Long time Ventura, Ca sailor John R. “Dick” Velthoen, 76, passed away last week. One of the better sailors in the region with an outsized personality to match his outsized physical stature, Velthoen leaves a legacy of energy, influenece and a love of sailing.
The Ed knew Velthoen as a kid growing up in Oxnard. “Dick was just that very rare guy – a big, strapping good looking guy with an incredible enthusiasm for all things racing. He was a real force in both the sport and the community. I raced a lot against and with Dick, and one of my most memorable times was racing with Dick, Donna Fairfield and my dad on his Morgan 27 White Lightnin‘. It was supposed to be around Santa Cruz Island, but while beating up the inside of the Island in about 20 true, the rig broke. We motored back home, all sitting in the cockpit wrapped in sleeping bags drinking wine and acting like we didn’t have a care in the world. He just had a way of leading with his personality.”
A fun guy who loved life and one who wasn’t afraid to go out and grab it. He will be missed. Full obituary can be found here.
December 2nd, 2013
This evening – nearly seven weeks after the scheduled start of the Mini Transat in Dournenez, Benoit Marie crossed the finish line in Guadeloupe at the head of the fleet, and the reputation of the most grueling trans-oceanic race just keeps getting bigger and meaner. Marie also does his part for yachting aesthetics, proving that the “Scow Bow” of Giancarlo Pedote isn’t necessarily the end-all/be-all of Mini design (though until yesterday when light air VMG conditions rolled in, it looked like Pedote had the win in hand). Pedote did finish second. The skipper of Prysmian crossed the finish line at Pointe-à-Pitre at 20h 41mn 30s local time is (00h 41mn 30s, GMT). He finished 2h 55mn after the leader.
Marie, the French engineer earned the hell out of this one, and our biggest congratulations to him! Get in on the Mini Transat thread in Ocean Racing Anarchy to talk about it.
Senior Editor Mr. Clean caught up with the young Frenchman 20 minutes after he hit the dock in Pont-A-Pitre for this excellent (if slightly muffled) Sailing Anarchy Innerview. Check it, and have a peek at Benoit’s excellent blog, Facebook page, and Twitter to share your congrats.
December 1st, 2013
The brand new 60′ Carkeek-designed Ichi Ban goes sailing. Looks pretty nice. Boring paint job though. Thanks to our long lost friend Andrea Francolini for the pics!
November 30th, 2013
Three weeks ago when submitting my Transat Jacques Vabre preview to the Editor, I scrolled over to the “send” button and paused in a moment of indecision. Had I gone too far with this piece? Anyone who knows me is aware of my slightly unhealthy obsession with shorthanded French offshore racing, but this article was – even by my standards – a bit over the top. As I proofread it one last time, the article read more like a star-studded, action packed, cheesy-explosion-filled Hollywood trailer in literary form than a preview to a yacht race. Cheesy explosions and all, this eleventh running of the TJV was everything it was hailed to be and more.
The Bay of Biscay was portrayed as the angry sea monster – unpredictable and out for blood – and she played the role to perfection. She delayed the start of the race, diverted the race’s biggest fleet, broke one boat, flipped another and left a trail or rudders and random boat bits all over Western Europe. Biscay may get the Oscar Nominee but she’d be nothing without a supporting cast; the Portoguese Trades delivered in a big way, the doldrums didn’t fuck things up too badly and the Southeast Trades developed the story further by testing the fleet all the way to Brazil, knocking out the leaders in the process. Make no mistake, this Transat Jacques Vabre – the longest course the race has ever sailed – was no mere trade-wind jaunt to the tropics. It was a prolonged ass kicking, boat breaking test of skill, seamanship and heart that produced some absolutely fantastic ocean racing for which we are all privileged to have witnessed.
When we stated that there was a clearly defined “A” fleet and “B” fleet in this race, we didn’t think that the five boats who all train together out of Port la Forêt (MACIF, PRB, Maitre Coq, Safran, Cheminees Poujoulat) would all five take turns leading the fleet during the first half of the race, but that’s exactly what they did. The top two boats (MACIF and PRB) both made technical stops that helped facilitate this, but to see half of the premier fleet lead the race, not just in the first day or two, but in the first half of the race was simply stunning and we can take away a lot of positives from the TJV.
Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux were every bit the dream team that we had hoped for, and to watch them navigate and sail their way to a more than 50-mile lead in very demanding conditions during the first two days of the race was remarkable. First to cross through the front that challenged the fleet on the second night of the race, MACIF was in control early until discovering damage to their starboard rudder blade and diverting to Portugal to swap it out. Almost as quickly as Gabart and “Le Prof” had pulled out of the race, they were back in it at speed, re-creating a tight 5-boat pack with the upstart Bureau Vallée showing impressive pace in sixth. PRB and MACIF eventually extended out after the Cape Verdes, but not by much, and the fleet again compressed at the doldrums. Emerging from the doldrums with the lead still up for grabs, MACIF pushed hard to pull away from PRB; perhaps too hard.
Pulling out a 20 mile lead over PRB almost overnight, MACIF dismasted in a gut wrenching case of déjà vu for Gabart and Desjoyeaux, who also dismasted out of the last Barcelona World Race while fighting for the lead on FONCiA. Shortly after dismasting, Francois admitted that a new, lighter mast had been installed on his VPLP-designed boat after winning the Vendée Globe and that it had been more fragile than the original mast. A more traditional, less hectic Transat Jacques Vabre may not have proved the new mast inadequate but in this long and consistently windy race, there was no room for mistakes or miscalculations. Swapping in a lighter rig after winning the VG and then dropping it while leading the TJV only further validates the IMOCA class’ decision to adopt standardized rigs (and keels) for new boats as the class moves forward.
With MACIF headed to port, PRB assumed a lead of just 60 miles and maintained that lead, more or less, until the finish in Itajal. With Safran and Maitre Coq battling it out in PRB’s wake, there was no room for the leaders to falter, just as it should be in top-level yacht racing. To have great champions, you must have great challengers and the IMOCA fleet has this in spades.
While many will remember this race as the “one where MACIF dismasted and somebody else won”, the race itself was nowhere near that simple. MACIF was the fastest (and best sailed) boat in the race, sure, but not by a lot. PRB was almost as fast in most conditions and even faster in the light stuff, while Cheminees Poujoulat was fastest in the heavy stuff downwind. The Sooty Pussy’s meteoric rise through the rankings in the breeze-on Portoguese Trades was a stunning display of boat speed for Bernard Stamm’s venerable Juan K design and bodes well for him in the future. Factor in Safran’s level of development and consistency and Maitre Coq and Jeremie Beyou’s steep learning curve and marked improvement over the past two and a half weeks, combined with Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss’ upcoming new build and the IMOCA fleet looks as competitive as ever with more than a half dozen boats that can mix it up at the pointy end of the fleet.
You know a race is good when even the back of the fleet is filled with quality racing and story lines. Our boy Gutek finally finished a race on Energa, while two SA favorites battled it out to the bitter end with Tanguy de Lamotte on Initiatives-Couer beating out Team Plastique and Alessandro di Benedetto by the smallest of margins; just nine seconds!
The smallest fleet in the TJV this year, as expected, was the MOD 70’s. The class has been a flop due to hard economic times in France, lack of promotion and piss-poor management, but the boats that it has created are awe-inspiring and the racing top notch. The TJV was the first shorthanded race, and longest course, that the MOD 70’s have ever campaigned and was therefore as much of an experiment as a yacht race. Despite just two boats actually taking to the start, the experiment was an overwhelming success.
Though there wasn’t the excitement of constant lead changes, tons of boats, passing lanes and drama, the racing was actually very close. In a drag race to Cape Finisterre, Seb Josse’s Edmond de Rothschild pulled out to a 50-mile lead after what Oman Air-Musandam skipper Sidney Gavignet called “the toughest conditions i’ve seen on this boat”, including gusts of 40-50 knots and sustained breeze in the mid-30’s with “a huge seaway”. The Omani boat was more deeply reefed, slower and generally more conservative in the rough stuff, allowing EdR to gain this crucial advantage.
With Edmond de Rothschild maintaining their fragile 50 mile lead, the two MOD’s were barely even slowed by the doldrums, averaging 16 knots across the dreaded light-air zone. The pair of 70-foot tri’s continued their match race towards the Brazilian coast at breakneck speed with the Omani boat reaching up slightly higher to try and catch their competitors on Edmond de Rothschild, and nearly succeeding at that, before falling off the back of a cold front and getting trapped in the light air behind it. Mix in a few technical challenges, a hydraulic failure and the aforementioned slowing at Finisterre and it’s amazing that the race came down to just 5 hours. But that’s the beauty of one-design; close racing.
Josse and co-skipper Charles Caudrellier on EdR collaborated to create something incredible, masterfully sailing the course at an average of more than 22 knots. Establishing a new course reference time of 11 days, 5 hours and 3 minutes from Le Havre to Itajal, the duo came in well quicker than the expected 12-14 days. A phenomenal performance by both teams. After this TJV, we can only hope that Virbac-Paprec 70, Spindrift and the others in the MOD fleet will engage in next year’s Krys Ocean Race!
A class almost unknown to North Americans, the Multi 50‘s again provided some of the closest racing of any fleet while undoubtedly creating the most drama. With any of four boats that could conceivably win at the start and an impending thrashing in Biscay, the half-dozen Multi 50’s quickly spread out into their own “A” fleet and “B” fleet. Two days into the race, Maitre Jacques, a veteran of multiple trans-atlantic races, was first to break through the front and gain westerly leverage over the fleet. Battling for the lead while also battling the conditions, the veteran trimaran slammed off of a wave that quite literally broke the boat, ripping the front of the starboard ama off and compromising the forward cross beam. The boat diverted to La Coruña, Spain.
Next it was Arkema’s turn. The newest boat in the fleet and winner of this summer’s Roue des Princes, Arkema had become part of a close ménage à trois with defending TJV champ Actual and FenêtréA-Cardinal. Rounding Cape Finisterre at speed and flying before the Portoguese Trades in a gusty, shifty 20 knot northerly, the duo aboard Arkema was caught out by a gust and capsized some 230 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal. FenêtréA-Cardinal was less than a mile away at the time of the incident and communicated with Arkema via VHF radio. Cardinal co-skipper Yann Elies confirmed to the race direction that the pair onboard Arkema was uninjured and did not wish for the crew onboard FenêtréA-Cardinal to stand by or delay their race in any way, instead urging them to continue fighting for the lead. You have to love the French ocean racing mentality of “We flipped, we got this… Have a good race.”
With the four contenders now whittled down to two, it was to be a match race to the finish between FenêtréA-Cardinal and Actual. Cardinal gybed to the west while Actual rocketed south. When Actual gybed off of Madeira and re-consolidated with Cardinal, they fell in behind their rival and trailed them all the way to Brazil. Actual continued to attack all the way to Itajal and kept FenêtréA-Cardinal honest, but could not overcome the almost perfect performance of Erwan Le Roux and co-skipper Yann Elies, and that’s one of the great story lines of this race. Making his multihull debut in this race was Yann Elies, and now he’s a Transat Jacques Vabre champion.
Many readers know him simply as the guy who broke his femur in the Vendée Globe in 2008 and was rescued by the Australian navy near Christmas. Elies has come back from his death-defying southern ocean nightmare to become the first sailor to ever win the Solitaire du Figaro, the world’s most competitive singlehanded race, back-to-back. Overcoming a broken headstay (!) in this year’s race to claim victory in the über-competitive one-design fleet and now winning the Transat Jacques Vabre in his multihull debut… Incredible stuff. Yann Elies- a champion among champions.
This article may be a TJV recap, but that’s only because of the massive difference in speed between a 70-foot multihull and a 40-foot monohull. The Class 40’s are just now finishing, with most positions still up for grabs. Leaders since the start, pre-race favorite GDF SUEZ have fought off attack after attack from their pursuers, overcoming the crippling disability of ruining two of their three kites in the doldrums. Bleeding miles to the impressive Spanish duo of Alex Pella and Pablo Santurde on the new Botin-designed Tales Santander 2014 and class stalwart Jorg Reichers and Mare, the lead was whittled down to 50 miles this morning, but Seb Rogues and crew have continued to sail masterfully and should hold on to win the Class 40 fleet by the time that this is posted.
November 30th, 2013
Any one of his many accomplishments would have made him worthy of inclusion in a list of greats. Champion sailor in the Snipe, Lightning, while also sailing in the Star, Soling, FD’s and IOR classes. As a builder of those boats, a few of which helped to change the face of the sport, perhaps most notably Doug Peterson’s “Ganbare”. Friend and mentor to literally thousands of people around the world.
Carl’s boat building skills were legendary. “In many ways Carl is a genius,” says Lowell North, a sailmaker who has three times sailed himself to a world championship in Eichenlaub Stars. “Although some sailors on the East Coast may not agree, we on the West Coast know that he is the best.” This quote was from an extensive Sports Illustrated article in 1965, the entirety of which is well worth reading, because it captures the essence of the man, which almost literally never changed. Anyone remember the slogan “Any slob can win in an Eichenlaub”?
Away from the sport he played classical music on a bassoon and contrabassoon with several different local orchestras. He loved the San Diego Chargers and NASCAR and in recent years had taken to traveling to what he called “Dog Regattas”, otherwise known to the rest of us as dog shows, with his wife Jean and their herd of dogs. A graduate of San Diego State in ’53, Carl is a member of the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame and is an SDSU Distinguished Alumni. He was 83 years old. He passed away quietly with Jean and his children Betty Sue Sherman and Brian close by.
While winning races and building great boats for customers is interesting, of far greater importance is the esteem with which he was held in the sport. Carl was the shipwright for the US Sailing team for decades. He always took care of the US team first every day, but after that work was done he would help sailors from other countries fix their boats. For the sort of service he gave to the sport in 2000 he was awarded US Sailing’s highest honor, the Herreshoff Award.
Many people will have words of tribute for Carl, and we thought it appropriate to start off with what Dennis Conner had to say about him this morning:
“Carl Eichenlaub was truly a genius. He could sail a bath tub down the San Diego river with a sheet as a sail. He built championship boat after champion boat for the Snipe, Lightning and Star class He could play in the orchestra, build a railroad, invent a cedar core spruce star mast, go to the Olympics and not only repair the damaged US boats but help the entire fleet, He could build, paint and launch an ocean racing boat capable of winning the SORC “STINGER”, in 30 days from start to finish! All this as well a being a great sailor, winning Championships from Sabot to Snipes to Lightnings. He inspired some of our very best sailors, Lowell North, Pete Bennett, Malin Burnham, Earl Elms in San Diego.. He will be remembered as being one of our greatest sailing talents, along with Lowell, Buddy and Bill Buchan.There will never be another Carl, he was simply the BEST!”
November 29th, 2013
Traditional match racing isn’t always our cup of tea, but even adrenalin-junky/snobs like us have to admit it takes serious boathandling mastery to have even a remote chance of winning any match race, let alone the grand finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. In a great video example of this kind of skill, Bjorn Hansen must scrub off a penalty against frenchman Mathieu Richard if the Swede is to keep his hopes of a first World Title alive, and the only way to do that is to nearly stop his boat despite 15 knots of wind coming from behind. Watch it unfold here, with Clean and Simon Shaw on commentary. For a video wrap-up of the penultimate day of Tour racing, go here.
To see if Taylor Canfield and his US-One team can continue to crush their opposition and hold on to become the first American (yeah, yeah, we know) to win the World Match Racing Tour in over a decade, as well as a big chunk of the incredible MILLION F*%KING DOLLAR prize purse, watch the live stream on Livestream, or scroll back up to the top of the page in a few hours.
November 28th, 2013
Melges 32 World Champ and videographer extraordinaire Petey Crawford checks in with this report from Fort Lauderdale and the entry-challenged US Melges 32 fleet. It’s good to see that there’s still some humor and fun in a class that’s been decimated by escalating costs and poor class management.
Fort Lauderdale’s Melges 32 Gold Cup was the annual regatta that really launched the M32 Class. Run for years out of a parking lot at the Bahia Mar with a decidedly relaxed and amateur attitude and sailed in classic South Florida wave and trade winds, it was widely regarded as one of the annual calendar’s most reliably good events. And this year, it was cancelled for lack of interest. Add that to the cancelled National Championship in Harbor Springs, and you have to scratch your head; what is going on with one of the world’s few remaining Grand Prix fleets? Was the NorthAm fleet just taking the year off after a pricy, tough 2012 Newport Worlds? Or is something else going on?
Whatever the reason, I have a ‘hard time’ understanding why we weren’t racing in classic Fort Lauderdale conditions. Wait…I was actually racing in those conditions, but only because 2013 M32 World Champ Jason Carroll had earlier decided that, no matter what the class was doing, Team ARGO would be there to represent.
So, despite the Gold Cup cancellation, The 2013 Team ARGO “Dust Bowl” went off with A-Argo, B-Argo (pronounced BAR-GO), and the boys and girls of the Devos family’s Delta. We had our usual crew with the sole addition of Charlie Ogletree, who replaced a busy Cam Appleton (busy winning his 3rd straight RC-44 season championship). The Bargo was another story, a motley bunch of past Argonauts: Chad Corning, Danny Pletsch, Julie Howe, Brian Fox, Clay Bischoff, John Baxter, and Patrick Mauro. With additional help from Sam “Rasheed” Rogers, and Charlie Smythe, this bunch came to play with a big attitude and a chip on their shoulders. DELTA was its normal top notch crew, but with guest skipper and rock star amateur Brian Hill gladly stepping onto this top-notch program to drive the bus. Rounding out the group was Anderson Reggio as PRO, Matt Knowles as the Match Racing Umpire, and El Grande, Dave and Buzz who served as the OTW support crew.
As would befit such an informal bunch, the format was simple: 2 days of racing, mixed up between match racing round robins and fleet racing, and all I have to say about the first day is ‘dust bowl indeed’. Even the 10 AM dock out was a bit aggressive considering our combined ‘dustiness’, and much of the crew of both ARGO boats were, let’s say, wounded. As we entered the box for the first match against BAR-GO, it became clear that Jason hadn’t match raced much. Charlie looked at Jase and said “perhaps we should have had this chat yesterday, or at least on the sail out.” A wave of laughter went across the deck as we picked up our first penalty for an early entry. BAR-GO didn’t need any more than that to smoke us in the first race, getting a big enough lead to add a drinking penalty to ARGO’s score by completing their own spin before the finish. Ouch. BARGO clearly came to play, and they easily beat Delta to sit on 2-0. We knocked Delta down and got our first point, but next up was a two-lap fleet race — something we’re quite good at — and we won that one. Back to match racing, though things got sort of fuzzy, memory-wise, and I do vaguely remember getting better as the day wore on, dropping two drinking penalties on BAR-GO compared to the one we copped, and we led the day, followed by the B’s and then the D’s. Penalties were exonerated on the dock promptly upon landing, and they didn’t cancel out. We won that battle, too.
A massive group dinner that night at Steak 954 got the ball rolling pretty good; Sam and the restaurant staff even granted me a fake birthday. Sorry to all of you that thought it was actually my birthday, but blame Sam, not me.
Day 2 dawned and somehow I think most everyone felt better than on day 1, we actually felt dusty as opposed to downright filthy. Same set up; match racing followed by fleet racing, after it was all said and done, it was a 3-way tie going into the final race, a fleet race to crown the first ever King of the Dust Bowl. Clearly Delta cheated by feeling better than we all did and easily schooled us to take the win, and the chip carrying BAR-GO got the best of us and took second, but hey we still got a podium spot! All jokes aside, Delta sailed great on the final day and deserved the Crown.
All in all, while it was a shame that nobody else came to play, we had an amazing, competitive, and very enjoyable weekend of racing in classic Lauderdale conditions: big waves, and big breeze. We all really hope things are headed in the right direction for the M32 Class, with some changes coming down the pike including a scheduled 2014 Winter Circuit, Miami getting some traction, and summer in Newport. It’s one of the most exciting production raceboats ever built, and we’re looking to show the world that the Melges 32 is still at the very top of the heap when it comes to great one-design action.
November 28th, 2013
There’s only one real competition industry-wide for the folks that build the toys that we use to go sailing. That’s the annual DAME awards at the METS show in Amsterdam, and this year’s panel chose this bad-ass looking boat trailer from Dutch builder Van Claes for the 2013 honors in the marina equipment category. Here’s a look at the full list of winners from the 2013 show.
November 27th, 2013
With their pink boat delivered and plenty of hard miles already under her keel, the girls of Team SCA Racing’s Volvo effort are light years ahead of the rest of the largely unannounced Volvo fleet. Pierre Orphanidis from Vsail grabbed SA crush Sam Davies for the world’s first guided tour of their Volvo 65 in Lanzarote. Check it.
November 27th, 2013
Just one example of the ravages of the storms that have battered Phuket, Thailand. This is about the only time sailboats make the news…
November 27th, 2013
We love the look of the big bad brand new Botin-designed 80′ Beaur Geste so we got some insight on the new project from the design office. Enjoy.
On June 6th 2012, the day after the Beau Geste 2009 suffered serious structural damage to the hull and deck during the Auckland to Noumea Race, we received a call from Gavin Brady. We had been working together successfully on the Vesper IRC52 programme and he asked us if we were interested in designing a new 80’ racer for Mr. Karl Kwok. It was a great honour for us to get this opportunity, as Mr. Kwok’s team and boats have been extremely successful during the last twenty years.
The goal for the new Beau Geste is to win the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Race, in both elapsed and corrected time. This is a huge ask for an 80’racer, sailing against very fast and proven 100’ maxis. As length is king for an upwind race, we concentrated our efforts on designing the most efficient 80’ for a downwind VMG/broad reaching race, in the hope that if the conditions are right, we may give our bigger competitors a surprise.
To come up with the initial concept Karl and Gavin gave us their order of priorities:
1 – The new boat needs to be very reliable. We have worked on the engineering with Pure, as usual, and as the boat is bigger than 24m we worked to the GL scantlings which are quite demanding. The boat’s structures are now CAT 0 compliant and very strong.
2 – The 2009 mast was immaculate and had to be re-used, so we had to work around a given RM.
3 – The boat has to be the quickest for its length…so forget about the rating!
So given that exciting design brief, we quickly decided to go for the lightest possible canting keel 80’ to reach the maximum possible stability that the 2009 rig could take. The draft was set to 5.5 m, the deepest possible to enter the marina in Auckland, and the bulb weight adjusted accordingly.
The maximum stability can be reached by a narrow hull with a heavy bulb or a wide hull with a light bulb. Usually going for a high hull form stability is very costly in terms of viscous and wave drag, but after many years studying the wide-light concepts we believe we have a very efficient hull that will start semi-planning earlier than the bigger and heavier 100’. Our new Class40 “Tales II” shares some of the same hull concepts and its proving to be extremely fast in the current TJV.
Gavin’s view, that we share, is that there’s a magic size in the maxi fleet where the loads can be still kept under control, and the sail sizes and weights manageable when the weather gets rough. This means they can keep pushing the boat 100% while the bigger maxis start backing off. In a short “sprint” like the Sydney Hobart or Fastnet these minutes gained or lost in a sail change can decide the race. The Volvo 70s have shown that they can be very competitive under IRC and going for 80’ seems to be a good formula for success. We will know very soon if these assumptions are correct.
The time frame available to make this boat a reality was very compressed, and thanks to Cookson Boats, Pure Engineering, Germanischer Lloyd, Cameron Ward (build manager), Southern Spars, Loren Poole (keel engineering), Kawerau Engineering (keel machining), Greg Waters (CCH Hydraulics) and North Sails NZ this was achieved on time and on target weight.
Finally, we wish to thank Mr. Karl Kwok for his enthusiasm and confidence.
Adolfo Carrau / Botin Partners Naval Architecture /
November 26th, 2013
The building of C&C Yachts new 30 One Design has begun. This 30 foot race boat, designed by highly acclaimed Designer Mark Mills, will be leading the way in 2014. Construction for the deck plug began in early November 2013 and now the shop is progressing along and building the hull plug. You can follow the 30 OD’s progress online here:C&C 30 OD.
The new C&C 30 is pure race boat, complete with a fixed composite sprit to accommodate an asymmetric spinnaker, carbon fiber rig, square top mainsail, Dyneema lifelines, fabricated steel fin keel with lead bulb, top of the line hardware package, and of course, water-tight hatches. Should the wind die down, the C&C 30 has a smooth running 2-cylinder inboard diesel engine to get you to and from distant race courses. This one design is race ready for around the buoys, but is also equipped for the shorter distance offshore races with a self-contained head and two settee berths. C&C Yachts will launch the 30 One Design in the Spring of 2014. www.c-cyachts.com.
November 26th, 2013
While Clean sits in an airport somewhere in Indonesia waiting for a connection, day two of qualifying for the World Match Racing Tour finale is underway in more light air in Kuala Terranganu. Watch it all live here, and check the WMRT page for standings and daily news wraps.
November 26th, 2013
Leaving this coming Saturday, Stanley Paris at 76, plans to set a new bar by completing a circumnavigation from Bermuda to Bermuda, as the oldest to do so on a cruiser.
His boat is the impressive 63′ Farr designed, Lyman Morse built ”kiwi Spirit”. He will also challenge the notion that do so you must leave a giant carbon footprint. He plans to pull the motor and generator prior to heading out and rely only on wind, solar and water power for his circumnavigation.
He is attempting to break the record of Dodge Morgan, who circumnavigated the globe under sail non-stop and unassisted in 1986 at age 58 on American Promise.
The records he is attempting to set:
The oldest person to circumnavigate under sail non-stop
The fastest to circumnavigate in a monohull cruising boat
The first ever to circumnavigate non-stop entirely green
Awesome, really. Shout out to Anarchist mstrsail.
November 26th, 2013
Hey Old Guys: You know you want to sail a Moth but you don’t quite know how to get started, right? One Anarchist is jumping right in and we’re gonna bring it to you as he does it. Stay tuned. Title rip off thanks to Drake.
November 25th, 2013
A little Local Knowledge from Anarchist Greg…
The TP52s took on the NSW State Manly Junior titles this weekend. The TPs needed to round 2 fixed marks that were in the middle of the MJ track and with multiple roundings each day, the potential for a Melges v Opti lake Garda style incident was pretty high.
Vamos had to sail through a hole in the tail end of the novice fleet, which was made a little larger after a coach boat reminded a few boats of the port/starboard rule, but on the most part all the TP’s were will and able to sail some wide lines to clear the fleet and there were no close calls. I think both fleets would have appreciated the good views of the other.
November 25th, 2013
It’s funny what people don’t know.
November 25th, 2013
It’s nearly Holiday/Christmas time, and we know sailors are pretty hard to buy presents for. If you’re struggling for ideas (and you know you are) but you need an awesome gift, point your hard earned cash this way…
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November 25th, 2013
Longtime Newport Beach, CA Star sailor Jim Buckingham with Austin Sperry may have taken the first Star Winter Series event in perfect Miami breeze this weekend, but devoted SA’er Philip Carlson took the spotlight, the 23-year old Swede taking two bullets on the final day to jump ahead of Augie Diaz/Arnis Baltins for the second-place spot. Fellow 23 year old Finn sailor and Rio 2016 hopeful Luke Lawrence kept it tight with Philip until he blew a block up on Sunday. Carlson said he just kept the boat going, while ‘the German Mr. Clean’ a/k/a superstar Star crew and Weymouth Olympian Frithjof Kleen, made it go fast. Betcha didn’t know there is a German Mr. Kleen…Here’s a look at ours and Germany’s at the same time.
Now that the Star fleet is firmly out of the Olympics, is this the first look at a younger US-based fleet? ”If I am going to pay for my own sailing, this is the Class I will choose every time,” said Carlson. The second SWS event is December’s Commodore’s Cup; register here and check the Series’ Facebook Page for interviews, photos, and more coverage from the team. Meredith Block Photos.
November 25th, 2013
With ISAF predictably and lamely passing over Paul Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket team for the World Sailor award, Larso and his video team finally felt it safe to drop the profanity-laced ‘reality reel’ of Paul’s astonishing 65-knot record run on us today. It’s a year to the day since they broke the record, and what many don’t realize is that Larso and his team moved the sport’s ‘absolute top speed’ further in one month that it had moved between 1991 and 2012. Let’s repeat that, because it is worth it: The Sailrocket raised the bar from 55 knots to 65 knots in one year. It took from 1991 to 2010 to get to 55 knots from 45.
Simply amazing, and kudos to the team for releasing this re-edited, very emotional, and very real highlight reel. For best effect, click on HD and run it on the biggest screen you have. Got a question for Paul or the Sailrocket team? Congratulate him again in the thread and he’ll probably answer whatever you got.
November 25th, 2013