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Posts Tagged ‘extreme 40’

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He’s a Bronze and Silver medalist, 13-time World Champ, 50-Time Aussie Champ, ’92 and ’96 Aus Yachtsman of the year, ’04 Dutch Sailor of the year, and numerous record holder (Playstation and Club Med).  He was in part responsible for developing the Volvo Extreme 40 and the EXSS, he never pulls punches, and his sense of humor is only matched by his honesty.

He’s the legendary Mitch Booth, and JC grabbed him for another solid JC Worldwide podcast.  Learn from a multiple Olympian why the mixed crew format on the Nacra 17 isn’t right at all, and how sailing might be better off if it escapes from the Olympics’ grip.  Here some of Mitch’s ‘Oh, Shit!’ moments on Playstation, how Mitch helped develop the ‘Chupacabra’ gennaker, and how he’s worked to always stay on the innovative edge of the sport.

 

February 17th, 2016 by admin

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A breezy day on Sydney Harbour meant some mast-washing for Pierre Pennec and the Lino Sonego X40 team today; Sydney’s time zone is perfect for live action for US West Coasters, starting at 0030 ET/2130 PT today.  We don’t know who’s winning the season or, frankly, which teams are racing, and the X40 broadcast is usually pretty weak, but with a solid forecast for tonight (Saturday afternoon local) and more chances for carnage, we’ll be taking a look.

 

 

December 11th, 2015 by admin

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Winds over 30 knots weren’t enough to keep the Extreme 40s on shore in Qingdao today, and with a forecast for plenty of breeze this week, the remainder of the ESS stopover in China should be damned good TV.  The Amero-Suisse team on Alinghi continues to show their stuff, but unfortunately, like the media-controlled, free-speech hating country it is, China doesn’t allow Youtube streaming, so you’ll just have to wait around to see when, if ever, the recording makes it up on the ESS channel.

As an aside, the ESS finds itself in some serious political trouble these says, with one team sponsored by a company that finds its leaders sanctioned by Western powers and is still a target of environmental activists, this stopover in a nation that doesn’t allow live streaming (or human rights, for that matter), and another stopover coming up in a country doing its best to start World War III.

It may not be war, but we sure do like watching the racing.  Mark Lloyd shot of ETNZ going down the mine.

 

May 2nd, 2014 by admin

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Another light air regatta gives way to an early breeze for today’s final at the Extreme Sailing Series in Oman – the first real breeze we’ve seen all season.  Morgan Larson continues to lead but But Ainslie, McMillian, ETNZ, and SAP are on the move and any one of them can take this one with just a couple of hours of racing left in Act 2 of the 2014 season.  It’s all on, live, above, and worth watching.

 

March 22nd, 2014 by admin

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As the days grow shorter, sailing videos grow more important. Here are your weekend selections from SA’s staff:

The Wire

An entire season of racing all over the world, and it’s all down to the final day of the final event:  Can Morgan Larson win Brazil outright, putting a boat between Alinghi and The Wave Muscat to take the 2013 Extreme season?

As much as we’d love to see US skipper Larson take it, we have to admit that, with MacMillan at the helm, Muscat has been smart, fast, and consistent for the better part of two years now, and they should fairly easily claim the first back-to-back Extreme Sailing Series title in the event’s history after a solid, conservative, and winning start to the final event.

But desperation makes for good TV, so you better watch as Larson will do everything he can to screw the Wave’s day up.  Watch it here starting at 1300 EST/1000 PST.

 

Everybody, Again

One of our favorite sailing videos ever is nearing a million Youtube views, but “Everybody” – the high-speed action shoot with various ORMA 60, Open 60, kiteboards and windsurfers – is getting decidedly long in the tooth for the late night party/yacht club TV screens it is most suited for.   So we’ve got a new one for you; it’s video producers GZ Company’s 2013 highlight reel, and it’s got everything from 12 meters to sport boats to maxi catamarans to Volvo boats.  Enjoy.

 

Bert and I

The ‘Bert and I’ collections of humorous maritime stories may be from Downeast Maine rather than the Chesapeake, but they capture some of what Annapolis sailor Bert Jabin was all about. We remember a leader, a legend, a mentor, a boatbuilder, a racer, and the founder of Junk Jungle Lane, and our most sincere condolences to the entire Annapolis community on Bert’s death.  Share your own thoughts in the thread.

 

Kiting With Crocs

For all the talk about snakes, sharks, and jellyfish, Far North Queensland aborigines will tell you there’s just one animal to be truly afraid of:  The Saltwater Croc.  Check out this Naish-produced video to see how Ewan Jaspan, Will Smallacomb, and Ant from Kitesafari Australia just don’t give a shit.

 

Hot Tomales

Who says you need to wait for a big downwind day to practice wave sailing?  And who says you need a surfboard to go surfing?  Screw it! Grab your Zuma and do what SA’er ‘wrybread’ does at the mouth of Northern California’s Tomales Bay.  Wanna know more?  Ask him here.

 

 

November 16th, 2013 by admin

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