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Despite all ISAF’s marketing-speak about eco-friendly sailing being the key to the universe, we all know our sport has a dark secret about the chemical nastiness of modern boat and sailmaking materials and the environmental impact of our sport. Folks like Sailors for the Sea and 11th Hour Racing are doing a good job on the impact part of the equation a select few are trying to address with environmentally friendly-ish epoxy (like this stuff) but the older generation of designers and builders are mostly a long way from any real change, and it’s a genuine threat to the ‘eco-appearance’ of the sport – not to mention the health of the planet. 

That’s why it’s so cool to see the next generation taking on the challenge with what we’re calling the ‘Eco-Skiff’, using it as a platform to prove that ‘environmentally friendly and sustainable’ composites don’t have to mean unreliable, heavy, weak, or expensive.  The Eco-Skiff was designed and built by the sailing team of CUS Brescia, the student sport association of Northern Italy’s University of Brescia under the supervision of several researchers of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Brescia. Our old friend Max checks in with a quick update, and you can find regatta info, pics, vids, and plenty more on their Facebook Page.

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-1-12-34-pmThe objective of this project was to test the innovative composite material and the racing boat in a real contest the “1001 Velacup challenge regatta”, an annual challenge which involves the participation, with small skiff, of all the Italian Universities. In 2016 event, 1001 Velacup regatta was taken in Venice and this boat got the 3rd position overall.

The participation to this regatta requires the boat to be designed and built by university students, the hull, the deck and racks of the boat to be made of at least 70% in weight of natural materials, the overall length and the beam length not to exceed 4.6 meters and 2.1 meters respectively and the sail area not to exceed 33 m2 including jib, main and gennaker.

The designed boat is a typical skiff sailing boat, which is characterized by a large sail, a minimal draft and stretched water lines that allow the boat to reach high speed on the water (up to 9 knots upwind and 20 knots downwind). The entire hull is made of the innovative composite material made of BIOMID® (fibers coming from cellulose) and balsa wood while racks, mast and boom are made with an extruded aluminum.

This innovative composite material shows a lower environmental impact with respect to conventional materials. for example, considering as alternative glass fiber composites, this is due to the fact that: (1) natural fiber production has lower environmental impacts compared to glass fiber production; (2) natural fiber composites have higher fiber content for equivalent performance, thus reducing the more polluting polymer content; (3) these natural fibers presents a positive economic outlook that show a great potential for use in other sectors.

-Massimo Collotta,(Ph.D, P.Eng.)


October 17th, 2016 by admin

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When longtime Anarchist and now world cruiser BJ Porter joined Sailing Anarchy, his son was probably too young to talk.  And now, a decade and a half later, Will Porter is now a Naval Architecture student and the author of one of the most interesting threads on the Sailing Anarchy Forums in some time.  We’ll feature a new post from Will’s thread “Southampton Solent University Model Yacht Competition” all week, beginning with this one:

My design was one of the most unusual in the race because it had a wing sail (which took an extra 100 hours to build). It also is one of the only that use modular construction (think structure module like Francis Lee) and 3D printed parts. In addition, my boat was the only one designed entirely in 3D using Rhino because we’re not supposed to learn how to use that software until year 2.

My idea for that was to make the boat sail better upwind as that’s where all the points in the races are. It worked very well, apparently combining a skinny monohull with a wing gives good pointing ability. My boat sailed almost into the wind, the first race I started on the leeward side of the start line and finished first to weather of all the other boats. When I was testing the boat I had problems with it sailing so high the jib would collapse but the boat would keep going in a straight line into the wind. I think most of the time the wing was doing all of the work. You can see how high she was sailing in the photo below (relative to the ripples in the lake).


May 24th, 2016 by admin

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The University of Michigan’s sailing team has a fleet of 20-year old FJ and 420s, and they are quite literally falling apart.  With one of the most active Alumni groups in the US, it should be so damned hard to have decent athletic equipment for the sailors, but rather than bitch, the U of M kids are doing something about it:  They’re raising money by raffling off this cool radio control racer. More from Wolverine media kid Ryan Seago:

Painted in official U of M colors with a commemorative graphics package on the sails, this one-of-a-kind, 75th Anniversary Michigan Sailing CR-914 is worth $1200 and we’re giving it away!  Built by CPM’s David Ramos, all proceeds from this little beauty’s raffle will go directly to support the Michigan Sailing Team.

Raffle tickets are just $25.00 each, and we’ll be raffling the boat off at the Strictly Sail Chicago show at the end of January.  You do not need to be there to win! So please purchase your tickets now and help us get future University of Michigan sailors a little Christmas present:  New boats!

Get all the info on the raffle and buy tickets here, and follow Michigan Sailing on Facebook here.  And here’s a shot of the smiling kids.



December 12th, 2013 by admin


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