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Posts Tagged ‘star boats’

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It’s pretty cool to see that an insane amount of perseverence on the part of Michel Niklas and the Star Sailors League folks has finally borne real fruit: First, their achieving the rare Special Events status from ISAF last month, and now firing off the opening gun on the most star-studded fleet in SSL history.  Peyron, Goodison, Bruni and Cammas join the Grael brothers and the best Starboat drivers and crew in the world for the fully live-streamed action from the Bahamas.

Watch it all live above.

December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.07.41 AMHamburg (along with Krakow, Munich, St. Mortitz, Stockholm and Oslo and pretty much every other responsible city on earth) made news earlier this year when they walked away from its 2022 Olympic bid for obvious reasons: No one wants to share the worldwide humiliation of Rio, nor can many cities stomach the 11-figure economic hits that China or Russia swallowed as both headed for economic recessions.  And as far as we know, no one needs to distract the world while they invade their neighbor with tanks and artillery.  With the choices narrowed down to two countries with the now-expected awful human rights records, the bid was awarded to the worst of them; a country that already screwed with the IOC, athletes, and the media the last time around.

In an ironic twist, the much-beloved keelboat recently removed from the Olympics continues its resurgence in Hamburg with an incredible 70 boats entered in just 24 hours to the Star Sailors League event in Hamburg this May; that’s the limit, and if you want to enter, you need to get on the waiting list!

While a big pile of cash prizes sure helps despite the fact that only the invited VIPs have a real shot at the hundred-grand purse, it’s good to see an event succeed almost entirely due to the perseverance of its charismatic owner.  There’s a lesson to be learnt as well: If you don’t stick to your guns for three or four years, you will never succeed in this slow-moving, conservative sport.

For more about the huge problems plaguing the 5-ring clown show that’s the modern olympics, read this piece.

 

January 18th, 2016 by admin

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