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After watching half a dozen aborted attempts to restart the infamous Worrell 1000 over the past 15 years (including our extensive work helping Mike Worrell during his final attempt at redemption before his death), we might just have a bit of PTSD when it comes to another possible relaunch of the race that best reflects American sailing’s heyday. Still, we’re happy to see that Organizers behind the May 2019 running of the “Worrell 1000 Reunion Race” have at least gotten the ball rolling with a website, Facebook Page, and now Sailing Instructions with more announcements slated for July 1st.

We would, however, counsel you against reserving your hotel rooms just yet.  We’re told the same Organizers cancelled the much smaller, easier to run Florida 300 last year, and there just doesn’t seem to be much commitment or resources behind the current effort.  Attempting to cash in on the success of the Race2Alaska’s popular nickname, organizers are calling their race the W1KRR, which is derivative and stupid.  Their new logo looks like a 4-year old drew it on a napkin.  The randomly capitalized SIs call for two classes of boat that are barely sailed in the US; the box rule F18 and the dinosaur-rare non-foiling version of the NACRA F20 Carbon.

Of course the Organizers could be simply generating noise to gauge whether there’s really enough interest in the race, which isn’t a great sign, but there’s certainly plenty of interest in the race that still generated one of the most widely read and well-written news stories ever written about sailing in the US, and we suggest you get involved in the thread if you want to be part of this thing.  We certainly do!

 

May 15th, 2018 by admin

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Screenshot 2017-04-24 11.24.34Italian cat sailor Vittorio Malingri long ago proved himself a certified nutter, setting the singlehanded beach cat record for the Senegal to Guadeloupe transatlantic route back in 2008 at around 13 days.  It’s the same route that certified French nutters Benoit Lequin and Pierre-Yves Moreau did in 11 1/2 days on their beach cat, and for Vittorio, beating their doublehanded time was a challenge he decided to take on with family.

The duo of Nico and Vittorio smashed the record on Saturday, taking more than ten hours off the Frenchies record at an average of just under 10 knots.  Sick stuff, and check out the team’s Facebook page for more photos, videos, and stories (in italian) about their effort. Bravo Ragazzi!

Title shout to fathers and sons everywhere who do cool shit together, and thanks to SA’er “M26” for the tip.

 

April 24th, 2017 by admin

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Beach cats plus cold front equals a hell of an expensive beach sculpture.  Huge bummer in the North Holland beach village of Egmond aan Zee, and there are some more gorgeous, if painful, shots here.

July 26th, 2015 by admin

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Florida 300 Day 1John Casey checks back in from the first real foil-off between the FLying Phantom and his Nacra 20 FCS. His photo, and of course our title reference to one of the funniest shows of the 2000s.

If you’re having a light conversation with someone and they say, “Hey, you should come down to the Keys for a sail,” you meant yesterday.  The sun was peering down on us, the wind was around 12 knots with low puffy clouds drifting over the shore and the water was about the same balmy temperature as the wind. It was absolutely pleasurable.

The real story of our day came courtesy of large clumps of sargasso lining up on their march to shore, just hanging out waiting for us. Yes, they play havoc with our daggerboard boats, but a unique and surprising thing happens when the FCS foils through the weeds; they slice right though them. What we thought was going to be the biggest hindrance on this flat water leg from Islamorada to Key Biscayne was actually helpful to us, as the slower boats had to clear their boards far more often.  We called our day ‘mowing the lawn’.

The Nacra performed brilliantly as we foiled the entire upwind/close reach day except for a couple lulls and when we had to pinch up high to get over the sandbar protruding from Elliot Key. We finished in exactly four hours. The powerful sail plan definitely helped in the lighter conditions, as the curved board Nacra 20 Carbon arrived to the beach in second place 20 something minutes after us. It’s really all about sawing that mainsheet as well. My crew, Colin Page, played it like a tug-of-war anchorman all day. Sail trim is so important for the balance you need to stay smooth on the foils.

The tried-and-rock solid Nacra 20 crew of Steve Lohmeyer and Jay Sonnenklar are leading the biggest fleet of Nacra 20s.

For more action, check out the Florida 300 site, and stay tuned for my final report over the weekend.

 

May 15th, 2015 by admin

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