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marina-hemingway-cubaWith the sort-of opening of Cuba to US travel, not one but two different race organizers have planned regattas to the island that time forgot.  We don’t know much about the Conch Republic Cup other than that it’s from Key West to Cuba; frankly when we got to the silly entry fees of $1000 plus $200 per each crew member for a 90-mile race, we quit reading.

Meanwhile, there’s a comparatively low-cost option ($500 entry fee) run by folks with a real track record, and we fully expect this one to attract well over 100 boats in its inaugural outing, and it’s a more attractive course to boot; here’s some info on the Miami-Havana Race from our friends over at SORC.  Organizers are answering questions in the threads here and here.

For the better part of several decades, the phrase “Miami to Havana” usually involved delivery of a less-than-congenial message or thought.  The sailors who compete in the Inaugural Miami to Havana Race  on February 10, 2016, will bring along the spirit of competition and friendship, seeking to re-establish ties that once allowed Cuban sailors to compete alongside Americans in the area’s great ocean racing events on boats like Criollo, winner of the 1957 Southern Ocean Racing Conference.

The Coral Reef Yacht Club will host the pre-race festivities on February 9, with a Skipper’s Meeting and Pre-race Party scheduled for that evening at the club.  The race will start the next day, just off of the Miami harbor entrance, proceeding to Marina Hemingway, leaving all marks of the Florida Keys to starboard, and providing a true navigator’s challenge, to decide when to cross the Gulfstream. If you have ever raced across the Stream, you know that this will result in a healthy mix of “heroes and zeros”, as boats pick whether to cross early or late, instead of playing follow-the-leader in a straight line drag race.  The “right” time to cross will never be in the same place twice.

The Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba will manage the finish and post-race festivities in Cuba, as well as a coastal race to Morro Castle and back, along Havana’s famed Malecón, with members of a new generation of Cuban sailors assigned to each participating boat, on February 14.  An awards party will follow, that evening.  Race committee is provided by SORC Race Management, who is counting the race as the final score in its four-race Islands in the Stream Series.  Come south and enjoy the warm water and the warm welcome, along with the quality offshore racing you have come to expect from SORC.

September 28th, 2015 by admin

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The Melges 24 Class ushered in a new way of thinking about one-design racing, and without it, we might never have the kind of big fleet sportboat action that’s one of the high points of the sport today.  Melges sailors – including our own Senior Editor – have been a big part of Sailing Anarchy since the beginning, and that’s why we’re so stoked to see the class continue to rebound after the lows of the past five years.  You wanna know how big a rebound?  How about an incredible 46 teams already registered (some 16 months early) for the Miami Worlds next December! Thanks to the support of Sperry and the Sailing Anarchy World Tour, Petey Crawford reports from the wild US Nationals at the Gorge.  His photos, too.

Over the past 2 months, I’ve attended the Melges 24 World Championship in Denmark and this past weekend’s US National Championship at the Gorge. My main focus on both of these trips was to get back in touch with my own Melges 24 roots while promoting  the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship in Miami. I’m glad to say that the positive trends in Melges 24 racing are evident, and that the entire Miami Worlds team will be working very hard to continue stoking the flames that are clearly burning in the Melges 24 class.IMG_3197

The most positive trend I’m referring to is the constantly increasing Corinthian participation numbers. The total entries at both events have been very high compared to previous years, and this is mainly due to non-pro teams getting on the line. 56 Corinthian teams showed up for the Worlds and 25 of the 36 teams at the Gorge were Corinthian as well.  While the AC and VOR guys get the headlines, it’s the average Joe or Josie and their family who’ve always made up the bulk of the fleet and have provided both the strength and the future of the class, and that’s what we are working so hard to promote.

I’ve been working on some exciting new ideas to promote the ’16 Worlds with IMCA Class President Jens Wathne, and have already begun plotting and scheming with new US Grand Poobah Steve Boho who took over just last week.  I can promise that we’ve got some stellar stuff in the pipeline, and of course you will see it here first.

Until then, there’s a gallery I shot at the Gorge here, and full results here.  We’ll have a Sperry/Sailing Anarchy video show from the Gorge for you as soon as my computer allows.

-The Rev (and 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Chairman) Petey Crawford – out….


August 12th, 2015 by admin

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Trevor-Moore-180x300With his empty RIB found loaded up with phone, PFD, and GPS, the situation in Miami is confusing and tragic, and US Sailing Team Olympic racer, waterman, mentor, coach, and all-around awesome guy Trevor Moore and his family NEED YOUR HELP.  If you are anywhere near the Miami area, please get down to Dinner Key Marina at 0730 today (Saturday) to join the search for our missing friend.  More from Waterlust’s Patrick Rynne, and good on him for leading the charge.

Trevor, we’re coming buddy! We need boats and eyeballs. Also bring sunscreen, hats, binoculars, VHF radios and cell phones with full batteries. Backup phone batteries are a plus. Today was 14 hours on the water, prepare accordingly.

More here, and in the thread here.


June 27th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 9.38.14 AMLongtime SA friend and 2012 Olympic 49er sailor Trevor Moore is missing.   If you are in the Miami area, please, please, please keep your eyes out.  From his Facebook Page:

Trevor was last seen at around 1pm today (Thursday) at the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove, Florida. According to Libby, his fiancée, he went out alone in his VSR RIB.

Word has it the boat was found but Trevor wasn’t in it. Please contact the Miami Coast Guard at 305-535-4562 if you know anything, saw anything, or see anything today. 

And if you are out there fishing, sailing, or booze cruising, please keep your eyes open.


June 26th, 2015 by admin

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A dozen naked body-painted dancers, mermaids, and sailor-outfitted hostesses, a full steel drum band, a junior sailing auction, and every single crew partying their collective asses off despite the final race of the Melges 32 Worlds starting the next morning signals a return to the lighthearted party days that helped it become the top grand prix class in the sport.  It’s a good sign for the future of a boat that still owns the niche, and with 125 boats out there in the world and rumors of a new World Tour floating around, keep your eyes out for a resurgence.

Today’s racing highlight reel features some of the most intense action yet from the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship, produced by videostylist Petey Crawford and Penalty Box Productions.

Patience was the key for every team that held it together on this long, 3-race day, and with one final race remaining, reigning World Champion Jason Carroll (ARGO) leads Edoardo Lupi (Torpyone) by four points with all other competitors out of the running for the title. The final podium position is completely up for grabs, with 5 teams vying for the all-important bronze.

The final race will fire off at noon, local time on Sunday, and the 2014 Champion will be crowned an hour later. Follow Clean’s live commentated video on the Facebook Page.


December 7th, 2014 by admin

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The offset leg was a three-lane highway  at times during Day One of the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship, with the Japanese/Spanish Mama Aiuto! taking the early lead.  Pierre Casirighi – taking over the helm for injured eccentric driver Roberto Grinover – caught a bullet and will receive average points through Saturday for Race 2.  Want to hear how a Race Officer should handle himself in an OCS/Redress?  Listen to Anderson Reggio over here for how it’s done by the world’s best.

John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti could barely have started their world title bid worse, grabbing a DSQ after a top mark incident with the DeVos teams Delta and Volpe.  Go here for the full news story, and get over to Facebook to see near real time videos of every race, tons more photos like this Carlo Borlenghi shot above, and plenty more.

Stop, collaborate, and listen to the title inspiration here.

December 4th, 2014 by admin

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You might get sick of all of our Melges 32 coverage this week, but let’s be honest: It looks like five days of awesomeness in South Beach, and what else do you have to do?  Peter Crawford gives you some Pre-Worlds action along with a preview of some of the teams.

Get over to Facebook to follow the racing in real time.


December 3rd, 2014 by admin

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You might remember when we brought you a week of insane live-streamed video from the first-ever M32 Worlds in Porto Cervo back in what now seems like 1950.  With the class going way too exclusive for the past few years and SA staying far away from the inevitable mess, it’s easy to forget how integrated we were with the M32 Class back when it was roaring into big success.  And quite frankly, we missed it.

But there’s a new sheriff in town in the Melges 32 Class, and he tells us things have changed for the better, and more importantly, they’ve invited us down to Miami Beach to prove it.  We’re told the things we always loved about the class are back in force – the incredible excitement and competitiveness of the racing, the cameraderie of the skippers, amateur, and pro crews, and the laid-back and fun attitude that prevails even at a major World Championship.

We’ve got daily highlight reels and recaps on tap (with the help of kiteboarder Gretta Kruesi presenting), as well as live video updates throughout the Worlds from Clean, daily photo galleries from the inimitable Carlo Borlenghi, and there’s even talk of a long-awaited live talk show…be sure to watch this page for more, and follow the Melges 32 Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute reality from South Beach beginning next Monday.  Find out who’s competing over here.


November 26th, 2014 by admin

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Like pretty much everything in sailing, it took three years of good management from the Star Winter Series  to go from nonexistent to nearly 100% growth, thanks to series founder Stu Hebb’s hard work and an early partnership with Sailing Anarchy, EFG International, and Blocksail.  Stu’s embrace of the modern era for his website, social media, and scoring helped move this sometimes-ancient class into the 21st century with predictable results: It’s now got a 24-year old champion for the first event of the season and more buzz than quite a few more modern classes.  Not something you hear often in the Star!

Fresh off one standout performance after the next, 2014 J/24 World Champ tactician Luke Lawrence was stoked to take this one.  ”After a really fortunate year as crew, it’s great to get one as a driver, especially in such wildly varying and hairy conditions.  Huge credit to my crew Josh Revkin, who will hopefully help get me around the course in good fashion again in a weeks’ time in Nassau.

Wind from 8 to 28 knots meant a rig or two went for a swim, but the rest had a blast.  Marco Oquendo photo with loads more here.


November 23rd, 2014 by admin

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PH-JOY-2014MSC_116We’d like to welcome our friends at Melges back for another year of pimpin’, and the timing couldn’t be better; there’s all sorts of exciting fall/winter action going on across the Melges fleets, and we’re going to help highlight just how fun and accessible it can be.  Here’s some news from the M32 fleet in Florida, and watch for a feature from Jaime Torres soon on the M32 Caribbean Fleet.  For everything Melges, check their site.

With a fleet and sailors diverse as the nightlife on Ocean Avenue, the Melges 32 Gold Cup kicks off in just two weeks, featuring 18 ultra-high performance Melges 32 teams from 9 different countries.

This “Florida Classic” will decide not only the new Gold Cup titleholder; it will serve as the final notice for teams looking to challenge for the ultimate goal: the Melges 32 World Title. Louisiana skipper Chris Wientjes (Stormvogel, Metairie, LA) can’t wait for it all to begin. “The Melges 32 Class always brings great talent to its events, but there’s no doubt these two will bring some of the best sailors in the world to Miami,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to testing ourselves in both the Gold Cup and Worlds.”

It may have started as a low-key tune-up regatta in the Melges 32’s fledgling days in 2006, but the Gold Cup has emerged as the longest-standing Melges 32 regatta on the annual calendar. Regularly featuring more than 20 teams – from the highest-level international two-boat programs to more modest but still ultra-competitive local and Caribbean teams – winning the Gold Cup has historically required great boat speed and teamwork along with a strong understanding of tricky autumn breezes and meandering Gulf Stream current and waves.

2012 World Championship runner-Up Alec Cutler (Hedgehog, Bermuda) recognizes the balancing act between sailing hard at the Gold Cup without tipping his hand for the upcoming Worlds a month later. “Gold Cup may be a Worlds tune up, but it is also a coveted trophy for our team,” said Cutler. “Our goal is to hold off from some of the big decisions until after Gold Cup while racing hard, having a good time, and learning the venue.”

Read on.


October 27th, 2014 by admin

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