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i want candy

An unusual kite seen on Kanibal, a Tripp 33 at the Sailing Festival in Ubatuba, Brazil. According to Anarchist Narciso, "it is made out of PPS, polystyrene, like that used in candy wrappers!" No word how it worked, but it looks sweet! Thanks to Bow Wow Wow for the title inspiration....

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puff the magic dragon

Rail Meat put together a nice summary of the first part of the Atlantic Cup, which he won in his Class 40 Dragon.  As always, a great read.  Remember that part 2 – inshore racing in Newport – happens this weekend.  Go check it out and watch the thread for more news. Apologies for not getting a post out in the last few hours of the race, but we had a bit on and I was not in a position to check in. Hopefully you all had a chance to follow along on the atlanticcup.org site where the media person embedded on Dragon was making some tweets. I figured I would give a recap of the race as best as my sleep-deprived memory will allow. We had some very close and exciting racing with the lead changing 7 times over the course of 30 hours and 260 miles, so plenty of things to cover. Dragon also had an "entertaining" bit of mishap and mayhem occur as we rounded Montauk so I promise that if you read it through to the end your blood lust will be at least partially satisfied. Dragon (me) pooched the start, badly. There were very fickle and variable winds in New York Harbor, and we were the northern most boat in the dial up and ended up in a completely windless hole. Boats 50 feet south of us had wind and were able to get across the line while we wallowed around, literally pointed the wrong direction and unable to do anything about it. However once we got enough wind to get turned around and under way, we were able to slowly pull back into the fairly slow moving pack and then ultimately reached the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in front of the group. From the Verrazano Narrow's Bridge...

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dfl in style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5unudewkhuc The big story of the first part of the Atlantic Cup was not our old friend Rail Meat’s smart victory in the inaugural event (as great as that was).  Nor was it the crazy weather (Summer on LI, already?).  Nor was it the Volvo-style ‘media crew member’ on each boat (brilliant as that was) or the 15 grand in prize money that awaits the victors. No, the story was a couple of 20 something race boat managers/rigger types that managed to put together a Class 40 just days before the start, thanks in part to Ralf Steitz at the King’s Point Sailing Foundation.  You can listen to the whole story from Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch on Icarus at the interview link here. The AC has been doing some extremely good video work.  Check out the full video gallery here....

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west end girls

Jeremy from Surf City Racing gets another great story of yet another great sailor chick down on digital paper.  Check it. The American Windsurfing Tour kicked off the first of five events with the Santa Cruz Classic on a windy and desolate beach about 20 Miles north of Santa Cruz. Waddell Creek is a hotspot for windsurfing, kiting and surfing, and the wind usually reaches 20 knots every afternoon. The competition saw wind all over the chart and the waves were generally small, but the good times were big! There was more energy, positively, and pure stoke crammed onto the beach than almost any other sailing event that I’ve attended in the past 10 years. Perhaps the time span between now and the last time this event was held, 10 to 15 years depending on who you ask, had something to do with it. Or maybe it was the super windsurfing hottie and event organizer Sam Bittner (in the photograph wearing red), whose smile and general aura infiltrated every aspect of the entire event. Between heats, Sam could be seen running up the beach in her gear, on her way to do some official duty.  She’s the epitome of a dedicated competitor that also makes events work; you know the type I’m talking about! She busted ass to make it all come together, and everyone that I talked to both acknowledged and appreciated the effort that she put in. Competitor from Maui, Vinnie, who goes by one name, explains, “She puts her heart into it and you can tell she really loves the sport. She took the reins and made it happen. This event has been awesome; it’s been a huge success. This is the first stop on the tour, and I can only imagine what the next events are going to...

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tear jerker

Every time we start to get down on the media invisibility of the paltry four-boat Velux 5 Oceans Race fleet, something brings us back to what the race is all about: History, spirit, and the race that launched it all: The Open 60, IMOCA (founding members including Brad, Gio Soldini, and Isabelle Autissier), and the ascendency (and death) of some of the biggest names in the history of solo ocean racing are the legacies of this race.  Whether it will be able to continue without a complete makeover is another story… Thursday night was the awards ceremony for Leg 4 of the world’s oldest round-the-world race, and if we could’ve had audio for the dozen stories Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston told about the good ol’ days...man.  That guy is gold.  You can check out the entire awards ceremony here if you want to have a few laughs (and maybe a tear) from Sir Robin, Race Director David Adams, and the skippers, but if you’re going to watch one thing from this event, check out the hauntingly beautiful slideshow that Ainhoa Sanchez ran on the big screen, bringing tears to the eyes of literally dozens of competitors and their families. Be sure to keep an eye on the Sailing Anarchy live video page to check out our live streaming video coverage of the start of the FINAL leg of the Velux race this Saturday from Charleston Harbor....

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the good wife

At SA, we don't have many heroes in this sport, but one man who we have always admired for his resolute determination in his singlehanded adventures has been Webb Chiles. Here he offers a little commentary on this story: Thunderstorms have been rolling through here since yesterday afternoon. Last night one of them caught three men in a small sailboat out on Lake Michigan. The boat capsized. The men went into 40ºF/4.5ºC water. That’s a death sentence. And would have been except for the exceptional actions of the wife of one of the men. I heard about this on the morning news and found a few more details online. No names have been given. The woman telephoned her husband to warn him that severe weather was approaching. Frankly thunderstorms had been forecast and he should have known anyway. I would not have gone sailing late yesterday. When subsequent calls went unanswered, she drove to the marina--one of those in the city of Chicago--got a power boat and rounded up two other people to go with her and went out to search. In approaching darkness, she located the capsized boat and the three men in murky freezing water a half mile offshore. She and her helpers pulled them out--not an easy task--and took them ashore, where the woman called 911. It is estimated that the men were in the water at least thirty minutes. One man refused treatment. Another was hospitalized in at least fair condition. The woman’s husband, aged 62, was suffering from severe hypothermia and hospitalized in serious condition. I think this is one of those things where the more experience you have around boats and the water, the more impressed you are by this woman. I know I am. (Btw, we'll have a feature on Webb's newest project next week...

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who what where

So you maybe needed to have been driving down the road and either a) followed this thing from where it came from, or b) followed to where it was going to know the answer, but maybe not? Thanks to desert dingo for the shot....

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people, people

From one of our most dedicated and loyal advertisers, Euro Marine Trading. Euro Marine Trading welcomes Ken Luczynski to the team! Euro Marine Trading, Inc., located in Newport, Rhode Island is very pleased to welcome Ken Luczynski as the newest member of our sales team. Ken joins Euro Marine Trading with 10+ years of experience in the sailing industry beginning from his early days in sail making with UK Sailmakers to his most recent Class 40 work. He was also formerly a top 10 U.S. ranked Finn sailor who competed in the finals of the U.S. Finn Olympic trials. Ken is the co-skipper for the Class 40 Toothface on which he and teammate Mike Dreese are currently competing in the Atlantic Cup. Following the Atlantic Cup, Ken and Mike will be competing in their second Bermuda 1-2 together. His involvement in the Class 40s has given him ample time for hands on experience with many of our brands such as Antal, Karver, and nke Marine Electronics which are commonly found on these boats. Ken will primarily focus on developing new business while also servicing existing accounts for Antal, Karver, and Reckmann which are Euro Marine’s primary hardware lines. Euro Marine Trading has been the trusted source for performance European marine equipment in North America for over 25 years. Please visit our website find out more about our products and services.  ...

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frankenwing

The ongoing skiff/foiler science fair project that is Anarchist Thomas Jundt’s “Mirabaud LX” finally grows the wing that Tom’s been lusting after since BMW/Oracle unveiled theirs.  Jundt’swing is a bit agricultural at this early stage, but if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that there is more to come.  Photo from the excellent Juerg Kaufmann with a full gallery here, and find an iPhone video of the first wing sail here....

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rascals out

Mascalzone Latino has just pulled out of the America's Cup. Dear Friends and Supporters, It is with profound sadness that I announce the retirement of the Mascalzone Latino America's Cup. Since the beginning of our investiture as Challenger of Record, I worked on the project to host the Cup in our country. Larry really loves Italy and was enthusiastic about the idea. The Cup in Italy was the largest worldwide promotion for our beautiful coastline. There were meetings at the highest level that seemed to believe the dream, then things went differently. Challenger of Record as we worked with humility alongside Oracle Racing and I am satisfied with the outcome: a new pair, spectacular, with boats, catamarans, which will launch on the international scene a new generation of sailors. By Russell we discussed at length on the most difficult challenges that the next Cup will face: a depressed economy and the international scene so great difficulties in finding sponsors. This is the only true, real enemy of the next Cup. Thus was born the idea of ​​class AC45, a concrete way to bring several teams to the event cost at least in the delicate phase of the start-up. As for us, I must thank the two sponsors of Italians who have placed their trust. We are unable to reach a budget that allows us to be competitive. In our sports men in blazers have now surpassed those in waxed paper, I remain a man in a waxed and when I go into the sea I want to win. A challenge lost cause I do not care, I would be lying to sponsors, our fans and also to myself. I thank the friends of the Nautical Club of Rome. I am sure that together we will have exciting new adventures. The Sailing Mascalzone Latino, however, does not end...

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