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Samantha is a girl for all seasons, and always makes SA look good whether she’s Sailor or Skier Chick of the Week...

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The national association for sailing Down Under, Australian Sailing, today released a statement to the media (below) concerning the loss of Showtime (previously Midnight Rambler) after the keel fell off on the return delivery from the Sydney-Hobart race. The SA forum carried a very lively exchange at the time of the loss between the original designer, Ker, and some "interested parties". The keel was a recent mod designed by another naval architect. It is interesting that AS felt compelled to conduct their own investigation/review when the accident did not occur during an AS event. Under Australian law, had there been any loss of life that would have prompted a Coronial Inquiry (as happened after the tragic 1998 Sydney-Hobart). The relevant regulatory body, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) could also investigate, and may well be doing so. - Anarchist David Australian Sailing has determined to conduct a review into the LCE Showtime incident and provide a report on the facts and learnings of the incident. After completing the CYCA's 2019 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, race entrant LCE Showtime was being delivered back to Sydney when on 5 January 2020 at 0230 hours the keel failed, and the crew activated its emergency beacon. The NSW police service responded to the incident and all crew were rescued. Australian Sailing has determined to conduct a review to provide a report on the factual happenings in respect of the incident. The National Safety Committee has appointed Tim Cox (chair), Chris Zonca and Frank Walker to conduct the Review. Of particular interest to the review are the processes relating to the original design and modifications to the keel, groundings or impacts, administrative procedures and documentation, actions undertaken by the crew at the time of the incident, and the application of the Australian Sailing Sea Safety...

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he’s gonna get it

I am an avid sailor, educator, and in just a few months, I’m going to become the first African American man to attempt 12 world records, including the fastest person to sail around the globe, solo — thanks to a clean energy powered sailboat. Growing up in Baltimore, I didn’t spend as much time near the water as you might think for living in a coastal community. But, when I was nine I had the opportunity to go sailing with the Living Classroom Foundation’s Lady Maryland program. This event introduced me to sailing and changed my life forever. The sense of freedom I felt steering the boat that day has stayed with me for all these years — it has influenced my dreams and shaped the direction of my career. The Captain of the Lady Maryland told me I could sail around the world one day — and I believed him. Read on....

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come and get it

With no racing on Friday February 14 due to summer storms that wreaked havoc with the breeze, Saturday’s final day of the 49er, 49er and Nacra 17 2020 World Championship looks like this: Schedule: Two gold fleet races for all three fleets commencing at 0955hrs Two silver and bronze fleet races immediately following Three medal races commencing at 1355hrs in the following order: Nacra 17, 49erFX, 49er Join us from 0950hrs (AEDT) to watch all the action live from the TV course on Corio Bay, Geelong, one of the ports along the vast horsehead-shaped bay in southern Victoria that is Port Phillip....

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the man

In this new video about L. Francis Herreshoff by our friends at Off Center Harbor, you'll get to sit in on an intimate conversation among three gentlemen who actually knew Herreshoff. You can click here to step aboard with biographer Roger Taylor, historian Maynard Bray, and close friend Art Brendze as they relate personal stories and deep knowledge of the man behind the brilliant yacht designs. Thanks to our friends at OffCenterHarbor.com for making this video available to Anarchists....

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We’ve never pulled punches about the kind of person we think Larry Ellison is.  Even as fans of his SailGP project have begged us to ‘go easy’ because of ‘the good’ he’s doing for the sport, we’ve maintained that Larry rarely has  done anything for a truly good reason. His latest project is more about Larry’s inability to accept defeat and spiting the tiny little nation who so completely humiliated him in Bermuda. And today, Ellison’s spite for ‘the people’ likely killed his series for good when the news broke that Lazza is now raising millions for one Donald J. Trump, hosting the orange diabetes host for a quarter-million-dollar-a-plate fundraiser next month, presumably in some castle or palace or spaceship or wine cavern.  Ellison becomes the first tech titan to openly support Trump outside of the notoriously detested Peter Thiel; obviously the thought of Bernie Sanders coming for any of the billions that Ellison is entitled to by right was just too much for Ellison and his infinite generosity. Looking at the 2020 SailGP season schedule we’re struck by what a well-educated and socialist-loving bunch of venues are on the list, and we are not at all sure that Sydney, Copenhagen, New York, Cowes, and San Francisco are going to be excited about providing support for Larry Ellison’s passion project, especially since Trump is likely to attend at least one of the US events. Anyone who downloads the SailGP App, visits a SailGP venue, or shares a SailGP link will indirectly be supporting Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, and anyone who works for SailGP will be directly supporting it. Hey, It was good while it lasted. Discuss in the FailGP thread....

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This is my version of hell. I told you why I wasn't going to the us sailing "leadership" forum, and here, in (almost) living color, is exactly why: Dave Reed, Dawn Riley, some dork (with his badge on to signify his self-importance), Tucker Carlson, oops, Thompson and Tom Ehmann. Excepting Ehmann, I could not find four people who dislike me more, and vice versa. And look at that ridiculous "stage" - could they cram them any closer together? Can you imagine me up there - hahahaha! I'd be wearing a black Anarchy hoody, on my third Bloody Mary, saying inappropriate things, making snoring sounds, and probably farting about every other minute. I'd blame Riley too, and no one would doubt me. Yep, looking forward to my invitation for next year. - ed....

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