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The best scam e-mail of the week…

Message Body:
Sir,

I am very pleased to convey to you on our clients interest to procure “Gun Boats” into the country.  This is made possible because of high increase in ocean pirates.  The said gun boat if imported will play a big part for the Nigerian Navy to fight the pirates to a standstill.

Kindly send me your available models and prices.

Cordially,

Charles.

 

January 20th, 2016

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The maiden voyage. It’s been six weeks since I completed the boat, and I’ve been searching the three state area daily since, for a usable surface with just a little bit of breeze. But it’s been either high pressure and no wind, or wind cleverly tucked into one of the numerous storms passing thru. I’ve even travelled to Helena in search of a christening, all with no satisfaction.

This morning dawned clear, always appreciated in winter here in the Pacific Northwest, so I decided to take a drive through the wheatlands to see what the ice on Sprague Lake might look like. And it seemed foolish to travel that distance without Scooter, just in case. Halfway there I drove into a massive fog bank that persisted til I arrived at the ramp, where I could see to the southwest, what appeared to be approaching clearing. The ice was a mottled grey, and looked punky, a distinct possibility since we’ve had rain and temps in the high thirties for days. But it dropped well below freezing last night, and the surface was hard, if grainy. I strap on the blades and set out to inspect. The sun begins to reassert itself, a faint breeze begins to develop, and the ice is thick enough, though just barely. I return to the ramp and commence to assemble the machine.

I have remembered most everything needed, and can fudge the missing bits. I push off into very light zephyrs, getting short rides but grinding to a halt in the lulls. But the sunshine is glorious, I’ve got the lake to myself, and this lovely new toy is whispering promises to me. I stick with it for about an hour, occasionally returning for some tuning or fussing, and the breeze gradually builds to about 10 mph, which is enough to hook up solidly and drive Scooter into the thirties. This allows me to cover some ground, and I carefully expand my territory. The boat feels great, I’m a happy fellow, and the glee continues for over an hour, til it just stops. Now. I’m not far from the put in, I walk her back, and strap on the skates again, and in dead calm sunshine, I proceed to have the sweetest gliding session I’ve ever had. Somehow I found my groove, the strides felt effortless and liquid, and I covered more miles than I’ve ever done before, truly magical.

scooter 2Impending sunset finally urges me back, and it becomes apparent that there’s no more pressure coming, so I load up and motor home in the dying light, smiling inwardly that another glee machine has found it’s way into the stable.

Just need more ice and air……..

- Dave

 

 

January 19th, 2016

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From KWRW here is Blaire McCarthy, a 15 year old sailor who is skippering Eagle’s Eye, a Fareast 28R. She’s the 4.7 national champ 111 lbs. Pretty Impressive. Photo thanks to Photoboat!

Allen and Daniela of PhotoBoat.com are celebrating 10 years in business and as many trips to Key West Race Week. They’re on site this year ready to capture close-up KWRW action in their RIB. They’re on the job taking photos for participants, stock photos and editorial photos. Get in touch with them now to ask for that special shot.

 

January 18th, 2016

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The JC Worldwide podcast continues with this week’s guest, US Sailing Team physical therapist, acupuncturist, and chiropractor Dr. Julio Pardave.  Learn about new and old sports therapy for sailors and whether acupuncture and chiro are not [always] horseshit!  Some great tips too on injury prevention and healing for racers, how Dr. P has x-ray vision, and how JC can turn acupuncture needles to lightning bolts!  Road warriors can look up JC’s Podcast on iTunes and subscribe today, just in time for a crazy chat with crazy Olympic 49er sailor Brad Funk!

 

January 18th, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 11.15.04 AM2-time Melges 32 World Champ Jason Carroll doesn’t do things by halves, and he poured a small fortune in upgrades into the well-worn Gunboat 62 Elvis over the winter in preparation for an active 2016.  Ryan Breymaier took the Navigator’s award last week guiding the big cat from Lauderdale to Key West.  Here’s RMB’s first (of many) high-speed reports from 2016:

The forecast was for northerly 15 knots at the start and easterly at the finish, which would have meant short-gybing all the way from Lauderdale in order to avoid the worst of the Gulf Stream current; not the forecast we were looking for, considering that Elvis has been modified with 4 meters more rig, a longer boom and a longer bowsprit in order to power the boat up and fix persistent lee helm.

The end result of the mods is that the boat has 50% more mainsail and 55% more downwind sail, with a roller-furled, tight-luff gennaker replacing a spinnaker in a sock. We were afraid that we would not have quite enough power in the VMG conditions with a tight-luff sail and would have bad gybing angles resulting in about a thousand gybes down the course.

The boat also has bigger winches to deal with the sailplan, a real traveller and hydraulic mainsheet (instead of a bridle mainsheet to the transom corners), and the secret weapon; tillers which allow steering from outside instead of the wheel inside just aft of the mast – which is ideal for communications and comfort, but not at all for feel.

Start day dawned exactly as predicted with a nice northerly. We happily got our favored pin end and headed offshore on port with the big A3 pulling nicely.  We even lifted a hull as we crossed the line! Regardless of the adverse stream, there was more wind offshore and we wanted to avoid the wind shadow that is often found near the Miami skyline.  This was an immediate split from our main competition, the newly launched Arethusa, 60 feet of Nigel Irens-designed Gunboat. They outweigh Elvis by around 8000 pounds, but have a big mast and the soft luffed full-size kite which we feared would be our undoing.

As Arethusa (and most of the fleet) headed inshore, we made a couple of short gybes and stayed in the pressure offshore, especially in light of the approaching transition zone which we could see in the cloudline ahead.  Sure enough, we ran into the clouds and were rewarded with an earlier than expected easterly shift and pressure.  We started to soak, but not too much in order to keep the speed advantage given by luffing slightly with our tight luffed sail.  Elvis loves this; we were sailing between 2 and 5 knots faster than the breeze at 130 TWA.

After a little while the northerly tried to reassert itself so we went back inshore to consolidate and cemented about a 4 mile lead.

We had been watching the radar further down the course, where there was plenty of squall and rain activity.  This is classic KW race behavior, with the northerly on the north side of the keys fighting against the easterly breeze offshore.  As the squall line  showed itself to be just South of the lower keys, tactician Anthony Kotoun and I agreed to gybe back inshore in order to get into it as late as possible.

We were rewarded with a huge northerly shift as we got to the beach with the TWD going from 75 to 350 in the space of about 5 minutes.  We were on starboard so we just bore away and found ourselves headed SW in the perfect direction down the rhumb line, but directly into the squalls.

As we came into the first rain the breeze came up quickly and we eased sheets to stay on course and peeled to our Screecher/FRO, and one of those spectacular runs you hope for came together; 30 knots of boatspeed at the peak, with about an hour around 25.  Awesome crew work from the Elvis crew through 3 headsail changes and reef in and out allowed us to stay at full speed, putting a further 8 miles on our competition.  That’s when we decided to do some monohull hunting, looking for Wizard and Spookie, who had started half an hour ahead of us.

As we finished the last 25 miles of the race we realized that Wizard had the VMG edge on us (to be expected as they are 70 feet or so and very well-sailed) and that we were just slightly faster than Spookie who we passed in the channel heading up to Key Weird.

Unfortunately for the more awake amongst the crew, we arrived a couple hours after last call and so had to content ourselves with a big lunch and even bigger evening the next day.

I am definitely looking forward to getting to the Heineken regatta where there promises to be a big Gunboat fleet to line up against, as well as the awesome dock parties which I am confident we can also win, especially given all the training the boat’s built-in rum pump has given us all!  The Elvis team are a great crew; sailing regularly with the same core team shows in the quality of teamwork on the water. It’s also been a lot of fun for me to reunite with some guys I haven’t sailed with since college 13 years ago – a great way to start the 2016 racing year.

Ryan out.

January 18th, 2016

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The G4 flip in St. Barts last winter cost Gunboat more than a hundred grand and potentially millions in lost sales.

Dave Reed at the helm of a Sailing World RIB wrecking the same G4 in October’s Boat of the Year competition cost Gunboat around a hundred grand in cash and potentially millions in lost sales. 

Alleged fraud from Hudson Marine (China) cost Gunboat millions.

The Rainmaker debacle and subsequent handling of existing orders definitely cost millions.

Add ‘em all up and whaddya get?  A bargain, possibly.  Who wants some?

UPDATE: Peter Johnstone certainly doesn’t.  The iconic Gunboat founder resigned all duties as of Friday.

Gunboat International, a manufacturer of luxury carbon fiber sailing catamarans, is headed to auction.

The motion in bankruptcy court comes after owner and founder Peter Johnstone, who is from a family of sailboat builders, filed for Chapter 11 restructuring in November.

Gunboat can entertain what is called a “stalking horse bidder,” according to court documents — a viable initial bid on the business that would seek to avoid low bids by other interested parties.

“The debtor seeks to sell the assets free and clear of all liens, claims, encumbrances, interests and any other rights,” said court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, where Gunboat is based.

Full details here.

 

January 18th, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.44.03 AMAfter a career-hindering injury he suffered back in 2011, sailing pro Kenny Nevor came up black last week in the Litigation Lottery after more than 4 years of fighting Moneypenny LLC, the entity that owns and operates Jim Schwartz’ line of James Bond-themed racing and support vessels.

40 year-old Nevor was awarded USD$1.46M by a US District Court Judge to compensate him for lost future earnings and the pain and suffering endured when he tore his bicep off the bone while trying to transfer between the TP52 Vesper and its tender.

As usual in any maritime case the Court’s lubberly opinion is a little painful to read, but given the applicability of the Jones Act, it was an easy call – despite Moneypenny’s arguing that ‘it was his own fault’.  Also as usual, the real story remains hidden, though Kenny’s life (and media business) seems like an open book .

Know more or want to learn more?  Hit the thread.

 

January 18th, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.07.41 AMHamburg (along with Krakow, Munich, St. Mortitz, Stockholm and Oslo and pretty much every other responsible city on earth) made news earlier this year when they walked away from its 2022 Olympic bid for obvious reasons: No one wants to share the worldwide humiliation of Rio, nor can many cities stomach the 11-figure economic hits that China or Russia swallowed as both headed for economic recessions.  And as far as we know, no one needs to distract the world while they invade their neighbor with tanks and artillery.  With the choices narrowed down to two countries with the now-expected awful human rights records, the bid was awarded to the worst of them; a country that already screwed with the IOC, athletes, and the media the last time around.

In an ironic twist, the much-beloved keelboat recently removed from the Olympics continues its resurgence in Hamburg with an incredible 70 boats entered in just 24 hours to the Star Sailors League event in Hamburg this May; that’s the limit, and if you want to enter, you need to get on the waiting list!

While a big pile of cash prizes sure helps despite the fact that only the invited VIPs have a real shot at the hundred-grand purse, it’s good to see an event succeed almost entirely due to the perseverance of its charismatic owner.  There’s a lesson to be learnt as well: If you don’t stick to your guns for three or four years, you will never succeed in this slow-moving, conservative sport.

For more about the huge problems plaguing the 5-ring clown show that’s the modern olympics, read this piece.

 

January 18th, 2016

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third mate

The 2016 Greenland Climate Project will be starting on June 2nd and finish October 1st. We will be conducting most of our research in Northwest Greenland. The R/V Ault is already in Greenland, Ocean Research Project will be covering your transportation costs to and from Greenland and will provide three hots and a cot during the expedition. We do not have enough funding to provide a salary.

As a 3rd Mate your job will be to help in all aspects of the expedition but your job can be broken down into two categories.
Seamanship:

Not just will we be sailing from one location to another regularly but we will also spend a good deal of time navigating ice. You have to know your way around a sailboat as there will be times when your are alone at the helm. You have to have experience at sea. You will also spend time at the helm in and around heavy ice. This is particularly difficult. Imagine you are surrounded by so many large ice bergs that the horizon has been blotted out by what looks like a continuous wall of ice in all directions.

You have to navigate a 42 foot schooner through a maze of large ice bergs, which break off into smaller ice bergs and are scattered everywhere. You need a fearless disposition. At times we will be operating for 2-3 days continuously having to navigate through heavy ice for the entire duration. The reason there is so much ice navigation is because most of our research is going to be conducted in the uncharted ice chocked fjords of Northwest Greenland. To get to the face of a large glacier you have to go through a maze of ice. If the idea of this freaks you out in any way please don’t apply.
Maintenance:

You will be spending some of your free time working on the boat. Ill be helping you and I don’t want to spend too much time doing it but in the remote corners of Northern Greenland you have to keep up on all maintenance big and small. We will be spending most of the first two weeks getting the boat ready. I need someone who has some experience working on a sailboat.
You must have a good attitude, especially when things get tough. We will be spending a lot of time in very close quarters, its important that everyone gets along. Its going to be a lot of hard work but it will also be an expedition of a lifetime.

 

January 17th, 2016

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Big Pimpin’

be smartCape 2 Rio 2017. The name says it all –  a fantastic yacht race between two of the world’s foremost tourist destination cities. An easy mostly light downwind, 3500 nm ocean crossing. Notice of race is available here.
As a promotion to attract a large multihull fleet Smart Yachting is offering to build two SmartTri40’s at cost on the condition that the yachts enter the Cape2Rio2017 race.

We currently have three confirmed SmartTri40 entries. Love to build yours!

The factory is in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a perfect opportunity to commission and customise the SmartTri40 to customer specification, whilst enjoying a holiday before the race. On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the yacht can be disassembled and shipped in two forty feet containers to anywhere in the world or sailed to the Caribbean, USA or Europe.

 

January 17th, 2016

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