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Posts Tagged ‘mast’

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Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 3.34.38 PMBig Pimpin’

For generations, families have gone into the woods to dig up time capsules. Relics of the past, to see how things were done way back when. For anyone who dug up an old Club 420, they were able to take it straight to the racecourse and give it the whip.

So many of us wonder why our kids are racing the same boats we buried in the backyard years ago, which is why it’s so encouraging to see some brilliant moves by Class leaders that have allowed the Club 420 to hit a sharp upswing in popularity.  Series scoring, smart championship and event venue choices, and creative work in partnership with builders Sturgis, Zim, and LP continue to add value to one of the foundations of youth sailing in America.

Managing a one-design class is a difficult balance between honoring history and keeping up with the times, and improvements can be painful in the short term even while they make the boat better, newer, and more exciting again. We’ve seen it with the E-Scow, Laser, Sunfish, Thistle, J24, and Melges 24, among others, and over this past winter season, the Club 420 has seen a unique and successful effort by the Builders and the Class, working together, to modernize the gear while adding a bit to the safety and ease of use.

The changes may be minor, but for 420 sailors, they give us some new gear to geek out on. There’s a new spinnaker cut to make the reaches more fun, plus a new rig package from Seldén which offers a lighter boom, plus updates the mast to replace the high-maintenance items with smarter and stronger parts.  Now the kiddos can even fly around the course with the same boom their Team USA heroes Stu and Dave took to Rio in the 470; if you’ve got young ones- the new gear is available from each of the class Builders. (Sturgis, Zim & LP).  Click the photo above or go here for a closer look at the new boom with Club 420 ExecDir John Vandemoer.

It shouldn’t be understated how important the C420 class is for the future of Sailing, and we’re all lucky for the current board of innovators and lifelong class stalwarts, so if you see one of them at the bar or in the boat park, buy ‘em a round and see if there’s an event in your area you can help out with next year! You may leave the weekend with new inspiration from Youth Sailing.

For a discussion about Selden and the growth of youth sailing in the USA, check last month’s Sailing Anarchy Podcast with Tim Fitzgerald, and keep an eye on Selden Mast Facebook page for more innovations over the coming months.

 

March 24th, 2017 by admin

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We’re not sure just what the recipe is for smashing the ultra-high performance fleets like they seem to, but we send a hearty congrats to our carbon-spinning friends at CST Marine on a phenomenal 2016 for the Aussie mast builders.  Learn more about their dinghy development and winning ways here.

1st Moth World Championships
1st Moth European World Championships
1st Contender World Championships
1st Contender Australian Championships
1st I14 Australian Championships
1st 16 Foot Skiff State Championships
2nd 16 Foot Skiff Australian Championships
1st MG Australian Championships
1st NS Australian Championships
1st Sabot Australian Championships
1st F11 Australian Championships

 

February 7th, 2017 by admin

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screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-6-31-50-pm“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain (or not)

Bad news from Bristol RI filtered around the top end of the sport this weekend after employees at Hall Spars US were sent home on Friday for the remainder of the year and the shop more or less shuttered.  It was widely known that a big player had been looking into the purchase of Hall for months, and last week, that deal died.  We reached out to Ben Hall to find out if one of the world’s best and most beloved spar builders will make it through the suck, and after he spent the day putting 112 feet of carbon art into the new Gunboat 78 (see above), Ben seemed optimistic, telling us that there’s lots of action from interested groups. Discuss here, and here’s the official statement from the company.

From: President/CEO

To: Whom it May Concern

Subject: Status of Hall Inc.

There are many rumors being spread regarding the status of Hall Spars.  Hall Spars is a strong global brand and a leader of spar and rigging design and production around the world.  Hall has three locations: Hall USA, Hall BV (Holland), and Hall NZ (New Zealand). The three locations are owned by Hall Inc. and operated independently of one another with their own management team.

Approximately five months ago, Hall Inc. began a recapitalization effort to strengthen its position in the marine industry. For the past three months, Hall has been working on a deal with the company in the US.  Last Thursday, one week before closing this deal, our buyer dropped out.  Presently, Hall BV and Hall NZ are in full operation and will continue to be, while Hall US has shut down for the holiday season.

Our recapitalization efforts are continuing very aggressively with the goal of completing these efforts in January.  Hall has enjoyed great success over the past 36 years and will continue to do so.  I ask that you be patient with us as we complete our efforts to strengthen our company and continue to provide the quality product and service you have grown to expect from the Hall brand.

Thank you for your support!

-Thomas M. Rossi

 

December 20th, 2016 by admin

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Perhaps no sailing team in the world is inspiring more young racers than the Mystic River Mudratz.  Full of Anarchists and driven by some very clever industry-insider parents, the New England-based youth sailing initiative continues to give anyone who sees them hope for the future.  But now, their hope for competing at the Melges 24 Worlds may be in jeopardy, and if there was ever a cause that deserved your help, this is it.  Here’s a note from one of those co-founding parents:

“You will never forget the day you break your first rig” were the words of encouragement from world-renowned pro sailor and Race Officer Anderson Reggio.  Unfortunately for our team of youth sailors… it happened on the very last day of practice!  After a full season that started back in May, the kids were finally getting the art of blow-through-jibes while ‘sending it’ off of waves in 18-22 knots last Saturday.  We had a foiling UFO and Waszp in town for demos that morning, and the kids were inspired to just go faster and faster…  the day could not have been going any better, until…BANG!

With the Melges 24 Worlds under 30 days away, our boat probably cannot be fixed in that time.  These kids have scratched and clawed their way to respectability with over 20 days of racing and 40 days of practices.  As guest coach Charlie Enright shared with them one night this past July “The hardest thing about big events – is getting to the starting line”.

We have fundraised relentlessly to cover travel costs and even lined up a final tune-up in Miami with former Rolex Sailor of the Year Stephanie Roble.  These kids have worked so hard and are dying to become bright future members of our adult sailing community.   Does anyone have a Melges 24 they would consider chartering to us?

The Mudratz are celebrating our three year anniversary while all this is going on.  If you are interested to see what this team is about check out the video here.  If you don’t have a spare Melges 24 lying around, PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR TEAM TO HELP US GET BACK ON THE LINE!

October 30th, 2016 by admin

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The Anarchists at Pigeon Vision continue to try new things, and this week, they take a drone’s eye look at the unstepping of the 60-meter monster mainmast of the $200,000/week Holland/Perini charter ketch Felicità West.  A cool (if a bit long) look at something most of us will never get very close to, and a hell of an argument for boat brokers and builders to quit spending money on helicopter video when guys like the Pigeon are pulling off stuff this pretty.  More in the thread.

 

April 25th, 2014 by admin

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