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The Anarchists have been swarming over Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s debacle just a few miles from Hong Kong since around 8 hours ago, when, in the middle of the night at 20 knots of boatspeed in 20 knots of wind, they collided with and sunk what’s been reported as a commercial fishing boat.  The forums were on fire with analysis of what appeared to be Vestas sailing a search pattern and then drifting downwind on the VOR tracker and now we know why: 29 minutes ago (a full 8 hours after the first inkling something was up), Volvo HQ posted this statement:

The Volvo Ocean Race can confirm Vestas 11th Hour Racing…has been involved in a collision with a non-race vessel before the finish of Leg 4, near Hong Kong.  The team has retired from Leg 4 and is proceeding to Hong Kong unassisted and under its own power.

Race Control at Volvo Ocean Race headquarters was informed of the collision by the team moments after it happened at approximately 17:39 UTC on Friday January 19, 2018 (01:39 local time on Saturday morning).

The Vestas 11th Hour Racing team issued a Mayday distress call on behalf of the other vessel, alerting the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) and undertook a search and rescue mission.

HKMRCC has informed Race Control that a commercial vessel in the area was able to rescue nine of the crew and that a tenth crew member was taken by helicopter to hospital.

All of the crew on Vestas 11th Hour Racing are safe. Their boat suffered damage and the team has officially retired from the leg, but the team is able to motor to shore.

There’s no suggestion yet about what exactly happened, and with the severity of the injury of the airlifted fisherman still a mystery, it’s going to be a long, long morning for replacement skipper Mark Towill and his team.  From a competition standpoint, the RET is going to be a brutal blow to a team that just half a day ago had a lock on 2nd place over the line into Hong Kong and overall for the race.   For a sponsor still not entirely over the shattering shipwreck of the 14/15 race, this is definitely going to hurt.

There’s nowhere quite like Ocean Racing Anarchy when tragedy strikes the Volvo, especially when the ‘official word’ is almost nonexistent. Go there and learn the latest.

 

January 19th, 2018 by admin

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The terrifying nature of old men in powerful boats comes alive in this dashcam video from the Columbia River.  The video came out with news of a lawsuit filed by one of the jumpees, off-duty cop Bryan Maess, who alleged maybe, possibly, just a tiny touch of negligence and recklessness from 75-year old Marlin Larsen, the driver who nearly killed him and his fishing buddies.  Larsen is a clearly a gem of a man, telling county police investigators that ‘he couldn’t see where he was driving because he was sitting down and the dash of his boat was blocking his view. Larsen said he probably should have been standing, according to the sheriff’s report, which notes Larsen uses a motorized scooter to get around on land.’

Despite facing criminal charges for his recklessness, Larsen said that he wasn’t using his cellphone while driving his Bayliner and referred to such allegations as “fake news.” Larsen also said a lawsuit seemed unnecessary because the people in the Weldcraft weren’t hurt badly.  We think Larsen’s right to drive a boat seems unnecessary…

 

January 17th, 2018 by admin

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With the Volvo headed back in a few months and a new State law passed last month to bring more and bigger sailing events to the Ocean State, Rhode Island may be the hottest sailing community in the country.  The Captain of Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel is hot too, but for different reasons: He took the Oliver Hazard Perry out earlier this week and did his best impression of a ping pong ball in Newport Harbor, using at least four yachts and powerboats as fenders in the process.

Watch the video to see why you don’t take a full-rigged ship off the dock in 25-30 knots of onshore breeze – and if you do, you make sure you don’t foul both props with a dockline!  What could they have done once propulsion was gone?  Let ’em know in the dicussion thread, and tip o’ the hat to SA’er BrickTopHarry for the find.

 

October 19th, 2017 by admin

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Just weeks after seven sailors died in their bunks when the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Fitzgerald smashed into a stand-on cargo ship, another AB destroyer – the John McCain – collided with a tanker yesterday, and another 10 sailors are missing.

What in fuck’s name is going on with the US Navy?  Is the 20 million dollar AN/SPY radar set not good enough to spot a supertanker?  Or are America’s armed forces merely emulating the level of competence they see lately in their Commander-In-Chief? Either way, the loss of life for no reason at all is awful, and the damage to the US Navy’s reputation – just as regional conflicts begin to heat up and the Trump Train gets ready to get roll with live troops in wartime situations.

The Marines suspended all flying two weeks ago until they figured out why they keep dying in planes and helicopters; is it time for all the deck officers to head off to the local STCW instructor to learn how to keep a fucking watch?

Anyone know how two of the most advanced ships on the water crashed into two massive stand-on ships in less than two months?  Please let the community know!

UPDATE: The Navy has ordered a ‘pause.’  About time.

 

August 21st, 2017 by admin

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Even after being hauled, Italian-flagged trawler Trer is still munching on the deck and winch of the sailing vessel Malateska in an accident in the Zadar channel at Kukljica, Croatia. Sime Pitur reports that both boats sank in just minutes, with the crew of the sailboat – a married couple with two young kids – in serious danger – the wife hospitalized in urgent condition with the family in shock.   He writes that the arrogant Italian owner of the powerboat never even asked about the health of the victims…

Thread here.

July 25th, 2017 by admin

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The yacht Quokka shows us all just how not to round The Needles during this clip of the Round The Island (UK) Race.  You can see a bunch of whacked our wreck dancers standing on the same bricks in the very cool video here.

July 10th, 2017 by admin

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Day One of the America’s Cup Qualifiers went more or less as expected by observant watchers.

France got crushed 0-2.

Oracle demoralized a quicker Team New Zealand, with Spithill abusing young Burling at a top mark, to go 2-0.

Artemis, BAR, Softbank Team Japan, and ETNZ are all on 1-1 records, and Ben Ainslie continued his smashing, crashing ways with a nasty impact and two holed boats.  Watch the full video of the crash and aftermath here, and the SA postmortem from Steve Clark should explain it even to those of you with zero understanding of cats, match races, or the new face of the AC (from the Ben Is A Dangerous Motherf&*$ker thread):

You will notice that these boats will fly their leeward hulls when they round up and or come to a stop. This is because the AOA of the foil increases as you head up.  As the hull flies, the foil also loses most of it’s side force. So if you watch the replay, BAR puts the helm down to respond to SBTJ’s luff. The leeward hull goes up and the bot skids sideways into SBTJ.  I suspect that this was the intent of setting up the move as Barker did, but the altitude achieved by BAR was greater than anticipated.  The stern beam of SBTJ is what popped the hull.  Fortunately both dagger boards and Japan’s shrouds limited BAR’s incursion into SBTJ’S air space.

People are giving Ben some unnecessary shit. I don’t have a problem with the collision, shit happens when you race and as the boats get faster and more finely engineered, the consequences can be more dramatic. I find fault with not putting the boat on the beach immediately after damage was known to have even sustainedMy shore boss would have reamed me a new asshole for continuing to race. The damage got worse as the firehouse played havoc on the honeycomb carbon bond, and plies of carbon started peeling away.  Ainsley put the whole program on the line because the hull could have broken in half.  He has two points in hand, so could have burned one and ended up in the same place with a less badly damaged boat.  These guys get their blood up and fight on when it would have been better to retire and fight another day.

 

May 28th, 2017 by admin

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EXCLUSIVE: AC BREAKING (LITERALLY) – This afternoon Artemis Racing looks to have killed their America’s Cup 45T – the test and trial horse for the AC50 they hope to challenge the big boys with.  The scene, posted by an anarchist in the Artemis thread, looks way too much like the fatal AC72 breakup for comfort, and we hope everyone made it out without major injuries.  Given the radio silence on team social media, we’re not sure if that’s the case, but he one thing is for sure: Artemis continues to be the unluckiest team in the modern AC.

UPDATE: The same guy who posted the shot wrote ‘all are OK’, and he’s reliable.  Whether the team’s AC program is capable of winning is another matter…

April 4th, 2017 by admin

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The Gladiator getting the shock of her life from Sled, with thanks to Ben Durham for the spot-on video.

 

March 7th, 2017 by admin

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15542407_2171604479732111_3482903604691254755_nDefying the odds – and the rapidly disintegrating Open 60 Le Souffle Du Nord, Thomas Ruyant has thankfully made it to port at the Southern tip of Kiwiland.  Stuart MacLachlan posted the first shot of his first sleep in a long time; there has rarely been a more hard-earned rest after the front fell off…

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In other news, it looks like fourth place Paul Meilhat may have run his race as well, but unlike Ruyant, Meilhat is as far from rescue as is possible on Earth. the winning 2012 boat – now called SMA – seems to have a cracked keel ram cylinder.  As of an hour ago, his team posted (as translated by Gtrans): “This afternoon at 3:15 pm French time, Paul Meilhat contacted his team to report a problem of keel ram. The cylinder was cracked for 40 centimeters and resulted in the rocking of the keel downwind of the boat…It was after a suspicious noise at the beginning of the afternoon that the skipper of SMA went to inspect his well of keel. He immediately realized that the oil in the hydraulic circuit had flooded the cylinder compartment. He first suspected the rupture of a pipe of the hydraulic circuit, before finding a crack of 40 centimeters on the cylinder itself.”

Meilhat is roughly 2000 miles East of New Zealand, and if he can’t lock down the keel, the situation could quickly become dire.  Monitor in the thread.

December 20th, 2016 by admin

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