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A friend and I took the Topper Topaz Race X out for a spin on a puffy, shifty San Diego day. Good news: We didn’t capsize. Better news: It is a cool little thing. Bad news: It’s not made for old men like us! The Topaz Race X. At 12.7 long and a hull weight of […]

September 23rd, 2018

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A man has died after a yacht capsized off Sydney’s south this morning. Emergency services were called after reports a woman swam to shore from the stricken vessel at Boat Harbour, near Kurnell at about 5am. NSW Water Police and a rescue helicopter conducted a search of the area and located the body of a […]

September 23rd, 2018

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Heading down to SDYC to take this brand new Topper Topaz for a little spin and will post a review later. Big thanks to Dan Avina, a new Topper rep in SoCal…  

September 22nd, 2018

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China Club Challenge Match – Xiamen Day one of the event kicked off with the usual speechifying and scene setting that one gets used to at a Chinese regatta. Sponsors and those who helped make it possible were thanked then the current trophy holders official returned the trophies they had held for a year to […]

September 21st, 2018

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From the GBR press report: Solo sailors in the 2018 Golden Globe Race have been hit by a vicious storm mid way across the South Indian Ocean. The 70knot winds and 14m seas have left India’s Abhilash Tomy and Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin’s dismasted, and twice knocked down the yacht of 2nd placed Dutchman Mark Slats. […]

September 21st, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ Competitive big-boat one-design racing is clicking up a notch at New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and soon elsewhere around the world with the new Mills-designed IC37. This affordable, strict one-design speedster will be making its competitive debut in the 2019 season, and the order books at Melges are already filling up fast. It’s […]

September 21st, 2018

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Last Saturday, clear skies and fair winds greeted the many Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club sailors, young and old, for the Opening of the 100th Season of racing boats on the river, the joy and expectation of a landmark season were shattered in the early hours of the following morning when the primary storage shed […]

September 20th, 2018

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Looks like they already did! On the spot shot at the 52 Super Series in Valencia from Max Ranchi.  

September 20th, 2018

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Who really suffers in this trade war with China? The Chinese companies? Perhaps but nowhere as near as the poor American consumer. Let’s look at one simple product – a ball point pen. Pre tariffs (just a tax really) lets say and American ball point pen cost $2 and a Chinese pen cost US1. The […]

September 20th, 2018

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From Pieter van Geest, Van Geest Design… Project Ripple is a study done with feedback from clients and crews. These large sailing yachts are actually very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Guests and even the owner can not manoeuvre on deck because of high tension/load areas with lines (the size […]

September 20th, 2018

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Once you get past the phony look of concern on the orange face of the Orange Blob, then read what he said; “At least you got a boat out of it.” For real, Mr. Fake President? You think it’s funny time? What a first class douchebag. That is almost as good as the so-called president […]

September 20th, 2018

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Defending Champions Team Farrar, representing Fishers Island Yacht Club, won the 2018 International One Design World Championship in an exciting series that took place from 26 August to 1 September, 2018 in Stenungsund, Sweden. Thirteen boats did battle over five days of racing, representing Sweden, Norway, Canada, Bermuda and the United States. Team Werdiger (Nantucket) […]

September 19th, 2018

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 Of course, this can only be from Burning man! That is @delaneyeva. Damn, she just became our Bicycling Sailor Chick Of The Week!  

September 19th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ In all sizes… At the same time as making ever bigger inroads into the sharp end of the superyacht and grand prix fleets, Doyle One Design continue to knock it out the park in classes like the J/70 and Etchells Rolex Yachtsman of the Year 2017 and reigning J/70 world champion Peter Duncan […]

September 19th, 2018

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If our eyes are correct – and they may not be – is this TP 52 not carrying their jib at three degrees?  

September 19th, 2018

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Recreational boating hit hard with a wide range of marine products impacted A third wave of tariffs announced Monday by the Trump administration will impose a 10 per cent tariff on an additional US$200b of Chinese goods are set to take effect 24 September, followed by a 25 per cent increase at the start of […]

September 19th, 2018

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 We kid. We know how hard it is to win a big regatta, especially up there.  Keep rollin, G… It is hard to write a report from a regatta when you did not do that well.  It is harder when you can pinpoint every mistake. Harder yet when you had phenomenal boat speed and […]

September 18th, 2018

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Love this shot of this behemoth… Maxi Banque Populaire IX and skipper Armel Le Cléac’h cordoned off in the morning qualification of 1200 miles in two and a half days. This prerequisite is the first solo since the launching and represents a major step forward for the skipper and his team.  

September 18th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ The adrenaline-fueled Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Harbor Island, San Diego, from October 18-21 this year, following its successful debut in 2017. Presented by SAP, the penultimate stop on the action-packed global tour will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams, whose crew boasts Olympians, World Champions and America’s Cup […]

September 18th, 2018

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Update: We received this note from an Anarchist:  Nice lead story today. Those bloody Ospreys going round on Saturday… we raced the same course two-handed on the J/80 starting an hour later and beating back up the Solent in 20kt after 8 hours we were pretty grumpy to see them all still in front…Bloody unsporting […]

September 17th, 2018

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The International Whaling Commission has rejected Japan’s bid to end the global moratorium on commercial whaling. At this the 67th meeting of the IWC, Japan advanced a set of recommendations calculated to undermine the prohibition on commercial whaling agreed to in the 1980s. These included proposals to establish a Sustainable Whaling Committee and a process […]

September 17th, 2018

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Image from Saturday’s race at the Manly Skiff Club. Ka-Boom……. a 25kt gust and a trip to the sail maker is required. They won by the way…  

September 17th, 2018

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Nervous times right now as Typhoon Mangkhut nears her point of closest approach to us. We are physically a good 100km away but as the beast lashes Hong Kong. APAT (the former Yendys) one of the first race boats in China is lying close to the sea wall at Hebe Haven with only her deep […]

September 17th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’ If by a man’s works shall we know him, you’re already well acquainted with Gianni Cariboni. His company has been involved with Wally Yachts since its inception, supplies all the Volvo Ocean 65 hydraulics, and has been involved in every America’s Cup cycle since 2000. He’s just returned bronzed and relaxed after a […]

September 17th, 2018

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Race Report For the second straight day, easterly winds at 10-13 knots pushed the fleet of almost 40 entrants to some exciting, sometimes rugged moments of racing at the Jaguar Land Rover Sonar American Championship. “We have a great boat and an amazing team,” said SPITFIRE skipper Karl Ziegler of Norton YC, the overall leader […]

September 14th, 2018

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The world is full of double standards. If local governments or even a building developer does not include access for disabled people these days there would be a public outcry or even so far as the plans for the building would be turned down out of hand. However, when the Olympic Games, that supposed bastion […]

September 14th, 2018

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I told the crew of A4 I was getting us team hoodies. I didn’t tell them they were in stripper pink! They’ll wear them, and like it! We’re doing some in  titanium too, but the pinks will both awesome and hated! I hear a couple of them are already on ebay… Of course Mark Michaelsen of Dry […]

September 13th, 2018

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When a sport is able to attract a low end politician to attend an event prize giving it is usually considered a minor coup. When a sports event excels itself and can roll out a ‘big gun’ people usually take notice. At the prize giving for the recent Far East Cup it was more than the […]

September 13th, 2018

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 A camera set up on Frying Pan Tower is capturing the approach of Hurricane Florence as the storm barrels toward North Carolina. The 80-foot lighthouse was built in the 1960s about 34 miles off the coast to warn ships of the shoals at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. […]

September 13th, 2018

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Hey, did ya hear the one about the notable San Diego-based YC  entrant, along with notable YC members, who got pulled over while racing? Pulled over, if we have our story right, by the Fish and Game Department? If what we hear is thought to be true, they were stopped, under spinnaker, told to turn […]

September 13th, 2018

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