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We can all yap and debate and jaw about how to reverse the decades-long downward spiral of sailing in the USA, or we can do something about it, and nobody is doing a smarter job of boosting the sport from the very top than Sail Newport.  When we say ‘the top,’ we don’t mean the America’s Cup or the Volvo Ocean Race – we mean the government – and that’s why Rhode Island’s shiny new Sailing Events Commission law(2017-H 5478A2017-S 1008) is a groundbreaking first step for the sailing’s growth in the USA. Here’s an excerpt from the WhatsUpNewp site:

 

“We saw the incredible economic impact of the Volvo Ocean Race’s stopover in Newport in 2015. It was such a success for Rhode Island as well as for the race itself that it didn’t take long for the organizers to announce they’d be back for the 2018 race. Rhode Island has also very successfully hosted tall ships events, black ships festivals, Chinese dragon boat races and of course, we were the home of the America’s Cup race for decades. We’re a great place for boating events, because we have terrific bays, harbors and waterways with nearby hotels and attractions. Plus recreational and competitive boating are deeply woven into our culture and history. With a concerted, statewide effort to seek them out, I’m sure we could be hosting more and reaping the economic rewards,” said Representative Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren).

Nearly 130,000 fans participated in the Volvo Ocean Race festivities during the 13-day event in 2015, with more than half traveling to Rhode Island from other U.S. states and abroad. According to a report commissioned by Sail Newport, the economic impact of the 2015 stopover on Rhode Island is estimated over $47 million.

“Hosting more events would help not only our tourism industry, but also our boating and sailing industries. Making Rhode Island a bigger name in the sailing world would bring people who buy boats here, and help foster closer connections between our boat-building and outfitting industries to many more people in the market for boats, particularly the elite of the sport who invest serious money in their boats. There’s a lot to be gained for Rhode Island with each event that we host,” said Senator Felag (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol).

Under the legislation (2017-H 5478A2017-S 1008) which passed the Assembly Sept. 19 and was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the commission is to identify, evaluate, and provide recommendations to assist nationally and internationally recognized sailing and marine events, both amateur and professional, and to attract and encourage activity in Rhode Island. In addition, the commission shall advise state and local leaders on the suitability and practicality of hosting qualified marine events in the state.

Spain, France, Holland, the UK, New Zealand – all have spent millions or billions to attract, retain, and promote top sailing events, helping the sport stay in the spotlight while benefitting sailing businesses and coastal communities.  The level of American government support for sailing is a tiny fraction of what it is in these places, mostly because there has been no key event or organization working to lobby and educate politicians about the sport for decades.  The work that Sail Newport, the NYYC, and other key RI cheerleaders are doing is a model for the kind of lobbying work your organization can do in your home town and beyond…give them a shout and find out how.

 

October 7th, 2017 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 10.51.55 AMAs any visitor to these pages knows well, the sailing community has almost universally shared a sense of betrayal over the ‘appropriation’ of the America’s Cup to another country by the American defender.  At the same time, San Francisco’s multi-million dollar AC shortfall and the bad taste left in San Diego and Newport’s mouths from ACEA’s negotiating sleaziness mean that sailing events in America have a tough road ahead if they’re going to try to repair some of the damage caused by Russell’s flying circus.

Thanks to the hard work of the Volvo Ocean Race, Sail Newport, and thousands of volunteers and cheerleaders, that job just got a hell of a lot easier; that’s because the numbers are in, and the Newport stopover for the VOR added some $32M in direct spending to the RI economy and nearly $50M in overall economic impact, with the government laying out only a tiny fraction of that amount to supply the stopover with services.

So even though we don’t know who will be running the next VOR or what teams we’ll see on the starting line, we’re pleased to share with you the news that the stopover voted ‘best’ by nearly every sailor, spectator, and reporter in the 2014-15 race has been confirmed to be BACK in May 2018, the only North American stop for the world’s most-watched sailboat race.  We congratulate everyone involved, and applaud Volvo and SailNewport management for doing smart business while also acting as custodians for the good name of the sport.

Imagine if Russell and the ACEA folks would learn that these are not mutually exclusive goals.

October 30th, 2015 by admin

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UPDATE: Dongfeng wins by 3 minutes!

With just a few miles to go to Newport, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are so close to Dongfeng that the tracker can’t discern one boat from another. Part of that is the crappy tracker, and part is the incredibly tight competition after two weeks of racing from Brazil; less than half a mile separates the top two boats, with another 6 back to Brunel.

If you’re in the area, get to the marinas and find a boat to go out and see just how close they are to the lead; if not, click here and watch the photo finish live in a couple of hours.  The Sperry/Sailing Anarchy media crew arrives next week; we don’t know what we’re bringing you yet, but we know it’ll be better than anything else you find about the VOR…

 

May 6th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 4.50.03 PMLike Ian Storer’s Etchells/truck combo on the side of the road this morning, Bill Hardesty continues to be ‘on fire’ in the Etchells, helming Line Honors to his third World Championship in the past five years (after past sponsor Point Loma Outfitting went under).

Billy ‘The Kid” has proven, once again and beyond any doubt, that a good professional driver can bring three young rock stars to a fleet of largely elderly, less-than-athletic old men and crush them totally and completely.  We get it; after all, a guy who will never again get the America’s Cup call needs to be the ‘go-to’ guy for the go-slow crowd, and Etchells gold is a great route to make Etchells green.  But we do wonder if Bill feels a little silly, like a San Diego Charger fullback running through the defensive line of the mighty Toreros.

In his last World title, Hardesty had young guns Steve Hunt, Erik Shampain, and CMRC royalty Jen Wilson aboard, while this time around, Hardesty went for a very similar mix of young, fit rock stars; Melges 20 Corinthian World Champ Marcus Eagan, World Match Race Champ Taylor Canfield, and top US ranked women’s match racer Steph Roble, a team so far ahead of the fleet that they could head in before the final race, eating a 96th place…and still come out 35 points ahead of of runner-up Swedish Blue.

 Condolences to Storer and more importantly, his tow vehicle, and feel free to shout at us over our Etchells prejudices in the thread.

 

June 30th, 2014 by admin

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Lara Dallman-Weiss took what is by far the most interesting shot at the Newport, RI Etchells Worlds for the International Etchells Class.   The shot is of the  5-mile long spliff cum cold front, ordered up to celebrate Rhode Island’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, and its likely move to tax and legalize all weed by 2016.  Three cheers for the Ocean State’s shitty economy, and four cheers for Lara’s awesome eye!

 

June 30th, 2014 by admin

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