green heaven

Snagged this fab picture of the TP 52 Platoon and their friendly accomplice. It immediately made me think of The Red Hot Chili Peppers' song of the same name. Be sure to read the lyrics as the song goes along... Photo thanks to Morgan Reeser....

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L. Francis designed a number of boats he called Maine Day Boats. Aramenta and Quite Tune were a couple. Big...

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the eyes of summer

Leading Polarized Lens Maker Tajima Direct is kicking off summer and wants you to get back on the water with clear, sharp vision by offering all Anarchists 20% off any new pair of polarized lensesincluding Rx, this weekend only.

These are seriously the best polarized lenses I’ve ever worn. Use Code SASUMMER20 at checkout for a fresh new view in your favorite sunglasses.

22 knots in that?

You better believe it! Read it here: Winning the largest division in the race, the St. David’s Lighthouse Division with 108 boats, is Illusion, a Cal 40 owned by Sally and Stan Honey (Palo Alto, California). Illusion’s victory is the fourth time a Cal 40 has won the St. David’s Lighthouse Division, following on from Vincent Learson’s Thunderbird in 1966 and Peter Rebovich, Sr.’s Sinn Fein in 2006 and ’08. Racing with 1984 Olympic Gold medalist Carl Buchan (Seattle, Wash.), fellow Cal 40 owner Don Jesberg (Belvedere, Calif.) and multi-tasker Jonathan “Bird” Livingston (Richmond, Calif.) as bowman, Illusion completed the...

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grumpy old man alert

Watched the Saturday Sail GP ‘races’ (quotes intentional, explained later), held Saturday/Sunday in Chicago on a patch of Lake Michigan water off Navy Pier. Yes the speeds were impressive, yes the course and boundaries brought the ‘action’ (also intentional) close to the fleet of spectator boats anchored on the perimeter or seated in the VIP stands on the Pier.

But these positives couldn’t overcome the Big Negative: each race was boring; a parade following the boat that won the start. Perhaps there was some intrigue to see who finished 2, 3, or 4th. Very few port/starboard encounters, the narrow width of the course minimized “inside vs outside” pressure decisions. Forget about ‘overtaking’ and the gates largely eliminated any ‘rounding rules’.

The TV coverage, trying hard to crank up the hype machine (thanks to Todd Harris’ hyperventilated announcing), never addressed why the American boat sat for 45-minutes as the other 8 boats buzzed around, dialing in their numbers, with at least 2 visits by a chase boat. What happened? What broke? Why? What was the ‘quick fix’? Nothing.

Something must have broken, cuz even though they started each race Saturday, the USA boat had to race hard each race to avoid finishing DFL, barely successful. At least they didn’t use a winch to induce loads not designed, like a certain Aussie boat, that broke in half and sank.

The overall impression is that in a large part these were boring as hell IMO, One Design on steroids; win the start, make no mistakes, win the race in less than 12- minutes, mill about, start, repeat.  Ugh.

Grumpy Old Man out…

angle of the dangle

Funny that what once seemed weird, is still weird. New Carkeek/Neo Yachts getting shaken down…

break it down

Do you take the time to debrief the race at the end of the day? We all know we should do it. Some of us do it better.

One slide is enough to convey key improvement areas. It takes a few minutes to prepare. You will look smart. You might even win a few more races!

Our friends at ChartedSails have compiled some great examples.  Take a look – and let us know in the forum how you debrief with your crew. Comment here.

in an uncomfortable trimaran

The Royal Western Yacht Club Round Britain and Ireland race started in 1966 and was reportedly described by Robin Knox Johnston who has won it twice as one of the hardest races in Northern Europe. The race takes place every 4 years and now has 3 48 hr stopovers. Galway in Ireland, Lerwick in Shetland and Blyth in North East England. This year for the first time the race allowed both 2-handed and 4-handed entries, previously only 2-handed entries were permitted. We entered Morpheus, a 39’ carbon trimaran designed by John and Orion Shuttleworth and launched in 2018. The boat...

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anarchy 6 for sale

A change in plans and the realization that owning 3 boats is simply too much, (and much too stupid), I am regrettably putting Anarchy 6 on the market. This is, without question,  the most trick Hobie 33 anywhere, and I do hate to move it, but reality bites.

Reimagined by the owner, reengineered by Alan Andrews, and rebuilt by Dennis Choate, the result is a faster, stronger, and way more fun boat to sail than a stock 33.  Tall double spreader carbon rig,  a redesigned and new cockpit, deck layout, new custom rudder, restructured interior and layout, and is super clean and minimalist looking. Read on.

your oyster?

The new Oyster 595 takes many features – technical and styling – from its bigger sisters to create an exceptional mid-size yacht that feels much larger and more comfortable than the sum of the parts

Some boats stand out as milestones for their builders and the Oyster 595 looks set to be one of those. The second new model launched since Oyster was bought by the tech entrepreneur Richard Hadida, the 595 is already being recognized as far more than simply a scaled-up version of the 565. While each might share the same distinctive modern looks, climbing aboard them makes it easier to see what sets them apart.

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slow/fast magic

What a bitchin shot of Magic Carpet Cubed by Carlo Borlenghi as she ghosts to first to finish in the modified Rolex Giraglia course. Nice job getting the weight forward!

it’s dangerous out there

We regret to report that our Fleet Communications Office for the 52nd Bermuda Race received a report of a crew overboard on the racecourse this afternoon.

The crew of the yacht Morgan of Marietta, a 42-foot sloop, reported that its captain, Colin Golder of New Providence, N.J., went overboard early this afternoon in strong winds, approximately 325 miles from Bermuda, and did not survive.

After extended effort, Mr. Golder’s body was recovered by the vessel’s crew, and the vessel is returning to the mainland. Next of kin have been informed.

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, the Cruising Club of America, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club wish to express sincere condolences to the family and crew of Mr. Golder.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

happy to sad

The big bad 80′ maxi trimaran ultimemotion has indeed gone through some emotions as they dropped their rig last night in the Newport to Bermuda race. Track the fleet here. Photo credit to Daniel Forster.

neutralized?

The deterioration of the weather conditions in the North Atlantic have forced the Organization of the Vendée Arctique – Les Sables d’Olonne race to make a difficult decision. The race will be neutralized after passing through the virtual gate located in the southeast of Iceland.

The leading skipper should make this passage in the middle of this Thursday night or early morning Friday. Thereafter the skippers will be able to take shelter and wait for this depression to pass. The terms of the resumption of the race are currently under discussion and will soon be formalized. Read on.

what would dave do?

From our friends at Tajima Direct

Growing up in Maine, then moving to Miami to chase his racing dreams, two-time Olympian and multiple class world champion Dave Hughes, learned the importance of properly identifying details of wind direction and velocity on capricious Biscayne Bay.

A place where pressure and angle are not necessarily consistent from one edge of a puff to the other.  Reading wind via texture and subtle color tones on the water’s surface is more an art form than a science. But what if science, via superior lens technology, could aid in reading subtle and hard to see detail?

Hughes sits down with Tajima-Direct.com co-founder and polarized lens developer Steve Rosenberg to discuss why he’s been a Tajima Direct Lens loyalist and what he looks for and prefers in his polarized lens technology.

Tajima Direct: Tell us a little bit about where you grew up and when you realized you had the “sailing bug.”

Dave Hughes: I really cut my teeth off the coast of Maine. As a kid I sailed any boat I could get my hands on … Blue Jays, 14s, Lasers, J24s, 420s, Etchells, Interclubs … you name it. I was equally excited by both dinghies and keelboats – buoy racing and offshore.  I credit a huge amount of my approach to sailing from having balanced those disciplines at a young age.

TD:  Has sunglass use always been part of your sailing and daily eye protection?  How important is superior polarized lens technology to you and why?

DH: I’m religious about protecting my eyes. With the number of days I spend on the water year after year, I can’t afford not to be. A crisp and clear lens that can carry me through a range of conditions is the gold standard. Read on.

big wheel keeps on turnin’

From the creative R2AK people…

The third day of Stage One saw a Strait of Juan de Fuca that was unrecognizable from the violence it wrought on Day One. Wind went from 30 to nearly negative, seas were non-existent; Godzilla downgraded to Geico Gecko. Starting with the 0430, Coast Guard approved crossing, the wind waned from pleasant to what the uncouth might classify as “gnat’s fart.” (Not us, the uncouth. We’d never say that. We’re classy.)

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in principle…

A joint research project focusing on enhancing the performance of large cargo vessels is reporting a significant energy reduction resulting in the awarding of its first Approval in Principle from Lloyd’s Register.

Launched in 2020, the project is bringing together naval architects with the OEM, ship owner, and classification society to develop a series of energy-efficient vessel designs incorporating rotor sails. Read on.

ghost ship

Not really, it’s the recreation of the San Salvador, the first European vessel to reach San Diego in 1542. While grabbing line honors, there is no word on how she did on corrected time… Photo thanks to my girlfriend.

it’s rough out there

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three sailors in the Strait of Juan de Fuca after two competing sailboats capsized in rough conditions.

The boats were under way in a larger flotilla for the annual Race to Alaska, and they were transiting the easternmost stretch of the strait from Port Townsend to Victoria. A gale warning and small craft advisory were in effect, and organizers described the conditions as “between seasick and dangerous” before departure. Water temperature in the strait was in the range of 50 degrees F, as is typical for the time of year.  Read on.

gone wrong

There are some pretty crazy rumors around the death of the famous sailor Eric Tabarly. Yet, now more than 20 years ago, the crew’s full and detailed account tells a mundane tale of a sea gone wrong.

On the night of June 12 to 13, 1998, more than 20 years ago, Eric Tabarly disappeared at sea. Sailing aboard his Pen Duick , which he was transporting as a crew to Scotland to take part in a gathering of sailboats designed by the naval architect William Fife , father of the Pen Duick .

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ugly early

No one ever said the Race to Alaska was gonna be easy…

First, most important: everyone is ok. Us, you, 100% of this year’s racers, and the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard and R2AK support vessels that affected four rescues in the Race’s first four hours. Everyone is ok.

Bruised egos, dashed dreams, but body and souls intact. Breathe in, exhale slowly. Everyone is ok.

Level set/spoiler complete, the first 24 hours of this Race to Alaska started 12 hours before the starting gun. Yes, people showed up in the hundreds to cheer the teams across the starting line to the rousing chorus of the Ukrainian National Anthem. It was calm, community-spirited, and topically resonant. It felt great to be rousing again after almost three years of paranoid shrinking. More here.

4 x the oil?

The Environment

Faced with the need to come up with $144 million to remove oil from the decaying FSO Safer and buy a new replacement vessel for Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the United Nations has turned to crowdfunding. The UN has launched a social media campaign to help fund the high-stakes project, which has taken on more urgency every year since the Yemeni civil war broke out in 2015.

The UN warns that the Safer could pollute a wide swath of the Red Sea if its million-plus barrels of oil were released. The ancient single-hull FSO contains about four times as much crude as the amount spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster, and it is at high risk of a casualty. It was last drydocked in 1987; it has barely been maintained since the start of the war; tank inerting ceased years ago; and it has already suffered water ingress once in its engine room.

The UN has secured pledges totaling $60 million from donor nations, but it will need at least $80 million to carry out the task of offloading the FSO’s oil and cleaning its tanks – not counting the extra $64 million it will need to satisfy the full terms of its deal with the Houthis. The crowdfunding plan aims to collect $5 million to help fill the $20 million gap between current nation-state pledges and the cost of salvage.  Read on.

have a hobie day?

Don’t know much about this photo, other than they apparently didn’t sink.

Thank the lord for small mercies – hahaha!

freshly dead

The Environment

From a distance, a seal appears to be napping on the rust-colored rocks; members of its small colony grunt at one another as sea spray brings some respite from the searing midsummer heat. But on closer inspection, one of the seal’s eyes is open and pointing vacantly at the sky.

Tess Gridley bends over the dead animal, and instructs her university students and volunteers to check for parasites. Fewer bugs means a fresher carcass, which is what these researchers are looking for. Binoculars pressed to her face, Gridley scans the rocky outcrop and finds five more bodies, which the students line up on the rocks in a funereal procession. “A colony of this size, you wouldn’t expect to see so many freshly dead,” she says. Read on.

axisymmetric

In a new study on ocean wave breaking, researchers have demonstrated that the breaking behavior of axisymmetric “spike waves” is quite different to the long-established theories on the breaking of traveling waves.

Traveling waves break when waves become so steep that the crest is no longer stable. This leads to a breakdown of wave motion and energy loss. As a result, the height of the wave is limited by the breaking process.

“Much of our understanding of wave breaking is routed in theories developed and experiments carried out in two dimensions when waves are moving in one direction,” explained lead author Dr. Mark McAllister, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. “However, wave breaking in the ocean is a three-dimensional process.” Read on.

the boys are back in town

Lookie here who’s just turned up at Woolwich Dock in Sydney. The yacht formerly known as Comanche – now re-named andoo – has arrived on her third visit to Australia since her launch in 2015.

The VPLP/Verdier supermaxi completed the delivery voyage from Antigua with just one pit stop in Tahiti. Now chartered to local sailor John Winning Jnr (reportedly for two years, with an option to buy) the 100-footer will contest the major East Coast offshore races, including the Sydney-Hobart.

At the welcoming function, observers noted that champion Australian yachtsman Iain Murray attended wearing andoo livery. Murray has been associated with Wild Oats XI campaigns for more than a decade but now appears to have jumped ship. 

Space alongside at the Woolwich Dock facility will soon be at a premium. Another 100-footer, LawConnect, already lives there and Wild Oats XI is due to come out of the shed in preparation for the trip North to the Hamilton Island Regatta.

Black Jack makes up the quartet of supermaxis who will now compete for line honors glory in the Australian offshore racing program. 

(Title inspiration thanks to Thin Lizzy)

a shot in the dark

AIS tracking partnership Global Fishing Watch has expanded its reach with what it believes to be the first ever publicly-available worldwide map of “undetected dark fleets” – vessels that do not broadcast AIS.

Using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, coupled with machine learning algorithms, Global Fishing Watch has figured out how to automatically track vessels without the use of satellite AIS. By analyzing the entire archive of Sentinel-1 radar imagery, Global Fishing Watch has isolated 20 million data points showing the movements of sea-going vessels over about 30 feet in length. It matched up these radar returns to 100 billion GPS position data points from vessels broadcasting their position over AIS. By correlating the two, the NGO’s system is able to track many vessels even after they “go dark” and attempt to evade detection. Read on.

dock walk talk

Conrad Coleman takes you on a tour of the IMOCAs that will be sailing in the Vendée Arctique which starts this Sunday. Conrad will be sailing his boat, Imagine, a 2007 VPLP design  The course leaves Les Sables, goes around Iceland(!), and then finishes back at Les Sables.

britannia waives the rules

My colleague Shanghai Sailor is offended that anyone should have the temerity to describe the British monarchy as “antiquated and irrelevant”. Perhaps he’s been singing God Save the Queen so loudly he’s become deaf to both history and reality.

Like all hereditary monarchies, the House of Windsor (whose real surname was Battenberg) is an inbred collection of entitled spongers who’ve lived luxuriously off the public purse and their largely stolen private wealth. They are a high-end form of showbiz. In the UK they are the nation’s primary tourist attraction. They have no actual authority over anything other than their own pampered lives. 

The whole notion of a hereditary monarchy is ridiculous. Installing someone as Head of State purely on the basis of who their parents happened to be is as nonsensical as accepting a hereditary brain surgeon.

Donald Trump was a dangerous dingbat but at least he was elected by the citizenry (who could then un-elect him when his unfitness for the presidency became obvious). British and Commonwealth subjects have no such choice. They must cop whomever the “line of succession” delivers next. These have included a madman, assorted sybarites and spendthrifts, and a woman who preferred to speak German.

The only recent senior British royal to earn any respect from the sailing community was Prince Phillip, a Greek who “married in”, taking the current Queen Elizabeth as his bride. He served in the Navy during WWII and was a keen yachtsman, racing his Dragon classer Bluebottle and an offshore yawl Bloodhound.

Phillip can be seen, above, helming the UK 12-metre Sceptre with Uffa Fox calling tactics. (A sceptre is the ancient ceremonial staff of imperial authority carried by a monarch.) Sceptre challenged for the America’s Cup in 1958 and was trounced 4-0. Says it all, really.

 – anarchist David       

you’re next

In a newly-filed appeal to EU decision-makers, Russian billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov has attempted to distance himself from Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian energy sector in an effort to secure the return of his megayacht, the Luna. It is a rare example of a disavowal of Putin’s administration from a member of the Russian elite, who have so far been loathe to break ranks in public.

In a filing recently obtained by The Times, Akhmedov appealed for relief from European sanctions related to the invasion of Ukraine. His yacht, the 380-foot expedition class vessel Luna, is undergoing a refit in Hamburg and may be subject to control measures by German authorities if his sanctions listing is not removed. Read on.

you’re gone

After weeks of legal wrangling, the Russian-owned megayacht Amadea has been seized by American authorities, reflagged in the United States, re-crewed with new mariners and sailed out of the harbor at Lautoka, Fiji.

The Amadea is a 350-foot motor yacht built in Germany in 2016. U.S. authorities believe that her beneficial owner is the sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, a billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Amadea entered Fijian waters in mid-April, the U.S. filed a request for her seizure with local courts and sent FBI agents to carry out enforcement.  Read on.

geezer worlds

Vallarta, Mexico – Two races were completed today at the 2022 ILCA 7 Masters World Championship in Riviera Nayarit, Nueveo Vallarta, Mexico. The racing kicked off in about 8–10 knots, and the breeze picked up a little for the second race to 11–13 knots. There were some tricky shifts to navigate, which created opportunities for new race winners at the event.

The Apprentice and Masters fleet had a general recall, so the race committee reset the course after a 20-degree wind shift, and the fleet was able to get a clean start. All other starts today were clear. More here.

sail on

An old friend, but not an old man, passed yesterday. The only news is on Facebook as of now, but what I read seems to indicate he may have died of a heart attack while racing in Newport yesterday. Apologies for any inaccuracies, but I wanted to share as Hayden has touched so many lives in the high perf and match racing world. A brilliant sailor, great winter sports instructor, and a generous and optimistic human being. Fair winds.

For those who didn’t know him, Hayden was a kiwi turned Colorado snowboard instructor, and one of the top pro trimmers in the game. Multiple WMRT champion, M32, Melges 20/24/32, big boats, the Cup, and just a beast of a sailor. Founding member of US-One. – Mr. Clean.

There is a thread.

nice try

Props to Jalopnik for this one!

If you grew up in America, there’s a good chance you spent every November revisiting the gospel of the Mayflower. Now, a group of engineers tried to recreate the 1620 sea voyage to Plymouth, Massachusetts with an autonomous version of the Mayflower — which totally failed to hit its mark and ended up in Halifax, Nova Scotia instead, the AP reports.

Halifax, NS and Plymouth, MA are separated by about 440 miles, as the crow flies, which is, to be honest, pretty dang close to where it should have ended up, all things considered. After all, it’s not like the Mayflower’s pilgrims actually had a particular destination in mind — they just kind of… ended up where the boat stopped.

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unleashed

An impressive fleet of 12 Cape 31’s hauling ass in the Solent during the Champagne Charlie Platinum Jubilee Regatta. Full results here. Photo by Paul Wyeth.

floating wind

At the end of last week, China deployed its largest floating wind turbine as part of a project designed to advance the technology and demonstrate the capabilities of floating wind power generation. According to the reports from CSSC and state media, the giant construction was uniquely designed for deep-sea and challenging conditions, including the ability to withstand a once in a 100-years typhoon.

Known as Fuyao, the floating platform was towed from Maoming in southern China into a position more than seven miles offshore in the South China Sea. The location was chosen for the demonstration because of a complex seabed and water depths that range between 170 feet and 225 feet. In that location, it will also be subjected to strong currents and the area is prone to typhoons.  Read on.

lost and found

There is a fair bit of chatter about the abandonment of the brand new Infinity 52 Tulikettu. here is the end result of it all... Tulikettu was sailing from Cascais, Portugal, back to the team base in Gosport, England across the Bay of Biscay. She was sailing with her foil fully retracted when the hull struck an unidentified floating object on Monday, April 18th. There was an uncontrolled leak in the boat, the cause of which was unknown. The crew triggered the EPIRB emergency transmitter on Wednesday, April 20, after midnight. The four-person crew worked diligently to stop the inflow...

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submission

To call the British Royal Family “antiquated and irrelevant” shows just how out of touch the Sailing Anarchy is with the world these days. (See God Save the Queen)

Queen Elizabeth has been the Monarch of the United Kingdom for 70 years. Her Platinum Jubilee is being celebrated in over 50 countries, members of the Commonwealth who remain members in no small part because of the “antiquated and irrelevant” head of the British “Royal Family”.

The Sex Pistols on the other hand had an initial career of just two and a half years and are really only “relevant” to those the high side of retirement age trying to, in part, re-live their youth. They are hardly ‘The Rolling Stones’ or Pink Floyd now are they?

If the author of the piece thinks the “Royal Family” are “antiquated and irrelevant they should take a look at the attached still from the coverage of the ‘Trooping of the Colour’ the other day. Unlike claims of a recent American President, you really couldn’t see the ground for those wanting to see the “antiquated and irrelevant” matriarch of the “Royal Family” and the UK has a population of less than a quarter of the US.

And if he can only think of INEOS when he thinks of British Sailing his focus on that subject is as narrow as his focus on the British Royals.

Obviously doesn’t watch much of the Olympic Sailing where Team GBR has won twice as many Golds as Team USA has won total medals. In fact, in the last decade, the USA has won just one solitary Olympic Medal while GBR has racked up 13. – Alistair Skinner aka Shanghai Sailor.

Title thanks to these wankers