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That shock of fuzzy hair looking over things at the back of the unbranded (though the color gives away Spanish bank MAPFRE) Team Campos VOR is no other than France’s top ocean sailor, Michel Desjoyeux at the start of the ‘Round the Canaries’ race – the first real tète-a-tète for any of the VOD65s yet.  While it’s impossible to find anything on the official VOR site about this pre-race race, we can tell you that the legendary Mich Dej was apparently not enough to overcome Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel, with the girls coming home 8 minutes behind Team Campos.  With the final team still unannounced (and some thinking that a desperate VOR may finally be giving Boat 7 to the chronically underfunded Giovanni Soldini/Maserati), it’s still early days, though the addition of Desjoyeaux to an extremely skilled and experienced Spanish team makes them the odds-on favorite in our book.  He’s that good.  While VOR’ers are playing it very close to the bone, we think there’s a good chance we’ll see Mich racing at least part of this Volvo.

With plenty of sexist assholes still thinking the girls don’t have a shot, we think they acquitted themselves quite well, and continue to have high hopes for Team SCA winning a leg or three…here’s their report, and the go-to spot to chat about the pre-race is right over here in Ocean Racing Anarchy.

Photo from Pierre Orphanidis/Vsail.Info with a load more here.

 

July 22nd, 2014

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drop 1

I know that was our first question. Run something over? Nope. Dragging something? Nope.  Maybe dropped something? Bingo!

Thanks to Anarchist Andras in Hungary.

 

July 21st, 2014

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farr 40We heard that on Friday of the Farr 40 West Coast Champs in Santa barbara, there was a 10 boat protest for one incident. Yes, 10 boats!

Apparently Enfant Terrible on port did not tack right away when asked to by leeward boats  in order to give way for oncoming starboard boats. The result was a huge pile up with multiple collisions. Thankfully, no one sustained too much damage, and no one was injured seriously on any boats. ET  did their turn, but apparently in the protest room they were not thrown out but held responsible for all the damage. We hear some people are really pissed off about the whole thing.
ET went on to win the regatta…

 

July 21st, 2014

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Lanai owner Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp. (and the world’s fifth-richest person, according to Forbes magazine) is a big basketball fan and was reported in April to have an interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team.

An Ellison associate told the Wall Street Journal, for example, that Ellison has basketball courts on at least two of his yachts and shoots hoops for relaxation on the open water. To retrieve his errant shots that go overboard, Ellison hires a ballboy in a powerboat to trail the yachts.

 

July 21st, 2014

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too cool

We were!!! We swear!! We used to have it goin’ on, yo. For real.  But maybe never this young. Or cool. Oh never mind. Click here for more pics of kids having more fun than you ever had….

 

July 21st, 2014

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Reader Rant

antoineHello Anarchists. I’m back from the Half Ton Cup in Brittany, it was a wonderful event with a great mix of inshore/coastal races on beautiful boats in an incredible scenery. Excellent recipe for fun. I have some rants about the winner but I need to be precise!  I was just a mid-packer in this series and winning or losing one place would change nothing to me, because we were far from podium. Pictured here is our boat, Jaja.

I would like to react to Mr. Morton’s FuzzleFest (the article, recreator). Like him, I really enjoy Farr designs. I dig vintage stuff and performance stuff. Seeing work on Swuzzle was wonderful and winning races in 2014 on a legendary boat is cool. What I don’t like is the effect such projects could have on a not so strong class boats.

It’s cool to make this rebuild compete in IRC, that’s a race of money, buy speed, don’t pay for it too much in rating, fun for wealthy people. But for the Half Ton Cup it was a pity to see nice well maintained classic boat like General Tapioca ( has a new keel with a bulb, new rudder and a new rig – ed.), or Brittany Drizzle (which has a new keel, rudder and carbon rig. – ed) being humiliated by Fuzzlething. Fuzzlebubble is 2014 TP52 tech attached to a layer of fiberglass from the late 70s. It’s nowhere near the Half Ton class level of tech or spirit.

One could argue the rules are respected but half tonners are the cheapest crewed boat around, you can find very nice boat under 15000£ (in tapioca/brittany state of preservation) bring some friend and enjoy nice racing. Competing with a machine (and pro/semi pro crew) like fuzzlebubble is ten time the budget.

So today the 1st place is no more accessible to amateurs, which is not a good point for such a class. I don’t think a pro crew or a Volvo designer for fins and bulbs are working where they should be if they work for half ton cup 2014.

There is a simple solution: Bring much more restrictive rules, forcing owners to use original rigs, sail plan, weight, fins and all. But then some would consider this bad because it will be more expensive to maintain the boats and kill their HN/IRC capability. Plus many boats would have to be « downgraded ».

I think it’s a responsibility to competitors in vintage classes to compete wisely. Usually racing should be an all-out thing. All my energy, my time and my money. But please come humble to such a class. Keep your energy for other toys and compete with « acceptable » tech, it’s better for everyone. – Anarchist Antoine.

 

July 21st, 2014

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The 6 Meter British Open – which is the precursor event to the Europeans – wrapped up on Saturday. For those of you who think 6 meter sailing is all about rich coffin dodgers sitting in the back of their boats yelling unintelligible commands to the minions, you are partially correct, but the boats are sailed by top crews with all the latest gear and are minion free.The fleet is all about affluence and a quick glimpse at the docks shows finely tuned boats with all the go fast gear and your stereotypical pone ass crews trying to look like they are all doing something important because they have to.

For certain teams, smiling has to be kept to a minimum as it’s a sign of weakness and to actually socialize could result in a fate worse than a fate worse than death!

Day one’s racing was held under conditions that would have made my PNW friends proud. Multiple shades of grey and haze made marks hard to spot and considering the leeward end of the line was bordering on French waters, there was no hope of any VHF calls on over early boats which meant a conservative start unless you were French.

The RC have been very proactive on the radio but will not list over early boats. This is how it’s done in Cornwall and we will live with it.

After day one and two, it was apparent who were leading the division charges. Valhalla and Llanoria (with our very own Snap looking like he knows what he’s doing!)  in their respective divisions.

In the moderns, Battlecry showed that sails that are not carbon fibre but carbon dated can scare the pants off the fleet. This boat is unusually fast off the wind and has a Game Of Thrones spinnaker, which mesmerizes and terrifies the fleet.
In the classics, the top dogs are Llanoria, Gallant, Flapper and Lucie, all North American boats. We will see how the Brits and other Euros respond after this weekend.

The European Champs start on Monday. Best of luck to all teams! Photos thanks to Dana E. Olson.

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July 20th, 2014

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not so mellow yellow

Loick Peyron has launched his Walter Greene trimaran and headed out for his first sail preparing to take part in La Route du Rhum. Happy is the sister ship of Mike Birch’s famous Olympus.

Said Petron: “First training session on “HAPPY”, nothing but happiness. Small is beautiful! So far so good. and very impatient to start my 49th crossing of the Atlantic.” Look at that: this is Happy in Christophe’s eyes !!” Check out the awesome photo gallery right here.

Title inspiration thanks to Beck.

 

July 20th, 2014

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What a cool shot from Anarchist Jay. On their way to Bermuda, we think.

 

July 20th, 2014

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So as I write this on Saturday afternoon, Team Hula girl are inside the 100 mile check in point to the finish of the Pacific Cup, about 75 miles from the finish line in Kaneohe Bay on the north side of Oahu, to be precise.  We should finish tonight, or – more specifically – early tomorrow morning,  having made the crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii in the 2014 Pacific Cup in about nine and a half days. Average speed over the 2070 mile course would be a bit over nine knots.  We are the third boat to Hawaii in our class (maybe the seventh or eighth boat overall), however (because of rating differences) a number of boats will ‘correct’ out in front of us, so we’ll likely be 6th in class, and about 12th overall.

Those are the stats.  What they don’t show, of course, is the human side of the experience.  As the Hawaiian Islands come into range on the distant horizon and Hula Girl charges along in the late afternoon sun, a whole range of emotions begin to take hold.  And when you cross that finish line, pull into the dock and step ashore after having traversed the Eastern Pacific Ocean, you can at once feel gratified, relieved, excited, exhausted. You have accomplished no small feat, and, most importantly, YOU have accomplished the feat.  This wasn’t any cruise ship.  No one just took you for a sailboat ride. In the past 10 days, each of our team was on watch a total of 12 hours per day, and drove about 4 hours per day.  That means that over the course of the race, each driver drove for the equivalent of a 40 hour work week!

And I can tell you the level of improvement has been just fantastic.  At the start of the race, for plotting and routing purposes, I generally assume we’ll be going about 85% of our target boatspeeds.  I’ll modify this a bit one way of the other depending on a variety of things (experience of the crew, race conditions, etc.) but we were pretty close to that number.  By the time we got to the halfway point, I was using 90%.  The next day I bumped it up to 95%.  That’s pretty impressive.  I can’t really tell you how fun it is to see a team go from just ‘hanging in there’ sailing the boat (and sometimes not even able to do that in the darkness of night and shifty conditions) to full-on efficiency across the whole spectrum, day, night, squalls, and tradewinds.  And, of course, it’s not just driving…  the trimming, the crew work, the understanding of the relationships between all the positions, etc. etc. just became stronger and stronger. and contributed to our increased efficiency day after day….

One of our team mentioned that it’s really like having four coaches aboard:  not only are there three ‘regular’ coaches, but the group has been pro-active at working together, fostering a real sense of unified purpose and experience, and sharing with each other to improve as a whole.  I’ll admit, I might have been premature in calling a group of diversified sailors who had never stepped on a boat together before a ‘team’, but that designation is certainly justified now.  I’m proud of all of them.  Marko, Joe, and Alix came aboard with extremely limited exposure to sailing, and I couldn’t be more impressed with how they have progressed. Dale, Mike and Jimmy all brought more experience aboard and all rose to a high standard.  And, beyond them all just doing great, we had a fantastic time.  I have to say it was an extreme pleasure to sail with each and every one of them, for the first time or again.

So good on you all, team.  We were up against probably one of the toughest fleets I have ever raced to Hawaii against.  Each and every boat in our fleet was immaculately prepared, and the crew rosters read like a who’s who of West Coast offshore racing.  This is the real McCoy, a true grand-prix offshore racing event.  The fact that our young team could even think of competing against these guys was cool.  The fact that we were able to be competitive against them was awesome.

An finally, a huge thank you to coaches Geoff and Jasper.  These guys did a great job.  It’s no small feat to pull together a new crew and head off on a serious adventure like this, and the loin’s share of the credit goes to the great oversight and instruction provided by these two.  I know I consider myself fortunate to have had them both aboard.  Thanks tremendously, guys.

Now I’m going to head out into the cockpit for the final evening and enjoy the warm weather, the trade winds, the good company.  I’m looking forward to getting to Hawaii, to be sure, but I am just as excited about the next couple hours.  Although I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that a Mai Tai is sounding really, really good about now…

Have a good watch, friends.  And we’ll try to post some pictures in the next couple days.

Wayne Zittel and the Huligans

 

July 20th, 2014

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No, not every drone experience goes well. Ryan Breymaier needs some help. The string was the first clue!

 

July 19th, 2014

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Forwarded to our legal department….

lagoon-litigationI am the owner of Lagoon hull 82 (Nipper), about whom Yann Masselot wrote when referring to the sinking of my boat.  (Masselot is the Lagoon Catamaran Director – ed).

My website is www.lagoonlitigation.com.

I have written to Masselot demanding that he withdraw comments made about me on your website. If he does not do so, I intend to sue him for defamation.

For the record, the boat was seized by Simpson Marine (the Singapore Lagoon dealer) and sold to satisfy the debt. I never left Singapore, and the debt was satisfied by the sale of the boat.

Regards

Tim Robins

 

July 19th, 2014

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A hard dose of big-fleet reality was delivered to our own Mr. Clean today via the J/70 North Americans. After starting strong with a 7-1, the last 3 scores were a sober 19-25-26. They at least live to fight another day! The inside dope  from Clean coming soon…

 

July 19th, 2014

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fastest yacht

Oh sure, lottsa claims about who has the fastest yacht, but Anarchist Greg saw the actual fastest (and surely the most bitchin’) at Schoonmakers Point Marina in Sausalito yesterday, but it was gone this morning. Time waits for no one. Especially the fastest boat in the world.

 

July 18th, 2014

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AC Breaking

dead-kangarooUPDATE: It is indeed official – for the second straight time, The Challenger of Record has pulled out of the contest they helped to create along with Coutts & Co, and with no entries yet approved by GGYC, there is a real question whether the existing protocol will be able to exist in its current form now that the most important of the AC45 Challengers is out.  Here’s what happens when the CoR takes a walk; and we read the official release quote from Ben Ainslie to mean that BAR will be the likely replacement for the Oatleys. Anarchist ‘the truth’ called it last week in America’s Cup Anarchy; share your thoughts there.  

It’s understood the Australian Challenger of record, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, is withdrawing from the 35th edition of the race. The syndicate says the new Protocols set by challengers Oracle are too hard to prepare for when no dates or venue have been confirmed for the event. While prospective challengers continue to wonder what the hell Coutts has been doing for a year, Russell amazingly still says he needs until October to make the final decision.  Really?

Nice work, America’s Cup.

 

July 18th, 2014

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What happens when you’re an old, washed up douchebag? You get 87th place in a Sabot Race.  Perrrfect.

 

July 18th, 2014

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tranquility

Optis. Antarctic Expedition Boats. Big snowy Mountains. Sunshine. Slight breeze to move on the glass. Awesome work by Somira Sao.

 

July 18th, 2014

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SCOTW

representA new event was held this weekend in The Solent. A ladies two boat team racing event on J80s. The Royal Yacht Squadron V’s the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

With four ladies to each boat, relatively light (and sunny) conditions and the civilized and extensive hosting from the RYS it really was the most perfect sailing event and conditions. Following a tow out to Osbourne Bay on Saturday morning, the inner tigers of Team RORC were revealed within the pre-start with much shouting and more red flags than in a Spanish Bull Ring. It all settled down though and some good quality team racing was had finishing after day one with a 4-2 lead to Team RORC.

After a very posh three course meal hosted by the Commodore Christopher Sharples of the RYS, Day 2 was much more restrained affair despite it being for double points and swopping of boats. More of a consistent 10—12 knot breeze made the racing much more settled and the event finished with Team RORC winning overall with another 4 wins.

The event is expected to be ran next year and other clubs will be encouraged to put forward 8 of their best ladies to represent. On boat #1; Laetitia Mason; helm and team captain, Marianthe Evangelidis; tactician/mainsheet, Carol O’Kelly, Sachi Sault/Ellie Aarons (crew changeover on Day2) on jib trim. On boat #2; Josie Glidden; helm, Mugs Gohl; mainsheet and Lizzie Chellew and Stephanie Hensley on jib trim.

 

July 18th, 2014

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As the second Mac gets set to begin tomorrow, Our old pal Petey Crawford jammed together a video from the light air/downwind start of the earlier race, Bayview’s Port Huron-Mackinac.  Bora Gulari returned from Sardinia for a couple weeks to give Phil and Sharon O’Niel’s TP52 Natalie J her fourth straight overall (Cove Island Course) BYC-Mack win, and we’ve got an interview coming up with the rock star soon…for now, enjoy the stylings from Penalty Box.

UPDATE: Tim Lewin asked us to point out that, while Natalie J won four straight Cove Island overalls that she sailed, she actually didn’t go macking in 2013 because she was on the Transpac.  Last year, Sledgehammer, a J/120 won the Overall for Cove Island.   

July 18th, 2014

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One woman died and two others are in stable, but serious condition after a boating crash on Lake Washington late Wednesday night.

The Seattle Fire Department responded to reports at 10:39 p.m. that a 25-foot powerboat and a 21-foot sailboat had collided near Lake Washington Boulevard and East Jefferson Street, according to Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department. The collision occurred about a half mile from shore, Moore said.

Seven people were on the sailboat and three of them fell into the water during the crash, according to Moore. Medics performed CPR on a woman in her mid-20s, but she died at the scene. The other two victims, a man is his early-40s and a woman in her early-30s, were taken to Harborview Medical Center with fractures and lacerations, Moore said.

The powerboat appears to have broadsided the sailboat, but details are not clear, according to Drew Fowler of the Seattle Police Department. More here.

 

July 18th, 2014

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