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what kinda bullshit is this?

Who wants to a two-man Melges 24 in the Olympics for an offshore boat? Two people sailing it? On a boat that takes 5 to sail properly? Seriously, could this be a bigger waste of time? They want to "test it" first? There's no need, just ask anyone who knows how to sail a 24 what retarded idea this is. And of course World Failing is in the mix. Could they fuck things up more than they already have? Oh sorry, that was a rhetorical question. Here is the story And don't be fooled by the paid propaganda coming from...

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old ain’t bad

Your readers might get a kick out of this. The picture is of Steve Dashew sailing his C-Class catamaran in SoCal in 1968 with a double skin, asymmetrically trimmed mainsail- not miles different from the next Americas Cup mainsail configuration. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. The Herreshoffs patented most of the good ideas in the early 1900s and the C-Class sailors made a lot of them work. Today we have better funding, better materials and better tools for modeling, but not necessarily better ideas. - Anarchist Dan....

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the kids are alright

Conditions for Saturday’s 33nm Cabrillo I Race around the Coronado Islands were about as bad as they could get. The forecast showed no wind. It was raining. It was cold. The course sailed into Mexican waters and without even stopping for a drink at Husong’s. However, for the sailors from the California State University Maritime Academy, it was one of the most anticipated days of their sailing careers. It all started in November 2018, the Andrews 77, Ocean (originally Alchemy), was graciously donated by the Feracota family from Chicago. After being trucked to Marine Group Boatworks in National City, members...

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ice scotw

Maureen Krueger Bohleber of Green Lake, WI, won the Nite Class division at the International Skeeter Association Regatta sailed on Lake Pepin in Lake City Minnesota on Jan 11-13. She is the first woman to hold an ISA title  its 75 year history. The Nites joined the ISA 29 years ago. (There was a women-only class in the ISA from 1940 to 1958. Maureen competed with men. ) Results here: http://dniceboat.org/isaniya/2019ISA.htm I'll have a post up on iceboat.org tomorrow morning with more detail. Thanks, Deb Whitehorse iceboat.org Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club...

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final chapter?

Webb Chiles, 77, is about to sail from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for Panama and San Diego, in GANNET, his ultralight Moore 24, to complete his sixth circumnavigation and her first.  Since leaving San Diego in 2014, GANNET’s daily runs total 25,028 miles. Their intended course to Panama is east of the Bahamas and through the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti. Webb Chiles has never had sponsorship or shore teams.  He goes to sea with no radio beyond a handheld VHF with a range of less than ten miles.  He has contempt for crowd funding of other people’s...

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not a laser, a cluster

5 new rigs and counting ... 3 new Aussie rigs: c5, c7, c8 And 2 new ARC rigs in North America.  (See quote below from Laser Performance) Add the 4.7, Radial and Standard: that’s 8 rigs. Can the Laser survive this? « Further, we will introduce the ARC in May 2019, a contemporary racing rig and sail for Laser and Laser Radial that broadens the sailor weight range and increases overall performance. » Picture: Aussie c5 rig....

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and they’re off

YANN GUICHARD AND HIS CREW STARTED THEIR WORLD TOUR AT USHANT TODAY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 11H 47MIN 27SEC UTC. TO WIN THE JULES VERNE TROPHY THEY HAVE TO RECROSS THE LINE BY FEBRUARY 26 AT 11H 16M 57SEC UTC TO BREAK THE RECORD, HELD SINCE 2017 BY FRANCIS JOYON AND HIS CREW, OF 40 DAYS 23H 30M 30S. The weather conditions were favourable at the Créac’h lighthouse, which marks one end of the start and finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy course, the round the world sailing record via the three Capes. A southwesterly breeze of 20 knots...

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