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“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain (or not)
Bad news from Bristol RI filtered around the top end of the sport this weekend after employees at Hall Spars US were sent home on Friday for the remainder of the year and the shop more or less shuttered. It was widely known that a big player had been looking into the purchase of Hall for months, and last week, that deal died. We reached out to Ben Hall to find out if one of the world’s best and most beloved spar builders will make it through the suck, and after he spent the day putting 112 feet of carbon art into the new Gunboat 78 (see above), Ben seemed optimistic, telling us that there’s lots of action from interested groups. Discuss here, and here’s the official statement from the company.
To: Whom it May Concern
Subject: Status of Hall Inc.
There are many rumors being spread regarding the status of Hall Spars. Hall Spars is a strong global brand and a leader of spar and rigging design and production around the world. Hall has three locations: Hall USA, Hall BV (Holland), and Hall NZ (New Zealand). The three locations are owned by Hall Inc. and operated independently of one another with their own management team.
Approximately five months ago, Hall Inc. began a recapitalization effort to strengthen its position in the marine industry. For the past three months, Hall has been working on a deal with the company in the US. Last Thursday, one week before closing this deal, our buyer dropped out. Presently, Hall BV and Hall NZ are in full operation and will continue to be, while Hall US has shut down for the holiday season.
Our recapitalization efforts are continuing very aggressively with the goal of completing these efforts in January. Hall has enjoyed great success over the past 36 years and will continue to do so. I ask that you be patient with us as we complete our efforts to strengthen our company and continue to provide the quality product and service you have grown to expect from the Hall brand.
Thank you for your support!
-Thomas M. Rossi
December 20th, 2016 by admin
Dial-downs, slam dunks, lead changes, capsizes, and hot babes on the beach seemingly everywhere? Yeah, we’re cool with the new face of the previously ignored World Match Racing Tour. Will 6-time World Tour Champ Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar boys beat out 2014 M32 Series Scandinavia winner Hans Wallen and his WAR racing team? You’ll have to tune in to Clean and Shawzi on the microphones on finals day from Fremantle to find out.
March 6th, 2016 by admin
As the M32 Series live TV commentator and the voice on the carnage-filled highlight reel above, I accept that I am a little biased. But in my opinion, this video (and the live coverage of the final day of racing that it is pulled from) was some of the most interesting and exciting racing I’ve seen in a long, long time.
It’s easy to be invigorated at an event like this: Between the decidedly youthful flavor of the M32 fleet, the genetic deliciousness of Swedish women, the absolute love for the sea and sailing that so many Swedes seem to have, and the excellent turnout for an event that’s just barely off the ground, I’m on cloud nine, and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.
Equally impressive is the vision that former Berg Propulsion CEO and owner Hakan Svensson has for the M32, and we’ll have some surprising and interesting announcements from them later in the week. In the meantime, you can relive the Gothenburg event with the video above, and the links below.
Interview: Goran Marstrom and Kare Lung (Creator and Designer of M32)
June 16th, 2015 by admin
Too many stories, too many Dark’n Stormies, and too many competitors to keep track of, the 20th anniversary of Sperry Charleston Race Week sets another attendance record as the spring classic inches towards 300 boats. This year they’ll squeeze yet another sportboat class in with the VX-One, with 10 boats signed up for their first year at the event. It’s also Melges 20 Nationals and several other championships, but the monster fleet is again the J/70, with 80 and change on the split lines. That’s 230 boats or so racing in a harbor that’s about a mile wide, and you can see who’s what and where over in the scratch sheet.
As serious as some are, the majority of sailors are here because it’s always fun and always unpredictable, and that’s what Petey Crawford captured with this short preview and practice reel from today. Enjoy the film and keep an eye on Facebook for all kinds of updates this weekend. CRW has plenty going on themselves over at their Page, including a contest; If you like them, along with Coral Reef and Gill NA, you get a chance to win one of two remaining Charleston’d up Gill Crew Lite jacket (they gave one away today).
And when you’re bored tomorrow at work, click back here on the front page for our first livestreamed video coverage of Charleston Race Week in 4 years, with huge thanks to Sperry for helping us put it all together for you.
April 17th, 2015 by admin
We’re extremely stoked to be able to report to you with 100% confidence that Chris Nicholson will get another shot at winning the Volvo Ocean Race this coming October! VOR fans will remember the affable Aussie sailing to a runner-up spot in the last two editions of the race, including an incredible run from the back to nearly a win in the previous race as skipper of Camper.
Multiple sources have told us the the former 49er standout is the guy with the helm for the final Volvo 65, and the fact that we haven’t been able to reach him despite blowing up a dozen connections over the past two days might even provide a little confirmation in itself (we’re told he is ‘out of internet range’). This confirms what we reported hearing back in June, but there’s a new twist; rather than Russian sponsorship as we opined, it now appears that one of a select few Danish corporate giants will be footing the bill as title sponsor for a Danish-flagged Volvo 65.
It isn’t hard to name the Danish companies with deep involvement in the Volvo; Satcomm giant Thrane & Thrane and shipping behemoth Maersk have been major corporate partners and sponsors for the race for years, and if the VOR allowed them, either would probably be happy to be a title sponsor for a team put together by a two-time runner-up in the race. But our favorite rumor, and one that we think may be the real deal, is that monster windpower manufacturer and installer Vestas will be behind the effort.
The name Vestas is probably better-known to our readers than many sailing sponsors thanks to an extremely effective branding campaign with Paul Larsen’s wildly successful Sailrocket world speed record program, and a Volvo team makes some sense for them; while they still are at the top of their field, significant competition has seen their market share erode since the mid 2000s despite their growth throughout the world. A major international effort in a green sport like sailing could help drive the Vestas name to a wider audience, while the hospitality part should be easy; Volvo has been accommodating the folks at Maersk and Thrane for years.
While we’re not as sure of the Vestas connection as we are of Nicho’s appearance, allow us some wishful thinking; how cool would it be to have a giant windpower sponsor – one we already dig because of their support of the batshit-crazy overachiever Paul Larsen – in the sport’s most visible ocean racing challenge? And with one of the sport’s coolest customers and best racers at the stick?
We love it, and fans of great racing should love it, too. While it is indeed the 11th hour, with just 8 weeks left until the gun sounds in Alicante, we have zero doubt that Nicho can put together a shit-kicking team, and with Neil Cox back in his role as one of the world’s most highly regarded shore/team managers in the game, we expect the Vestas boys to be damned fast, out of the box. Bouwe, Ian, Iker, and Nicho all have some seriously unfinished business ahead of them, and it just got a lot tougher to win.
This is going to be war…and we just got a new favorite for the win.
MORE BREAKING NEWS
In another bit of somewhat astonishing news that continues to throw the early form guide into disarray, we have also recently learned that France’s most famous and legendary living sailor, Michel Desjoyeaux, will indeed race aboard the Spanish Team Campos, as a Watch Captain, filling in for Iker as skipper during the two or three legs when he’ll be off on Olympic duty in the Nacra 17. Not many people can say they’ve got MichDej sailing for them as a watch captain.
Want more? Hit the thread.
August 2nd, 2014 by admin
The A-Cats continue their uncertain march toward full foiling despite Class rules specifically formulated to prevent it; To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, ”Flight finds a way”, and it certainly has. And in spite of (or, perhaps, thanks to) the rules rift, the Gunboat A-Cat North Americans at SailNC on the Outer Banks has one of the biggest NorthAm fleets in the Class’s history.
While we won’t see the illegal but logical bottom-in L-foils that a few Aussies are experimenting with in Sydney, a 60+ boat fleet will include quite a few cassette and J-board foilers and some serious talent on hand. Our own Senior Editor is on the ground in Manteo, North Carolina to help the Gunboat team provide all sorts of interesting coverage of one of the coolest events in the US this year, and it all begins above with a good look at some of the sailors and some of their rides.
Best place to follow every bit of 5 days of sailing on the breezy Carolina coast, including a pile of pics already? SailNC’s Facebook Page.
- Tags: a-cat, A-Class Catamaran, Carbon Fiber, carbon fibre, flying, foiling boats, foils, outer banks, sailNC
June 9th, 2014 by admin
Since the end of the America’s Cup, have you experienced any of the following symptoms?
1) Pain when you see slow sailboat racing?
2) Inability to sleep without youtube videos of AC45 crashes going in the background?
3) Compulsive watching of any foiling boat videos no matter how short, terrible, or foreign?
4) Obsessive research about J-foils, L-foils, T-foils, Elevators, and all sorts of other shit that has no bearing on your personal sailing?
If so, you need to take two Great Cups and call us in the morning.
That’s because we will be broadcasting live from the first ever non America’s Cup foiling multihull regatta this week in picturesque Lake Traunsee, Austria, where racing teams from all over the world will be test sailing and then racing the first few GC-32 foilers against each other as well as one of the older-foiled designs. Luna Rossa’s been training for the better part of a week with some seriously cool results – the first foiling gybe ever – and we certainly expect them to kick some ass, but with AC folks like Slingsby, Langford, Minoprio and more all checking in, it could be anyone’s game.
Our own Mr. Clean will be leading the commentary team for four hours each day of live action racing. Tune in right here, but only if you like excitement, spray, beautiful alpine backgrounds, and top America’s Cup teams. Miss it and you miss one of the most exciting developments in the sport.
May 27th, 2014 by admin
Looks like some breeze finally hitting the Harbour for the fourth race of what’s been a light air affair until now in the JJ Giltinan/18 Foot Skiff Worlds. Today most of the fleet has their small rig up; will it pay or will it wallow? Watch right here and a big shoutout to the great job the whole live streaming team is doing; it’s our privilege to be their Official Streaming Partner and we’re stoked there are another 4 days of great action ahead!
March 4th, 2014 by admin