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frisco fest!

Now that the no longer “Big Boat” Series is underway, we thought to suggest a new name – one that the local yokels will surely love, and one that will delight and amuse others – “Frisco Fest”!

There are no longer “Big Boats” in this series, save the aged Lee 68 Merlin. The next largest boat appears to be a Santa Cruz 52,  and a “Big Boat” series they do not make.

But whatever, times change and we’d guess the sphincter clutched at StFYC have not helped much, but there is no denying the series ain’t what it once was. But, for the 79 mostly one-design boats and scattered others, it looks like a typical frisco fest. Good times!

Photo by Sharon Green. Note USA 7676, the very well sailed Melges 32 Kuai looking good among a gaggle of larger boats and currently tied for first in ORR B.


cross over

We thought y’all might enjoy this look at sail crossover…

Sail crossover is a term used to refer to a boat’s combination of sails for all conditions. Each sail has a range of use, beyond which a smaller sail will replace it.

The points where the first sail needs to be replaced for the second indicate sail changes. The crossover diagram shows us the overlap points between the sails and the appropriate moments for sail changes.

At the crossover point of the sails, we will have situations where two alternative sail combinations are valid. Changes must be made if we expect conditions to vary in favor of one combination or the other. Read on.

class is in session

You need a history lesson.

The Australian 18 Footers League (formerly known as NSW 18 Footers League) has been conducting 18ft Skiff racing continuously for 87 years on Sydney Harbour since its first year of competition in the 1935-1936.

As we move towards the 2021-2022 season, it’s a good time to remember how the ‘League’ began and how the original club administrators generated the enormous public support that has endured.

Queensland were trying to introduce new rules to the 18s in the early 1930s as most of the Brisbane fleet was old, numbers had begun to dwindle, and owners were reluctant to replace their boats, due to rising costs during The Great Depression, together with the difficulty of maintaining big crews.

Frederick Hart was in Sydney at the 16 footer Australian championship in 1932 when he claimed that Queenslanders could build a new style 18 footer that would beat the Sydney boats.  Naturally, this brought about an immediate challenge so he went back to Brisbane to build his ‘miracle boat’, which he named Aberdare.

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Okay that’s about as pretty of a picture as we’ve seen! From the 6mR Euros, this lovely photo was taken by the equally lovely Maria Munia. More here.

light as a…feather?

The lightweight construction of the 46m performance cruiser, Royal Huisman’s project 405 aka Reichel / Pugh – Nauta 151, employs the shipyard’s new “Featherlight” method which combines the best of both worlds: performance and comfort.

The turning of the modern performance hull at Royal Huisman’s new-build facilities is an important milestone in the build process. It marks the start of the outfitting, during which various carefully selected and specially developed components will be fitted to ensure that this vessel will be both extremely lightweight and – compared to existing carbon composite superyachts – very competitive in regattas. Read on.

it’s dangerous out there

On Thursday, the ship management division of Stena confirmed that two tanker crewmembers were killed by a large wave off Cape Horn last weekend.

On Saturday, as the Euronav-owned oil tanker Arafura was rounding Cape Horn, en route to Long Beach from Brazil, she ran into rough weather and heavy waves. An alarm went off towards the bow, and the chief officer and the bosun went to attend to it. During the evolution, they were struck by a large wave and killed.

An investigation into the incident is underway, according to Stena subsidiary Northern Marine Management, the ship’s manager.

In order to properly handle the remains of the two crewmembers and give the crew some respite, the Arafura has diverted to Valparaiso. Northern Marine is in talks with local authorities to arrange for crew changes if possible, along with the repatriation of the two bodies. Read on.


We don’t give a fuck if you don’t think this belongs on our site or not. We know it does. This is a brutal murder of  1,428 of one of this earth’s most treasured species. It is unacceptable by every measure, and we are horrified beyond belief. You should be too.

On Sunday night, September 12th, a super-pod of 1428 Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins was driven for many hours and for around 45 km by speed boats and jet-skis into the shallow water at Skálabotnur beach in the Danish Faroe Islands, where every single one of them was killed.

Sea Shepherd believes this to be the largest single hunt of dolphins or pilot whales in Faroese history (the next largest being 1200 pilot whales back in 1940), and is possibly the largest single hunt of cetaceans ever recorded worldwide.

While Sea Shepherd has been fighting to stop the ‘Grind’ since the early 1980’s, this latest dolphin massacre was so brutal and badly mishandled that it is no surprise the hunt is being criticized in the Faroese media and even by many outspoken pro-whalers and politicians in the Faroe Islands.

Read on.

linked in

Sure it may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but we’re stoked to see 11th Hour Racing’s brand new IMOCA 60 Mālama take out the W in her very first competitive outing off of Lorient today. In light, non-foiling conditions, the duo of Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidegorry managed to lay down a fastest run of 6:53 over the 1 NM reaching course to best Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagraviere on LinkedOut by 7 seconds and claim victory in the Defi Azimut’s famous speed run competition.

The first IMOCA built for the Ocean Race’s more varied round-the-world race track as compared to a Vendée Globe which includes far less light air and upwind than the Ocean Race, we can only speculate that the new 11th Hour whip is going to excel in light-air transition zones when compared to her more reaching and running optimized rivals.

Obviously not one to take a defeat lying down, 2nd place skipper Thomas Ruyant has just yesterday announced a brand new build ahead of the next Vendée Globe! The 14-strong IMOCA fleet will take off on their 48-hour offshore race tomorrow, as the last major tune-up ahead of November’s Transat Jacques Vabre.

’round the bend

They’re on the home stretch to the finish in the 52nd edition of the La Solitaire du Figaro, and there’s still virtually nothing in it as Pierre Quiroga and Skipper Macif 2019 cling to a small overall lead over Xavier Macaire and Groupe SNEF.

Having won the first three legs of this regatta between the two of them, the two skippers at the top of the leaderboard are currently both sailing in the top five in this final stage with some two hundred miles left to the finish in Saint Nazaire. With light winds from the north to northwest and a coastal jaunt to the finish that will be influenced by the Breton coast and large tide swings, there could still be some good passing lanes to be had.

Pierre Leboucher currently holds a small lead in this final stage with veteran Figaro sailors and class stalwarts holding onto nearly all the top spots, with just one rookie in the top 15. It’s again been a humbling race for the two American rookies in this regatta with Jesse Fielding and Francesca Clapcich sitting in 34th and 31st in this 34 boat fleet, respectively. Clapcich, a former Olympic Laser Radial sailor is having a solid final leg however, currently sailing in the top 20. Non-French sailors are still managing some solid results however with Irish sailor Tom Dolan currently sailing in 3rd place and Spanish rookie Pep Costa in 6th, following up English sailor Alan Roberts’ strong podium finish in Leg 3.

Should 29 year old sailor Pierre Quiroga hold on to win the overall, it would be his first overall victory in the Solitaire, with his top result previously being a 6th place finish in 2018. This is his sixth Figaro participation. For 40 year old Xavier Macaire, he is primed to finish on the overall podium for a third time in 11 participations.

Currently in third overall and still with a chance to win it is Francois Gabart’s new co-skipper Tom Laperche on Bretagne-CMB Performance. Having finished 3rd overall last year, the 24 year old continues to establish himself as a top up-and-coming talent in this ultra-competitive fleet.  – Ronnie Simpson

here’s y

Pioneering carbon race boat builder, international yacht broker, Admiral’s Cup-winning skipper and helmsman, creator of the Hanse Yachts brand and now founding director of the award-winning YYachts shipyard… Michael Schmidt is one of the sailing world’s great all-rounders with several careers’ worth of experience packed into his five decades at the cutting edge of marine industry innovation. But why on earth did he go back to the hard graft of establishing a new shipyard when he could be enjoying a well-earned and comfortable retirement?

‘Well, a few things came together,’ he says. ‘If like me you have sailed all your life, virtually since birth and then built thousands of sailing yachts, you have a certain wealth of experience. You have an idea of how a yacht should sail, what a good interior should look like and how the technology should work. When I had time a few years ago and was looking for a boat for myself, there was nothing that came close to satisfying me. So I started to have a yacht built according to my ideas. Lorenzo Argento and Sir David Chipperfield designed the 80-footer Cool Breeze together with me.’ Read on.

must be trumpys

A coalition of fishing industry interests has filed a court challenge against the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s recent decision to green-light the Vineyard Wind project, America’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. The group, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), says that BOEM failed to fully account for fishery impacts when it approved the wind farm’s construction and operations plan (COP), the final federal permit granting permission for construction.

In a statement, RODA said that it engaged constructively with BOEM over the course of the back-to-back environmental impact statement (EIS) and COP reviews for Vineyard Wind. However, RODA said that despite its proactive efforts, BOEM “roundly ignored” its input and made no effort to “minimize unreasonable interference with traditional and well-managed seafood production and navigation.” Read on.

(no) sound and fury

We suppose if big catamarans keep growing taller, something like this can do it too. We have no idea why those odd pods are there, but whatever.  Van Geest Design explains this particular idea of a superyacht:

The Fury range yachts are true green yachts with a hybrid propeller regeneration system, giving a real hybrid system. A preferred option is to go hydrogen fuel cell technology which gives zero-emissions capabilities, unlimited range and access to emission-free zones. The Fury 500 is designed to maximize performance to give amazing regeneration properties, silent running cruising and blistering performance on the racecourse. Couple this with the safest deck layout and advanced rig layout that allows deployment of sails without the need for large crews and to have the trill of deploying a spinnaker and the performance this gives downwind.

Going hydrogen fuel cell future proofs the Fury 500 and allows the yacht to have complete access to Zero-Emission Zones which are being introduced worldwide, with the first zone in Europe being the Norwegian Fjords from 2026. More here.

this one goes to 11

As the 11th Hour Racing Team prepares to make its competition debut with their new IMOCA tomorrow – the first IMOCA designed and built from the ground up for fully crewed racing – that boat now officially has a nameMālama. A word meaning ‘to care for’ in the Hawaiian language, the name is representative of the team’s central focus of being stewards for the environment and to care for and protect our oceans. It’s also in honor to team CEO Mark Towill’s Hawaiian heritage. A team that has truly put its money where its mouth is in regards to fostering innovative and meaningful change in the sailing world, we’re stoked to see how this new IMOCA stacks up against its solo and doublehanded-centric competition in the upcoming Defi Azimut regatta which begins tomorrow off of Lorient.

Fielding a two-boat program with both Mālama and their original IMOCA, formerly Hugo Boss, but now known as Alaka’i, the American Ocean Race team has put forth a very diverse and talented crew that consists of four co-skippers between the two boats including one female in Swiss phenom Justine Mettraux.

With American Charlie Enright once again sailing alongside Frenchman Pascal Bidegorry on Mālama and Justine paired up with Englishman Simon Fisher onboard Alaka’i, the 11th Hour team has surely set themselves some pretty lofty expectations after strong results in both the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre and in this year’s Rolex Fastnet race, where the two doublehanded teams earned impressive 4th and 3rd place finishes, respectively.

The first event on the docket for the Defi Azimut, will be its famed ‘speed runs’, in which the boats run back and forth over a one nautical mile course to try to establish the shortest time and highest average speed. Following the infamous speed runs will be a 48-hour doublehanded race into the Atlantic and back, with a media man onboard each boat, and then the more low-key tour of Ile d’Groix, off of Lorient; a short race that allows teams to perform plenty of maneuvers and sail changes within view of the spectator fleet. All sixteen doublehanded teams entered in the Defi Azimut will be racing in this November’s upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France to Martinique in the Caribbean.

Check this video out. Above photo by  Amory Ross.

– Ronnie Simpson.

they went thataway

From the Xacobeo Six Metre European Championship. Photo by María Muiña Photography.

sail on

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Bill Herrschaft. A decades-long friend, I raced against Billy in Sabots way back in the day, and we were friends from then on. Everybody who knew Billy liked him. Such a freaking nice guy and one hell of a good sailor.

When I got hired by Sobstad, Bill was there too and I know we both felt what a great opportunity that was. Sobstad was chock full of great people – Ed and Keith Lorence, Bill Peterson, Mark Baxter, Boo Hanratty, Don Moran, etc. and Billy was most certainly one of them. Always quick with a smile and a quip, he was just very cool.

Always sailing out of Marina Del Rey, Bill went on to do good things with North Sails, and have a stellar racing career as well. He will be missed by so many. He was loved and truly valued for the man that he was.

RIP, Billy. It was an honor to be your friend.  –ed. You may share your comments here.

iwo jima in reverse

What do you do when you dismast your boat? You become the RC boat! The is MORF (Midwest Open Racing Fleet, an all-volunteer club, founded 1959). Props to anarchist Jay.

let us count the ways..

…that the America’s Cup can be a shit show…

The Irish Government is under pressure from Cork’s business leaders to keep Ireland’s bid for the 2024 America’s Cup yacht race afloat amid fears that the political fallout from the Katherine Zappone affair could derail it.

Cork Chamber, vintners, and hoteliers have urged the Government to commit to spending an estimated €150m to stage the huge global sporting event in and around Cork Harbour ahead of an expected decision from race organisers tomorrow that Ireland is their preferred bidder ahead of Jeddah and Valencia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has championed the America’s Cup event being held in Ireland, and played a key role in the bid in June, when a technical team from the event’s organising authority visited Cork City and its harbour for a range of briefings and site assessments.

However, with Mr Coveney facing a vote of no confidence in the Dáil this week arising out of the Zappone affair, the race authorities in New Zealand are closely monitoring the political fallout in Ireland.

Read on, thanks to the Irish Examiner.

suicide by hurricane?

This story – two stories actually – is bizarre and ultimately tragic.

The farthest Graham Collins sails his boat is along the coast of Nova Scotia, so the Haligonian was stunned when he got a call from the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday, asking if he was sailing through the eye of hurricane Larry.

Friday started out like any other day for Collins. The president and co-owner of Compass Distillers was working away when he received a phone call from his friend.

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard’s rescue coordination center in Boston had been trying to reach Collins but were unable to get hold of him, so they started contacting people on his emergency contact list.

After Collins got off the phone with his friend, the coast guard call came through. Read on, thanks to

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The wait for The Ultimate 54′ Carbon Cruiser is finally over. Here’s the teaser for the highly anticipated KC54. A performance cruiser suited to a sailing couple. Keep an eye on Kinetic for the full release of the KC54 over the coming weeks. She will be premiering at the Annapolis Sailboat Show this October.

mighty mites

A little PR for the Class Mini…

For over 40 years, Classe Mini has proved a testing ground for the next generation of professional sailors and innovations in boat design. Competing alongside the production class, the prototype class has enabled the introduction of future concepts to offshore sailing and set new standards for construction.

Whilst Yannick Bestaven, Thomas Ruyant and Ian Lipinski all earned their racing stripes here before going on to win major offshore honors, cutting edge designs, systems and techniques have also had a huge impact upon offshore sailing and the wider sailing community.

For the 2021 season, 90 boats are taking part in a prototype class whose roots can be traced back to the very first Mini Transat in 1977 when Spaniel came second with the then-groundbreaking twin-rudder system.

By the second edition, in 1979, a dozen prototypes were on the start line, including American Express which proved the use of fixed keels with water ballast in offshore racing. A specific prototype category was then introduced two years later by founder Bob Salmon.

In 1985 Aquitaine showcased the honeycomb hull (made from kevlar and carbon), a carbon mast, lifting rudders and textile guying. In [...]

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maybe he shouldn’t have gone

On Friday, one single-handed sailor got very lucky: after a week-long search, a U.S. Navy patrol aircraft located him off the coast of Oahu and vectored in other assets to assist.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Hart rescued 67-year-old skipper Philip Grenz, who was last seen on Sept. 2, and brought him back to Oahu. He is reported to be in stable condition.

“With the combined effort from our partners in this search, we were able to find Mr. Grenz and bring him back to safety,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lucas Correia, an operations specialist for Sector Honolulu. “Every agency played a vital role in this rescue by creating a force multiplier to cover such an immense area.”

At 0125 hours on Saturday, Sector Honolulu received a report that Grenz had departed Nawiliwili Harbor and had not arrived at his next port of call in Haleiwa, Oahu.

Watchstanders launched Coast Guard search crews, and it activated members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, who physically checked over 20 harbors, boat ramps, and marinas to see if Grenz might have come into port on Oahu or Kauai. Read on.

real sailing, virtually

With just over a year to go until the start of the next edition of the Golden Globe Race, the Virtual Golden Globe Race 2021 ( is presented, a game with all the ingredients of the great ocean races. Starting on September 12th, the VGGR21 proposes a version with stopovers of the original route of this legendary solo round-the-world race. The Spanish developer RealSail has designed this game that offers interesting strategy and navigation challenges, such as Celestial Navigation. 

“Don McIntyre wanted a game that followed the spirit of the official regatta,” explains RealSail’s founder. “He was looking for a game that would allow celestial navigation and that the virtual skipper would have the most realistic feeling possible of sailing in the same position as the real skipper. We found it an exciting project and immediately set to work on a version of RealSail that included specific features such as time to sleep, incidents on the boat and a maximum visibility of 50 nautical miles around the boat without knowing the coordinates.”

On board a Class 32

The version of RealSail for the Virtual Golden Globe Race 2021 is based on Class 32 boats, with polars similar to those participating in the real race. To add the added complication of sailing without GPS, all coordinates are encrypted and hidden, so the skipper will have to be guided by the stars. To achieve this, the Stellarium plugin has been incorporated, which displays the map of the stars as seen from the boat itself. In this way, the player can establish his position with celestial navigation calculations and can use a nautical chart to mark and plan his route.

The absolute and relative position of the boats, as well as the ranking of the race, are calculated every minute based on the distance to the finish mark, and the game features Discord as a chat platform for skippers to share their experiences and maintain direct contact with the game developers. Modules to simulate sleeping requirements and ship incidents will be added throughout 2021.

First edition, with stopovers

In 2021, the round-the-world trip is scheduled with the original route, but in this case with stopovers to be able to add new functionalities requested by the skippers at each stage. The itinerary is as follows:

Leg 1: Departure on September 12, 2021 – Les Sables d’Olonne to Lanzarote.

Stage 2: Lanzarote to Cape Town

Leg 3: Cape Town to Hobart

Leg 4: Hobart to Punta del Este

Leg 5: Punta del Este to Les Sables d’Olonne

Following this inaugural edition of the Virtual Golden Globe Race, the Golden Globe Race 2022 and the virtual race will begin in unison on September 4, 2022. Players will be able to compete both against each other and against the real skippers. 

The winner of the 2022 edition will receive a limited edition of the Golden Globe Race 2018 gold coins and a replica of the trophy that the Golden Globe Race champion will receive.  

For more information, visit:

The Virtual Golden Globe Race website:

The race trailer:

The game website:




three in the pink

So beyond cool it is hard to comprehend just how fucking cool this is. Such a great shot from one of our all-time favorite photographers, ©SailingShots by María Muiña Photography. More here.

candle in the wind

The 2019 loss of the superyacht Andiamo in Miami was caused by unattended candles, an inoperable fire alarm and too much firefighting water, according to a new report from NTSB.

On December 18, 2019, the 120-foot yacht Andiamo was moored at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina in Miami. The six crew members aboard the yacht were preparing for the arrival of a guest of the owner. While getting spaces ready, two crewmembers found that the lighting systems in the lower level were not working.

When the guest arrived at about 1910 hours, the lights were not working; to solve the problem, the chief stewardess lit several candles and set them on top of a dresser, right beneath the curtains for a porthole. She then left the wood-paneled suite with the guest, leaving the candles unattended.

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lahaina (do we have to) return

A race that nearly didn’t happen – the annual Labor Day classic from Maui to Honolulu – went down on Monday in picture-perfect Hawaii conditions. Effectively a poor man’s Transpac, the Lahaina Return Race is an 80 mile downwinder from Honolua Bay on Maui’s northwest side to Honolulu’s Ala Wai Harbor. An epic downwind race accompanied by an inshore regatta and a long holiday weekend of partying in the rustic old whaling port of Lahaina, this event is one of the most anticipated on Hawaii’s sailing calendar.

As the Aloha State deals with a surge in COVID cases due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, however, this year’s event looked like it would suffer the same fate as last year’s race and get canceled due to the virus. Due in large part to the dogged persistence of Joe Bardouche, owner and skipper of the 1D35 Knot Right, the event permit was issued even as restrictions on social gatherings and events are coming back into play. The race was on!

The first inter-island race [...]

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equal opportunity offender

If I had a buck for every accusation of sexism, objectifying women, blah blah blah, I’d be a zillionaire. Here is another opportunity to surely offend someone!  – ed. Photo:

Btw, that is Finn stud Ed Wright.


The genesis of an excellent design is as varied as the number of designs we’ve created over the years. This design began when a long-time friend and client, with a lifetime of sailing and owning various craft approached us to re-imagine the Herreshoff Rozinante yawl. He owned two of the Rozinantes at one time or another but understood that in a new design he would be able to merge the looks he admired of L. Francis’s masterpiece with the modern performance realized in a 100 years of sailboat design evolution

Rozinante is the canoe-stern ketch that’s become iconic as the archetype of the classic camper-cruiser. Influenced by Nantucket whaleboats and the protagonist of L Francis’s well-loved book The Compleat Cruiser, she is a slippery thing, narrow and sleek, with strikingly hollow waterlines streaming from stem to stern. The coaming terminates in sharp points at each end and encloses a deep, narrow cockpit with minimal cuddy that somehow provides space for two to sleep, compact canvas sling seats, and just enough room for a camp-stove and a cedar bucket. Read on.


The first LM 46 gets wet. Looks pretty damn nice! More here.

damn hatch…

You buy a new cool modern sailboat…and the damn foredeck hatch still won’t stay open!

rule 69?

This sounds unbelievable, but in an era where phony “patriots” would rather take horse dewormer instead of a vaccine, all bets are off…

I wouldn’t know how to pursue it, and I wouldn’t myself anyway. But that was the remedy someone suggested for what I consider some asinine behavior, at the least.

Here is the situation; Militant anti-vaxxer / anti-masker comes to the skipper’s meeting on Friday night. Standing room only, 50+ ppl in attendance. Also to the Club for drinks and hang out Fri and SAT during our big regatta. and then DNC Sunday. Club rules are the basic state guidance here (WA) right now, masks on while walking around but can take off at your table.

Dudes wife had already been diagnosed with covid. Dude claims to me it is a lie that he had any symptoms when he came down to the club. I don’t think that makes about 5% difference. He knew he was exposed as close as you can get. He won’t even wear a proper mask. And didn’t wear even during the skipper’s meeting in a crowded nearly unventilated room.

I say any reasonable person would know they had been exposed, and have a high chance of being [...]

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ride that pony

The “HORSE” mother of them all has just published its 500th edition!

To celebrate Seahorse is offering Anarchy readers a SPECIAL FLASH sale on a subscription. YES … 50% off any annual subscription you prefer – print+digital, print, or digital.

But hurry this offer is only available for the next 48 hours! The clock is ticking…

triple wing

Classification society DNV issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for a unique, three-wing rig designed to provide wind propulsion to large ocean-going ships. According to UK-based Windship Technology, the patented design can produce the power required to sail an 80,000 dwt ship on the main long transoceanic routes.

The unique rig design was developed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to refine the wings followed by extensive wind tunnel testing. Each rig consists of a three-wing foil set standing approximately 115 to 150 feet (35 to 45 meters) in height, depending on the size of the ship. Each wing has trailing edge flaps that allow for optimization of the motive force produced for a variety of incident wind angles and, according to the company’s analysis allow the rigs to produce the highest power density of any current wind-powered solution.  Read on.

bad news/bad news

So, over the last month, the wife and I have noticed our boat seemed to be getting slower. Couldn’t figure it out. Our bottom cleaner didn’t tell us anything.

It all came to a head last weekend when we finished a 22-mile race an hour and 15 minutes behind the first-place boat.

That winning boat was an S2 7.9 that walked away from us at the start. We dove the boat yesterday thinking it was just really dirty and discovered this…..

Click here to jump in and discuss what the hell happened in the Fabulous Forums brought to you by Marlow Ropes!

how’d that happen?

As Hurricane Ida headed into the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists was closely watching a giant, slowly swirling pool of warm water directly ahead in its path. That warm pool, an eddy, was a warning sign. It was around 125 miles (200 kilometers) across.

And it was about to give Ida the power boost that in the span of less than 24 hours would turn it from a weak hurricane into the dangerous Category 4 storm that slammed into Louisiana just outside New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2021.

Nick Shay, an oceanographer at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, was one of those scientists. In an interview with the staff of The Conversation, he explains how these eddies, part of what’s known as the Loop Current, help storms rapidly intensify into monster hurricanes.

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sign it

Coming on the heels of the horrific Rachel Holick story, this seems very topical and on-point.

Despite the NCAA’s own findings that Baylor University had a “campus-wide culture of sexual violence” and officials failed to report claims of sexual assault against football players — the team is set to kick off another football season on September 4 without any consequences. Why? Because as of now, current NCAA rules do not allow the Committee on Infractions to punish schools for how they handle cases of sexual misconduct.

It is outrageous that the NCAA has not adopted regulations to hold members accountable for sexual misconduct within their athletic programs.

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