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ArkemaMini6.50Vol2_Flou light (2)

Wow there is a hell of a lot going on with this small package. Photo thanks to Vincent Olivaud / Team Arkema Lalou  Multi

 

February 21st, 2017

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rich wilsonThere is big news for American sailing today. Big news. Except that it will likely go unnoticed in the US. Sadly. Not in the rest of the world where they will learn that American Richie Wilson just completed his second Vendée Globe becoming the only American to finish the race twice and only one of few who have ever completed two Vendée Globe’s. This is an enormous accomplishment, even more so knowing that Richie is not only in his sixties, 66 to be exact, but he also suffers from asthma.

When many/most of us are prepared to park off on the couch and binge watch House of Cards, it’s good to know that there are others who set lofty goals and go out and accomplish them. In a race that always sees a lot of attrition you have to know that it takes extraordinary seamanship (plus, yes, a little luck) to loop the planet twice, all alone, without outside assistance and without stopping.

Richie comes across as a mild, understated person. He is very humble, almost to the point where you want to wring his neck. He talks about his sailing accomplishments (and there are many others beside the Vendée) as if they are just another day at the office. These are no ordinary days at the office. The Vendée has to be one of the most challenging sporting events ever conceived and finishing is a big deal. Especially in France where sailing is a religion.

Add to that Richie had tens of thousands of school children from around the world following him and learning through his education plan which was run through his website Sites Alive. As a former school teacher in the Boston school system Richie’s passion is all about educating students. His education program has been followed in 79 countries. Over one million people engaged on a regular basis of which at least 70 per cent were students. Over 968,000 people received weekly content. It’s an amazing program that went almost unnoticed in the United States. I am willing to bet that Ms. de Vos neither heard of the program nor would see it as a useful tool to educate and inspire students.

Yet inspire he has. I am inspired. I used to think that I had done some sailing that counted, but what I have done barely qualifies me to carry Richie’s bags. So welcome home Mate – I can call him that because he is my neighbor – you may have taken 107 days, 00 weeks 48 hours and 18 seconds to get back to where you started but you made it and finished a hugely respectful 13th out of 29 starters. Respect. – Brian Hancock.

 

 

February 21st, 2017

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A good boat is for sale and the owner is walking away. Why? Because PHRF is the only handicap system he can race in and he hates what so much of PHRF is about. He’s not wrong.

Love the boat. Hate the PHRF rating bullshit. Everyone goes out and sails these events and the 95% of the conversation after racing is about ratings – too fast, too slow, too much politics, and so on.

Rarely do you use people taking about the epic conditions or how someone sailed fucking great, but rather chatter is about their unfair rating.  Or someone else’s unfair rating. 

 

February 21st, 2017

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one up one down

We like the looks of the one up better! Two MOD 70′s on their way during the RORC Caribbean 600. Photo Credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon / Team Phaedo.

 

February 20th, 2017

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pride

Maryland’s goodwill ambassador Pride of Baltimore II now has a video mini series on Youtube & Facebook. The series features various traditional sailing maintenance projects – check it out.

 

February 20th, 2017

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Remember our humorous story about the rich rooskie and his corpulent “A Yacht”? The A may very well stand for A-hole as approx $16 million is still owed to the builder. Not paying his bills sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Or maybe it’s just a small accounting mistake…

a yachtOne of the world’s largest yachts has been arrested in Gibraltar over a$16.2m admiralty claim filed by the German shipyard that built it. The sleek, futuristic Sailing Yacht A attracted wide media attention when it sailed into port on Wednesday morning for what should have been a short refuelling stop.

But just hours after its arrival, lawyers for superyacht builder Nobiskrug filed a claim in the Supreme Court against the vessel’s “owners/charterers/operators” for breach of contract. According to court documents, Nobiskrug says the final $10.4m payment of a shipbuilding contract between the yard and Valla Yachts Limited, the vessel’s Bermuda-based registered owner, was due on January 27 but has not been paid. Read on. Photo thanks to Bloomberg/ Carsten Rehder/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Photo.

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February 20th, 2017

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Well it looks way cooler, what with the low freeboard and rolled and ramped deck/hull and all, but one has to ask; why build this Cape 31 when the C&C 30 already exists? Cheaper? Logistics?

 

February 19th, 2017

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working cleanBen Ainslie’s 2017 America’s Cup team are paying much more than lip service in their wide-ranging environmental partnership with 11th Hour Racing

It all started with the ocean, the playing field that inspires every sailor’s dreams, and the vision that sport is a powerful force for positive change. Then a top-notch 2017 America’s Cup team and an organisation devoted to advancing practices that protect and restore the health of the oceans came together – and a partnership was born.

Newport RI-based 11th Hour Racing is the exclusive sustainability partner of the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup challenge, working with Ben Ainslie’s team to meet the ambitious standards they set together at the onset of the co-operation.

As Jeremy Pochman, president of 11th Hour Racing, highlights, ‘We challenge and change practices in technology, procurement, energy production and use, efficiency, economy, community and legacy. We collaborate closely with Land Rover BAR to implement solutions to overcome or mitigate environmental issues, and promote a lasting legacy — and we believe this is happily also fundamental to creating the strongest team possible.

The team’s sustainability strategy is based on three specified targets, driving innovation, promoting smarter futures and generally inspiring excellence, the elements blending together to ensure a lasting legacy both in the UK, where Land Rover BAR are creating an inspirational centre of marine technology, as well as in Bermuda, the team’s temporary home for the 35th America’s Cup. In the UK the team are engaging with their local community through a rich portfolio of activities – from installing solar panels at a local school, to running a sustainability challenge for students at Portsmouth University, through the work of the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust, to creating the Tech Deck education centre at the team base.

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February 19th, 2017

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You may recall the Jones Act and the America’s Cup from 2011. With the Jones Act again coming under scrutiny, it is timely to remember that those most directly affected by the act are seafarers.

Over the years, lawmakers and presidents have proposed making somewhat controversial changes to the Jones Act. Some have gone so far as to recommend repealing it entirely as Senator John McCain did in 2015. He described the law as archaic and claimed that it restricts economic growth and drives up prices for consumers by limiting the extent to which foreign-flagged ships can move goods through the U.S.

The Jones Act has been in the news again recently as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made a move to revise or reverse more than 30 interpretive rulings of the law that date back to 1976. These mostly relate to offshore operations through the extension of the Jones Act called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. The changes could have far-reaching consequences, and many, including the Trump administration, are concerned they will limit offshore growth and tonnage. The administration has put a temporary freeze on any changes to the rulings so that they can be reviewed.

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February 19th, 2017

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anarchy sails again

Very stoked to get the mighty Anarchy sailing again after our broken mast fiasco! The new spar is beautiful and after not having been out on the 32 for months, it was a sweet reminder of what an incredibly dynamic boat it is.

Oh and while sailing in the bay, one could barely even notice that the San Diego version of the 88th edition of the SCYA Midwinters, hosted by SWYC  was taking place. Six boats competed. Six total boats.  That is down from the 11 that had entered just a few days ago. The breeze was 12 knots, yet the racing was moved from the ocean to inside the bay. After all, who could possible be expected to brave 12 knots and an actual swell in the ocean?

Speaking of dubious moves, how interesting to note that SWYC recently scrubbed the 2016 San Diego to Ensenada race results from their website. Hmmmm, I wonder what monohull and skipper got first in class and first overall in that race?

What universe are these people living in?

 

February 19th, 2017

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