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Big Pimpin'   There’s a lot happening at Persico Marine right now. The renowned Italian shipyard, which ranks among the world’s leading builders of highend racing yachts and large, highperformance luxury sailing cruisers, has a wide range of ground-breaking projects on the go.   The latest news is from Persico’s racing yacht production facility at Nembro in Lombardy, where two America’s Cup projects are under way. In addition to building the boats for the Italian challenger team Luna Rossa, Persico is also developing the hydrofoil arms that will be used by all of the teams in the forthcoming Cup.   An interesting Imoca 60 is also taking shape at Nembro and various structural components including foils, beams and rudders are being produced for the 100ft Ultim Class trimarans Gitana and Sodébo.   Meanwhile, a 145ft Wally superyacht is now in build at Persico’s performance cruiser shipyard in Massa-Carrara following the launch in September 2018 of the Umberto Felci-designed P65, a remarkable and radical cruiser-racer that redefines the genre.   Read on.  ...

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strongly worded

Rushcutters Bay Times, Friday 11th Jan 2019. The Skipper of this years Sydney to Hobart Line Honers winner, Mark Richards has just released the following Statement- In response to fucking intense fucking speculation and fucking misinformation on the fucking Sailing Anarchy fucking website, I on behalf of the owners and connections of Wild Oats XI, wish to fucking well address the fucking issue of our fucking AIS fucking transmissions during last years fucking Hobart fucking race. Shortly before the fucking start, the fucking helicopter was fucking hovering just above our fucking masthead, making it fucking hard for the fucking crew to fucking hear my calm fucking instructions and playing fucking havoc with my fucking hair. One of the fucking roter blades fucking hit our fucking aerial and obviously fucked it. The fucking thing was fucking split right down the fucking middle, resulting in it only fucking receiving, not fucking transmitting. As we fucking approached the fucking finish fucking line, one of those fucking great big fucking Tasmanian seagulls fucking shat on the fucking thing and that glued it back into one piece, and the fucking thing started working again. The fucking AIS was switched to fucking transmit but it is fucking clear that for much of the race the fucking fucker was fucked. We fucking resent the fucking allegations that we fucking cheated and we are demanding a fucking apology from fucking Yachting Australia, the fucking CYCA, Fucking Squwark and all the other fucking competitors, the fucking helicopter pilot, the fucking Australian Cricket fucking team, NSW fucking waterways, the Fucking state Premier, the entire fucking federal Government, Sydney fucking ferries, every fucking Palm beach owner, Jimmy fucking Spithill, fucking Jack Sparrow, Paps 49, 50 and 51 and that fucking cunt Mid. Thank you all for your interest and support of this wonderful event. Parody, courtesy our Sailing Anarchy...

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davie not down

UPDATE: GOOD NEWS!! Just received a call from Robin Davie /s brother that Robin called in by VHF radio to a coast station. He is 25miles SW of the SCILLY Isles. All is well. I am sure Robin will answer all the questions later, but certainly good news for now. Robin had left instructions with his brother that If he had NOT made contact by Tuesday morning something must be wrong. His brother then raised his concerns with UK Falmouth Coast Guard on Wednesday morning and they were managing the situation. The family is very grateful for all they and the French MRCC have done.   Falmouth Coastguard has issued an 'All Ships Alert' for British solo yachtsman Robin Davie, now three days overdue on a 300 mile solo cross-Channel voyage from Les Sables d'Olonne, France back to his home port of Falmouth in Cornwall.   The 67-year old experienced sailor, who has successfully completed three solo circumnavigations, set out from the French port at 10:00 on Saturday 5th January, telling his brother Rick Davie to expect him back last Tuesday. Nothing has been heard from him since.   Davie was reported overdue on Wednesday morning and the UK Maritime Coastguard Falmouth have been broadcasting alerts to all shipping in the area since then. No EPIRB signal has been detected.   Weather conditions have been light and variable for the past week. Davie's yacht, the Rustler 36 C'EST La VIE had recently undergone a complete refit including new mast and rigging, which had been fitted in Les Sables D'Olonne. There is a discussion thread.  ...

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go ahead, be a pinhead

A truckload of weird-shaped safety-orange sails just showed up on the Fulcrum loading dock from our awesome friends at North and there's something different about them. They go on the same spar package but have 1.8 square meters less area, almost all of it taken out of the trailing edge up at the tip. This leaves them with an odd "pinhead" look, which has recently become highly fashionable in the A-class and there's some fun practical science behind it that I really can't resist sharing. When we first started developing the UFO in 2015 we were surprised by precisely how broad the tuning range on the single 7.8 square meter mainsail paired with our patented variable stiffness rig system proved to be. The thing could turn into a truck in light wind and get you flying or be flattened to essentially zero camber and feather like crazy at the tip and go happily right up into 30 knots of breeze without becoming fully un-sailable. "Cool!" We concluded "On to the next adventure". What we found in practice is that with smaller kids in windier conditions, this hit a snag. Around 15+ knots you can have the sail fully de-powered and its fundamentally trickier for a 12 year old to level the boat off and get going. Still fun and still working. But from the dock, as a designer, you know deep down that just as the radial did with the laser, the 5 did with the Aero and so on and so on, a little toying with canvass can go a long way for lighter pilots. So we set our design parameters and got busy designing an alternative small sail for very light sailors learning in big breeze. Being an opinionated jerk, I set abnormally difficult parameters for the project....

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the kraken!

This week on the 8th January saw Team Village Monde crossing the finish line as winners of the Kraken Cup (sponsored by Garmin) one of the World’s most adventurous, yet basic, sailing races. Whilst most of us were nursing hangovers, New Year’s Day in Zanzibar saw an international field of 22 teams (made up of 66 sailors), set sail in the Kraken Cup, which, in the modern age of fibreglass hulls and carbon fibre sails, strips things back to basics. The Cup tests the seamanship of sailors to the max as it races in Ngalawas, traditional African fishing boats whose hulls are carved by hand from mango trees and outriggers lashed on. To add to the adventurous spirit of the race, the course, which is made up of a series of compulsory checkpoints, includes a of couple ‘free-sailing’ sections. Sailors not only have to contend with the challenges of sailing ngalawas but also find somewhere to sleep for the night - roughing it on uninhabited islets, camping on islands with inquisitive locals or staying in a traditional fishing village. Racers are encouraged to ‘bring a hammock’. The sixth edition of the Cup wound its way 500km around the coast of Tanzania, between the Zanzibar Archipelago and the stunning Lindi region. The route takes in some of best sailing in the Indian Ocean and, for the first three days of the race, it appeared some of the calmest sailing too, with little wind and still seas. Then things changed dramatically, with ferocious gusts and big swells rolling in. The change in weather resulted in numerous capsizes and battered and broken boats and crew, and with one team diverting course to help rescue three local shipwrecked sailors, with only 13 teams remaining in the main race on the final day. It was...

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evening glass

A kill shot from a drone/story we are doing on a certain Kettenburg 41 owned by a certain rockstar here in town. This shot thanks to uber talent Justin Edelman from Coronado last night as the Ed sailed the boat nowhere. Stay tuned for a brand new video series were have started...  ...

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it’s a drug. a good one.

Will your Yacht Club be the next to jump on the Radio Control craze sweeping the nation? Will your Yacht Club be hosting the next big charity regatta this coming year, but don't know how to do it when all the racing is a mile off shore and can't be seen by spectators? Do you have a Yacht Club located right on the water with a clear spectating view of an untapped racing area in clear sight of the bar or restaurant? Or maybe your members that come off the water from a morning or afternoon of racing all day when their crew goes home, but your not ready to leave the clubhouse yet need something to do cause they don't want to go home and get stuck with working around the house for the remaining daylight left in the day?........ Well pick up a race ready RC Sailboat and get the fun going!!! It only takes one person in the club to get the ball rolling and watch the fleet build. I guarantee you that when one boat starts sailing, someone will walk up and ask to try it and next thing you know you have two boats next weekend. Then two more after that and two more after that. I think they call that the snowball effect and it's happening all over the country with many Yacht Clubs. And the next thing you know your Club is hosting a NOOD Charity Regatta and the local Yacht Club fleet of RC boats is the largest One-Design Fleet in the regatta and spectated by 100's off the Yacht Club's decks and docks. Don't believe me, ask the Chicago Yacht Club when hosting the 2018 Nood Regatta...... Now you ask where does this all start....the AMERICAN MODEL YACHTING ASSOCIATION (AMYA) is...

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