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If there is one sailing event that always makes my heart skip a beat it’s the Worrell 1000. It has always been like that from the first time I heard about the race back when who knows when. A long time ago. I grew up sailing beach cats out of Durban, South Africa. Hobie 16’s to be exact, and I simply loved it. We were just day sailing and the thrill was at a high level. When I heard that there was a beach cat race along the east coast of the US that went from beach to beach and involved good music and pretty women in bikinis, I was totally hooked. When I found out that it was a 1,000 mile race, well my mind was blown. A thousand miles on a beach cat and on a Hobie 16 nonetheless. What an idea and what an event it was; until it wasn’t. I bring this up now because the Worrell 1000 is back and the most recent race finished this past weekend. There are a few things to note here. I knew Mike Worrell, well that may be a bit of a stretch, I met him a few times. He was a mild mannered man who, back in 1974, as a result of a bar bet, you know how those things go, sailed his Hobie 16 from Virginia Beach to Florida. There were only two entries; Mike and his brother. Mike and his crew Steve McGarrett were the only ones that finished. They pulled into Ft Lauderdale after 20 days. From that bar bet and very humble beginning the Worrell 1000 grew in strength until it started to attract some of the best sailors in the world. One of them and one of the best by far was American...

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Quantum Racing taking charge at the  ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES Baiona Sailing Week. That and they finally got rid of tired sail graphics. The hull is next! Thanks to Max Ranchi for the shot....

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perseverance

The (well-kept secret) of the RWYC in Plymouth UK starts the 2 handed Round Britain and Ireland race this Sunday. Pegasus of Northumberland, (ex Artforms, ex Pegasus) the Owen Clarke Open 50 starts as one of the favorites. She is co-skippered by Adrian Banks and Ross Hobson, Ross is an old hand at this having won the RB&I and TJV previously, BUT his co-skipper Adrian (Banksy as he is known in UK sailing circles) is facing the massive challenge with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. This makes the brutal race even harder! Banksy has been training on and offshore to be as physically fit as possible working with leading UK Parkinson's researchers to explore how physical fitness can reduce symptoms and delay progress and onset....

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the new green deal

The season of the recyclable prototype of Northern Light Composites, Ecoracer, the sportboat in flax fibers and thermoplastic resin designed by Matteo Polli and fully equipped with Onesails Nord Est 4T FORTE recyclable technology, begins with a victory at the Italian ORC Sportboat Championship. Ecoracer won the overall championship with 2-3-1-1-4-2.5 results in a fleet of forty boats. Very light wind conditions characterized the championship: 8-10 knots on Saturday, when three races were held in the late afternoon; on Sunday the first race with very light wind with the morning "Peler" and two more races in the afternoon with a breeze of 8 knots. The ecoracer crew - competing for Yacht Club Monfalcone - for the Italian Championship was led by Roberto Spata and Lorenzo Tonini, president of the Circolo Vela Gargnano, who selected some young sailors from the club. Giulio Maccarone took care of the boat ashore. The ecoracer design team is made up of Matteo Polli, who took care of the water lines, Alessandro Pera and Mattia Sconocchia who took care of the structures, Roberto Baraccani and Alessandro Stagni took care of the engineering of the composite and Samuele Nicolettis (Onesails Nord Est) is the sail designer....

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no less angry

Way back in the day I somehow convinced the late, great Frank Butler of Catalina Yachts fame to give me a Capri 25 that Doug Peterson would modify to make it as fast as possible for San Diego. A tall, double spreader Forespar rig was built, Carl Eichenlaub made the keel and rudder deeper, and Sobstad made a set of really nice sails (I was slingin' sails for them back then). It actually worked, and the thing was a light air rocket. We won a lot of stuff, then the boat got sold to make way for the new MORC-oriented Capri 25 MK 2, Tuna Surprise that we sailed to mixed results.  Btw, pictured from left to right: me, Jim Donovan, Paul Bishop, Chuck Simmons, Petey Formica. Anyway, the boat changed hands over the years, and here is some current anger directed at the Planet...! - ed. To: Performance Handicap Racing Fleet of Southern California Protest Another Boat's Rating Subject: Angry Red Planet, Capri 25, Hull No. CPSK0404M84C, SN. 87514 Attention: Bob Langan, PHRF Mr. Langan, This email is being written to you because I have deep concerns that the PHRF rules have been ignored when the owner applied for a temporary certificate for his Capri 25, MKll . The boat in question is Angry Red Planet, sail number 87514. This boat came to my attention through an article within the archive of Sailing Anarchy. ( See Attachments). I am an Oceanside Yacht Club competitor, former Capri 25 owner, and current Capri 30 ( SN 87163) owner also participating in the OYC Twilight Summer Racing Series. In reviewing the attached articles and the temporary certificate issued to Dan Avina for Angry Red Planet, I noticed several discrepancies, which were brought to the attention of the OYC Fleet Captain and the...

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we are family

David Starck, with bro Tommy Starck and Jenna Probst, sailing “Patstrong” won the Lightning World Championship on Saturday.  With wife Jody having won the Master’s Worlds earlier in the week it truly was a family affair at Carolina YC for the Starck’s. While the Starck family name is prominent this week, David and Jody would be the first people to tell you what matters is the family that is the Lightning class.  Of the 50 teams in the regatta, 22 boats had 2 or more family members, including the winner.  There were four husband-wife teams and one husband and wife who were each driving their own boats. The Rulli boat from Italy had the youngest sailor in the regatta with 14-year-old Stefano accepting that honor.   Just like when a real-life family pushes it’s members to be more than they thought possible, the Lightning family pushes each other to new heights through the competitive nature of the class.  Behind David was Tito Gonzales from Chile, who has won more Lighting Worlds than anyone, five, and a windy Etchells Worlds in San Fran.  Javier Conte from Argentina has won the last two Worlds and has an Olympic Bronze medal in the 470 class.  In fourth was Snipe and Star World Champ Augie Diaz, who had Laura Jeffers, the class Executive Secretary sailing with him.  Laura is maybe as much, or more, class den mother being the glue that keeps the Lightning family, old and new, together and thriving. This level of competition elevates everyone in the class.  With boats from three different countries in the top five and eight countries total – US, Chile, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Italy, and Canada – the Lightning family is thriving internationally.  No doubt covid kept other traditional class stalwart countries like Greece and Finland home this...

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that’s some oracle

Should we be surprised that Larry Ellison is a Trumper? Not when huge tax breaks for the grossly wealthy are at stake. After all, when you are already worth close to $90 billion dollars, apparently some say just fuck the anti-environmental, hideous racism, the corruption, the hatred and misogyny of the Cheeto Mussolini in order to make even more money. But to allegedly be involved in the strategy of the Big Lie propagated by the twice-impeached Presidential failure? That is absolutely and without a doubt as disgusting and wrong as possible. Wtf is he thinking? "Billionaire Larry Ellison participated in a phone call with some of Donald Trump's biggest supporters discussing efforts to keep the former reality TV star in office despite the fact he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, according to a new report". Read on....

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nice tri

Multiple security services are reporting what may have been an opportunist approach and attempted boarding of a racing sailboat sailing near the coast of Yemen. While both the UKMTO and MICA Centre reported that a vessel was attacked while in transit 33 nautical miles southwest of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, the full nature of the incident remains unclear. Analysts from Dryad Global are identifying the vessel as a well-known racing trimaran named Lakota. Between 1993 and 2000, the 60-foot vessel under the command of skipper Steve Fossett broke 12 records. The vessel was listed for sale with prices ranging from approximately $250,000 to over $300,000 before being reported sold earlier this year. The Associated Press said that famed French yachtsman Philippe Poupon acquired the trimaran and planned to sail around the world. The vessel is normally operated by a crew of up to five people. It is currently registered in Hong Kong. Read on....

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foxy

But Ben Rogerson’s foxy new 41ft hybrid design offers high-performance offshore racing in both fully-crewed and shorthanded formats... Shorthanded or fully crewed, the smart layout of the BRYD 41 has been designed to cater for both approaches to offshore racing. From the Hamble-based stable of Ben Rogerson Yacht Design (BRYD), the aero sleekness of this twin-ruddered carbon 41-footer oozes speed and purpose. Look more closely at the deck and cockpit layout and you start to see that there will be very few occasions when anyone will need to venture forward of the mast. Read on....

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