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what kinda bullshit is this?

Who wants to a two-man Melges 24 in the Olympics for an offshore boat? Two people sailing it? On a boat that takes 5 to sail properly? Seriously, could this be a bigger waste of time? They want to "test it" first? There's no need, just ask anyone who knows how to sail a 24 what retarded idea this is. And of course World Failing is in the mix. Could they fuck things up more than they already have? Oh sorry, that was a rhetorical question. Here is the story And don't be fooled by the paid propaganda coming from the cut n' paste queen. Fake news.  ...

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old ain’t bad

Your readers might get a kick out of this. The picture is of Steve Dashew sailing his C-Class catamaran in SoCal in 1968 with a double skin, asymmetrically trimmed mainsail- not miles different from the next Americas Cup mainsail configuration. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. The Herreshoffs patented most of the good ideas in the early 1900s and the C-Class sailors made a lot of them work. Today we have better funding, better materials and better tools for modeling, but not necessarily better ideas. - Anarchist Dan....

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the kids are alright

Conditions for Saturday’s 33nm Cabrillo I Race around the Coronado Islands were about as bad as they could get. The forecast showed no wind. It was raining. It was cold. The course sailed into Mexican waters and without even stopping for a drink at Husong’s. However, for the sailors from the California State University Maritime Academy, it was one of the most anticipated days of their sailing careers. It all started in November 2018, the Andrews 77, Ocean (originally Alchemy), was graciously donated by the Feracota family from Chicago. After being trucked to Marine Group Boatworks in National City, members of Dave Servias’s SD Boatworks and Wally Cross’s Infinity Yacht Services helped Cal Maritime begin a month-long re-assembly process. Measuring in at 86’ on the deck, with over 100’ of mast height, this boat serves as an ideal vehicle to propel the Cal Maritime Sailing Team from their successful Farr 40 campaign to an all-inclusive, competitive, cadet-run offshore sailing program. With many of the fifteen members of the Cal Maritime Sailing Team having never sailed anything larger than a CFJ, the excitement was palpable. After some training with the masthead genoa, the team met to devise a race game plan. “Stay safe, but competitive” was the mantra of the day. With a bang of the starting gun, Team Captain, Johannes McElvain did just that, getting a first-place start, close to the top competitor Peligroso, a well-sailed Kernan 70.  As both masthead genoas unfurled, a two hour drag race ensued. Despite staying close, CMA’s luck and wind ran out, when Peligroso sailed into a nice puff one hundred yards to windward, as CMA reciprocally sank into a windless hole, putting them a mile behind. As CMA drifted, with slower competitors passing, things looked bleak. The cadets of CMA weren’t going to...

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ice scotw

Maureen Krueger Bohleber of Green Lake, WI, won the Nite Class division at the International Skeeter Association Regatta sailed on Lake Pepin in Lake City Minnesota on Jan 11-13. She is the first woman to hold an ISA title  its 75 year history. The Nites joined the ISA 29 years ago. (There was a women-only class in the ISA from 1940 to 1958. Maureen competed with men. ) Results here: http://dniceboat.org/isaniya/2019ISA.htm I'll have a post up on iceboat.org tomorrow morning with more detail. Thanks, Deb Whitehorse iceboat.org Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club...

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final chapter?

Webb Chiles, 77, is about to sail from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for Panama and San Diego, in GANNET, his ultralight Moore 24, to complete his sixth circumnavigation and her first.  Since leaving San Diego in 2014, GANNET’s daily runs total 25,028 miles. Their intended course to Panama is east of the Bahamas and through the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti. Webb Chiles has never had sponsorship or shore teams.  He goes to sea with no radio beyond a handheld VHF with a range of less than ten miles.  He has contempt for crowd funding of other people’s dreams.  Decades ago he found freedom by choosing to be independently poor.  The key word is ‘independent’. He and GANNET will depart when he sees a GRIB he likes, but no earlier than Wednesday, January 16.  Once at sea he cuts ties to the land completely and receives no outside weather information.  He studies the sky, the sea, and the barometer, looking for signs of change. He hopes to reach San Diego in time to be with Carol, his wife, on her birthday in late April. If you want to follow, GANNET’s Yellowbrick tracking page is:  https://my.yb.tl/gannet His website is:  www.inthepresentsea,com His online journal: self-portraitinthepresentseajournal.blogspot.com...

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not a laser, a cluster

5 new rigs and counting ... 3 new Aussie rigs: c5, c7, c8 And 2 new ARC rigs in North America.  (See quote below from Laser Performance) Add the 4.7, Radial and Standard: that’s 8 rigs. Can the Laser survive this? « Further, we will introduce the ARC in May 2019, a contemporary racing rig and sail for Laser and Laser Radial that broadens the sailor weight range and increases overall performance. » Picture: Aussie c5 rig....

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and they’re off

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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