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bad luck

The S/V “GOOD LUCK” is grounded on the east coast of Montserrat. Nobody on board. We don’t know what happened. Bermuda or UK flag boat, 60ft, we do not know the current owner and are looking for information about this vessel (owner’s name, last calls, etc.)

Please contact us by email ( [email protected] ) if you have any information regarding this boat. FB post here.

why pye flies

Leading into this summer’s Transpac race, Roy P. Disney’s modified Volvo 70 Pyewacket 70 has been absolutely killing it this spring in the waters off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. While a turboed Volvo 70 being first to finish a yacht race isn’t necessarily impressive, what is impressive is the team’s ability to consistently correct out well against some very good competition.

With a solid result in the Islands Race, an overall victory and course record in the Cabo Race, and missing out on a division win in the recent Ensenada Race by just a handful of minutes, the team and the boat are clearly firing on all cylinders.

With Transpac just around the corner, we wanted to take the opportunity to check in with Pyewacket 70 crewmember and sailmaker Brian Janney, manager of North Sails in San Diego, to learn more about the team’s recent efforts in prepping for the (hopefully) downwind blast to Hawaii. 

Sailing Anarchy: First off, tell us a little bit about the Pyewacket 70 program and the new boat if you could. 

Brian Janney: History-wise, [...]

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ok/not ok

During dinghy practice close to the port of Hellerup, North of Copenhagen a fleet of ten OK-dinghy sailors felt thunder and lightning closing in. They were heading for port when one bolt of lightning hit a dinghy. The carbon mast melted at both top and bottom.

The bolt did exit the boat through the hull and tore a large hole on its way. The sailor is unharmed.

Article in Danish and pictures here.

he scores!

Football weather on the water, MKOS crew Robbie Mansuetto and Kellie Keane, on the water in 30 degree temps. They “leave it all on the field” as they dive into a 2nd place finish out of front of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

hate mission

Good post on the troubled J/70 NA’s in our fabulous Forums brought to you by Marlow Ropes.

The 2021 J70 North American Championship, held in the “editor hated” Annapolis, MD started yesterday.  Par for course, the Chesapeake Bay held to its standard light breeze, strong current, and multiple wind shifts as the weather instability played to its true self.

During Race 1, the wind shift was too big and the race had to be abandoned. Race 2 did not fair any better, and with eager competitors over early, it too was abandoned. After delays all day, they finally got a race going in the late afternoon and only 29 out of 59 boats finished before TLE. After thorough discussions from the Race Committee, it was decide the race was unfair due to another shift on the first beat and he lack of finishers during a Championship event, those results thrown out as well.

Words from competitors come in all colors including frustrating and brutal to sum up the conditions.  However, as of this morning, the Race Committee has received multiple request for redress due to the abandonment, and a hearing is schedule for a future date and time.

With Day 2 Warning advancing to 10am this morning, the flags draping straight down at the Eastport Yacht Club, hopefully they will be able to get some races in today.

With the forecast for the rest of the regatta looking bleak, it may not get any better. Will the local knowledge of Scott Nixon and Terry Hutchinson on the same boat win out in these conditions, or will another well stacked crew from another area win the fleet? Coming off a competitive NOOD Fleet two weeks ago, my money is still on Nixon, Hutchinson and the rest of the crew. Event Site.

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be still my beating heart

Sting saw the Hybrid Wing of the Eagle Class 53 from a distance and decided to go to the Marina to check out the boat. He was show around by Tommy Gonzalez (boat captain & Builder) Randy Smyth and of course our Little Richard Langdon took the photos…

He was fascinated by the boat and concept .. not sure if he wants one too but we can live in hope!!!

don’t diss dss

In today’s world of foiling mania Hugh Welbourn’s latest DSS Infiniti 52 is expected to be out and winning big IRC and ORC races long before some of its more fanciful rivals have (somehow) obtained a first rating.

Land the plane, sink the putt or simply shoot to score – eventually the design process ends, or it is supposed to. Months of work and years of experience begin to take form as a physical entity. There is an interesting transition when committing to something, however small, in the design of a yacht. It is almost impossible for a single element of the design not to have a consequence within the remainder of the process.

Of course, at an elemental level, everything weighs something; we have not managed to deal with that particular problem yet. However, in conjunction with the excitement and emotional energy that comes with taking plans and ideas to reality, is the knowledge that you have had to earn the trust and confidence of the end user.

This sounds simple, but it goes far beyond basic economics of buyer and seller – this is a journey which ultimately places one half of the deal on a modestly sized, high performance sailing yacht, travelling at speeds hitherto within the reach of very few people, far, far from land. Read on.

five-ringed circus

The current unseemly squabbling over which sailing classes should be medal events at the Summer Olympics does little credit to World Sailing, the international class associations or the Games themselves. This tension arises from two sources: the inherently complex variety of sailing as a sport, and, the peculiar standards by which individual sports gain their relative status within the Olympics.

Consider these comparisons. There are just two medals for football, the world’s most popular sport, but 12 for fencing. Eighteen gold medals can be won in wrestling, 15 in judo and shooting, 14 in weightlifting and rowing, 13 in boxing, and 12 in canoe/kayak. Sailing has 10 medal events. 

How can such a distorted emphasis on minority sports be reconciled with their modest popularity? The answer lies in the International Olympic Committee’s criteria for inclusion. Numbers of participants or the size of the fan base don’t count. “Prevalence” is judged by the number of continents and countries that regularly compete in a given sport. 

This is a silly reflection of the supposedly democratic principles behind the ‘one country/one vote’ system [...]

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hair brained

Of all the bizarre boating shit on Craigslist, this takes the cake…

I’m going to be leaving in 2023 on a full global circumnavigation in a pedal powered boat and I’m hoping a few people with sailboats might be interested in “convoying” along with me.

The purpose of my journey in that small, pedal powered boat is to promote sustainability and to advance environmental awareness. Using nothing but Human Power, I’ll be circling the globe. All onboard gear from lights to computers will be powered 100% by my pedals.. as will (obvie..) propulsion. The refit process has already begun.. her existing deck is being ripped off and she’s going to be lengthened from 16′ to 22′ approx. and then her pedal drive (arriving in a few weeks) will be installed.. the goal being to fully enclose her before winter and “fine tune” her appointment through the winter.

Nothing is set in stone but my goal is to offer you, the sailboat owner, 500$ per month with a per- diem landfall bonus and a circumnavigational conclusion Bonus/ Balloon Payment. You’ll also be covered for any berth fees, visa fees, and taxes/ charges unseen such as~ but not being limited to things like canal passage fees (the route proposes to pass through the Suez Canal, the Corinth Canal, and the Panama Canal). We’ll, also, be having “Line Crossing Ceremonies” at specific points along the journey. Read on.

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sailing non-porn

Weird and pointless, it would have made a much better porn video, had they, ya know, gone there. Just sayin’.

butt out

Two things about the recent New York Yacht Club (NYYC) challenge for the America’s Cup, one very surprising and one not surprising at all. As a club who held the cup for 132 years, thinking it was their own so much so they had it bolted down in their trophy room leading, it is said, to Ben Lexcen offering to lend them a spanner for when Australia 2 won The Cup in 1983 one would think they understood the rules.

There is a legitimate Challenge in place to Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron represented by Emirates Team New Zealand from the Royal Yacht Squadron Racing represented by Team INEOS UK.

The two squadrons and their teams are currently working on the Protocol which has been reported as due to be released in October of this year. Quite frankly, that Protocol, including any hints or teasers the relevant parties decide to release to other interested parties is solely the business of those involved.

For the NYYC to try and ‘crash the party’ with a spurious challenge and protocol which has garnered a terse and yet perhaps a surprisingly polite response from those with the absolute right to put together the Protocol for AC37 including, [...]

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that’s a good idea

When you read this article,  it states that  alcohol was not a factor in the bad boating decisions. Then perhaps hella smoke, because this sure seems like the perfect high af decision!

Two mariners with questionable nautical sense were saved from the ocean near Isla Vista early Saturday aboard their homemade boat constructed from buckets and kiddie pools, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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don’t hit it

The risk of collision at sea is a major cause for concern among skippers and protagonists in the maritime domain.

With three retirements from the Vendée Globe linked to collisions, as well as other impact reported during the race, Class IMOCA is working to rally together the skills of the marine industry in a bid to break even more new ground in its search for solutions geared towards improving safety for sailors and the preservation of biodiversity.

Containers, blocks of wood, drifting ice, unreported craft, waste of all kinds, as well as creatures of the deep of very different sizes and behaviours, the risk of hitting something at sea is a threat that continues to loom large for racers and yet it remains a highly complex issue. With radars, AIS, thermal cameras and acoustic deterrents, the equipment is out there and over the past winter the Vendée Globe was another test run for work in this field, but there is still a way to go. Read on.

nemo

The Nemo toolkit for naval architects and marine engineers working on Rhino 3D modeling software was launched commercially in early 2021. But it was born from a student work, nurtured along the professional career of its initiator Mathieu Venot.

“During my internship project in a research laboratory at Ensta Bretagne, I had to work on improving a strength calculation code. I needed a bridge between the Rhino software on which we had the hull files and the needs for the code. So I worked on tools to automatically retrieve the hull characteristics. Since then, I have joined the naval architecture firm L2O Naval. But I have continued to work on this toolbox for automating tasks, especially those that we encountered with our colleagues for the structure or the resistance to forward movement”. Read on.

see you in court

Yachting journalists keen to get a jump on their rivals in reporting the next America’s Cup are no doubt already checking accommodation options in Cowes and Auckland. They would do better to start looking for a decent hotel room in New York state.

When the INEOS/UK team lodged their “Challenger of Record” paperwork a nanosecond after New Zealand retained the Cup on March 17, they claimed to assert a right to host a “Deed of Gift” challenge, presumably sailed on an appropriate stretch of the Solent. This seemed to be a transparent ploy to grab a home-waters advantage and thereby become the defender rather than the challenger for the next full series. 

Now, the New York Yacht Club is attempting to muscle themselves into their own seat at the table by submitting a separate challenge to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, complete with a 150-page draft Protocol. 

NYYC Commodore, Chris Culver, proclaimed that the Protocol “includes the tools necessary to improve the long-term commercial viability and global reach of the competition, while remaining true to the Deed of Gift and to the spirit of one of international sport’s oldest competitions.” 

Ho hum. There’s also the [...]

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you can drive 55

A brand new model VPLP design from Outremer is a major event in the multihull world due to the French ocean cruising cat brand’s well-earned reputation for all-round excellence. And it’s been a very long time since the last one. An elongated, performance-optimised version of the stalwart Outremer 45 was launched five years ago as the 4X, and promptly won a clutch of awards, but the Outremer 55 is the first totally new boat added to the range in almost 10 years.

Hull number one was launched and seatrialed in the Mediterranean shortly before Christmas and first impressions quite strongly suggest that once again, they’ve nailed it.

The design brief for the 55, which plugs a rather large hole in the range between the well-proven 51 and the racy 5X (which is actually 60ft long with her new reverse bows), was given to VPLP and their frequent collaborator, the former automotive design guru Patrick Le Quément, who is responsible for the cockpit and exterior design, ergonomics and styling.

VPLP and le Quément designed the 5X back in 2011 but the new 55’s closest relative in terms of naval architecture, structural engineering and design is arguably the Gunboat 68, which relaunched that brand as a sister to Outremer a couple of years ago. Both companies are part of Grand Large Yachting. Read on.

sail on

Hemut Jahn, prodigious sailor and renowned architect died this past Saturday. Owner of a series of Flash Gordon named boats, Jahn won the Farr 40 Worlds in 2012.

Jahn, the famous German American architect behind some of Chicago’s most impressive buildings, including the Thompson Center, died when he was struck by two vehicles while riding his bicycle Saturday afternoon, according to Campton Hills police. He was 81.

Jahn was riding his bicycle northeast on Old Lafox Road, approaching its T-shaped intersection with Burlington Road, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday “and failed to stop at the posted stop sign,” according to a news release from Campton Hills police, a village near St. Charles in west suburban Kane County. Read on.

sign up!

Want to go Skiff racing?

We have received a few excellent responses to the call out for experienced skiff sailors to crew on an 18 Footer as a bowman or sheethand next season.  If you are keen and able, or if you have a team and want to get involved in racing 18’s next season, drop a note to [email protected] to find out more.

idiots on parade

Two of the dumbest and most embarrassing states in the good ol’ US of A are at it again.

With horrifyingly large swaths of  racists, Truntsuckers and anti-science dopes, they really couldn’t care less who gets infected from Covid.

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be different

Twenty years after starting the design process with Farr Yacht Design, Sir Peter Harrison, the man that masterminded the British entry into the 2003 America’s Cup, has taken the decision to sell Sojana, his pride and joy. She is actively for sale and offers a fantastic combination of comfortable fast cruising and race-winning performance.

Her cruising credentials are impeccable and from the outset no stone was left unturned in ensuring the design brief was met. The cockpit was designed to be both efficient for cruising and for crewed racing with a seating area aft for dining and non-participating crew to be protected.

There is also a spacious deckhouse for comfortable on deck seating but giving complete protection from the weather. In conjunction with Green Marine and Bremner Associates, full size mock-ups of the cuddy and cockpit were built prior to final design to refine all elements.

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psycho tiller

God knows there must be enough nutbag sailors in New York who could use these services!

If you have a sailing boat and are willing to teach me sail we can exchange our skills.

I am clinical psychotherapist. If you would like to address emotional, relational or psychological issues I can help you.

Lets exchange our skills for mutual benefit.
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double stack

The MC52 might be the smallest catamaran in the McConaghy Multihull range, but this cat is no kitten. 

The MC52 not only benefits from McConaghy’s vast experience building performance boats but also from a carefully considered use of carbon, that sees her precise hull forms achieve an optimum strength to weight ratio.  With performance efficiency and reduced emissions, this is a fantastic coastal cruiser for all the family.  

The MC52 has dual helm positions on the flybridge, allowing for the greatest sight lines forward as well as an elevated position that aids more difficult in-port manoeuvres – making her an ideal choice for those new to multihull cruising.

There are two accommodation layouts to choose from, with a three of four cabin arrangement, and an array of interior schemes available as well as the option to go fully custom.

McConaghy’s production series of multihulls, which ranges in size from 52 to 115 feet, is going from strength to strength.  Several larger boats have already been delivered and the first MC52 is now under construction. 

small ball

Infiniti Yachts will launch its first production sailing yachts this summer. Designed by Infiniti Yachts, engineered by Gurit, and manufactured at Composite Builders, the Infiniti 52 is the first racing yacht designed, engineered and built around the award-winning Dynamic Stability System.

The proprietary DSS transverse foil provides proven performance without the risk and cost of more complex class-driven foil solutions. The system provides the Infiniti 52 significant righting moment allowing the yacht to be sailed with a much smaller crew of 7-8. More here.

ultim

After being launched on April 13, Actual Ultim 3 returned to its home port in La Trinité sur Mer.
Skipper Yves Le Blevec  immediately took to the sea to take charge of the new trimaran, the opportunity to embark Ronan Gladu with him to immortalize the take-off of Actual Ultim 3. Photo Thierry Martinez.

shut your goddam mouth!

Anarchist sleddog shares a little SDYC history…

In the 50’s, San Diego had the strongest fleet of ocean racing boats, skippers and crews on the West Coast.  On any given weekend, or down the coast of Mexico, the front row was usually occupied by the 54′ yawl EVENING STAR (Gene Trepte), the 8 meter PRELUDE, the 50′ Q Boat COTTON BLOSSOM II (Ed and Gloria Turner), the ever-changing BONGO, Ash Bown’s 40′ Owen’s cutter CAROUSEL and Star Class World’s champ Gerry Driscoll sailing his beautiful and fast S&S 39 NOVA.

Shelter Island was still sand dunes and Lowell North had not yet converted a flag shop into a small sail loft.

Ash Bown was Dennis Conner’s mentor and as a 21 year old kid Conner crewed on Bown’s “Car You Sell” in his first long distance race.  Ash Bown  recounted that “during the 1575 mile Acapulco Race kid Conner drove World Star champ Malin Burnham nuts by looking out the fore peak hatch of CAROUSEL when off watch and calling the spinnaker trim aft.  He’d tell Malin he was sailing too high or too low,  Malin would say, ‘Shut your goddam mouth.’

Half a minute later Dennis would suggest maybe easing the spinnaker a little, and Malin would tell him to shut up again. We won the race by five hours,” Bown concluded.

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livery

The Cetilar branding for Roberto Lacorte’s new Mills 60’ Foiler Flying Nikka has been revealed by the sponsor PharmaNutra S.p.A. PharmaNutra through its Cetilar brand is an enthusiastic sponsor of high intensity sport including foiling sailing projects and endurance car racing.

Construction is due to start shortly on this extreme design, watch for an update in coming weeks where we will describe the design process and the team who are making it a reality.

two-handed turmoil

As we dig a little deeper into the troubled Mixed Two-Handed Offshore Race proposal for the 2024 Olympics the tensions between World Sailing and the International Olympic Committee become clearer. 

Peak sporting authorities tend to play hardball politics and it seems likely that the offshore event could become a victim of those competing egos and interests. It is now apparent that the eleventh-hour changes proposed by the Oceanic Committee of World Sailing are a life-or-death rescue attempt to save the event. 

The ‘concerns’ raised by the IOC – security, field of play, and TV coverage costs – would have been virtually impossible to satisfy were the two-handers to race on the original planned 24,000 square mile track. 

Indeed, it is reasonable to assume that those conditions were imposed by the Olympic committee with the aim of killing the offshore race.  Their language is carefully diffuse (they cannot be seen to be dictating to individual international sporting federations), but the intention is clear. They are thought to favour kite boarding as a replacement.  

World Sailing’s response – to reconfigure the event within a much smaller area closer to shore – would reduce coverage costs by bringing the whole race within 4G mobile range. The French Navy would also not need to patrol such a sizeable expanse of the Med to ensure security and safety. 

Those changes represent huge concessions by World Sailing. Despite some powerful detractors a two-handed race has broad support in the keelboat and offshore community. But all indications are that the event is still in serious trouble. 

Meanwhile, the decision deadlines are fast approaching. 

The Council of World Sailing (for whom the offshore race is still their preferred event) must agree on two alternate sailing disciplines at their meeting on May 14. Those two, in order of preference, will then be considered by the IOC on 26 May alongside the revised offshore proposal. 

It is certainly an unfortunate look for sailing as an Olympic sport, and there could well be blood on the decks before this impasse is finally resolved.  

– anarchist David

southern style

Some sailors’ lifetime goal is to cruise around the world. Others have a burning ambition to win the world’s major regattas. If you want to do both at the same time, you’re going to need a very special yacht indeed. That was the ambitious design brief for Morgana, the latest 100ft high-performance superyacht built in Cape Town by Southern Wind Shipyard.

Launched on 18 October 2020, Morgana was handed over to her skipper and delivery crew just six weeks later and completed her 6,863-mile maiden voyage from South Africa to La Spezia, Italy in a creditable 30 days at an average speed of 10 knots. A top speed during that passage of 26.4 knots, logged while sailing downwind with a double-reefed mainsail and staysail, gives some insight into her potential.

Southern Wind is well known for its semi-custom blue water cruiser racers which are available as platform builds in three sizes, from 30m (96ft) to 36m (120ft) LOA with a wide range of deck plan, superstructure and interior options. However, the shipyard also takes on what it likes to call ‘smart custom’ build projects, which challenge the team to deliver innovative hi-tech one-off yachts like Morgana while maintaining the reliability and quality for which Southern Wind is renowned. Read on.

circle jerk

The “Oceanic Offshore Committee” of World Sailing (chaired by Matt Allen) has put out a “Recommendation” about their troubled Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event for the 2024 Olympics. This is transparently a response to the recent IOC declaration of misgivings about the proposed event.

What the World Sailing honchos are now suggesting is that the race take place as a series of laps in an area of just 20×20 miles, close in to the Southern shore of France. Their original proposal was for the race to be run in an area of 24,000 square miles – a real ocean race.

World Sailing are trying to damp down the IOC’s stated misgivings about field of play, security and, crucially, the costs and complexity of TV coverage.

So what was conceived – and initially accepted – as a genuine offshore race now wants to be a round-the-buoys procession of repeated laps within sight of land (or at least within mobile phone range). Pathetic.

thirty something

Two major European clubs, the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large ( UNCL ) for France and the Royal Ocean Racing Club ( RORC) in the United Kingdom, already partners in the management of the IRC tonnage, announced the launch of a call for projects for the creation of a new class of boats, called Class 30.

These sailboats, with a length of 30 to 32 feet, accommodating up to 6 crew will be available in three versions that can each sail separately in one design or together through a rating. The 1st version is intended for clubs, with minimal and simplified equipment, while the Class 30 OD (One Design) is aimed at private boaters with a wider range of equipment. A third model called Olympic is being considered if offshore racing is registered for the Olympic Games , in particular with video broadcasting systems. Read on.

black flag

Where do you stand on this  touchy R/C issue?

So the grand poohbah of our little Dogpatch Wednesday night sailing club sent this out to his master email list. Note the last sentence. This is the entirety of the message, the ellipsis replace any personal identifying information. I am not participating in the current series. Nor was I involved with the RC last evening. I’m really just curious how others might react to receiving something like this:

I’ve had a number of complaints on last nights RC. Horns going off late, horns going off out of sequence with the flags, late start, etc.

I’d like to reiterate the RC responsibilities for everyone.

1. The first page in the RC book that is at the stand tells you what you need to do. READ IT.

2. No more than 3 people on the RC stand. Three is all you need. One to check boats in, one to manage the flags, and one to watch the time to ensure the races and the prestart start on time. Anymore than 3 and you have people standing around with nothing to do but interfere with the Race Committee. This is not a get together or a party. The RC has a job to do, an important one. If you want to have a get together do it AFTER the race.

3. The first horn goes off at 5:55 and that is started by turning on the red switch on the horn box (This is in the book and in the instructions) at 5:55:50. NOT 6:00, NOT 6:04 or 6:03. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Everything after that is automatic.

4. The raising and lowering of the flags is supposed to be synchronized with each horn and the only way you can accomplish that is to be prepared for the horns to sound. (That’s the person watching the time).

Once all the boats have started put the horn and the flags away and get prepared to record the finish times.

This isn’t rocket science here but it does require your attention. If anyone feels that they have attention deficit or a reading comprehension so severe that they would not be able to accomplish the above let me know. Jump in the thread.

Photo thanks to Maria Scrivan.

records ‘r’ us

For decades record-setting in sailing has been dominated by adventurers, pioneers, eccentrics and, in recent years, pro-sailing teams in custom built machines.  That is now set to change with the advent of a new platform that will enable any skipper and crew to use their yacht and its rating, to attempt a record course and then see their new benchmark time published.

Bringing a new concept to the world of sailing, ‘Corrected Time Records’ enables a new category of sailing record which is launching with the IRCRecords.com platform. Attempts will be calculated and ratified using the highly popular ‘International Rating Certificate’ system (IRC).

Whether a 100’ supermaxi, standard production cruiser/racer, sports boat, high-tech racing yacht or a classic, the IRC rating rule is highly inclusive. Having a record that is based on corrected time rather than the more traditional elapsed time, allows teams to compete on a level playing field.

Operated by sports management company Fourth Cape, IRCRecords™ fills a large gap in the sailing record arena. Managing Director Charles Darbyshire explains: “We’ve all enjoyed watching the high-profile teams going on standby then attempting & breaking the major records.

We are very pleased to be launching the concept of corrected time records, which will make the skill and thrill of record breaking accessible to a much wider group of sailors, making best use of the equipment they already own or have access to. We wish IRC rated yachts the best of luck as they establish, then lower the corrected record times across our wide variety of challenging courses.“

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thin is in

Catamaran builder Sunreef Yachts has released the first pictures of the company’s in-house developed solar power system.

Using ultra thin, shock-resistant and highly efficient solar cells, it is said to be the industry’s first composite-integrated photovoltaic technology.

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