Whatever your body type, one of the new sporty solos are sure to fit you, and if they all look as good as the Melges 14 fleet above, everyone is a winner. Look at the excellent video of the 25-boat M-14 fleet in Sarasota last week and tell us with a straight face that you can’t wait to get in your Laser…we’re waiting… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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We haven’t seen ‘average’ sailors so charged up about a new singlehander in a decade, and with UFO production hull # 1 currently in the mold, shit’s getting real for the US-designed and built ‘people’s foiler.’ Get to know the genesis of the project and the latest news right here on SA, and head over to the new builder’s website to find out more… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Longtime Anarchist Dave Clark updates all of you foiling freaks on the new UFO. Ask him specifics in the thread. Hey Folks, Time to get excited! Things are coming together over here in Rhode Island. The UFO is finally through the stage of production preparation that I’ve come to refer to as “Industrial foreplay” and it’s go time… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
AMAC’s long-developed and long-delayed ‘Waszp’ launch changed the foiling focus from outright speed to ease-of-use. Meanwhile, longtime A-Cat and Little America’s Cup Defender Steve Clark was working on something similar, but very different. It also promises to be cheaper and far easier to launch and recover than any Moth…Check the thread for the latest on the new foiler, and head over to Newport next weekend to get up close and personal. Steve sums up:
Wild speculation may now commence. But a few details:
Weight is 52 Kg.
8 and change square meters of sail.
Two T-foils, wand on main foil.
Foils retract between the hulls for upright launch and recovery.
Floats upright at the dock.
Closer to the Laser price point than the Waszp price point.
Nifty little project which should have commercial legs. Focus has been on ease of use and handling, not a demonstration of a unique foil configuration. Plenty of original thinking and some unique solutions to achieve performance and cost goals.
The first sailor sickness has been reported due to Rio’s sewery water, though according to London Bronze Medalist (Laser Radial) Evi Van Acker’s coach, she caught it back in July training on the bay. He also thinks Evi’s dysentary has contributed to her poor results thus far. The Belgian OC said “she has not fully recovered. It makes it difficult for her to go through long periods of sustained effort.” While several contacts with debris affected other racers, no other sicknesses have yet been reported. Read the full story from our old friend Bernie Wilson (who’s down at the Games) at the AP here.
In another kind of unwell, the US team is performing exactly where the oddsmakers had them; on the outside looking in, without a single sailor in the top 5 of any class. US Finn rep Caleb Pained port-tacked the fleet yesterday on his way to a 2nd for the race and 4th overall – that is, until he was chucked at an evening protest hearing for a port/starboard on that spectacular start. Now he’s in 15th, and the highest performing American team are the chicks’ 470, with Annie and Bri in 6th. Go here for the US Sailing daily report, and to get to know America’s most likely medalist skipper, watch this just-posted Mr. Clean video interview with Annie from last summer in Rio. Here are Team USA’s standings as of Friday morning; number in parentheses is change from yesterday’s standing (With special thanks to TFE):
RS:X M – 30 (same)
RS:X W – 12 (-2)
LASER M – 15 (same)*
LASER W – 7 (same)*
FINN – 15 (-8)
470 M – 10 (-2)
470 W – 6 (+1)
NACRA17 – 16 (-5)
49er M – *
49er W – *
*LASER M/W did not race Thursday. 49er M and W have yet to race; their first races are Friday.
A further lack of wind and an overcast sky over Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, alongside a forecast that indicated no improvement, created some down-heartedness on the penultimate morning of…
With 10 knots of breeze that steadily died during the day, tide that was taking the boats over the line and a mist that often made it hard to see the next mark, it was challenging opening day of ra
The final four sailors who will take to the water for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have today been announced by the British Olympic Association.
Hyères threw out its toughest challenge for the final day of racing at the Sailing World Cup with a truly up and down day of the purest form.
Sailing World Cup Hyères served up a light dose of wind for the third day of racing but big breeze is expected to follow on Saturday.
It’s game over in the 49er at Sailing World Cup Hyères with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) taking their 26th consecutive victory ahead of Sunday’s televised Medal Races.
At their European championship in Barcelona, it was the 49erFX fleet that was first to launch.
A superb display of aggressive tactics saw teams pushing each other around the track in a final bid for leaderboard dominance on the Bay of Palma for the medal races at the 470 European Championship…
Racing got underway today at the 49er and 49erFX European Championships held out of the Barcelona International Sailing centre, close to where the sailing events for the 1992 Olympic Games were…
Three races for all fleets at the 2016 470 European Championships on race day four, sees Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT) extend in the 470 Women and Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) edge into the lead in th
Perfect 12-14 knots racing conditions under a blue sky on race day three at the 470 Europeans were a complete contrast to yesterday’s weather pattern of driving rain and storms…
Over 325 sailors concluded their five day RYA Youth National Championships today at Plas Heli.
The GBR International 14 fleet is currently the one to beat after dominant performances in the last five World Championships, but this year the game is getting even bigger, with nine new boats in b
A forecast of eight knots and building opened the second day of the RYA Youth National Championships at Plas Heli…
With one day of Finals competition left at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on the Bay of Palma before Saturday’s Medal Races finale, it may be too tight to call at the very top of several of th
On the first day of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR, France’s four-time Nacra 17 world champions, Billy Besson and Marie Riou, composed a perfect opening day with three back-to-back race wins…
In a statement, World Sailing says it is satisfied with the progress being made by Rio 2016 and the Brazilian authorities in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Sailing Competitio
With the decision being made to remove sailing from the Paralympics, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation pledges to use the funds raised through Bart’s Bash in 2016 to help promote and…
The unbeatable Billy Besson and Marie Riou chose to sail the final race of the series even though they had already done enough to claim their fourth consecutive Nacra 17 World Championship title.
Day five of the Nacra 17 World Championship was pretty much the decider as the unstoppable, and apparently unbeatable, Billy Besson and Marie Riou have separated themselves enough from the pack…
Day three of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, FL kicked off sunny with 4-8 knot winds allowing everyone to breath a sigh of relief with finally a full day of racing on the car
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin made the best of a light airs day three at the Nacra 17 Worlds in Clearwater, Florida, to move to third overall after the young Australians scored 5,4,1.
The tension on the water at Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella was fully loaded as Medal Races across the ten Olympic fleets drew the first big regatta of 2016, the Olympic year, to a…
Biscayne Bay provided the 711 sailors from 64 nations with a welcome breeze for Wednesday’s racing at Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella.
British Moth specialist Chris Rashley celebrated his 27th birthday today by winning Races 4 and 5 at the Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda.
The RNLI launched two lifeboats to come to the aid of a capsized dinghy.
An afternoon sail turned dangerous when a small sailboat capsized in high winds and choppy seas, and its two occupants were forced to abandon ship.
Humber Coastguard received a report Sunday afternoon from South Shields Sailing Club near Newcastle upon Tyne, that a dinghy had overturned and the two occupants were in the water near South Shields pier.
Tynemouth RNLI quickly launched both of their rescue vessels in response.
As the all weather and inshore lifeboats made their way to the stricken craft, the RNLI received word from the Coastguard that the two sailors had been recovered, but that their boat was drifting, upturned, and posing a potential hazard to other boats sailing the stretch of water.
Navigating choppy seas and winds gusting to 60 miles per hour, the lifeboat crews located the small craft and took it under tow.
As the lifeboats made their way back into the harbour, the dinghy broke free due to the force of the winds. The inshore lifeboat crew managed to get a tow rope attached to it and headed back to the safety of the harbour with the boat in tow, while the all weather lifeboat crew were called to assist a windsurfer who’d been separated from his board some five miles down the coast.
Tynemouth inshore lifeboat safely brought the capsized yacht to South Shields beach where they were met by members from the sailing club.
Adrian Don, Spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: “Our lifeboats were requested to launch to what was thought to be two people in the sea in very poor conditions.
“Thankfully the two sailors were quickly recovered from the water by other sailing club members but we still needed to recover the capsized dinghy which was achieved by our volunteer crew members despite the fierce winds and very choppy sea.
“As this incident was ongoing our all weather lifeboat was tasked to another potentially life-threatening situation with a windsurfer who had got into difficulty near Seaburn but again this was thankfully resolved without anyone being injured, or worse.”
A night under the stars in Sanya, China set the scene for the 2015 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. Determination, persistence and the pursuit of excellence were clearly shared amo
The Little Cup, or the International C-Class Catamaran Challenge Trophy to give it its official title, sets sail tomorrow out of the Societe Nautique de Geneve.
The man had been caught between his yacht and his rowing boat for 20 minutes.
Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew saved the life of a man found hanging in the water in the River Crouch earlier this week.
At 1am on Sunday 6 September, the RNLI team from Burnham-on-Crouch received a call from a member of the pubic who’d heard a man shouting for help from the river.
Lucy Ward, a member of the volunteer lifeboat crew, said: “I could see a man wedged between a yacht and a smaller rowing boat. He was clinging on to a piece of rope and his feet were hooked on to the side of it. He was desperately trying to keep himself above the water.”
The man, who had been struggling in the water for at least 20 minutes before the lifeboat crew were alerted, had lost his balance and slipped after trying to get from the smaller boat on to his yacht.
Lucy went on: “One of the crew jumped straight in to the water and swam the man over to the lifeboat. He was extremely cold and tired and probably wouldn’t have been able to hold on for much longer.”
The volunteer lifeboat crew performed medical checks on the man and took him back to the lifeboat station.
From there, they transferred care over to a waiting ambulance.
The 2015 Team Racing World Championship came to a close today with a dominant USA team heading home with two Division titles.