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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

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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

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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

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Jesus Renedo grabbed this stellar look down Rambler’s leeches yesterday at the Euro-season opener for big boat racing in Palma. Results and news here, and more from Jesus here.

Title because nails.

 

May 6th, 2016

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If there’s one thing that sets the Star Sailors League events apart from everything else in sailing, it’s their ‘knockout rounds’.  We absolutely love this all-or-nothing format, and today it begins in Germany.  News and updates here.

May 6th, 2016

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America’s Cup organizers continue to face the karmic consequences of the theft of the event from American shores, with the latest face slap coming from New York City’s weather.  Sunny and bright last week turned to torrential and winter-like this one, with more rain and temps in the 50s on call for the big ACWS show this weekend.

America’s leading sports commentator and long time NBC Olympic anchor Bob Costas made headlines during an otherwise quiet press conference when he summed up America’s understanding of yacht racing in a question to French skipper Franck Cammas, “Does the French team have plenty of wine and cheese onboard?”

Page six said there were ‘gasps from the audience’ who wondered whether Costas would next ask if Sir Ben had Yorkshire Pudding aboard his boat, not understanding that Americans don’t know what Yorkshire Pudding is, and that the latest Louis Vuitton mess has only made the public’s perception of yachting worse – an almost impossible accomplishment.

For your own slice of pudding, watch the full presser here, with thanks to Nic the Sailor Girl.  We’d send you over to watch the racing if we thought it would be worth it.  Spend your time (and not your money) here instead.

 

May 6th, 2016

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aliveThe Fresno Yacht Club wants everyone to know what we have just learned about water levels at Huntington Lake. We are not just “whistling in the dark” any more.

At a community meeting Thursday evening representatives of Southern California Edison explained how they are working together with other agencies to insure that Huntington Lake will be keep full at least through the end of July.

What all this means is, the 61st High Sierra Regatta will be held as planned!

Weekend #1 will be held July 9th and 10th and Weekend # 2 will be held July 16th and 17th.

After 2 years without water, the regatta is coming back with some significant changes. In keeping with modern trends in small boat racing there will be more races.  We are changing the format to include 5 races.  This will place an emphasis on starting and boat handling at the marks.  All the fun stuff.  In order to accomplish this short course racing…the traditional start finish line will be separated.  We have been locked in to the longer race format because we only had one start finish line.  With 8 starts, short races would finish before we got all the starts off.

There will be drone and on the water video coverage which will be put together and shown at the Saturday evening party. Of course the good spinnaker snafu’s will have to go on YouTube.

The party location is being moved to the ski resort at China Peak.  Transportation will be provided between the party and the launch ramp area.  This way everyone will be free to enjoy the dinner and party at whatever level they choose.

We are bringing the fun back.  That’s why we do this…Am I right?

Want to know more?  Go to www.fresnoyachtclub.org. Want to get registered?  Same answer.  Go to www.fresnoyachtclub.org.

 

May 5th, 2016

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He spent two months adrift in the Pacific and saw three of his companions die — and the Coast Guard is calling him “fortunate.”

That’s the story of a 29-year-old Colombian mariner who arrived in Honolulu on Wednesday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press release. The Coast Guard said the man, whose name was not given, was picked up on April 26 by a Panamanian freighter about 2,150 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii.

The man told the crew of the 618-foot-long bulk carrier Nikkei Verde that he and three companions had set out from Colombia’s Pacific coast more than two months earlier in a 23-foot skiff. When the motor on the small vessel died, the men drifted, catching and eating fish and seagulls to survive, the Coast Guard said the man reported.

He said the other three died at sea and turned over their passports, but their bodies were not on the skiff when it was found by the merchant ship, the Coast Guard said.

Read the story thanks to CNN.

 

May 5th, 2016

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Snipe Women’s Nationals July 15-17, Jubilee Yacht Club, Beverly MA!

 

May 5th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

youthyouthWin a 1-year Junior MUSTO Sailing Sponsorship-The #sailorsearch competition offers sailors aged 21 and under the chance to compete for campaign support valued at £5,000.

The winner will also get the exciting opportunity of 1-on-1 training support from a MUSTO ambassador and gain valuable promotional exposure via MUSTO channels.

All sailors are welcome to apply: helms, crews,dinghy sailors; inshore and offshore racers. Go!

 

May 5th, 2016

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