editor

Uncategorized

drheam on

It took no time at all for the spectacular Drheam Cup – a multi-course event for the world’s very fastest yachts – to make a quick upshift from new event to biennial ocean racing classic... and for good reason The Drheam-Cup was founded in 2016 and has quickly become a key fixture in French sailing, so much so that the official name has now been changed to the “Drheam-Cup Grand Prix de France de Course au Large”. The race runs in every “even” year, whenever there is not a Rolex Fastnet Race, providing a convenient alternative for those seeking more races of this length in this part of the world. The race starts in Cherbourg-en- Cotentin and finishes in La Trinitésur- Mer. The Ultimes will race 1500 miles, the Imocas, Ocean 50s and Class 40s will race 1000 miles, and the short course for Figaro 3s, smaller multi-hulls and IRC yachts has been extended from 428 miles in previous editions to 600 miles from 2022 onwards based on competitor demand. Read on....

Read On
Uncategorized

clocked in

On a beautiful morning off Fort de France in Martinique, the blue and white Guillaume Verdier-designed IMOCA LinkedOut, sailed by Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière completed a comprehensive victory in the fifteenth Transat Jacques Vabre today. More here. Inappropriate title inspiration stolen from and performed by Black Flag....

Read On
Uncategorized

(less) toxicity

Bio-based resins have come a very long way in the last few years. No longer niche products, they are now among the best-selling resin systems on the market. The companies that pioneered these far less toxic and more sustainable, next-generation materials – like Sicomin, the market-leading supplier of liquid epoxy – are now reaping the rewards of their R&D, with massive uptake in major market sectors like automotive, construction and renewable energy, along with some innovative boatbuilders. A turning point was reached a few years back when Sicomin, a French company with deep roots in high-performance yacht racing, launched a complete range of bio-epoxies whose performance is not just equivalent to the leading petrochemical-based resins on the market, but significantly better – and that’s not merely a manufacturer’s claim, it’s backed up with full DNV GL type approval. Another major milestone was passed this summer when Couach Naval Shipyard became the first to vacuum infuse a superyacht hull, deck and superstructure in bio-based epoxy. Couach, which builds high-performance military vessels as well as yachts, is renowned for its very high engineering standards. Read on....

Read On
Uncategorized

j dance

A couple of J/145's duking it out at the San Diego Yacht Club  120 boat Hot Rum Series.  Results. The ed is doing well. Signed, the ed....

Read On
Uncategorized

more than dancing

This is your Captain speaking. At ease. It has come to my attention that there is some confusion as to the various trans-oceanic races currently on the international yachting calendar. This is understandable. Lunatics, mostly with hyphenated French names, seem to be setting off in every direction in anything from 20-foot plywood tubs to 120-foot carbon trimarans. Which of us can truly say they know the precise differences between the Vendee Globe, The Ocean Race, the Transat Jaques Vabre, the Jules Verne, the Clipper Race, the Golden Globe or any other of those mad scrambles across the world’s oceans? Can we reliably remember which is a solo contest, which is two-handed, which is for fully-crewed boats, which is for monohulls and which for multis?  So it gives me great pleasure to announce an inspired solution to all this chaos and duplication. My esteemed colleagues at the Cripple Creek Sailing & Croquet Club are about to replace the entire Category 0 long distance offshore program with a single, ultimate, all-encompassing event – the Möbius Longitudinal Challenge™. Details of the race were released last night at a glittering media launch in the club dinghy shed. Regrettably, I could not attend that presentation as I had accepted a prior invitation from the Brigitte Bardot Appreciation Society to deliver some introductory remarks before a screening of the shower scene from And God Created Woman.  My beloved bride Tennille was, however, in the audience and provides this brief account of the exciting announcement:  First, the obvious question. Why Möbius? As you all know, in 1858 the German mathematician August Möbius discovered that it was possible to construct a surface with only one side when embedded in three dimensional Euclidean space, and only one boundary curve (see diagram above). This became knows as a ‘Möbius strip’. Please hold...

Read On
Uncategorized

hopeful

The first SILENT 60 is also fitted with a compact 9-sqm or 13-sqm kite wing - Zero emission cruising for up to 100 nautical miles per day solely on solar power  Several years after presenting the first and only ocean-going production yachts in the world that are fully sustainable and powered by solar energy, SILENT-YACHTS now is the first boat builder to date to design and build boats for the use of a kite sail system....

Read On
Uncategorized

path forward

Every time Reckmann supplies a new superyacht sailing system they surprise us by going one step further. With the Judel/Vrolijk 146-footer Path and 196-foot Sarissa II from McKeon they are doing it again... The demand for giant sloop rigs continues apace in the superyacht sector and the need for reliable, failsafe sail furling systems becomes ever more crucial. Reckmann remains the go-to supplier for headsail, code sail, and mainsail reefing hardware, thanks to its rock-solid reputation and the steady stream of incremental refinements that stem from the Hamburg-based company’s long-term strategy of continuous R&D. Two of its latest projects – both high-performance superyachts, but with completely different design values and sailing programs – demonstrate the versatility of the Reckmann product range. Path is a remarkably spacious 146ft (44.5m) cutter-rigged sloop with a Panamax carbon rig and integrated sailing system from Rondal. Designed by Judel/Vrolijk specifically for fast-paced round-the world voyaging and built-in foam-cored carbon composites by Baltic Yachts, it’s the third-largest yacht by volume that Baltic has built to date. Delivered in July and due to be on display at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Path puts a very strong (and sensible) emphasis on reliability, autonomy, and fully proven technologies. Genuine all-weather sailing capability and the ability to go off-grid in remote cruising grounds for long periods of time were key aspects of the design brief. Read on....

Read On
Uncategorized

battle lines drawn

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has decided on the 9th of December to hold the ‘Special General Meeting’ to discuss with the membership the venue for America’s Cup 37. This is in response to (I understand) a petition from 33 RNZYS members for such a discussion. Instead of commenting on the statement from the Squadron committee, I will quote it here: ” There needs to be a reality check in respect to a New Zealand-based AC37 Match. ETNZ needs to secure funding, with local and central Government support, to hold this event in Auckland. Unless this happens, we need to consider offshore venues. The consequences of not doing so are potentially dire – no cup defense at all, and giving the America’s Cup back having been unable to stage a defense and meet our obligations under the Deed of Gift." "This means the loss of the America’s Cup, the loss of our Team New Zealand, and the potential loss of future America’s Cup challenges from the RNZYS, and most likely New Zealand. So, while we understand and support the sentiment of the petition and their desire to “have the event in New Zealand”, the answer is not that simple." What the committee is saying is exactly what we commented on Sailing Anarchy weeks ago when the naysayers started to sound off about an ‘offshore’ defense. It is no secret that Haas is not at the front of the grid in motor racing’s F1 because their budget is a fraction of Mercedes or Red Bull. To stand any chance of successfully defending ETNZ has to have a realistic R & D budget to be able to, just as an example,  properly analyze any shared recon information they receive. It should be noted that one of the vocal supporters of a...

Read On
1 3 4 5 449
Page 4 of 449