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Posts Tagged ‘lost’

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We’re extremely pleased to know Alex and Guillermo are safe ashore in Spain after they could presumably no longer keep up with the water ingress on the sinking Hugo Boss after her abandonment of the Transat Jacques Vabre.  The structure on the new Hugo Boss continues to break down while Alex and Guillermo and the shore team are meeting as we speak to figure out if and how a salvage will happen.

While the 6 new VPLP/Verdier boats are the most complicated and technologically advanced ocean racing monos ever created, there are only a couple of really ‘new’ things about their structure: The foils and cases, which look to have been a major problem with one boat, and the ultra-thin rib-and-skin construction of the hull, which took out another.  It’ll be a little bit before we know which problem started Boss down her cascade of failure, but one thing is for sure: With four out of five new boats broken, at least one of them catastrophically, the designers have a lot to answer for – something we look forward to from the typically pretty straightforward folks at both VPLP and Guillaume Verdier Design.  Note that these boats were built at at least three different facilities…

The fact that the fifth of the new foiling boats is streaking away from the rest of the IMOCA fleet at a ridiculous pace doesn’t really help; a small turn of fate and instead of being on shore, Alex and Guillermo are adrift in a raft.  Or lost forever.

Designers are finally starting to get around to accepting the fact that keels should not be ejectable.  Their next challenge?  Hulls need to be built to last past the first delivery.

Talk in the thread here, and track what remains of the fleet here.

If you haven’t seen our one-hour interview with Alex on the deck of the now-sinking HB, get to it!


October 31st, 2015 by admin

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BREAKING NEWS (courtesy of 9news NSW):

Two bodies have washed up on a beach north of Newcastle following the disappearance of a yacht.

The bodies were found at Birubi Beach on Friday afternoon, along with a fuel tank and a dinghy believed to be from the vessel.

A boat went missing when it was heading from Broken Bay to Port Stephens late on Thursday night.

Know more?  Thread.


September 4th, 2015 by admin

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Takes a lickin’, and keeps on…well, floating.  Not much left on the Rainmaker, but with every hatch torn off and as much ocean inside as out, Gunboat 55 #1 has certainly proven to be unsinkable.  Here’s the note sent in by the container ship taking the snaps.

We found your Boat yesterday Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 7.28.36 PMon this given location. We are on the way from Charleston to Le Havre, this is is a gearless Container Vessel, so we can’t do any savings.

I did’t make any rescue manoever to check the Boat. Hull looks in good condition.  The danger is that any ship at night will crash into this hull, then I guess it will be damage.

with kind regards
mit freundlichen Gruessen

G. Reinhard Peer
“CMV Chicago Express”

June 17th, 2015 by admin

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ted-irwinTed Irwin was both an innovator and an icon in the heyday of the fiberglass yacht Ted Irwin passed away yesterday. He was a true innovator as a designer and an industry icon.  Here’s a little about Irwin from the Irwin Yachts support website; read the full story to appreciate just how much impact Irwin had on sailing.

At fifteen, Ted started building boats of his own design in his backyard. From this self-taught experience came the knowledge that was to later enable him to design a “moth”. In that boat he won the North American and the world championships in its class.

After several years of formal education, painting, and backyard boat building, Ted landed a job as a draftsman, illustrator and part-time builder with Charlie Morgan. Ted was twenty-one. By 1963, Ted had served a stint in the Coast Guard, done some more studying and decided that it was time to go out on his own.

10859435_10204740332002679_106091275_n(1)Ted rented a small Quonset hut on St. Petersburg Beach for $75 a month. There he built his first commercial sailboat. It took an arduous six months to build his first 31 footer, but it was an effort well spent. That boat, named Voodoo, was to launch Ted’s career by logging an astounding racing record.

Voodoo raced for two years in the Florida Ocean Racing Association, 1964 to 1966, and swept all honors. Ted, sailing Voodoo, won twenty-four out of twenty-eight races during that period. Voodoo and her crew did so well that a sailing editor said, “All the other boats were racing only for second place”. Other successes followed. Some of his famous racing yachts with names known the world over include: Voodoo, Black Magic, La Pantera, Razzle Dazzle and R2D2.

Read on, and thanks to Frank McCarthy for the heads up.  Top pic from the Irwin site, let us know if you are the author of the pretty one.


February 8th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 10.50.22 AMAnyone who’s ever sailed a regatta at Detroit’s famous Bayview Yacht Club has benefited from this man’s big voice, bigger smile, and no-bullshit attitude when whipping yachties into action in the boat park.  We’ll miss you, Angelo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bayview Yacht Club Junior Sailors program, or the Temple Baptist Church. Please leave a condolence message or share a memory here.

Visitation: Thursday, January 29, 2015 2-9:00 pm
Kaul Funeral Home
28433 Jefferson
St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Funeral Service: Friday, January 30, 2015
Instate 10-10:30 am with service to follow
Temple Baptist Church of Roseville
15975 Martin Rd
Roseville, MI 48066


January 28th, 2015 by admin

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