back to roots
A national audience got a taste of a multi-million dollar TV production of high speed sailing last weekend, and this weekend we get to bring it back to basics with something that costs a fraction of percent of what the AC broadcast costs to produce. It’s the Extreme 40 racing from Wales, with what’s essentially a slightly upmarket version of On-The-Water Anarchy streamed live from the water and narrated by Richard Simmonds. The feed starts at 1500 local, which is 10 AM EDT.
sex it up
The days of obsessing on the latest improvement to make an IACC slug go .2 knots faster than the other slugs are gone, and it’s been a long time since the run-up was exciting to the average sailor. With fully flying foilers and never-before-seen aerodynamic and structural innovations already coming out of the shed, they’ve got our attention. Here are two recent movies from the recently launched “New Zealand” (which aside from foiling hit 40 knots) and the just-revealed “17” from Oracle.
The 18s may look a little pokey compared to the AC45s, but they – and their crews – are still some of the baddest mother*&kers anywhere. It’s hard to find much about them, though they’re racing all week in SF (viewable from Crissy Field), and the big Kiwi contingent is slaying it. This video is from a couple weeks back, and is a great look at how exciting these boats are.
If you spent any time in a tender, you’ll dig this. Get close and personal with Morelli/Melvin and Salthouse Boatbuilder’s 1000 HP RIB catamaran that gets to keep up with ETNZ’s flying boat.
A 76 year old skipper got caught out trying to bring his ketch to safety before Hurricane Isaac hit Alabama, and after he was taken off by local law enforcement, the boat ‘sailed itself’ around Dauphin Island into an overhead power line, then tacked by itself and headed out to sea. This despite the police attempt to anchor the boat. Check it out here and comment in the thread. Thanks to Pippi for the shout.