straight trippin’

The MOD 70 Argo has capsized while practicing fro the Caribbean 600. Jump in the forum for more info......

pretty good?

Let me make no secret of it – I really want SailGP to be successful. I think any effort to...

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The New Laser Radial...? Thanks to impropercourse....

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just do it!

So the reasons that this is cool are obvious. But what makes the Dago offer even better is that you get to race against the Ed as he is chartering a 21 for the Nood event!!

Over the next two months RS are excited to offer two exciting RS21 charter opportunities for the San Diego NOOD Regatta and Charleston Race Week.

The RS21 is the newest model from RS Sailing, the world’s largest small sailboat manufacturer with a mission to get more people sailing. The RS21 provides a high stability hull, user-friendly rig and well-balanced helm for between two and four people to race. Not only is the RS21 a pleasure to sail, RS Sailing dramatically reduced the carbon footprint associated with production of the boat by building a hull made from eco-friendly materials.

Sailing World editor, Dave Reed, expressed his enthusiasm towards the introduction of an RS21 fleet at the NOOD Regattas “As a boat that’s designed and built for fleet racing, match racing or team racing, it’s a perfect fit for our regattas. The charter and coaching concept is an excellent and economical way for teams to come and race, to learn and experience a truly modern keelboat.”

With one month to go before the first race of the San Diego NOOD Regatta, 15-17 March, there are still opportunities to book a charter boat via the RS Sailing store website for $2,500.00 per boat. This will also include one day of training on the 14 March.

Charlseton Race Week, 11-14 April, is the premier multi-class sailing regatta in America and offers three days of excellent competition, evening debriefs and parties. You can now enter with an early registration discount and book your RS21 charter boat via the RS Sailing store website for $2,500.00 per boat. This will also include on day of training on the 10 April.

This is a great opportunity for sailors to experience world-class racing in a rewarding and exciting environment with the RS21.

 

waist deep in the promised land

Imagine your favorite pillow.
White and fluffy and as soft as a baby lamb’s coat. Rolling contours envelope the surface creating a personal palace for your head to sink into.

Now imagine the same landscape but instead of a pillow, it’s a wide open winter wonderland of snow covered meadows, subtle valleys and endless terrain. You are just a spec on it’s surface.

Instead of your head sinking in, you’re able to effortless glide across the terrain, riding in and out of valleys, across ridges and floating over streams below.

This is snow kiting.
No waiting in lift lines.
No over priced lift tickets.
Just you, the kite and a pair of skis or snowboard.
Happiness can be found at the end of a kite.

This years mid winter adventure took me to the Big Horn mountains of Wyoming- east of Yellowstone National Park for the 2019 Snowkite Masters. It was a gathering of like minded kiters from the Rocky Mountains & East and West coasts at North America’s premiere snow kite lodge- Wyoming High Country lodge.

Snow kiting combines the best of snowboarding, sking and kiting. It allows you to ride practically anywhere- up and down the mountain, across powder filled meadows, rolling terrain, gullies and ridges. You can glide down the face of the mountain as the updraft provides continuous lift for the kite. You can ride for miles in any direction exploring endless powder.

However, it ain’t as easy as it sounds.

Just getting there and setting up in the cold weather can be a feat

Huffing around to set up kites and snow gear with 5 layers of clothes on and an harness at 9500′ elevation takes it toll. So does postholing through the powder to get set up.

I’m not gonna lie. It was cold. -20 wind chill.
2 base layers, wool sweater, 2 downs & a shell + 2 kite mares on my first afternoon out left me wondering what the hell I was doing.

For the full adventure, check Steve’s blog here.

sail fu

We tried watching a couple races of the barely talked about Sail GP Series and found it almost unwatchable. How they manage to take these fairly quick cats and make the racing so uninteresting is a mystery Perhaps its much like F1 racing – the cars get separated very quickly, with little wheel to wheel combat, often almost no passing, with the races ending up as snoozers for fans.

This was that. We think they should race these things in 15 knots of breeze at a minimum. How the hell else are fans going to get stoked to see a bit of a racing spectacle? Why is NASCAR so much better than F-1? Because there are 40 cars, running wheel to wheel. F-1 has 21 cars spread out by minutes in some races.

So if you can’t have wheel to wheel, or hull to hull, then you’ve got to turn these things loose in breeze. Otherwise, you are saddled with something that is just not very compelling.  – ed.

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sail on

Saw on the RL24 Faceboook page that Rob Legg passed.  He was the designer/builder of the great RL24 trailer sailor.  On the RLYACHTS.NET site there is a great series of articles telling his story getting into sailing and building boats. I just...

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strictly classified

Our classified section is better than ever. Easier to see and browse all listings, a visible photo associated with each listing, and the same awesome variety of boats and gear for sale. At just $25 bucks per month, it remains...

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max fibre

Future Fibres traveled to Saint Tropez to talk to Danny Gallichan, captain of Magic Carpet 3.The high performance superyacht was recently fitted with the new Future Fibres AEROsix rigging as well as a new Southern Spars mast and boom, for...

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what is it?

SailGP. Ever heard of it?  I didn’t think so but get ready to hear a lot more about it in the next few months. In my opinion it’s the most exciting sailing event to come around in decades. If you enjoyed the last America’s Cup in Bermuda then you are going to love SailGP.  It’s the America’s Cup on steroids and the first race is set to take place this Friday in Sydney, Australia.

Larry Elisson, after taking a bit of a drumming in the last America’s Cup at the hands of Team New Zealand, seems to have decided to create his own event which I am sure he believes will be more exciting than the Cup races. He purchased all the existing AC 50 catamarans and have refitted them to be One Design. Word has it that he turbo-charged them as well but I have no specific details about that.

They were already pretty turbo-charged. Elisson, along with Russel Coutts, his long time right hand man in all things sailing related, came up with the idea of fleet racing these boats. From their website. “SailGP was created to engage and excite global sports fans year-round in a supercharged, fast-paced version of sailing aimed at increasing its mainstream popularity, introducing the next generation to the sport and creating a career path for extraordinary athletes.”

I thought that it was pretty extraordinary to watch just two boat duke it out in Bermuda but imagine six of them on the same race course closing at speeds approaching 80 miles an hour. The format works like this. For each race, teams will be scored from 10 points for a win, through to five points for sixth place. Then, for the final race of each event, only the top two teams will face each other.

The winner of the last race will win the event overall for that venue and the points will be carried forward and accumulated until the final showdown in Marseille in September. And the big news is, for sailing at least, there is a purse of one million dollars to be taken home by the overall winner.

There are six teams; United States, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, France and China and among the skippers there are four olympic champions and seven America’s Cup winners. There is no shortage of talent and ego’s aside they will all be gunning hard to win this inaugural series. Skippers are Dylan Fletcher (UK), Rome Kirby (USA), Billy Besson (France), Phil Robertson (China), Tom Slingsby (Australia) and Nathan Outteridge (Japan).

The first event starts this Friday in Sydney, Australia with the iconic Opera House as a backdrop. It’s fitting that Sydney was chosen for the first series since for decades Sydney has been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries with fast sailboats. I have witnesses firsthand a fleet of Sydney Harbor 18-foot skiffs blasting around the harbor and it’s pretty intense. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like with these new boats now named the F50’s screeching around the harbor. As local favorite Tom Slingsby noted at the press conference, “Sydney Harbor can suddenly become very small when you are traveling at 50 knots.” No kidding.

From Australia the series moves on to San Francisco in May, New York in June, Cowes on the Isle of Wight in August finishing in Marseille in September. While I love the history and pageantry of the America’s Cup I think that this kind of sailing event will eclipse the AC in terms of interest from the public. Time will tell. Let’s just wait and see how the first series goes but if anyone has deep enough pockets to make the event a success Mr Oracle certainly does. – Brian Hancock.

Here is how to watch SailGP. It starts today.
We think the app is best to watch (and get data). It’s also on FB (not sure if it’s live) or on some TV channels.

 

In the United States
CBSSN: Delayed broadcast
15 Feb 12-2am ET .
15/16 Feb 11pm-1am ET
SailGP APP: Live multi-view video and data
Facebook: Live host broadcast
SOURCE: https://sailgp.com/watch/

hawaiian outrigger?

What is this we are hearing about the possibility that a very modern 50'-ish footer was using illegal outriggers in the last race to Hawaii? And that said outriggers were ditched before the finish, but that the builder of said...

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sorry ass san diego

Last weekend there was a promise of the Flying Tiger 10 “fleet” racing in the south bay for two days – the best racing area in all of Dago, but only three boats signed up, one of which could sail one day, so there was no race. A4 could only do one day as well.

This weekend is the SCYA Midwinter regatta out of SWYC  for PHRF boats, only one day, Saturday. Would you care to venture how many total PHRF boats are registered? How does four total (now six! – ed) sound?  And A4 is one of them. With three days before the regatta, only four god damn boats are signed up.

I have suggested that perhaps with even a few more entries, we can all race together in one class, and do it inside the bay, as it is projected to blow 16-18 and given SWYC’s often poor R/C work in the ocean, the bay would be a much easier venue.

Come on people, sign up and let’s have a fun day on the breezy bay!

darwin calling

Florida Keys detectives are investigating the Coral Bay Marina fire that destroyed two boats and burned a third as arson and attempted insurance fraud, Monroe County’s sheriff said Wednesday. And one of the three men suspected of setting ablaze the charter...

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new rules

Hey this is pretty interesting. The Ed here will be skippering one of the new RS 21’s at the San Diego Noods…

RS Sailing are excited to introduce an open sailmaker format for the RS21 class racing.

The concept of the RS21 began with the key focus to keep the boat affordable and open to a broad range of customers using the one-design ethos. Sails can be an expensive part of any boat ownership and in the interest of keeping costs down, RS Sailing have ordinarily provided all sails for our boats. Historically, the open sailmaker format often leads to large increases in the cost of purchasing sails which this concept hopes to address.

Alex Newton-Southon, RS Sailing CEO – Design & Technologies explains, “At RS Sailing we understand that sailmakers are extremely influential and an important part of the community. From the independents to the big brands, we want to engage and welcome their involvement with the RS21 class.

The ‘Open Sail Maker’ concept will not change the goal of the class, which is to keep ownership of the RS21 affordable but more importantly to preserve the one-design ethos RS Sailing has always built into RS boats and sails.

To achieve this, RS Sailing has decided on the RSD format with open manufacture, allowing a limited number of minor changes within strict class rules and using a specific set material.

RS Sailing have worked with Dimension-Polyant, the world-leading manufacturer in sail laminates to develop a unique sail material for strength and reliability. The unique material is open to any licenced RS21 sailmaker to purchase either directly through Dimension-Polyant or through RS sailing at a fixed cost.

RS Sailing will grant a licence to any sailmakers who are interested in being a part of the RS21 movement. Read on.

this one?

London, UK World Sailing drives hard on the Offshore Mixed Keelboat. As reported by Fare Vela, some of the world’s major construction sites, including real giants, are very interested in the project of the new Olympic class for Marseille 2024, the nautical headquarters of the Paris Games.

The lawsuit on the Olympic sailing monopolies, which has arrived in the European Commission’s Anti-Trust offices, will take 12-18 months, so the possible consequences, with the opening scenario of the Olympic class market to more producers , will not necessarily take place before the end of the current Olympic cycle.

Read on, thanks to Farevela.

the answer?

There has been a significant amount of hype and hyperbole about the development of headsails without furling torque-cables, and, like most good ideas, this concept has been around for a while. At North Sails their designers began working on this concept with Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand during the 34th America’s Cup, when radical boat designs placed extreme loads on the 3Di headsails.

The design and engineering challenge was to deliver a solution where headsail loads were redistributed from the torque cable/headstay and shared with the sail. Known within the North offices as Load Sharing Technology this feature, when paired with a 3Di Helix Luff, is North Sails’ answer to what others may call the cable-less headsail concept. Read on.

joke?

There’s an old joke doing the rounds of the Sydney waterfront again. Here’s how it goes. Question: What does ORACLE stand for? Answer: One Rich Arsehole Called Larry Ellison. Well, we know the “rich” bit is right, and Mr Ellison’s...

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hoax?

While Congress and the White House debate funding for a $5.7 billion wall along the southern border, the U.S. Navy is contemplating a similar structure with a different purpose: a 14-foot high seawall to protect the Navy Yard in Washington,...

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boom science

Why does my roller-furling boom look like it does! There’ve been fascinating benefits to Anna being shortlisted for the global 2019 Classic Boat Award: You get a lot of comments from around the globe. Great questions, from the over 200,000 that we estimate have seenAnna’s nomination, have come from Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, as well as France Germany and the Netherlands. We figure, why not answer a few: Namely, why does Anna’s boom look like it does. The world wants to know! Read on.

it’s still plastic, right?

In 2017, adidas produced one million pairs of shoes containing recycled plastic waste. In 2018, that number jumped to five million, and the company now plans to produce 11 million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic in 2019. As...

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save the fall

Save Falls of Clyde-International has launched a gofundme fundraiser in an a last ditch effort to stop the disposal of the 140-year-old tall ship Falls of Clyde, currently based in Hawaii. The 285-foot long and 40-foot wide vessel built by shipbuilders...

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100

That's a big number and that's how many entries there are for the 50th Transpac this coming July. it is only fitting that Ragtime is #100. More here....

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timing is everything

There have clearly been conflicting opinions on our forums as to whether SailGP is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it will fly like the catamarans used in the event or sink like a dead duck.

Well a company that clearly knows a bit about marketing and markets has thrown their name behind the event.

SailGP were able to announce earlier today in Sydney that no less a time piece than ROLEX have entered not an agreement as Presenting Partner and Official Timepiece of the SailGP Series.

Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex Communications & Image Director stated “SailGP marks and evolution in yachting and enables ROLEX to further strengthen its 60 year relationship with the sport……We are delighted to be associated with an event that demands precision, excellence and performance from sailors and their boats.

Historically Rolex have made very few poor calls, if any, on who, or what, to associate their iconic brand with. If the event lives up to its promise, and for the good of sailing we hope it does, then this will be another exciting sports partnership for what is perhaps the world’s best known timepiece brand.

growing

While visiting One 15 Marina at Sentosa Cover in Singapore I was fortunate enough to come across the SB20 (nee Laser SB3) Asia Pacific Championships. This event was being hosted by the marina and supported by Singapore Sailing with the...

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what would elvstrom think?

When asked why I thought sailing was such a cool sport I always used to answer ‘The right kind of people play our sport’’.

I then went on to say it is nothing about money, I am hardly a millionaire myself, but it was about the attitude to fair play and helping each other. Perhaps something to do about the lore of the sea.

Back when I was young in sailing, rules being broken in high profile events were big news, and relatively rare. The I’Punkt affair being notable and when an Enterprise dinghy appeared at an early 70’s Enterprise Europeans at the Royal Tay Yacht Club in Scotland with a boat that you could fit your fist between the hull and measurement template at station 2, it went all the way to the IYRU (with the trophy being withheld if I remember correctly) and led to the nicknames Benterprise and Slenderprise although doubtful if many readers are young enough to remember those issues.

Perhaps I watch what is happening in the upper echelons of our sport more than I used to but I am not alone and have recently challenged by people I know with “You told me this was an honourable sport so why are people cheating”  and I have to start to agree with them and that disappoints me.

It is very hard to ignore the lead in king posts, the round the world racers mousing their halyards, sailing with nav lights switched off at night, leaving behind a crew member in the light at multi race regattas or the multitude of other infractions one sees or hears about.

And some of the breaches are clearly well thought out and pre-planned. Deliberate is the word I think I am looking for.

At one Laser Regatta, at least one competitor had tied the dead end of their mainsheet to the toe-straps and was gently flicking his feet all the way round the course causing an almost continuous and almost inconspicuous flick to the 4th corner of the mainsail.

He was undone when a judge came alongside and took a snapshot of the arrangement. Suffice to say that if there was no on the water judge they would have got away with it.

I have even had a world champion boasting to me he won because he was able to ooch better than others. To give him credit when he described his actions it was more like legal kinetics than illegal body movements but the fact he felt it was no problem to say he was ooching was concerning.

Even coaches seem willing to stretch the rules with their athletes, or perhaps don’t have the fullest knowledge of the rules themselves. I remember one discussion where a coach felt a penalty could be done at the competitor’s convenience rather than “as soon after the incident as possible”. Lord help us.

The problem is perhaps not new but does seem to be on the increase to such an extent that World Sailing even produced a manual on the subject “Misconduct Guidance”. If misconduct wasn’t such an issue, why have a manual?

We are all aware that, in many parts of the world, numbers in our sport are not growing as we would like, in fact in some parts of the world they are apparently falling to the extent that books have been written on the subject (very good books like ‘Saving Sailing’ for example) and if the playing field is not seen to be fair not only may it chase people from our sport but also prevent newcomers entering in the first place.

And it is not just competitors that are culpable. I have been in ‘the room’ where the Chairman (an IJ) didn’t declare the protestee was an associate and even forcefully told one of the witnesses to shut up. Or being on the water with an IJ and spotting a competitor ooching so obviously it would have made a perfect “How to” video. Instead of opening the throttle and awarding a penalty they dropped the engine to ‘idle’ to widen the distance. (The competitor was a fellow national of the judge). The very next day when with a judge of a different nationality I highlighted the same competitor doing exactly the same thing. Result? Throttle up and a 720 penalty. In fact had the other judge done the right thing the day before then that penalty should have been a DSQ or even a DNE. Smelly!

An extreme example perhaps, was the awarding of redress by an (incompetent or complicit?) race officer after a competitor claimed an on the water judge (who the SI’s stated their decision was final) made a wrong decision. No paperwork, no protest committee, a unilateral decision by the Race officer to award 5 point redress even though the GPS trace showed the competitor’s penalty turn cost zero places. The upshot was over 20 rules and sub rules broken and the third place prize of a 23 foot Sportboat going to a fellow national of the race officer. Attempts to protest these actions were blanked all the way up to the CEO of the company which organised the event.

So what’s the reason? Frankly, I don’t know. Perhaps it is the additional money that has crept into our sport, where frequently the sailor’s income level, either at a particular event or potential  in the future is based on results. Perhaps I was just blind to it (I love this sport) and am noticing it more these days with my involvement in writing and officiating, either way it is not a good look.  

Of course, on the high side, these occurrences are not everyday. If they were they wouldn’t be noteworthy but they still dishonor our sport and I haven’t even got started on electronic devices working or not working.

So what’s the solution?

Our sport may not be unique  in being self policing. I have seen golfers and snooker players calling fouls on themselves but the number of sports that DON’T have an official, whether called a judge, an umpire or a referee is pretty small.

Could you imagine the mayhem that would exist on a soccer pitch with no referee? That sport has even gone to ‘goal line’ technology and a 4th official for video replay – let’s hope our sport never has to extend to those sorts of measures, I doubt if we could even afford it. And soccer isn’t unique, quite the opposite.

I do notice that the number of regattas that have “on the water judging” with the “judges decision is final” written into the sailing instructions appears to be on the increase but the wrong type of official is usually used and it shouldn’t (in my opinion) even be judging.

There are now only around 60 – yes, I haven’t missed a zero – only 60 people who are qualified as both International Judge (IJ) and International Umpire (IU) in the whole world. And using a judge to officiate when the skills of an umpire are what is required is rather like someone used to sitting on the bench of a county court doing duty as a traffic cop.

I am not doubting the rules knowledge of judges, far from it but the additional required skills of boat driving, positioning and wake avoidance are not something that a judge practices regularly along with the sometimes lack of awareness of the concept of “last known point of certainty”. Additionally, just as a county court judge lacks the experience to ‘smell something going down’ where a street cop would then the same applies to the relative skill sets of a sailing judge or umpire.

Having performed the roles of both umpire on the water and judge in the protest room I am quite aware that while there is significant overlap in terms of knowledge required, however there is somewhat less overlap with the practical skills.

Sometimes as an on the water ‘judge’, just being there keeps people honest and at a number of regattas it has been noticeable that the officials are quite busy on day 1, or even just race 1 but by the time day 2 dawns they are just trundling round with the fleet with their flags lying in the bottom of the RIB and their whistles virtually unblown.

Would we ever have to go to the extent of having actual ‘referees’? I for one certainly hope not but the reliance on someone protesting and more worrying, those who don’t sometimes being more pilloried than the offender (real or supposed) hardly benefits anyone except perhaps the trolls who sometimes populate internet chat rooms.

We are one fifth of the way into the 21st Century and our sport still largely depends on an honour code that existed at the beginning of the last century.

I don’t think we need to throw the baby out with the bathwater but at the very least, in my view, that minority which disrespects our sport by knowingly NOT following ALL the rules needs to be brought to heel in a firm and uncompromising manner.

Good policing prevents crime, perhaps the time has come to ramp up those who are on the water just to ensure a fairer, more level, field of prey.

Food for thought. Comment here

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it’s a rout

Ever since Ingo Buell’s routing system helped Jochen Schümann plot his route to Olympic victory in his Soling at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Buell Software has been developing tactical technology to help sailors win

As its name implies, SailTokyo is a system aimed at those looking to win gold at the next Olympics in Enoshima less than two years from now. Among its clients Buell Software can count the Olympic sailing teams of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland (and some larger sailing nations who prefer to keep their anonymity) along with the host nation of Japan, whose sailors surely know the venue better than anyone. Yet SailTokyo’s application is much broader than Olympic sailing or the next Olympic venue. Read on.

bad botin?

Seems there is talk of serious legal action regarding the purchase of the Botin 80'. Rumors of keels not weighing what the certificate says, and sails being much larger than their certs, etc. Sounds like popcorn will be in order....

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scotw

This photo was taken in Bocas Del Toro  Panama in a custom build 40 ft trimaran owned by  me! - Anarchist Bolivar....

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primo

  It's primo if you are with North Sails! great Shot from the Primo Cup by Steffano Gattini....

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breakdown

Breakout 20 - NZL designed Sportboat - retractable bulb keel - retractable bow pole with asymmetrical spinnaker- easily launched and trailered - open cockpit - great sailing boat - Boat is currently located in South Florida- $5400. Check it....

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cluster

The Pac 52 class has de-evolved into a rich guy shit fight. The SoCal class which we think counts 9 boats – 4 “new” boats, and an assortment of original TP 52’s. It seems some of the rich guys with the new boats don’t like to lose to the rich guys with the older boats.

Then it turns out that some of the new boats don’t exactly weigh or measure in the way they are supposed to, so at least one of them is sailing with the “old” boats this weekend at the Pac 52 Midwinters in Dago.

So get this; the fleet of 9 boats has split themselves into two classes – 3 “new” boats in one, and 6 in the other. is it possible that they fuck this thing up any more than they already have?

We are glad to see Interlodge putting a beating on the other two new boats.  One in particular. Results.

This weekend is the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Tasmania, the biennial gathering of incredible classic boats. The crew from Off Center Harbor are Down Under capturing more stories of good boats and people. Even if you can’t make it...

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sailor chick of the decade

Dear and nearly long-lost friend Lia Ditton has a story to tell. Read it.

Why Did You Stop Sailing? A journalist in Portland, Oregon asked me a year ago. 

Why Are You Rowing the Pacific?  Everyone asks me this.

In 2011, I starred in a horror movie, except that movie was my life. I had a stalker and you know him. You probably follow him online.

The messages at first were one liners, but over the months they became lengthy scripts from a sick, disturbed mind. “I am Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde…”

The emails were sent from names of people in the sailing industry or hybrids of sailing names. Sometimes photos were attached, of me that week. The calls were unregistered. The phone company had no record of them. Something called ‘pinging’ – I learned – an automated service you can select online, to harass someone. 

It didn’t matter what email address or social media account I used. The messages came up to 6 a day, sometimes sent to people I interacted with online. By Christmas of 2011, I had stopped writing for all sailing publications including Sailing Anarchy. 

I don’t remember when the hot sweats started, but I remember the nightmares in detail – waking up unable to scream, waking up as my throat was being slit.  I sat in the living room one day beside my life’s possessions all boxed up. I was planning to swim to the Scilly Isles at night, knowing full well I wouldn’t make it. I was afraid of myself – afraid if my stalker turned up in my alleyway, I would grab the kitchen knife and kill him. This was year two and I now knew who he was.

The police got more involved on the request of my uncle, a policeman himself. The stalker went on the list as WANTED in the UK, but he was on a train back to France before they could grab him. He was no fool. 

I moved apartment, moved again and then to Spain, alas too late. My appendix ruptured, then for a year, I was on a special diet to save my spleen. I was corroding, from the inside out.  Amazingly, I got a job – in the Sahara, for an ultra marathon company. The Sahara is beautiful, brutal, raw and so was the race, The Marathon des Sables. 

I waited all my career to join a women’s Volvo Team, but I didn’t apply for Team SCA, because I couldn’t. My life was a shattered pane of glass, held together by tape. 

But in the dust of the desert I found hope and three years after it started, I ventured back into sailing. At first I suffered heart palpitations at the sight of boats, – the stalker works in the sailing industry – but over time those went away. 

My first job was as safety officer for the ocean rowing race from Monterey to Hawaii; my second as boat captain of the 110ft solar powered catamaran ‘Planet Solar.’ Then again I was safety officer for the second edition of the rowing race to Hawaii. The ocean was calling me back.

Rowing the Atlantic in 2010 was a diversion, a fun side show to my main love of racing boats. Naked for 73 days, the oars extensions of my arms, I could feel the ocean. Whales swam alongside and clicked to communicate. I felt I belonged. I felt wild and free. 

When I began this project to row solo across the North Pacific, to be the 1st woman and 1st person to row land-to-land, I don’t think I knew my motive. Now I do. 

In 1,850 miles of training, rowing my boat in the bay of San Francisco and down the California Coast, my body has become strong. I have picked up a huge following of all ages, but particularly young girls. And for those girls, I want to throw open the doors of possibility that they can do and be whatever they dream of. 

Rowing the Pacific was never about rowing, but what it represents: resilience in the face of adversity, determination against all odds and dogged unwavering perseverance.

I don’t know how you move on from an experience like being stalked – it left shards of glass inside of me. But what we do know, is that over time glass is weathered by the sea. 

My typhoon-proof rowboat is about to be built and I am set on leaving Japan right before the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Think of it as the Super Slow Olympics as I’ll leave before the Olympics start and probably still be rowing after they’ve finished. 

I have one more thing to say. The man who stalked me is a sailing photographer. His name is *ed. We’ve removed his name for legal reasons*

Jump in the discussion thread here.

on parade

There’s less than one month to go until the RYA Dinghy Show returns to Alexandra Palace, London, over the weekend of 02-03 March. Cruiser, racer or foiler? Whatever your dinghy sailing ‘tribe’, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts &...

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cool cats

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser…

NY based Aeroyacht Ltd. have been known to focus their passion on getting good cruising multis to the people. Scanning their listing we have discovered some very significant catamarans such as the legendary Victorinox, a 2004 KKG Novara 50 Class racer-cruiser, which has several Route de Rhums under her belt.

Noteworthy is Aeroyacht’s new line of McConaghy multihulls, such as the McConaghy MC50 and MC60. It’s worth checking out these ultra-high tech centerboard lux-cruisers…