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Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Beautiful conditions allowed the completion of 14 races and the O’pen BIC Freestyle Challenge with 32 teams.

The highlight of the event may have been the World Premier of the “Bridge of Doom” bringing course obstacles and X-Games feeling to Youth Sailing. On one reaching leg of the high-speed slalom course, the sailors had to heel over to get under an inflatable arch. This tested the sailor’s boat handling and made for added fun and drama.

Nine sailors from the North American’s now qualify for the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen in Bermuda, and join twenty-three other international O’pen BIC sailors who will be The Half Time Show between Race One and Race Two of the America’s Cup Finals, June 17.

Find event results here. Title thanks to this.

 

March 23rd, 2017

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We have almost zero love for the AC, but we sure love this video and the energy behind the team.

 

March 23rd, 2017

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Perhaps it is because we are older, perhaps with that comes a better understanding for and appreciation of our parents who made it possible for most of us to fall in love with this sport that we can never seem to get enough of..

bh youngI had dinner with a friend of mine the other day. She was constantly checking her phone. Her 20 year old daughter had moved to live with her father in Germany and her three-times-a-day text had not arrived. She was worried. “She usually text’s at the same time every day,” my friend said. “I can’t imagine what’s gone wrong.” I nodded in sympathy. I am a parent and I totally understand.

The next day I had lunch with one of my oldest and sweetest friends. Without her I would never have had the most awesome life that I have had. That’s a true statement. I was a snotty nosed kid walking the docks in Durban, South Africa dreaming of a life on the lip of an ocean swell; but clueless. That’s when I met Lyn Lindsay. She was First Mate of one of South Africa’s best know yachts – Dabulamanzi. They had just arrived from the Seychelles and they were planning on doing the Cape Town to Uruguay race. I was a hands-on-my-knees sailmaker at Elvstrom Sails in Durban and the boat needed some sails repaired. I offered to help and Lyn saw something that she liked. Enthusiasm, innocence, and a bucket full of bullshit. Lyn asked if I would like to join the boat for the race to Uruguay.

OK let’s put this into perspective. I was a 20 year old “kid”. I had no offshore sailing experience. I had a long term girlfriend, my first love, and had just been offered an adventure of a lifetime. I wasn’t sure. I walked the damp streets of Durban searching my soul. Should I go for it or should I stay with Liz?  It never once occurred to me that my parents had any say in the matter. My Mom was dead but I was very close to my Dad and Step-Mom. I wandered some more and at some point I made a decision. I was going to join the crew.

And I did. We left Cape Town on a blustery January day and sailed across the South Atlantic. Along the way I turned 21. Jeeze I am pushing six decades now and as I said I have children. I am not sure how I feel about things. Would I let my boys “just go for it?”  Probably, but then, maybe not. Back then the only means of communication was by letter. Or if desperate, telegram. They charged by the character and it was expensive. So expensive that when I was lost and presumed dead in the 1979 Fastnet Race, and then found alive, my parents sent me a telegram. They signed it MaenPa. That’s Afrikaans for MomandDad. See, shorter=cheaper.

The friend with whom I had lunch with, Lyn Lindsay, brought along a pile of photographs from our wonderful adventure. We not only sailed to Uruguay but continued up the coast of Brazil to the Caribbean. She dug through the photos and found one of me. I had just turned 21. I was broke but the captain of the boat had offered to buy me lunch; a beer and a whole chicken. I look at the picture now and I am not sure what I see. I see a happy kid with a whole lot more hair than I have now. I have a son who looks just like me. He is only 16, so he is not leaving just yet, but I wonder how much courage it took for my parents to give me their blessing. They let me go on a trip across the Atlantic and eventually around the world. Postcards would be sent when I had money for a stamp and sometimes they got lost. They could not follow me daily on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram. Definitely not Snap Chat. Nope I was out there making it; or not.

I have huge respect for parents of the past. How much courage did it take to say goodbye – and hope beyond hope – that not only had they done a great job raising their (in my case) son, but that the traffic and jams of life did not trip them up along the way. Thank you Dad, and you too Judy, my StepMom. – Brian Hancock.

 

March 23rd, 2017

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The Melges 32 Easy Tiger 3 smoking downwind on their way to winning the Super 12′s Sydney Harbour Regatta. Thanks to Andrea Francolini for the photo.

Thinking about getting a Melges 32? Here is a great one at a newly discounted price!

 

March 23rd, 2017

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Big Pimpin’

farr bannerStoked to have Farr Yacht Design continue their advertising relationship with us! We still lament the day we didn’t buy Swuzzlebubble, the greatest Half Tonner of all time…

The Infiniti 53 is a new 53 foot canting keel boat suited for exceptional performance both offshore and inshore. The new yacht will feature a canting keel, gybing centerline daggerboard and leverages the dramatic performance advantages available through the DSS system.

The design intends to revolutionize the performance of yachts in the mid-50 foot range.

Check it out.

 

March 23rd, 2017

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Our lives are busy. We try to do a million things at once. Often we can’t see the forest for the trees. And then today we received this brilliant work from our friends at Waterlust. We can all learn from this.

 

March 22nd, 2017

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There’s only one place in the world where you’d see an 60-foot racing yacht hoisted up on a nation’s most recognizable landmark, and it’s no surprise that place is France.  Go here to find out what’s going on with Initiatives Coeur and the Eiffel Tower this coming May.  Head to the finally-winding-down Vendee Globe thread for more info.

March 22nd, 2017

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2006-04-27_082700_catWhile we’re not offering special tickets to the highest-priced Broadway musical in history, we are happy to point out that one of the quickest boats of her time is now for sale on eBay – with NO RESERVE!

Currrently offered for a cool £0,99, the two-time Little America’s Cup champion (1964, 65 helmed by Reg White) is available complete with a monster 47-foot mast with three trapezes, carrying 550 s.f. of sail upwind with another 800 down.  The ad claims she’s structurally sound, with a new main beam and carbon beam mounts, and needs little more than a new daggerboard and some ‘tidying’…

Regardless, if you’re in the UK or Europe and have a pocket full of change and a need to hit 20 knots in light air (or a love for sailing history), it might pay to keep an eye on this one.

Thanks to SA’er waynemarlow for the heads up.

 

March 22nd, 2017

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UFO Production - 1

We haven’t seen ‘average’ sailors so charged up about a new singlehander in a decade, and with UFO production hull # 1 currently in the mold, shit’s getting real for the US-designed and built ‘people’s foiler.’  Get to know the genesis of the project and the latest news right here on SA, and head over to the new builder’s website to find out more.

March 22nd, 2017

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Like most sailors, we’ve never quite gotten the cruise ship thing. Why shell out a bunch of money to hang out on a moving motel that smells of burning diesel and the other thousand passenger’s farts?  Even more odd is how little ‘cruisers’ actually understand about what they may be getting themselves into; they never seem to know that it doesn’t matter if your ride is 20 feet or a thousand feet long – when Mother Ocean decides it’s time for a ride, she’s gonna give you one.  Click the video above to see what such a ride looks like on the monster Anthem of the Seas.

 

March 22nd, 2017

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