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Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’

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It’s all up for grabs on the final day of the 2017 49er Worlds, and for the men at least, its the first time in ten years that anyone not named Burling, Martinez, or Outerridge will be crowned master of the men’s skiff.  Plenty of breeze for the four men’s gold fleet races, and if we don’t get another afternoon gale, the medal races for the men and women will be a sight to behold.

Watch it all unfold above, and be sure to check out Clean’s dock walk a few minutes ago for the forecast, format, and a look at the fleet launching.

September 2nd, 2017 by admin

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Yesterday’s capsize-filled funfest at the 49er Worlds gives way to a forecast today that’s slightly more reasonable as the fleet splits into Gold and Silver…12-18 knots are on call with meaty seas from the North and plenty of action from some of the world’s best sailors and the future stars of the AC and VOR.  Clean and team are live from 10:30 local/1130 CET.  Watch and share, and catch up on your interviews over at the Class FB page.

 

September 1st, 2017 by admin

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Two days of 49er and FX Worlds gone with zero racing, but at least there are piles of gorgeous racer chicks around to talk to!  Here’s a half hour of Clean’s Adidas Morning Show – first with super hot European champs Tina Lutz and Sani Beucke, then a chat with the entire 6-woman strong Dutch FX squad, and finally a preview of the top sailors by Class Manager and Beijing Olympian Ben Remocker.  And it’s all shot right in front of one of the most famous Olympic boats of all time: Rodney Pattison’s three-medal winning Flying Dutchman Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – which he named to annoy the press.

Three days of fully livestreamed action are coming your way from Porto starting tomorrow…wind or no wind.  It might end up being a surfing competition instead of sailing….

More Clean interviews, pics from Ricardo Pinto and Maria Muina, and contests at the 49er Facebook Page.

August 30th, 2017 by admin

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Nacra and the designers of the foiling Nacra 17 have more egg on their faces after they cancelled the Nacra 17 medal racing day at the Aarhus “Test Event” last week due to a problem with the foil bearings.   The radical recall was necessary because of safety concerns for boards that were breaking during normal sailing conditions.  With the first-ever foiling N17 World Championship scheduled to go off in just three weeks, the latest snafu threatens to wreck schedules and budgets for the dozens of teams headed to the South of France for Worlds.

No one who has followed the life of the N17 (or any new foiler, really) could be surprised, as the Olympic cat has been plagued by design and build issues for most of its life.  The last cycle saw NACRA dealing with a faulty mast design early on, the Dutch builders replacing literally hundreds of masts with temporary tin rigs before supplying retooled carbon sticks a few months later.  This cycle has already seen one daggerboard recall thanks to faulty paint, but the latest bearing mess is the first problem that threatens to derail a major championship.  The silver lining is that only the 47 teams who’ve already gotten their foiling boats (or retrokits) are effected – a fraction of how many new masts needed to be provided back in 2013/14, but the black cloud won’t clear until the Class meets this week to decide on whether to cancel their Worlds.

We have a lot of respect for the risky step the builders, Class members, and World Sailing took when they opted to thrust the foiling option out into the world, and we expected plenty of problems with what, to many, was a rushed decision that led to an overcompressed design/build/test/build cycle for a type of boat that would have plenty of fixes necessary even if it wasn’t rushed.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Moths, Phantoms, GC32s, America’s Cup boats, A-Cats, and everything else that flies has had similarly unexpected tech gremlins; the difference this time lies in the abuse Olympians subject their boats to, and the production volume promised by the builder.

NACRA is clearly guilty of overpromising and underdelivering, but the sailors tell us they’ve done a good job providing repairs, replacements, and support as quickly as possible.  We also direct you to the Nacra 17 Class manager’s statement, which is comprehensive, detailed, and doesn’t shy away from any of the heat – wouldn’t you like your Class to talk to you like this when shit goes wrong?

What’s most interesting to us about the latest Olympic multihull brouhaha is how a select few sailing media outlets and shit stirrers have jumped on Nacra’s problems as some kind of karmic expression of just how evil multihull/foiling is.  A handful of ancient mariners – some of them running their own news sites – remain so angry that these newfangled catamarans and inhuman ‘flying’ boats have ruined ‘their’ America’s Cup, debased the cherished Whitbread, sullied their World Match Racing Tour, and reduced the beloved Star boat to irrelevance, and you’ll likely hear bitching and moaning from them until 12 meters are racing in the America’s Cup again.  In other words, we all have to listen to their shit for the few years they have left.

It doesn’t matter to these old timers that every young sailor wants to foil, and it doesn’t matter that people want to watch fast boats far more than they do slow ones.  These people don’t care about the sport’s future at all – they’d rather sailing continue its slow death as long as they still have some voice in it…

Thread about the Nacras is here.

 

August 14th, 2017 by admin

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Blair Tuke made all the local papers when he signed up with MAPFRE last month with taglines like “Tuke Aims At First Triple Crown.”  John Kostecki famously became the first – and only – sailor to hold the distinction of winning a Whitbread/VOR, Olympic medal, and the America’s Cup, but since JK’s medal was only silver, it left things open for Tuke to be the first to get the “Real” crown – the golden one.

The pin-up looking Olympian may be fighting for it against a familiar face, with Pete Burling looking for all the world like he’s the latest addition to Bouwe Bekking’s Brunel entry in the Volvo.  There have been rumors of Burling looking for a big deal from one of the teams for a while now, and Bekking knows the importance of fast drivers more than perhaps anyone who’s done this race. This pic from before the Fastnet popping up in the forums doesn’t seal the deal, but the fact that Bouwe hasn’t been returning calls lately makes us think the Burling announcement is imminent.

Rumors continue to swirl about NZL 49er FX standouts Alex Maloney and Molly Meech joining another Volvo team, but whether it’s the long-awaited Team 8 (perhaps a Kiwi-ish effort under the management of Craig Monk) or they do part-time duty for an already-entered while training to improve on their Olympic Silver we do not yet know.  One great skiff driver and one giant of an athlete…both under 30…why wouldn’t you?

Talk it up in the VOR thread.

August 8th, 2017 by admin

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Theatre-style short-course racing for the Medal fleets, 20-30 knots, flat water, and definitely time for some carnage.  Don’t miss it!

August 4th, 2017 by admin

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Clean and the 49er/Nacra 17 media team are calling it all live today, and with real breeze on for the first time in the Euros, we’re finally going to see some upwind foiling starting at 1100 CET.  49ers run in the afternoon, so don’t miss it…or if you do, just press ‘play…’  Isn’t the modern era wonderful?

August 3rd, 2017 by admin

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We’ve never been bashful about our huge crush on former Sailor Chick of the Week and US Yachtswoman of the Year Steph Roble, and we’re stoked to see her join up with musclebound fury Maggie Shea as they make their run at Olympic gold. Unfortunately their first major event together hasn’t gone quite as planned, with a crazy day 3 of qualifications killing their chances at making it to Gold Fleet here at Euros.  Watch Steph and Maggie get stuck on the top mark in this painful vid, and watch the gold fleet racing action live from 1100 CET right over here.  Hit up Steph and Maggie on Facebook here.

August 2nd, 2017 by admin

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Talented and shredded sailor chicks, tales of stolen cars and inter-squad rivalries, and a guy who can’t seem to lose as long as he has a female driver are the guests on today’s Adidas Morning Show at the 2017 49er/FX/Foiling Nacra Euros.  Check out Clean and the team, LIVE from the deck of the 1972 Olympic Sailing admin building as Day 2 of the event begins.  Check out Facebook for more action from the fleets.

July 31st, 2017 by admin

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The fastest Olympic boats have joined forces for their European Championship (and beyond, we expect), and with our own Mr. Clean moonlighting as their broadcast host, there’s bound to be some interesting stuff coming from the site of the 1972 Olympics in Kiel.  The first three days feature a morning show and some social media content, while full tracking, live video with commentary, and the rest of the bells and whistles will come in on Wednesday for the important half of the regatta.

The 49er or Nacra 17 Facebook Pages are probably the best place to keep track of it all.

July 29th, 2017 by admin

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