Posts Tagged ‘Bora Gulari’
It’s not everyday that one of the original Anarchists becomes a two-time World Champion, so we’ll take this opportunity to congratulate our good friend Bora on his Hawaiian Moth Worlds win (and wish him a happy birthday as well). Given the dearth of USAnian names at the pointy end of the highest-performance fleets of foilers, multihulls, and offshore racers, how awesome that we’ve got someone who can take out the Outerridges and Burlings and Greenhalghs of the world on a level playing field; a racer that can take the helm of a foiling 45 or 72 and do it, and America, proud.
As for the Moth – that little thing that completely screwed up the sailing world’s conception of speed forever – the boat seems to be going from strength to strength despite inconsistent marketing, fragility, and high cost for such a little boat. The Hawaii worlds was limited out at 80 boats (due to space in the bay), but with the Mach 2 continuing to roll (350 boats sold in 4 years), the new Exocet proving its got wheels, a new Prowler on the way, and a rumored new American boat in the wings, we could very easily see close to 150 moths racing in Hayling Island next year, and even more at the Melbourne, OZ worlds in 2015. Here is the full rundown of everyone’s hull, foils, mast, and sails from Hawaii thanks to Andrew Lechte; Bora explains his speed in the interview above with Gretta Kruesi and Mr. Clean, but attributes much of it to his Lister/Damic main foil and the extensive aero fairings all over his boat that he printed in his basement on a 3-D printer.
What’s the secret to these most gucci of dinghies selling like hotcakes and attracting some of the biggest numbers of any class? It’s simple: SPEED. Here are the important numbers: 15-18 knots upwind (and getting higher and faster all the time). 25-30 knots downwind. 10-15 grand used. Nothing else even comes close, and the mothies tell us that a top Moth is faster than pretty much anything on the water until you get to about 45 feet…the AC45, specifically…
October 23rd, 2013 by admin
Sick of the Moth Worlds yet? We ain’t, especially with the first real foiling day of racing now in the bag. Sick of Gretta Kruesi yet? Umm…never. And with a lot of stories to tell and some great camera work, Petey Crawford’s come up with a hell of a highlight reel including crashes, hotties, and some awesome racing.
Longtime Anarchist and SA contributor Bora Gulari leads by five points, and with three days left until awards, the big question isn’t whether Bora can hang on – it’s whether the weather will allow any more racing. Either way the SA team is here to get you the story. Or we might just go surfing…enjoy the video above while we do.
October 17th, 2013 by admin
The big trimaran wasn’t the only one doing some mid-ocean laminate repair during the Transpac. From the crew of Phil and Sharon O’Niel’s Michigan-based TP52 NatalieJ: ”It was three nights ago, and we had the A3 up with a tuck and were sending it! Pitch-black, super scary and I was more than a little relieved when we got to see daylight this AM, even after noticing the crack” wrote navigator and repairman Bora Gulari. ”Brian [Torresen - ed] and I got to work fixing the crack right away – still fighting to the end!”
NatJ sits second in her crowded class of 50-something rockets, at least according to the daily position reports, with first place Beecom starting to leg out. The Michiganders didn’t notice quite the amount of debris that Lending Club did; “We’ve seen some debris but nothing too dangerous as of yet. That’s if you ignore the giant green bioluminescent blob we almost hit in the dark a few days ago. We assume that was a whale and it would have been bad.”
July 19th, 2013 by admin
Vid kid Will Lyons continues to bring an outside view to sailing vids; we dig this soulful look at the boys and girl of M24 New England Ropes/West Marine Rigging. Get to know them well; we expect a real Midwest cage match for the all-important M24 World Title in September between two talented guys who’ve never taken one: Bora on this boat and Brian Porter on the Wisconsin-based Full Throttle. That happens just after the Cup in San Fran – fortunately, there are no Optis likely on the Berkley Circle…
July 17th, 2013 by admin