Posts Tagged ‘marstrom 32’
Randy Miller and the small crew of the M32 Mad Dog Racing have won the second edition outright with a blistering time of 3D20h13m, destroying the R2AK record and the rest of the fleet by DAYS! A huge congrats to the boys, and the above pic (posted by Randy himself in the forums) shows just how much thought Miller put into the race. It’s a Ballard Sails decksweeping mainsail that keeps its aero-friendly endplate effect even when reefed.
The race continues, and here’s a short excerpt from the latest report from the clever Jake Beattie:
While the R2AK nation slept sound in the knowledge that they would rise in plenty of time to check the tracker and box out a spot in the online queue for the coveted feed of the Ketchikan harbor cam, Team MAD Dog Racing was hurtling through the night on a downwind screamer. 23 knots downwind through the great wide open of Dixon Entrance. Full throttle in the darkest night that the crew had ever seen. No stars, no moon, no lights from an uninhabited shoreline, just black stallion racing into the spray filled darkness.
“We couldn’t tell where the horizon started, it was too dark to know where the boat and the water were.” By the time we all woke up and checked the tracker, then checked it again, they were close. Oh my god close. All over Ketchikan you could hear forks hit plates in a mid bite mind blow that had people breaking into a dead sprint, breakfast left half eaten and steaming on the table so they could get to the finish line on time. You know that sweaty nervous panic you get when you oversleep for a job interview? Same thing happened all over town as folks threw on clothes and danced the dance of people trying to put on pants and move at the same time. One driver clocked the M32 along the waterfront road south of town, his car barely keeping pace in an impromptu race within a race that only he knew he was losing. How are they that fast? Team MAD Dog Racing was within sight of the finish line and they were still sending it, fast. Even the press was surprised, some slipping in to the back of the crowd in the hopes that their competitors wouldn’t notice.
July 1st, 2016 by admin
An army of Vikings has one thing on their collective minds: Let’s get Taylor. Can Canfield’s US-One continue to dominate the M32 Scandi Series as learning the boat begins to get really important? Watch here from 0730 EDT Thursday. Schedule, teams, program all over here. Title play on the other Copenhagen.
August 13th, 2015 by admin
Rather than charging a small fortune to watch an hour of racing on an iPhone screen like some regattas seem to favor, the M32 folks are spending a small fortune to grow the sport, grow the competition, and increase the opportunities for sailors to excel They’re the M32 Series, and they’ve got four days of ultra-hot live racing action for you from Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s free, it’s live, and they’ve got onboard cameras, a rocketship of a beach cat, and a cast of athletic young studs. With 2-time Match Race World Champ Simon Shaw on the microphone, give yourself some time to enjoy this one from Thursday to Sunday on Livestream and right here on the front page. Here’s the preview.
August 12th, 2015 by admin
With five different boats winning the first five races of the M32 Series opener in Oslo, calling the racing ‘tight’ is something of an understatement. The one boat off the pace is first-time M32 competitor Eivind Melleby’s Team Hydra from Norway, and here’s a shot showing their form on a puffy day in the Oslo Fjord. The M32 proved its beach cat heritage accurate – Melleby’s team was upright and racing 15 minutes after their tip.
Thursday’s highlight reel is here, and the full replay of the live footage is here. Stay tuned to the front page for today’s racing, beginning at 1400 CET/0800 EST with Clean on the mike. Photo credit Henrik Ljungqvist/M32Series.
May 22nd, 2015 by admin
Clean’s been straight from Newport to Norway, and he’s bringing you 3 hours a day of live racing action from the M32 Sailing Series starting in 30 minutes. Perfect for a lazy Thursday morning; tune in above.
May 21st, 2015 by admin
The Marstrom 32 has had an incredibly tumultuous year, yet somehow, the Class has overcome multiple dismastings as well as a management/ownership war over the molds and name of the boat, and the final result is that M32 owners and crew have had an excellent little series in Miami this winter and there are good omens for the future of the beach-cat-on-steroids. Former Berg Composites chief Hakan Svensson helped preside over a huge sale of his former company to Caterpillar, and now the passionate sailor is on to greener pastures – in this case, running a racing catamaran company and class, and possibly even building a stand-alone beach cat racing center out of the Rowing Club in Miami. He’s a very smart cookie, and having someone as bright as Svensson at the helm bodes well not just for the Class, but for beach cat sailing in Biscayne Bay, the new “Lake Garda of the USA.”
Above is a nice look at the series if you are obsessed with slow motion; otherwise, it’s a good example of ‘too much of a good thing’ – but still pretty! There’s a good thread on the M32 Winter Series here.
March 25th, 2014 by admin