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no magic

No trickery in this win! The Volvo 70 "Wizard", new to the brothers Askew, absolutely crushed the Caribbean 600. The boat looks awesome, the team was rock solid and that's how ya do it. See how easy that is? Check it out....

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sea sick

Are you bored with Anderson Cooper 360? Here comes Marc Jacobi360! (start sequence, make sure to watch the various angles, this is not a regular youtube video). (Marc is the world champion in the RS Aero 9, and also the guy promoting the class in N.A.)...

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tru

One of the primary goals of junior sailing programs should be retaining kids long enough for them to develop a passion for the sport and a personal desire to continue. Far too often, however, before that happens kids are asked to spend too much time (years) in boats that do not align with their version of fun and pressure to “succeed” comes much too soon. The current junior sailing recipe is driving kids out and resulting in an abysmal retention rate. The most common single-handed entry path into the sport, along with a continual decrease in the age when formal sailing classes start (from 8 years old to the now common 6), results in too many young kids having scary early experiences and too many years in the same type of boat. Pressure to showcase a structured, serious program that can produce top quality sailors cuts into the fun factor. “Racing pressure” sends kids that aren’t ready, to regattas too soon and to events that are too big; kids that show “potential to be good” are sent into the sport headfirst at the speed of light, and year-round. Not everyone drops out from these factors, and some will become amazing Optimist sailors and future Olympic and world champions, but meanwhile we’re losing too many kids before they have a chance to gain enough basic skills and have enough fun in boats to fall in love with all that sailing offers. Read on, thanks to WindCheck...

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airgun?

A group of conservation organizations have asked a federal judge to block the start of seismic airgun activities for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean until the case can be fully heard in court. The motion for a preliminary injunction filed in federal court in Charleston contends that the Trump administration’s approval for five companies seismic surveys violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Separately, 16 South Carolina coastal communities and the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce also filed a lawsuit to prevent seismic activity. That lawsuit has been merged with the one from the conservation groups. The filing asserts that: Read on.  ...

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big pimpin’

We love their approach... We are a fully volunteer run class association (www.young88.org.nz) working hard to get the nationals entry numbers back up to the 20s where they were in the sailing heydays of the 80's and 90's. Currently we have 15 and any exposure is going to help. SA would be awesome. Check some of the names on the roll of honour at this page. Jim Young is an iconic Kiwi Designer into ULDB boats when everyone else was sailing leadmines . Camp Freddy went to Cowes in the mid 90s and stunned onlookers and the scoreboard.Ref Here is a video interview I did for the Y88 West Island (aus) Champs Heavily edited but still long.. that man can talk! Jim is now in his 90's and his health is not so flash. He always comes to prize giving and is a real character. It would be great if we can show him that his most popular boat (150 were built and still sailing in Aus and NZ) is in great shape and still growing.. Apologies that was going to be a short note! Regards Anarchist Mike...

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sro?

We doubt it, but the SailGP folks are gonna sell tickets for their upcoming show in 'Frisco. From our perspective, with a fledgling series trying to get some traction, why charge at all? The tickets are cheap so it isnt exactly a great revenue stream and based on who is funding this series, money isn't an issue. Set their PR team in motion and announce to everyone - everyone who cares, that is - to come on out and watch what should be a great series, at no charge. FFS, get a groundswell of appreciative spectators to fill the house and show people what ya got. For free. - ed....

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picking daisies

The other staysail thread got me thinking about this. When I bought my boat last year it came with a ton of old sails (remember when sails were baby blue?), that I really never took out of their bags. One of them was an old Sobstad kevlar daisy. Having been born in the mid 80's, I've never really sailed with one, so my questions are: 1. How should it be properly rigged? I'm assuming it would be tacked about were the foreguy is at the deck, then sheeted to the rail? 2. When should it be used and at what angles? It seems like a real light sail. 3. Is it worth ever bring down to the boat, or is it better to be made into a cool shower curtain? Thanks in advance! Jump in the forum to chat....

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the end and the beginning?

After eight seasons, which prompted the creation of some fantastic craft like the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild, the eponymous IMOCA 60, not to mention the most recent addition to the fleet, the flying Maxi Gitana 17, the owners of Gitana Team and skipper Sébastien Josse have announced the end of their collaboration initiated in 2011. Who would then replace Josse? Frank Cammas?...

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