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screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-10-20-pmIt must suck to win an Olympic gold medal in your fifties and find out you’re not even ranked in the the top ten in your class!  This screenshot comes from Santiago Lange’s current, official World Sailing Rankings for the Nacra 17 – apparently, the Princess Sofia is worth 100 points, but the Olympics is worth nothing at all.   Unless it’s yet another in the endless parade of World Sailing fuckups?

Title shout to the Chocolate Factory and to the late, great Gene Wilder.

October 14th, 2016

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Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous.  And it costs 7 figures.  And it would be significantly faster with less horsepower if it had some foils.  But if you’re a motorhead as well as a mariner, you gotta give the Glidersport SS some props.  For fuck’s sake, they say you can buy it with 3400 horsepower for a 3.5 second 0-60 time (same as a Ferrari F50) and a top speed over 96 knots, though we’re not so sure we’d like to be aboard what looks a bit like a wing at 100 knots…

Go here to add one to your stable of tenders.  Tip o’ the hat to Billy Backstay for the find.

October 14th, 2016

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che-guevara-smoking-a-cuban-cigarIf you’re entered or have considered one of the races to Cuba this winter, rejoice! In an effort to make it difficult to undo his administration’s US reconciliation with Cuba, President Obama is making big moves to help establish as many business relationships as possible with the island nation.  The first of those new moves was announced today, and it includes UNLIMITED PURCHASE OF CUBAN CIGARS!  That means you can offset some of your cost to race to Havana by loading your boat up with the finest Fidels…so long as they are for ‘your personal use.’  Now we don’t know about you, but personally, we could smoke a lot of cigars in a year…

Regular tobacco duties will apply, and here is a USA Today story outlining the other eased restrictions going into effect.


October 14th, 2016

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When you are trying to promote an event, we think a video like this is exactly how you do it!


October 13th, 2016

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Spurred on by sailors around the world to help save sailing from itself, the former 10-year president of ISAF has thrown his hat back into the ring to become President of World Sailing during the November election in Barcelona.  A two-time Olympic sailor himself, Paul “The Pope” Henderson has strong, clear ideas about where ISAF needs to go in order to regain its reputation, its value, and its relevance to the sport. Paul and Clean go deep in the first of our special World Sailing election coverage; an hour and a half of stories and discussion from Henderson’s experiences over a long lifetime inside the sport; from the infamous 1972 Munich Olympics to his quest to uncover what’s really been going on at ISAF for the past few years to the origin of his nickname, the man is a natural storyteller and he deftly makes his case for where sailing has gone wrong and where it needs to go for the future.  He also drops a few bombs, so don’t miss it.

Learn who’s running for the ISAF election here, and click this map to find out who to call in your own National Governing Body to ask who they’re voting for in November.  Check back here on the Front Page for our second presidential candidate’s interview coming this weekend after we speak to Denmark’s Kim Andersen.  Subscribe to the SA Podcast here.


October 13th, 2016

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You always hear people saying the breeze was on. Here is the perfect picture to describe that very thing! Thanks to Jimmy Emms. Click here to read the story.


October 13th, 2016

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We loathe ISAF as much, if not more, than anyone in this sport. And our hate is not only well earned, it is accurate. Would you like another example? Read on…

The Coady family were members of Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne, Australia. Atanosios Papantonio was the Boating Manager of SYC. He had previously made comments that Stephanie Coady should not be sailing a 49er. One week prior to the Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne 2014, he verbally abused Stephanie’s father Paul Coady, while preparing Stephanie’s boat and ordered her boat removed from SYC permanently. Atanosios was also the Professional Race Officer (PRO) for SWC Sail Melbourne 2014. Stephanie had previously completed an SYC form for boat storage and had been notified of approval for storage that year. She was training along with other Sail Melbourne competitors and, no other competitor was told to remove their boat.

Stephanie entered the SWC Sail Melbourne 2014 in the Olympic Class 49er. She completed all required paperwork and presented at registration and measuring as helm of the boat. Stephanie was known well by the PRO, the 49er IRO and 49er race officials. It was known that Stephanie had been training in the 49er for the SWC 2014. World Sailing also published on their website,, an article on the event highlighting Stephanie competing against the men as an example of the diversity of the competitors.

Stephanie sailed the first day of racing and retired early due to a damaged spinnaker pole. Before the second day racing she and Paul were approached by the PRO (Atanosios) and told they were in violation of the gender rules in the Notice of Race (NOR). Paul explained that this was in violation of discrimination law. The PRO subsequently verbally abused Paul and Stephanie. The PRO was later joined by a member of the International Jury (IJ). Paul requested that a protest be lodged in accordance with the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) before any action was taken. This was agreed by the PRO. Paul also explained they would not sail if a protest was lodged. An email was immediately sent to the event organisers asserting Stephanie’s rights under discrimination law.

After waiting for 2 hours, no protest was lodged, so Stephanie sailed to the race area. She was followed by members of the IJ in a boat. Stephanie was verbally abused by other competitors with foul language and yelled at to get of the course. The IJ were laughing at the abuse directed at Stephanie. Stephanie was 16 years old at the time. Upon returning from the days racing Paul was informed by race officials that Stephanie had been disqualified from the regatta. Read on.


October 13th, 2016

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Freaky, that’s what. Have at it!


October 12th, 2016

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I have been a huge supporter of women in sailing since I read a book by Clare Francis titled Come Wind or Weather. The book recounts her experience as the first female skipper to participate in the Whitbread Round the World Race. Clare Francis was the skipper of ADC Accutrac, a Swan 65 that participated in the 77/78 Whitbread. She led a mixed crew that included both men and women and they did reasonably well considering that most of the crew were relatively inexperienced. It seemed to me, from Clare’s account at least, that the women on board held their own against the men just fine and I thought it only natural that women should be included in every crew.

Sadly as my sailing career progressed it became obvious that men dominated and women were shunned from most boats. Despite some truly amazing efforts by female sailors namely Tracy Edwards leading the first all-female Whitbread effort, and Ellen MacArthur placing second in the Vendée Globe, to name just two, women in sailing still struggle to gain a foothold alongside their male counterparts. But that’s all just about to change.

This morning the Volvo Ocean Race announced some rule changes to encourage more female participation in the upcoming race and I, for one, think that it’s a groundbreaking decision that could revolutionize our sport. Let me first say that there must have been some soul searching done before coming to this decision. By tilting the crew numbers to allow more crew on boats that have more female sailors on the team seems to come out and say what many men have been saying for decades and that is that women are not as good as men and in order to compete on an equal footing you have to tilt crew numbers in their favor. At least that’s how some men are going to see it, but they could not be more wrong. Let me explain.

I watched the last VOR with some dismay as the all-female crew aboard Team SCA lagged at the back of the pack for most of the race this despite the fact that they had extra crew on board. I was certain that with all their resources Team SCA would be there among the leaders but it was not so. Can you extrapolate from their results that women sailors are inferior to men? Absolutely, definitely, not. Here is what you need to understand. Sailing a VOR65 is an extremely physical activity and slice it whichever way you like it, men are simply overall stronger than women and that’s what makes all the difference.

Let me quickly add that most of the sailors on Team SCA are probably a lot stronger than me, but we are not talking about me. We are talking about men in their 20’s that are in peak physical condition. You need less of them to drag a wet headsail out the hatch and so it makes sense to even things out a little by allowing more crew on an all-female team.

The new VOR rule allows a balance between men and women in the following manner.

  • 7 men

  • 7 men and 1 or 2 women

  • 7 women and 1 or 2 men

  • 5 men and 5 women

  • 11 women

The thing that makes this exciting is that the teams will be able to change their crew combinations from leg to leg in the race. It will allow one more avenue for the overall race strategy and will be very interesting to see how the different teams handle the number on board for each leg. I think that it’s a great innovation that hopefully will bring more women into the next VOR and more women into the sport in general.

- Brian Hancock


October 12th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

Only few years ago a bunch of enthusiastic Danish sailors started a pretty anarchistic race – no ISAF rules (now World sailing), no rating, a start line which is also the finish line and an island you sail around clockwise or counterclockwise. There are few classes which group the boats but only by length or by number of hulls. That said the island of Fyn is pretty big. Takes you a good hour driving by car to get across which in marine speak translates to about 134 miles.

This year a staggering 400 skippers signed in and filled in all of the available slots half a year before the actual start on Autumn equinox. Even with the fleet this size ithe race stayed true to its founding principles established by its original Race director Morten Brandt – minimum amount of rules and an adventure sized to be just outside of an average sailors comfort zone.

For the fourth time the Seascapes were part of the race. After the line honours Seascape 27 took in the overall monohull ranking two years ago, the number of Seascapes that joined the race was steadily growing. Even though the race is way out on the limit for the small 18, the 24 and especially the 27 are loving the format. But to cut the long story short simply check the video above.


October 12th, 2016

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