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We wouldn’t usually burn the majority of our readers’ eyes with a photo of a naked dude and like 99% of the folks born after color TV was invented, we’d never heard of ESPN THE MAGAZINE until they put a nude sailor in their pages 2 years ago.  But we’ve gotta give some love to sailing’s King of all Redheads and share him with our tens of thousands of female readers…right?  Jimmy appears in this month’s ‘Body Issue’, and while he doesn’t do the same justice to the genre that fellow Cross-Fitter Anna T did, the dude’s got some seriously scary big deltoids.  Fittest male sailor in the sport?  Based on these pics, pretty close.  And he doesn’t even have to grind!  Pic from Jimmy’s Facebook Page, and a peek at the magazine (since we know you’re not actually going to buy dead trees, right?) over here.  Don’t get the title reference?  Get urban.

July 8th, 2014 by admin

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Curating the internet’s best sailing videos for you, here’s another SA video edition.

Transformer

While Thomas Coville’s crewed endeavors over the past couple of years (Groupama 70, Banque Populaire V) have been damned impressive, he spent the past few years losing to Francis Joyon in the world’s big solo records with a near sistership to Joyon’s IDEC.  The big Irens trimarans are narrow and light and designed for solo sailing, and clearly, Coville’s Sodebo just wasn’t getting it done.  So he picked up the bigger, wider, and much older Geronimo for a song, brought it to Multiplast for a mega-refit, and just relaunched in time for some serious pre-Route Du Rhum prep and record-breaking.  Looking goddamned good.

In other big French multihull Route Du Rhum news, Team Edmund de Rothschild relaunched their MOD 70 the other day for Seb Josse, but it’s no longer a MOD 70; instead, it’s a turbo MOD.  A lighter motor/generator,  lighter interior, larger canopy (Seb will live outside the cabin during the RdR), and most importantly, a set of Verdier/Koch-designed T-foil rudders.  Will Seb stand a chance against the super-trimarans?  If anyone can, it’ll be Josse.  More info here.

 

Britain’s Next Top Model

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Artemis Offshore Academy’s Sam Goodchild continues his climb into shorthanded stardom, albeit it slowly. The young Brit continues his Figaro ways this year as he continues to hunt for Vendee Globe money, and here’s an intense clip showing what it’s like to sail in gusts to 60 knots. You think you know 60? Take a look and compare Sam and Sandy’s delivery to your biggest day.  Click the video to get to it.

Blu, You’re My Boy!

 

 

With Flavio Favini on the sideline after his horrendous accident earlier in the year, Franco Rossini’s Blu Moon continued her winning ways with Matteo Ivaldi helping the Moonies to European Championship glory last week.  Here’s a video from midway through the week that showcases just how gorgeous Hungary’s Lake Baloton can be, with thanks to Janna Buriani for the shooting and editing.  Title shout is all about Old School, yo.

Can’t Teach Old Dogs New Tricks 


It’s amazing how quickly the once-amazing AC45s have descended into obsolescence; too flexy to make a good foiling platform and slower than pretty much all the foilers, Oracle Team USAustralia and Team Australia continue to practice in Sydney despite the irrelevance of their platform to the new AC62 class.  That being said, this video shows off the lighter, more easygoing side to OTUSAUS resulting from Tom Slingsby taking a much bigger role aboard as Sailing Team Director.  It also shows off a more American side to the team; Rome Kirby, Andrew Campbell, and now Matty Cassidy joined with half-citizens Slingers and Spithill bring the total yank factor up to 4, and with a very American design team, OTUSAUS is almost, dare we say it, an American team!  Good fun from the Oracle media boys.

 

Just When You Thought It Was Safe 

Your $200k RIB seems like it can take anything you throw at it, but can it? These guys found out the answer.

 

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Island

 

You’ve all heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?  Well, how about Richard Sowa’s recycled bottle island?  We like.

 

May 15th, 2014 by admin

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Larry Punchable

2-time America’s Cup winner and Oracle Team USA principal Larry Ellison ranks as the most punchable CEO in America based on criteria such as  scope of influence, public image, annual income, and general physical appearance, according to one of the most reliable sources of fake news in human history…read on.

 

April 3rd, 2014 by admin

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The KNSV – the Netherlands’ governing body for sailing – finally sat down to review the AC jury’s findings on Oracle Team USA king post sensation Dirk “Cheese” De Ridder last week, and in a move that surprised precisely no one,  they recommended no further punishment for Holland’s highest paid sail trimmer.  You’ll recall the AC Jury found De Ridder a terrible witness, and in their findings, seemed convinced he was lying to them.  From the findings:  ”The Jury is comfortably satisfied that:

1) Dirk gave the instruction to add the weight to the kind post;

2) Dirk knew the weight had been added;

3) Dirk knew it was a breach of the rules; and 

4) Dirk did not tell the truth in the hearing in this regard.”

It seems as thought he KNSV didn’t actually conduct their own hearing; they felt that ‘investigating’ the AC Jury’s report was plenty, and they decided poor Dirk had been penalized enough.  From their report:

The Zeilraad further considered that being excluded from further participation in any role in the 34 America’s Cup for a gross breach of a rule and of good sportsmanship, combined with the world wide publicity on TV/radio, Internet and newspapers, is by itself, a severe penalty.    Having considered all evidence the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to impose an additional penalty.

After this investigation the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to conduct a hearing and decides that no further action will be taken in this matter by the Dutch MNA. 

Gilles Martin-Raget photo.

October 28th, 2013 by admin

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Those of you vainly searching for Americans inside the Oracle team can take solace in the fact that OTUSA lead designer Dirk Kramers  is indeed a US citizen, as well as being incredibly humble despite his awesome success.  Never one to rest on his laurels, Kramers jumped on a jet almost immediately after the San Francisco win to check out the new foilers in the Little Cup and cheer on son Max aboard Cogito.  Clean and Olympic multihuller Will Howden caught up with him to ask him about the rumored “Herbie” system, about Oracle’s incredible improvement, and what he thinks about the future of Cup designs.

October 1st, 2013 by admin

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Is Oracle’s win in danger?  3News reports that ETNZ is preparing a legal challenge to Oracle’s win based on their electronic stability system.

At the same time, Facebook gossipmonger and NZ radio personality Paul Veitchy reports:

There’s some serious rumours coming out of San Fran that something big is going to come out around Oracle and the pre regatta penalty.. and the improvements made to the boat. The rumour mill is in over drive.. watch this space…. bloody interesting talking to several parties this avo about it…

We also saw this from another source:  The yanks put a computer on board after they were down 8 – 1, and should not have been allowed to make this change mid series. So I said why didn’t the Kiwis put one on too, and he said they didn’t have the fun tickets. This computer came out of Boeing, and is the latest in technology, and this made the difference to their boat speed, foil angles and all that other shit that navigators used to wank away about, and was implemented automatically on board, where as the poor cousin Kiwis still had to do all theirs manually. So there you go this is what the press is saying in NZ, but don’t know how true all of this is. Could be sour grapes…

Watch Veitchy’s space to see if this is real or yet more hit counting.  If your Oracle Team USA contract just ran out and you’re looking to unload, post your inside knowledge in the thread.

September 27th, 2013 by admin

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UPDATE: Thanks to the artificially low wind limits put in place due to the disaster that was the Paul Cayard-led Artemis AC program, today’s racing is in delay, and likely not to happen at all…

It would appear that we just don’t know what is going to happen in the AC today, but one thing we do know is that the end is near and roughly 75% of every television in NZ is watching.  Splits won’t do for Oracle, only sweeps, and they will need three consecutive days of sweeps just to get even. Not gonna happen, but then again, if not for a little divine provenance we might still see ETNZ’s second boat being prepped for racing today…

What will happen? If you have NBCSN, you can watch it happen at 1:15 PM, West Coast, and for Proxy Server congoscenti and non-US or Kiwis, here’s the Youtube link.  In the meantime, you can watch the media going apeshit with last-second mostly-manufactured controversy here (Oracle Tries To Raise Wind Limits), here (GGYC Vice Commodore Calls ETNZ Cheats), here (Russell Coutts is the new Dennis Conner), here (AC Protests Cancelled Out Of Pity For Ellison) and here (Nationality Rules For AC35).

And above, you can get a little Clean while you’re at it, from this morning’s Radio NZ drive time show.

 

September 17th, 2013 by admin

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Update: Oracle absolutely dominated race number one today – they owned the start, were faster on every point of sail, and flawless in execution, if you didn’t know better, you would think they switched boats! And yet just as soon as Oracle seemed to begin to establish supremacy in race #9, ETNZ snatched it right back with a come from ahead and then behind victory on the final run to once again take control of the AC, 7-1. A split simply won’t do for Oracle, they need to win every pair from here on out….

Will the hand of god (or an inverted wing) save the Kiwis from their own errors today?  Will Oracle finally have their first 2-0 day, or will Dalts and the boys re-assert their downunder dominance and get just one race from a silver-studded flight home to Orkland.  Watch it above NOW, if you happen to be in a country that allows it.  If not, just hit the Proxy Server thread and take 60 seconds to work around it.  If you have NBCSN on your cable account, just go online to watch.  Talk about it as it unfolds or ask questions in the R8/9 thread.

 

September 15th, 2013 by admin

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As press conferences go, this is a good one; young Slingers looking like a deer in the headlights and Jimmy getting grilled on the early retirement for Oracle.  Watch the whole thing; Ray is always a chuckle and Jimmy’s finally being his old compelling self, and now’s the time to get to know them.

September 10th, 2013 by admin

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Based on what we saw yesterday, Russell Coutts won’t need to search too far to see where the wheels came off the bus.  It wasn’t ruddergate.  It wasn’t the cheating or the penalties (though Russell Coutts is taking a hell of a bollocking on his Facebook Page). It wasn’t too much or too little partying, or bad designers, or bad outfits, or having an old boat.  It had nothing to do with safety, or with Bart.  And it certainly wasn’t a pre-start no call by the umps.

Nope – Oracle Team USA lost the 34th America’s Cup almost a year ago; October 16th, 2012 to be exact, when Jimmy sent the boat down the mine and got blown out to sea.  And it wasn’t the capsize itself; had Fresh and Tugboat and the other great seaman on Oracle properly planned for capsize and righted the boat without destroying her only wing, Oracle would almost certainly be on top now.  Or tied at zero, at least.  But in a competition where time is the single most important commodity, that cold day in October changed everything.  It stole months of training, modding, developing, and sailing from Spithill and his team just as ETNZ was learning how to sail above the water.

ETNZ are winning not with a major design advantage; they are winning it with practice, hard work, and time in the boat.  Have a look at the detailed data (Race 1 Race 2); Oracle are a second or two behind on the legs they sail well, with major errors costing 20 or 30 seconds.  The Kiwis are quicker to accelerate, quicker to gybe, and significantly faster at getting up to speed after tacks – that’s opening up their starts and making their tactics a lot simpler, and as long as Ray Davies keeps sailing perfectly, and if the wind stays strong, by next Sunday the Cup will be sitting in First Class on its way to the land of the long white cloud.

 

NOW YOU SEE ME

Meanwhile, the live TV feed from Race 1 was perhaps the single most exciting sailboat race we’ve ever seen on any screen.  For all their problems, the AC72 is simply awe-inspiring at speed on a big flat screen.  When they’re changing leads with every tack, coming within inches of each other through the spray and the noise, and it’s all caught by amazing cameras and the brilliant LiveLine system, it’s easy to cheer for Larry Ellison even as his team fades.  Could the commentating be a lot better? Sure.  Do we wish the NBC feed had no commercials?  Of course.  But from the graphics to the intros to the shots to the action, Race 1 was as good as any Super Bowl or Tour De France we’ve ever seen.

Furthermore, someone seems to have pulled all the Youtube geo-restrictions down for this America’s Cup, letting anyone, anywhere watch the action live.  We’ve been asking for it for months, and it’s great to see someone at ACEA decide to focus on maximum audience, rather than maximum TV audience.  Nice going, all – especially Ken Read.  The full replay (unfortunately, without Ken Read) is here, the Virtual Eye animated replay is here, and it’s worth checking out the 22-minute press conference here.

HAIL MARY

Is it time for fans of Oracle Team USA to slit their wrists?  Not quite yet, though Spithill and Kostecki’s look and sound at the post-race presser wasn’t inspiring.  If the wind stays below 15 or 16, a good start may win the race.  Under 10, Oracle may be a a lot quicker – no one yet knows.  The data say that NZ sails faster on all points of sail, even if they have to sail extra distance to do so.  Kostecki and Coutts and Spithill spent all night learning what it means, and Sunday’s racing should be something special.  We’ll have it right here on the front page.  Martin-Raget and Cameron photos.

 

 

 

September 8th, 2013 by admin

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Inside sources just confirmed the AC International Jury has slapped Oracle Racing with a two-point penalty for their illegal AC45 modifications.

That means they start the America’s Cup this weekend – a first to 9 match – on minus 2 points.  More to follow, including, we expect, penalties for individual sailors and shore crew, or just fervently refresh the Jury thread.

UPDATE: CASH FINES TO BART CHARITY, CHEESE, MATTY, WALKER, RUTHENBERG GET FULL OR PARTIAL AC BANS/FORWARDED TO ISAF FOR RULE 69 HEARINGS, LANGFORD GETS WARNING ONLY/ANONYMOUS SAILOR PLUS MANAGEMENT (MOSTLY) EXONERATED…OFFICIAL JURY STATEMENT OF FACTS HERE.

Pursuant to Protocol Article 15.4(d)(iv), OTUSA shall be penalised one point for each of the first two races of the Match in which they would otherwise score a point. 100. OTUSA are ordered pursuant to Protocol Articles 15.4(d)(ii) and 15.3(B)/> to pay a fine of US$250,000. Such fine is to be paid to the following charities:  

  1. US$125,000 to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which charity has been established following the death of Andrew (Bart) Simpson on an AC72 in San Francisco in May 2013, for the purpose of assisting young people to get involved in sailing through mentoring and support. (B) > US$125,000 payable to a section 501©(3) charitable organisation selected by the Mayor of San Francisco to provide support to at-risk youth in the San Francisco Bay area.

Individuals (Rule 69):

DECISIONS ON PENALTIES

Bryce Ruthenberg is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th America’s Cup. RRSAC rule 69.1© requires the Jury to inform his National Authority (Australian Yachting Federation) and the International Sailing Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties; however, in view of his full, frank and early admissions, the Jury will recommend that no further action be taken.

Andrew Walker is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th America’s Cup. RRSAC rule 69.1© requires the Jury to inform his National Authority (Yachting New Zealand) and the International Sailing Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties.

Kyle Langford In light of his age and inexperience in an America’s Cup environment, the fact that he had no involvement in the work done and his truthfulness during the hearing, together with his sincere efforts to acquaint himself with the Class Rules since the matter came to light, Kyle Langford is warned to use his best endeavours not to be involved with any activity that may be in breach of a rule in the future. The Jury is not required to make a report to any federation.

Matt Mitchell is excluded from sailing on a Yacht competing in the Match for the 34th America’s Cup until 4 races have been completed. RRSAC Rule 69.1© requires the Jury to inform his National Authority (Yachting New Zealand) and the International Sailing Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties; however, the Jury will recommend that no further action be taken.

Dirk de Ridder is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th America’s Cup. RRSAC Rule 69.1© requires the Jury to inform his National Authority (Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond) and the International Sailing Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties.

 

September 3rd, 2013 by admin

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