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This appears to be dicky no matter the sitch, and while we don't exactly know, here is what Anarchist Liz said about it: Hi, this is the second image recently taken Jan 12 on Tampa Bay at an Opti Regatta. The negligent adult skipper plowed through the clearly marked Opti race course no sign of safety. He also yelled obscenities at the children (ages 8-12) telling them to get the F%$# out of the way. Please note he is also on Port tack. Regardless, he had the choice to stay clear like all of the other large boats and chose not to. There are several upset parents about this and I thought if I shared it here you may have advise how to spread the word for better safety on the water. This behavior is not acceptable I'd like to hear what y'all think....

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we want that

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12 year bitch

Local Knowledge It's pretty rare when you race against the same boat with pretty much the same people for the better part of 12 years. I am speaking of the FT 10 Justice, first with my original FT 10 Anarchy, then with my Melges 32, and now with my recent FT 10 A4. (Yes, there was a Shaw 650, a GP 26 and the SC 33), but those don't really count. One reason why I got a second Tiger (besides absolutely loving the boat) was to take care of some unfinished business. When they first got Justice, we had our way with them pretty easily, but the owner is a good sailor and by the time I was fading racing the boat, we were beating each other pretty even, with maybe a nod to them. Fine. And let's be clear, they don't like us and we don't like them. I've never had a boat swear at us as much as they did in close situations. Kind of shocking, considering their alleged religion, but it is safe to say that we weren't very pleasant in return. All's fair in love and war, ain't that right? So 11 years later, when I found this FT sitting in a backyard, part of the motivation was to make the boat as fast as I could, and go out and not only pound them - which we convincingly did - but to punish the rest of the FTs. For the most part, mission accomplished. And hey, I'm no stud and certainly no rockstar, rather a fading mid level douche, and the racing we do is simply what is out there for our boat. You try to win wherever you race. Don't fucking blame me. A few people pointed out that Justice is now for sale,...

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traction control

It was a bold move and it seems to be working. Leonardo Ferragamo and Enrico Chieffi’s big idea – to rekindle the Corinthian spirit and the intense, but gentlemanly competition between nations, of classic regattas such as the Admiral’s Cup and Sardinia Cup, in a carefully managed one-design format, propelled by the powerful brand values of Nautor’s Swan – is steadily gathering momentum. The inaugural edition of ClubSwan’s biennial tournament, The Nations Trophy, in Palma last autumn was, by all accounts, a very promising start, with close competition in all three one-design classes, ClubSwan 50, Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42, and a total of 28 yachts representing 11 nations. This season’s follow-up series, The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League, has built on that success, enabling owners and crew, as Chieffi says, ‘to maintain the intensity of competition and friendly rivalry witnessed last October in Palma’. The four-part Mediterranean League series kicked off in March with Monaco Swan One Design, where competitive fleets representing eight nations battled it out over four days of inshore windward-leeward racing in a challenging range of conditions that varied from light and fluky to a spanking strong breeze. ‘The race committee was perfectly patient and did an exceptional job dealing with, at times, pretty difficult conditions,’ said Ken Read, tactician on the winning ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone. ‘I give them as much credit as the sailors, because it was a hard job to get that many good races off. There was not one race that turned into complete weirdness. There were big shifts, but if you played them right you’d win and if you did not, you lost. That is all you can ask as a sailboat racer.’ Then it was back to Mallorca in May for PalmaVela, where the three ClubSwan fleets joined 11 other classes. Fickle...

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double dutch

A Dutch team led by Simeon Tienpont  have reported to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as challenger for the 36th America's Cup. Tienpont, the former skipper of Team AkzoNobel and America's Cup winner. Now is the chance Tienpont: "Now is the chance for the Netherlands to get a Dutch challenger on the water for the first time in history. The design of the AC75 and the technical specifications are perfectly suited to the Dutch maritime and aviation industry. The America's Cup has always worked as a breeding ground for technology in competitive sailing, and now more than ever before, these innovations also attract the maritime industry. The Dutch maritime sector is recognized as a world leader; it is now a matter of using that leadership to achieve success in participating in the 36th America's Cup. Add to this that our competition sailors are among the best in the world. " Translated from here.  ...

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multi style

We could not be more excited to announce Sparkman & Stephens as our newest advertiser, and we thought that this listing from their brokerage was pretty outstanding, so check it! Welcome aboard FINN, the 53' custom trimaran built by McConaghy Boats, listed with Sparkman & Stephens Broker, Paul Buttrose. Read more here.  ...

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