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With 48 boats from 9 countries racing this weekend’s Star Midwinters, SSL commentator and drone driver Kathleen Tocke gives us her take on the evolution of the Miami event and the overall Star Winter Series. Kathleen’s photos of this weekend’s event with our editing.

Launched in 2012–13 as a way to bridge the popularity of the class after being kicked out of the Olympics, Miami Star sailor Stuart Hebb along with Sailing Anarchy’s own Alan and Meredith Block and EFG Bank pooled their resources and built something new.  Basically copying the successful Jaguar Cup for the Etchells, Hebb packaged existing events with a big Midwinter championship, making Coral Reef ground zero for the series and lining up the race boats on ‘Star Row’ at the club.  The first year witnessed small fleets, but a healthy growth rate has the biggest event now reaching nearly 50 entries and the SWS providing a perfect string of race weekends building to the Bacardi Cup – which is this year followed by the Western Hemispheres.

The highly successful Star Sailors League has helped with the momentum, helping to attract former Olympians back to the class they made their names in. Ireland’s Peter O’Leary is one of those newly returned face, and he’s sitting in second after two light races yesterday. Also returning to the Star this week is crew Anthony Shanks, who is part of a group of former GBR Star sailors being organized by Iain Percy to attend the upcoming Bacardi Cup in March.

Another new face at the front of Midwinter’s fleet is Danish sailing legend Jørgen Schönherr (505, Dragon and FD World Champion), who stated, point-blank, that the SSL live streaming broadcasts were the reason he got excited to join the class and the movement.  He lauds the boats athleticism and its unique position as being the only two-person keelboat with such a high level of competition.  Schönherr has spent time training in his new boat in Lake Garda with a group organized by German Olympian and Star World Champion, Frithjof Kleen.  Kleen also was responsible for training Paul Goodison prior to his win at the SSL Finals in Nassau in December.

The Star is also beginning to turn the tide on its image as being an older man’s boat.  The number of younger skippers and crews has slowly but surely increased over the last few years.  The class sponsored two boats for young skippers this year, and hope to do more in the future.  The Winter Series is also more cost effective for younger teams on a budget.  Teams don’t need to trailer their boats from place to place.  The The young American duo of Luke Lawrence and Ian Coleman have been regular participants on the Star circuit, climbing to 12th place in the SSL rankings last year.  The pair has been helped through boat loans from both the SSL and class members.

US Laser Olympian Charlie Buckingham is an example of a new generation Laser and Finn campaigners who have been attracted to the class, due in large part to the showdown of all three Rio Laser medalists in the SSL Finals in 2016.  They see the Star in their future after campaigns and the Star offers them the unique opportunity to compete against legends of the sport like Robert Scheidt, Torben Grael, Jochen Schümann and the Star also allows them to compete against fellow Olympians from other classes whom them know, but never had the opportunity to compete against.

Follow the Midwinters Action with results here, and drone video, pics, and updates on Facebook. 

February 10th, 2018 by admin

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The final day of the TP52 SuperSeries in Miami is live from 1300, with a possible three races to round out the weeklong series.  As you can see with the excellent Day 4 Highlights above, Azzurra leads by a nice margin, while perennial favorites Quantum Racing tries to find its way on to the podium. You’ll also watch old Scottish mediaman Andi Robertson try to find a way to a hip look…and fail.

Thread is over here to chat about the only real big boat Grand Prix racing left in the world…and Sunday’s live racing can be seen right here.

 

March 11th, 2017 by admin

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The Gladiator getting the shock of her life from Sled, with thanks to Ben Durham for the spot-on video.

 

March 7th, 2017 by admin

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There’s a new player in on-the-water drone work, and if this quick peak of M32 catamaran racing on Biscayne Bay from earlier this month is any indication, they’ve got the goods.  Check out Up Top Photography’s other work here, and head over to M32 North America on Facebook to check in with the fastest one-design fleet racing in the USA.

 

February 22nd, 2017 by admin

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In news that will make even the most cynical US Sailing Team spectator rejoice, Anna Tunnicliffe has entered her Laser  in the Sailing World Cup Miami next week for the first step in what everyone hopes is a huge comeback.  By most accounts the fittest sailor in the world (and possibly the single fittest athlete on the entire US Olympic Team back in ’12 according to USOC staff), Tunnicliffe famously ditched her 2016 campaign for a life of Crossfitting with her significant other (and you really want to see that photo…)

Tuna did well in the huge world of Crossfit but failed to set the world on fire,  and we’re praying a good result in Miami will get her sailing passions rekindled for the 2020 cycle.  Anna is an absolute beast on the water and she’d be an immediate medal favorite anywhere she competes, but she adds a lot more than that to any team: Her work ethic, mentoring ability, and team leadership are legendary. Anna’s already been working out with the team in Miami, and she’s picked up right where she left off.  Please, Anna!

 

January 17th, 2017 by admin

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20 M32 teams went through an entire high-pressure season of big wind sailing on the World Match Racing Tour without a single dismasting, but that didn’t mean shit to mother nature in Miami as she took two rigs down in the space of 6 seconds; Petey Crawford got some good video and pics of the event here, and be sure to follow his FB page for coverage of everything Miami this winter.  Rick DeVos took M32 Miami Event # 1 over Don Wilson…

Title rip to one of the best NSFW songs ever for the racially challenged.

January 11th, 2017 by admin

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From 13 to 18 years old, this Mudratz Racing-produced crew is the youngest-ever Melges 24 Worlds team.  They’re also fun, smart, and great at telling their story, and we enjoyed chatting with them on the eve of the final day of the biggest sailing event of their young lives.  Enjoy this uplifting 20 minute Skype chat with the future of the sport of sailing, with lessons for anyone who cares where we go over the next 50 years in sailing.

 

December 3rd, 2016 by admin

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It’s not going all that well for the current Melges 24 World Champion (while the US 470 team is showing the rest of the fleet their asses aboard Conor Clarke’s ultra-fast Embarr). Here’s the midweek report from Chris Rast’s EFG Bank team (thanks to Swiss Performance Sailing). Pierrick Contin photo with full galleries, interviews, and live video that’s so bad it’s fun to watch – all here.

Sailboat racing is a funny thing. You can feel so prepared for the first day of racing and still fall short. The EFG Sailing Team did not have such a great day out on the water. We had a few problems downwind and at times didn’t find the fastest upwind mode. Nevertheless, no one on the team gave up and we stayed focused until the finish of the last race of the day.

So what do you we do now? WE FIGHT! It has been only three races and we have another nine races to go. Anything can happen in this fleet and the forecast is for lighter wind over the next few days.

The winners of the day were Conor Clarke and his stellar crew including Dave Hughes and Stu McNay. They were the fastest and smartest boat how there. They are closely followed by Airforce One with Bora Gulari on the helm and Jonathan McKee on Tactics. We are looking forward to applying some of our learnings to tomorrow’s racing.

Time for a good night sleep and dream of better day.

Title inspiration thanks to Migos.

 

December 1st, 2016 by admin

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2016 M24 Worlds boss Petey Crawford is back with Episode 5 of “View from the Chair”, and he’s got a special sponsor prize for competitors who haven’t yet completed their replication; two brand new Velocitek Pro-Starts will be awarded to those who finish their registration (meaning…they pay) before July 14th.  Even if you ain’t coming to Miami this winter, click on Play and let Petey make you laugh.  And even if you don’t win one, you’d better have one on this 100+ boat starting line!

 

June 26th, 2016 by admin

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It’s the coolest competition in sailing, and our own Petey Crawford – the King Pimp himself – has hit the road to restore an old Melges 24 to ‘like new’ glory for the Pimp My Ride competition in association with Sailing Anarchy, a pile of sponsors, and the 2016 Miami Melges 24 Worlds.  The saga begins today and runs all summer long.  Who needs reality TV when we’ve got everythere right here on the interwebs?

 

May 24th, 2016 by admin

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