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Here we go folks! The 2018 Charleston Fort 2 Battery Race is ready to rock and roll, and with 25 knots and an ebb tide, rocking and rolling is on the menu!
Thanks to Force Kite and WakeJames Island Yacht Club and the Warrior Sailing Program for their support! Check it.

 

April 21st, 2018

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One of Farrier’s finest sees the light of day for the first time. Graham Eeles’ built Sr 32 with Mastrom carbon rig and North sails will be kept on UK East Coast. Props to Anarchist Ian.

 

April 21st, 2018

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Inspired by the piece above, and our spotlight on the brand new J/V 36 NightShift we thought it might be interesting to have our world-wide Anarchists send in a pic and short blurb on whatever new-to-you boats you have.

Doesn’t matter what it is. It could be a Fast 40+, it could be a J/70, a cruiser, dinghy, multihull. New, used or beat to shit.

Even if you are dumb as the editor here, you could pour too much money into a 4ksb, and then hate it. That is worthy of some sort of award. Douchebag of the Year, perhaps?

Whatever, this is about you guys and gals who made that leap into boat ownership. Show us what ya got and we will put it up on this mythical Front Page. This should be really fun! Now get to sending!

Title inspiration thanks to this New Wave classic.

 

April 21st, 2018

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Big Pimpin’

How do you know when you arrive at Gunboat’s multihull mooring space during the Annapolis SailBoat Show? It is only there that you witness Gunboat sailing enthusiasts standing in a long queue to personally visit this beautiful catamaran. They are but a few of thousands of world-wide admirers of Gunboat.

You can understand why  Abordage, we feel honored to introduce the Gunboat 68 custom model carefully built with polymeric materials and the latest in 3d printing technology for those who wish to see this amazing boat come to life in a beautiful model.” Abordage – trusted by Gunboat for excellent build quality.

“We’re really pleased with the attention to detail, bringing the GUNBOAT 68 design into 3D as we await the launch of the first boat this fall!” – The Gunboat Team. Get one of these awesome models for your boat.

(We have two models from them, one for the Melges 32 and one for the SC 33 and one is coming for… – ed)

 

April 21st, 2018

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The Environment

Almost all research on plastic contamination in water systems focuses on oceans. But the biggest problem is plastic that ends up in freshwater ecosystems, according to an NTNU biologist.

Concerned citizens read about all the plastic contaminants found in the ocean – from whole patches of plastic waste to dead whales with bellies full of plastic. “But it’s not the plastic in the oceans we should be worrying about the most,” says Martin Wagner, an associate professor at NTNU’s Department of Biology, “but the stuff that ends up in rivers and lakes.”

Ocean clean-up is short-term solution

According to Wagner, there are two main reasons we need to extend our concern to freshwater pollutants. First, removing as much plastic as possible from the ocean is only a short-term solution. In the long run, we need to trace the sources of pollution and stop the problem there.

New research shows that most marine debris originates on land. This is especially true in Asia and Africa, where rivers transport much of the plastic waste to the sea due to inadequate disposal and handling of landfill, industrial and general wastes. So, to prevent more plastic from ending up in the ocean, we have to start on land. Read on.

 

April 21st, 2018

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This needs no further explanation other than 420 on 4/20. Props to Anarchist Serge.

 

April 20th, 2018

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The Biz

According to IBI, German boatbuilder Bavaria Yachts is having payment difficulties and is facing bankruptcy. According to the German Press Agency, the boatbuilder filed for bankruptcy before the District Court Würzburg at the end of last week.

An official statement is due from Bavaria on Monday. IBI will report as soon as it knows more.

Thread here.

 

April 20th, 2018

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Big Pimpin’

Almost every raceboat of any size built in the past two decades has been fitted with a carbon spar, as have many larger cruiser/racers and every large sailing yacht of any type over 20m. The advantages in safety and performance are just too great to ignore, and composite spar manufacturing has been refined to a remarkable level of reliability that exceeds even where alloy was at its peak a quarter of a century ago.

Hall Spars have been a pioneer in this field for almost four decades. The company has produced countless championship-winning spars, with a clear commitment to continuous development to remain at the cutting edge of a competitive field, where not only is light weight important, but strength and reliability are crucial. This is especially true for spars supplied for series-built production boats where efficiencies in production timing and cost are also important parameters. Read on.

 

April 20th, 2018

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From WaterlustWe’ve got a new initiative we’re pretty stoked about. Basically we’re going to do an ocean trash cleanup each month and make a video about various subjects that surround the marine debris issue.

We’re hoping to dig into stuff like how to sort and dispose of the crap you find, what items are the biggest offenders, and how to lead legislative change instead of just “hashtag activism.” In short…we actually want to see change instead of just raising awareness.  Word – ed.

Title inspiration thanks to Devo.

 

April 19th, 2018

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Longtime racer and New York Times Sailing Correspondent Chris Museler continues to lead the ‘big media’ in providing real journalism about the sport we love for millions of real people, and for the better part of a month he’s been working on a story about safety, death, and the Volvo Ocean Race. 

It finally ran in today’s Times, and we print a short excerpt below.  Photo of Fish from Facebook, credit Jeremy LeCaudey/Volvo Ocean Race.

Libby Greenhalgh was wedged into the navigator’s seat below decks on the Sun Hung Kai-Scallywag when the helmsman shouted repeatedly, “Man overboard”…

The helmsman hit the red man-overboard button at the wheel, which records the boat’s GPS location. But in those frantic moments, the button was not depressed for the compulsory four seconds it takes to record the spot.

Greenhalgh instinctually locked in the boat’s coordinates — 1,400 nautical miles west of Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean — into her navigation software, which shows the boat’s track on a digital chart. That was roughly the position where the crew’s safety officer, John Fisher, 47, was knocked over the side of the boat.

Rapidly calculating in her head how Fisher would drift in the frothy, cold peaks of the waves, Greenhalgh drew a search pattern on her screen. Fisher was miles behind by the time the boat was under control and pounding back upwind into the waves.

Greenhalgh directed the crew, shouting into the intercom. Four and a half hours later, with no sign of Fisher or the inflatable buoy and life ring the crew deployed, she radioed Race Control in Alicante, Spain, that they were suspending their search.

Read on.

April 19th, 2018

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