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YANN GUICHARD AND HIS CREW STARTED THEIR WORLD TOUR AT USHANT TODAY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 11H 47MIN 27SEC UTC. TO WIN THE JULES VERNE TROPHY THEY HAVE TO RECROSS THE LINE BY FEBRUARY 26 AT 11H 16M 57SEC UTC TO BREAK THE RECORD, HELD SINCE 2017 BY FRANCIS JOYON AND HIS CREW, OF 40 DAYS 23H 30M 30S. The weather conditions were favourable at the Créac’h lighthouse, which marks one end of the start and finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy course, the round the world sailing record via the three Capes. A southwesterly breeze of 20 knots and calm seas allowed the giant black and gold trimaran to head quickly towards a front off Ushant and pick a good system from the north-west. It is these strong winds that Spindrift 2 will be able to pick up to take them quickly down to Madeira, the Canaries and the Cape Verde archipelago. A record at the equator? According to the routing of the team’s onshore weather router, Jean-Yves Bernot, the team could reach the equator during the night of Sunday to Monday, January 21, after less than five days at sea. Once over this imaginary line between the two hemispheres, Yann Guichard and his crew must continue to speed on, with the aim of crossing the longitude at the Cape of Good Hope in about twelve days. This challenge is very possible as Francis Joyon and his crew reached the African cape in 12d 21h 22m. By adding all the best reference times since the first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy in 1993, the crewed world tour from Ushant to Ushant could potentially be completed in 38 days. Read on....

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here we are

So after far too long, here is our new design for Sailing Anarchy. More of an evolution than a revolution, it nonetheless is a much cleaner, easier to use site with better functions.  For example, when you click on a front page story, it takes you to that story's own page,  where - and we are stoked about this - you can comment on the story immediately via Disqus. Not exactly earth shattering, we know, but it is a great way to comment quickly and directly about the article you just read, rather than having to go over to the forums. The forums exist in their own galaxy anyway! Ever since we started this site -  20 years ago! - we have never much cared about putting up every race result from everywhere, you know like that other poseur site does?  So to address a void in content, we now have added a Sailing News feature that constantly updates news from around the world. No reason to waste time at Cut n' Paste central. Our research has indicated that 30% of you view SA via mobile, with that number rapidly increasing.  As such, we have made that experience significantly better. Our classifieds are much easier to use and to search, so hopefully that helps make the user experience better there as well. Bear with us as we update all the listings... We have ditched the free classifieds as we got spammed by a never ending stream of Nigerian Love Spell Doctors, and we have raised the price of ads by $25, the first price increase in 15 years. This is just the first phase of the new design. You will be glad to know that part of phase 2 includes the reopening of the famous Sailing Anarchy Store! New gear,...

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life downunder

Josh Tucker (Boo-Boo) is one of the coolest dudes ever, and has been a faithful contributor to SA over the years with some of the best stories ever. Welcome back dude! With the great ‘Ho Down’ taking all the sailing media and forum talk from downunder, little old NZ flies under the radar but still ticks along with plenty going on and some huge events coming up. Shorthanded handed sailing in NZ is going from strength to strength and the upcoming 2 handed race around New Zealand makes the Sydney Hobart look like a walk in the park. 7 boats are now signed up for the event starting on the 16th of February that takes the boats on a 4 Leg 2100nm circumnavigation of New Zealand’s North and South Islands and deep down into the southern ocean. Check it out. Run by the legends at the Shorthanded Sailing Association of NZ (SSANZ) who have made the 2 handed sailing scene what it is today by putting races like this on. They do a damn fine job and have fun doing it. In the Round NZ race we have a strong fleet of 35-40fters. 2 Farr 38s, a Sunfast 3600, Pogo 40, 2 35ft Elliotts, and a Stomp 38. Should be some close and exciting racing. Im sure the SSANZ boys will be doing an official write up at some stage and get it out to the media and we will be updating our facebook page regularly during the race. For many like us this race is actually just a warm up for the infamous Round North island (RNI) 2 handed race in 2020, it seems strange to take on a race like this as a build-up event for a shorter race, but the RNI is the one everyone wants to win....

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port!

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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