Still reeling from the 2010 earthquake that displaced hundreds of thousands, Haiti is now underneath the first Cat 4 hurricane to make landfall on the unlucky island since 1963. Matthew roared ashore early today with winds near 150 mph, and he’s laying waste to a piece of coastline already facing a cholera epidemic, zika, and some of the worst poverty in the entire world.
Cuba’s next in the crosshairs, and our thoughts go out to another island nation that can ill afford the nastiness they are about to see. For a really excellent daily forecast on these storms, head over to Tropical Tidbits. For more forecast, read on.
The Show Must Go On?
Our own resident ‘cane ‘caster, Mark “DryArmour” Michaelsen writes, “the 11AMs are in and at the top of the track there has been another adjustment to the left. At this time NHC has Wilmington, NC as ground zero. The trend at the top has been to the left the last few runs. That trend may continue and put Myrtle Beach, SC on the hit parade. This has major implications for the US Sailboat Show this weekend in Annapolis, MD.”
This latest ‘up the coast’ forecast also has major implications for the thousands of sailors making the annual run down the Intracoastal Waterway. Whether you’re headed to the show or planning on being on the water anywhere on the US Atlantic coast, be safe and ask Mark or the community for help in the Matthew thread.
October 4th, 2016
Love this shot from the Grand Pavois La Rochelle, recognised as being one of the top five in-water boat shows, thanks to our friend Christophe Launay. More here.
October 3rd, 2016
WS. Initially thought it was new text speech when it started appearing in my mail, maybe youth’s are using it to say ‘WazSup’ in an even shorter format. I just put it down to my age not able to keep up with all of these words that mean nothing.
Restricted by international borders they are not. In fact a plethora of three letter agencies who, as we all know, should you find yourself having to deal with one appreciate we could well be in trouble. MI5, CIA, FBI, FSB, BVD spring to mind, you know, scary if you see it on a letterhead or worse still, on the badge of the guy stood in front of you. Those three letters have power and command respect.
Other agencies are there for the sake of humanity, these get four letters abbreviations, it makes us feel like these guys know what they are doing and can be trusted, that extra letter takes away our fears and lets us know their motivations are truly altruistic. NATO..NASA.. Get the picture?.
In fact there is one I can think of with 5 letters. Anytime they make an announcement I certainly pay attention and trust that with the long abbreviation the information is verified and correct. 5 Stars to WSSRC. (World Sailing Speed Records Council)
I am sure that after a prolonged consultation with an expensive London based PR firm who were no doubt rewarded handsomely the same logic was used when they dreamt up ISAF.
At the time this change didn’t receive my support. Federation sounds authoritarian, where as the word Union implies the power lays within the membership.
Now ISAF seemed stupid when it first came around, everyone I thought knew that ISAF stood for ISrael Air Force. In fact ISAF can be mistaken for nine other organisations or meanings. Still the name was diluted further when in 2001 ISAF the International Security Assistance Force was formed. What did ISAF (sailing) do? Send out a legal challenge? Change their name as soon as possible? No they waited it out until 2014 when ISAF the International Security Assistance Force was disbanded. Then instead of calling the PR firm to set about taking back ownership through branding of ISAF, they came to the conclusion that if the abbreviation is not good enough for NATO then it is no good for sailing either. The PR firm was called.
So what just happened to ISAF?. Perhaps the ratings agencies have, based on future possibilities have had no choice but to downgrade them, maybe not based on the futures market at all though. The recent past could have something to do with it.
Lately, if you follow the other news you may have noticed that to gain total world domination you must go for a two letter abbreviation. They stand out. Say don’t mess with us, we set the rules. You know them…UN… US…EU. Evil empires lately seem to be changing their acronym’s too. USSR got in on the act going to RU. Now the biggest threat to humanity, according the same news outlets, even ISIL & ISIS and have seen to have a real evil empire you have to go for two. IS.
It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the same London based PR company were now instructed to complete a corporate re-branding and have the intern with the kid on work experience from college come up with this utter piece of brilliance.
Maybe there is a perfectly innocent explanation, like four letters is a lot of ink and we are saving 50% on printing costs now.
So why the latest downgrade?
Our American friends know all about BLM and the issues with WS.
Oh! Not white supremacy? Oh?
WS. Williams Syndrome. an abnormality in the genes, resulting in mental retardation. Harsh.
WS. Waardenburg Syndrome. A hereditary syndrome characterized by varying degrees of deafness. Yes that one seems to fit.
WS. Well there are 114 meanings for this abbreviation so what do you expect. Nicely diluted ISAF if you are trying to hide in google searches.
Even Islamic State’s new identity is backed by a worldwide marketing campaign to get the two letters into our daily vocabulary.
What are World Sailing doing with WS?
In fact what have ISAF done period? That is another blog coming soon.
I though World Sailing’s role was to grow sailing around the world and look after primarily the sailors interests. So here is an idea, Southampton, from where you sit in luxury offices quaffing quail and glugging copious amounts of champagne, no doubt blagged free is the capital of the sailing world, apparently.
So why not relocate to where you can change things? Western Samoa, who I am sure have desperate funding requirements for sailing programs and will be happy to share the .ws abbreviation for a small copyright license fee which you can save from the rent money.
IYRU stands for International Yacht Racing Union
Guess what else the abbreviation can be mistook for … ? go on… I’ll give you another 5 seconds.. no? Well, that is because no another organisation exists that shares it. Amazing isn’t it.
You would think that with diluting you ability to be found an organisation like this must not be proud to stand out with it’s unique four letter abbreviation. Like a Four Star General. Chest out. I’m responsible for the safety and security of many. And proud of it.
WS? I smell BS. Do you? Let us have a poll. – Anarchist Jeff
October 3rd, 2016
Perhaps the most likely foiling candidate for Tokyo 2020 is already doing her thang on the water; go here for some good video of the Nacra 17 flying her ass off, and ask Nacra about it in the thread.
October 2nd, 2016
This is a RANS code CFD analysis showing what happens at the top of a conventional mast sailing upwind. Circulation, (below) oft misunderstood, seldom accounted for, is critical to upwind performance. This book explains in depth both why and how circulation works and its significant contribution
Our sport of sailboat racing is complicated. In fact, there may not be a sport as detailed, nuanced and, dare it be said, perplexing. The sheer difficulty of moving up the learning curve in sailboat racing surely has to be one of the reasons why our sport seems reluctant to grow.
For those who sail below the professional crewed level, a short time on a fully crewed boat, whether it be an Etchells or a Maxi 72, will drive home this point. To steal a line from a golfing ad, ‘these guys are good’. Clearly, the skills of these pros result from years of experience. It is their job. So what is the amateur sailor to do?
The same question would be asked of a rookie intending to climb Everest, or of someone about to train for their first marathon. The answer in the case of all three examples is to learn and understand the foundations of the sport.
October 2nd, 2016
The timing of this great shot from today thanks to Ingid Abrey is punctuated by the look on the face of the dude in the middle!
September 30th, 2016
The premier conference for the global yacht racing industry will take place in Malta on 28-29 November. The only major business-to-business conference to bring together the sport’s key players, the Forum encourages business development through quality networking opportunities with decision makers from all sectors of the industry.
This annual two-day event draws together sailing’s key personalities and experts to discuss the business of the sport as well as the critical wider issues of sponsorship, television, media, sustainability, new markets and event hosting by venues.
Many of the most active brands and stakeholders have already confirmed their participation in the ninth edition of this increasingly popular gathering of the great and the good. It’s not an exaggeration that the Forum has evolved steadily into a must-do event for organisers, sponsors, sailing teams, technical providers, venues, yacht clubs and agencies involved in the yacht racing industry at all levels and in all its many and varied guises.
And for those who can arrive a few days early, this year’s Forum has the added attraction of being preceded by the 2016 RC44 Valetta Cup. More here.
September 30th, 2016
Best known for his straight talk and perhaps the most beautiful ocean racing boat in history, Jim Kilroy died last night in hospice care according to multiple sources. The Alaska-born Californian became one of California’s most successful real estate owner/developers, but his passion for the sea never dimmed.
Jim’s memoir is a lot like the man; brash and honest with a touch of vainglory; buy a copy and read one of the most interesting sailing/business stories around; Jim donated all proceeds of that book to youth causes, including sailing.
Here’s one tribute from Aussie SA’er ‘recidivist’: “In the bar of the CYCA after a Southern Cross Cup race back in the early 70′s (in which race Ted Turner cheekily put American Eagle inside Kialoa on a mark rounding – without rights), Ted entered the bar to be greeted by Jim Kilroy lifting him off the ground by his shirtfront and saying “You ever try that again and you’ll have 2 fucking six-metres”. Jim put him back down and walked out.”
Here’s another, from ‘Hitchhiker’: When asked if maxi racing isn’t a rich man’s sport, Jim said, “No. there’s one rich man aboard and 25 poor men, and they enjoy it more than the rich man does!”
Share your own Kilroy and/or Kialoa stories, pics, or what have you in what should be a legendary thread about a legendary man.
September 30th, 2016
As you’ve likely read on these pages before, one of our biggest beefs with the folks who run ISAF World Sailing has long been their willingness to threaten those who compete in non-ISAF sanctioned events with a ban from competition. We’ve long maintained that the rule allowing them to do this (ISAF/World Sailing Regulation 19.14 (a)(ii)) is illegal in much of the modern world, and it appears that the European Commission agrees wholeheartedly.
Acting on complaints from a pair of Dutch speedskaters, EU regulators have told the International Skating Union that its threat to impose lifetime bans on speed skaters for taking part in unauthorized events is anti-competitive, putting pressure on the ruling body and other agencies with similar penalties to back down. The skaters said the ISU threatened them if they competed in a big money “ice derby” in Korea, and after a year-long investigation, the EU agreed that the ISU violated the anti-trust sections of EU law.
For a legal description of what exactly happened and what the implications are for the ISU and other bodies (like ISAF), check out the EU Competition Law Review summary here. We can sum it up quickly though: The EU investigated ISU for a year, and determined that the ISU rules (that allow up to a lifetime ban for competitors) unduly restrict athletes’ commercial freedom and effectively discourage them from participating in events other than those organized by ISU or its members. In other words, the international governing body’s rules are an attempt to create an impermissible monopoly over all skating events…
ISU now must issue a response to the EU, after which point the EU will decide what penalties and actions they will take against the ISU, and if the ISU’s incredibly condescending and dismissive initial response is any indicator, the EU is going to have to take a swing. ISU said it was “surprised” at the EU view, and that, despite their investigation, they ‘failed to understand’ the international sports world. Perhaps they meant to write that the EU “failed to understand how crooked our international sports world is…”
The smarmy Swiss-based org went on to write that “any allegation that the ISU’s rules are somehow anti-competitive appears to be based on a misplaced understanding of the governance structure of sport and the Olympic movement. A neoliberal and deregulated approach to sport could destroy the Olympic values underpinning sport.”
It’s the same response that insiders always give when challenged with their malfeasance, and it’s always bullshit. Bodies like ISU and ISAF need to face the fact that their monopolies are ending, and organizations that dedicate their resources to improving the services they offer in a competitive world are going to succeed. Those who stick their fingers in their ears and complain that the government just doesn’t understand them? Folks who are allergic to transparency and equality? It’s time to go.
We’ll dedicate an upcoming podcast to the wider-reaching implications of this anti-competition ruling, especially as it effects ISAF’s unfounded attacks on IKFO kiteboarders and the non-transparent and anti-competitive equipment selection process for the next Olympics. The kiters are in almost the exact position as the Dutch skaters so we’d expect the IKFO to be filing a complaint with the same EU body very soon if they haven’t done it already. This one is getting good.
September 29th, 2016
You say you can’t do something? Fuck if you can’t.
September 29th, 2016