editor

Uncategorized

longer is better?

A good post from our Fabulous Forums, brought to you by Marlow Ropes... I just purchased a Viper 830 and need to upgrade the running rigging.  I'd like to do this over the winter, but am reluctant as I wont be able to sail the boat, to see if the current rigging lengths are correct.  I measured the old sheets and they are 55' w/ 12' of taper each, which seems on the short side. Could the peanut gallery please chime in with thoughts or any riggers with a best practice method for determining length please pipe up?  A internet search turns up 2x boat length for symmetrical kites and 2.5 boat length for asymmetrical kites. The Viper is 28' long and we companionway launch the kite.  Thanks! Hop on in....

Read On
Uncategorized

fleet element

The China Club Challenge Match, founded in 2005 had its 15th iteration starting Thursday 19th September in the waters of Xiamen Island, funnily enough in China. 38 Teams came to the start line making this event, once again, the largest one design keelboat fleet in Asia The term ‘champagne sailing’ is much overused in sailing event reports but conditions were precisely that with winds ranging from 8-15 knots throughout the day and while there was a bit of swing in the breeze it never clocked so far left or right as to make the sailing unfair. This was a little bit unusual as the tropical depression to the east of Taiwan moving towards Korea should have sucked all the air out but no-one was complaining. Conditions were so good that the RO decided to go for the extra race beyond the standard three, a move that was to prove invaluable later in the regatta.  Racing in the main, although close, especially on the start line, was fair although, with thirty eight boats on the water, the on the water judging team of John Rountree, Wayne Boberg and Roger Purdy (all NZL) and Alistair Skinner (GBR) were kept busy, primarily with ‘early prods’ at the top mark with some teams launching their bowsprit well in advance of any gennaker hoisting activity  The one dark cloud of day 1 was a port starboard incident in race 3 that left the team from Xiamen City Career University (the innocent party) with a sizeable hole close enough to the waterline to make their boat unsafe to sail for the balance of the regatta. With the RRS not permitting redress beyond that of their first two races in a 12 race regatta there was little the judges could do to ease their situation. Having said...

Read On
Uncategorized

don’t worry, it’s just a chinese hoax

Arctic sea ice has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.15 million square kilometers (1.60 million square miles) on September 18, 2019, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2019 minimum is ranked at second lowest in the 41-year satellite record, effectively tied with 2007 and 2016. The minimum extent was reached four days later than the 1981 to 2010 median minimum date of September 14. Note: Changing winds or late-season melt could still reduce the Arctic ice extent further yet, as happened in 2005 and 2010....

Read On
Uncategorized

life after

Now this is one hell of a story... In 1828, when the recently re-named and still only semi-finished harbour of Kingstown on Dublin Bay staged its first regatta, it certainly gave an indication of the transformed place’s potential for waterborne sport. Yet it was not until 1831 that the first club – the Royal Irish YC in its earliest form – came into being. But on the south coast at Cork, the stately Water Club had been going about its manoeuvres since 1720, and was organising racing by 1765 and probably earlier while going on to become the Royal Cork YC in 1831. And on the west coast in Kerry and along the Shannon Estuary, recreational sailing was relatively well established – not least because it provided a useful cover for some profitable smuggling of low-volume high-value commodities from France, Spain and Portugal. Be that as it may, by the 1820s regattas were being staged at what was then one of the main ports, the sheltered though tidal Shannonside creek at Kilrush on the south coast of Clare, and in 1828 Maurice “Hunting Cap” O’Connell – the uncle and effectively guardian in his youth of Daniel O’Connell of Derrynane, The Liberator - organised a Kilrush regatta which led to the formation of the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland. Read on....

Read On
Uncategorized

not fun

Call us pussies, but this does not look like much fun. No wonder Alex Thompson's new boat is built like a coffin... Yes, there is a thread....

Read On
Uncategorized

still cool

Twelve races were held in light-to-medium airs at the 2019 Sunfish World Championship in Bonaire, Netherlands Caribbeans with David Hernandez GUA tied with Renzo Sanguineti PER as winner. Only one point behind followed Alonso Collantes PER. Eugene Schmitt, New Orleans, LA, on rank 7 is the best USA participant among the 65 entrants, at the same time also the Masters Champion. —– The overall results with sub-rankings for Youth and Masters categories, the event facebook page and the event website....

Read On
Uncategorized

google knows

Google has announced the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history. The purchase involves 1,600MW and includes 18 new energy deals, one of which is 92MW from Engie's Norther offshore wind farm in the North sea off Belgium. This is Google's first large-scale renewable energy purchase in the country and marks the first time that Google has bought power from an offshore wind farm. Almost half (793 MW) of the new renewable energy capacity purchased will be located in Europe, specifically Finland (255MW), Sweden (286MW), Belgium (92MW) and Denmark (160MW). In the U.S., Google will purchase energy from 720MW of solar farms: in North Carolina (155MW), South Carolina (75MW) and Texas (490MW). In South America, 125MW of renewable energy capacity will be added to the grid that supplies Google's data center in Chile. Together, the deals will increase Google’s worldwide portfolio of wind and solar agreements by more than 40 percent, to 5,500MW, equivalent to the capacity of a million solar rooftops. Read on....

Read On
Featured Slot 3

genoa it is

The Italian city of Genoa has been chosen to host the grand finale of The Ocean Race 2021-22, marking the first time the fully-crewed, round-the-world yacht race will come to Italy. The news was announced on Monday at the 49th Genoa Boat Show. The selection of Italy’s top maritime city to host the race in June of 2022 opens the event to a new audience in one of the most passionate sailing centres in Europe. Read on thanks to IBI News...

Read On
Uncategorized

he likes to watch

They have said for years that watching sailboats race is about as interesting as watching grass grow; but not anymore and most definitely not if you watched the final race of the SailGP series that took place yesterday in Marseille, France. It was an absolute nail biter and an extremely close finish between the Australian team led by Tom Slingsby and the Japanese team led by Nathan Outteridge. The SailGP series started in February in Sydney, Australia and was contested in San Francisco, New York, Cowes with the final series in Marseille this past weekend. The Australians and the Japanese dominated throughout the competition making some of the racing quite boring to watch as the leaders stretched out their lead over the other teams, but the racing in Marseille was really great because the other four teams had really upped the game and were very competitive with the Chinese actually winning one of the races. The way the series works is that the teams accumulate points over the course of the five series with the two top boats going head-to-head in a final showdown for a million dollar prize money. The conditions in Marseille were perfect as the two teams lined up for the start but the nerves must have been full-on for Slingsby and his team because they entered the start area early and were immediately assessed a penalty that being that they would have to start behind the Japanese team. When the start gun fired the Japanese were at full speed and to windward of the Australians and rocketed to the first turning mark where the Australians followed them around just a boat length astern. The following leg was a real dogfight as both boats tacked up the windward leg crossing within inches of each other with Japan...

Read On
1 91 92 93 220
Page 92 of 220