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rich man, poor man

Best post yet on the Olympic "Offshore" boat... I congratulate WS. Finally we have recognition that sailing is a rich person's sport and we have an event that will exclude the great unwashed. This harks back to the golden era of Olympic sailing between 1920 and 1932 when Olympic sailing was recognized as an exclusive gentleman's sport and proud of it!.  That was the era of the privately owned 8 meters  for four Olympic cycles and of course....1920 was the jubilee year.....when the working classes are distracted by mundane matters such as the great depression and unemployment but gentlemen were racing 12 meter yachts at the Olympics. There was none of this nonsense about gender neutrality or crap about including 3rd world countries like India or China. Olympic sailing was a decent yacht from a proper country sailed by someone with the means to pay their own way without being subsidized by the taxpayer. A yacht costing $200,000 or so, should bring back some decent owner types and if they choose to hire a professional sailor so that they can buy an Olympic medal in addition to their son's place at Stanford....all credit to them. Its capitalism at work. I think it diminishes the event to allow charter boats or provided boat.  If you cant afford it,  you shouldn't be there.  That is why they are called Olympic trials.   Jump in the thread....

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heavy metal

We just love build pics, and this The Bestevaer 72 'Symbiose' -designed by Dykstra Naval Architects- is under construction and her aluminium hull and part of the interior will be for show during the Open Day at KM Yachtbuilders April 13....

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today is the day

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‘canes a comin’

The coming Atlantic and Caribbean/GOM Hurricane season... In 68 days we will enter into the 2019 hurricane season for those basins listed above. If you have not already arranged for insurance, this might be a good time to do so if you want the policy in force before the official start to the season arrives. There is still a lot of runway left before the 2019 is likely to get underway but for now, the Sea Surface Temperatures in the breading ground that would effect those slammed by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have thermodynamic numbers on their side. Water temps between the Cape Verde Islands and the Windward Islands is at or below normal. While this could change, at least it is a hopeful point for our friends at Bitter End Yacht club who are rebuilding and for Bernard Appie Stoutenbeek and the Lagoon Marina team on St. Maarten. My fingers are crossed that this will be a mild season and allow the repairs to continue and the foliage to continue to return. You mosquitoes can continue to stay away thank you very much. More later as the tea leaves on the 2019 season arrange....

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not all fun and games

Ullman Sails' Keith Magnussen shares his final report from the J/125 Timeshaver on the Cabo race... Before I get into this I wanted to start out by saying congratulations to Team Fast Exit for their overall win in the 2019 Newport to Cabo.  Their navigator called a perfect race and the boat was faster than I have ever seen so kudos to them. So now we can dive right into the 2nd or 3rd day of the NHYC-Cabo Race.  If you missed the first few days please check back at my preview and also the live updates from the boat. You prepare for an offshore race with the intentions of avoiding any dramatic occurrences.   It is truly vital to be prepared for anything and also be able to adapt in a situation that you did not see coming.  I think it was 2.5 days in when everything went south (no pun intended).  We were doing well, trading off the lead and were preparing the assault on the second half of the race.  Our navigator, Damian, had been doing a fantastic job of keeping us moving in the right direction.  He was staying awake long hours, sleeping in his foul weather gear and basically being stressed.  Navigators have it tough on small boats.  Somewhere along the line something happened.  Damian started to complain of a pain in his lower chest and started to vomit.  I just figured he was feeling a bit sick maybe from some food or stress.  Stig, our VOR dude, was also the doctor on board and did not yet voice concerns (although this rapidly happened).  Stig was fantastic in observing all of us and did not miss a thing.  It was a good thing we had him on this race. As Damian’s condition deteriorated he resorted to spending long...

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this little piggy..

...went to the Olympics? The L 30 has been chosen for something called the double-handed Offshore Worlds in 2020, yet another World Sailing event. It would then follow with the notion that this $200,000 fugly, twin-wheel steered, under-powered trailer sailor is destined for the Olympics. Um, okay....

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rent a ride

If the figures announced by Globe Sailor are not an independent statistical campaign, they give an interesting picture of the boat rental market, through an operator working with many fleet managers. While international tourism grew by 6% in 2018 with 1.4 billion tourists, Globe Sailor posted a 30% increase, all types of boats combined, confirming the attractiveness of the boat holidays. Read on....

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