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screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-10-20-pmIt must suck to win an Olympic gold medal in your fifties and find out you’re not even ranked in the the top ten in your class!  This screenshot comes from Santiago Lange’s current, official World Sailing Rankings for the Nacra 17 – apparently, the Princess Sofia is worth 100 points, but the Olympics is worth nothing at all.   Unless it’s yet another in the endless parade of World Sailing fuckups?

Title shout to the Chocolate Factory and to the late, great Gene Wilder.

October 14th, 2016 by admin

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The monthly World Sailing show may be a relic from another era, but occasionally they stumble upon great stories. Never mind that America’s Cup and VOR video producer Sunset + Vine didn’t bother to use actual Olympic video, instead relying on still images and grainy camera phone for this piece; the story of Santi Lange’s gold medal performance in Rio is perhaps the most compelling in Rio 2016. Over 50 years old and sailing aboard the quickest Olympic boat of all, Santi took an unlikely gold just months after losing part of his lung to cancer.  Lange is one of the kindest and most generous people in all the sport, and his story should inspire all of us.

To read a deeper piece about Lange’s accomplishment, check out the NBC site here.


September 27th, 2016 by admin

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We know you’ve all been waiting for the Sailing Anarchy take on Rio 2016 and the US Sailing Team, so strap on your listening helmets and get ready for Sailing Anarchy Podcast # 9.  We grabbed Nacra 17 helm Bora Gulari to find out how all his Olympic gear was stolen (in Detroit), how he got it back, and everything Olympic we could cram into 2 hours of slightly inebriated yapping.  Find out about his DNFs, medal race craziness, what it’s like to live amongst 10,000 other ultra-fit athletes, and why, at 40 years old, Bora’s finally found his place in the sport.  Detailed discussions about the overall performance of the US Team and where it’s headed; this one has it all.  Maybe our best podcast yet; listen above, download here for later listening, or subscribe on iTunes.

If you appreciate the fact that some random chick found all Bora’s stolen Olympic gear on the street, brought it inside, and called to return it, check out her GoFundMe page for some kind of operation she needs and reward her.



August 30th, 2016 by admin

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Annie Haeger and Bri Provencha have been at or near the top of the 470 class for the past couple of years, but when it mattered most, their race and the final shot at the US team’s second medal fell to bits. Leading the medal race for the first two marks and looking like a lock for the silver (GBR’s Clark and Saskia-Mills clinched before the final race), the American duo got strung out on the right by eventual silver medalist New Zealand and then sailed a horrible final run, culminating with a foul on Japan and a 360 when they could least afford it, sailing the entire reach to the finish without their kite and catching a DFL for the race.

The NBC feed caught Annie racked with sobs as she sailed through the line, but we hope she takes the lesson to heart and uses the adversity to power her improvement for the next time like all true champions.  We still think Annie is probably the most likely of all the US team to come back in Tokyo and win her class.  She’ll need to if the US Team is to prove their plan; the team’s better-than-the-London-debacle-but-still-weak performance can only be accepted if it is truly a stepping stone to the US team’s return to dominance in 2020, as we’ve been told by US Sailing Team staff, coaches, and athletes for the past couple of years.  If there’s one thing Tokyo guarantees, it’s fewer distractions for the sailors.

You can watch the full replay on NBC over here; just wind back the player to the beginning if it’s already on the Men’s 470 (which the US can’t medal in).  Screenshot from the world feed.


August 18th, 2016 by admin

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The first sailor sickness has been reported due to Rio’s sewery water, though according to London Bronze Medalist (Laser Radial) Evi Van Acker’s coach, she caught it back in July training on the bay.  He also thinks Evi’s dysentary has contributed to her poor results thus far.  The Belgian OC said “she has not fully recovered. It makes it difficult for her to go through long periods of sustained effort.”  While several contacts with debris affected other racers, no other sicknesses have yet been reported.  Read the full story from our old friend Bernie Wilson (who’s down at the Games) at the AP here.

Caleb, Pained

In another kind of unwell, the US team is performing exactly where the oddsmakers had them; on the outside looking in, without a single sailor in the top 5 of any class. US Finn rep Caleb Paine port-tacked the fleet yesterday on his way to a 2nd for the race and an awesome 4th overall – that is, until he was flicked from the race at an evening protest hearing for a port/starboard on that spectacular start.  Now he’s in 15th, and the highest performing American team are the chicks’ 470, with Annie and Bri in 6th.  Go here for the US Sailing daily report, and to get to know America’s most likely medalist skipper, watch this just-posted Mr. Clean video interview with Annie from last summer in Rio.  Here are Team USA’s standings as of Friday morning; number in parentheses is change from yesterday’s standing (With special thanks to TFE):

RS:X M – 30 (same)
RS:X W – 12 (-2)
LASER M – 15 (same)*
LASER W – 7 (same)*
FINN – 15 (-8)
470 M – 10 (-2)
470 W – 6 (+1)
NACRA17 – 16 (-5)
49er M – *
49er W – *
*LASER M/W did not race Thursday. 49er M and W have yet to race; their first races are Friday.


August 12th, 2016 by admin

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April’s collapse of the new “Olympic Bike Path” killed two people.  Saturday, waves flooded out a newly constructed Beach Volleyball TV studio. Sailing wasn’t immune from negligent construction, either; above is a shot of the this massive, brand new Marina De Gloria dinghy launch ramp that lasted a grand total of one day. You can read the typically ridiculous comments from officials in this news piece, while our own sources on the ground have their own take:

Hey Clean,

Biggest swell that we have seen yet in Rio this weekend. Surfers all around inside Guanabarra Bay.

The attached pics are of the progressive demise of the very large main launching ramp in Marina Gloria. The ramp was completed (in haste) on 29 July and collapsed on 30 July in the swell that made it into Marina Gloria.

IMG_3713The attached pics are at 9am and 530pm where the patient was pronounced dead at the scene.  A rough day, for numerous reasons!

-Deep throat

To athletes like Megan Kalmoe, intent on whining to ‘Leave Rio Alone!”, next time you decide that the media’s reporting on Olympic incompetence is hurting your little game, try to remember the dozens of lives that will be lost in total so that you can get on TV and try to win a piece of metal and ribbon.  For you, it’s a sport.  For Brazil, it’s life, death, and the future.

July 31st, 2016 by admin

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The Rio countdown continues, and the latest bit of prurient news for those waiting for the action is a gem.  According to The Daily Beast, the IOC has ordered 450,000 condoms for the 10,000+ athletes in the Olympic Villlage for the month and change they’re on the ground. That’s around 40 rubbers per olympian, and evidence that fold medal marksman Mark Russell wasn’t lying when he called the Olympic Village “the most testosterone fuelled place on earth.” The Guardian reported that ‘after Beijing 2008, an Olympic table-tennis player divulged the secrets of the “sex fest” and the “volcanic release of pent-up hedonism” that apparently happens when thousands of athletes at the top of their game come together.”‘  Maybe this is why so many athletes dedicate half their lives to the Olympics?

Gone Viral

ISAF World Sailing is proving just how serious it is about their sailors’ health in Rio; we recently had a peek at an urgent memo from an unnamed ISAF official to all “International Technical Officers” that concluded that “athletes, coaches, and race officials…did not have a significantly increased health risk through water contact…above the normal tourist population visiting Rio.”  And we think they actually expect everyone to believe that.

In other words, sailors with raw, frequently abraded and cut-up bodies, immersed in water proven to be filled with nasty viruses, have no more chance of getting sick than a tourist at a hotel in Copacabana.  Their caveat is that this warm, safe place is only available to those who follow the World Sailing safe list below.  And again, they aren’t joking.  From the memo:

On the water:

Rub hands and forearms with alcohol based disinfectant for 3 minutes, including:
– both hands, then forearms, then both hands again for a total of 30 seconds
-repeat the same 30 second provedure 5 times, each time with new disinfectant
-wait for the hands to dry fully before eating or drinking on board
– rinse your mouth with mouthwast (containing 0.05% chlrohexidine digluconate…) before eating or drinking

On shore after disembarking:

-use the water hose to shower immediately on return from sailing
-your recovery procedure may require to you drink and eat immediately on arrival on land after sailing.  Before you actually do so – wash your hands with liquid soap and water for 60 seconds and dry them with paper towels.

Aaaaand…’re good!

Russian Dressing

Our final Olympic news impacts sailing far less than other sports, and it’s not really news at all just yet; the IOC has delayed its decision on whether to ban all of Russia from competing in Rio after WADA investigator Richard McLaren found Russia to be behind a comprehensive program of state-sponsored doping.  If you’ve been hiding in a cave and missed this fascinating story of what may be the biggest program of cheating in the history of sport, it’s worth having a look (start with the Beeb here.)

The IOC also said it will:

  • Not organise or back any sports events or meetings in Russia, including the European Games, scheduled for June 2019;
  • Start disciplinary action against Russian officials named in the report compiled by Dr Richard McLaren;
  • Ban Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Games;
  • Urge McLaren to continue his work and name individual Russian cheats;
  • Encourage individual sports federations to look for any Russian infringements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code.



July 19th, 2016 by admin

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418753_157953491008723_1925993192_n 29 year-old Lucas Calabrese is perhaps the world’s best Optimist coach, but he’s also one of a handful of Argentinos to ever win an Olympic sailing medal.  He’s back at it in the 470 Class this August, and our old pal John Casey caught up with him in an entertaining chat about a whole pile of stuff; meeting the Argentine president and being a celebrity for 15 minutes, crime and disease and South American politics and the Olympics, and much, much more in the next episode of the JC Worldwide Podcast.  Catch up with all of JC’s work over here or subscribe on iTunes.


June 27th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 9.43.40 AMRio 2016 watchers never seem to have to wait long for yet another scandal; since our last piece there have been more robberies, more assaults, and on Friday the World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the only WADA-accredited lab in Brazil for noncompliance with lab standards.

Putting aside WADA’s own disgusting treatment of the Russian doping issue (which included them literally turning in a whistleblower to the Russian authorities before dragging their feet for years on a problem they knew about), the latest kerfuffle likely means big delays in testing the thousands of athletes already in Brazil for the duration, and hundreds of thousands in unplanned costs to fly the samples overseas for testing.

Precisely zero people worldwide are surprised at the latest news, and we’re all just wondering what the hell is next. Man-eating sharks on the rampage? Gang wars on the beach?  Armed rebellion? Zombie apocalypse?  Watch the news and you probably won’t need to wait long.

June 26th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 11.31.27 AMWith many Rio 2016 teams now on the ground for their final six weeks of training and practice, shit is getting real – too real.  Worse yet, there’s really no help available when it all goes down.  Consider this report from last week, sent in by a longtime Anarchist on the ground in Brazil (and remember, piracy ain’t nothing new in Brazil).

Two Team GBR Ribs were stolen overnight from Torben Grael’s Rio Yacht Club in Niteroi – the same club hit by stray bullets from a nearby gunfight a few weeks back.  They were dragged to a beach in Jurujuba, not far from the US Team’s launching location.

The two British team coaches who lost the RIBs found them the next morning as they were being stripped.  Already VHFs, fuel hoses, tanks, and wiring were already gone, with outboards next to go.  The law-abiding GBR coaches’ immediate reaction was to threaten the thieves with calling the police.

“You think that will help you?” the head pirate said, with a big laugh.  Considering the level of police corruption in Brazil, the British coaches were inclined to come up with another solution, which meant giving the pirates every dollar, pound, and real they had in both their wallets and backpacks.

One of the coaches surreptitiously snapped a pic of the pirates, and the Rio Yacht Club staff identified one of them as a top drug dealer in the nearby Jurujuba favela, and told the coach he was very, very lucky.  If the Olympic fleets get away without losing any lives over the next two months, they’ll be very lucky indeed.

Title from a great band in a kinder, gentler world.


June 20th, 2016 by admin