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We could not be more excited to announce Sparkman & Stephens as our newest advertiser, and we thought that this listing from their brokerage was pretty outstanding, so check it! Welcome aboard FINN, the 53' custom trimaran built by McConaghy Boats, listed with Sparkman & Stephens Broker, Paul Buttrose. Read more here.  ...

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one two three

Tanguy de Lamotte and Sébastien Audigane looking pretty unhappy onboard Initiatives Saveurs winnng the Normandy Channel Race. From Tanguy de Lamotte: It was a really tough race and we thought we had blown the race when the mainsail split on a gybe off Cherbourg with 80 miles to go; the same happened on the Route de Rhum in 2010!Fortunately we were under gennaker and the mainsail stayed up until the finish... just!! The boat was great and we were fast in all conditions and very pleased to have won this race with the Rogers boats in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It shows the boats are well sorted and optimised for what was a very challenging race. It is worth noting that the first three place boats were all designed by Rogers Yacht Design. Photo thanks to Manuel Couette....

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the last mile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqhlpHlI9LU We’re getting ready to hit Charleston Harbor for the start of the final leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race today, and we invite you to come check out the live stream starting around 2:30 PM Eastern Time to see all the action LIVE at the On The Water Channel, or go to the Justin.TV channel if you want to sign in and chat with our broadcast team. You can listen to Brad Van Liew as he leaves the house this morning, and below is a quick five minutes with Chris Stanmore-Major, the newby racer that’s become the media star for the race.  See you in a few hours....

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one too many?

Sometime boat names tell us a lot about the owner. Does anyone know the story behind the latest Soto 40 launched for the MedCup starting this week?  We think it means he's a two boat owner!...

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whale of a time

Ryan Barnes, the helmsman onboard at the time of this amazing story shares it with us... We were racing in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht race on our Beneteau 35s5 in 20 kts of breeze with 1.5 oz north sails kite up. About 30 min. after the start a grey or humpback whale approximately 30 feet in length breeched off our starboard beam and hit approximately halfway to three quarters up our rig past first spreader, then rolled off the starboard side of the boat, taking out the lifelines and crushing the toe rail as well as dropping the whole rig, thankfully it was deck stepped. Here usa link to a coast guard video of post carnage and local news article. Rig is gone/ deep sixed after cutting it away, lifelines are destroyed, toe rail bent/ flattened on starboard side deck, fibreglass cracks on the topside starboard vberth, fracture cracks around starboard cabin windows, bow pulpit bent to shit, and toe rail delimitation around 60% of the boat! No water leaks, except when the coast guard towed us at 18 knots against an ebb tide across the columbia river bar, which was a little fast, but got a new speed record on the boat! Lots of kudos to our coast guard though, those guys are awesome! No injuries, everyone is safe, my dad and I are motoring the boat up the river back to home port in Portland, OR at Rose City Yacht Club. Story here....

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drop it like its hot

From the boys at Esse on their new ride.... After the success of the Esse 850, Josef Schuchter has rolled out the next amazing design by Umberrto Felci. The Esse 750 is a classically elegant high-speed design intended for the truly discriminating racer. The Esse 750 is designed for either single-handed or double-handed racing - all the controls are in one location convenient to the helmsman, the gennaker launches and retracts into a tube built into the hull and the jib is self-tacking. The best part: the Esse 750 is significantly faster than the Melges 24 and there is no need for athletic and gut-wrenching hiking to get the boat to go. With a 54% ballast to displacement ratio, the Esse 750 is stable at the dock, under way to weather and off the wind with the gennaker up. The traditional Esse construction quality means this is a boat with no compromises and it is ready to race right out of the box. The Esse 750 is a complete carbon fiber implementation, with the hull and deck carbon fiber/Airex core, a carbon fiber mast, carbon fiber boom, carbon fiber sprit and carbon fiber tiller. If you want to go racing without needing to recruit crew every time you leave the dock or you want to get one of your kids or a significant other hooked on racing, this is the boat to have. Details at Esse Pacific Northwest, North American importer....

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chicks dig it?

Why don't know why they wouldn't...Following ISAF’s final choice of sailing events for the 2016 Olympics, including a women’s skiff, RS Sailing announced that they plan to develop the RS900 to compete for this role - subject to confirmation from the appointed Evaluation Team of their specific criteria for selection of this boat. Not quite sure what that is? The RS900 will be an all-new boat incorporating developments from the highly respected RS800 hull, a new deck, new wings and a new rig. The RS900 will only go into full production if it is selected for the Olympics. Early testing of a prototype RS900 has shown the performance can be close to a 49er - with optimised handling targeted to suit ISAF’s specified weight range for female teams. Sounds promising......

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i want candy

An unusual kite seen on Kanibal, a Tripp 33 at the Sailing Festival in Ubatuba, Brazil. According to Anarchist Narciso, "it is made out of PPS, polystyrene, like that used in candy wrappers!" No word how it worked, but it looks sweet! Thanks to Bow Wow Wow for the title inspiration....

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puff the magic dragon

Rail Meat put together a nice summary of the first part of the Atlantic Cup, which he won in his Class 40 Dragon.  As always, a great read.  Remember that part 2 – inshore racing in Newport – happens this weekend.  Go check it out and watch the thread for more news. Apologies for not getting a post out in the last few hours of the race, but we had a bit on and I was not in a position to check in. Hopefully you all had a chance to follow along on the atlanticcup.org site where the media person embedded on Dragon was making some tweets. I figured I would give a recap of the race as best as my sleep-deprived memory will allow. We had some very close and exciting racing with the lead changing 7 times over the course of 30 hours and 260 miles, so plenty of things to cover. Dragon also had an "entertaining" bit of mishap and mayhem occur as we rounded Montauk so I promise that if you read it through to the end your blood lust will be at least partially satisfied. Dragon (me) pooched the start, badly. There were very fickle and variable winds in New York Harbor, and we were the northern most boat in the dial up and ended up in a completely windless hole. Boats 50 feet south of us had wind and were able to get across the line while we wallowed around, literally pointed the wrong direction and unable to do anything about it. However once we got enough wind to get turned around and under way, we were able to slowly pull back into the fairly slow moving pack and then ultimately reached the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in front of the group. From the Verrazano Narrow's Bridge...

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dfl in style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5unudewkhuc The big story of the first part of the Atlantic Cup was not our old friend Rail Meat’s smart victory in the inaugural event (as great as that was).  Nor was it the crazy weather (Summer on LI, already?).  Nor was it the Volvo-style ‘media crew member’ on each boat (brilliant as that was) or the 15 grand in prize money that awaits the victors. No, the story was a couple of 20 something race boat managers/rigger types that managed to put together a Class 40 just days before the start, thanks in part to Ralf Steitz at the King’s Point Sailing Foundation.  You can listen to the whole story from Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch on Icarus at the interview link here. The AC has been doing some extremely good video work.  Check out the full video gallery here....

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