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After a couple of spendy years under the ownership of Swedish ultra-enthusiast Hakan Svensson, the World Match Racing Tour is back on the block, currently under contract to new owners the C Shine Financial Corporation.  Svensson rescued the Tour from death just a few short years ago, transforming it into a truly high-performance tool to develop the skills of young racers from around the world while still attracting the likes of ultra-high profile teams like Spindrift and GAC Pindar. Alumni of the past few years of WMRT action now fill the rosters of Olympic Nacras, GC32s, Gunboats, and every other fast multihull out there, and most of them will tell you that the best series they’ve ever sailed was the 2016 World Tour…

Unfortunately, a grip of circumstances prevented the series from getting back to the kind of sustainability it enjoyed back in the mid 2000s: Poor market research for the M32’s sales potential, an inconsistent sales and marketing effort both for Tour sponsorship and the M32 cat, and personal issues in Svensson’s life that came at a crucial point for the WMRT – these obstacles became too much for Svensson to overcome, and we’re glad to hear he’s moved on to hopefully less stressful things.  How stressful?  From an excellent interview in Yachtracing Life:

I think we have paid the sailors about 3,000,000 US Dollars over the last three years. We have spent 6,000,000 USD on boats, and each regatta had an average cost of 850,000 USD.

In total I am sure the total spend is around 20,000,000 USD.

Holy shit!  We knew he spent a lot, but holy shit!

Even though it is depressing to see this always-positive, generous, humble guy have his passion for the sport beaten out of him by life and the establishment, it’s a good, honest look at what really happened to the Tour and why. Read it here.

 

November 14th, 2018 by admin

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20 years after he broke the Round Gotland record, Ludde Ingevall did it again, this times in the frankenmaxi CQS.  Ingevall’s time of 20:51:35 put him in a day before anyone else in the 241-boat fleet – a fleet that includes carbon racers, multihulls, family cruisers, and wooden schooners who’ve competed in every Round Gotland since the races inception in the early 1900s.

More news, photos, and multimedia from the race over here, and thanks to longtime SA’er Mats Olsson for the heads up. Oscar Kihlborg photo.

 

July 4th, 2017 by admin

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Our Sailor Chicks of the Week are 49er FX team Rebecca Netzler and Klara Wester from Western Sweden. Sure they look good, and yeah they kick some ass on the chick’s skiff, but how about the form of this dismount during last week’s Princess Sofia in Palma?  While we can’t score the landing, Klara gets a solid 10 for amplitude and flight time, and the successful attempt to create a show for the crowd when the capsize became unsaveable. and despite the DNF they took in the medal race, the blonde-and-blue girls took 4th…

Get to know them better or support the team on their website here, and Becca’s got all the pics from the flight sequence – as well as tons more – on their Facebook page, which we highly recommend you follow.  Or if you’re under 30, there’s IG.

Excellent shot from our old friend Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy

 

April 5th, 2017 by admin

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Gothenburg smokeshows Rebecca Netzler and Klara Wester are pretty serious about their Olympic 49er FX campaign, and we’re all the beneficiaries of their commitment, thanks to this fun little movie of their ramp misadventures.  Go and give this pair of blondes a like on Facebook.  You’ll thank us later!

Tip o’ the hat to our pals at the 49er Class.

 

 

 

December 13th, 2016 by admin

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The crew of the Brenta B-60 Minnic dodged a big bullet over the weekend after capsizing; an impact with a rock in the Swedish Archipelago knocked off the bulb of the lightweight racer/cruiser on one of the many rocks on the East Coast.

Christopher Carlbom was with the crew who rescued them.  “A 60-foot sailboat with five people on board, including 2 teenagers, ran aground on which the keel was broken off and overturned,” he wrote on Facebook. “We picked up a person from the water and rescued by another boat to get on board the other. That was the case very well, only minor injuries and a very traumatized guy.”

Builder, designer, and more info on the B60 here.

Thanks to Blur.SE for the story, via SA’er ‘Knut Grotske’ in the thread.

August 1st, 2016 by admin

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The first stage of the M32/World Match Racing Tour experiment wraps up today with a shock finale: Only one form guide favorite advancing to the semifinals of the million-dollar, winner-take-all World Championship in Marstrand, Sweden.

Taylor Canfield advances as the favorite, but loses tactician Chris Main to a shoulder injury going into the final day, and with 25 knots forecast, he’l lose weight and strength with GAC Pindar trimmer Garth Ellingham subbing in.

With Iker Martinez, Yann Guichard, and 6-time world champ Ian Williams all knocked out in the quarters, every skipper in the final four matchup is 30 or younger, and Hakan Svensson’s vision of providing a pathway to greatness for young sailors has been fulfilled.

The event itself is quite insane; I’ve never seen more gorgeous women in one place, and the event has set all kids of records for both daily attendance and digital viewership.  We’ll have more on today’s action shortly, right here on the front page – head over to WMRT Facebook for live coverage of the skipper’s meeting and much, much more this morning; we’ll have the finals embedded right here from 1400 CET/0800 ET/0500 PT.  Brian Carlin photography.

Here’s a video summary of yesterday’s insanity, and Nic the Sailor Girl grabbed some strong interviews with Williams after his knockout and his nemesis, young Chris Steele.

July 8th, 2016 by admin

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We’ve had a lot of fun commentating and following the World Match Racing Tour this year, but things have just gotten a hell of a lot more serious at the World Championship Finale in stunning Marstrand.  It’s not surprising – with 1.2 million on the line, including a single million-dollar cash bonus to the winning team, much of the camaraderie is gone, and it’s been replaced with determination and steely stares between both rivals and (former) friends.

The breeze is on (as it always is here), the bikinis are out, and you’ve got a front row seat for all the action as commentated by double match race World Champ Simon Shaw, Rolex US Sailor of the Year Steph Roble, and the big bald bastard himself.  Get your match on!

 

July 4th, 2016 by admin

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When the sailing community heard that French multihull phenom Yann Guichard was dating billionaire pharaceutical heiress Dona Bertarelli, plenty of jaded sailors smiled knowing smiles for the Frenchmen’s good luck.  Six years, an engagement, and a hundred thousand miles or so later, we’ve all accepted that Dona ain’t just another ultra-rich swiss sailor, and in this 15-minute interview with Mr. Clean shot last week in Sweden, the fastest female sailor on the planet shows that she’s the real deal and then some.

The down-to-earth Dona talks about women in professional sailing and her LadyCat program (and whether we’ll see it on the M32 circuit), where the Spindrift name comes from, the great (and not so great) things about racing around the world with your lover, whether the World Match RAcing Tour will once again become the feeder for the America’s Cup, and just how likely it is to see a second Bertarelli and the first-ever female-owned team challenging for the America’s Cup.  Clean’s obviously crushing on this amazing role model pretty hard; watch above and you might be too.

You can watch Dona’s soon-to-be husband racing all next week in the million dollar finale to the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, live (with Clean’s gravelly voice on the mic) from the 4th to the 9th.  More here.

 

July 1st, 2016 by admin

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Dial-downs, slam dunks, lead changes, capsizes, and hot babes on the beach seemingly everywhere?  Yeah, we’re cool with the new face of the previously ignored World Match Racing Tour.  Will 6-time World Tour Champ Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar boys beat out 2014 M32 Series Scandinavia winner Hans Wallen and his WAR racing team?  You’ll have to tune in to Clean and Shawzi on the microphones on finals day from Fremantle to find out.

 

March 6th, 2016 by admin

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SCALOR15-RT0136Whether it was a case of the girls doing way too good a job of delivering value for their sponsor or simply continuing fallout from the corporate perk scandal that claimed the scalps of numerous top SCA executives, the Swedish paper giant has officially turned over the keys of the Volvo 65 to Knut Frostad and ended their sailing sponsorship as of Friday.  According to executives we spoke to, the program exceeded every ROI metric available, and with the new CEO a trimaran sailor and longtime SA reader, we hoped for more.

The girls have split into separate groups as they hunt for sponsorship for a host of different projects, and we hope and expect them to pop up at the Vendee Globe, the next VOR, the World Match Racing Tour, and possibly the Extreme Sailing Series, as well as scattered throughout the offshore fleet.  Adios, girls, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us – and tens of thousands of little girls around the world –  something special to cheer for.

Here’s what they wrote on Facebook:

The whole team would like to thank each and everyone of you for the amazing support over the last three years. We couldn’t have done this without you. The squad will continue the momentum that Team SCA has started with the ultimate goal to find a new sponsor. Thank you for sharing this journey with us ‪#‎weareteamsca‬ ‪#‎justthebeginning‬

Also, a fond farewell to SCA’s Team Doctor, Antonio Zoido, one of the nicest, smartest, and most helpful people we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.  He died suddenly on Sunday.  RIP.

 

October 5th, 2015 by admin

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