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With three breezy and extremely lumpy (outside) days of racing, 2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week will be remembered mostly for disasters averted, and the biggest was the rescue of Orlando-based J/88 crew Patrick Daniel, whose heart stopped in the middle of Sunday’s first race.  We remember when the Van Liews, Draftz, the Coast Guard, and Doctor Stephen Shapiro from Roper St. Francis hospital created the CRW Safety Plan years ago, and now they’d get to put it into action.  Spoiler alert for those who haven’t yet seen my 5-minute video interview with Doc – A pulseless, breathless Daniel was breathing and talking by the time they got to the dock to transfer him to an ambulance.

IMG_7429-1Mer and I were just a couple hundred feet away when it all went down, and we immediately motored over to stand by for assistance, but it was apparent that the first responder – and then Doc – had things well under control.  The crew had CPR already started inside the 3 minutes it took the rescue boat to get alongside, and the AED was on Daniel’s chest maybe 2 minutes later almost before the sails were completely down.

With a sharp uptick in racing fatalities over the past few years, it’s a delight to not only hear a story about a sailor escaping death, but to watch it all happen in real time.  It’s also a vindication of the hard and seemingly thankless hours that organizers spend on developing and reviewing safety plans.  Most importantly perhaps, even with a perfect performance from the crew, the EMT, the boat drivers, and the doc, there’s always something to learn – and everyone knows that had the fleet been on their intended offshore course, the outcome would likely have been much more tragic.

Draftz awarded Doc Shapiro the Jubilee Cup Perpetual for sportsmanship while the crowd gave him a massive ovation.  It was well deserved.

While it paled in comparison to the potential tragedy averted on the Wando River, the weather was pretty tragic for those looking to race sausages in 6 offshore fleets on a single course outside the Charleston jetties.  All offshore racing was shut down on Friday thanks to massive, and most of Saturday was lost offshore thanks to a nasty injury on the RC boat and no easy way to transfer to a medical boat in the big waves.  When conditions continued to rage outside on Sunday morning, CRW boss Randy Draftz dug into his bag of tricks with a long morning of calls to Port Captains and Coast Guard Commanders, and had the Wando River closed down to traffic so the fleet could move under the bridge and get some racing in.

Like pretty much all regattas in the US, handicap windward/leeward racing has been falling off pretty continuously for the better part of the last decade at Charleston, even as inshore one-designs have made it the biggest regatta on the continent.  Giving those six fleets a 3-race day in gorgeous Charleston conditions may have saved the format for another few years.  Given the millions and millions of dollars that the event generates for the area, we’d try to push the local shipping orgs for a permanent Course 4 under the bridge to allow another 50 or 75 one-designs into the harbor or even some handicap fleets if the demand is still there, but then again we care more about enjoying Charleston and sleeping past 6 AM than we do about having obstruction-free race course.

There are literally dozens of videos and hundreds of photos (including some nice work from the back-on-the-water Meredith Block) along with news from all over the place over on CRW’s Facebook Page.  And of course, there is a thread.

 

April 19th, 2016 by admin

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We’re most of the way through the Sperry/Sailing Anarchy World Tour 2015 and we hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of the world’s most interesting classes and events so far.  Last week, we sent superstar sportboater and video legend Petey Crawford to the Columbia River Gorge to figure out why the sportboat that began the revolution some 23 years ago was experiencing such a huge resurgence in interest.  Part of the new blood comes from an exciting upcoming Worlds location, but most of it – like any successful Class – comes from the people, and that’s what Petey found in this video.  Get to know them – the pros, the n00bs, the groms, the chicks – and see why the Melges 24 still remains one of the best one-design classes in history.

And please head over to Sperry’s page and let them know how much you’ve enjoyed the coverage allowed by their support of the 2015 Sperry/Sailing Anarchy World Tour.  Keep your eyes out for two upcoming SA contests as well – one to win some great Sperry shoes, and one to win a whole lot more.

 

August 31st, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 7.11.29 PMWe may not have come down to Brazil specifically to investigate the water pollution problems, but the situation is inescapable, and yesterday’s discovery of an open sewage outfall less than 50 feet from the main Olympic Sailing Center launch ramp was, well, shocking.  Local authorities panicked and sent over an oil containment crew with a floating boom…but that ain’t oil, and the inside of the Olympic harbor is now half water, half poo.  It’s one thing for a huge 3rd world city to have sewage problems, and our final report from Brazil will get deep into a situation which is neither uncommon nor surprising in a Latin American metropolis, but the level of incompetence required to have thousands of gallons of untreated waste flowing in the one place that every sailor touches every day, and that every reporter sees every morning?  It simply defies belief.

And the hits keep on coming; a 5-man media team was held at gunpoint and robbed of cameras and phones while covering the cycing test event yesterday, the same day hundreds of thousands of protestors – including tens of thousands on Copacabana and Ipanema – blocked major roads across Brazil while calling for the impeachment or military ouster of recently elected president Dilma Roussef.  Think American politics are messy?  She’s got an 8% approval rating…

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 9.52.18 AMOn a much more positive note, the US Sailing Team Sperry seems to be continually improving, with a good start in the Laser and Radial, and a great start in the 470 (and a seemingly healthy team, barring a few bruises).  The US currently holds second place in three classes, in fleets that are largely the same as they’ll be next year.  Peaking early, or a sign of great things to come?  We’re on the ground to find the answer.  Listen to yesterday’s interview with 470 chicks Bri and Annie here, and watch these pages for more.  Test Event Results here.

Onne Van Der Wal photo of new dad Stu McNay and Dave Hughes.

August 17th, 2015 by admin

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With the day of the sail racing ‘music video’ style behind us, sailing’s cutting edge creatives have been learning to speak truth to sailing with new shots, creative editing, and real narrative.  And along with Petey Crawford and Sam Greenfield, no one is pushing harder than Waterlust’s Pat and Fiona, and this is their most masterful work yet in a short career full of gorgeous, creative sailing and maritime movies.

It’s the story of the ‘Angry Burds’ – Tripp and Trevor Burd and the hi-po 23-foot beach cat they took from Washington to Alaska in this summer’s epic new R2AK.  But it’s also the story of one of the baddest media vehicles we’ve ever seen, a gorgeous editor and her creatively explosive man, an epic road trip, and a pair of brothers bonded in the forge of the ocean.

The 30 minute piece is the kind of show that Warren Miller  or David Brown would be proud of; part ‘surf style’ and part adventure story.  Drone footage, time lapse roadwork, and the sheer beauty of the Inside Passage make it something you can share with your grandmother or granddaughter equally.  Sit back, grab an icy beverage and your favorite sailor, and enjoy.  And huge props to the folks at Sperry for making the film and the Burds’ program possible.

 

August 14th, 2015 by admin

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Just two races remain, and it’s all live thanks to Sperry and J/Composites France.  Breeze, waves, and fireworks on the starting line.  What more could you want?

 

July 11th, 2015 by admin

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We’ve sorted the various technical issues and now it’s time for some hot racing action in 720p HD from the waters of La Rochelle, and with flat water, perfect sun, and moderate breeze, it should be one to watch.  Hit up the Sailor Girl on Twitter if you’ve got questions or comments for us and enjoy the show, with three more scheduled for day 2 of the J/70 World Championship.  All thanks to Sperry, of course, with some serious help from J/Composites France and the fine folks at the

Direct link for your phones or to get the Youtube chat room functionality – over here. Facebook for up-to-the-minute pics.

 

July 9th, 2015 by admin

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I don’t write for money, and I don’t do interviews for fame.  I do it all because I love this sport more than almost anything else in the world.  Sailing saved me from addiction, greed, and a bloodsucking life as a lawyer, and my repayment program requires that I share my wonderment and love of this sport with as many people as possible before I die.

 I’ve shirked that responsibility over the past couple of months, and for that, I’m sorry to all of you.  Scot and our hundreds of SA contributors have done a great job in my absence, and despite my having a really, really good excuse that’s approaching like a freight train (see above), I’m back in action – embedded in some of the hottest yacht racing anywhere over the next few weeks.

So for those of you waiting patiently for the full story (and video) on the foiling Gunboat G4, a ‘by-the-numbers’ analysis of the Newport VOR stopover, a report on the state of cheating in the J/70 Class, and a few other items – thanks for your understanding.  That’s coming up this month, along with a European road trip chasing down the VOR as it wraps, a week’s excitement with Team USA vs. the Scandies at the M32 Series in Gothenburg, and live racing action from the J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle, France.  And it only gets better from there.

Huge thanks to my beautiful wife for the photo (and at least one other job she’s doing), and to Sperry for allowing us to bring you hundreds of hours of sailing coverage for 2015.

 

June 10th, 2015 by admin

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“The best Volvo Ocean Race stopover I’ve ever been to,” said one 10 year VOR veteran.

“Way, way better than anything AC34 did in San Fran,” said a former ACEA staffer.

“The best crowd I’ve seen at an American sailing event since the 12 meter days in Newport, and maybe even bigger than those days,” said one lifelong pro racer and Newport denizen.

SA’s final report on the regatta that returned America’s credibility to top-end racing is waiting for the final numbers from Sail Newport and VOR, but the above quotes sum it all up, and the summary is simple: Newport, Rhodey, the Northeast, and America got together and finally showed up for a sailboat race, and no one who was there will ever forget it.

We’ll have much more for you soon, but if you were there, pat yourself on the back.  You are the reason the VOR will be back, and you may have helped secure American funding for a real US team in the next one.

Our final video from the Sailing Anarchy/Sperry World Tour is more about the sailing lifestyle and the future of the sport than it is about any racing that happened in Newport.  Those things are far more important, and we hope you enjoy this film from Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions.  Thanks to Sperry for supporting our coverage; if you like it and you want to see more, tell ’em on Facebook.

 

May 22nd, 2015 by admin

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Opinion amongst Volvo vets is unanimous that Newport is light years beyond any of the recent US Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in every way, and we’re extremely glad we’re here to be part of it this week thanks to our friends at Sperry and the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard.

With so much staff coverage available from the teams and VOR media, we wanted to give you something different this week, and today at 1130 PST/1430 EST/1830 UTC, we’re bringing you Sailing Anarchy’s first-ever live, two-camera talk show from the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard – in front of a live audience!  We haven’t skimped on guests, either, and since we’ve been wanting to sit down with the leaders of Team SCA for some time now, we asked, and they thankfully agreed!  Team CEO Richard Brisius, Performance Director Brad Jackson, and the afterguard of Dee, Sam, and Sally will sit down with co-host Nic Douglass and me for an hour-long chat about everything VOR.  We want to know all about their race, and all about them.  What’s the future look like for Team SCA, and what does their race mean for their careers, for their fans, for their families, for their sponsors…

You’ve already given us some great questions; please head over to the thread and post more, or hit us up on Twitter and use the hashtag @asksailinganarchy if you want yours answered today; the best three questions win Team SCA t-shirts, but you only have a couple hours to get ’em in.  Wanna learn more about the girls?  Check out the brand new well-produced reality series No Ordinary Women.  We’ve enjoyed the first two episodes, and we think you will too.  And don’t fret if you miss our show today; it will be archived for your pleasure here.

And if you have questions for VOR CEO Knut Frostad, Boatyard Director Nick Bice, the two guys tussling for the race lead; Ian Walker and Charles Caudrelier, or Vestas skipper Chris Nicholson, get those questions in too; we’re recording their show tonight for publication tomorrow morning at around 1000 EST.

Nic’s been doing a great job getting interviews with all the boys and girls; head over to her channel here for a stack of interviews that go far beyond the usual tripe.  And be sure to keep an eye on SA Twitter and Facebook for many more face-to-faces coming up this weekend, especially for the last-minute pre-race Dock Walk video posted to our page, 20 minutes after dock out for the In-Port Race and Leg Start.

 

May 15th, 2015 by admin

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Petey and the Charleston media team of Sander, Brian, and Dan the combat videographer put a rich and interesting 10-minute film together from 2015 Sperry Charleston Race Week.  Like all CRW videos, it’s got girls, sportboats, and booze, and plenty more from another interesting cast of characters at the hemisphere’s biggest regatta.  We’ll have a post-mortem on the event early next week – where it’s been, where it’s going, and why it works – as well as a full index to every bit of the coverage the Sperry supported SA team put together for you last month.  Enjoy.

 

May 6th, 2015 by admin

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