Team Anarchy is headed for China today to sail in the Fareast 23r International regatta. Sailed in identical Fareast 23R’s in Dishui Lake outside of Shanghai, Scot Tempesta, Taylor Schlub, Damian Craig and Andrew LaPlant will represent Team Anarchy and the gang is jacked.
It should be really fun and we’ll get you updates as we go!
May 9th, 2016
I emerged from the subway and breathed in the crisp fresh air coming in from the Southeast. I looked up and saw the Freedom Tower disappear into the thick overcast roof above. As I walked along Fulton Street I veered to the side to avoid a puddle that was leftover from nearly two weeks of rain.
The weather forecast called for more rain but against all odds, Mother Nature stayed her hand so we could all stay dry as we ushered in the return of the America’s Cup after nearly a century of silence. The last time the race was hosted in New York Harbor was in 1920 and back then, without even the advent of spinnakers, the fastest boats topped out at just about 15 knots.
I wonder what those sailors would say if they could see the AC45′S suspended in mid air barreling down the Hudson at 40+ knots!
I was admittedly one of the ones who initially opposed the adoption of foiling multi-hulls into the America’s Cup. “It’s too outlandish!” I complained. “It just doesn’t do justice to the spirit of the race.”
I remember making these very remarks to my father while we watched the race a few years ago. I expected to receive a hearty agreement from him but to my surprise he rebuked me and said, “I think it actually keeps the spirit of the race.” “What do you mean?” I asked in befuddlement. “Well,” he began, “the America’s Cup was always the race where sailmakers and boat designers debuted the latest and greatest technology. Nothing but the fastest rigs of the day duking it out for the most prestigious prize in sailing. So, I think they would actually be doing a disservice to the legacy of the race to ignore the fastest rigs that we have today just because most people sail monohulls.” Hashtag mind blown. Thanks Dad.
As I approached the Esplanade I could hear the hustle and bustle coming from the mass of people coalescing at the Brookfield Place Plaza, the site of the America’s Cup Race Village, right next to the North Cove Marina. It was exciting to see such a high profile sailing event being hosted at a marina where my family and I have stayed numerous times on our Beneteau 42.3, the Sea Rose. I made my way into the plaza and was astounded at the turnout!
I walked a full mile down the Esplanade and not once was I able to easily take a picture. Tens of thousands of people pressed up against the rail, stood on top of benches, and even climbed trees to get a better view of the AC45′s flying down the Hudson. I had to stand on my tippy toes and reach my camera above my head to get any decent shots!
I overheard dozens of conversations of people explaining sailing to their friends. I saw Snap stories being updated and Instagram filters being applied. I saw Facebook news feeds being barraged with pictures and Twitters with hashtags. Sailing had the social mediaverse blowin’ up! “This is what we need!” I thought to myself. Sailing needs to be real again, accessible to the average person at least once in a while.
In a playful nod to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, the phrase, “Let’s make sailing cool again!” has been buzzing around the younger generations of sailors. Of course however, it’s not at all that sailing isn’t cool anymore, is it?
The crowd of wide-eyed spectators pressed against the rail of the Esplanade earlier today was testimony to that. With the advent of foiling multi-hulls and other advances in technology, sailing is cooler than ever! But somehow the sailing community has reached this unfortunate place where the mainstream audience sees it as this elitist, arms-crossed kind of thing. Undoubtedly sailing will always be less accessible to the mainstream because of geographic and financial barriers, but that doesn’t mean its image has to suffer because of it.
So what can we do? How can the sailing community attract more interest from the rest of the world? Well I think the America’s Cup has taken major strides! By creating a running circuit that travels around the world to major cities, people are getting to experience first hand how cool our sport is.
The exposure on social media is invaluable. It’s helping to bridge the gap between the sailing and the people. The raw experience of the events is being documented and shared in a way that people can relate to and can get excited about. Everything from the expressions of shock as the AC45′s fly past the Esplanade mere feet from the rail, to the DJ’s blasting music, to the Toast Vodka tent, to the various conversations explaining racing works in sailing, it was being posted and shared and liked.
So I think we can officially say that sailing is indeed cool enough for New York! After the incredible turnout this weekend, I’m hoping that more big events will come to New York Harbor and to other places that are hungry for more sailing. We’re on the upswing. Sailing is making a big splash in the mainstream media. Let’s keep sailing hard, snapping pictures, and having fun. – Anarchist Francis.
Title inspiration thanks to Fear.
May 9th, 2016
Everybody loves to sing the praises of the Big J Class monsters, but is anybody saying anything about how retarded this J Class hiking is? That’s real good seamanship, ain’t it? And real comfortable too. One slip and you’re fucked. Oh wait, the nine 40′ tenders that each of these things has will pick up any wayward bodies. Our bad.
May 8th, 2016
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May 8th, 2016
It’s quarters, semis, and finals for a share of the 100,000 dollar prize purse in Germany today. Watch it live now!
May 7th, 2016
The M32 media team is having a little fun this week with the M32 Series Scandinavia opener in Denmark, and Clean is on the scene in this event. Find highlight reels, photos, and reports over on Facebook, and get ready for next week’s all-live action from the World Match Racing Tour event in the same venue.
May 7th, 2016
Saturday is a great day for videos, and this one might just open your eyes to a much wider application for foils than we’re used to. This one comes from SA fan and top kiter and SUP stud Kai Lenny, who we first ran into during our G4 sailing last year in the Caribbean. Kai’s got soul, Kai’s got skills, and with this foiling paddleboard he’s got (to paraphrase Commander Cody): “Man, what a ride.”
May 7th, 2016
A video update from Phil Sharp as he heads into some major weather in the Transat Bakerly. We’re pulling for ya, bruh!
“I am pretty nervous about taking on this system. I will be riding the top of the depression, so I am in the best position possible, but it really is going to be alarmingly windy. ”I am planning to reach the transition zone of low wind tomorrow, falling into the system on the east side to await the full brunt of the storm on Friday night through to Saturday.
“I haven’t lost sight of the fact that this is an endurance sport, I’ve just got to get through the storm and out the other side. Every Transat usually has at least one big storm, this is it.”
May 6th, 2016
Brian Hancock pays respect to a legend of our sport.
Ramón Carlín died. That probably does not mean much if you are a new sailor just getting into the sport, but if you have been around the block a bit you will know the name. Carlín, a Mexican national, was the skipper of Sayula, the boat that won the first Whitbread Round the World race back in 1973/74. It was an upset victory by any measure. Carlín and his young amateur crew beat two of the best known skippers at the time; the legendary Eric Tabarly and British sailor Chay Blyth and his team of British paratroopers. For him it must have been a sweet victory. Prior to the race Carlín and his crew were mocked in the English media who portrayed them as lazy Mexicans with big sombreros who were completely unprepared for the challenge that lay ahead.
Carlín himself was just a weekend sailor with very little offshore experience. He had started out as a door-to-door salesman pushing washing machines but turned things around starting a business that manufactured washing machines and other white goods and along the way amassed a fortune. Pushing fifty he was looking for new challenges and on a visit to see his son (whom he had sent to live in England after his son wanted to marry to his 14 year-old girlfriend) Carlín noticed an ad in a magazine for a sailing race around the world. He thought that, and doesn’t everyone, that a sailboat race around the world would be a good opportunity to teach his son some discipline and real life experience.
He bought a Swan 65, a state-of-the-art racing boat at that time, and assembled a crew that included not only his son but his wife and other family members. Among his crew was a Brit by the name of Butch Dalrymple-Smith a budding naval architect, and Keith Lorence, a sailmaker from Southern California. Dalrymple-Smith went on to become one of the best and most recognized yacht designers in the world and Lorrence was part of Watts Sails and turned it into a successful sailmaking business that later became Sobstad Sails. Keith currently works out of Mark Reynold’s Quantum San Diego loft.
Carlín named his yacht Sayula after the town where his wife was born and they showed up on the start line in England back in the day when many thought it impossible to have a boat race that went all the way around the world. He was up against not only Blyth and Tabarly, who was sailing a boat specially designed by the French government, but also by a team from the British navy that had been training for a year. There were 17 yacht in all and to the other competitors and the press a boat from Mexico seemed out of place on the start line.
Carlín was a quiet leader preferring to let those who could navigate the best do the navigating and those who could drive the best do the driving. When one of the crew was ill Carlín took their watch and when clothes were wet Carlín would pick them up and dry them. “The winning difference was my boat and that crew,” Carlín recounted later. “We had no time to train. My plan was to get to know the crew and teach them how to manage the boat during the first leg, but all of them turned out to be very good.” Sayula returned to England victorious and Carlín returned to Mexico to a presidential reception in Acapulco and went on to become Mexico’s most famous yachtsman.
A film was recently released about Ramón Carlín and his crew aboard Sayula. The film is called The Weekend Sailor and is narrated by Simon Le Bon who I raced alongside in the 1985/86 Whitbread. It is a historical documentary seen through the eyes of the crew and is a fascinating look at how a complete underdog emerged as the winner of an event that would go on to become the most prestigious ocean race in the world. Carlín was 92 when he died in Mexico City earlier this week.
Our dear friend Keith Lorence, one of the crewmembers of that victory has been touring the country introducing the film at various showings and offering commentary as well. It is worth seeing.
May 6th, 2016
Title because nails.
May 6th, 2016