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pointing fingers

Somebody has their panties in a twist... This press release is in response to the ongoing media speculation in reference to the loss of sailing yacht MY SONG in the Mediterranean by CEO David Holley in reference to MY SONG loss We would not normally comment on cargo incidents but given the high-profile nature of this yacht and the media interest we feel that we need to formally give some clarification. There are several individuals passing judgement on what may or may not have happened and we will attempt to offer some clarity, albeit at an early stage of the investigation....

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bad song

My Song, the Baltic 130 '(40 meters) of Pieluigi Loro Piana,  was lost by the freighter that was bringing it back from the Caribbean to Genoa. She was to be present at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta which begins on 3 June in Porto Cervo. Instead, what has become a wreck is now in the Balearic North Sea at the Gulf of Lion. During the outward crossing to the Caribbean, last autumn, My Song had had some problems so the owner Pigi Loro Piana  "Let us avoid worries and let her make the journey loaded on a cargo ..." . In fact, the concerns are...

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that which matters

Jim Holler, curiosity locked in, was content at first to watch. This was about two years ago, when a new kid showed up with a wooden motorboat that needed work, lots of it, at the Antique and Classic Boat Society, which makes its home in an old foundry occupied by the Buffalo Maritime Center on Arthur Street. Holler, now 92, is a well-loved elder within the legion of gray-haired guys in jeans and T-shirts with sawdust on their hands who seem to always be there, building or restoring wooden boats. One by one, during Adam Curcio's first days at the...

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what you don’t see

Everyone uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in yacht design these days but you get what you pay for. Working with the best CFD experts in the industry can deliver a real competitive advantage – or a big commercial benefit. One of the factors that contributed to the remarkable boatspeed advantage of Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss over the rest of the Imoca fleet was an extensive programme of CFD simulations. What’s less well known is that Alex brought in a specialist CFD team, Dr Rodrigo Azcueta’s Cape Horn Engineering, to help deliver that advantage. Even now, with the next-generation Hugo Boss in build, the detail...

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pedal to the metal

It only takes a couple of knots of extra breeze to transform M32 racing as these lightweight, potent catamarans respond immediately to the slightest increase in pressure. Until today, conditions at the Cetilar M32 European Series Pisa have typically been sub-six knots, conditions that would be below the racing threshold for many other classes. But for the M32 fleet there was still meaningful, tactical racing right down the wind range where the key ingredients for success have been keeping boat speed up at all costs and minimising manoeuvres. But today, the strategy was different, for the first race at least....

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who fucked the finn?

The mid-year meeting of World Sailing saw voting taking place on the single-handed dinghy for the 2024 Olympics. Or more precisely, on the single-handed dinghies for the 2024 Olympics.And that’s very different, as there were indeed two separate votes for the men and the women single-handed dinghies, which means different boats for men and women could in theory have been selected. Contrary to the logic that governed the re-evaluation of equipment for over a year, equipment committee members and member national authorities were offered the opportunity to vote for two different boats. This could have been for example the Devoti...

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