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It’s been a while since we had this many good ones, and the stories to go along with them.  Enjoy another edition of Video Anarchy.

Big Man in Big Boat

Jim Clark’s record-breaker 100 Comanche is just about ready to splash, and Mr. Clean walked through her last week to show you what this new VPLP/Verdier monster is all about.  Wanna know what the absolute coolest part of this new boat is?  Watch the video.  Editing thanks to Penalty Box Productions, and a huge thanks to everyone at Hodgdon Yachts for their total openness with our bald avenger.

Big Man In Little Boat

The continuing and unnecessary mystery of the cause of Andrew Simpson’s death combined with organizers obsession with a Guinness record may have turned us off a bit on Bart’s Bash, the inaugural festival has already raised some $400,000 for an extremely worthy cause; getting more people into sailing.  And thanks to AC ambassadors like Jimmy Spithill, the event itself accomplished that as well – even in the heart of the Midwest. Petey Crawford shares.

One of the best parts of last weekend was being on hand for the Bart’s Bash Opti race as the bookend to an amazing 3 days of sailing at Pewaukee Yacht Club for the E Scow Blue Chip. Local Opti kids, their parents, and some E -cow sailors were all in on a chance to get to race against Jimmy in what was a World Record event – Bart’s Bash. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it, I love shooting kids (not Bang Bang but Click Click). Youth events are so much fun to shoot because the kids are always having such a great time. This outing was no different, and the smiles on the faces of the kids and adults alike were priceless. Parents with 1 and sometimes 2 kids all crammed into an Opti is a pretty cool sight for anyone with a love for sailing. Everyone had a great time and the never-ending stream of youth sailors in the autograph line was evidence that they were all stoked to race against Jimmy. I think I even caught him digging it a few times. All wrapped up was an epic regatta of action, smiles, fundraising and a bit of debauchery. Final highlight reel coming up next, with way more killer scow action, awesome aerial footage, crashes, and interviews.

Mona Lisa Overdrive

It’s partly a Vodafone publicity stunt, partly performance art, and partly a very creative way to showcase one disabled sailor’s drive, and in a sport that often lacks creativity, we salute 23-year old Lasse Klötzing and the boys behind the First Sailed Mona Lisa project. Their mission: Sail a GC-32 foiling cat through 271 waypoints on the Baltic Sea to create a GPS track of the Mona Lisa over 3 days.  Klotzing will use the Vodafone 4G/LTE network for all their connectivity, and they claim the entire thing will be live streamed on their website over the same network.  It all starts tomorrow morning, and we’ll be watching.  Hit the movie above for the full story.

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Milk Run

Yvan Bourgnon is easily the baddest motherfucker in all of sailing.  He’s won some of the biggest events in the sport, but it’s his ultra-extreme cat records that have kept us following him for a decade.  This is the dude that sailed around Cape Horn, across the Mediterranean, and across the Atlantic alone on a beach cat, and last year he embarked on possibly the only real challenge he had left:  Alone, unassisted, around the world.  On a beach cat.  With no electronics.

Check out the video above, and read on to learn how you can help this French cowboy finish his trip.

Around the world Yvan was stopped in Sri Lanka, but our Swiss adventurer does not want to stop there!  He needs us to continue.  He wants more than anything to complete his dream, up the channel of Les Sables d’Olonne after rebuilding his cat and a new beginning in Sri Lanka in January 2015.  Yvan has been able to recover much of the equipment (about 1/3 of the boat), Forward Sailing will make her new sails and help fund two new hulls, which are ready to go to Europe. The rest will be rebuilt and reassembled on site in a construction site, with the strong mobilization of Sri Lankans.

But to realize this childhood dream, Yvan needs support and appealed to all lovers of catamarans. He recently set up a crowd funding campaign to allow it to revive its “Louloutte.” He must find € 40,000 budget to rehabilitate his boat.

Today we represent the last chance to Yvan to finish this round the outstanding world. It will only be through your generosity that Yvan will complete the circle.  So hop on board and join this fabulous adventure -contribute here.

Caught in the Glow of the TV Screen

Above is the wholly underwhelming official Volvo Ocean Race promo clip released with yesterday’s announcement that the VOR would be hitting American TV screens, and we’re cautiously optimistic about the deal’s ability to help solve the race’s decade-old struggle to register on mainstream American radar.  The deal commits NBCSN (the America’s Cup broadcast partner) and OutsideTV to air 20 hours of programming produced by Sunset + Vine on behalf of the VOR.  For Americans wanting to see Alicante-sized crowds in Newport next summer, dissecting the impact of this deal is important, so let’s have a look.

OutsideTV is a nonentity in terms of viewership, though its support provides access to the millions of readers of Outside mag and OutsideOnline – a great demographic if you’re looking for new interest in sailing.  Last month’s Outside showed the Abu Dhabi boat blasting around the atlantic to some 1.2 million readers.

The NBCSN deal is more complicated, because the old Versus has been remaking itself as the educated, cosmopolitan man’s sports network.  Their America’s Cup broadcast adds to programming like Formula 1, Premier League, and the Tour De France, and with the US fans going increasingly global in their spectating, it’s a good spot to be in.  All that being said, NBCSN is still a guppy in a very big ocean; it’s only available to a bit more than half of the US, and if you go by the numbers from the America’s Cup – doubtless a bigger draw than the VOR to Americans – the best any sailing show would be likely to get is somewhere around 150,000 viewers, in a country with around 300 million people; 0.05 percent of the population.  Not inspiring.

Let’s add that to the VOR’s choice of producer; the ubiquitous Sunset + Vine.  Responsible for a lot of VOR movies – especially the live racing – for the 2005 and 2008 events, their work always seemed to make extremely exciting action somewhat less so.  Shirley Robertson’s CNN Mainsail show has always been reliable and watchable and full of good info, but again – it just lacks a little soul.  That might work for overseas markets, but not here – remember the America’s Cup Undisclosed or whatever that 750,000-episode long series was called?  Whatever it was, it failed – and badly.  Whether it was because S+V underbid the series by a fortune or because they are just not that good, the awfulness of the AC Underfunded series was epic.  The series never picked up any devotees and had a constantly shrinking viewership throughout its life, and if that’s the kind of product they feed to American TV, they won’t even get a tenth of what the AC got.  And we don’t know who made the promo above, but it has the same scent.

But of course this is a very rapidly changing world, and the AC suffered from awful promotion and almost zero advertising when it counted; if a growing network can succeed with a shit ton of cross-platform and cross-partner promotion, and if the live racing and weekly highlight shows are reliably spectacular and engaging, this deal could open those elusive golden doors to the US public.  We have heard that the deal includes a big number of tune-in promos to the race programming over the 9 months. That’s a positive, especially if they run during NHL, Premiere League or F1.

That is, if NBCSN realizes what it’s selling, and if we go by NBC Sports President of Programming Jon Miller’s statement, our optimism wanes. “NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Louis Vuitton Series and the 34th Americas Cup was a tremendous success and demonstrated the country’s strong appetite for sailing on television.” said Miller.  We struggle to reconcile Miller’s statement with the fact that the final race of the ‘biggest comeback in the history of sport’ drew a rating of around 189,000 households; around what Major League Soccer games get.  Does that really mean the country has a strong appetite for it?

While we sound cynical, we’re actually quite pleased; while Americans won’t soon see VOR in-port races on a major network, the new deal is a long way from the last-second FSN regional programming they had last time ’round, which wasn’t worth the dinner napkin it was written on.  Is a hundred thousand or so bodies on a dying medium worth the effort when the digital avenue could garner significantly more if executed really well?   That’s a whole different conversation.  And we’ll be in Alicante in two weeks to have it.

Iggy Pop supplied the title.

 

 

September 26th, 2014 by admin

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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.

 

 

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