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forget the frostbite

I am the definition of a fair weather sailor. You can keep your Frostbite series and I’ll see you in the spring. I get it that temperatures vary and some Frostbites actually end up in the 60s, but I’m no chancer. So where? I first read about the Cape 31, a one design by Mark Mills first launched during the 2017 Volvo Ocean Cape Town Stopover, sitting in the cold at Christmas. The Southern Hemisphere seemed due far enough south. Now in Cape Town, excitement is growing as 11 teams prepare to race the Cape 31 Invitational Regatta this weekend,...

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food for thought

Hey! Americans! Let’s show ‘em what happens when we put our heads together. Traditional America’s Cup challenges have amassed resources first, to facilitate attempts to corner the experience and innovation markets: (as if!). What if we just assume that, by democratizing discussions of the class rule – worthwhile design ideas will percolate to the surface of their own merit, and the process of heating the brew will be fun? And, if we do a good enough job, the ideas themselves and not the capital hoarded to promote their birth will spring to the surface like dandelions growing out of sandy...

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more food

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...

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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...

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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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