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This is a picture taken of a wave crashing against the north pier at St. Joseph, MI last Wednesday, March 8 near sunset.  For the fact junkies out there, the wind blew 40 knots, gusting 60 from the west with a fetch of only 51nm.  The brown in the wave is sand pulled up from a depth of 20 feet.

The lighthouse seen is 57 feet high with a rear range light at 53 feet. The 36 foot tall front range and light at the end of the pier can not be seen.   Lake Michigan ain’t a place for wimpy sailors! – Anarchist Dirk.

 

March 15th, 2017

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Germania nova 16x9A Denbighshire teenager who left Wales to sail around the world with her family 10 years ago has been killed in an accident in Jamaica. Bethany Smith, 18, was working as a deckhand on a luxury schooner.

She fell while working high up a mast of the 196 ft (60m) vessel Germania Nova which was berthed in the Jamaican town of Port Antonio, Portland.

Her mother Sarah is in Trinidad, whilst her father David is working in the Netherlands.

The teenager spent her early years in Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen, but her parents set sail from Aberystwyth in April 2007 in their yacht “Cape” along with Bethany’s younger brother Bryn.

After spending three years cruising around the Mediterranean, the family sailed on to the Canary Islands and west Africa where they spent a further two years before crossing the Atlantic in March 2012. Read on, courtesy of the BBC.

 

March 15th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’

zhik 2How awesome is it finally have Zhik High Performance Sailing Gear with us?

We think it is very awesome as they make some of the most functional and nicely assembled sailing gear we have seen.

And they happen to be rocking a pretty significant sale right about now.

There’s not much time to enjoy this up to 70% off sale from Zhik. Get ahead on the water and stock up now! #MadeforWater.

Get over there before they run out!

 

March 15th, 2017

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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 7 to Lisbon

Clean Report – WORLD EXCLUSIVE

The folks at VOR love to tease you with cutesy non-announcements, but there’s a reason you rarely see similar tactics in the world of high-flying PR.  The reason? Because it gets guys like me charged up to dig into the story before Volvo deigns to release it.

So when we got the “Team 4 Confirmed” news from the VOR staff, we started burning the FaceTwitSkype lines, and it didn’t take long to get the world exclusive story for our readers – and that story is great news for anyone who wants to see offshore racing in the USA reach the kind of audience that only the VOR can.

We can now confirm that an American-led team is BACK in the race under the able leadership of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill.  While we won’t tell you who they are, we can also confirm that the two sponsors we’ve learned of are great partners for the sport of sailing, and we’re stoked to see them involved in the race. There are also some interesting dynamics involved in the new team, but now that we’ve busted open the biggest mystery, we’ll save that news for you for a bit.

If you’re in the Newport area you can find out more at the Tuesday press conference, and we promise to have the first big interview with the boys once the news has been officially announced.  Talk about it here.

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March 15th, 2017

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Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 7.41.27 PMA sharp-eyed Anarchist caught sight of this recent pic hidden somewhere in the cloud; is this the mysterious Boat 4? We dig the color scheme regardless; we were scared they’d show up in some flag-colored cliché…

Thanks to suspicious n00b BLAK for the find.

 

March 15th, 2017

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There is not a better tactician that Terry Hutchinson, and now you get the chance to hear him call an entire race. And you thought your tactician was a pain in the ass? Thanks to Quantum’s Keith Brash for the remarkable video.

 

 

March 15th, 2017

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bill ficker

RIP Bill Ficker. Jump in the thread to comment.

 

March 14th, 2017

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Big Pimpin’

melges 14 tourMelges Performance Sailboats just announced the Melges 14 Tour, a national series of try-it-out demo days and regattas. The Melges Team will be hitting the road with a trailer full of Melges 14s so anyone can test sail the new boat.

The Melges 14 Tour will come to Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin and Illinois, among others. The inaugural event of the Tour is the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship in Sarasota, Florida March 17-19, where 25 boats will hit the starting line. The Lake Geneva Challenge at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club June 10-11 will certainly be a highlight of the Tour. Sailors can charter boats for any of the four regattas on the Melges 14 Tour.

“The Melges Team is launching the Melges 14 Tour so that curious sailors have the opportunity to try out the boat and see how much fun it really is,” said Andy Burdick, President of Melges Performance Sailboats, “Contact us so we can get you set up.”

Shoreline Sailboats, New York’s Melges 14 dealer, is organizing the New York Circuit of the Melges 14 Tour, a series of Tour Stops for Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. New Yorkers can contact Shoreline Sailboats to add an event.

“Once you get a tiller in your hand, tuck your toes in the straps, and take this rocket out for a sail, you’ll see that this new boat is really changing the game for singlehanded dinghy sailing,” said Bob Hillier of Line Honors, a Melges 14 owner.

Anyone is welcome to see & try a new boat at any time: See new boat production at Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, Wisconsin, then try out the new boat on Lake Geneva.

Designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges in Zenda, Wisconsin, USA, the Melges 14 is a modern one-design racing boat and also has the ability to sail with two people. The boat is 14 feet and features a large, open cockpit so no bailing is required. A carbon mast and boom complements its modern, flexible sail plan with three rigs: Gold (98 sq. ft.), Blue (85 sq. ft.) and Red (58 sq. ft.). Sailors can order a custom Melges 14 dolly, car top it or tow it behind any vehicle. Used as a beach boat, a family-style sailboat or a one-design racing platform, the Melges 14 was honored as Sailing World’s 2016 Boat of the Year – Best Dinghy. With fleets in North America, Europe and Asia, the Melges 14 is emerging as a true high performance one-design racing boat, just two years after its introduction.

More details on the Melges 14 Tour can be found here.

 

March 14th, 2017

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Clean Report

For episode # 20, we caught up with three guys who represent some of the brave new thinking in the sport of sailing.  Longtime SA’er Chris Woolsey runs the reborn Miami Havana Race for a reborn SORC, and we get into the whys and hows of recreating this complicated international race to one of the world’s most unique race destinations.  After that, we catch up with Tim Fitzgerald, founder of Charleston’s Fort2Battery Race, to talk about his motivations for creating the successful harbor sprint.  We also get into Tim’s experience as one of the drivers behind Selden Masts growing dinghy business, discuss the first new hardware change in the 420 in years, and learn what Tim’s learned about getting millennials and Gen Z excited about sailing.  Finally, we turn to one of those Z’ers, young Peter Cronin of the Mudratz.  This clever kid discusses the team’s experience sailing amongst the big dogs in the Melges 24 and J/70 Class and the philosophy behind their growing Mudratz youth sailing movement in the Northeast.

Our next Sailing Anarchy Podcast will come to you from Havana Cuba, and you won’t want to miss that one!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the SA Podcast for instant notifications when each one drops.  (iTunes   Stitcher)

 

March 14th, 2017

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Actually this is famous painter Jim DeWitt with the just completed portrait of Anarchy that I commissioned him to do. Love it! Photo thanks to Jeff Thorpe. – ed.

 

March 13th, 2017

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