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no vor for you

A group of three university students working for the Canadian Coast Guard for the summer rescued eight people from a sailboat that ran aground on an island near Lunenburg, N.S., early Wednesday morning.

Marc Ouellette, a regional supervisor with the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, said the initial report came in at 3:20 a.m.

The 19½-metre sailboat (ex-VOR 60 – ed) drifted into Cross Island, near the entrance to Lunenburg harbour, after a sail went overboard and was caught in the boat’s propeller.

Ouellette said a Mahone Bay Inshore Rescue zodiac, which is used in a summer program employing university students, was dispatched. The three students on board were able to rescue the eight crew members.

“They start [on the] May long weekend, so they’ve only been operational for less than a week now,” Oullette said of the students. Read on.


This old Serendipity 43 Houn Dog ain’t looking too good after the first Beercan Series race last night here in SD. The Beneteau that hit them looks better, but it’s not exactly wonderful…

no soup for you

The prestigious Transat yacht race will no longer start in Plymouth, it has been announced.

The city had been set to host the the starting point of  the 60-year-old race in 2020, following an announcement  by Race owner and organizer OC Sport back in March 20018.

However, this morning it was revealed the organizers have decided to move the race to France, as organizers look to “secure the future of the race”.

To rub salt in the wounds, Plymouth’s sister city, Brest in northern Brittany, will be the host. Plymouth City Council said it was “massively disappointed” with the decision, saying it won a bid to host the race in 2017.

Read on, thanks to Plymouth Live.

trash society

When Jennifer Lavers first arrived at the remote collection of tiny islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, she saw all the makings of a “quintessential tropical oasis.”

Beneath the waves, abundant coral reefs teemed with marine life. Clear turquoise water lapped against pristine white sand beaches lined with palm trees. Home to roughly 600 people and located about 1,300 miles off the coast of Western Australia, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are touted as “Australia’s last unspoilt paradise.”

But upon further exploration during a 2017 trip, Lavers, a researcher with the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and her fellow scientists came across a starkly different sight — stretches of beach littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of garbage, a majority of which was buried underneath the sand. Almost all of it consisted of plastic items such as straws, toothbrushes and shoes, according to a study published last week in the journal Scientific Reports. Read on.

feel the magic?

How cool to see Merlin back in better shape. Despite the butchering that first class wank Leif Beiley performed on this classic, it sure looks a fuck ton better. Go the Merlin!

sail on

Richard James Matthews, Veteran of America’s Cup campaigns in
1958 & 1962, Is Dead at 88

May 11, 2019 (Fairfield, CT) — Richard Matthews, a noted world class sailor who served as navigator for two significant America’s Cup crews, died on Saturday in Fairfield, CT. He was 88.

His death was confirmed by his three children, Richard Matthews Jr., Lynn Matthews-Douglass, and Howard Bradley Matthews.

Mr. Matthews served as navigator on America’s Cup challenger Vim in 1958, and in the same role with Weatherly in 1962. His brother Don Matthews was on both crews as well. Vim was runner up in the challenger trials to the eventual winner Columbia, and Weatherly won the Cup over Gretel.

“In those days, most of the world’s best sailors cut their teeth on Long Island Sound,” Matthews once said. “We met Bus (Emil) Mosbacher (who skippered both Vim and Weatherly) racing dinghies out of Larchmont Yacht Club and were lucky enough to stay with him through both Cup campaigns in ’58 and ’62.”

why y?

From the the Fabulous Forums…

When should the RC fly Code Flag Y (all sailors must wear PFD’s while racing)?  We had 2 MOB’s Sunday in our Clubs races. a J22 crew got knocked over in a puff when the main sheet wasn’t  eased quick enough and an Ensign crew fell out of the boat as it heeled over. there was  12-15 kts of wind, flat water.

Yes the water is still chilly but they were not inf for very long.  there are some in our club who feel that code flag Y should of been hoisted and others who think that if the SI’s have code flag in them and the RC does not fly “Y” and someone gets hurt the club would be liable….I’m just looking for you’re opinion (HAAAAAAA, i’m sure there are many)

I’m in the camp of… (As a skipper) :.it’s the skipper’s responsibility to sail or not due to the conditions and if you have crew that are unfit to sail they don;t go.

( As a PRO)  : depends on the weather…20+kts. and steep waves added to chilly water I’d think about it, especially if there a lot of older crews sailing. But Sunday was 83 degrees, ave. of 13 kts of flat water….champagne sailing conditions….

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their story


The World Sailing Mid-Year conference, which gripped the attention of so many passionate sailors and followers, came to a close yesterday in London. The World Sailing Council rejected the Equipment Committees decisive recommendation for the existing equipment to be replaced by the RS Aero for the Men’s and Women’s One-Person Dinghy Event after exhaustive testing and sea trials.

After a day of reflection, RS Sailing would like to sincerely thank World Sailing for giving the RS Aero the opportunity to be part of the 2024 Equipment Selection for the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy. We were impressed throughout the whole process by the Evaluation Team, World Sailing staff and the Equipment Committee who did a very professional and impressive job. We were extremely confident in the depth and thoroughness of the Evaluation Panel to conduct a fair and complete evaluation process.

RS Sailing also sends a heartfelt thank you to all our followers and sailors, old and new, and have been completely overwhelmed by the global support for the RS Aero and RS Sailing. You’ve all genuinely been on this journey with us and it feels like we’ve made a whole load of new friends in the process.

It’s undeniable that the RS Aero has been proven superior in almost every aspect. The original details in the 2024 Equipment Selection – Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy Report presented the RS Aero as the superior dinghy and the overwhelming majority vote by the Equipment Committee on Saturday confirmed it. On Sunday afternoon, during the Council vote Dina Kowalyshyn, Chairman of the World Sailing Equipment Committee, requested to make further comments before making recommendations to council. With their permission she went on to say,

“The evaluation panel had a few things to say about the RS Aero, that swayed some people in the equipment committee and should be made note of here at Council. Read on.

laser it is

The Laser class/ILCA Dinghy and radial has been selected for the 2024 Paris (Marseilles for sailors) Olympics.

From WS facebook:

To get to the result, we had a few votes…

The first vote to defer the selection of the Equipment to the 2019 Annual Conference was rejected. The second vote to approve the Equipment Committee recommendation to select the RS Aero as the Equipment was rejected.

The process moved to a ballot and Council members were able to vote on all four options – the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero.

The Laser won in the first round of votes.

For the Men’s One Person Dinghy, 36 voted for the Laser, 5 voted for the RS Aero, the D-Zero / Melges 14 received zero votes and there was one abstention.

For the Women’s One Person Dinghy, 37 voted for the Laser, 4 voted for the RS Aero, the D-Zero / Melges 14 received zero votes and there was one abstention.

We will see the Laser at Paris 2024.

The selection is subject to the Class Association agreeing to the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024.

* Any changes to the Regulations that Council makes must also be ratified by our Annual General Meeting in November.


funny, but looks aren’t everything

Originally drawn by the Late/Great Doug Peterson as a trailerable dumbed down version of his 1/4 Ton Design, Star Eyed Stella.

About 60 built in Australia by Tom Stephenson as a Seaway 25.Tom won the 1/2 Ton Cup in 1975 in Foxy Lady,one of Dougs designs.Tommy went on to become Peterson’s agent in Australia.

Originally had 500kg of internal ballast,and I put about 200 kg of that back on the lengthened Centreboard. Found an old Carbon 18ft Skiff Mast and Boom.Bringing recycling to a waterway near you. It should be a good thing under IRC.

We finally worked through all the formalities and got my boat out of Singapore off the docks, towed into Malaysia,then out of Malaysia and finally into Thailand where we are now working around the clock trying to get the thing finished for Koh Samui Regatta that starts Monday week.

Some Singapore copper sent me down the car lane at Customs.I told him the thing would not fit but he did not listen, the dopey prick. Sure enough the boom gate comes crashing down on the boat and WWIII has started. The whole exit lane is blocked. No one can get out of Singapore by car. I am surrounded by 20 coppers yelling at me in their native tongue .Car Keys and Passport confiscated. Plenty going on. No guns drawn, but I might tune up the story a bit to include some fire power! One hour or so later I am cleared to go. – Anarchist Michael

aero, yo

World Sailing’s Equipment Committee just voted for the Aero for the 2024 Olympics.  Here are the results:

Aero 9; Laser/ILCA 3; D-Zero 0; Melges 0; Abstention: 1

Council vote to take place on Sunday 19.  Watch the full discussion on youtube.


sail like a girl

“Sail Like A Girl” if you live like a girl, have a driver’s license to be a girl and a doctor’s note to be a girl! As progressives, we think this, from US Sailing, if real, is kinda ridiculous. Was this needed? Who decided it was? And who made the final decision? Click on the document for full size.

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multi rigs

Hall Spars has decades of experience building high quality carbon rigs for the multihull market, delivering complete packages of mast, boom and beams as seen on the recently launched Hall Spars rigged Gunboat 68.  For this particular multihull, the company’s in...

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here we go again, day three

Day three promises to be even better than the first two at the Star Europeans on Lake Garda, which were quite compelling.. . The day's racing begins at 3:45 am, pst on Friday....

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HONOLULU – Unwanted boats are filling up Hawai’i harbors.

The state says there are 30 impounded boats across the state — most of them are on O’ahu. Several are locked up at their slips at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.

One of the first sights you see as you look over the harbor is the Navatek II. The massive boat is leaning badly to one side. In addition to that, there are sailboats and even large engine-powered boats with notices from the state posted all over the vessels — all off limits to owners and left to whither away in the elements for months, or even years at a time.

Other boaters say the unwanted boats are an eyesore and they are costing the state thousands of dollars every month. One Ala Wai boater, Susan Ray, said, “There are all kinds of slips open that they could be generating income.”

The director of the State Boating Division says even if they cleared out the impounded boats, the state still wouldn’t rent out the slips. That’s because the space will be used for visiting boats that are coming here for this summer’s Trans Pacific Race. Once that ends in July, the available slips will go up for rent.

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plan b?

In 2012, there was a plan for a complete overhaul of the Laser with a new name – the Kirby Torch – and with new builders.
The plan failed. In 2018, the plan became to rename the Laser as an « ILCA » and, again, to have new builders.
Will this new effort succeed? And if not, is there a Plan B? Read on.


We snagged this document from the ILCA…

Update from International Laser Class Association (ILCA)

Dear World Sailing Council/Committee Member:

ILCA is pleased to see the report of the World Sailing Evaluation Panel stating that the Laser Class boats are “well suited for selection” for the 2024 Olympics.

ILCA emphasizes that, we are more than well suited, we are well proven and we are clearly the best and only choice for the 2024 Olympics and beyond.

We circulate this document because ILCA understands some MNAs and Council Members may
have questions regarding recent actions involving our class.

The Laser and Laser Radial Classes are by far the two largest, most universal, most gender equal Olympic sailing classes.
ILCA has now established policies to ensure we are fully compliant with World Sailing’s Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) builder licensing policy.

ILCA is excited about the opportunities this new structure provides to grow our class and our sport on a worldwide basis and ILCA has the strength and experience to manage this process effectively.

With the potential for builders and suppliers on every continent, ILCA looks forward to a new era of growth and support for our sport – from the grassroots to the top Olympic level.

Recommendation to World Sailing Council:

Council should vote to retain the Laser and Laser Radial Class boats for the 2024 Olympics. The Laser class is the clear choice for our sport, for gender equality, and to provide opportunities for all countries to take part in Olympic sailing regardless of their financial resources.

Read entire letter here.

mask off

No love lost between Cayard and SA, but this video is probably as much of an honest look at Cayard and who he is.  We wouldn't post it if we didn't think it worthwhile....

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How much of a straight-up baller is Webb Chiles? Oh, I think you know the answer. More impressive is the truly beautiful soul that this man possess. We could all learn a lesson from this unique sense of adventure, accomplishment...

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mean machine

The recently lengthened Jethou (now 77′) looking pretty god damn awesome practicing for The Capri. Nice work by Rachel Fallon-Langdon.

all the rage

What a great shot of the Wylie 68 Rage on her way North during the Oregon Offshore. Thanks to Anarchist Jeff. Note the tiller steering….

do the right thing

I have now seen letters on Sailing Anarchy’s front page from both sides of the keep it or chuck it argument. Of course I am talking about Laser, sorry the boat formerly known as Laser (apologies to Prince) Vs the Aero.

For a start, if classes like the Star and Finn, sailed by many of the world’s top sailors and with a history in the Olympics longer than your arm are not safe then what should give the laser any special considerations other than active and effective lobbying within World Sailing.

The Olympic Games funds, I am led to believe, around 70% of the running costs of our governing body. That same organisation, the IOC, expects sailing to be dynamic, modern, as close as possible gender equal oh, and from a television point of view, be exciting and as even as can be achieved – ie one design.

If reports are to be believed, at least one of the builders of the “one design” Laser Class have been building boats with NON DESIGN features. It would also appear that ILCA hasn’t really done anything constructive (except write a few letters to the offending builder)

I know they (the Laser) are provided equipment in the actual Games so all sailors are (in theory) sailing identical equipment but is that necessarily the case at their individual selection trials? I would suggest probably not.

ICLA is clearly in current disarray with at least one National Class Association having written an open letter to World Sailing concerned that the actions of the ICLA hierarchy does not fit within the constitution of the class.

When we race in a regatta, it is generally taken that the boat that finishes first wins.

I doubt if anyone could argue with that so I really don’t understand – if World Sailing really does listen to its sailors, including the ones selected to test the 3 or 4 classes being evaluated – how there could be any doubt whatsoever which class should be selected for 2024 or will the retention of the Laser for Paris join another of the growing list of decisions by World Sailing that appear to have more to do with politics than the long term good of our sport.

Our sport needs to move with the times as it often has. If it hadn’t the two handed dinghy would still be the Flying Dutchman and not the 49er, there would be no windsurfing and certainly no kitesurfing (we all make mistakes) but to keep the Laser while ditching the Finn would just prove how out of touch World Sailing were with their constituents by leaving no equipment for the sailor of above average build to be competitive in the event that provides them (World Sailing) with the bulk of their operating funds.

It may sound like I am a fan of the RS Aero but that is not actually the case, I have never even sailed one. I am however a firm believer in due process, and if someone or something wins/gets the highest score/the most votes/ they should get the result. Any other decision is more anarchical than this website. – SS.


ya mon

Sailing is a numbers game but the displays we rely on to read those crucial numbers often let us down. Sailmon solves this problem, bringing the latest data display and processing technologies to all sorts of sailors, whether they are on foiling dinghies, sportboats, cruiser-racers, Grand Prix racers or superyachts.

Sailmon’s innovative product lines look great and are based on the latest processors, displays and networking methods. And with its adaptable platforms and infrastructure, Sailmon is able to continuously innovate in developing new products and solutions. Its advanced technology, which originated aboard superyachts and Grand Prix racing yachts, is now accessible to all sailors with the Element Ink display, the newest member in the Sailmon family.

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making their case

Open letter to: World Sailing President, Council, Committees and MNAs

From: The Directors and Co‐Founder of RS Sailing:
Alex Southon CEO Design & Tech
Jon Partridge CEO Commercial
Riki Hooker Sales Director
Martin Wadhams Co‐Founder

Re: Men’s & Women’s One‐Person Olympic Equipment 14th May 2019

Dear Mr President and all,

In the coming days World Sailing will make decisions that are likely to affect our sport for the next couple of decades and we feel it appropriate to share our views.

Over the last twenty‐five years we have created RS Sailing and built it into the world’s leading small sailboat brand. We have changed the face of small boat sailing in many parts of the globe, we have made friends on every continent and shared beers in many sailing clubs. We are proud of RS Sailing’s achievements, made not by a few people but by many sailors who believe our sport can be better.

We have not got everything right, but we have listened to the sailors and done our best to create boats and events that are right for the future  of our sport. That is why we’re now the brand leader.

We always knew the decision regarding the Olympic single‐hander would be highly charged and the odds are stacked in favour of the incumbent. But the coming decisions are not just about the Olympians; this universal sector drives the youth pathways and the opportunity to build women’s participation as well. The sport is currently in decline in many regions and we all share the primary responsibility to reverse that trend.

The Evaluation was clear. Detractors will always find details to argue but the fact remains the people involved were unanimous in their view that the RS Aero offers clearly the best opportunity – for the youths, women and Olympians.

The boat is ultra‐light, dynamic and better suited to working with a range of rig sizes for light to heavy sailors. It uses high tech construction for competitive longevity. It is backed by the RS organisation, seen as the most capable of delivering consistent high quality to the world through our existing infrastructure and an international FRAND production network on every continent.

Read the entire letter here.


Photo caption: Baltimore, 11/05/2019:Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport/IMOCA At 1245hrs UTC on Tuesday 14th May, Sébastien Simon was the first to round the Azores waypoint, the second major course mark in the Bermudes 1000 Race. The skipper of ARKEA PAPREC is now...

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boat building mecca

As you drive into the tiny town of Brooklin, Maine, the sign says “Boatbuilding Capital of the World.” After seeing the projects underway at the Brooklin Boat Yard in this walkabout video, you’ll see there’s some truth behind the town’s slightly irreverent tagline. From traditional wood construction to cutting edge composites and even classic restorations, it’s a fascinating look behind the doors of one of the world’s premier boat yards.

Thanks to our friends at OffCenterHarbor.com for sharing this video. You can CLICK HERE to get more of their great videos, including another walkabout at Brooklin Boat Yard featuring the 91-foot cutter SONNY III.

tough win

At 5:57 this Tuesday, May 14, Armel Le Cléac’h won the Solo Concarneau after a course of 270 miles varied and technical sailing along the coast of Brittany.

He came close to victory in the big race of the Solo Master CoQ, and it appears from these two races drawing valuable lessons and is full of confidence for the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro, the race will start at Nantes June 2.

Armel gives his first reactions in Concarneau. Read on.

second guessing

Why replacing thousands and thousands of boats if the Laser can do the job, as it has done over the past 20 years or so? There may be around 2,000 RS Aeros around, yet the boat is pretty recent and has not been tested as much as the Laser. The price of an Aero is higher and there is only one builder so far. While we might like the Aero, It’s unlikely that official representatives at World Sailing will be enthused by that.

World Sailing will probably need to postpone its decision to November, given the uncertainties surrounding the Laser. But then, if the Laser gets its house in order, the decision in favor of the Laser should be an easy one, even if unfair to the RS Aero, which secured a higher score.

Now, is this a good scenario for the sport of sailing to keep the status quo and to continue with the Laser for both men and women at the 2024 Olympics? The answer is no. And here is why. Read on.


From the Nacra and 49er Europeans in Weymouth, 49er AUT29 Benjamin BILDSTEIN
David HUSSL capsize at the weather mark. Thanks to Rick Tomlinson.