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As the summer season kicks into full swing, so do the cameras, and man, have we got a lot of video for you to check out this week!

Modern Classic

The sexy Arbor 26, a wooden performance yacht, designed by Simon Rodgers. We like!


Game Changers 

On the VOR front, We are warming up rapidly to the Franco-Swiss-Sino Team Dongfeng vibe. For the first time in modern memory, a major race entry from a nontraditional sailing nation (though China would argue that one) has more than one or two crew from the home nation, and in fact Wolf, Leo, Horace and Kit epitomize the Wechat/Facebook generation of young Chinese. They’re incredible ambassadors, capable of blowing away a lot of stereotypes, and if the team can do decently well, they will undoubtedly have hundreds of millions of rabid fans. And with four Chinese under 30 aboard, their power and speed might just make up for a lot of experience, especially with a couple of Groupama 70 vets, several Figaro masters, and even some RTW multihull record holders aboard.

Will they win? We have no idea, and we don’t think it likely. Might they finally nail that holy grail that the VOR, WMRT, America’s Cup, and every other sailing series has failed miserably at over the past decade – the fan-ization and opening up of sailing to the world’s largest population? They have the best chance yet. Another great piece of work from Sam Greenfield – if you only watch one of these, watch this one.

Night Moves

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A nighttime delivery of the ETNZ Extreme 40 through the heart of St. Petersburg in advance of the first-ever ESS in Mother Russia.  Blair Tuke helmed ETNZ to the final podium spot (with Glenn Ashby replaced by Ray Davies, while Gash was off winning his 4,000th A-Cat Worlds),  just ahead of Big Ben and Pals, while the sole American at the event, Morgan Larson, continued to show his skills off, beating two-time ESS champion Leigh Macmillian again and cementing Alinghi’s lead over the fleet.  The racing on the final day was some of the most bizarre we’ve seen; legs of less than a quarter mile – about a minute – with breeze to 20 knots made things well worth watching.  Is it similar to your racing? Probably not. But it ain’t bad. Watch thefinal day of racing at this link.

The Big One

2014′s biggest event for ultra-performane sailing happens in just a couple of weeks, and with nearly 130 Moths registered for the Hayling Island Moth Worlds, there’s plenty of spectating ahead in what will undoubtedly be the biggest Moth World Championship in the 80+ year history of the class.  Current World Champ Bora Gulari has been tight-lipped about whether he can get away from the drawing board at Luna Rossa Challenge and still hasn’t registered for the event, though LR stablemate Chris Draper is on the list, and should be a factor if the South Coast breeze is off.   And with the emergence of the Exocet Moth as a very quick alternative to the long-dominant Mach 2, we may yet see someone fast enough to beat Nathan Outerridge, the cream of the current Mach 2 crop.   A nice promo from Beau “Bangin The Corner” Outerridge is above; the smack talking is over here.

Big Ben’s Neighborhood 

As exciting as it is to see China’s possibilities in the biggest crewed offshore race in the world, it’s just as cool that Ben Ainslie is leading the UK back to the America’s Cup.  No nation has a more important history with the AC, no nation cares more about its yacht racing, and if you’re looking for rabid, knowledgable fans and a great pool of national sailing resources, Britain is the place for it.  We’re stoked for Ben, stoked for his team, and stoked for Portsmouth, which announced around US$ 13 Million in funding and a site plan approval for Ben’s ambitious new America’s Cup base.  Here’s a quick animation of how it’ll look; hit the announcement for all the details (and chat about Team UK in the thread here.)

Morning Wood

What’s prettier than a perfectly restored wooden boat?  Not much.  This slideshow comes from last weekend’s Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show at Corithian YC in Tiburon, California this past weekend. Thanks to Anarchist Black Jack for the tip, and there’s a thread here.

Commonly Uncommon

Anyone who’s done a few ocean miles has come into contact with a big ship offshore; a usually quite cool and occasionally terrifying experience.  In this video, Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi team gets buzzed by a yachting captain aboard the Queen Mary 2 in the middle of the Atlantic.  Bonus fact: Walker’s great-grandfather was a tugboat captain for the original Queen Mary.



July 2nd, 2014 by admin

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As boats begin to stack up in the boatyards and thoughts of winter vacations and Southern sailing begin to stir, we find ourselves surrounded by awesome visuals, with plenty more on the horizon as the Moth Worlds, Transat Jacque Vabre, and Mini Transat get ready to roll.  So sit back and enjoy some great videos on a Saturday.

The New King James

You may not realize it yet, but with his frank nature and willingness to wear his heart on his sleeve, Jimmy Spithill just might be the new Dennis Conner, and he might just love America more than most natives.  But he doesn’t pull punches and he doesn’t back down, and he gave Mr. Clean yet another fascinating interview via Skype yesterday, digging into some of the tougher issues of their obstacle-laden run to the repeat.  Find out who “James” is, how Jimmy personally felt about the cheating scandal and how difficult it was to overcome, how media and sponsorship distractions fit into a program, where he thinks the AC72s can go, what the most important thing for the future of youth and sailing is, and whether he’ll throw his hat into the ring for the Aussie challenge.  Full of info, largely thanks to the Anarchists for coming up with the info…the thread is here.


Le Tour De Force 

They’re a little cagey about their boat, but to his credit Franck Cammas gave us most of what we needed to be able to show you just what made this ‘mini ETNZ’ tick in our final boat tour of the 2013 International C-Class Cat Championship.  It is of course Groupama C, and it crushed the field for France’s first-ever win of the badass regatta.   Just one more video from the SA team remains for the C-Class story of 2013, and the indexed guide to the entire event to follow.  In the meantime, we hear of a couple of new teams stirring…


Hey;  It Wasn’t Me.

We’ll take any opportunity to run this video by you again because it is just so good, and it’s not everyday a sailboat race gets a million Youtube views.  Oh Tanker Crash Video, We Knew Ye At Three Hundred and One!

Not so good for the brainless yacht skipper and ex Royal Naval officer who’s now claiming the captain of the tanker was speeding and ran him over during Cowes Week.  An easy call for the Court to find him negligent, but a trial is just another jury room with the same rules; once you go in there, anything can happen.  You remember this very near-Darwin awarder?  Talk about it here.  Title from this (swallow liquids before viewing).


 Compression Chamber

You saw what happened from the helicopter, now check out the inside view of the Paprec-Virbac tipping point.  The story goes like this:  Promo shoot for the sponsors as Bilou and JP Dick work up the boat for the Transat Jacques-Vabres in a couple of weeks.  ”I saw a big gust from behind and eased the main traveler, but not enough,” JPD said.  This video was shot by some of the news crews, tucked down below so the deck was clean for the heli shots.  Once again the lesson is learned:  If there’s over 5 knots of breeze, there will never be a single moment of rest on a big modern multihull.  Lots to talk about in a few languages; go here for all of it.

October 12th, 2013 by admin

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Another week, another round of hot videos from the world of sailing and the sea.  Enjoy your week; it’s an exciting one for sailboat racing!

right in the middle

This week the Alpari World Match Racing Tour comes to its only North American stop, and it ain’t in Newport, Miami, or San Francisco.  Nope – it’s right in the middle at Chicago’s Navy Pier for the Chicago Cup, run in conjunction with the Tall Ships event.  That means a big pile of extra tourists and spectators, and a chance for a few new eyeballs on small boat match racing on very short courses – some of the most exciting racing there is.  Check out this little promo from our pals at Penalty Box Productions, and don’t forget to come visit Clean and the team at the Windy City Lounge this week for some up-close racing action.  If you can’t make it to the Second City, hit up the CMRC Facebook Page for sweet daily swag giveaways and stay tuned right here for live racing action beginning Wednesday. Title shout out to the best ski movie of all time.


lost and (possibly) found

We braved “Wind” and suffered through “Waterworld”.  We cheered Captain Jack Aubrey and wailed when Disney turned the compelling story of Morning Light into yet another dull film with all the personality scrubbed out of it.  With the America’s Cup unlikely to draw even a fraction of early forecasts and the US performance at the Olympics another wasted opportunity to share the sport with the masses, it looks like dark times again for the public’s appreciation of sailing.  Or does it?

Robert Redford’s new survival tale “All Is Lost” looks well on its way to a massive worldwide success, wowing the crowd at Cannes earlier in the year and already slated to win major pickle dishes at the Oscars.  The really interesting part?  The entire movie has just two sets; a 37-foot sailboat and a liferaft, and just one actor: Redford, the solo sailor.  While we expect the usual problems with these kinds of movies, a few of the film’s advisors are well-known sailors, giving us a slender hope that it’s realistic as it apparently is engaging.    Check out the trailer above; you won’t be disappointed and you can whet your appetite for the October release.  Thanks to our Tour De France a la Voile documentarian Sam Greenfield for the heads up.


c u in history class

You already know how excited we are for September’s Little America’s Cup (a/k/a the C Class Cat Championship) in Falmouth, but many of our younger readers don’t fully understand why.  Sure their wings are in many ways far more advanced than what the big AC allows, and like all good technogeeks, we love the latest and greatest.  And sure the Little AC brings together the most interesting blend anywhere of world-class racers, brilliant carbonologists, socially awkward genius engineers, and legends of the sport in harmonious competition.  But we’re also historians, and the C-Class has some of the most interesting and fascinating history of any sailing class in history – here’s a good 40-minute chat with a lot of the folks who made that history – back when a strange little beach club on Long Island Sound was the epicenter of high-tech catamaran racing.  Enjoy this look at the past as we get ready to take a look at the future.

17.5 knot shitbox

Maersk’s newest ship is her biggest ever, though the 400 meter, 165,000 metric ton Mckinney Moller is also one of the most fuel efficient; at 17.5 knots of cruising speed, the first of the the Triple E line (economy/efficiency/enviromental) will use half the fuel and put out half the emissions of existing ships as she moves metal boxes around the globe.  Check out her maiden voyage from the Korean shipyard to Busan, and be very ashamed of your own pathetic docking skills.  And note there is an entire Discovery documentary on the building of the ship, which starts in November.



August 4th, 2013 by admin


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