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Join the 1% while paying less than 1% of her original price!  Rainmaker has hit the market for a reserve price of just $15,000, with the salvage auction closing in early September.

From Cooper Salvage:

Description: Vessel dismasted during severe weather and was abandoned. Vessel was recovered after being at sea for over a year.

Type of water damage: Salt.  No shit.

August 11th, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 4.29.13 PMThey may have already been disproved and denied, but rumors of UK royalty Kate Middleton and Ben Ainslie’s flirt-fest (and Kate’s impending divorce because of it) have once again resurfaced after some puppy-dog-eyed photos surfaced of Kate’s sail with Team BAR in Portsmouth last month.  We include this story not to perpetuate a false rumor, but to point out how cool it is that any sailor is enough of a celebrity in Britain to find himself in a tabloid rumor with a princess not once, but twice…

Our own sources confirm that Big Ben and Gorgeous Georgie are just fine, thank you (and they just had their first kid last month – a gorgeous girl with the gorgeous name Bellatrix); you can check her out on the ACWS pregame show on BT Sport; unfortunately, Americans without a hack are stuck with the same ol’ white boys.  Tim Rooke pic from the forums.


August 11th, 2016

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Sailing is retarded to those who don’t understand it. And even when they do, it’s still retarded…

Because the Olympics is the world’s greatest viewing buffet, I went back for seconds this morning and sampled some sailing, a sport that doesn’t get much coverage on television for reasons that become immediately obvious. To say sailing is confusing is like saying Michael Phelps is comfortable in the water. And it doesn’t help that the international feed features no commentators, presumably because everybody who knows how to describe the Mixed Narca 17 (multihull) race I watched today was presumably sailing in it.

Thus, I was left to my own devices to try and figure out the most baffling sport in the Summer Games. Join me on my odyssey. Read on.


August 11th, 2016

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Did some around the bay racing in Harbor Springs Ugotta Regatta a couple weeks ago on the Farr 280. Kept trying to use the bellybutton for take downs and had a brutal shrimping. You can see me pulling the line at 15 seconds and then getting launched into the cabin top as the kite anchors the boat.

The tactician thought we were aground we stopped so fast, in the middle of Little Traverse we know that is pretty unlikely. The general consensus on the boat was “fuck that bellybutton” as you can hear in the video.

Managed to pull out a 2nd place behind the C&C30 Extreme2 for both races and the regatta. – Anarchist Dillon.


August 10th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

trogear pimp 8 9Skipper Jay Grizzell outfitted his 1989 Olson 34 “Shoe String” with a Trogear AS-40 Bowsprit
 as part of his preparations for the 108th Chicago to Mackinac (The Mac) race. Here is Jay’s story from Bowsprit discovery to the finish of the race…

“Mid-December of 2015 is when the initial discovery of Trogear Marine Products occurred. It is remembered as a ‘Eureka!’ moment, because the pivoting carbon bowsprit appeared to meet large percentages of an array of criteria that a sprit for “Shoe String” must meet: functional, affordable, aesthetically pleasing, easily installed, durable.

Eventually a new AS-40 was in hand and with the help of Trogear’s install instructions and we got the got the sprit securely in place. We took our time to design, verify and procure the components necessary for the adjustable bobstay, as each boat has different needs and bow designs. Henry from Trogear was always available to answer questions during this process and I believe the design arrived at combines simplicity, ease, function and economics.

Shoe String and seven man crew raced in the cruising division of The Mac and I estimate the sprit was used for 36+ hours of our 63+ elapsed, evenly split between the downwind kite and the Code 0.

The light air .6 oz. UK Runner asymmetric has an upper Apparent Wind Speed limit of 16 knots, which was never challenged this race.  We either had almost no wind and flat water or far too much wind for that kite.  The 3ft- 5ft (or greater) waves were also a challenge.

The Code 0 was flown in the latter conditions, in apparent wind speed of 16-18+ knots, driving the boat up/over/down (repeat ad nausea) the 3ft- 5ft square wave sea state, until the 1st of back-to-back broaches occurred at 2 AM.  A large, errant and unseen wave shoved the stern laterally, exposed the kite to the full force of the wind and laid the boat on her side, briefly.  We doused the Code 0 quickly after the 2nd broach proved the 1st wasn’t a fluke.

We crossed the finish line flying the .6 oz. light air Runner in optimal conditions, executing 4 inside gybes without incident from the Mackinaw Bridge to the Finish Line.

Overall, we had no difficulties during the 40+ inside gybes executed, a direct result of the forward projection of the sprit.  An inside/out hull inspection of the Trogear Bowsprit upon arrival to the Island proved all systems remained sound and intact – significant after the shock loads the bowsprit received during the race. “

Mackinac RaceTrogear.


August 10th, 2016

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Rick Tomlinson sends some spinnaker gyrations from Cowes…


August 10th, 2016

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World Snailing

cowWhat happens when you add an incredibly lame “special sailing journalist” (who actually isn’t a journalist at all) to a World Sailing Live Olympic blog?

Perhaps the dullest, most boring and totally useless “blogging” ever known. And when they said “Live”, we’re pretty sure they meant “Dead”.

Holy kee-rist, as if there wasn’t enough to dislike about the coverage of the Olympics, they throw this turd at us and expect us to think it doesn’t stink?

Fuck off!


August 10th, 2016

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It has been said that it took a certain breed of sailor to race IOR boats well. And we know for a fact that it took a bit of muscle. Notice the helmsman two hand death grip on the tiller – no fingertip steering with these beauties!

We present this pic of the Laurie Davidson One Tonner Mad Max because we have a number of Anarchists who have sent in pics of their prized war horses and what they look like today. Check out Mad Max.


August 9th, 2016

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name the boats

The latest from the free spirits at Waterlust…

We’re turning and burning into our 3rd week here at Chesapeake Light Craft and the boats are almost ready to go in the water! The next few days are reserved for painting, hardware and rigging. Still tons to do, but we think we’ll be in the water and on our way south by the weekend!

In the spirit of community and our general mantra of not taking things too seriously, we want YOU to name our boats! To throw your hat in the ring, head over to our Facebook post and write a pair of names that you think suits these wooden mistresses best. The names that get the most likes by the end of the week will go on the boat, simple as that. We encourage edginess, but not profanity…we’re filming this whole thing remember? Think of the kids…


August 9th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

28On the heels of helping Italia 9.98 Bachyachting and X-37 Hansen take home the gold and silver respectively at the 2016 ORC Worlds in Copenhagen, they finished the OneSails sails for those bad boys, ONE Palma (formerly OneSails Palma) is teaming up with lauded boatbuilders, McConaghy Boats as an exclusive distributor in Palma de Mallorca and the Balearics.

ONE Palma will sell and service the complete range of McConaghy’s production and semi-custom cruising and racing yachts. The company is also an exclusive distributor for OneSails International in the area and provides custom rigging and composites services. So, if you’re ever in the Med, look ‘em up. You can also read more here:


August 9th, 2016

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