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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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The rapidly changing face of sponsorship in a post-GFC world requires new thinking and new alliances, but it also is brings new problems to the table.

Example 1:  All Americans are stoked to see the All-American Offshore Team boys running the show for the first Volvo Ocean Race challenge with a Turkish sail number.  Turkish sponsor Alvimedica is a young, cutting-edge medical tech company from Istanbul, and the entry hopes to build and grow interest for offshore racing in the near East nation.  But what happens to that effort if both Youtube and Facebook can’t even be accessed from Turkey, as an Associated Press story today reported might be coming soon?  Check out what the Turkish Prime Minister said on censoring the internet here.

Example 2:  The whole world has eyes on the Black Sea as Russia continues what seems like an empire-building exercise in Crimea.  With sanctions on Russian individuals already imposed by the US and EU, suddenly those Greenpeace protests of the Gazprom-sponsored Esimit Europa Maxi seem almost quaint.   Why’s that?  Because the massive Russian-owned energy utility is already sponsoring an Extreme 40 team, and solid inside rumors have them looking at entering the next America’s Cup with a big Gazprom logo on the wing.  ABC Madrid reporter Pedro Sardina says that Gazprom will be on the world stage even before that (though we haven’t been able to confirm); Sardina writes that ETNZ boss Grant Dalton has already signed a deal with Gazprom for sponsorship of the ETNZ/Pedro Campos round-the-world bid.

What happens when a Russian owned and/or sponsored team comes to a Europe that may be boycotting Russia?  And what happens to events like the Extreme Sailing Series’ Russian stage?

 

March 7th, 2014 by admin

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Just a couple of hours to go until we’re treated to some more tight action and crazy conditions on congested Singapore Harbor.  Can American Morgan Larson (Alinghi) continue to keep his cool ahead of back-to-back Extreme Champ Leigh MacMillan (Muscat, the Wave)?  Will Franck Cammas recover from his ‘minor fender bender’ with Aberdeen Asset Management to show what the legendary Frenchman is made of?  Watch 90 minutes of it here at 2 AM Eastern, and don’t blink or you might miss some more NASCAR style fun!

 

February 22nd, 2014 by admin

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Carnage and tight racing isn’t the only good thing about the EXSS in Singapore.  We’re quite partial to the welcoming committee, and this may be the first time we’ve enjoyed anyone wearing captain’s hats in a very long time.  Thanks to one of our pals at the EXSS, who shall remain nameless!  Don’t forget to watch the live action from the final race day above.

 

February 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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The world’s fittest female sailor and former Sailor Chick of the Week Anna Tunnicliffe has ended our long time ‘difference of opinion’ with Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team.  How can we not cheer for this incredible sailor chick calling tactics for one of America’s best high-performance sailors at the helm of one of the most successful team in sailing history?

Alinghi and Muscat, The Wave are tied on points going into today’s finale of the Extreme Sailing Series in Wales; Morgan Larson squares off against Leigh MacMillan, and we’re all ready to wash off some of that LVC stink and finally see some competitive catamaran racing.  It starts at 11 AM EDT/8 AM PDT right here.

August 26th, 2013 by admin

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Morgan Larson continues to shine at the helm of Alinghi, and after a couple days of the Extreme Sailing Series in Porto, he’s tied for the lead with pint-sized tillerman Leigh MacMillan on Muscat, The Wave.  Andi Robertson gives the call for an hour or so of live racing starting at noon EST.  Check it.

July 27th, 2013 by admin

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