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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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skype out

Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström's boat budget just got a lot bigger.  The owner of the hot 72 footer and the newTP52 “Ran just cashed out of his most successful venture to date with the sale of Skype to Microsoft for a cool 8.5 Billion USD.  The slick part is that this is now the second time Zennstrom’s selling Skype – he sold it to eBay a few years back for 2.1 Billion, bought it back, and now is cashing out again.  Not bad Mr. Z – and thanks for a great service that sailors all over the world depend on to send porn links to all their friends!  Will Microsoft screw up yet another great service?  Tell us what you think here....

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check your guns at the door

We’re pretty sure 2011 will see the first Melges 24 World Championship Notice Board that reminds people to leave their unlicensed guns in the car. While On-The-Water Anarchy will be busy with the Velux 5 Oceans Race re-start in Charleston, we’ll be bringing you plenty of action from Corpus Christi, courtesy of some of our many friends racing Worlds and the GoPros aboard with our friends on Air Force One.  Here’s a fun little ‘trailer’ for Worlds – edited and shot by a ten-year old future SCOTW.  Go here for the full lineup at Worlds and stay tuned for some more news (including whether Chip and Greg at CCYC can get the live streaming thing happening before racing begins).  ...

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another fiasco

The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club has a 30+ year of getting like-minded drinkers sailors together to make racing better without regard for politics or egos, and they’re doing it again – this time, with a Puget Sound version of San Francisco’s super-successful Three Bridge Fiasco this weekend.  Here’s the scoop from ‘Ballard Sailor’ – check the thread for more info and go sign up! Introducing, everyone, the "Three Buoy Fiasco". Commodore Tim Morgenroth has orchestrated his enthusiastic board at STYC into re-inventing the Three Bridge Fiasco into a PNW format that will be fun, challenging and unique - but most importantly encourage participation from other yacht clubs from both the East and West sides of Puget Sound. Through the help and guidance of Commodore Pat Mitchell, of Port Madison Yacht Club, and with the enthusiastic permission of the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay, the "Fiasco" is coming North to Puget Sound. So what the heck will this Fiasco be you ask? Let me tell you . . . A "Fiasco" style race incorporates multiple marks that can be rounded in any direction in any order (and you can start and finish in any direction as well). Marks may be in areas where anchoring is needed to wait for a puff or where you simply abandon your attempt at a mark and come back later (one might even have a barge attached). This will be a pursuit style race with the slower rated boats starting first which helps in clearing the starting area for boats of different design and ability. The starting area will be off the North end of the Shilshole Bay marina at the "N" mark (the Tug boat buoy). Racers will be allowed to start in either direction. The course marks will be West Point Buoy, Halvorsen's Tug...

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marley and me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3TlLCm7V8g&feature=player_embedded We missed it by a day, but that’s probably appropriate, considering… So join us to wish Bob Marley’s ghost a happy birthday (yesterday).  Last week we told you why every real sailor should throw their Buffet music over the side – for those same reasons and more, Bob Marley deserves a puff for the memories. He may not have been a sailboat racer or a long distance cruiser, but his words have probably accompanied more sailors for more hours than any other musician.  Sailing Anarchy hereby salutes the Iron Lion of Zion, with thanks to Tranquilo for the heads up.  Comment here.  ...

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tradition

The famous French 3-masted Marite, built in 1923 as a fishing vessel for Terre Neuve. She went under major repair and restoration steps in Cherbourg since 2006 and was under completion at Saint Vaast la Hougue (furniture, rigging,...) since 2010 before here departure to Granville this month. Here she was laid along the pier in Saint Vaast la Hougue to set the masts, in conjunction with other traditional sailing boats from Normandy waiting for high tide. Thanks toSylvain Viau...

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sassy

When we received this M34 training video, the thing that jumped out at us was how the hardest working person on board was the chick in the pit. So we reached out to her and found her to be one full-on sailor chick! Our SCOTW, Madeleine Sassy: Last year, i was on the Tour de France à la Voile with "Ville du Port-Région Réunion", as pit (yes, pit is good girl job!) . I trained on Reunion Island with the team. Before, i sailed a lot nationals races but it was my first experience with farr30. During the Tour, when my sailing times were finished, i decided to go in organisation of the race, during 3 days, and then i proposed to help the team "Supélec" which had a lot of troubles. Tour de France was for them the first real race. It was really complicated, for the team but also about safety , and for the others boats. I began co-skipper of this boat with Sylvain Escurat for the end of the Tour. My best memory : to arrive in Port Camargue at the first leg , first buoy, on the left : TPM - COYCH, on the right : Nouvelle Calédonie. Amazing. At the end, we never finished the last, it was the "challenge" of the crew. 1 month later, i was in "Championnat de France espoirs" in Le Havre , still with "Ville du Port-Région Réunion". I sailed after that in Holland , with First 35 "Shark", and then "Route des Iles" with Région Bruxelles Capitale. Just 2 days after, i was on Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo with Atalante 2, swan 56, still pit. We finished 4th. The race was excellent, good level, and boats really really big. It's really different, but it was perfect. Then, I...

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kooks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u84hin44QP8&feature=player_embedded We are a Croatian team that did our first Mini650 race (qualifying race for Mini Fastnet - Demi Cle). We thought you might want to add a funny video we made during the delivery of our Mini 593 "Jaja" (which, btw, in french is a slang for a glass of red wine!) from Pornichet to Douarnenez. Good times! Vedran & Dado www.risailingteam.com Croatia...

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retro

Big breeze at start of the Flying Fifteen calendar which kicked off at County Antrim Yacht Club,  Northern Ireland last weekend with extremes in weather. Saturday saw a forecast of Force 6 which ended up with 5 knots cyclonic. Sunday made up for it though with 25 knots gusting to 35 and phenomenal times have been had by all the Irish competitors. Maybe the only Flying Fifteen event  where the Classic Fleet exceeded the Open Fleet. Retro racing at its finest. And less than finest!  Anarchist Gavin and pics by Alasdair McBroom....

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