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Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 11.01.33 PMIt’s damned tough to get any real info out of Havana right now, but a quick look at the results for the furiously promoted ‘Revival of the Historic St. Petersburg to Habana Race’ reveals that they probably should have waited another year.

Of the 80-odd entrants, just 22 boats finished, and we can’t even tell who won – the Tampa Bay Reporter claims the TP52 Conviction led from wire to wire, while the USMMA Sailing Foundation says their pimped out, pro’d out chartered Carkeek 40 FOMO took line honors by a few minutes thanks to a better angle over the TP.  Actually, who are we kidding?  Of course we believe the King’s Point guys over some fucking local news guy.  Thankfully, we’ve got the St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s entire body of work on this high-profile race to show us what the reality was – all 19 seconds of it…

What we know for sure  is that nearly the entire fleet DNF’d, but how much is due to phantom registrations and how much is the fault of starting an ocean race in Tampa Bay: Where The Old and Wind Go To Die™ ? we’ll  just never know.  More than half the boats were quick to fire up the donkeys and head to Havana for some legendary partying, so not all is lost.

If you’re looking for a real race to Cuba, there’s just one left in 2017, and it’s the longest and raciest of them all.  And Sailing Anarchy will be there to tell you the story.

 

March 5th, 2017 by admin

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The rapidly changing face of sponsorship in a post-GFC world requires new thinking and new alliances, but it also is brings new problems to the table.

Example 1:  All Americans are stoked to see the All-American Offshore Team boys running the show for the first Volvo Ocean Race challenge with a Turkish sail number.  Turkish sponsor Alvimedica is a young, cutting-edge medical tech company from Istanbul, and the entry hopes to build and grow interest for offshore racing in the near East nation.  But what happens to that effort if both Youtube and Facebook can’t even be accessed from Turkey, as an Associated Press story today reported might be coming soon?  Check out what the Turkish Prime Minister said on censoring the internet here.

Example 2:  The whole world has eyes on the Black Sea as Russia continues what seems like an empire-building exercise in Crimea.  With sanctions on Russian individuals already imposed by the US and EU, suddenly those Greenpeace protests of the Gazprom-sponsored Esimit Europa Maxi seem almost quaint.   Why’s that?  Because the massive Russian-owned energy utility is already sponsoring an Extreme 40 team, and solid inside rumors have them looking at entering the next America’s Cup with a big Gazprom logo on the wing.  ABC Madrid reporter Pedro Sardina says that Gazprom will be on the world stage even before that (though we haven’t been able to confirm); Sardina writes that ETNZ boss Grant Dalton has already signed a deal with Gazprom for sponsorship of the ETNZ/Pedro Campos round-the-world bid.

What happens when a Russian owned and/or sponsored team comes to a Europe that may be boycotting Russia?  And what happens to events like the Extreme Sailing Series’ Russian stage?

 

March 7th, 2014 by admin

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