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The Canadian Melges 24 contingent loves Miami seafood, but 4-time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke got more than he bargained for when two fat Spanish Mackerel nearly took his head off last weekend in the Miami Melges 24 Invitational – the ‘test event’ for next year’s Worlds.  One fish landed in the cockpit, but it escaped beforethe Zingara crew could bust out the rigging knives and make sushi…results are here.

Photo copyright Petey Crawford, Penalty Box Productions.

November 23rd, 2015 by admin

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On this Veteran’s Day, Sailing Anarchy salutes every vet for their service and bravery.  A single look at the world news tells us that freedom ain’t free, and it’s often paid for in blood.  To thank and honor all vets, we turn it over to longtime SA’er Ben Poucher, Program Director for Warrior Sailing.  

Hey SAers!

We’re happy to bring Sailing Anarchists a Veteran’s Day update for the Warrior Sailing Program, where we graduated 27 new sailors from another successful Basic Training camp in St. Pete just this past week!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALifelong sailing cheerleader Ralf Steitz and the USMMA Sailing Foundation are once again leading the charge in the introduction and continuing development of new sailors in the United States.  The foundation’s newest program, Warrior Sailing, is introducing visibly and non-visibly injured men and women of the armed services to the sport of sailing.  Including last week’s Basic Training Camp hosted by the St. Pete Sailing Center, The Warrior Sailing Program has graduated over 165 wounded warrior sailors since starting in 2013!

The WSP consists of a staged developmental progress that begins with Basic Training.

1. The Basic Training camp is a 3-day learn-to-sail and race opportunity. The camps provide professional coaches onboard each boat, adaptive sailing equipment, sails, accommodations, travel expenses, meals, and FUN!

2. The next level is Advanced Training camp for graduates of the BTC.  These camps will begin in 2016 at various locations throughout the US (TBD).  The Advanced camps will develop advanced racing techniques and sailing skills.  Please let us know if your club is interested in hosting an Advanced Camp and helping us raise funds for a sustainable future. 

3. The final level is to qualify for a spot on the Warrior Sailing Team.  The team travels to regattas throughout the United States to compete under the Warrior Sailing flag.  These individuals compete in both adaptive sailing and open sailing regattas like Charleston Race Week.

If you are a wounded, ill, or injured veteran or active military person that wants to get involved, go to our website and sign up for Basic Training!

Keep up with our team and program at our Facebook page.

-Ben Poucher

November 11th, 2015 by admin

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We’ve always maintained that the Melges 24 probably provides the most enjoyable one-design racing experience for the average sailor.  With the perfect blend of convenience, hard work, competition, adrenaline, and personality, the 20+ year-old class continues to fire on all cylinders, especially in Europe, where 100+ boat fleets are a common occurrence.  But the debacle of an Annapolis Worlds in 2009 set the US Class down a bad road – 0ne that it’s finally recovering from, and with a vengeance.  And with the appeal of a Worlds one of the best marketing tools of any class, organizers and sponsors behind the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Miami have joined with Sailing Anarchy to bring you the coolest contest we have EVER run: It’s Pimp My Ride, Melges 24 Worlds Edition!  Here are the details:

Are you thinking about going to Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds but are worried that your older boat won’t be competitive?

- How often have you taped the cover of your jib sheets hoping to get a few more races out of them?

- How often does your spinnaker halyard slip through the cleat leaving you shrimping while the fleet passes you by?

- Do you find yourself tightening the same screws race after race?

- Have you ever rigged “old” spinnaker sheets because they are in way better condition than your “new” ones?

If any of the above sounds familiar, than we want to PIMP YOUR RIDE!

Now of course we aren’t going to install a pop-up flatscreen with XBOX controls to pop out of the deck.  Nor we will replace your corrector weights with 15″ subwoofers and a power amp.  But with the help of a great group of supporters in the world’s best one-design class, we are going to PIMP YOUR RIDE!

The organizers for the 2016 Worlds and the IMCA Class President Jens Wathne have come up with a concept to get your older boat tuned up, dialed in, ready to race on the Worlds starting line. And in the process, we’ll show the rest of you older Melges 24 racers how it is done right.

The lucky winner of the Miami Melges 24 Worlds PIMP MY RIDE Contest will have a complete makeover for their boat, with the work done by some of the most skilled folks in the Melges racing world.  We’re not talking a few sheet bags, folks – we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars in value for your prized speedster!  New sails, electronics, sheets, halyards, standard rigging, lifelines, stanchions, graphics, team gear, and more!  As the Donald would say, this is YUUUUUGE.

To qualify you MUST:

- Own (not charter) a 500 series Melges 24 or older.

- Join the OVER 65 HOT TEAMS ALREADY REGISTERED for the December 2016 event and PAY the 2016 Worlds entry fee before January 20, 2016 to qualify.

- Agree in writing to let us take your boat with us as it makes the journey into a modernized competitive state by going from vendor to vendor while we film every step of the way. *estimated 4 weeks total.

- Agree in writing to actually race your boat at Worlds, and if you are unable to race your boat, to allow a qualified and insured skipper and crew to race your boat if requested and provided by the organizer.

- Agree in writing to deliver your boat to Worlds a minimum of two days before Worlds.

- Agree to media appearances and several interviews during the event.
*additional rules may apply*

We will randomly select 1 winner during the awards ceremony of 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week (attendance not required).  We will then send over our team of experts to evaluate your boat, set up a work schedule, and PIMP YOUR RIDE!

We know it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest, and boat work may have slid down the priority list, but its never too late to bring a Melges 24 back up to competitive condition. Some of the oldest M24s are still blazing fast today, it just takes some PIMPIN’.  We’ll see you at the starting line.  REGISTER AND PAY TODAY OVER HERE.

Got burning questions?  Email the boss man at [email protected]

Sponsored By:

Quantum Racing, Melges USA, Velocitek, Raptor, Line Honors, GT3 Creative, Evolution Sailing, Torreson Marine, George Peet Sailing, Hutchinson Sports, New England Ropes, Sailing Anarchy and Penalty Box Productions.


October 20th, 2015 by admin

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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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