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We’d love to know how that statement can be made, not only in good conscience, but ANY conscience, and not have people go ape shit. We blame US Sailing. We blame Dee Smith. We blame his enablers, sycophants and the ass-kissers.

But finally, we blame you, the rank and file for letting this happen to your sport. For not getting off your collective asses and making a statement. For not screaming to the cronies and good ol’ boys at US Sailing for creating this injustice. For acting like the rules, and ethics and morals and good judgment of this sport don’t matter. Because guess what? They don’t.

For US Sailing shitting on the real handicapped sailors. Their hard work, their dedication, their life struggles ignored, marginalized, so that a non-handicapped sailor might bring home a fucking medal. One that ultimately means nothing. How could it? Lies, manipulation, deception and arrogance are not the stuff of honor. They are quite the opposite.

Shame on our sport.

 

September 13th, 2016

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Dunno, but it looks pretty bitchin’! What do you think?

 

September 13th, 2016

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“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open & the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day”~ Rumi

Never in my life have I felt at home living in a house, a solid unmoving structure. Most girls grow up desiring a beautiful house, a successful career perhaps, a husband, white picket fence, a pet, & maybe those 2.5 children…I have never desired any of those things, but somewhere along the way into adulthood, I curiously started following that construct, that path that everyone seems to think they have to take, which for me personally I kind of view as a trap.

I owned a gorgeous 1922 English Tudor, which was a woman’s complete dream ~filled with antiques, a completely remodeled kitchen to easily enjoy preparing gourmet meals from scratch, a bourgeois white fluffy carpeted office, & a wood-burning fireplace lined with large bookshelves. I had chandeliers, an arched front door, slate backsplashes, a white claw-footed antique office desk… I always drove nice cars.. I had a loving German Australian shepherd, & even had a 10 year relationship going at one time, as well as a very high paying corporate finance job in management. A job that let me take killer vacations to places like India & Brazil .. I attained the degree & a handful of financial licenses in the Wall Street world.. I had it all, from the looks of it..

But NONE of these things made me happy, nor at peace. Something was always off, amiss… these things didn’t sustain me, feed me, or make me feel content whatsoever. There was always a nagging ache for more. I felt chained by these THINGS. I have always been a seeker by nature for as long as I can remember back into childhood. I questioned organized religion when I was 16. I’ve always asked why. I’ve always looked at society like something was askew.. I’ve always known there was far MORE to this life. I didn’t want to follow that conveyor belt of uniformity, of lifestyles around me that all seemed to be fabricated from an eerily similar mold.

It wasn’t until I finally grew the balls after years of deliberating in my head, to take the plunge & say goodbye to it all. I sold my house including everything in it, I quit my job, & left my relationship.

Read on.

 

September 13th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

must-be-the-moneyFor the past few years the Star Sailors League (SSL) has been attracting some of the biggest names in sailing to compete at some of the fiercest but most friendly grand prix events anywhere. In 2013 Olympic medallists and America’s Cup legends came together to create the League, using a ranking system based on the tennis ATP Tour.

The League has already attracted some of the sport’s greatest talents, including Robert Scheidt, Bruno Prada, Jochen Schümann, Torben and Lars Grael, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Mark Reynolds, Diego Negri, Xavier Rohart and George Szabo.

Having for too long been the Olympic Finn ‘nearly man’, Lööf grabbed the Star gold medal in the final race in Weymouth. The fast Swede has now joined forces with his Finn and Star nemesis Iain Percy at ArtemisThe climax is the SSL Final which take place in Nassau in the Bahamas at the end of the year. A prize pot of $US200,000 is up for grabs, with $40,000 for the winner.

Just as there are four major Grand Slam events in professional tennis, the long term aim is to bring in four Grand Slams to the SSL. It trialled its first SSL Lake Grand Slam in Switzerland last year, and the first SSL City Grand Slam in Hamburg last May. Each Grand Slam offers a prize pot of $100,000 and a winner’s cheque of $25,000. Read on.

Title inspiration thanks to Nelly.

 

September 13th, 2016

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screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-4-47-19-pmOur Sailor Chick of the Week is skipper Claudia Rosi, who picked up a 2nd place at the finale to the Alcatel J/70 Italian series this past weekend after  dominating the 97-boat J/70 Euros earlier this summer.

Rosi is barely old enough to drink in the USA, where she’ll try to make history when the Worlds begins in two weeks time.  And we wish her luck!

 

September 13th, 2016

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Jake Beattie and the folks at Northwest Maritime Center folks are once again showing why they’re some of the best race organizers in the sport with this promo of the 2017 Race 2 Alaska and a big announcement! Here’s the note from JB:

Hey Clean,

Same race, June 8th starting date, but with one new change: There’s another $10,000 in play. We’re going to buy a boat that finishes.

Every time a boat finishes we’re going to show up with a big Ed McMahon style check and the team will have 5 minutes to decide if they want to sell us their boat. First one to say yes gets the $10k, and we get their boat…whatever it is.  It means we’ll probably end up with a shitbox, but we wanted a way to encourage the scrappy side of the race. Who knows what will happen, but we’re laughing for now at least.

Watch the great vid above, and if you want more info, watch this presentation.  Or, ya know, the new thread.

September 13th, 2016

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The ACWS Toulon provided yet another opportunity to watch the world’s fastest boats drift around for two hours this past weekend.  In fact the Med was so bad that the only foiling came courtesy of Groupama’s tender and a long tow rope.  When this is the only thing worthy of a highlight reel for your title sponsors, you know it’s pretty awful.

The black cloud of shitty breeze and shrinking audiences continues to follow the ACWS around everywhere it goes, and with the Auckland vs. ACEA arbitration decision argued back in July and a decision expected soon, it may be about to get a whole lot darker.  Here’s a CNN report on the actual racing.

September 13th, 2016

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Here is the new IRC “Machine” 54′ Joubert/Nivelt designed, under built at King Marine (Valencia spain), for the owner of Teasing Machine (A13) who won nearly all (all maybe?) the IRC RORC races this year. We imagine it is going to haul ass.

 

September 12th, 2016

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Steve and Dave Clark’s father-son UFO project is perhaps the most exciting thing in singlehanded sailing since, well, the first foiling moth.  Here’s the full 45-minute presentation about the affordable, stable, foiling UFO, and it’s got some great gems about their development of the boat, some insightful analysis of boat ownership here in the States, and even a lesson or two about parenting.  Go to the thread to ask questions from the designers themselves.

 

September 12th, 2016

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Blue, for sure. Anything else?

 

September 11th, 2016

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