying to score a ride. I owned three blue blazers and no socks. I hung out with people with names like Chip, Buffy and Sparky.

I have to accept that I will always be a sailor. I’m trying to change but I will never stop thinking about the ocean. I even tried golf. That was a complete waste of time. Even the slightest breeze can send me running for the nearest marina. And, before long, I’ll find myself waking up in a quaint B&B in Newport or Marblehead with monogrammed sportswear everywhere.

I thought it would be OK if I stuck to distance races on custom stuff. I looked for rides on all carbon seventy or eighty footers if I could find them. That’s the fish everyone’s looking for. But, if I was desperate, I’d sail anything. Eventually, I found myself racing production boats, Beneteau’s, C&C’s…hell I’d go out on a Hunter if that’s all I could score.

So, where do we go from here? Time will tell. If my story can help just one person, one Chip, one Buffy, then it was all worth while. Day by day, I’ll learn a new life on land.

Please lend your support here….

 

February 9th, 2016

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Primo Cup 2016 Trophée Credit Suisse

Like Punxsutawney Phil here in the USA, Monaco’s Primo Cup is the beginning of the end of another shitty Northern winter.  And like that famous groundhog, Carlo Borlenghi popped out of his home to shoot the Stars in some big Mediterranean waves.  Results, videos, photos here.

February 9th, 2016

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CEO Knut Frostad signed off from his tenure at the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday, and call us crazy, but shouldn’t you have a new CEO before the old one leaves?  Knut’s right hand man and VOR Chief Operating Officer Tom Touber is off for greener pastures as well, and while there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, the clock she is a’ tickin’ and at least publicly, the VOR looks to be a rudderless ship.

Love him or hate him, Knut’s work ethic, commitment, and love for the sport is impossible to deny.  Respect.  Here’s a little excerpt from Knut’s piece.

So tell us about why you came to make this decision to leave the job at this time?

KF: It was quite similar to the day I decided to stop offshore racing. It was two things – I have a family, and the kids are growing, and that’s following your heart again. For me it’s very difficult to reduce the time and energy I invest in anything, for me to say that I should step back from my role and start going home at 5pm rather than 8pm, that’s not an alternative. I can’t deliver something that I am  proud or satisfied with if I do that.

I got to a place where the ends didn’t meet. I’ve pushed with my heart for so long and eight years has been non-stop. I also felt that it was time for someone else but me. Not because I have run out of ideas, I have a few for the next race, but because it needs a fresh perspective in some areas.

 

February 9th, 2016

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Quite possibly the best weather-related audio track in the history of weather-related audio tracks, it’s legendary Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellan making the Beaufort Scale sound like a concerto.  Nice find from ‘blackjenner’.

 

February 9th, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 5.53.13 AMKiwi A-Cat sailor and past Olympian Murray Philpott died in a glider crash in central Otago, NZ yesterday.  SA’er ‘TornadoALIVE’ posted this obit from IACA Technical head Graeme Harbour.

The International A Class Association is deeply saddened by the death of New Zealand A Class sailor Murray Philpott in a tragic gliding accident on the 6th February.

Murray was an active long time A Class sailor for over 25 years and a regular competitor at World, European, New Zealand and Australian Championships. He was a fierce competitor who excelled in heavier weather and five top ten results at World Championships and ten National titles in New Zealand over his A Class sailing career pay testament to his ability.

He was an innovator and always looking for improvements. His latest boat in which Murray played a big part in design and construction attracted a lot of attention at the Punta Ala Worlds.

Murray was known, respected and admired by sailors from all parts of the world. His deep knowledge of the sport was guidance to all levels of sailors, from club racers to Olympic sailors and Americas Cup contenders.  He gave his knowledge happily and openly to all that sought his council.

As an active long time IACA and Technical Committee member Murray was instrumental in framing the guidelines we operate under today and could always be relied on to offer sound advise on the many issues faced by the class.

A devoted husband to one of the worlds best trolley dollies, Christine, and loving father to son Daniel and his two beautiful daughters Gabriel & Georgia.

In recent years one of Murray’s greatest pleasures was racing Daniel in the A Class fleet, he was secretly becoming more and more concerned that Daniel was increasingly at the finish before him.

Murray, you will be sadly missed by all and you can take comfort in knowing that the whole A Class fraternity is here to care and look after your family.

 

February 9th, 2016

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the new 32 2

Jesus, here we thought we bought the baddest 32′ on the planet and this MoFo comes along…

For Sale: Melges 32. Need to sell to make room for a more bad ass 32′

 

February 9th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

aussie woodWow, in this new video by OffCenterHarbor.com, a great moment in time has been captured again.  This time it’s a place where you can sail, surf, climb, fly fish, and drink beer — all before noon.

Click here to watch this new video and transport yourself to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasmania.  Note to self — add this to bucket list!

After watching the first video from OffCenterHarbor.com, you can sign up to get 10 more of their best videos for free while you check them out.

 

February 8th, 2016

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double double

Would this be protein or animal style? Oh yeah, what is it?

 

February 8th, 2016

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A very typical wind report here in Dago…

As of 9:40 AM PST, February 8
Temp: 75.0 F (23.9 C)
Humidity: 15%
Wind: From the SW at 2.0 MPH Gusting to 5.0 MPH

 

February 8th, 2016

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