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Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 8.35.34 AMAfter missing his hoped-for launch date by a few months, Andrew “AMAC” McDougall’s long-awaited ‘people’s foiler’ is finally wet!  This pic posted by SA’er “Phil S” shows the shroudless, stayless, wishbone-boomed foiler that Amac’s been working on for five years, shot recently near Mach 2 HQ in Melbourne, Oz.

Will the Waszp change the sailing world the way the Laser or Hobie 14 did, or will it be just another fun, fast toy for the privileged few to jump into on their way to the faster, more expensive Mach 2 and its successors?  Listen to the man himself back in January, and decide for yourself.

We’ll know more soon, and if you follow the thread, you can too.

 

 

June 17th, 2015 by admin

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We’ve been following young Ben Hartnett for a couple of years now, and this 18-year old university student from Southeast Oz is well on his way to becoming the next big talent in sailing video.  He shot this tasty big-wave video at Sandringham Yacht Club with three boats training under Victorian Institute of Sport Geoff Woolley.  He told us more about the shot:

We were just in a rib and because the waves were so big we were completely soaked after 2 minutes of filming. About 5 minutes into the shoot my main camera (canon 7d) copped a full wave and well. That was the end of that camera’s life. But luckily I had the gopro to use for the rest of the time on the water.

Ben shares his photos on Instagram and you can get in touch with him (or if you have the balls to try something fresh, hire him for your next regatta) at the SailingShack Facebook Page.

 

April 24th, 2015 by admin

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This Southport, Australia departure was discussed in the forums last year when it happened, but our friends at Voiles et Voiliers posted some great shots of the action and we figured we’d share one up.  Name of the boat?  Jeux De Guerre.  Translation?  Wargames.

Head over here for more info, and go to the V&V page to find out what happened.  If you don’t get the title, we hate you because you’re young.

 

April 15th, 2015 by admin

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Some days, you just gotta stay home.  This dude on Sydney Harbour had one of those days, but at least the Manly Ferry folks had some fun!

 

March 3rd, 2015 by admin

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Seve and team on Gotta Love It 7 may have clinched their record-setting 8th JJ championship, but the fight for the podium is still on during this final day of broadcasting for the 2015 18 footer Worlds.  Will Howie Hamlin get the first US podium in more than a decade after winning race 6 on Saturday?  Clicky play and tune in live above.  Nic Douglass did some killer interviews with Howie and most of the boat park yesterday – click here for that noise.

 

February 21st, 2015 by admin

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Nic Douglass spins up the final radio show of her twenties, guiding you through the big names of sailing last week.  Happy Birthday to one of sailing’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders, and be sure to check out the show if you dig match racing, one-design racing, extreme 40s, and the pointy end of the JJ Giltinan fleet.  Here’s the guide:

“Sailing news in sixty seconds” (03:05)
Mat Belcher, Australian Sailing Team (05:58)
David Chapman, MC38 Ginger (13:45)
Jason Waterhouse, Red Bull Racing (21:23)
Ian Williams, GAC Pindar 2014/15 WMRT champion  (29:06)
Scott Babbage, Gotta Love It 7 (37:00)
Howie Hamlin and Team America (40:38)
Seve Jarvin, Gotta Love It 7 (45:02)
John “Woody” Winning, Yandoo (47:48)
Michael Coxon, Thurlow Fischer Lawyers (51:05)
“Sailor Girl rap” (55:48)

 

February 16th, 2015 by admin

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Every February means the 18 Footer Worlds, and for the second year in a row, it’s all being streamed live on Youtube.  Head over to Nic Douglass’ Youtube page for some great interviews with the teams earlier in the day and her Facebook Page for content throughout the week, and click the player above to see if Seve Jarvin and the Gotta Love It 7 boys can break the all-time record and take their 8th JJ Giltinan title.

You’ll have an hour or two of great live HD racing action every night for the next week, all anchored by fun commentary from our ultra-knowledgeable friends Killo and Heeley.  Full entry list here.

 

February 13th, 2015 by admin

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From dinghy sailor to america’s cupper, you’ve been waiting for this one for weeks!  It’s the final Moth Worlds ‘Real Reel’ from Sorrento, Australia.  Now you can finally hear from Bora Gulari’s mouth just how CNN destroyed the top US foiler’s Worlds hopes, see what’s fun, exciting, and hilarious about southeast Oz, and learn about the natural habitat of the eastern longhaired bogan.  Meet ‘roos, kiwis, and even a brit or two.  Laugh, cry, and laugh again with the best 20 minutes we’ve ever seen on dinghy racing…all thanks to Petey Crawford with support from Sperry.

And if that’s not enough, here’s the Sailing Anarchy Ultimate Guide to the Moth Worlds: Your index to 50-odd videos, 6 days of live coverage, 7 gorgeous photo galleries, and plenty more.  Go.  Now.

 

February 10th, 2015 by admin

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Andrew “AMAC” McDougall is always a good chat, and we grabbed him at the end of the Moth Worlds to talk about his umpteenth win as Grand Master (and ignore the fact we thought he won Master as well – that honor went to the newly-turned-45 Dave Lister).  We also took the time to learn the essential bits of what is a far more interesting development – the soon-to-be-revealed Waszp.  At less than the cost of a one and a half Lasers, this fiberglass and alloy ‘foiler for the masses’ might just provide the engine for an explosion in sailing that we’ve not seen since the Hobie 16 or the Laser itself.  Reality or hype?  Listen to Amac and decide for yourself, and get psyched for next week’s “Moth Worlds: The TV Show” from Penalty Box Productions with support from Sperry.  We’re not done yet.

 

January 30th, 2015 by admin

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15_003953_MothWorlds2015 The wheels are dangling by a single bolt on the bus that is the ultra highly anticipated Moth Worlds. Despite sailing just one light-air, low-riding race in the finals the fleet has been bloodied from top to bottom with the carnage spilling over to a humbled race committee who is feeling the pressure and has used their one life-line in hopes that they can salvage a regatta that’s been slipping away from them.

A few boats again didn’t make it home after sailing yesterday, a two-time world champ got taken out by a press boat, another ended up tangled in the rig of a moored yacht, and one boat dropped a rig without a single race to show for all the effort, and with just two days to go, the pressure is on to do everything possible to get in three a day on Thursday and Friday.  Meanwhile, the Anarchy team went hunting for two elusive species in Southeast Oz: Bogans and kangaroos.  We”ll have more on that when our regatta recap/Reality TV episode next week

Recap:

Peter Burling’s dominant performance, both in the heavy and in the light, means he has a nice cushion at the top of the leaderboard. Following up his unforgettable four-bullet performance in breeze-on conditions on Sunday to own the right side of the course, keep it on the foils and secure a handy third place finish in race 1 of the gold fleet, Burling has now opened up an eleven-point lead over now second-placed Josh McKnight. Japanese Nacra 17 Olympic hopeful Hiroki Goto relied on a special ‘samurai’ foil and some smooth moves at the top mark of the second lap to gybe inside of Chris Draper and take his first ever worlds race win. While Burling, Bora and Hiroki were both happy to be interviewed live aboard M/V Anarchy during the postponement that followed, several other skippers weren’t so stoked to race in non-foiling conditions with just 7 of 80 starters getting around the race track within the time limit. After a three-hour postponement to wait for breeze, the RC finally pulled the plug and called off the day’s second race. With Murphy’s law in full effect, a perfect 12-15 knots built in the late afternoon sending several Moths back onto the course for a beautiful sunset sail.

15_004445_MothWorlds2015-EditFollowing up ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘Mellow Monday’ was ‘Terrible Tuesday’ at the Moth Worlds. With northerly breeze and it’s associated twenty miles of fetch combining with blinding rain and poor visibility to wreck the race course, the race committee was eager to get a race off but gun-shy of sending the fleet out into controversial conditions after the reaming they had taken in social media the day before. At three o’clock, after four hours of postponement, a competitors meeting was held under the marquee with the decision to race or not coming down to a show of hands amongst the sailors. Silver fleet voted almost unanimously to hit the shower and then have a rum in lieu of sailing while gold fleet wanted to get a race off. Almost exactly the opposite as Monday, as soon as the decision was made to go racing, the conditions deteriorated again with northeasterly breeze well into the 20’s and an opposing flood tide at the height of it’s flow creating a virtual minefield of short, choppy waves for the Moths to contend with. Just getting out was going to be a dilemma with the lee-shore boat park, heinous conditions and a large mooring field full of peril. The media, spectators and other competitors watched on in anticipation to see who would be the first one to go out and with little surprise it was Moth builder Andrew ‘A-Mac’ McDougall who led the charge on what was truly a boat-builders day. About 30 Moths followed and what ensued was complete and utter chaos with Moths crashing in every direction, carbon bits exploding and of course, the Bora incident. With half the fleet in the water and the other half afraid to bear away and put the bow down, RC was again in a bind and made the call to go in for the day. The sail back to the beach was just as hectic with as many sailors needing assistance to get back in as those that were able to sail in. The Emirates Team New Zealand boys were amongst the dozen chase boats that stayed out for an hour until all boats could safely make it back to the beach, several of them having sustained too much damage to foils, wands and other bits to sail in under their own power.

The predicted front came through on the lay day, the Club has brought in a class-recommended technical advisor to prevent more gaffes on the RC boat, and the weather should  allow for some solid, (if wet and low-vis) racing on the final days of the regatta.  We’re looking forward with cautious optimism and will continue to bring it all to you live from Sorrento.  Check the thread for the latest.

Sander Van Der Borch photos, with big thanks to Sperry Top-Sider for their support.

 

January 14th, 2015 by admin

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