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the heavyweight division

A look back at what was going on five years ago...Originally published June 18, 2014... The SuperYachtCup in Palma. Today only the J Class competed for the “King's Hundred Guinea Cup.” They should probably rename it. Something like the Hundred Million Pounds Cup. Awesomeness thanks to Jesus Renedo with tons more here and results right here.  ...

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big league

The latest SailGP team was announced today in Beijing. The venue should be a bit of a clue as to which one. Of course it is the Chinese team with a healthy Chinese element I am glad to say with three, one could almost say Dongfeng ‘veterans’ in Liu Xue, Chen JinHao and Liu Ming better known in western sailing circles as Black, Horace and Leo. Black and Horace are designated as grinders on the 50 footer with Leo as a reserve grinder. The team will be skippered by Kiwi Phil Robertson while Ed Powys (GBR) is to be the...

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all wet

You'd think that experienced offshore sailors might know never to trust the weather. Just minutes after this photo was taken at Woolwich Dock in Sydney, the well-dressed crowd was soaked by a sudden downpour and rushed to shelter from a gusting Westerly. The event was the launch on Thursday morning of Stacey Jackson's all-female Sydney-Hobart campaign in Wild Oats X. The 66-foot Reichel-Pugh was precursor to the more famous 100-foot supermaxi Wild Oats XI. The Oatley family has very generously loaned the boat to Jackson and her team for the 628-mile sprint South. Jackson (of Vestas/11th Hour Volvo race fame)...

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jump on it

Big Pimpin' Our friends at Zhik have announced for a limited time their Black Friday sale in North America & Europe. Get a huge range of quality Zhik gear at up to 65% Off! Buy something for yourself or plan for Christmas and get a gift for that someone special. Just don't miss out. Sale ends Tuesday.  ...

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thanksgiving anarchy

Of course this comes from our fab forums. Of course it does... I setup a turkey friar on the aft rail. Going to fry one up daysailing tomorrow. Do you think the oil will slop around? I have a shield I made for over the outboard's fuel tank on my McGregor.. Testing at the dock a few months ago the oil caught fire. I was able to put it out no problem. Fire people weren't so happy though as I used bacon fat I had been collecting for the past couple years, was pretty smokey. Now that I am all...

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the season of giving

 Directly from our friends at Cape Horn... At Patagonia, the south of the world,there is a community that believes anything is possible! They work together building wooden Optimists for their Sailing School! Kids learn to Sail, meet new friends, and learn to work together to accomplish their goals! Here on Patagonia, these kids are not alone. From Thanksgiving on, Cape horn will donate the 1% of their sales perpetually to contribute to this amazing project. Today it is not much money, but with your help, giving gifts this Christmas with a story behind to the people you love, you will be supporting...

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our kinda cruise

French cruise line Ponant is testing the Solid Sail® concept on its vessel Le Ponant. Tests are being conducted with maritime construction company Chantiers de l’Atlantique as part of the sailing cruise-vessel project Silenseas, launched two years ago. Two patents have been filed for the new type of sail which is made of fiberglass, carbon and epoxy resin panels in a carbon-slat frame. Sails of over 300 square meters (3,200 square feet) were installed on Le Ponant in October before the three-masted ship set sail for Cape Verde and then across the Atlantic to Cuba. The 89-meter (292-foot) vessel is...

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information society

 No, this doesn't have a bunch of cool sailing shots, but it sure as hell is a fascinating look at how little we know about the very environment that we all dedicate large portions of our life to. Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and solar-powered drones is collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail, revealing insights into things like global weather and the health of fish stocks. Learn more about what a better grasp of the ocean could mean for us back on land. Props to Anarchist Peter....

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