Posts Tagged ‘clean report’
“A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up” -Mae West
It’s been a couple of years since I joined the sailing industry’s annual pilgrimage at the METS show in Amsterdam, and I have sorely missed it – and I’m not (only) talking about the ‘coffee’ shops. Despite my general loathing for most boat shows, this one is as different as they come, thanks to a combo of its awesome location (who doesn’t love Amsterdam?) and its reputation as the annual font of innovation in everything sailing. It also ignores the general population, catering entirely to well over a thousand exhibitors and the buyers scouring the RAI for the next big thing. If you want to see anyone in the sport, you go to the METS.
For this year, the innovation has stepped up, mostly because its the 25th anniversary of the DAME award, a fully legit (if still subject to intense lobbying) set of awards for the best new products in the game. And even outside the DAME, there are plenty of sweet and slick toys to play with, so we couldn’t miss it. Starting on the 17th, we’ll be doing video breakdowns from inside the show on the SA Facebook Page – we’ll grab all the good stuff we see (and no, you don’t need to be a FB member to see them – and some products that just make us laugh. And of course, there will be plenty of coffee shop time…
Title shout to anyone who doesn’t hate the idea of Jessica Alba stripping as a cowgirl.
November 13th, 2015 by admin
Screw football: Let’s watch some boat racing! Team SCA, with 3-time Olympian Carolijn Brouwer taking over the stick from Sam Davies (who moves to trim and big-picture stuff) gets their first In-Port Race win today in Abu Dhabi! With the In-Port Races getting more and more important as the fleet’s parity becomes evident, this was some of the most aggressive racing we’ve seen yet from the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Team Brunel finished second, and the local favs in third, with MAPFRE’s woes continuing and Alvimedica caught along with the Spanish team on the wrong side of a big first-beat righty.
Check out Clean’s raw interviews with Sally Barkow, Carolijn Brouwer, Bouwe Bekking, Anderson Reggio, Nick Bice, and Patrick Shaughnessy as well as dozens of pics from Anarchist JeffB starting about here in the Abu Dhabi stopover thread.
And be sure to tune in at the same time on Saturday for all the action from the Leg 3 Start – with Chris Nicholson alongside Knut and Clean for the OTW commentary. We’ll have it right here on the front page, of course.
January 1st, 2015 by admin
Multiple sources have told us that Oakley Capital Investments, the equity fund founded by British entrepreneur and yachtsman Peter Dubens, has purchased North Technology Group for an undisclosed sum (but rumored to be somewhere between $400 and $450 million). Dubens is a quietly super-rich guy who made his fortune in an incredibly wide variety of businesses, from the t-shirts that changed color with temperature, to telecommunications, to online betting, and many more; and here’s the rub: Like former North Sails owner Terry Kohler, Dubens’ ‘big love’ is sailing.
Unlike Kohler though, Dubens earned every penny himself; his family lost its money when he was a teenager, and he worked his way to the top of the UK business world with hard work, shrewd investing, and an ability to sniff out distressed companies capable of big turnarounds. The Standard has an excellent profile on Dubens here; the 44-year old is an impressive man by any measure.
He recently led another of his funds – Pembroke Venture Capital Trust – to another yachting-related purchase when it acquired the luxury yacht media property Boat International just last month; that move combined with the sort of profit margins available in the global superyacht market hints at one of the new North’s likely early strategies to profitability; the growth of their luxury, super, and megayacht sailmaking market share.
Thanks to the handful of Anarchists that dug deep for the information, and we congratulate Mr. Dubens and Kohler and all the parties involved; to have a young, aggressive fund controlled by a passionate sailor whose known for putting progress and growth ahead of politics and propaganda at the helm of one of the most powerful brands in the sport is a very good thing.
Where the crap about the IMS boat came from, we don’t quite know, but the interwebs do tell us that Dubens has a beautiful 43′ motor fishing yacht being built to serve as tender for a much bigger sailing yacht, and that he’s a member of the Blue Marine Yacht Club, a paper organization that supports the work the BLUE organization does to help to protect against the loss of sensitive marine ecosystems. We don’t know him yet, but we like him already. We are awaiting return calls from representatives from North and Oakley Capital.
February 27th, 2014 by admin
Mr. Clean ain’t bashful about telling the world what he thinks, and he became RadioSport NZ’s primary US contributor over the past couple of months of AC action. Here’s their last chat from this morning’s drive time show; a succinct SA wrap-up of the 34th Cup.
September 26th, 2013 by admin