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52 blueIt was not my plan to write about TP52s for this month’s issue but not to mention the collision between Sled and Gladiator in race two of the 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup when you just witnessed the damaged boats coming in is difficult.

The TP52 organisers cover all the bases… so naturally round two of the 2017 Super Series in Miami had perfect conditions with Azzurra, pictured left, taken by Ingrid Abery, winning comfortably to take the series lead as the fleet heads to Europe. Peter Holmberg is now driving Ergin Imre’s Turkish entry Provezza which after a fourth in Key West maintained her consistency to finish third in Miami in spite of being the only boat in the top six not to win a race

Ever since September 2010 the first beat of the final race at the MedCup event in Cagliari, when All4One failed to duck Bribón and crashed into her, we have not seen a crash of anywhere near this magnitude. The Gladiator-Sled incident is amazingly similar to the one in 2010. In Miami the waves were bigger, Sled was travelling a bit faster and landed more on top of Gladiator – in fact, she did not even break her bobstay whereas in 2010 All4One had her bobstay slicing through Bribón as a wire through the cheese till the bobstay finally gave way.

The impact this time was such that the runner winch with half its pod came off the deck of Gladiator and Sled kept going far enough into her for her bowsprit to just miss the legs of owner/driver Tony Langley and rip the starboard steering wheel from his hands. This was only the boat’s second race, after changing ownership and going from Interlodge to Gladiator.

A bad day at the office for both teams is an understatement. Read on.

 

May 14th, 2017

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anarchy leaves

Good friend Brian Janney putting the finishing touches on The Mighty Anarchy as she gets wrapped up to be sent on her way to her new owners in Ohio. Originally bought by the Ed for a two-year program, it was cut a bit short by the retarded mast breaking incident.

The Melges 32 is the most incredible boat to race, and years later, it is still the fastest 30’+ sport boat anywhere. We loved almost everything about it and feel incredibly lucky to have owned and raced this boat hard and fairly successfully. Lots of amazingly fun times and unreal camaraderie was shared with some fabulous human beings on this boat. But, as with many things in life, we are closing one chapter and opening another.

Check back in the next couple days to see what that is…

 

May 14th, 2017

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Another cookie-cutter Mark Mills 37-footer has been chosen by The Greatest Yacht Club Ever Known To Man as “The Boat” for a regatta sponsored by a mid-tier luxury watchmaker.  The Greatest Yacht Club Ever Known To Man has bought the first 20 boats. How nice for them.

Headline thanks to the Sex Pistols.

 

May 14th, 2017

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Screenshot 2017-05-12 21.20.04Too many kids stoked to race sportboats, but not enough boats!  That’s what the Mystic River Mudratz are facing with their successful youth Melges 24 program, and that’s why they need your help.  If you have an older Melges 24 and you’re looking to sell (or you will benefit from a nice tax write-off) and you want to support a great program that’ll keep kids in sailing forever, get in touch with the Ratz.

 

 

May 12th, 2017

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Words fail. Props to Anarchist Frithjof from Germany.

 

May 12th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’

bente intAfter a successful time with Bente24, our team decided to come up with a new anything but average family cruiser – the BENTE39

Officially introduced just a few days ago, she has gotten lots of attention with her looks. The boat has kept the lines influence from the 24ft , keeping the dodger as a fixed sprayhood. Equipped with a double rudder system, guided by a central tiller and twice inverted bow design, she promises to be a very quick and able performer, delivered in a modern, tidy design.

39BEN look with lots of sail area and light weight- likely not  a race boat, but simply a modern fast cruising boat, according to Alexander Vrolijk. ( R & D BENTE GmbH )

With pre-orders already open, and a price point that may surprise you, the BENTE39 prototype will be presented at the Düsseldorf boat show next year, with first launch editions expected in Fall 2018.

 

May 12th, 2017

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Oracle Team USA Skipper, Jimmy Spithill and Team Falcon as they haul ass from NYC to Bermuda on an F4. The trip took place in November over a course of 66 hours and 662 miles. we doubt mere mortals would have survived. Watch the entire episode this Saturday May 13th 10p/et via Outside TV Network.

 

 

May 11th, 2017

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Community

teslaThe Park City Sailing Association in Park City, Utah is celebrating it’s tenth season with a massive fundraiser. Park City Sailing (PCSA) served over 1,500 sailors in 2016 from kids to adults, beginners to experts, abled bodied to adaptive sailors. We’re continuing our efforts to grow the sport and to make sailing accessible to all. This fundraiser will greatly support our efforts for more infrastructure in new, safer docks, as well as the beginnings in a capital fund to build a new building.

The fundraiser reflects our efforts to be sustainable with an all electric Tesla or a J70 with a Torqueedo motor. If the donation goal of $125,000 is reached, the winner will have their choice of a Tesla Model S 75D, or a fully equipped J70, or $50,000 in cash. Support a great sailing cause and you may just walk or sail away with a new ride! There will be a winner no matter what. In the chance that we don’t reach the goal to award one of the grand prizes, we’ll split the net donations 50/50 with the winner so somebody is walking away happy. Hopefully that is you!

Jump in for your chance to win!

 

May 11th, 2017

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With R2AK 2017 fast approaching, revisit last year’s craziness in the Inside Passage with this awesome new video from OffCenterHarbor.com.

The Rooks brothers entered R2AK 2016 in a Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 because it was the boat they had – and it took just about everything they had to finish the 750-mile race.

 

May 11th, 2017

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If there is one thing we love about the crew at Waterlust, it is their ambitious insistence of doing and seeing as much cool shit as they can. This one sounds good…

 

May 10th, 2017

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