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Big Pimpin’

Pilering-in-use.jpgEver had to lasso a piling with a dock line while backing into a slip? Ever show up to a boat suspended above the water ‘cause you didn’t leave enough slack in the lines for the tide? How ‘bout chafed a rope on a piling full of splinters or oysters? No more!

Pile Ring is a simple, industrial grade, cost-effective solution for docks with pilings – especially those in tidal regions.

Features:
*The seamless, roto-molded Polyethylene/Polyurethane shell is UV stable, indestructible, non-marking, filled with closed-cell foam rendering it unsinkable

*Integrated hoop is a solid, continuous 19mm stainless steel rod which is load cell tested to 3 tons working, / 5 tons breaking load

*Cleans and inhibits growth from the pilings as it rubs & moves with the tidal range

*15.5” inside diameter fits most pilings with enough clearance to slip over existing hardware, requiring ZERO installation

*Designed for use on wood, metal, concrete, and composite

*Available in 2 sizes (larger size offers 21” I/D), either in Orange or Black

*Bulk & wholesale discounts available for commercial clients

Check out our website below for specs, photos, and link to the online store.

 

April 19th, 2016

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Clean Report

With three breezy and extremely lumpy (outside) days of racing, 2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week will be remembered mostly for disasters averted, and the biggest was the rescue of Orlando-based J/88 crew Patrick Daniel, whose heart stopped in the middle of Sunday’s first race.  We remember when the Van Liews, Draftz, the Coast Guard, and Doctor Stephen Shapiro from Roper St. Francis hospital created the CRW Safety Plan years ago, and now they’d get to put it into action.  Spoiler alert for those who haven’t yet seen my 5-minute video interview with Doc - A pulseless, breathless Daniel was breathing and talking by the time they got to the dock to transfer him to an ambulance.

IMG_7429-1Mer and I were just a couple hundred feet away when it all went down, and we immediately motored over to stand by for assistance, but it was apparent that the first responder – and then Doc – had things well under control.  The crew had CPR already started inside the 3 minutes it took the rescue boat to get alongside, and the AED was on Daniel’s chest maybe 2 minutes later almost before the sails were completely down.

With a sharp uptick in racing fatalities over the past few years, it’s a delight to not only hear a story about a sailor escaping death, but to watch it all happen in real time.  It’s also a vindication of the hard and seemingly thankless hours that organizers spend on developing and reviewing safety plans.  Most importantly perhaps, even with a perfect performance from the crew, the EMT, the boat drivers, and the doc, there’s always something to learn – and everyone knows that had the fleet been on their intended offshore course, the outcome would likely have been much more tragic.

Draftz awarded Doc Shapiro the Jubilee Cup Perpetual for sportsmanship while the crowd gave him a massive ovation.  It was well deserved.

While it paled in comparison to the potential tragedy averted on the Wando River, the weather was pretty tragic for those looking to race sausages in 6 offshore fleets on a single course outside the Charleston jetties.  All offshore racing was shut down on Friday thanks to massive, and most of Saturday was lost offshore thanks to a nasty injury on the RC boat and no easy way to transfer to a medical boat in the big waves.  When conditions continued to rage outside on Sunday morning, CRW boss Randy Draftz dug into his bag of tricks with a long morning of calls to Port Captains and Coast Guard Commanders, and had the Wando River closed down to traffic so the fleet could move under the bridge and get some racing in.

Like pretty much all regattas in the US, handicap windward/leeward racing has been falling off pretty continuously for the better part of the last decade at Charleston, even as inshore one-designs have made it the biggest regatta on the continent.  Giving those six fleets a 3-race day in gorgeous Charleston conditions may have saved the format for another few years.  Given the millions and millions of dollars that the event generates for the area, we’d try to push the local shipping orgs for a permanent Course 4 under the bridge to allow another 50 or 75 one-designs into the harbor or even some handicap fleets if the demand is still there, but then again we care more about enjoying Charleston and sleeping past 6 AM than we do about having obstruction-free race course.

There are literally dozens of videos and hundreds of photos (including some nice work from the back-on-the-water Meredith Block) along with news from all over the place over on CRW’s Facebook Page.  And of course, there is a thread.

 

April 19th, 2016

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Awesome shot, right? Wanna see how it ends? We can tell you it is even more awesome. And see if you can spot the windex getting launched!

 

April 18th, 2016

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TheWeekendSailor_FeatImage@2x-1024x576.pngThis coming Friday, April 22nd at 6PM, The Newport Beach Film Festival will feature Mexican film director Bernardo Arsuaga’s documentary of the 73-74 Whitbread Round the World Race. This is a brand new movie featuring never before seen footage from the inaugural Whitbread race, aboard the first winner

Sayula II. The “Weekend Sailor” won the directors award for best movie when it was premiered in the USA at the San Francisco Ocean Film festival last month. It garnered two standing ovations, rave reviews and comments from the sailors as one of the best sailing movies ever! This will be the second showing in the USA and should draw a good crowd. Not a movie you want to miss. Oh wait, some of you may have to do the Taco Derby.

- Keith Lorence, crewmember on Sayula during their epic win.

 

April 18th, 2016

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shiney

From Italy a new shining dinghy, built in wood (stitch&glue). Modern hull shape, flushdeck for a freestyle drive. Check it.

 

April 18th, 2016

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Everyone remembers the basics of what happened on San Francisco Bay. Oracle Team USA was down 1-8. The Kiwis needed just more win. Then Oracle somehow beat back the odds. It’s been called the greatest comeback in the history of sport.

But was it?

comebackG. Bruce Knecht, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, set out to investigate how Oracle turned things around and, most particularly, the source of that extra horsepower that seemed to come out from nowhere during the final races.

The book that resulted—THE COMEBACK: How Larry Ellison’s Team Won the America’s Cup–is a page-turning narrative that takes readers deep inside the story. The book’s biggest revelation: Oracle developed a technique for pumping its massive wing. It was astonishingly effective. But it violated the rules.

Pumping is not the only reason Oracle won. THE COMEBACK–which is available as a Kindle Single and in paperback, also describes the superhuman personal efforts that kicked in once the team had nothing to lose. “Oracle’s reincarnation was born,” Knecht writes, “of not just never-say-die determination and unspoken prohibitions on finger pointing and naysaying but also of an almost reckless willingness to accept risk.”

We have for two excerpts. In the first, Knecht explains what he did when he learned that Oracle had been pumping its wing throughout the final races. The second excerpt describes what’s happened since the last race.

Title thanks to LL Cool J.

 

April 18th, 2016

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Right here. Anarchy all dressed up for Opening Day at SDYC.  And Always Reppin’. We had the best time at Opening Day ever, and this is precicely the reason.

No word if the boat won best yacht, but if there was a category for best shit show, we win that hands down…

 

April 17th, 2016

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The Seahorse pimp parade continues with a good look at a sailmaker you may nothing about, but will shortly…

x-defaultIncidence Sails has been a leading name in long-distance offshore racing sails for decades, often leading many of the world’s other sailmakers in this tough genre due to their experience and success in the classes that compete in trans-oceanic events, such as the Imoca 60s, Mini 6.50s and Class40s, and of course some of the most famous giant multihulls that ever howled their way into the oceanic record books. The combination of intense racing in often gruelling offshore conditions has steered Incidence in identifying the crucial balance between innovation and durability that has allowed so many of their customers to stand on the podium at some of the world’s toughest ocean racing events.

And while Incidence has been making steady progress in its evolution of sail cloth and design, to steadily produce impressive results over the years, the development of their latest product, DFi, has just been recognised as another significant leap forward.

The High Technology Prize given by the Nautical Industries’ Federation (FIN) is a prestigious recognition in the field of offshore racing innovation; it is judged by a distinguished panel, composed of specialist journalists, representatives of Eurolarge Innovation, the Nautical Certification Institute (ICNN) and FIN itself. It was Incidence’s DFi product that took the award for 2015.

‘We would like to thank the FIN and the jury of the High Technology prize. We are very proud of this award,’ said Yannick Richomme, development director at Incidence. ‘DFi is Incidence’s current filament solution, which emerged from the development of D4 membrane. It is characterised by its lightness, its strength and its shape-holding properties.

‘We launched DFi at the Paris Boat Show after a rigorous validation programme: technical, legal and also to ensure that we can consistently produce to the standard required and at the price wanted. The final process, a full-scale sailing test, took place during last November’s Transat Jacques Vabre, where three boats were equipped with DFi sails. This test proved convincing because of the tough weather conditions encountered on the way to a podium finish in the Imoca class.’

The process that led to this award-winning product started two years ago with the formation of Incidence’s own integrated design department to analyse, test and produce what became DFi.

‘We started with D4,’ said Pierre-Antoine Morvan, R&D engineer at Incidence and an experienced match-racer. Read on.

 

April 17th, 2016

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One of the breeziest Charleston Race Weeks in years wraps today, with waves so massive outside the jetties that organizers took the unprecedented step of moving the entire offshore racing fleet under the Ravenel Bridge for some tight windward/leewards in the Wando River.  Want to see how it all unfolds?  Watch Clean and the team on Facebook, all day.

Here’s a shot and story from the inshore course.

I have been a part of some epic knock-downs, but I think this one had even more special meaning.  I was onboard with two amputees and a blind guy that not only recovered from this 90 degree charleston harbor perfect 10, but proceeded to put the spinnaker up again and push to get it right.  I can’t tell you how amazing this group of men and women are that committed to sail in Charleston race week with Warrior Sailing Program. Back on the water today for some J22 action and big boat racing!

The Warrior Sailing Program is still seeking last bit of funding to help make their fund-raising goal!

This is the deal:  The men and women of Warrior Sailing Program have opportunities to sail onboard USMMA Sailing Foundation vessels.  One of the vessels provided this week is Metolius, an 84’ donated vessel.  All of the expenses for this opportunity are covered by the Foundation.  We need help from the sailing community to make this happen on a consistent basis. While we have been sailing in regattas and having a blast, these men and women have been fighting for our freedom and safety.  If everyone takes a minute and donates even $5, it is going to a worthy cause!

Please introduce yourself and come meet the Team!  We will be at all of the Charleston Race Week events sporting our awesome new Zhik gear.

-Ben ‘Pooch’ Poucher

April 17th, 2016

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There aren’t a whole lot of regattas that have their own video morning weather report, but then again Sperry Charleston Race Week isn’t like most regattas, though it does provide a blueprint for cool shit you can do at your own event.

Despite losing offshore circles yesterday (to conditions that ended up being perfectly sailable), the inshore fleets got 3-4 races in and the weather is only getting better in Chucktown.  Clean and Mer are blowing it up on CRW’s Facebook Page all day with videos and photos and more, so check out the country’s biggest regatta live today.

 

April 16th, 2016

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