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The final months of 2018 will be recorded in the history of the International Finn class as when World Sailing chose to replace the class for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with a new and un-tried Mixed Offshore Keelboat event. In truth the Finn wasn't so much voted out as lost in the process to secure gender equality within the 10-medal format. However a trawl through the WS committee minutes reveals that the real reason for the switch was more to do with money - specifically growing the revenues of the ailing World Sailing coffers. The minutes of the Equipment committee meeting reveal that one of the prime movers behind the vote was Matt Allen, President of Australian Sailing and a renowned offshore owner, (not a member of the Equipment Committee but was somehow allowed to speak as a substitute for Chairman of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, Stan Honey from USA). Allen's pitch was that 'the event had the potential to meet the demands from the IOC hopefully enabling World Sailing to move from group D to groups C or B. The importance of the number of viewers for the IOC was acknowledged and the event was presented as a unique opportunity to meet these demands'. For London 2012, Athletics in Group A was awarded $47 million, Group B Sports $22 million and sailing in group D just $14 million - so it is all about the money! Much of what Matt Allen says is laudable - to grow sailing and its media penetration but much of his views are based on the strong media coverage achieved by the last Volvo Ocean Race. Assuming that the same level of resources and media rights sales can be achieved with Olympic sailing is a rash and unfounded jump too far. Each...

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shark bong???

  We can't possibly make this level of bullshit up. Holy Fucking Christ.  A fisherman and moderator of a popular Facebook group has used the body of a dead shark as a bong, prompting widespread criticism on social media. The shocking video, which appears on popular group Fried Fishing Australia, shows the man holding the lifeless body of a small shark with a pipe stuck in its head and another pipe protruding from below its fin. The man then lights the pipe, sucking from it before exhaling, appearing to laugh speak, while the “Baby Shark” kids song plays. Read on....

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spring thing

Everything is all set for March 15-17 at the amazing Mission Bay YC, San Diego- an ideal location to host the O'pen BIC North American “Un-Regatta”.  Go to  https://www.juniors.mbyc.org/2019openbicna for information, registration, and discounted nearby accommodations (while rooms last).  A limited number of charter boats are also available.  Early registration closes Feb 21. We are expecting 80-100 boats with nearly 60 already registered from Hawaii to Bermuda to Germany.    To see what to expect at an O'pen BIC "Un-Regatta", check out https://youtu.be/yzDOPqRbqas  The O’pen BIC class welcomes junior sailors to join the fun, even if they've never experienced the O'pen BIC or a full on "Un-Regatta". Charter boats are available for sale by reservation after the event.  Also, be sure to follow O'pen BIC on Face Book for the latest updates:  https://www.facebook.com/sailbic/ See you in San Diego!...

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cruising anarchy

A hearty thank you to Marlow Ropes for the 2019 sponsorship of our vibrant and active Cruising Anarchy Forum.  We appreciate their interest in our cruising and of course our racing community!...

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at war

On January 31, Sea Shepherd Vessel M/V Farley Mowat was attacked by over 50 assailants the organization says were posing as fishermen. They were on board 20 high speed boats and attacked the Farley Mowat while she conducting maritime conservation patrols inside the Vaquita Refuge in the Upper Gulf of California. Molotov cocktails and projectiles were hurled, including lead weights and large stones, shattering windows and setting the side of the Sea Shepherd ship on fire. Sea Shepherd crew members fended the attackers off using emergency fire hoses, while Mexican Navy soldiers and Federal Police stationed on board opened fired into the air and sea to deter the attackers. Read more.  ...

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