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keep on keepin’ on

At 1541 UTC on Thursday, May 25, while racing in Leg 5 of The Ocean Race, 11th Hour Racing Team activated its Hazard Button to alert Race Control and the wider fleet they had hit something, suspected to be a marine mammal or megafauna. The Team was in the mid-North Atlantic Ocean at 52°N, 35°W – approximately 750 nautical miles off the coast of Newfoundland, sailing at 29 knots , in 28+ knots of wind speed – some of the fastest conditions yet seen in the race. The impact was sudden, and the crew onboard were thrown forward, causing two injuries onboard. Trimmer Charlie Dalin (FRA) has a suspected mild concussion, and Media Crew Member Amory Ross (USA) has injured his shoulder. The Race’s on-call Doctor – Dr. Spike Briggs – has spoken to the sailors onboard the boat by satellite phone. Dr. Briggs has prescribed painkillers, bunk rest, and plenty of water to hydrate, and is monitoring the situation closely. The two sailors are reported to be comfortable, and their next of kin have been informed. More here....

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going to heaven

Somehow, Badalona in Spain seems to be the pasture where the former steed assemble and await an unceremonious death. Kialoa (iv) is there with the bungs on the outside and hardware-store-grade plywood epoxied on the transom. I always think someone will be nostalgic enough to rejuvenate these yachts. The Arctic grade anchor tells the tale of trials and tribulations and aborted ambitions... - anarchist Valentin. Title inspiration thanks to The Pixies....

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we’ll drink to that

Matching colors - must be nice... One of the newly-launched hot favorites for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) 50th Rolex Fastnet Race in July, Ino Noir, had its boat christening ceremony at RORC, Cowes on Sunday. The liquid crimson 45ft monohull will catch the eye on the race circuit. Ino Noir bears all the hallmarks of its creators; Shaun Carkeek’s signature lines and all-round speed, the performance, style and colors of James Neville, the owner and commodore of RORC, and the attention to detail and finish of the builder Jason Carrington. Neville will be able to seamlessly move from land to sea now with Ino Noir carefully color-matched to his Aston Martin DB11 AMR....

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what’s in a name?

So someone got their knickers in a twist and decided to complain to just about everyone she could, claiming the boat name "Himalayan Women" is misogynistic, offensive, etc. We looked it up and just didn't see what the beef is, but having been on the receiving end of ridiculous attacks, we know what a giant pain in the ass they can be. Given the number of, um,  'questionable' boat names in the States, we're quite surprised this sort of bitching hasn't happened about 100 times in the US. Or maybe it has and we don't know. When I had the GP 26, I named it "Sleeve of Wizard", and it got questioned, but I made up a bullshit story, and that was the end of that. That name was of course, inspired by Borat. Read the story here. And if you have some of the 'better' names that have been used over the years, jump in and comment....

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sail on

Harry Clemons “Buddy” Melges Jr., considered to be one of the greatest competitive sailors in the sport of sailing, passed away at 93 years on May 18, 2023. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy as one of the most accomplished and revered sailors in American history. Born on January 26, 1930, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Buddy dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence on the water. Growing up on Delavan Lake, he honed his skills sailing the boats crafted by his father, Harry Melges Sr., at Melges Boat Works. From its humble origins as a wooden rowboat builder, the family business evolved into a trailblazer in sailing innovation, providing top-quality performance hulls and sails while fostering a passionate sailing community over the last 78 years. Over his eight-decade career, Buddy advanced the sport and etched his name into the annals of sailing history, showcasing unmatched skill, strategic brilliance, and an unwavering passion for the sport. While being a fierce competitor, Buddy made lifelong friendships both on and off the water. His triumphs in international competitions solidified his status as a sailing icon. There is a thread....

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sea tow

The French company Airseas, which was created with technologies from the aviation industry’s Airbus, reports it has achieved a key milestone in the testing of its wind propulsion system known as the Seawing.   As part of the ongoing sea trials aboard an in-service Ro-Ro, they successfully delivered the first traction from the kite system to the vessel. The engineers explained that the system for the first time was positioned after earlier flight tests. After lowering it to the correct angle for propulsion, they achieved traction sufficient to provide wind-assisted propulsion to the Ville de Bordeaux, a 5,200 dwt cargo Ro-Ro which is operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and chartered by Airbus. The ship is sailing transatlantic between France and the U.S. Gulf Coast transporting components for Airbus.  Read on....

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