hell yes!

Now that is fun! And it is happening at the CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week ...

the dutch are coming

Today, under the leadership of Simeon Tienpont, the initiator of Team The Netherlands, the symbolic opening of his Team Base...

5,000 miles

Truly amazing what this rocketship is doing. 5,000 miles in 7 days. For real? That's two Transpacs! Read more here....

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freak out

A team of researchers based at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have recreated the famous Draupner rogue (freak) wave for the first time. The wave was measured in the North Sea on January 1, 1995 and was one of...

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icebreaker hits iceberg, iceberg wins

The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long suffered minor damage on Saturday after striking an iceberg, according to China’s Ministry of Natural Resources.

The collision occurred at 69.6 S 94.0 W, off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Xue Long was making three knots in foggy conditions at the time of the encounter. Images broadcast by state television showed a small mountain of ice and snow on the Xue Long’s deck forward, and the crew used picks, axes, firehoses and deck cranes to break the debris free and put it over the side.

Video from the scene showed damage to the Xue Long’s foremast, railings and other fixtures on her bow, but no injuries or mechanical casualties were reported.

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a place called vertigo

It's not often that you get to race in the exact conditions a boat was designed for but Saturday at the VX One Midwinter Championship provided exactly that. 26 boats, consistent breeze in the low 20s, warm water, great people...

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almost all the stars

With more than 450 delegates from all over the world gathering in Lorient, France, for two days of conferences, presentations and debates, the Yacht Racing Forum has confirmed that it is indeed the premier business-to-business platform for the sport of sailing.

Sailing history oozes out of Lorient, where Eric Tabarly is feted as a hero of French sailing, alongside living legends such as Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux, Loick Peyron and Alain Gautier, many of whom were present at the Yacht Racing Forum. The conference brought together no less than 450 delegates, while the exhibition space included around 20 stands representing the most dynamic brands from around the world that are involved in competitive sailing. Three state-of-the-art yachts were also on display: the new Figaro Bénéteau 3, the 26ft one-design foiling catamaran Easy to Fly and the Volvo Ocean 65 AkzoNobel.

Peyron shared his passion for cruising and racing at the Design and Technology Symposium on day one of the Forum. ‘When I’m racing, I’m dreaming about cruising. When I’m cruising, I don’t like to be inefficient,’ he explained. ‘That’s why many of our innovations from racing are useful for cruising.’

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earth

Vilamoura,  in the south of Portugal more and more know, by the "Olympic Sailing Mecca" as most of the Olympic teams are trainning there aiming Tokyo 2020, receive the 3rd Act of the Algarve Dragon Winter Cup, another Great event...

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winter wonder

Over the past weekend, the Olympic speed classes had their tune-up races in view of the forthcoming Miami Worldcup event as well, and most of the top teams participated. First in the 49ers were Diego Botin/Iago Marr ESP 16 points...

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glitter and gold

A Rare insight into cruising mutltihull evolution By Chris Museler With Clint Clemens, conceiver of the Bañuls 53 Trimaran FINN It’s hard to top a sunny fall day sailing a Dyer Dhow with your boppy seven-year-old granddaughter. But Clint Clemens...

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more rigs, no rigs….

Does this Laser/Olympic shit show ever end?

ILCA is aware that photos and videos of some developmental rigs for use with the Laser hull as well as portions of a recent media release from Laser Performance have led to quite a bit of questioning, speculation, and information (as well as misinformation) swirling around the internet.

ILCA would like to share with our members the class perspective on some of these matters

First, ILCA has no plans to replace or remove any of our existing classes. The 4.7, Radial and Standard classes will continue as always with controlled, incremental evolution and development aimed at improving longevity, increasing the ease of use and reducing the cost of ownership.

Second, any new rigs that are in development are not proposed for inclusion in the Olympic reevaluation or sea trials. It is the existing Standard and Radial rigs that ILCA is working to have retained for the Olympic Games. The one proposed change at this time is a new composite Radial lower mast that is in development with an introduction planned so as not to conflict with the 2020 Olympics. The composite Radial lower mast is intended to eliminate any permanent bending issues seen in some aluminum masts and therefore reduce the cost of owning, maintaining and racing the Laser Radial.

Third, consistent with ILCA’s past practice, any new rigs for the Laser hull will only become class legal equipment after thorough testing and widespread evaluation in conjunction with the ILCA Technical Officer, the ILCA Technical and Measurement Committee and with the approval of World Sailing.   Read on.

flock

A nice week with 82 snipes Brazilian championship, on the water you have 9 world titles among others medalists. Brazil will held the World Cup, Snipe, next year at Ilhabela. Beach close to São Paulo, and about 300 km from...

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hey!

We are working through some bugs - duh - but just a quick reminder to check out the daily Sailing News feature on the upper right, remember that the three articles on the top are all clickable, and always scroll...

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doing it again

Ronan Lucas, team manager and skipper Armel Le Cléac’h Team Banque Populaire. | THOMAS BRÉGARDIS

The racing team off Popular Bank, based in Lorient, today confirmed the construction of a new maxi-trimaran Ultimate, following the loss of Popular Bank IX, skippered by Armel Le Cléac’h, November 6 last in the Route du Rhum. For Ouest-France, Ronan Lucas, Team Director, discusses the causes of the capsizing and details the new project that leads the skipper and his team until 2024.

The racing team off Banque Populaire installed in Lorient, announced the construction of a new maxi-trimaran Ultimate after capsizing and loss of sailboat racing Banque Populaire IX. Interview with Ronan Lucas, the team director who returns to the capsizing of the boat, and the project team.

Ronan Lucas, what can you remove as explanations of what capsize November 6?

It is not obvious to know. If we knew exactly what happened, it would be almost easy. Today, we know that we put in work to make it not happen again. For 15 years that we are on the circuit, there has never been a major break, this is the first damage to that order. We, when we built a boat like this, we used two structure of firms. The entire boat passes in the mill computers and then all the sensitive points are independently reviewed by another firm of calculation, to see if there is no inconsistency. We spent all our boats, from Banque Populaire V in these belays, and I think it is one of the few racing teams to do so. Our goal is to never take a risk to the marine and boating. And on Banque Populaire IX, we were extremely confident about the strength of the boat.

After the first capsize?

No, upstream in the building. Then we did a bunch of tests, many resorted to experts during construction and after the launching. Our expert, Emmanuel Le Borgne passes twice a year on the boat and expertise all sensitive parts: the mast arms, appendages … And that’s what was done after the first capsize. They had gone even further, opening his arms, opening the composite to see inside. And nothing was found! Just a little trick on a rear arm, which had been repaired. But nothing on the arm before anyone suspected of having sold! So we left extremely serene on the Route du Rhum.

“A shock at the arm before” You had tested the boat in rough conditions?

Since the catch and release of the boat this summer Armel had one thing in mind, that to go sailing in the breeze and the sea, to test the boat. And during training rides, where we shot, we checked again, the floats and the rest of the boat. We could not imagine that there would be a failure before leaving. And yet there was this case.

Route du Rhum 201811th edition DépartArmel The Ultimate in Le Cléac’h Route du Rhum The 201,811th edition DépartArmel Le Cléac’h in Ultimate | Joel Le Gall
You say imagine?

Yes, because we do not know. Today, there is even a third firm computing structures which expertise on behalf of insurance, and which, at that time, did not find anything on the recovered parts in the calculations, and in the implementation method.

So what conclusion do you draw?

So … we imagine that this is an external event that damaged the maxi trimaran, which has made it is weakened and the breaks arm. And that, between the small depression Monday afternoon, after which Armel has checked the boat, and Tuesday noon at the break. Today, no other ideas than that.

It is therefore the arm that broke, and not float …

Yes, at first it is the information that we had, because the float was blocked. But, having got to speak with Armel seen pictures, we now imagine this is the starboard bow arm broke, due to a shock, then the second rear arm, but it’s all in seconds. It was an accident that makes it insane chain of losses behind.

“Impact with a log”
And at no time, you do not say that architectural firms have underestimated the design or the strength of the boat structure?

No. Look at the boat that is there (he shows thereby Macif window at the dock), it was the same arm as him. And he has crossed the Atlantic without problems. We will ensure in the future create other arm structures that will ensure that when there is a break, it avoids capsizing and endangered marine. But I do not think that what is done today is anything. The new Ultimate steal, certainly, are often in contact with water, it is faster, but the boats are instrumented today. We know exactly, at time T, what power grows in the foil … and that it corresponded to what is obtained by calculations. And what was built instead grows 20% less than had been imagined. So the calculation chain is not déconnante.

The arm before port side. Internship multihull class of Ultim off Fouesnant, a month of departure of the Route du Rhum.A board Ultim Banque Populaire skipper Armel Le Cléac’h The arm before port side. Internship multihull class of Ultim off Fouesnant, a month of departure of the Route du Rhum.A board Ultim Banque Populaire skipper Armel Le Cléac’h | Thomas Brégardis
And you do not know what has hit in the arm for the damage?

No, Armel and heard nothing as shock. This is not a container that did it. Besides, it’s probably not a shock that occurred at the time of breaking the arm, but before. One can imagine an impact with a log that makes it damaged, gradually weakening it … and at some point break, it is brutal. The conditions were not easy, but it was still manageable. We’ve all sailed in 40 to 50 knots of wind, but it is not the Love Boat either.

What to do about that?

Perhaps arm bars that stand for themselves, for a planned refit impacts … but do not be too innovative and take new risks.

Say insurance?

The pre-report that they have made is very favorable for us. And they understood that it is not to play me or Armel or guys from the design office. If you say to me you can do 10 knots more, but there is a risk … I would answer: we do not. I do not care that Banque Populaire do 100 or 200 kilos more, this is not the speech of our team. We have no right to take risks. But while saying this, we must admit that a thing has happened, and we do not really know anything, so we will strengthen, we will do everything to make it not happen again. For even if we got caught a log, even with a damaged fairing, the arm should not fart like that. It must remain sufficiently operating in its structure, so that we can get out of a situation.

“A new multi, a bit better”
And now, you’ll do what?

We will make a beautiful maxi-trimaran to leave! A beautiful maxi. The key question was: do Armel feels. And that was essential. Because this is not the type of boat where one is going backwards. And if he says, I sense, so

And you, you feel Armel?

I know him. I can see how he uses the boat. I see the vista it has, and it’s very impressive!

Internship multihull class of Ultim off Fouesnant, a month of departure of the Route du Rhum.A board Ultim Banque Populaire skipper Armel Le Cléac’h Cléac’hArmel the winch Internship multihull class of Ultim off Fouesnant, a month of departure of the Route du Rhum.A board Ultim Banque Populaire skipper Armel Le Cléac’h Cléac’hArmel the winch | Thomas Brégardis
So restart building an Ultimate?

Yes. It is in this process one, which is already launched. And, we have the chance to re-build something because it’s a chance. Many partners would have thrown in the towel. And, honestly, I think that Banque Populaire has not asked the question. They have us, of course, asked questions, but they know that we have not done anything. So, as we have the chance to play again, we will try to make a boat, a bit better still. There are two years, we wondered if such a boat could fly, now we know.

This is a boat built on the same basis as Banque Populaire IX?

We work with different architects, even if everything is not stalled. But we will work with VPLP, and others to the appendices. The constraints that we have, is to use the molds of the floats possibly arms molds without making the same structure. It looks as mussels and structure of existing vessels, as the arms of Macif, for example. There were more questions than answers. But we do not start from a blank page. It will have a chassis base BP IX, but the foils will not be collocated, the mast is more, appendages have a different form.

When will it be under construction?

There, in the spring, for pure construction, the first carbon folds will be installed in March. The idea is to be in the water, the end of 2020, early 2021. 18 months of construction. But we want to take the time to do it right.

Compensated at the price of the boat
Banque Populaire gives you the same financial envelope?

Yes, anyway, a boat like that it’s always the same envelope. Just over € 10 million. Here you do not pay the mussel floats, because we already have them.

You have not recovered from the old boat?

Not almost nothing. And the parts that we have recovered are the property insurance, as the boat will be considered a total loss. Eventually it will buy parts for the insurance, but at the margin.

Where are you, exactly, with insurance?

We’ll see what it will pay us. We are confident to date that we rule the entire incident. The boat is insured for X, and touch this X amount which almost corresponds to the actual price of the boat.

This is good news for your sponsor …

Yes, and this is what can help revive a beautiful project.

Thanks to Ouest West

pool before you

A nice piece of imagination  and thinking outside the box from Glenmore Sailing Club in Alberta especially as the outside temperature is more conducive to Ice Yachting right now with temperatures of around -7C right now. Just shows what can be done by even a small club to promote or continue interest in our sport out of season with a bit of effort. Excellent initiative.

It reminds me of when, back in the day the Paris Salon Boat Show used to have Indoor Yachting at Versey although on a much bigger pool and budget. It was even televised on Eurosport much to the delight of those sailing fans starved of coverage of our sport back then – way before the advent of Youtube of course.

If you can find it on line it may bring a smile to your face given the youthful look of Sir Russel Coutts and Peter Gilmour with even rules guru Dave Dellenbaugh in the mix. See, he doesn’t just write about the rules .

Some pretty aggressive match racing to boot. Apologies about the quality of the screen grab, this was way before HDTV. – SS.

crossroads

TIME TO UN-RIG AND TAKE A PAUSE: THE LASER AT THE CROSSROADS Major developments have come to the fore in the past weeks relating to the Laser - so far the most successful one-design sailboat ever, with the Optimist. These...

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40 boy!

At the beginning of this century there was a proliferation of new designs and new classes, all trying to find their niche in the growing competitive world of inshore big-boat racing. The last generation of offshore boats were no longer...

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college stuff

If fleet racing is a zen-like endeavor where sailors compete mainly against themselves while the opposition is a secondary consideration, team racing is a one-on-one match where your squad must work together in perfect harmony to take down the opponents....

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pool time!

The first event of the Glenmore Sailing Club's 60th anniversary year is "Indoor Sailing"… in January… in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This is an introduction to sailing event with a wall of industrial fans along the length of the pool providing...

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ya dare?

If at first you don’t succeed, sail, sail again. That’s the mantra of dinghy adventure sailor Ken Fowler who is back on the water with his latest “dizzy adventure”.  Back in 2017 he took his 12 foot RS Aero dinghy along the length of Great Britain, covering 865 miles of action filled sailing in his “Race To Scotland”. Fog banks, nuclear submarine exercises, giant whirlpools and surf beach landings typified the roller coaster ride of taking on this challenging route. Having pushed his body to the limit with 10-12 hour days in the dinghy he managed to raise a staggering £37,000 for two cancer charities. Most sailors would give themselves a pat on the back; say “Well done” and walk away feeling “Mission Accomplished”.  But not Ken.

For Ken and Yoda (his RS Aero dinghy) it was more a feeling of “Unfinished Business” having set themselves the target of raising £50,000 for cancer charities and come up short. So in order to finish the job Ken came up with the equally crazy idea of becoming the first dinghy to sail around all the islands in England and Wales. This turned out to be a bigger challenge than he thought, once he started discovering more and more islands!  So far the count is up to 183 islands and over 1000 miles of sailing – but who knows what the final totals might be?

The 183 islands vary in size from the 120 miles around Anglesey in Wales to the multitude of stunning “Caribbean”  islands of the Isles of Scilly, some of which are only around 30m in length! Each island has its own intriguing history such as “Deadman’s Island” – full of coffins and bones that are visible at low tide and the Napoleonic forts guarding the home of the British navy at Portsmouth.

The sailing is going to be challenging with multiple islands in the Severn estuary where the tidal range is 49 feet – about four times bigger than Ken’s dinghy. In other locations the islands are over 10 miles off shore or involve surf beach landings, so no day is going to be a straight forward one!

For some of the adventure Ken will be out there on his own travelling and living out of his 20 year old VW campervan as he travels between the launch sites. For some of the more challenging sections a support crew will follow his journey along the coastline and monitor his progress on GPS tracking. They will be in constant contact either by radio or phone.

Safety will be provided by emergency equipment on board and a GPS tracking his position at all times, which will be available live on the internet– a great way to follow the adventure.

You can find out more about his adventures by following him on Facebook at “Yodare”, on Twitter @goyodare and at www.yodare.co.uk where you can find out all about the amazing islands of England and Wales and follow his progress live on the “Where’s Ken”  GPS tracker.

So why not become an armchair adventurer, learn all about the amazing islands, their intriguing histories, and most importantly help raise money for two amazing charities.

Yodare – sailing to make a difference.

wally world

After months of negotiations, Italy’s Ferretti Group today announced that it has acquired the Wally yacht brand through an exclusive license agreement. The news will be officially presented at the start of boot Düsseldorf, which opens this weekend. “There has...

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ice crazy

We dig this. Normally a video this long wouldn't make it, but this is just fun. Thanks to Anarchist Jeff...

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a true tragedy

A fire broke out at the Mount Gay Distilleries in Barbados yesterday, with the blaze burning 150,000 gallons of alcohol in a storage tank before being brought under control by the local fire services.

The Rémy Cointreau-controlled rum brand confirmed that there had been a blaze at its St Lucy site yesterday (16 January).

The Barbados fire service received a call at 2:18pm local time after reports of an explosion.

Deputy chief fire officer Henderson Patrick told local media: “Arriving on the scene we discovered that it was an alcohol tank that was involved in the fire. The tank normally holds around 300,000 gallons of alcohol and we were informed that it was about half-full”.

are we missing something?

All that's left of Wild Oats XI today after its controversial Sydney-Hobart campaign is the keel and bulb, about to be shifted by crane to a quiet corner of Woolwich Dock. The facility in Sydney is owned by the Oatley...

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what kinda bullshit is this?

Who wants to a two-man Melges 24 in the Olympics for an offshore boat? Two people sailing it? On a boat that takes 5 to sail properly? Seriously, could this be a bigger waste of time? They want to "test...

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old ain’t bad

Your readers might get a kick out of this. The picture is of Steve Dashew sailing his C-Class catamaran in SoCal in 1968 with a double skin, asymmetrically trimmed mainsail- not miles different from the next Americas Cup mainsail configuration. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. The Herreshoffs patented most of the good ideas in the early 1900s and the C-Class sailors made a lot of them work. Today we have better funding, better materials and better tools for modeling, but not necessarily better ideas. – Anarchist Dan.

the kids are alright

Conditions for Saturday’s 33nm Cabrillo I Race around the Coronado Islands were about as bad as they could get. The forecast showed no wind. It was raining. It was cold. The course sailed into Mexican waters and without even stopping...

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ice scotw

Maureen Krueger Bohleber of Green Lake, WI, won the Nite Class division at the International Skeeter Association Regatta sailed on Lake Pepin in Lake City Minnesota on Jan 11-13. She is the first woman to hold an ISA title  its...

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final chapter?

Webb Chiles, 77, is about to sail from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for Panama and San Diego, in GANNET, his ultralight Moore 24, to complete his sixth circumnavigation and her first.  Since leaving San Diego in 2014, GANNET’s daily runs total 25,028 miles.

Their intended course to Panama is east of the Bahamas and through the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti.

Webb Chiles has never had sponsorship or shore teams.  He goes to sea with no radio beyond a handheld VHF with a range of less than ten miles.  He has contempt for crowd funding of other people’s dreams.  Decades ago he found freedom by choosing to be independently poor.  The key word is ‘independent’.

He and GANNET will depart when he sees a GRIB he likes, but no earlier than Wednesday, January 16.  Once at sea he cuts ties to the land completely and receives no outside weather information.  He studies the sky, the sea, and the barometer, looking for signs of change.

He hopes to reach San Diego in time to be with Carol, his wife, on her birthday in late April.

If you want to follow, GANNET’s Yellowbrick tracking page is:  https://my.yb.tl/gannet

His website is:  www.inthepresentsea,com

His online journal:

self-portraitinthepresentseajournal.blogspot.com

not a laser, a cluster

5 new rigs and counting …

3 new Aussie rigs: c5, c7, c8

And 2 new ARC rigs in North America.  (See quote below from Laser Performance)

Add the 4.7, Radial and Standard: that’s 8 rigs.

Can the Laser survive this?

« Further, we will introduce the ARC in May 2019, a contemporary racing rig and sail for Laser and Laser Radial that broadens the sailor weight range and increases overall performance. »

Picture: Aussie c5 rig.

bahia chill

 

Anarchist Tony towed his little tri down to Mexico and here it is a repose in Bahia de los Angeles.

and they’re off

YANN GUICHARD AND HIS CREW STARTED THEIR WORLD TOUR AT USHANT TODAY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 11H 47MIN 27SEC UTC. TO WIN THE JULES VERNE TROPHY THEY HAVE TO RECROSS THE LINE BY FEBRUARY 26 AT 11H 16M 57SEC UTC...

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here we are

So after far too long, here is our new design for Sailing Anarchy. More of an evolution than a revolution, it nonetheless is a much cleaner, easier to use site with better functions.  For example, when you click on a front page story, it takes you to that story’s own page,  where – and we are stoked about this – you can comment on the story immediately via Disqus. Not exactly earth shattering, we know, but it is a great way to comment quickly and directly about the article you just read, rather than having to go over to the forums. The forums exist in their own galaxy anyway!

Ever since we started this site –  20 years ago! – we have never much cared about putting up every race result from everywhere, you know like that other poseur site does?  So to address a void in content, we now have added a Sailing News feature that constantly updates news from around the world. No reason to waste time at Cut n’ Paste central.

Our research has indicated that 30% of you view SA via mobile, with that number rapidly increasing.  As such, we have made that experience significantly better.

Our classifieds are much easier to use and to search, so hopefully that helps make the user experience better there as well. Bear with us as we update all the listings… We have ditched the free classifieds as we got spammed by a never ending stream of Nigerian Love Spell Doctors, and we have raised the price of ads by $25, the first price increase in 15 years.

This is just the first phase of the new design. You will be glad to know that part of phase 2 includes the reopening of the famous Sailing Anarchy Store! New gear, new designs (but yes,the god damn hillbilly hats will be available). And given what a horrible job we did fulfilling orders, we are going to have Amazon fulfill all orders going forward. Look for the store by mid year.

So that’s it. Let’s see your comments by clicking the Leave a Reply button at the bottom of this page.

life downunder

Josh Tucker (Boo-Boo) is one of the coolest dudes ever, and has been a faithful contributor to SA over the years with some of the best stories ever. Welcome back dude!

With the great ‘Ho Down’ taking all the sailing media and forum talk from downunder, little old NZ flies under the radar but still ticks along with plenty going on and some huge events coming up.

Shorthanded handed sailing in NZ is going from strength to strength and the upcoming 2 handed race around New Zealand makes the Sydney Hobart look like a walk in the park. 7 boats are now signed up for the event starting on the 16th of February that takes the boats on a 4 Leg 2100nm circumnavigation of New Zealand’s North and South Islands and deep down into the southern ocean. Check it out.

Run by the legends at the Shorthanded Sailing Association of NZ (SSANZ) who have made the 2 handed sailing scene what it is today by putting races like this on. They do a damn fine job and have fun doing it.

In the Round NZ race we have a strong fleet of 35-40fters. 2 Farr 38s, a Sunfast 3600, Pogo 40, 2 35ft Elliotts, and a Stomp 38. Should be some close and exciting racing. Im sure the SSANZ boys will be doing an official write up at some stage and get it out to the media and we will be updating our facebook page regularly during the race.

For many like us this race is actually just a warm up for the infamous Round North island (RNI) 2 handed race in 2020, it seems strange to take on a race like this as a build-up event for a shorter race, but the RNI is the one everyone wants to win. With a maximum entry number for the RNI restricted to 30 boats due to constraints with berthage for the stopovers, the race is always over subscribed with New Zealands top offshore boats and sailors. With names like Sir Peter Blake on trophies and over 40 years of history there is a huge element of prestige associated with the event.

After being out of the racing scene for the last one and a half years, sailing our boat down to NZ from France with the family and an unbelievable 1 week turn around to handover to the new owner upon arrival in NZ. I’m straight back into it purchasing an older but heavily modified Elliott 35 now named Motorboat II in partnership with Damon Joliffe who was my crew for our last successful RNI overall PHRF total corrected time win on board the Sun Fast 3600. We have been sailing together since doing the 1997 Sydney Hobart as a couple of teenagers 21 years ago, with much in between including tormenting the New Zealand race fleet with good results on (and off) the water and loud obnoxious music all night to rub it in afterwards…. True Anarchy Style.

For me personally its been a huge couple of years. Resigning at my sailmaking job of 18 years with North Sails, selling everything in NZ, packing our lives into a few bags and taking our 4, 6 and 8 years old boys to France to jump on board our newly purchased, sight unseen 50ft yacht. From there it was the most amazing year and a half of sailing, covering a total of 16000nm and 28 countries without a single tack- true story. 3 months in the Med, 5 months in the Caribbean and 5 months through the pacific. Our trip took us to some far out of reach places like Cape Verde Islands, Cocos island in Costa Rica, Suwarrow in the northern Cook islands as well as all the standard stop offs along the way like Galapagos islands, the Mt Gay factory tour in Barbados, Divisional win in the Heineken Regatta and round Tortola Race and many social gatherings on ‘Rogue’, our aptly named 2007 Beneteau Oceanis 50.

The coolest thing about the mission was involving the family and really getting to know our 3 energetic and enthusiastic boys on a voyage that tested their (and our) boundaries to the maximum extent. A lifetime worth of memories made and a good base layer of world and life experience to broaden their minds. What could ever be a more fun adventure to take the family on, 1.5 years of literally sailing into the sunset.

I can tell you there was simply no greater feeling than sitting with my family watching the coast of NZ slowly appear over the horizon after an epic adventure such as this.

I was always not completely sure what to do on my return to NZ- stick in the sail making business, or try something new. Then I got a message from Rodney Keenan from Evolution sails who I did my sailmaking apprenticeship with in the 90s. He came to me with a proposal and with it a challenge to help grow the already booming business and take it to the next level. With a massive new loft and full membrane laminating plant just down the road, it certainly had its appeal. More control of the product, flexibility with the ability to turn a sail around from raw fibre to a completed sail quickly and efficiently, and a great bunch of talented and motivated sailmakers- many of whom I have worked with in the past.

I got my first taste of the membrane plant when I laminated up a new #2 Jib for my own boat over the summer holidays with the help of my sailing obsessed 8 year old son. I went for the fully cocked, 80% carbon-20% aramid, liteskin membrane. It certainly looks the part and based on what I have seen, it will have the performance and durability to match the good looks. Membranes like mine get shipped out of here all around the world on a regular basis, and in the 6 weeks since I have been here the membrane plant and loft have both been running nearly 24/7 to keep up with the demand.

It’s a product that is world class and I’m proud to be involved.  Is this the next Evolution of my life – certainly looks like it….

who knew?

This tragically slow and rather pathetic “race”, has, amazingly become a race! Wtf? Read on.

port!

This appears to be dicky no matter the sitch, and while we don’t exactly know, here is what Anarchist Liz said about it:

Hi, this is the second image recently taken Jan 12 on Tampa Bay at an Opti Regatta. The negligent adult skipper plowed through the clearly marked Opti race course no sign of safety. He also yelled obscenities at the children (ages 8-12) telling them to get the F%$# out of the way.

Please note he is also on Port tack. Regardless, he had the choice to stay clear like all of the other large boats and chose not to. There are several upset parents about this and I thought if I shared it here you may have advise how to spread the word for better safety on the water. This behavior is not acceptable I’d like to hear what y’all think.

we want that

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12 year bitch

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It’s pretty rare when you race against the same boat with pretty much the same people for the better part of 12 years. I am speaking of the FT 10 Justice, first with my original FT 10 Anarchy, then with my Melges 32, and now with my recent FT 10 A4. (Yes, there was a Shaw 650, a GP 26 and the SC 33), but those don’t really count.

One reason why I got a second Tiger (besides absolutely loving the boat) was to take care of some unfinished business. When they first got Justice, we had our way with them pretty easily, but the owner is a good sailor and by the time I was fading racing the boat, we were beating each other pretty even, with maybe a nod to them. Fine.

And let’s be clear, they don’t like us and we don’t like them. I’ve never had a boat swear at us as much as they did in close situations. Kind of shocking, considering their alleged religion, but it is safe to say that we weren’t very pleasant in return. All’s fair in love and war, ain’t that right?

So 11 years later, when I found this FT sitting in a backyard, part of the motivation was to make the boat as fast as I could, and go out and not only pound them – which we convincingly did – but to punish the rest of the FTs. For the most part, mission accomplished. And hey, I’m no stud and certainly no rockstar, rather a fading mid level douche, and the racing we do is simply what is out there for our boat. You try to win wherever you race. Don’t fucking blame me.

A few people pointed out that Justice is now for sale, and while we don’t know why, we can’t say we blame them. We are not fun to lose to, but them’s the breaks. As Bruce Nelson once famously said, “Overbearing in victory, and surly in defeat.”

You’ll have to find it on your own, ’cause we’re not doing the broker’s work for free, but it is a quick boat, a bit of a beater, and at $32k, while it might seem like a deal, it ain’t. If you want it, go see it and figure out how much it’s gonna take to get it in fighting shape. We’ll miss them, but not really.

Great competitors, but no offense, by and large, those guys bounced between being halfway decent, and total dicks. Like a lot of us.

AMF.

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