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With the 18Footers TV guys reminding us that ultra-low budget live streaming can still be fun and exciting, the guys from Redhanded TV reminded us that the more expensive stuff in this fast-moving part of the sports media industry can be really excellent with this ‘sizzle reel’ from the 2013 World Match Racing Tour season. Redhanded, Sunset + Vine, and IMG are three of the main players in the new game and between them, they’ll stream hundreds of hours of live sailing around the world in 2014, and we’ll feature the best of it right here on Sailing’s biggest page. To us the Redhanded stuff is the best; who else puts a big ol’ dubstep bass drop and Mr. Clean’s commentary in their highlight reel? Check it out above.
 

March 8th, 2014 by admin

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Offshore Rules

For a decade, Alex Thomson has distinguished himself as the one non-French solo racer who can truly battle with the big boys both on the course and in the boardroom.  Second in the inaugural Barcelona World Race and then an incredible third place in the last Vendee against far quicker designs, Hugo Boss has become synonymous with Alex and his Open 60, and they are clearly happy about it.  That’s why the fashion house pulled the trigger last week on yet another 4-year deal with Thomson and management company 5West; they used the occasion to announce Thomson’s participation in the next Barcelona World Race with long time SA favorite Pepe Ribes, and the team also committed to next summer’s Ocean Masters NY-BCN race; a bit of a stunt to try to get US interest up in IMOCA action prior to what should be a well-funded, well-attended, and brilliant 2015 BWR.  Congrats to Alex and his entire extended team; they are keeping IMOCA relevant for a hell of a lot of English-speakers.

Inshore Fuel

Thanks in part to some of the same great supporters of Alex’s campaigns, we can confidently report that Sir Ben Ainslie – the first British member of a winning America’s Cup team in 110 years – is most of the way to meeting initial funding pledges and goals for the next America’s Cup and an all (or mostly) British team.  While Sir Ben wouldn’t confirm or deny this when we spoke to him, other Pommie friends tell us that Ben’s been making great inroads, and probably has around 80% of the necessary funding pledged by a syndicate of UK businessman and long-time commercial sponsors.  This all assumes a satisfactory protocol coming to light sometime before Judgment Day, and it’s spectacular news for the Cup and great news for fans of arguably the world’s best (and best-known) sailor, and we wish him all the luck in the world.

World Championship of the World

We’re also hearing that the AC45s may be done and dusted, and that 2014 will not be a year of ACWS racing of any kind.  Meanwhile, Ben, Cammas, Luna Rossa, and ETNZ are likely to jump into the Extreme Sailing Series tout de suite, and some of the younger potential Cup B-teamers may get some starting and match racing practice in a resurgent World Match Racing Tour.  Add in some cross training with the Flying Phantom foilers and you’ve got plenty of AC action for the next year, even with no AC.  Good times (on tight budgets)…

 

December 19th, 2013 by admin

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When the America’s Cup went multihull, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour shuddered.  Fast forward to 2013, and the Tour continues to soldier on with consistently strong competition, a great live streamed sailing package, about a million bucks of prize money on offer each year, and ISAF ‘Special Status’, reserved for a handful of events on the calendar; the Cup, the Olympics, and the AWMRT.  It doesn’t hurt credibility that both drivers in the AC72 finale were WMRT alumni, or that Ben Ainslie considers it a great way to stay fresh for his ‘big cup’ aspirations, but for this good ‘ol boys website from the US of A, we’re fans because Americans obviously kick ass in this series!  Sure Ed Baird was the last USAnian to take the Tour title, but San Diego Bill Hardesty’s been holding the Cup a few times as Tactician for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team, and Michigan’s Matty Cassidy does the same on the bow.  And now, US and USVI sailor Taylor Canfield has done the impossible, storming past the 4-time title holder Williams to take a World Championship in his first-ever year as a Tour Card holder, and the first time ever that the overall Tour title came down to the final match.

Unlike the Oracle Team USA, Canfield’s US-One team is mostly American, with SF’s Dan Morris, Michigan’s Mike Rehe, and San Diego’s Brian Janney on the roster along with Kiwis Hayden Goodrick and Rod Dawson.  And with this win and their third place at the final event, Canfield gets a check for some $140,000.  No shit! (and don’t forget to pay your taxes, Tay!)  Meanwhile, Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing takes home a cool $170,000 having won a big bonus of Monsoon Cup money along with his 3rd overall in the Tour.  That’s some serious cash, and a big reason this Tour continues to attract such high caliber teams.  We encourage you to check out some of the excellent videos on the WMRT channel, and enjoy this short post-victory chat with Taylor and Mr. Clean from Malaysia.  For a cute info graphic on the finals boat, click here.

Share your congrats or keep tabs on the boys’  schedule on the US ONE Facebook Page over here.

 

December 5th, 2013 by admin

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Traditional match racing isn’t always our cup of tea, but even adrenalin-junky/snobs like us have to admit it takes serious boathandling mastery to have even a remote chance of winning any match race, let alone the grand finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  In a great video example of this kind of skill, Bjorn Hansen must scrub off a penalty against frenchman Mathieu Richard if the Swede is to keep his hopes of a first World Title alive, and the only way to do that is to nearly stop his boat despite 15 knots of wind coming from behind.  Watch it unfold here, with Clean and Simon Shaw on commentary.  For a video wrap-up of the penultimate day of Tour racing, go here.

To see if Taylor Canfield and his US-One team can continue to crush their opposition and hold on to become the first American (yeah, yeah, we know) to win the World Match Racing Tour in over a decade, as well as a big chunk of the incredible MILLION F*%KING DOLLAR prize purse, watch the live stream on Livestream, or scroll back up to the top of the page in a few hours.

November 28th, 2013 by admin

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While Clean sits in an airport somewhere in Indonesia waiting for a connection, day two of qualifying for the World Match Racing Tour finale is underway in more light air in Kuala Terranganu. Watch it all live here, and check the WMRT page for standings and daily news wraps.

 

November 26th, 2013 by admin

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They’re young and full of piss, vinegar, and anarchy, and with yesterday’s release of the ISAF Open Match Race Rankings, they’re now NUMBER ONE!

Yes, folks – with their win at the Chicago Cup, our friends on Taylor Canfield’s USOne match racing team have just leapt over Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team – the perennial kings of the WMRT – for the world’s top-ranked spot in the sport. Team media man Matt Knighton gives us a beautiful look at their success through his eyes, some excellent music, and the words of bowman Hayden Goodrich.  Want more?  Hit ‘em up on Facebook.  No Facebook?  Hop on your dial-up AOL connection and check their site.

 

August 29th, 2013 by admin

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It’s a battle of the 20-somethings as Chicago/USVI’s Taylor Canfield takes on Keith Swinton and his Western Aussie boys for the Chicago Match Cup.  Clean and OTWA alum Nate Hollerbach are on the microphones along with actual professionals, for a change.   And they ain’t bad. Check it from 1 PM Chicago time.  And thanks to one of hardcore’s original gangster bands for the inspiration.

 

August 11th, 2013 by admin

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Taylor Canfield clearly has it in this Meredith Block photo even though his US-One team already went down 1-0 to Keith Swinton’s Black Swan Racing.  Will the young phenom be able to come back and take his home regatta win this afternoon against the equally young Western Aussie?  You’ll have to watch right here starting at 1 AM; in the meantime, check out the event gallery for more great work from Mer, Walter Cooper, and Brian Carlin.

August 11th, 2013 by admin

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Got a few minutes to screw around on your computer or phone today?  Tune in to the Chicago Match Cup quarterfinals live and see how Clean does with a real TV team to back him up.  The repechage will finish up by around 11, with quarterfinals beginning shortly before noon.  Tight racing, beautiful conditions, ultra-short courses, tens of thousands of fans, and young, knowledgable commentators; what more could you ask for?  Be sure to download the Livestream app if you’re not at your computer. Results thus far are here; yesterday’s highlight reel is here.  Check out the WMRT TV’s channel for a collection of video clips from the event so far.

 

August 10th, 2013 by admin

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By the end of today, four teams go home.  Let’s find out who for Day 3 of the Chicago Match Cup.

 

August 9th, 2013 by admin

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Gavin Brady served up the ultimate smackdown to Adam Minoprio in the qualification rounds of the Chicago Match Cup yesterday; Brady forced Mino to hook the committee boat and the young Kiwi quickly took Luigi Reggio on a nice harbor cruise.  Good catch from the WMRT TV folks, and see above for today’s live racing.  Lots of Facebook action or just watch the live stream above.  Thursday’s highlights are here.

 

August 8th, 2013 by admin

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Some folks use their SA Soft Core Shell jackets to protect them from wind and spray, but did you know they were the perfect sun shelter for the hardworking media professional?  Here’s photog Brian Carlin caught editing photos under his SA colors on practice day at the Chicago Match Cup.

August 6th, 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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Big Pimpin’

With the competitiveness of San Francisco’s AC matches a resounding joke for the moment (and possibly for the rest of the summer), it’s good to know there will be some extremely close and exciting match racing in front of tens or hundreds of thousands of spectators in a U.S. venue in just a week and change. We are of course talking about the Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup, the only World Match Race Tour event in North America. It all happens at the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier in conjunction with the massively attended Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge, and OA Chicago Match Race Center’s sexy and sport Tom 28s should not only provide great fun for fans of sailing, but for the random landlubbers as well.

Beginning on the 7th of August we’ll have the live TV for you right here on the front page (with some possible surprise announcers), but we also have a special treat for our Anarchists right NOW: Tons of CMRC, WMRT, and Line Honors swag to give away over the next week as we countdown the days til the start of what may end up as the most exciting match racing in the US this summer!

Our friends at Chicago Match Race Center are giving away:

-Tickets to the Windy City Lounge,
-Chicago Match Cup t-shirts,
-World Match Racing Tour hats and t’s,
-Line Honors hats, belts, and dopp kits,
-CMRC Swag Bags

Winning is as easy as ‘liking’ the CMRC Facebook Page and checking in each morning after 10 AM CST starting tomorrow (this Tuesday) for the “Countdown To The Cup Question Of The Day”. CMRC staff will post a caption contest, trivia, or some other entertaining question about the Chicago Match Cup, and they will pick the winners from the best answers the following morning. With a week to go, there’s dozens of prizes ready to ship; get over to their page now and start clicking.

July 29th, 2013 by admin

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We’re stoked to see 72′ cats in the America’s Cup not because we are multihull-obsessed; we’ve just spent too many hours watching boring-as-hell monohull match races, 95% of which are over at the start.  And when races are over 20 seconds in, at least the big multihulls give us something exciting to watch.

And then there are monohull matches like this one above; the final of the Stena Swedish Match Cup – if all monohull matches were this exciting, the Cup might still be in IACC boats.

Hometown favorite and defending event champ Bjorn Hansen goes down 2-0 to Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing team in a first-to-three final. With tens of thousands of Swedes screaming and cheering from the rocks, Hansen storms back to even it up at 2-2.  And even with an ad hoc video coverage setup and an amateur broadcaster on the microphone, the final race doesn’t disappoint.  Will the young Kiwi get his first win on the Tour, or will the local star win an unprecedented two in a row?

Watch the whole thing here, or the abbreviated reel above.

 

July 6th, 2013 by admin

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There’s plenty of breeze today for the WMRT semi-finals, in huge contrast to yesterday’s ultra-light conditions, which saw Simon Minoprio eliminated, leaving not a single one of the top four WMRT skippers in the event. Today Keith Swinton takes on Phil Robertson, while Simon Ferrarese will try to get past Bjorn Hansen. Two more days of live World Match Racing from Sweden, and here are your semifinals.

July 4th, 2013 by admin

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If for no other reason, anti-tobacco advertising rules suck because they took away the most perfect title sponsor ever; the early days of what’s now the Stena Match Cup was sponsored by snuff (‘snus’, locally or ‘dip’ here in the states) tobacco maker Swedish Match, and logically called the Swedish Match Cup.  Most USAnians are revolted by the stuff, but that feeling only lasts until you see the perfect ’10′ Swedish girls tucking a pouch between their cheek and gums.

History lesson aside, the Marstrand stage of the WMRT is the baddest of them all.   A course strewn with hazardous rocks and watched by tens of thousands of sailing enthusiasts in a nature-made stadium is just about the perfect spot for some match racing.

Follow along from your desk; We’ll have the live stream for you right here throughout the week.  Title comes from a very American song about snus.

July 3rd, 2013 by admin

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