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Turbo Bird - TP52 Phoenix - Pierre Orphanidis Photo - Vsail

Pierre Orphanidis went out to watch and shoot the newest TP52 on her sea trials last weekend; below is some info on the first ‘Turbo TP52″ to race in the 52SuperSeries fleet; go here for loads more pics and a few more bits of info.

Although Phoenix is the first boat to have been designed to the 2015 TP52 rule, she still has to race under the current rule this year. Sail area next year will increase, an additional 5m2 for the mainsail and 10m2. The mainsail in 2014 will remain as is but the spinnaker has already been adapted to the new rule, hence the increase by approxaimtely 75cm of the bowsprits. During these initial trials in Valencia, the Phoenix sailing team uses a set of 2011 and 2012 sails from Azzurra. In fact, her design is an evolution of the Italian one.

The remaining two major modifications Phoenix will undergo next year will be to increase draft by 15cm and get rid of the additional 200kg in the bulb that have been added this year in order to comply with the current rule.

 

April 2nd, 2014

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Not the best wipeout video ever, but there are enough laugh-out-loud moments in this 4 minute WinFail compilation that it’s worth a look.

April 2nd, 2014

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FishingTrawler_300pxDid anyone misplace a blue mast about 170 km west of Darwin, Australia last year?  If so, call Bill Passey from Australia Bay Seafoods to pick it up.  Passey said one of his ground trawlers had a huge snag last week in 90 meters of Timor Sea while fishing for snapper, and after about six hours of tugging, ‘something finally gave way.”  The fisherman hauled up a mast and sails that have become quite the mystery over the past few days.  Northern Territories water police are taking this thing seriously; while they can’t find any unaccounted-for Australians in their database, the boat could be from anywhere.

Springing to mind immediately is the tragic loss of the classic gaffer Nina last year; the timing works out but the mast color and location don’t.  One Anarchist suggested the mast may have fallen off a Fremantle to Bali Race competitor last May; the timing and location both work for this one, we can’t find any that fit the mast profile.

A huge percentage of Australia’s racers read Sailing Anarchy, so spread the news around amongst your friends and let’s see if we can solve this mystery.  Brainstorm in the thread here, and thanks to Bill E Goat for the heads up.  Here are the full details reported so far:

-Mast color: Blue
-Timing: “8-10 months in the water”, according to a shellfish expert’s examination
-Location: 170 km West of Darwin
-Depth: 90 meters
-Sails: “Match a type made by a boutique sailmaker in Sydney”
-Hardware: “Stainless rings on mast (maybe spinnaker pole mounts?) made in Auckland”

 

April 2nd, 2014

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Sure, some of you fell for our April Fool’s Day joke, and some of you didn’t.  This shot of the awesome Marit Bouwmeester from the Trofeo Princesa Sofia however,  is no joke! Thanks to Jesus Renedo, with more info coming soon.

 

April 1st, 2014

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Given the rabid hysteria from the insane gun nut, “2nd Amendment” tea-tards in the good ol’ US of A-holes, it comes as little surprise that El Cajon Congressman James “Jimmy” James has authored a bill, CL 0076-b, that would allow licensed gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons on “Public and private “Golf courses, Country Clubs, and Yacht Clubs”.

That this bit of insanity is beyond belief was only made more incredible by what he said: “There ain’t nowhere that Americans shouldn’t be able to carry a gun to protect themselves, their family of their club. I think it’s a God given right. As George W. Bush once said, “you’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.” We gotta make it clear whose side we are on.”

 

April 1st, 2014

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Clipper RTW team Derry-Londonderry-Doire show their successful recovery of Andrew Taylor after a wave knocked him off the boat during a 35-knot squall about halfway across the Pacific.  The 90-minute rescue was compounded by hail and breaking seas, but Taylor’s drysuit and PFD made it a fairly textbook – if slow – rescue.  No word on what the holdup was, or whether the Clipper crew was wearing a PLRB; official news here and thanks to Richard for the heads up.

 

March 31st, 2014

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Professional racer Steph Roble checks in with her final report from what was by all accounts a barnstorming St. Thomas International Regatta, and we advise you to watch this one; Roble has a keen mind, serious competitiveness, and a great attitude in a hell of a package, and we urge you to go and like her Epic Racing Facebook page to follow her pro sailing and Women’s Match Racing exploits this summer. Congrats also to Jaime Torres and his Melges 32 Smile and Wave for following in his father’s footsteps to win the Rolex…ironically, the year they no longer give out the watch.  Follow SnW’s Facebook Page to watch the Caribbean M32 fleet grow.  Photos from Dean Barnes, and you can see all the galleries from the STIR here.  Dean Barnes photos.

dlb01975489olWhat a day! Team Line Honors started the final day of STIR with a 2 point lead over Puerto Rico’s Cachondo, and we knew it wouldn’t be easy to beat them. All week, it had been tight between us and today would be no different.

We sailed out to Jersey Bay this morning feeling good with our waterproof speakers blasting. The race course was much more open than yesterday’s tight courses, and we knew this would be more boatspeed and shift, and less boat-on-boat tactics. We won the first two races by winning the very favored boat end of the line and staying on starboard, getting out to the left where a nice geographical shift helps. The RC had 6 races scheduled – we knew we had to pace ourselves, but after two bullets, we were feeling pretty darn fine.

In the start of race 3 we played with the Cachondo boys for a bit, but at a minute to go, he went off for the crowded boat end while we went mid-line. The boat was so favored that Marco took the lead at the gun and basically sat on us the entire rest of the way; we grabbed a third place in this one.

dlb01975386olFor the final buoy race, we wanted to put some more point separation between our boats, and as befits the Match Race World Champion at our tiller, we went after Marco and his boys on Cachondo. And we misjudged our time and distance to the line…starting behind Cachondo…and then we missed a right shift on the last run, and lost 4 boats. We were extremely annoyed, and now, instead of a nice lead, we had a 3-point deficit going into the distance race that would end the regatta.

The race started in Jersey Bay, went up and around Great St James Island, through the awesome Current Cut, and to the finish line directly in front of the St. Thomas Yacht Club. “How the f%^$ are we going to make up that point gap??” we all thought to ourselves. Naturally, we all thought the same thing: “Let’s match race him,” and somehow, magically, put 3 boats between Cachondo and us before the finish. Sure…no problem.

Taylor went on to manhandle Marco in the pre-start, and on the beat, we pushed him hard to the right side of the course while the rest of the fleet went hard left. Our only hope was to keep sending him back, hoping we could somehow squeeze boats behind us. But with such a gap and so much leverage on the fleet, we didn’t know if we would be first, last or somewhere in between. We tacked about 12 times up the beat while Marco tried to break loose; finally we got to the layline to the cut of the island and left him to extend. We caught up to the fleet but left enough distance between us that exactly 3 boats were between us; we were all wound so tight as it unfolded! We hoisted the kite and snuck in front of a couple of boats, which we managed to pass on the reach, and coming into the final run to the club with spectators stacking the beach, we had 5 boats between us and Marco.

dlb01978039msNo one said anything; we all knew what was happening, but we had to keep our cool until such an unlikely scenario actually came true. Taylor’s dad and regatta organizer Bill Canfield was on the finish line boat for our final race, and what an experience – live music blasting from the stage, hundreds of competitors already partying it up, Bill on the RC boat with a big smile, champagne sailing conditions, and just enough boats behind us to take a hard-earned win.

We could have easily given up and handed the regatta to Marco, or fight hard against the odds and send it. We sent it, and it goes to show that hard work pays off, and aggression is competition, and to never ever give up no matter the circumstances. We are proud to represent Line Honors Yacht Racing Outfitters as the champions of the St Thomas international Regatta. One final shout out to the team: Mike Rehe, Taylor Canfield, Matt Clark and Taylor Ladd. And a big thank you to Sailing Anarchy for giving us a lot of love. Now it’s time to fill the glass with rum and celebrate!

 

March 31st, 2014

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One of those quietly fascinating threads that could only happen in the Sailing Anarchy forums has been gathering steam since the end of 2013, and at over 20,000 views and nearly 1200 posts, it’s become Gear Anarchy’s most viewed thread, because it is a comprehensive resource for cordage testing information that’s uncluttered by manufacturer puffery and glossy brochures.  We’re not saying that the ‘official’ numbers are wrong – we’re just glad that Evans Starzinger, Brian Toss, and a pile of other smart guys are making and breaking hundreds of knots and splices in dozens of materials entirely because they want to improve the information available to the public.

The thread starts here, and we humbly suggest you pack a lunch.  And be sure to check out Evans’ website to see where he’s coming from, and Toss’s because, well, he’s awesome.

 

 

March 31st, 2014

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MEXORC 2014

Banderas Bay’s biggest events finished up over the weekend, with Grand Illusion, Hamachi, and Bandida taking the MexORC trophies in the big boat racing and Mike Ingaham’s Digger winning against a tough J/24 fleet that includes multiple world champ Mauricio Santa Cruz in the Copa Mexico.  We’d give you more info, but that would spoil your fun in figuring out a website that’s as easy to navigate (and full of unwanted music) as the streets of Tijuana!  We’ll have more later this week from photographer/writer Jen Edney; her photo of the ORR1 fleet at the line is above.

 

March 31st, 2014

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Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey are full time sailors campaigning to represent Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympics, with the ambition of bringing home a medal in the 49erFX class. Check out their bitchin’ video by Brian Carlin.

Team Brewster/Tidey are members of the Irish Sailing Association Olympic Development Squad and recognised as Ireland’s most promising female pairing for the Olympic qualification in the 49erFX. Their partnership began in August 2013 just prior to the World Championships, where they put in a solid first event performance taking away some top 5 results but most importantly a wealth of experience to build on. Now with a winter of training behind them they are keen to get back out racing on the World Cup circuit in 2014 to hone their skills and continue to learn and improve before the first Olympic Qualification Regatta the ISAF Worlds in Santander.

Team Brewster/Tidey have recently come onboard with Pledge Sports which is a crowd funding scheme aimed at helping Irish athletes raise money in order to compete at the highest level in their sports.

Sponsors already supporting Team Brewster/Tidey’s campaign include Spirit Motor Group in partnership with Volvo Ireland, who have provided Andrea and Saskia with a vehicle to ensure they and their equipment gets transported efficiently and safely around Europe. Adding a professional image to the team, with coordinating wetsuits, boots and other vital pieces of necessary sailing clothing is GUL Performance Apparel. Other supporters include the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Zest Boatworks, LDC Sailing, Wyldsson, Phyisicool and Moatt Sails.

Andrea and Saskia are enthusiastic about sharing their campaign highs and lows and regularly post pictures and updates on their Facebook page. Other forms of social media in which the team can be followed are Twitter and Instagram.

 

March 30th, 2014

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We have learned that surfing and sailing Legend Hobie Alter has passed away in his home yesterday. A sad day for all of of who have indeed surfed or sailed on something with a Hobie Logo on it.  And really, who hasn’t?

Hobie was an innovative and dedicated pioneer in surfing, and  he did much the same in sailing, in both cats (Hobie 14,16) and monos (Hobie 33).  He’ll be missed by many, but the legend lives on every day at a beach, wave or marina near you, and we encourage you to share your condolences or stories in this thread.

Back in 2009, we had the privilege of doing the only long-format interview anyone had done with Hobie for a couple of decades; it’s a three-part, wide-ranging interview that will help you reminisce…from the 2009 “Coolest Cat” thread.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 

March 30th, 2014

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St. Thomas is going off, and Steph checks back in after a windy Day 1 at the STIR.  Results here, photos here, and a little dismasting action here.  Dean Barnes photo. 

Breeze on in St Thomas today! We had an 11 am start time for our “distance” race to Charlotte Amalie. Mike Rehe got a little excited this morning and we left the dock at 930 only to find out we were the 8th start. So after floating around for more than two hours in squalls with whipping rain, breeze on and big swells, we were ready with a proper game plan for our race.

We had a downwind start with the pin end super favored. With 5 match racers on our boat we aced the time to the pin and had a perfect set right as another squall rolled thru. It was a long downwind race and we managed to pull away pretty well from the fleet. We had perfect surfing swells but IC24 class rules disallow pumping of sails. It took all of our team’s will to hold back on pumping but we managed. After the long downwind we had a short beat and reach into the finish downtown. We didn’t protect the left side enough and the Puerto Rican team “Cachondo” passed us. It was pretty much a parade from there.

Race two was another super pin-end favored start with a puffy reach to the next mark. Taylor blocked everyone out on starboard tack and we started perfectly on port at the pin, leading everyone on the parade to the channel marker we needed to round. Sneaky Marco got into some more pressure and a lefty on the reach and passed us. The breeze and swells continued to build and we were left with a long upwind back east. He held onto the lead the rest of our windward leeward race and we finished 2nd.

Race three was a long windward beat back to the yacht club. Again we crushed the start at the pin (seems to be a trend…) and waited until we got to the rocks for a nice lefty off the shore. We forced the fleet to tack under us but as we sailed away from the shore the lefty faded and the boats to leeward gained. From there we just felt a bit off the pace in the big waves and breeze. We managed to grab a third for the race.

Thinking ahead to tomorrow, we are going to use our starts to our advantage and focus on getting up to speed. The RC can schedule up to 8 races on the windward/leeward course so it’s definitely going to be a marathon. We are ready to go and will be out there blinding the fleet in our neon green Team Line Honors shirts. Big shout out to our sponsor and the STIR for an awesome first day of racing!

 

March 29th, 2014

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Great work from Patrick Pollack at the Techno South American championships in  Mendoza, Argentina. More here. Title inspiration, with zero relevance to the shot thanks to Zippy the Pin Head Clown.

 

March 28th, 2014

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If ever a title had a perfect double meaning, this is it. You remember the Ed’s bitch about the dummies from Fresno Yacht Club who booted him from their only reason for existing, the High Sierra Regatta last year? A bizarre obsession with arcane NoCal PHRF rules was the supposed reason his Shaw 650 was kicked out of the event, but the larger issues were the incompetence,  absence of communication and absolute denial of the spirit of competition from those “in charge” at the Yacht Club named after the city with one of the biggest Meth Problems in the countryWhatever it looks like the Ed’s constant Satan worshiping since that day have paid off:

Bad News from the people that run Huntington Lake. That would be the Southern California Edison Company and the Forrest Service. The Lake is now at 33% of capacity and they will be holding that level throughout the summer. What that means is that the water level is 48 feet below what we normally see at regatta time. The launch ramp is nowhere near the lake’s edge and there are two large islands in the middle of the starting line. The upper lakes Edison is at 4% and Florence is at 7%. The water plan is for SCE to hold as much as they can in Florence but run it straight through Huntington to meet their water commitments to the farmers down in the Valley.

The Fresno Fleet has determined that there is NO POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A REGATTA THIS YEAR SO HUNTINGTON IS NOW CANCELLED FOR 2014.  Jump in the thread

 

March 28th, 2014

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Alright, Class: Raise your hands if you would entrust your life and the lives of your crew to a SPOT tracker.

Those of you with your hands up:  Grab a pair of scissors and give yourself a vasectomy.

There is good news for you, though – the widow of Aegean skipper Theo Mavromatis (or more likely, blood-sucking lawyers at her husband’s insurance company) is fighting for your right to be stupid, too.

You’ll likely remember the Hunter 37 Aegean as the cruising boat that allegedly crashed into one of the Coronado Islands off of San Diego during a ‘fun race’ down the coast.  Long-running investigations determined the problem to be one of, let’s say, software – the crew likely failed to zoom in far enough on a chart plotter to see the islands, and compounded their navigational error by not keeping a lookout as they motored through the night on autopilot.  All hands perished after the wreck, and multiple lawsuits have been filed against Mavromatis’ estate by families and insurance companies representing his crew – just as you’d see in any accident.  But now, there’s something new;  Ms. Mavromatis and her three children are now plaintiffs against SPOT LLC and Amazon.com, and in a lawsuit filed last week, they contend that it was SPOT’s failure to make sure emergency services got to the Aegean that was at least partially at fault for Mavromatis’ loss.

The family is suing for wrongful death, negligence, and breach of warranty, seeking unspecified damages and burial costs, and probably seeks millions.  Assuming (and hoping) that Mavromatis, an aerospace engineer, had decent insurance coverage for his boat and life, this all smells like an insurance company casting a net for deep pockets to help defray the millions they have already paid out in this case, and they may just succeed.

Why?  Because, as you can see by the screen grab above and at SPOT’s page here, the company really is advertising “911/SOS Member Rescue Benefit” for just $17.95 per year.  And according to the lawsuit and several investigators, the crew of Aegean pressed the SPOT rescue button at some point in the calamity, yet it took a day for anyone to come check on them.  Is this some serious bullshit advertising that should absolutely be curtailed or even punished? Absolutely.  Is it negligence, and did it contribute more to the death of the Aegean skipper than the fact that he ran into an island?  Umm…no.  Add to that the fact that SPOT requires you read and sign a dozen paragraphs on why SPOT is not really a rescue device before you sign up, and we don’t think this one passes the smell test.

We’re also pretty sure that Mavromatis, a longtime sailor and telecommunications/electronics consultant for Raytheon, knew the difference between a SPOT and an EPIRB, but then again, we’d be pretty sure a guy like that would know how to work a chart plotter.  In the meantime, it’s yet more litigation that will result in increased insurance premiums and more lawsuits down the road.

There’s a thread on Aegean litigation here if you want to stay on top of it.

 

March 28th, 2014

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It’s fascinating to see just how quickly cleanups can go when the oil companies’ profits are at stake; just a few days have passed since an oil barge and bulk carrier collided in the Houston Ship Channel, releasing nearly 200,000 gallons of the stickiest, heaviest fuel oil into Galveston Bay.   The spill contaminated 19 miles of shoreline and shut down the ultra-busy Ship Channel, making it impossible for a number of major refineries to get their product to market.  Had their bottom line not be so impacted, our cat sailing friends at Texas City Dike Yacht Club and the crew on the tall ship Elissa might be waiting for years for a real cleanup.  Though if you are considering sailing in the Bay, given the nature of oil companies’ ‘cleanup efforts’, we’d recommend a very thick wetsuit for a decade or two.  And even when it’s clean, maybe not.

The George Strait title shout proves we too can go country, from time to time.

 

March 28th, 2014

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hillbilly hat.jpg_bigSay hello to our newest addition to the distinguished line of SA swag: The Hillbilly Hat. Suitably pre-trashed so you don’t have to! Perfect for white trash, hillbillies, dirt bags, deviants, and people not cool enough to wear flat bills, this is the hat that says, “Yeah, I’m drunk. What’s it to you, bitch?”

You know you want one.

$24 bucks delivered to your door. $32 if you’re one of them foreigners. Jump on it – we only made a few and sure as hell won’t be making any more.

UPDATE: 50 sold in 12 hours. More being made as we speak, only the new ones are even better. Darker, drunker and uglier. Get yours now.

 

March 28th, 2014

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Aaron Kiss at Photo Sails has been touting that “getting paid to sail your own boat is the best job in the world” for 14 years. His clients agree… And now with a newly designed website  he has created a page to register your own sailboat so you can see what he’s talking about. And how you can make some dough! Any company seeking a vessel to brand for them will be able to contact you directly whether you use his patented Photo Sails or not.

Check it out…

 

March 27th, 2014

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yachtapalozzaCrowley’s Yacht Yard’s spring open house, Yachtapalooza, is upon us. The annual event is sure to be fun this year. We’re bringing back Bloody Mary drinks and Mimosas in the morning for yard customers and when we mix in the flare demo it should be a great combo! There will be seminars and demonstrations on sail trim, single handed sailing, teak care, top-down furlers, fire fighting (we love the smell of diesel in the morning) and more.

In the store we have lots of specials. We are blowing out Ronstan, all Spinlock gear will be 15% off, cordage is 10% off, and our closeout tent will be full of killer deals. The biggest deal of the event is the price on VC17 bottom paint. A case of VC is $227.50! The per-can price is $47.50. You should buy a case. If you’re not around but have sailing friends in the Chicago area that use VC17, it’ll be worth the drive to get some.

This year we are offering our Anarchist friends a special deal. If you’re not in the Chicago area to enjoy our many in-store specials, seminars, drinks, food, and all the glory that Yachtapalooza has to offer, SA members can take advantage of 25% off retail pricing on all Kaenon Sunglasses when you shop online. The sale is good for one day only just like the event. Click here  for the Kaenon page. Use promo code SANARCHIST for the extra discount. If you’re in the area, we will see you on March 29th between 8am and 4pm. If not, be sure to get some Kaenon specs online.

Be sure to check out “Aftapalooza” at one of our favorite local yacht clubs for ½ price drink specials at the bar from 6-9pm. Have questions? Go to the Yachta page for more info.

 

March 27th, 2014

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While they tend to have a national culture that’s reserved and restrained, few can outdo the typical British sailor’s ability to talk smack.  Most of the real junkies will remember when Rob Greenhalgh and team went down to Sydney to deliver the “Smack down down under”, returning home with their tails between their legs (you can still buy this awesome movie!); well it seems from the above video that Robbie and friends haven’t learned their lesson…

Have a look at this UK Mothies video throwdown to our favorite Turkish American foiling master, almost daring Bora Gulari to become the first back-to-back Moth World Champion since the foiling began.  Let the games begin – and with an all-time record field at the Hayling Worlds, they’ve already started.  Title shout very appropriately to Ohioan metalcore band Like Moths To Flames. 

March 27th, 2014

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