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When Baltic Yachts set out to build the world’s first DSS-foiling superyacht for a visionary client, it was a journey into the unknown. DSS had never been used on a yacht of anywhere near this size, or power. With a host of complex engineering challenges to overcome, the owner’s project manager Mattia Belleri of Fluidsailing and Baltic’s project team assembled a world class design loop including Farr Yacht Design, Infiniti Yachts, Lucio Micheletti, Gurit, BAR Technologies, Isotop, North Sails, Rondal and Carbo-Link. The yacht had to be fast and supremely comfortable but also safe, responsive and easy to sail, even with a short-handed crew in the Southern Ocean – but the client’s brief set no defined boundaries. Instead the design team was directed to seriously consider every possible option to achieve the owner’s vision. Read on....

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x-mas is over, this is just starting

While we have been fucking off for a few days, our friends at Zhik have not... The annual Zhik Outlet Sale is here! Breaking from tradition Zhik are opening this sale up for the first time online to reach all you Anarchists. There are heavily discounted past season pieces of women's, men's and kid's apparel and technical items.  With items starting from $10 you’re bound to find a bargain – but be quick, because once it’s gone, it’s gone!...

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pow wow

Comanche pounded it's rivals to grab line honors in the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Race.  A nice win for them, bug disappointing to those of us who wanted a battle! Story here. Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi....

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if it ain’t broke…

The two supermaxis that have apparently had the fewest nip-and-tuck alterations this year have put in strong showings in the first few hours of the Sydney-Hobart race. InfoTrack (the Juan-K 100 footer launched as Speedboat back in 2008) nailed the start in a sparkling 12-knot north east breeze and led the fleet around the clearance mark by almost two minutes. This was the third time she’s been first out the Sydney Heads, having managed the feat in 2015 and 2016 when named Investec Loyal. For spectators, the major early interest was in the battle up the harbor between Wild Oats XI and Scallywag. The two skippers – Mark Richards and Dave Witt – are not exactly drinking buddies. Witt got the early jump but was caught in a close port-and-starboard by WOXI on the Western shore. Scallywag was forced to tack away and surrender their advantage. The surprise in the first few minutes was that Black Jack, with all her recent mods, found it difficult to match the others for straight-line speed. Comanche made a mess of their start and was the last supermaxi out of the harbor. But once the fleet turned South, eased sheets and set their assys on a comfortable three-quarter, Comanche soon dominated. The boat runs and runs. At time of writing she has a clear lead (although slightly to windward of the rhumb line) with the other 100-footers bunched five miles behind. See where they are now....

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pre-race bitching

It’s not often the grumbling begins even before the start of a major offshore race, but the malcontents have a point today. Two groups – one at at each end of the fleet – have voiced what seem like legitimate complaints about the Sydney-Hobart race management.  As more than 150 yachts are set to charge down the Harbour at 13:00 Sydney time, the smaller entrants believe they are at even more of a disadvantage than usual. The harbour is relatively narrow, which means that it would be unsafe to cram everyone from 100-footers to 30-footers together on the same starting line. To solve that problem the Cruising Yacht Club this year has set four parallel lines, each about 200 yards apart.  The fleet is divided into four divisions, with the biggest, fastest yachts at the front and the slowest at the rear. (Separate clearance and rounding marks are set as the fleet approaches open sea at Sydney Heads in an attempt to ensure that everyone sails the same race distance.) On paper that seems a fair solution, but in reality it clearly favours the big boys.  Today, the supermaxis and 60-70 footers starting at the front of the queue will enjoy a huge advantage. Why? Because they get clear air and undisturbed water. In the NE breeze that usually blows for a Hobart start they can also actually sail a slightly shorter first leg to windward than the back markers.  Anyone who’s raced to Hobart in a boat under 40 feet knows how tough it can be to make headway through the chopped-up air behind the vast 140-foot rigs of the supermaxis. Add to that the confused, soupy slop churned up by the spectator fleet and it’s not uncommon for the smaller boats to take 20-30 minutes longer just to...

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happy holidays

Let us please add ourselves as the enemy in the fabricated bullshit "War on Xmas". We're sure someone, somewhere is offended. Yay! Picture props to Anarchist Mathew....

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48 hours

In less than 48 hours the 75th rendition of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, sponsored once again by Rolex kicks off with the now traditional charge down Sydney Harbour flanked by, no doubt, a massive spectator fleet as usual. This time three years ago we were running round like crazy putting the final touches together on the Cookson 50 UBOX for her trip south. It was to be a successful race for Wang Bin’s team with the first ever Chinese podium finish in the Tatersall Cup and an overall win in ORCi.  Now she is in the hands of Paul Buchholz and his team under the name of Exstasea and sadly she is the only real interest from Mainland China as there are no Chinese flagged boats in this, the biggest fleet, well, since the last significant anniversary of the race back with the 50th rendition. There is however a Hong Kong, China entry in Scallywag, skippered by David Witt. Often maligned Witty is a much deeper character than many give him credit for and a good bloke. It would be cool, from this writer’s point of view, to see him leading the big boats out through Sydney Heads and all the way to Constitution Dock. No doubt, as usual the live coverage of the start will focus on the 100 footers and difficult not to see why as it is from these (six boats this year) we will likely see the line honours winner although with relatively light conditions forecast it is unlikely the course record will be threatened.. The Tatersall Cup however, or a top ten finish, is more likely to come from the 50 footers. Incredibly the average length of the overall winner over the last 20 years has been around the 50 foot mark with the...

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all over but the cryin’

Consistency won the 2019 52 Super Series title for Azzurra. At five regattas they finished as the runners-up, each time pained by how close they had come to winning that title. But the crew that is led by Guillermo Parada and sails in the blue of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda played the long game better than anyone this year, never taking their eyes off the top trophy and what is their fourth, and hardest won, season title. Azzurra have the complete package. There is no doubt that tactician Santi Lange required some of the 2018 season, his first full year back in the class since 2014, to get on top of the latest subtleties of this, the highest level of inshore grand prix competition. But this year his risk management has been second to none – he rarely puts Azzurra in high-stress situations yet is still prepared to split from the fleet when extra points are seemingly on offer. Read on....

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punters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=95&v=aLU68g4E7t4&feature=emb_title Had not seen this before. Damn that looks like fun!...

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