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Posts Tagged ‘Holland’

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Clean Report

We took a whirlwind tour through the world’s most important boat show in Amsterdam last week, and our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer at the Marine Equipment Trade Show.  In the three years we’ve taken off from November’s marquee industry event, it’s exploded in size and scope – and for the sport we all love, that’s a very good thing, because METS may be the most accurate barometer in the world for the health of sailing globally.  And if that’s the case, we’re in for a hell of a decade – in just three years, the number of attendees has nearly doubled, and you may remember that the METS doesn’t allow public entry – every one of those 24,000-odd people is in the boat biz or a special guest of an exhibitor.

The number of exhibitors has also mushroomed up to over 1400 from literally all over the world; instead of a couple of exhibition halls, there were about 12 massive spaces filled to overflowing with products and service providers touting everything from infrared engine-room monitoring cameras to new fender systems for marina walls.

We were mostly unimpressed with the number of truly innovative new products, but that’s not a bad thing; rather than a lot of dreamy new toys, there were dreamy new companies from dreamy new lands – another positive sign that the sport’s providing new opportunities in new places.

We had enough time to pick our own ‘best in show’ as well as to grab some interviews with the sport’s movers and shakers.  Here’s the video guide, and no, we don’t care if the sound isn’t up to your standards.  If you want the info no one else has, this is your only option, and we can guarantee a much bigger effort for next year’s METS.

Outside looking in; entrance and intro to the METS

Oceanvolt’s new App and remote management for their electric propulsion/storage/generation systems

The obscene display of jewelry that is the Superyacht Pavilion

A quick look at SOS Marine’s new emergency MOB retrieval system.  Good shit.

The guys at Forward Sailing WIP have some seriously sexy helmets and armor.

One of our Best In Show choices – Rope Eye’s “Spiderblock”

A fascinating chat with Diab Composites engineer Valerio about the new Divinycell ‘anti-slam’ core, including a chat about Hugo Boss structural issues and the future of high-speed monohull construction.  Part One.  Part Two.

The kiwi hippies at Seabin Project need your help to clean the world’s harbors and bays.  Required listening.

A quick look at the DAME award winning PFD strobe, as well as the much more interesting new Rig-Sense gauge.

Two products Americans might never otherwise see despite their cleverness – the Ino-Block high-load block and the “Nub”.  If you want the latest and greatest as seen on the Mini/Class 40/Open 60, clicky.

With IRC and HPR proving dismal failures in the US and ORR struggling to get out of the box, it’s time for a new player in Grand Prix rating rules, with Key West 2016 ringing in the new year with ORC in America.  Learn all about the rule in this 20-minute chat with Dobbs Davis and Matteo Polli.

They kept trying to kick me out for shooting the “no photography” DAME awards hall.  I shot it anyway. 

BONUS VIDEO: The “Sailor Girl” Nic Douglass shot VOR Boatyard boss Nick Bice giving a talk about the shared boatyard concept.  Good stuff here.  Check Nic’s feed for more from METS and wherever the hell she is this week.

November 25th, 2015 by admin

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We love sailing whether it’s on land, water, or ice.  So how about a combination?  These Class 5 sand yachts certainly look like a complete blast as they rip the beach apart at 30+ mph in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.  Wanna know more?  Ask the guy who shot it.


November 25th, 2015 by admin

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World class sailing photog Sander Van Der Borch took a month off from his busy schedule for a cruise with his family, and like most people who live their passion, he just can’t stop working.  Sander had the camera ready when a summer squall came overhead, and grabbed one of the prettiest sailing/lightning shots we’ve ever seen.  Time for new desktop background…

August 17th, 2015 by admin

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Brunel VOR-2Update 12/3/13 – Hot off the PR….

Sailing Holland, an initiative of several well-known Dutch yachtsmen, and Brunel International N.V. have reached an agreement about participation in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. This will be the third time that the Amsterdam-based company, which specialises in project management, secondment and consultancy, will be at the starting line of this round-the- world ocean race.

The Team Brunel skipper is Bouwe Bekking, whose sailing career includes participation in six previous Volvo Ocean Races. The other members of the team have not yet been announced. Candidates will have to undergo a stringent selection procedure during the coming months.


12/1/13 – Bouwe Bekking is said to be close to announcing his entry from the Netherlands in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, and we’re stoked as hell to see it.  Not just because Bouwe has been a Sailing Anarchy reader for more than a decade and front page contributor for most of that, but because we adore the Dutchman’s honesty, passion for sailing, and relativeringsvermogen.  We should know more about the team and their title sponsor this week, and we’ll have some info from the man himself immediately after the announcement.

For some good sponsor speculation and more info from the very inquisitive Dutch press, hit the Dutch Sailing VOR Facebook Page.  To speculate yourself, get the inside rumors, and talk shit, hit the thread.


December 3rd, 2013 by admin

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With the C-Class stuff, some great scow films this year, and the upcoming E-Scow Nationals, Penalty Box Productions’ Petey Crawford is on a roll lately, and this 5-minute ‘story of the M20 Nationals’ is kickass from beginning to end.  It gets you charged up, laughing, and makes you feel as though you were there; something precious few of the dozens of sailing reels we review weekly do.  Check it out, and congrats again to the Audi Melges 20 Masters (and overall US) Champion John Kilroy!  And if you think your club members’ kid with the nice HD camcorder and a pirated version of Final Cut is going to do your next national-level event proud, think again…and then give Petey a shout.

And don’t forget; the Melges 20 Euros begin today in the rebuilt YC Porto Rotondo; we can’t find more website than this useless thing, but Facebook should have some action.


August 28th, 2013 by admin

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The first On-The-Water Anarchy ‘Cocktail Hour’ in some time, Mr. Clean pulled a group of Melges 20 pros, amateurs, and owners together for a half hour of tuning tips and discussion of where the sexy sportboat class is headed. Jeremy Wilmot, Morgan Kiss, Cameron Dunn, Rob Wilber, Brian Hill, and Paul Goodison feature in this Ustream video from the Melges 20 US Nationals. With three races down and two days left, Michael Kiss (Bacio) leads first-time M20′er and former gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos…daily report here and photo galleries here and here.

Follow the action live throughout the day with Clean and Mer on the Melges 20 Facebook page.  And be sure to check in late Saturday night for the world premiere of the Class’s video tribute to recently passed M20 racer Pat Eudy; Keep your Kleenex nearby.


August 24th, 2013 by admin

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26 boats are on the line in Macatawa, Michigan for the US Nationals as the Melges 20 Class begins the build toward their first-ever World Championship this December in the Florida Keys.  The world’s top sailors dot some boats while low-key family programs fill others; a nice mix for a sexy boat that’s now an International Class at a club that looks more Lake Garda than Lake Michigan for this well-branded Audi event.

Mer, Clean, and Petey are bringing their ‘lite’ OTWA program to the Melges 20 Facebook page; They’ll have photos, videos, and written updates, and a live-streaming program including tonight’s Opening Ceremony, an hour-long  ’chalk talk’ with M20 owners, crew, and pros on Friday, and Sunday’s awards.  Like the FB page for the most frequent updates; if all you want is live video, follow the Melges 20 Ustream page here.  Meredith Block photo.

August 22nd, 2013 by admin

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