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What about a shot of the boat that transformed it all, the Farr 727 quarter tonner “45 South”, with the man himself at the helm of his first IOR winner. No IOR boats planed etc. till then. 727s are still going strong in NZ. – Anarchist Charles.

 

 

July 2nd, 2014

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Ya gotta love this dude’s effort. Funny and typical that the helmsman doesn’t even notice!

 

July 2nd, 2014

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570952-4bd31328-f73c-11e3-ba3b-878da0800edbUPDATE: We have been informed that the picture we posted earlier was not the correct subject.  Our apologies to anyone misled by it.

As the International Star Class battles for its one-race-a-day World Championship on Lake Garda (with ‘the other Mr. Kleen’ leading after two races), we learned that Italian cops made a grisly discovery in the world’s best sailing lake just a couple of weeks ago.

44 year-old Italian porn star veteran Federica Giacomini was found in Lake Garda five months after she was originally reported missing, a diver discovering her body in pieces, wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a suitcase.  Giacomini’s former partner, Franco Mossoni, has been questioned several times in recent months; he’s best known for dressing as Rambo and waving a gun in a Vicenza hospital earlier in the year…

Meanwhile, the odd-duck Star Sailors League continues to pump cash into the century-old Starboat with their live stream including a video camera, Virtual Eye, and sailing commentators Diggby Fox and Louay Habib on the microphone.  Check it out here.

Those of you looking for more action from your live stream this week, check out the World Match Race Tour from Marstrand – one of just two WMRT events with live streaming for the 2014 season.

 

July 2nd, 2014

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Mark Michaelsen, our resident hurricane hunter, brings you up to date on both the developing Atlantic storm and a broader look at the action affecting the Pacific and Southern California this summer.  ATTENTION ANARCHISTS IN THE OBX, CHESAPEAKE, AND LONG ISLAND/NEW ENGLAND:  Get your shit sorted out and ready for some nastiness.  Hat tip to Sir Thomas Malory for the title.

Tropical Storm Arthur

In the last two satellite frames and from the radar signature you can clearly see that Arthur has developed a fairly distinct eye to the north of the upper level circulation but that ay all becoming  into alignment through tomorrow. Arthur has 29/30′ F water available to him and that is in the form of the Gulf Stream to some degree so despite Arthur’s anemic forward speed the storm will be fed constantly renewing warm to very warm water giving him plenty of energy to develop off.  Sheer values are low trough 60 hours.  What does this all mean?  Potentially somewhat explosive intensity growth.  For now, he is a very small storm…but Hatteras didn’t get the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic” for nothing.

The guidance envelope is unusually tightly grouped so there is better than average confidence that he will go where he is told on his trip up the coast.  Stay tuned with the thread here.

Pacific/SoCal Outlook

The coastal waters here in Southern California have very cold here for the last three years. So cold most of the local fisherman have lost interest as migratory paths have followed the warmer water. When I lived back East I had a poster on my wall as a kid with three surfers on long boards with the phrase “It’s warmer in California”. I always wanted to share in that California lifestyle. I moved my sophomore year of High School to Hawaii (Dad got a new job). We had been there before so I knew the water was a balmy 80′F most of the year.

I moved to California in 1984 during the summer. My GF at the time took me to Manhattan Beach and I ran down the beach and dove head first into the water…. HOLY$HIT*** was it COLD***! (65′F)

pac_anomI have watched the trends in coastal water temps for the last thirty years and this is about as warm a start to Summer Coastal Waters as I can remember.  Cold water is one of the main factors in keeping SOCAL off the Eastern Pacific Hurricane path since 1939. I checked up and down the coast about an hour ago and San Diego was checking in with 74′F water. 73 in Huntington Beach. Santa Monica Bay was 71′F. This is a dramatic departure from the norm which is 3-5 degrees cooler on average from what we are seeing right now. Warmer waters also mean less of a temperature differential between the coastal areas and the low deserts which is what drives the daily sea breeze. Less sea breeze less upwelling. Less upwelling means warmer and warmer waters. Could this be the year we actually get some tropical system(s) in So Cal?  No one can predict that for sure but when I walked out of the grocery store last night it felt a lot more like Miami or Honolulu than it did like the normally dry and warm or cool and damp southern California evening air mass. Something is changing.  I like it.  Talk about it in the Pacific thread.

 

 

July 2nd, 2014

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We had an exiting race on Balaton Lake in Hungary. Sun, wind, waves and a little extra curricular activity! – Anarchist András.

Title inspiration thanks to Devo.

 

July 1st, 2014

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Being There

 The Quarter Ton Panic,  a Guimpel design from 1984, goes to the Coutts Ton Cup. Follow the adventure…

After an overnight drive that saw Panic arrive in Cowes on Friday the 19th June in preparation for the Round The Island race and the weather was really hot. The mast was up and the boat afloat by 1100. With a bit of final tinkering the boys went shopping and taking in the atmosphere of Cowes prior to the RTI.

The Saturday of the RTI dawned to not much wind…… Long story short. This was the first time we have done this race…ERM… So being OCS at the 0730AM start wasn’t in the plan and we got a 5% time penalty. We finished at 1901 and we were 116th overall without the penalty we would have been 37th DOH

There was some training on Monday in preparation for the QTC and the team did 150 gybes and 150 tacks in 15 knots and their confidence was high.  After a little motor up the Medina on the Tuesday. Followed by a cheeky lift out for a little polish, they were ready for the main event.

Oh dear the racing on Wednesday was very light and the boys thought “Oh no not again!” Last year they got 19th out of 22 and were not the happiest bunnies as they were back to no wind in Cowes…. The 3 races were very hard with AliceII and Bullit and the normal contenders doing their thing. They had no pointing and no speed compared to the light teams… After a 30th out of 32 in the first race, they wound the rig a bit tighter and got a 28th followed by a 26th in the third race… The best sail of the day was back to Cowes as the wind hit 15 knots. The boys truly had their heads down and spoke with people at the docks about the need for some wind…

What a different day Thursday was…. They had 15-20 knots of wind…This is what they had been waiting for…. They chose a committee boat end start and BADA..BING..BADA …BOOM they took off….. With a top mark rounding of 10th after being shut out at the top mark and doing a quick 360 to get back on it..They got an 8th and the picture above says it all!

Race two was a similar start despite Phil deciding to dump the jib on the line as the two boats in front had stopped and were hitting each other. After some “gentle” persuasion he pulled it back in and we rolled them and got an 18th in the race but looked pretty good doing it…

The final race of the day saw the team strike right  and end up with a 10th. This was their best ever day at the QTC. The beat Espada in one race.  They were at the front and loving it. The looks from the other teams of where have this lot come from in between races was priceless… After the third race they started to take us seriously as the “normal” had been upset.

The third day was a mixture of really strong tides and being bunched up… The team finished 4th in the Corinthian class.. After realising that of the 32 teams this year only 8 qualified for Corinthian status. This is a tough fleet but they love it. They were even mentioned in the blog as having 3 great starts for all races….

The crowning glory was that Panic won the Concourse D’ Elegance trophy and for that they were over the moon.  Did the team have a great time. YES the help from the other teams in tips and advice is great… Will they be back at camp next year …. Probably.

Got to thank Coutts Bank for sponsoring the event and the hard work of RCYC Cowes and the race team…..

 

July 1st, 2014

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Some chilled out training ahead of the Moth worlds in flat water heaven from Anarchist Dylan.

 

July 1st, 2014

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Winning our latest ‘creativity in advertising’ award is the author of this ad for a ’77 Contender.  From the otherwise unmemorable “World’s Best Dinghy” thread.

the beastWhen men say “this never happens”, it is generally understood (by women) to be a bold and blatant lie. But in this case, it is true. This. Never. Happens. (Okay, well it happens maybe once every 12 years or so.) Up for sale is a ready to race 1977 Bonezzi. For those who don’t know, these boats are lovingly hand crafted in the small village of Mantua, Italy, by Vito Bonezzi and to say he is a boat builder would be an injustice on par with what is unfolding at the Oscar Pistorius trial. No. Vito Bonezzi is a boat artist. Contender World Championships are consistently won by Vito’s children, of which only a few are birthed each year and they remain perpetually and unnaturally in their prime, like Lance Armstrong, the Real Housewives, and zombie lions.

But if its lineage doesn’t impress you, then understand, gentlemen, that sailing this blonde beast will be the equivalent of bathing yourself in a tub of equal parts Axe body wash and Old Spice, then donning an Armani tuxedo with bottles of Moet tucked into each arm, the keys to your Bentley jingling in one hand, and your phone ringing in the other, with the caller being George Clooney wondering despairingly why you haven’t RSVPed to his invite to his party (in your honour) on Lake Como. That’s right. You will have women coming at you with such intense and all-consuming ardour that you’ll have to beat them off with a stick (figuratively, not literally in the Chris Brown sense).

As mentioned, this panty annihilator is ready to go – with carbon sticks, two sails (regatta worthy (Wavelength) and practice (Cicada)), foils, tenting top cover, full travel covers (top and bottom), dolly, and trailer. The cheddar being requested for the keys to the city of long sweaty nights is $6500. And in case you want to know why is this sleek wooden sex panther is up for sale, it’s because the seller is a tired, tired, old man who has settled into a monogamous relationship with an International 14, and as with all relationships, it’s hoovering up all of his available cash, time, and will to live.

UNLEASH THE SEX PANTHER NOW!

 

July 1st, 2014

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So our recent Quarter Ton jag is now complete with this great pic sent in from Anarchist Joe. It is of course Magic Bus, the stunning 1/4 Ton from the late, great designer Paul Whiting. Smackwater Jack and Newspaper Taxi immediately come to mind….

 

June 30th, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 2.18.56 PMNow in its 15th year of operation as a member community, the Sailing Anarchy Forums have proven to be the single most useful place on earth to talk about sailing, and we’re proud to have seen this morning that the board has just logged its 4 millionth post, and we wanted to thank all of you sailing-obsessed, cubicle-entrapped sailors for making it happen!

Want to find out something about any sailboat in history?  Need to learn how to rig your boat?  Curious about the latest sail design?  Looking for crew or a boat?  Want to bullshit about your last PHRF race?  Or maybe you just want to see naked girls on sailboats, or be entertained by some of the funniest, nastiest sailing put downs ever captured on a screen. For all this and more, there’s the world-famous SA Forums.

June 30th, 2014

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Stalwart SA supporters Juan Mauri and Rondar Raceboats have joined forces!  Rondar Boats USA are pleased to announce that Texas-based Mauri Pro Sailing is now an official outlet for the Viper 640, Rondar K6, and singlehanded K1 dinghy.  Get in touch with Juan and the boys today to get advice on everything for your Rondar Raceboat, or to find a new one!

 

June 30th, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 4.50.03 PMLike Ian Storer’s Etchells/truck combo on the side of the road this morning, Bill Hardesty continues to be ‘on fire’ in the Etchells, helming Line Honors to his third World Championship in the past five years (after past sponsor Point Loma Outfitting went under).

Billy ‘The Kid” has proven, once again and beyond any doubt, that a good professional driver can bring three young rock stars to a fleet of largely elderly, less-than-athletic old men and crush them totally and completely.  We get it; after all, a guy who will never again get the America’s Cup call needs to be the ‘go-to’ guy for the go-slow crowd, and Etchells gold is a great route to make Etchells green.  But we do wonder if Bill feels a little silly, like a San Diego Charger fullback running through the defensive line of the mighty Toreros.

In his last World title, Hardesty had young guns Steve Hunt, Erik Shampain, and CMRC royalty Jen Wilson aboard, while this time around, Hardesty went for a very similar mix of young, fit rock stars; Melges 20 Corinthian World Champ Marcus Eagan, World Match Race Champ Taylor Canfield, and top US ranked women’s match racer Steph Roble, a team so far ahead of the fleet that they could head in before the final race, eating a 96th place…and still come out 35 points ahead of of runner-up Swedish Blue.

 Condolences to Storer and more importantly, his tow vehicle, and feel free to shout at us over our Etchells prejudices in the thread.

 

June 30th, 2014

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Lara Dallman-Weiss took what is by far the most interesting shot at the Newport, RI Etchells Worlds for the International Etchells Class.   The shot is of the  5-mile long spliff cum cold front, ordered up to celebrate Rhode Island’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, and its likely move to tax and legalize all weed by 2016.  Three cheers for the Ocean State’s shitty economy, and four cheers for Lara’s awesome eye!

 

June 30th, 2014

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June is always something of a ‘call of the wild’ for powerboaters, when a long winter, out-of-practice boaters, a rush to get boats in the water, and overworked, underskilled boatyard staff all combine to create a perfect storm of stupidity.  Here are a few of the results of that storm, from the past month:

Overstimulated

Insane conspiracy theorist and drunken wannabe yachtie Richard Rodriguez made off with Newport Beach’s 80-foot gin palace Stimulus over the weekend; a crime that may have succeeded had Rodriguez known how to drive a boat, known how to NOT call the Coast Guard on the radio, or known how to NOT get shitfaced on galley rum during a crime.   This one is a crackup.

The Wrong Kind Of Threesome

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60 year old party girl Mary Ann Belson was apparently looking for double points last week when she accompanied local fishermen Craig Gallo and James Benenato onto Gallo’s 26-foot fishing boat after some drinking at a local bar.  After leaving the dock, the threesome quickly got down and dirty while the boat was left to its own devices, running smack into a LaGuardia Airport runway approach light and impaling itself on a piling.  Unsurprisingly, the same incompetent Port Authority that missed a jet-skiier crashing his ride and climbing across the runways and into the JFK terminal in 2012 and a tranvestite hooker climbing a fence and strolling into Newark Airport last year missed this one, too – despite having a small armada of police boats tied up seconds from the menage à morons, the Port Authority couldn’t actually operate them at night…Chat about it all here.

Scenic Lookout

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Less funny but quite a bit more spectacular than the previous two is this drone footage from Chula Vista (San Diego), where the 110-foot, $17M Polar Bear did its best impression of a convicted Salem Witch earlier this month.  Yachts catching fire ain’t unusual, but seeing it up close sure is, and thanks to the San Diego 6 news crew, we got that.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Click the pic to get to the outside video link.

Vasa Matter?

The Swedish Navy’s will never live down the hubris-borne loss of the Vasa in the 17th century, but at least someone finally came up with a stupider, more top-heavy boat; check out the launch of the 90 foot long, $10M Baden in Anacortes, WA last month.  We’ve been too wrapped up in hours of reading the hilarious thread to post earlier, but on a powerboat day, we couldn’t resist.  Seriously, sit back and read that thread for a laugh or ten.

 

June 30th, 2014

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June 29th, 2014

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Matt Lawrence, 24, and Matt Setton, 29,  have sailed a combined total 25000nm offshore. On Monday 30 June, they will commence the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) Melbourne to Vanuatu race as the only 2 handed entrant,  a race distance of 1885nm.

They will be sailing “Jazz Player – TPF”, a Bakewell White Z39 mod, representing the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS). Having campaigned Jazz Player for the last 4 Sydney to Hobart’s and a Melbourne to Hobart before that, it is a boat they are very familiar with.

This will be the first 2-handed offshore race for both of them and the  longest offshore race they have done. Follow them on the orcv tracker  and Facebook !

 

June 29th, 2014

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We doubt there has been a more impressive US single-handed sailor over the last 30 years than Webb Chiles. Here’s the proof.

“I’m at the Waikiki YC in Honolulu about to sail for Apia, Samoa next Tuesday.

My Moore 24 GANNET made Hilo in 17 days from San Diego, which was as I expected: but we would have made it a day or two earlier if my asymmetrical had not been damaged the first week out. We sailed the rest with only fully battened main and 110% furling jib, and made more than a thousand miles the second week.

I’ve never sailed a boat with quicker acceleration. A gust of wind or lining up on a wave, and the readings on the Velocitek went instantly from 6s and 7s to 9s and 10s. The maximum I saw was 12.4, and that was under reduced sail.

I’ve had the asymmetrical repaired here in Honolulu and had running backstays installed to reduce mast pumping when I sail with headsails alone, although the semi-custom mast Buzz Ballenger made for GANNET did not pump on the way across.

A few days ago I went to a West Marine. The very pretty girl at the cash register glanced down at the debit card receipt I signed, looked up and gave me a great smile. “I know you from the magazines. You’re the hard cord dude.”

I’m 72 years old. Great girl calls me “the hard core dude.”

Hell, I’ve won the game.” – Webb.

Title inspiration thanks to The Crystal Method.

 

June 28th, 2014

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We like looking back. And forward. From Joe Harris on GryphonSolo2

GS2 and her double-handed crew have begun the long journey back from Bermuda to Portland, Maine. The distance is a bit more than 700 miles so it is looking like about four days. Our time in Bermuda was fun as always, but fairly brief as we got in a day and a half later than usual. The race itself was at times fun but often frustrating in extremely light wind, so I am placing it in the record books as my 10th Bermuda Race and moving on.

One correction from my email from the boat after we finished congratulating Pleiad Racing on winning the “Class 40 Cup”. It was a remark said in jest as there were only three Class 40’s left in the race and the last I had heard the other boat was way behind. As it turned out, the Rodger Martin designed Class 40 Icarus being chartered by www. Jeffrey MacFarlane.com came out of nowhere from the east to win the battle. This is a real testament to Rodger Martin for designing a boat at the very beginning of the Class 40 rule that has turned out to be very fast after having a difficult beginning to its life. The original owner of the boat (which was named “Gwahir”) did not treat the boat well and he ran it up on a sand bar on Fire Island and abandoned it. The boat was recovered and sat in Newport for quite a while before it was finally rebuilt and donated to the Kings Point Merchant Maritime Academy program headed by Ralfie Seitz. Ralfie then chartered the boat to Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch who put the boat completely back together and raced her extensively with good success. It is always a great story when an older boat can be rejuvenated and gain a new lease on life.

So back to the delivery home – it is very nice to be able to sail the boat without the pressure of a race, and my plan is to use this trip as a training run for my upcoming single-handed racing in the Global Ocean Race. What that means is trying to work on the sail changes and maneuvers as if I were alone on the boat, with my double-handed partner Rob Windsor timing the maneuvers and offering coaching and ideas for ways to do things more efficiently. It definitely takes longer to do everything when you are by yourself and each maneuver requires a bit more planning as everything must be done sequentially rather than simultaneously like on a fully crewed boat. While I have certainly done a lot of this SH stuff before, it always helps to work on it offshore.

I had my first go this afternoon in changing from the Solent jib to the fractional A6 spinnaker and then back to the jib as Rob looked on. It all went well but the pad and paper came out as improvements to process and the boat were envisioned.

We are headed to my friend Brian Harris’ Maine Yacht Center boatyard in Portland for a refit so look forward to working with Brian and his crew to get the boat in top shape.

So that’s it for now from 33’08N x 64’ 57W cruising along at 9 knots towards Nantucket Shoals.

Peace Out-
Joe

 

June 28th, 2014

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There isn’t anything on this Pepe Gonzalez-designed Quarter Ton that doesn’t look painful. Click here to see how different the boats all looked from back in the day…

 

June 27th, 2014

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Andraz and the boys at Seascape are pushing to fill their last few build slots for 2014, and they figured this shot might light some of you up a little, reminding us that the Seascape 27 isn’t just a race boat!  The shot comes from Croatia on one of the world’s coolest bays, and if you’re looking to check out the new Seascape 27, the Chicago Yacht Club is the place to be; US boat # 1 sets off for the Chicago Mackinac Race next month, doublehanded with US offshore shorthanded Phil Sharp.

For more on the boat, see here.

June 27th, 2014

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