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twin peaks

As the days grow short, foiling Great Cup 32 sailors grow impatient, and last weekend, both the Hungarian team and the shiny new American team took advantage of autumn breeze to go record-hunting…

On Friday, Hungarian team RSM DTM (owned by Zsolt Kalocsai) smashed the ‘cross Lake Balaton’ record – also known as the Hungarian Sea – previously held by the Pauger P50 double masted cat.  The GC32 took less than two hours to complete the 49 NM course, and their time of 1h57m shaves almost a half hour, or more than 25% of the time off the long-standing record. Sure it was cold, but nothing warms like victory…and rum.   5000 miles away, the first-ever US-based GC32 Argo also had a strong first weekend despite landing a week earlier in Newport straight from the builder in Dubai.  As a Moth racer, two-boat Melges 32 campaigner, past M32 World Champ, and high-performance monohull guy, new owner Jason Caroll finally came over to the dark side with the GC32, and he didn’t waste any time.  Their first assault was the Around Jamestown Island Record and not because the season victor takes home his weight in rum.  Well, not entirely.  Thanks to its location just a few miles from the yachting wonders of Newport this record gets constantly attacked by some of the world’s best sailors, so it makes sense that it was a major goal for the Newport-based Argo team.  And attack they did: On just their third day sailing the boat, Argo notched the first sub-1 hour time ever recorded for the busy record.

IMG_2148With 16-22 knots from the West, Argo hit a top speed of over 37 knots enroute to a new record of 58 minutes and change for the AJIR, and here is the report from Argo program manager Chad Corning.

All it took was a two-day test session in La Baule, France last month for Jason to press ‘GO’ on a GC 32 of his own.  These boats are truly next-level stuff, with balanced power, adjustability and top end speeds that defy belief.  Our immediate goal would be the around Jamestown Island record which had been set in perfect conditions earlier this year by the Marstrom 32 Bronco.  

Once all the bits had arrived in Newport from around the globe, we had just four days to build the boat with Jim, Mischa, Macca and Mikey all working huge days to get it done.  We made it into the water Friday, and had a three day window to work to take a crack at the record.  

Conditions were fairly benign as we worked the boat up, but we still topped 30 knots of boat speed.  We took a stab at a lap of the island, but inconsistent pressure and a sub-optimal direction left us with a 1:20 time – 17 minutes short of glory.  Saturday was another great day with a near-vertical learning curve going and another bump in top speed to 33 knots.  Our attempt time came out about the same as Friday, as conditions remained just too light to get it done.  

Everyone was licking their chops though as we looked at the forecast for Sunday.  Fresh westerlies were on tap which would make for reaching on both long legs of the course – perfect.     IMG_2163Sunday dawned with more wind than forecast but from the right direction.  GAME ON!

A quick test run prior to starting proved that the boat was a absolute beast in the breeze-on conditions.  The first leg out to Beavertail was slightly cracked from upwind on starboard and we skimmed or foiled at 16-18 knots.  A quick tack and we were off on a broad reach down the back side of the island, a condition that the GC 32 likes, to say the least.  Our hair was fully on fire on this leg, though we had to take a two minute pit stop at the north tip of the island to repair the rudder down line which had broken.  After nailing a jibe it was all on to the finish.   The moment of the day came when we rode a big lifting puff to 37 knots of boatspeed.  With board-flat water, the boat just wanted to go, and we all foresaw a 40-knot ride.  But the puff faded, and as we neared the Newport Bridge, the boat dug its nose in heavily.  With the port foil hitting a lobster pot, the horizontal element of the foil quickly became vertical at 30+ knots and the bottom half cleanly sheared away.  With the record in hand, we low-rode into the finish eventually stopping the clock at 58 minutes and 31 seconds, the first sub 1-hour lap of the island.   On board for the record – Jason Carroll, Mischa Heemskerk, Cameron Appleton, Mike Kuschner, Michael Barnes and Chad Corning while Andrew Macpherson from GC and our boat captain Jim “Grande” Condon manned the chase boat.  Team Argo has a lot to learn in this new world, but our first taste was extremely satisfying.    

The Argo GC32 heads south for the winter and will be joined by more GC32′s from Europe for some winter foiling – we’ll have some more news on that program soon.  Short vid of the Opti fleet flyby here, and a bit of post-crash non-foiling here.

October 28th, 2014

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VOR

The fans who follow us at home now think, why the hell have the guys choose this strange route yesterday,” says Bouwe Bekking with a sour face. Sitting on the little bench he stares into the navigation screen of Andrew Cape. It is a dark hole, and the only source of light is the small computer screen. “We clearly sail the wrong way,” he continues.

As always, there was once again a thought behind this tactical move of Bekking & Co. Team Brunel was sailing 400 miles off the Brazilian coast to the south. Directly ahead for the Dutch team was a huge high pressure area. Bekking: “There is virtually no wind here. Think of it as a concrete wall. It’s impossible to break.”……. Read on.

 

October 28th, 2014

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401335_372899099493029_2121992649_nWith the Vanguard 15 class in continuing decline, team racing Midwinters was cancelled this year, so Eckerd College Anarchists Kevin and Zach stepped up to do something about it, and Zach sent us a little note: “We know a ton of team race fans read Sailing Anarchy, and we’re hoping you can help us spread the word.”  Consider it spread. 

If you are bummed that the V-15 midwinters are dead, or if you never sailed the V-15 midwinters because you don’t have a boat, then come sail the first ever Eckerd Open Team Race hosted by Eckerd College on Dec 31- Jan 2. What could be better than some 3-on-3 action in warm Florida during the dead of winter?  We’re providing the boats, the dates have been setup not to conflict with Orange Bowl, and entry is dirt-cheap.  We’ve partnered with the beachfront Post Card Inn for an awesome regatta dinner and special regatta rates, and they are stoked to have us join in their New Year’s festivities! Bonus: No NYE driving!

Finally, we’ve got six Zim 15s to race; this will allow us to take more entries, and competitors will have a chance to get to know the boat used at the Hinman Teamrace.

 

Registration is now open and available online – please go there to register!

 

October 28th, 2014

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Down in the lowly depths of the Southern Hemisphere (Cape Town), we’ve recently started a new program. The ex ‘Flirt’/'Cape Fling’ now called ‘Nitro’ has been putting in some effort.

We sailed in a corporate event on the weekend. Effectively 40% of the crew are guests/non-sailors. The Saturday was blown out as it was blowing 25 to 30 knots (typical Cape Doctor). However, we took the guests for a burn and the just loved it!

- Anarchist Will.

 

October 27th, 2014

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big pimpin’

PH-JOY-2014MSC_116We’d like to welcome our friends at Melges back for another year of pimpin’, and the timing couldn’t be better; there’s all sorts of exciting fall/winter action going on across the Melges fleets, and we’re going to help highlight just how fun and accessible it can be.  Here’s some news from the M32 fleet in Florida, and watch for a feature from Jaime Torres soon on the M32 Caribbean Fleet.  For everything Melges, check their site.

With a fleet and sailors diverse as the nightlife on Ocean Avenue, the Melges 32 Gold Cup kicks off in just two weeks, featuring 18 ultra-high performance Melges 32 teams from 9 different countries.

This “Florida Classic” will decide not only the new Gold Cup titleholder; it will serve as the final notice for teams looking to challenge for the ultimate goal: the Melges 32 World Title. Louisiana skipper Chris Wientjes (Stormvogel, Metairie, LA) can’t wait for it all to begin. “The Melges 32 Class always brings great talent to its events, but there’s no doubt these two will bring some of the best sailors in the world to Miami,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to testing ourselves in both the Gold Cup and Worlds.”

It may have started as a low-key tune-up regatta in the Melges 32’s fledgling days in 2006, but the Gold Cup has emerged as the longest-standing Melges 32 regatta on the annual calendar. Regularly featuring more than 20 teams – from the highest-level international two-boat programs to more modest but still ultra-competitive local and Caribbean teams – winning the Gold Cup has historically required great boat speed and teamwork along with a strong understanding of tricky autumn breezes and meandering Gulf Stream current and waves.

2012 World Championship runner-Up Alec Cutler (Hedgehog, Bermuda) recognizes the balancing act between sailing hard at the Gold Cup without tipping his hand for the upcoming Worlds a month later. “Gold Cup may be a Worlds tune up, but it is also a coveted trophy for our team,” said Cutler. “Our goal is to hold off from some of the big decisions until after Gold Cup while racing hard, having a good time, and learning the venue.”

Read on.

 

October 27th, 2014

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Last Friday in central port of Lavrio, Greece with winds >40kts. A ferry got loose causing a great mess! – Anarchist FastButNotFurious.

 

October 27th, 2014

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A follow-up on the Olympia man overboard story, with a sad, tragic ending…

missingA sailor missing since Saturday was found dead on Sunday, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said. Rescue crews were searching for the 46-year-old man in the water after a sailboat overturned in Puget Sound, about four miles north of Olympia on Saturday.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said the boat was taking part in the Eagle Islands Race, a sanctioned sailboat race put on by the South Sound Sailing Society. A 22-foot fiberglass sailboat was in the 25th mile when it capsized due to extremely high winds and 8 to 10 foot waves.

Two people were rescued from the water within 10 to 15 minutes after the boat capsized by other boats in the race. The third person attempted to get into another boat but couldn’t make it due to the high waves and the boat being tossed about.

The man was wearing a Coast Guard approved life vest. The man’s body was found in Case Inlet, near Herron Island. Rescue teams from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Coast Guard were on scene shortly after the 911 call. The Coast Guard provided a 45-foot patrol boat and a helicopter. Article courtesy K5 tv, photo is of the Coast Guard search.

 

October 27th, 2014

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Now this is good. Really good! props to Anarchist Moray.

 

October 26th, 2014

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An exclusive for you Anarchists from one of our all-time favorite sailors, Bouwe Beking onboard Tean Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race

Nearly two weeks on the water, time flies. Are we happy? Yes, we have 9 content inmates on-board teambrunel. Now don’t get me wrong, this jail is not bad at all, but we are missing terrible the news from the rest of the world. I realize we all have become cyber junkies. What is the first thing you do when at home waking up, right check you mail, while you brew a cup of coffee in the mean time for your better half , although she does that most for me-:) .

The 2nd thing I do is checking SA’s website for any gossip or stories and the 3rd thing is checking the news. Now all of that is nearly impossible, SA articles are out of the question. But also we can’t email directly to who we want, we have to go through a allocated person in our shorecrew and have to cc race committee in. The same for making phone calls, I can’t just pick up the phone and call my wife, I need to ask permission. Feels like Big Brother is watching us. But the sailing is fantastic and the racing has been close although terrible slow. The Arabs still show us their stern as they did a better job than us in the last 48 hours.

Sailing under jib we are not very flash, we have seen that now on several occasions ,we hang in, but we just don’t seem to have any height compare to the others. The sails should be all one design, so theoretical it can’t be that, maybe the rig set-up is not right or it is the way we are trimming, But we have no issues when other sails are up. Having the AIS compulsory switched on, changed the game completely.

The first 7 days when we were relatively slow and boats doing similar speeds, you needed one person permanent looking at the screen, observing the competition. The fun part of making moves at night time has dissapeared , as others can react immediately. So it was nice when the breeze picked up and speed differences where more obvious plus a chance to pick up on sleep as monitoring stopped when more than 7 miles apart. We stuck to our game plan and that has paid off, but this race is far from over, even the guys and chicks miles behind us, will have an opportunity to get back into the game, as we will sail in less breeze.

Not to speak about cutting the corner, you get it right you can shave easy a couple of hundreds miles of the route to CPT. Anyway right now we feel better to be one of the front runners than be in chasing pack.

Cheers, Bouwe

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October 26th, 2014

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bobsie twins

Christophe Launay gets us psyched for the Saint Malo Route du Rhum.

 

October 26th, 2014

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Henry Bomby breaks down the current state of the VOR race for you. Enjoy.

bomby 1So the fleet are around the little island archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, the last waypoint before arriving in Cape Town. In this blog I will be looking through the options ahead for all the teams, some potential short cuts, the traditional options and what to look out for on the tracker, as well as where the next potential passing lanes might be.

I have had a few questions asking why the teams didn’t turn hard left at Fernando and head straight to Cape Town, so explaining this seems like a good place to start.

At the moment the teams are sailing in the South Easterly trade winds. Which would mean a dead beat all the way to Cape Town if they wanted to sail this more ‘direct’ route. This is Option 1 in the playbook. While it is the shortest distance to sail, it basically never works due to the Saint Helena High pressure system normally located off the West coast of South Africa. See Abu Dhabi’s track if they took the northerly option (blue) above.

Option 2 (in pink) is the stock option, the traditional route, and has many alternatives and subtleties but is the option all the teams will be taking this time around. That is to head south in the SE’ly trades and hook into one of the low pressure systems rolling around the southern ocean, get to the Westerly winds to the South of it and then ride it all the way to Cape Town, ideally!

Now of course it will never be quite that easy! There will be a trough, ridge or other roadblocks along the way or a stalling or accelerating of the low pressure system that will cause the navigators to make minor or some major adjustments to their trajectory as they make their way south. And once they hook into LP1, they will then also be fighting to stay ahead of the front. This is all where it gets really interesting again for us. Read on.

 

October 26th, 2014

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A 26.5km PHRF race around Eagle Island from Budd Bay in Olympia WA. A calm day that had an afternoon squall of 30-40 knots. One Viper 640 turtled twice but all 3 crew miraculously are safe. A HARM22 didn’t fortune so well. Very competent sailors. But their boat sank. 2 persons recovered by nearby sailboats, 1 couldn’t be recovered. News story here, FB page here.

Fucking tragic. I happened to not sail today, but then watched the coast guard copter fly around for hours and wondered what was going on. Huge storm came through. It was predicted, but came in very quickly. Went form a 5-8 knot gentle Saturday island race to a 40 knot squall in a short period of time. – Anarchist Jason.

 

October 26th, 2014

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The best 15 second sailing video you will ever see. The sound of him going through the sail reminds me of someone sitting on a bag of chips.  - Anarchist Adam.

 

October 25th, 2014

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Speaking of Moths…

The Wazsp looks like a moth, it will measure as a moth, it still has wings and foils in the same positions, it will be like a current moth to sail, except maybe simpler with less adjustments, but there are differences which make it cheaper to build, simpler to rig and more attractive to younger people and their parents who have to part with their money. That logically means less carbon and more weight.

Because of the weight and the simpler rig it should not be as fast as a Mach2, but AMAC has said he plans to sail on in the Sorrento Worlds in January, with hope of getting into the Gold fleet.

I understand that tooling is well on the way and some components have started production. Like a Mach2 there are a lot of parts to get right.

No one has yet seen one but some impressive digital images were shown to The Foiling Week attendees. Its not a secret, but we will not get more to see until they build a dedicated web site and have some product to show off.

Too many optimistic people go for premature publicity and fail to deliver on their promises, the Mach2 team are smart enough to not show too much until they are ready to deliver. Jump in the thread.

 

October 25th, 2014

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inside game back then

Earlier this week we asked you to tell us what the inside game of a modern build is, now we ask the same thing of something not quite as modern, but one which now has a new lease on life. Do you know what it is?

 

October 25th, 2014

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It is often said that what goes around, comes around. Then if that is true, it would appear that the karmic wheel is turning – While Dan Meyers continues his ludicrous suit against Sailing Anarchy, it would appear that his little company, unlike Meyers,  becomes littler by the day. With a $45 million dollar judgement against him, huge IRS issues, and the following all on his gluttonous table, we cant wait to see the collapse of this house of cards. Karma, she’s a bitch. Or so we are told…

On Oct 07, An active bench at the Supreme Judicial Court heard oral argument in The First Marblehead Corporation (NYSE:FMD) & Gate Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner, Docket No. 2013-P-0935 this morning; posing pointed questions to both parties.

On 23 October, The First Marblehead Corporation shares moved down -0.41%, hit an all-time low of 2.28 and was closed at $2.45. FMD EPS growth in last 5 year was 38.20%. The First Marblehead Corporation year to date performance is -66.85%.

Middle Class Rut provides the live title inspiration.

 

October 25th, 2014

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Our friends at McConaghy Boats and Schionning Designs have been commissioned to design and build a lightweight new 49′ performance catamaran. See for yourself…

 

October 24th, 2014

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Being There

bermuda 1I’m here in Bermuda up the rig of an IOD and wondering exactly how I got here. Well, a year ago, after being caught in an unfortunate house fire, I was lying in a hospital bed in a coma and on a respirator. My family was saying their goodbye’s as it wasn’t certain if I would see another sunrise. Thirty-four percent of my body sustained third degree burns. Here’s the SA linky:

I got better. Heck, I’m a bow guy. We laugh in the face of adversity. Maybe I just don’t feel the pain anymore after having a spinnaker pole dropped on my head more times than I can count. I’m doing well and I’m turning fifty. Also, I can wear Bermuda shorts and knee socks that hide my burned legs and still look sort of cool. Bow guys need to believe we look cool. As a goal for my recovery, I set the Newport/Bermuda race (my fourth to date) as a goal. I ended up on the bow of a vintage Volvo/Whitbred 60.

A few months ago, my wife surprised me with the option to go anywhere on the planet to celebrate my half century living amongst humans. Without hesitation, I chose Bermuda. For the record, Tonga was a close second but Bermuda is, well, perhaps the nicest place on earth IMHO. In the past ten days, we’ve had two hurricanes, both with sustained winds over 150mph. Still, there’s no place I’d rather be right now.

The day after the second hurricane, we buzzed down to the Royal Bermuda YC on our mighty 49 cc scooter (Everybody here drives one.) to see how the club got on. We expected to see devastation and people on cell phones yelling at lawyers who in turn were yelling at insurance companies and preparing a class action lawsuit against Mother Nature. Instead, we were greeted by group of cheerful volunteers. It was three days until the Argo Group Gold Cup Regatta and a couple hurricanes weren’t about to dampen Bermuda’s enthusiasm for hosting this stop on the world match racing tour.

Speaking of greetings, it’s important to greet everyone here individually. The standard greeting is, “How are you doing?”, pronounced “How ya doon?”. Complete strangers will say hello as you walk past them. Friendly doesn’t begin to cover it. As much as every inch of this place looks like a postcard, it’s the people that make Bermuda. Bermudians bristle with a sense of pride but, being Bermudian, it’s kept in check in a modest, self deprecating and somewhat British fashion.

Everyone in this tiny country is aware of the Gold Cup regatta and sailing in general. In most other venues, sailing is considered a pastime for idle trust fund babies. Here the sport is given its due. Local school kids learn to sail Opti’s to augment their curriculum and everyone comes out for the major regattas.

So here I am. Being a pointy-end guy, I naturally went on vacation with my Spin Lock climbing harness packed in my hockey bag (I’m Canadian). And it didn’t take long before the infectious enthusiasm overwhelmed me. I volunteered to help prepare for the regatta and I ended up doing rig checks replacing split-rings and taping the sharp bits. For the record, I was up ten rigs in one day with my new BFF, Pete doing the grinding. I’ll cover the highlights of the regatta next week as the world’s top-ranked match racers square off on this tiny island paradise.

There is a chance that Bermuda will play host to the next America’s Cup. If that happens, I’ll be here. If the powers that be elect to host it in another locale, I’ll come here anyway and watch it on my iPad from the beach. – Bermudahhh.

 

October 24th, 2014

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Big Pimpin’

These are very cool. How do we know? The Ed ordered one for his gf. But he didn’t receive it before she was his ex-gf.  It now sits on his desk, looking bright and shiny. As usual, his timing is awesome…

e pin 2With everything nautical in fashion right now and Christmas just around the corner, Saltytag has the solution for the perfect gift for family and friends or for yourself. Saltytag has launched a range of good-looking, fashionable, sterling silver sailing signal flag pendants and anchors. Each piece is crafted using beautifully coloured, high lustre glass enamel representing the 26 signal flag designs.

Choose the flags that spell a name or just wear your initials. Mix and match using the silver spacer beads to add fun to the design. Then add in one or anchors available in colours to match the flags, and you have the perfect gift for yachties and boaters. Free Worldwide Shipping.To live the life and wear the code, go to www.saltytag.com.

 

October 24th, 2014

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Deep and dark. But what is it?

 

October 23rd, 2014

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