Clean Report – I admit I’m going entirely by the name on the transom in this wild-ass guess, but I’m reasonably sure the ultra-sexy blue monster on your left belongs to one of the most fascinating people in all of sailing. Just launched and barged down Holland’s canals from the Royal Huisman yard, the new 190-foot Ngoni most likely belongs to Tony Buckingham, a guy I got a little infatuated with when I raced against him in the Melges 32 Caribbean Series back in 2013 when his Ngoni had Chris Nicholson on tactics… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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Gunboat boss Nils Ericson got bored on the plane to the Caribbean and came up with this gem of a Form Guide for the high performance, HNW, hard-partying luxury cat racing class at the BVI. This is too good a piece for plain old pimpin’, but always consider the source! Hot on the heels of the St. Thomas International Regatta, this year’s BVI Spring Regatta may well feature the hottest collection of performance multihulls ever assembled on Virgin Island waters. This burgeoning market segment is seeing new players in what was once Gunboat’s private playground, and with events not only in the Caribbean but in places like Palma (where last summer’s Multihull Cup attracted 3 Gunboats, an HH-66, MC2-60 and APC78), the future of big multihull sailing looks bright indeed… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
While we’re not offering special tickets to the highest-priced Broadway musical in history, we are happy to point out that one of the quickest boats of her time is now for sale on eBay – with NO RESERVE! Currrently offered for a cool £0,99, the two-time Little America’s Cup champion (1964, 65 helmed by Reg White) is available complete with a monster 47-foot mast with three trapezes, carrying 550 s.f. of sail upwind with another 800 down. The ad claims she’s structurally sound, with a new main beam and carbon beam mounts, and needs little more than a new daggerboard and some ‘tidying’… Regardless, if you’re in the UK or Europe and have a pocket full of change and a need to hit 20 knots in light air (or a love for sailing history), it might pay to keep an eye on this one. Thanks to SA’er waynemarlow for the heads up…. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
There’s only one place in the world where you’d see an 60-foot racing yacht hoisted up on a nation’s most recognizable landmark, and it’s no surprise that place is France. Go here to find out what’s going on with Initiatives Coeur and the Eiffel Tower this coming May. Head to the finally-winding-down Vendee Globe thread for more info… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Clean Report – As we mentioned when we broke the exclusive news that a true blue US team was back in the VOR, we were going to leave a little to the imagination about some of the moving parts of the new team. Both title sponsors were extremely sensitive about their message and branding were presented at the right time, which is tomorrow (Tuesday) at an 0930 press conference at Sail Newport. With all those months of secrecy amid toothy nondisclosure efforts, it was something of a surprise to see the well-guarded name of the new team – including both organizations behind it – pop up on Facebook the day before the big, live reveal… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Clean Report – The Gunboat G4′s famous flip in St. Barth’s a couple of years ago didn’t do wonders for the marketing plan behind that ‘cruising’ foiler, but the dedicated racers developing the DNA F4 one-design spinoff of the G4 have been following a different, more logical path. Two-time America’s Cup winner Shannon Falcone (who sailed the G4 extensively) and the team at DNA have been working up the 30-knot-plus machine in Antigua to find her limits before going into full production, and they found those limits a few weeks ago while testing the boat on a squally day off the West Coast of the island… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Gunboat USA’s is well-documented for the multihull sector. Hall Spars just reportedly sent out the official notices of theirs, showing that even the world’s best racing spar builder isn’t immune. Hathaway Reiser shows that sailmakers – even from the 1800s – can’t hold it together. Brewer’s Yacht Yard seems to have sort-of saved itself by selling to a marina holding company. And now, Navtec USA gets on the list of shuttered American sailing outfits, with at least one Anarchist warning that ‘another unnamed northeast raceboat building company…will likely be shuttering their doors soon.’ Fortunately, we have God to thank for the bounty that is soon to come. Everyone, hold your breath…and….GO! For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Every sailor knows keels have become more and more of an issue over the past few years. We’ve seen multiple deaths, disappearances, and dramatic rescues, all thanks to under-engineered, poorly constructed, or unmaintained keel attachments. The designers over at Stephens Waring put a laymen’s look on this oh-so modern issue in their latest newsletter, which we reproduce here in part: Read on... For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
With their all-titanium keel (which fell off), the best-looking paint jobs on the water, and lots of other interesting tech during their Open 60 campaigns, French satellite, submarine, and wargame maufacturer Safran may have spiced up the IMOCA world for the past decade, but failures have apparently stacked up too quickly for the millions they’ve spent on boats that can’t blow anything up… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
With the Solitaire Du Figaro (née Course L’Aurore) getting close to it’s half-centennial birthday, the brilliant illustrators at Chevalier Taglang have put together a beautiful pictorial history of the of the world’s most prestigious solo coastal race. The post itself (as translated by Raven Yacht Sailing Trivia here) includes line drawings and more on every winning Figaro design since the beginning way back in 1970… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Clean headed over to Westchester NY for a couple of hours of talk with Jonathan Blum, also known as “The Digital Skeptic.” Blum has led a fascinating life in and outside the media world, and he’s got a unique look at where sailing… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Despite the title, we promise you that this is NOT a video of our Senior Editor being born.
It is a video of a tiny Allen Brothers Block being produced from scratch by the UK rigging company, but more importantly, it gives us an excuse to remember a passionate sailor whose death went unnoticed by us last year. Here’s a beautiful obit of Kim Allen from the folks at Burnham Week.
Kim was only eight years old when his father Glenn died. Glenn, together with brother Tony were the co-founders of Allen Brothers (Fittings) Ltd. After Glenn’s untimely death, Kim’s mother Vera remarried and Kim was sent to boarding school in Rutland, an experience he did not enjoy. Many of his formative years were spent with his Auntie Ann and Uncle Tony Allen, growing up with Elizabeth more as brother and sister rather than cousins. Kim completed his education at the local state school in Hornchurch, did a year’s business course at Ardleigh Green where he met Lindsay, and they married in 1993. Their two sons, Edward and Richard were born in 1991 and 1993.
Robert Coyle met Kim in their Cadet days, along with Alistair and Stuart Munro, Mark Wade, David Shapiro, John Lewis and many more. Kim’s boat was called Happy, in line with the family tradition of all boat names beginning with HA, although not a good name at the time! It was already clear that Kim not only loved competitive sailing but was good at it. His calls on the water became well known, most might use ‘starboard’ or ‘water’, but Kim normally preferred ‘xxxx off’ which seemed to work! After leaving Cadets Kim sailed 470s for a while, with other Corinthian members, especially the Wades.
Kim started working for the family business in the seventies, under Tony’s guidance and also became his apprentice for the Endeavour Trophy Championship and Icicle events, watching and learning how it all worked. As his competitive dinghy sailing tailed off he became increasingly involved with his company’s Soling, Dragons and Roller Coaster, a twin-masted ketch on which the whole Allen family spent many happy holidays.
With the dead-tree media continuing its slide towards anonymity, one of our 2017 New Year’s Resolutions is to shine a bigger light on some of the many independent content producers picking up the slack. One of those is Seattle-area safety instructor and licensed master Mike Brough, who’s been putting together stories on the web since 2009. Mike’s excellent “Boating Safety Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts” blog is full of hundreds of interesting, helpful, and entertaining stories from the PNW and beyond, and we discovered Mike through – of all things – a book review.
While the vast majority of the subscription mags are basically recycling factories (they recycle paper, they recycle ‘how-to’ stories, and they recycle sailing news that happened months ago), print books – especially hardcover versions – are much more likely to be cherished by their owners and retained for years. Longtime SA pal Barry Picthall published one such book earlier this year (buy it here), and Captain Mike wrote a solid review, which we reprint here in its entirety with his permission. Show your appreciation by leaving a comment on his site.
Have you ever wondered about the history of sailing equipment that we use every time we go sailing?
Well fear not, “A History of Sailing in 100 Objects” by Barry Pickthall will fill in some of the gaps, starting with the earliest known picture of a sail from about 3,500 BC on the Naqada II Pot to the GoPro camera in 2006.
Yes a bit eclectic in many ways but a nice read. The book has the object explained with text on the left side and a picture of the object on the right side. This bite size method makes the book easy to read and digest in short bits.
I found the objects to all be interesting, many I was aware of but a bit of review never hurt anyone. From the Cross Staff for navigation, Lemons to help prevent scurvy, the Portsmouth Block Mills in 1802 which made 130,000 wooden blocks a year for the Royal Navy using early automation (which remained in operation until the mid 1960’s). The Fresnel Lens in 1823 which is still used today in Lighthouses and probably most aids to navigation with a light as well as navigation lights on vessels and the tail lights on many cars.
Navigation lights were recommended in 1836 by a British Royal Commission that recommended that every steamship should carry lanterns visible in all directions, but it took two decades for the issue of Navigation Lights to be taken seriously, by then there were 3,064d collisions involving just British ships. It took until 1889 for international standards to be adopted.
All in all a nice read for anyone interested in the history of sailing and the object we use and take for granted in many cases.
The Seattle Public Library has several copies (that is where I borrowed my copy from), Seattle has branch libraries all over the city so you should have a branch close to where you live or work, visit your local branch and have a copy sent to your local branch if they don’t have a copy on their shelves, just takes a couple of four days depending on when you ask for the book, the book is delivered to your local branch and an email sent to you telling of the books arrival. If you have a library card you can log into the library web site and reserve the book to be held for you or sent to your local branch for you to pick up.
– c / m
We suspect this little nugget is simply yet another example of the mess that is the Vendee Globe’s official English coverage, but maybe – just maybe – there’s more to the lower/thirds title slip up caught by an observant Anarchist watching the 28 Dec “Vendee Live” show on Facebook.
Look carefully under Alex Thomson team member “Neal McDonald” and you’ll note it says “Alex Thomson Racing Volvo Race Skipper”, and we’re not quite sure why. Did the VG producer simply forget to put Mac’s ‘title’ on another line, or did someone sending over title graphics make a freudian slip because they know too much? Could it be possible that Alex – and Hugo Boss’s – next big challenge will be a crewed one? VOR boss Mark Turner and Thomson go way back and there’s precious little going on in IMOCA world for quite some time…and of course, much stranger things have happened. What do you think?
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain (or not)
Bad news from Bristol RI filtered around the top end of the sport this weekend after employees at Hall Spars US were sent home on Friday for the remainder of the year and the shop more or less shuttered. It was widely known that a big player had been looking into the purchase of Hall for months, and last week, that deal died. We reached out to Ben Hall to find out if one of the world’s best and most beloved spar builders will make it through the suck, and after he spent the day putting 112 feet of carbon art into the new Gunboat 78 (see above), Ben seemed optimistic, telling us that there’s lots of action from interested groups. Discuss here, and here’s the official statement from the company.
To: Whom it May Concern
Subject: Status of Hall Inc.
There are many rumors being spread regarding the status of Hall Spars. Hall Spars is a strong global brand and a leader of spar and rigging design and production around the world. Hall has three locations: Hall USA, Hall BV (Holland), and Hall NZ (New Zealand). The three locations are owned by Hall Inc. and operated independently of one another with their own management team.
Approximately five months ago, Hall Inc. began a recapitalization effort to strengthen its position in the marine industry. For the past three months, Hall has been working on a deal with the company in the US. Last Thursday, one week before closing this deal, our buyer dropped out. Presently, Hall BV and Hall NZ are in full operation and will continue to be, while Hall US has shut down for the holiday season.
Our recapitalization efforts are continuing very aggressively with the goal of completing these efforts in January. Hall has enjoyed great success over the past 36 years and will continue to do so. I ask that you be patient with us as we complete our efforts to strengthen our company and continue to provide the quality product and service you have grown to expect from the Hall brand.
Thank you for your support!
-Thomas M. Rossi
In this double header to celebrate the end of a long road trip, Clean first talks to freshly minted Director of the US Olympic Sailing Team Malcolm Page. The Australian double gold medalist and multiple world champion answers questions from Clean and the Anarchists, including a frank assessment of where the US team is, why he took the job, why the US team became also-rans for the past three cycles, and the route (and how long it’ll take) to rekindling America’s prowess in olympic sailing, as well as loads more questions. More than an hour from Malcolm (with thanks to Will Ricketson and Josh Adams for their help and information provided for this podcast), learn more about him at www.ussailing.org. The second part of our podcast has quite a bit more laughs, when we are rejoined by two repeat visitors, also both world champions…
We are massive fans of the Mudratz, and of their unintentional discovery of just how to fix that problem we’ve all been asking about for more than a decade: “How do we turn junior sailors into lifelong sailors?”
If you haven’t followed the kids from Mystic (and beyond), take this opportunity to peruse their recent history here. They’ve got a team of kids racing at the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, and to celebrate, they’re auctioning off Charlie Enright’s genuine, brand new, autographed Musto/Team Alvimedica HPX Smock from the last Volvo Ocean Race. It’s live on eBay with the auction set to end this evening – 100% goes to the team’s 501(c)(3) charity fund, and we encourage you to get over there and bid it up right now. Hell, at the current bid of $435, it’s cheaper than retail. Let’s raise some money!
Your auction price will be a tax-deductible contribution, and it comes at the perfect time for your 2016 tax year. Get over there now.
As many US Sailing Team fans will already have noted, Josh Adams has been given the boot and two-time Aussie gold medal crew Malcolm Page was named new US Sailing Team Director today.
A college dinghy and team racer who came to the team after years as a magazine publisher, Adams was charged with what may have been an impossible task for someone with his experience level; to bring the US Team back from its dismal, zero-medal performance in London and make a real impression in Rio. Despite what seemed like a good plan for Brazil, the team’s 2016 performance was only tolerable in comparison to the 2012 debacle, and something had to change for the next quad. To hear Josh’s early plans in a 2014 interview with Mr. Clean, click here.
Fortunately, US Sailing finally did what we’ve been begging them for a decade – quit hiring your management consultant and magazine publishing pals from New England for this essential job, and find someone with a proven history of winning – even if you have to headhunt them from somewhere else.
Enter Mal Page, who aside from being the most decorated dinghy sailor in Aussie history, may be the only sailor to ever win a gold medal with two different skippers. Page walks away from one of the toughest jobs in sailing – Marketing Director for ISAF – to take on another extremely job, but one he’s uniquely prepared for. We say this not because Page has led a big team to success; we say it because he was part of one of the winningest olympic sailing teams in modern history, and a very clever lad. Perhaps more importantly, he comes from a decade worth of training under the world’s best olympic sailing coach – Victor “The Medal Maker” Kovalenko (pictured with Page, above). While it’s too much to hope that Victor will defect to the USA as part of the deal (Kovalenko has famously turned down some huge international paydays to stick with his adopted homeland downunder), Page should have all the tools he needs to recreate the winning culture enjoyed by the US Sailing Team up until the past decade.
You guys always come up with the best questions, and I’ll be speaking to Mal tomorrow morning for this week’s SA Podcast. What do you want to know about the 2016 performance, the plans for Tokyo 2020 and the team, about Malcolm in general, or whatever?
We’re not sure how it would do in the UK’s hit new ‘Fast 40′ class, but Melges 40 depositors who want warp speed one-design racing can rejoice: This thing looks like a weapon of war! Spy shot from the dock in Dubai this morning as the brand new Botin/Premier product gets ready for sea trials. Faster than a TP52? We believe…
Thanks to JeffB for the snaps with more in the forums, and go here for videos and all sorts of fun from Federico and the Melges team.
After the EU issued its potentially groundbreaking opinion on the anti-competitive nature of certain sporting rules last month we knew there’d be a shakeup, and the first shots have just been fired across ISAF World Sailing’s bows. The International Federation of Kitesports Organizations sent this letter to World Sailing, putting them on notice that their attempted monopolization of kiteboarding shouldn’t stand. With World Sailing’s AGM coming up next week and the all-important election to see if current President Carlo Croce will be allowed to continue his reign, this bombshell puts even more pressure on the MNA members to get with the times and elect someone who understands the ‘good ol’ boys’ days are over. Here’s the letter:
This Warning Letter is to inform WS that if it does not refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at the next WS AGM in November/Barcelona and act in order to maintain the Kiteboarding status quo, we will unfortunately have to apply for a court order to ensure and preserve the IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water sport.
This written warning is issued because, at first sight, WS has no legitimacy to govern the Sport of Kiteboarding on water (commonly known as Kitesurfing) demonstrated in the following evidences: a) WS by Constitution, denomination and aims is the governing body of the sport Sailing; b) IFKO is the only international federation in the world with the denomination, nature, object and objectives by constitution as governing body of all Kitesports; c) WS recognises “IKA” as the “class association” however there is no evidence or transparent proof of the existence of the legal registration of this entity as an “association” with this denomination since 2008.
Your failure to refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at next WS AGM in November/Barcelona negatively impacts IFKO work and authority as governing body of the sport Kitesurfing. It demonstrates the intention of duplication of governance already taken by IFKO, disrespects the legal object and objectives of IFKO and directly damages the proper world organisation of the Kitesurfing sport.
This WS intention of usurpation of IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing sport problem is not the first time. You have been informed and warned on four other occasions (by letter: 07/01/2016, 10/02/2016, 18/03/2016, 14/10/2016) to respect the IFKO existence, nature, object and objectives.
IFKO, as it is under SportAccord Membership application procedure, asked SportAccord and AIMS to set up and mediate a meeting between IFKO and WS Delegations which had a positive answer. We hope you will promptly accept the meeting request in a good will to achieve understanding in this “rivalry issue” on the Kitesurfing governance in good faith and reasonable grounds.
For our final video of this Sunday, we present you something you’d never think we would run – a blue-blazer awards ceremony! We may not like some of the participants (nor they us) or the dress code, but we have a lot of respect for what Lee Tawney and the donors to the National Sailing Hall of Fame have done to legitimize the history of sailing while honoring guys and girls who deserve it. We also love that they can pull off what many more ‘modern’ sailing organizations can’t – live video streams of their big event for those who live and breathe the sport. This video of the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees won’t get your adrenaline going, but if you have the patience, you’ll be rewarded with stories from some of the lions of this sport we all love. Go here to learn more about the NSHOF.
Despite all ISAF’s marketing-speak about eco-friendly sailing being the key to the universe, we all know our sport has a dark secret about the chemical nastiness of modern boat and sailmaking materials and the environmental impact of our sport. Folks like Sailors for the Sea and 11th Hour Racing are doing a good job on the impact part of the equation a select few are trying to address with environmentally friendly-ish epoxy (like this stuff) but the older generation of designers and builders are mostly a long way from any real change, and it’s a genuine threat to the ‘eco-appearance’ of the sport – not to mention the health of the planet.
That’s why it’s so cool to see the next generation taking on the challenge with what we’re calling the ‘Eco-Skiff’, using it as a platform to prove that ‘environmentally friendly and sustainable’ composites don’t have to mean unreliable, heavy, weak, or expensive. The Eco-Skiff was designed and built by the sailing team of CUS Brescia, the student sport association of Northern Italy’s University of Brescia under the supervision of several researchers of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Brescia. Our old friend Max checks in with a quick update, and you can find regatta info, pics, vids, and plenty more on their Facebook Page.
The objective of this project was to test the innovative composite material and the racing boat in a real contest the “1001 Velacup challenge regatta”, an annual challenge which involves the participation, with small skiff, of all the Italian Universities. In 2016 event, 1001 Velacup regatta was taken in Venice and this boat got the 3rd position overall.
The participation to this regatta requires the boat to be designed and built by university students, the hull, the deck and racks of the boat to be made of at least 70% in weight of natural materials, the overall length and the beam length not to exceed 4.6 meters and 2.1 meters respectively and the sail area not to exceed 33 m2 including jib, main and gennaker.
The designed boat is a typical skiff sailing boat, which is characterized by a large sail, a minimal draft and stretched water lines that allow the boat to reach high speed on the water (up to 9 knots upwind and 20 knots downwind). The entire hull is made of the innovative composite material made of BIOMID® (fibers coming from cellulose) and balsa wood while racks, mast and boom are made with an extruded aluminum.
This innovative composite material shows a lower environmental impact with respect to conventional materials. for example, considering as alternative glass fiber composites, this is due to the fact that: (1) natural fiber production has lower environmental impacts compared to glass fiber production; (2) natural fiber composites have higher fiber content for equivalent performance, thus reducing the more polluting polymer content; (3) these natural fibers presents a positive economic outlook that show a great potential for use in other sectors.
-Massimo Collotta,(Ph.D, P.Eng.)
The second of three candidates for World Sailing President sat down with us on Friday to explain why he is running for the sport’s top position, and he seems like as solid a choice as anyone. An engineer and executive who perhaps lacks some of the fire of Henderson (and if you missed that podcast, it’s worth a listen), Kim Andersen is as Danish as they come despite having spend many years living in Australia and Germany. The longtime Olympic class and now Dragon sailor wants fairness, equality, transparency and solid management for the sport he loves, and he’s got sensible plans on how to repair the damage done to the sport over the past few years.
Both Andersen and Henderson have a mountain to climb; no incumbent has ever been beaten for the ISAF/IYRU/World Sailing presidency, and Carlo Croce has very powerful friends: As the Commodore of the most powerful Yacht Club in Italy and the President of Italy’s MNA, Croce has the ability to influence the voting MNA’s in many ways not subject to public scrutiny
If Croce doesn’t win after the first ballot (the winning candidate must get >50% to win), things get interesting and the horse trading really begins; either Henderson or Andersen will get axed, throwing their support to the other, with the final two candidates taking whatever time they have to drum up support for their bid. They’re technically not allowed to promise anyone positions, posts, jobs, events, etc in exchange for their vote, but from what we’ve heard, it happens every election.
We gave current President Carlo Croce over a week to respond to our requests for the final interview to round out this series, but other than being told the message was passed on to him, we’ve heard precisely nothing. We’re not saying that Croce has anything to hide, but two of the three candidates have chosen to air their platforms and answer all our questions in a very open manner, and if transparency in our sport is important to you and your countrymen and you care about the future of our sport, get in touch with the president or director of your MNA and let them know what you think. Perhaps more importantly in a long game like this, make sure you are ready to vote your national MNA bosses out at their next election if they make it clear they don’t care.
After a very strong Marstrand finale to the inaugural World Match Racing Tour, our friends in M32 World have been extremely quiet, with no firm announcements for the 2016/17 WMRT season other than a teaser telling us there would indeed be another million on offer for the winner of the series. This week, we found out what they’ve been up to: First, and as you can see by the titillating video above, they’ve gotten International Class status from ISAF and the inaugural M32 World Championship will be sailed on the Devil’s Island immediately after the Tour finale in Marstrand. While future M32 Worlds will be qualified events, this first year is first-come, first-served, and capped at 25 boats, so get registered now.
Far more importantly, M32 World announced that the Volvo Ocean Race will now feature the M32 cat for Pro-Am and guest racing at 8 of the VOR Stopovers. Each boat will be branded like one of the teams and sailed over the course of the stopover, allowing non-stop sailing action for spectators and VIP/hospitality guests. Instead of a two days of in-port and pro-am racing, those eight stopovers will now be full of racing action – a move that pleases both VOR, the teams, and the local vendors while increasing the crossover between long time circumnavigators and inshore cat racers.
Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous. And it costs 7 figures. And it would be significantly faster with less horsepower if it had some foils. But if you’re a motorhead as well as a mariner, you gotta give the Glidersport SS some props. They say you can buy it with 3400 horsepower for a 3.5 second 0-60 time (same as a Ferrari F50) and a top speed over 96 knots, though we’re not so sure we’d like to be aboard what looks a bit like a wing at 100 knots…
As seen on a Annapolis Boat Show sign on the dock, and on Facebook. Is anyone gonna miss a boat company best known for their keels falling off and their shitty response to it?
It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that the relationship between Bavaria Yachts USA and Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH in Giebelstadt, Germany no longer exists.
With a new management team in Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, the commitment from the factory has plummeted.
On October 6th, 2016, ten minutes before the start of the 2016 Annapolis Boat Show, the Mr. Lutz Henkel, the CEO of Bavaria Yachtbau, handed us a termination letter which was effective immediately. Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH’s management was fully aware that our team had worked for weeks in preparation of our market’s most significant and costly sailboat show.
Our US company, comprised of experienced boating industry professionals, has committed to ensure our yachts are serviced to Bavaria USA standards which has come at a great financial cost, but we believe providing the highest quality and standards in the industry was worth it because it has been the right thing to do, it’s just good business. For years, under previous German management, we worked in good partnership with Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH to ensure the products sold in the US market were up to the standards fitting the expectations of the American consumer.
Over the last five years, the team at Bavaria USA has actively built the Bavaria brand into a respected and very recognizable entity in the US boating industry. We have represented our products with great care and pride, and have provided a level of service to our owners which we would expect if we were to purchase a yacht ourselves.
Since Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH has chosen to abandon its commitments to Bavaria Yachts USA, the sole distributor and dealer for the US market for monohull Sailboats and Powerboats, Bavaria Yachts USA is now forced to cease all operations.
Team Bavaria Yachts USA
More news in the Boat Show thread.
Despite the title, we’re not talking about the most entertaining and frightening US presidential election ever (and the first-ever time any presidential candidate said “Grab them by the pussy”). For the sport of sailing, there’s a much more important election coming up in less than a month. While you probably don’t get to vote for it, your MNA does, so give them a call or drop them an email and let them know what you, their member, thinks of whatever position they hold.
We’re doing our part to find out whether any of the three presidential candidates has a real plan to fix the dismal position ISAF finds itself in after years of bizarre and opaque decisions and increasingly centralized power, and that means you have a chance to make your thoughts known, too. So get over to the World Sailing Strategic Positioning thread and add your questions for candidates Kim Andersen, Paul Henderson, and Carlo Croce, and we’ll put those questions to them when we interview them this week. The first interview is Monday and Andersen and Henderson have already agreed to talk to us over Skype; whether or not we get Croce aboard, we’ll publish it all next Monday in another SA Podcast.
Hurricane Matthew is close to finishing up his best impression of a Worrell 1000 race course, and the storm has now killed some 900 people (overall), done billions in damage, and left millions without power as he works his way up the Carolina Coast. The footage above comes from the AP, and is mostly of a very wet Charleston SC. Those gorgeous new James Island Yacht Club docks that made Charleston Race Week launching so much easier last year are smashed to pieces, while cars, boats and anything else with westerly exposure got slammed. Fortunately the worst of the surge in CHS came with low tide, but there’s plenty of rebuilding to be done everywhere Matthew has already touched. Incredible that the US has only seen four deaths (two tree strikes and an elderly couple due to generator/carbon monoxide) despite it all. We’ll have more pics and stories of this direct hit soon, but with Matthew still lashing the southeast coast with nastiness, give a call to your friends near the water – they will appreciate it!
And for something really cool, watch the Frying Pan Shoals live stream right NOW!
As you’ve likely read on these pages before, one of our biggest beefs with the folks who run ISAF World Sailing has long been their willingness to threaten those who compete in non-ISAF sanctioned events with a ban from competition. We’ve long maintained that the rule allowing them to do this (ISAF/World Sailing Regulation 19.14 (a)(ii)) is illegal in much of the modern world, and it appears that the European Commission agrees wholeheartedly.
Acting on complaints from a pair of Dutch speedskaters, EU regulators have told the International Skating Union that its threat to impose lifetime bans on speed skaters for taking part in unauthorized events is anti-competitive, putting pressure on the ruling body and other agencies with similar penalties to back down. The skaters said the ISU threatened them if they competed in a big money “ice derby” in Korea, and after a year-long investigation, the EU agreed that the ISU violated the anti-trust sections of EU law.
For a legal description of what exactly happened and what the implications are for the ISU and other bodies (like ISAF), check out the EU Competition Law Review summary here. We can sum it up quickly though: The EU investigated ISU for a year, and determined that the ISU rules (that allow up to a lifetime ban for competitors) unduly restrict athletes’ commercial freedom and effectively discourage them from participating in events other than those organized by ISU or its members. In other words, the international governing body’s rules are an attempt to create an impermissible monopoly over all skating events…
ISU now must issue a response to the EU, after which point the EU will decide what penalties and actions they will take against the ISU, and if the ISU’s incredibly condescending and dismissive initial response is any indicator, the EU is going to have to take a swing. ISU said it was “surprised” at the EU view, and that, despite their investigation, they ‘failed to understand’ the international sports world. Perhaps they meant to write that the EU “failed to understand how crooked our international sports world is…”
The smarmy Swiss-based org went on to write that “any allegation that the ISU’s rules are somehow anti-competitive appears to be based on a misplaced understanding of the governance structure of sport and the Olympic movement. A neoliberal and deregulated approach to sport could destroy the Olympic values underpinning sport.”
It’s the same response that insiders always give when challenged with their malfeasance, and it’s always bullshit. Bodies like ISU and ISAF need to face the fact that their monopolies are ending, and organizations that dedicate their resources to improving the services they offer in a competitive world are going to succeed. Those who stick their fingers in their ears and complain that the government just doesn’t understand them? Folks who are allergic to transparency and equality? It’s time to go.
We’ll dedicate an upcoming podcast to the wider-reaching implications of this anti-competition ruling, especially as it effects ISAF’s unfounded attacks on IKFO kiteboarders and the non-transparent and anti-competitive equipment selection process for the next Olympics. The kiters are in almost the exact position as the Dutch skaters so we’d expect the IKFO to be filing a complaint with the same EU body very soon if they haven’t done it already. This one is getting good.
We thought we were going to be focusing on the Etchells Worlds IJ granting the Event Chairman redress for two different UFD scores, but as we were writing that one up, something way better came up for our monthly look at protests and sailors behaving badly. And it’s a hell of a story.
Julian Fernandez Neckelmann dominated the J/70 Worlds last year with his Flojito and has continued in other big events, and with two of the winningest one-design pros of the past decade as his crew and Ed Adams coaching, Julian ain’t playin’ – he’s in this one for real. But after six races at St. Franny’s Big Boat Series, a much lower-budget team – Joel Ronning’s Catapult – sat tied with Neckelmann in the same water they’ll be racing next week at Worlds.
That’s when Neckelmann – a lawyer, we think – decided he needed to find out more about the stainless hoop you see above in Ronning’s cockpit. We were told by several people he asked them about it, and several told him they thought it was legal, and even suggested against protesting it. When Neckelmann saw Catapult tactician John Kostecki on the dock, Neckelmann told him he didn’t think the roll bar was kosher, and Kostecki, ever the communicator, said ‘Protest me.” Neckelmann did exactly that, and that’s where it gets good.
The Jury asked why Catapult had a non-OEM part on the boat, and Joel calmly explained that bar was installed to assist him from moving from side to side during tacks and gybes. He also explained that the J/70 rules allow installation of such a device for people with physical disabilities, and that both the plans and photos of the finished part had been signed off by the J/70 Technical Committee and Adminstrator as required by the Class Rules.
At this point, our sources differ on what exactly happened, but a credible one has Neckelmann next asking Ronning, “How disabled are you that you need this bar?”
Ronning then reaches down, unstraps a buckle, pulls his carbon-fiber prosthetic leg off, and slams it on the table in front of god and everyone, shouting “Is this disabled enough for you?”
A differing account says Neckelmann asked why he wasn’t allowed to have the same bar installed on his boat. Ronning pulled off the leg and slammed it on the table, telling Neckelmann to “Saw off one of your legs and you’ve got it.”
The latest trend in Olympic Sailing saw two national teams fail to send two strong crews to Rio despite their qualifying their country in their events. 49er Class Manager Ben Remocker is one of the most analytical writers currently scribbling about the sport, and he took a look at these policy decisions by Yachting Australia and the Swedish Sailing Federation – and why they are completely shortsighted, and may be damaging to the sport. We’re sorry we’re just getting this to you now, but it’s still just as relevant as it was at the end of May when posted, if not more so. From the 49er Blog:
Sailing is facing very tough issues right now. The Olympic movement has already removed Paralympic sailing from 2020 and given World Sailing a clear warning to make sailing:
- More universal (more countries participating)
- 50-50 gender equity
- Increase the appeal to youth (largely seen as a request to make sailing interesting/attractive)
There have been years of slow progress in World Sailing often traced to MNA’s protecting their competitive edge in Olympic competition instead of pursuing reforms for the best interest of the sport. The IOC is threatening to remove sailing events and/or reduce sailor quotas if World Sailing does not make significant progress for 2020. The IOC recently added 5 events and 485 athletes (baseball/softball, surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing, and karate) all 50-50, and all with great ‘sport presentation’ possibilities. Given the IOC will not go above 10,500 athletes in total, sailing really should be worried.
June 1st, 2016 was the final day for MNA’s to accept or reject their Olympic berths. It should have been a day to review the full competitor lists for Rio. Instead, it marks a day of heartbreak for two top skiff teams. Stunning news came from SSF (Sweden) and Sailing Australia saying they will not send teams to Rio in the 49er & 49erFX respectively. While the IOC looks for serious reform from sailing, sailing leadership continues to make news on small ball issues
Carl Sylvan and Marcus Anjemark (SWE) finished in 12th place at the 2016 World Championship out of a full field of the worlds best. Further, they won the Bronze medal at the Sailing World Cup Miami 2016 in an almost complete field. The Swedish duo, and squad in general, has put up solid if not outstanding results all quadrennial long. The SSF takes its lead from the Swedish Olympic Committee and requires all Olympic participants hit the standard where they could finish within the top 8. Sylvan/Anjemark was not deemed to have met this standard and board of the SSF upheld the decision. The Swedish Olympic system has this common top 8 benchmark in all Olympic sports and it has been like this for close to 30 years.
The rampant anti-Israel discrimination that led to Malaysia losing the right to host ISAF/World Sailing events last winter was no outlier. The Asian island nation just gave up their hosting rights for the 2017 FIFA (soccer) Congress rather than issuing visas to Israeli delegates, using the same bullshit argument that despots and oppressors have used forever: “Security”. It’s not every day an ostensibly modern country blacklists itself from all international sporting events, but after the latest anti-sporting move, that’s about where they’re at. More from the Elder of Ziyon blog:
“We were advised by the government to withdraw from hosting the congress due to security issues,” Affandi Hamzah, deputy president of the Football Association of Malaysia, told AFP.
Affandi declined to elaborate on the “security issues” but said the move was tied to comments by Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi over the weekend. Zahid had said Malaysia was unable to provide visas to Israeli officials because it did not have diplomatic ties and could rile up local sensitivities. “Some of the conditions of hosting the event include placing the (Israeli) flag on the table during the congress,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times online.
“After comparing the benefits and the risks, it is better for Malaysia to avoid playing host.”
Host of any international sporting event, right?
With the world’s attention now firmly on Rio De Janeiro, things are getting more interesting by the day. Massive anti-government protests shut down sections of the city and country over the weekend, and experts say the numbers are only increasing, with some protestors planning on marching every day until the end of the games. In other news, Brazil’s government fired the security firm charged with keeping the Games safe, citing ‘incompetence and irresponsibility’ due to the fact that only a few hundred security guards had been hired of the 3400 promised.
That means now the Rio Police will be in charge of all of it, including running x-ray and screening services. That’s the same police force which met incoming visitors at the airport with a huge sign that read “WELCOME TO HELL…POLICE IN RIO DON’T GET PAID…WHOEVER COMES TO RIO DE JANEIRO WILL NOT BE SAFE.” It’s also the same force that’s been in almost non-stop corruption scandals for as long as anyone can remember. Most recently, a top MMA fighter said he was kidnapped and handcuffed last week by a group of police and forced to withdraw thousands of dollars from ATM machines before he was released.
More fun with theft as well; when 100 Australian athletes were evacuated from their Olympic Village apartments because of a fire in the sketchy buildings, they were robbed of a laptop and their team logo’d anti-mosquito/Zika protective shirts – possibly by fire marshals. But of course the IOC says everything’s awesome!
The hits keep on coming, but keep in mind that even if things continue to snowball, Brazil still probably won’t even make the list for the ‘worst Olympics ever’. Read this for one author’s picks of the 5 worst Olympics, or this smart National Geographic piece enumerating the sordid history of the Olympic Movement and the racism, sexism, corruption, and rampant displacement of the poor that it’s built on. Hey – at least Tokyo’s ready for 2020 thanks to their imminent election of a new Mayor following the departure of the last two…over Olympic scandals!
While the IOC is facing plenty of pain these days and struggling to address weak interest from venues for future games, there’s a much bigger wave coming, and it will no doubt change the games forever. Paralleling hugely contentious recent controversy over the the billions in broadcast and licensing dollars received by the NCAA thanks to thousands of unpaid American college student athletes, the Washington Post yesterday took on the other elephant in the room of the Olympic ‘Movement’ – the abject poverty most Olympic athletes endure for a chance at glory all while hundreds of staffers, Federation employees, and IOC “volunteers” make small fortunes while living a life of luxury, protected from any kind of transparency laws by Lausanne, Switzerland’s nearly nonexistent disclosure requirements for non-profit companies. Here are a few excerpts from the Washington Post piece that rekindles this important discussion:
We jumped ahead a bit in the SA Podcast timeline to stay timely with the World Match Racing Tour Newport stage (which began yesterday), and today’s two hours is with two of the leading lights in modern grand prix racing – both of them daily SA readers.
Sam Usher founded the UK-based production company Redhanded TV more than a decade ago, and in that time, he’s produced live and highlight video for the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the World Match Racing Tour, the GC32, and dozens more events. Sam stands out not only for his willingness to hire the loudest voice in sailing as a talker, but for his disdain for ‘the old way’, a never-ending drive to push the boundaries of sailing coverage, and a belief that sailing is indeed a spectator sport if you just show it off right. Sam is currently the Executive Producer of the WMRT’s coverage.
Hakan Svensson needs little introduction, but we’ll give it a try. A passionate amateur yachtsman from the West Coast of Sweden, Svensson is a proper Viking. He spent the first half of his career in the shipping industry and showed how to make B-to-B sponsorship work in the Volvo Ocean Race (Green Dragon, Puma), selling his company Berg Propulsion after the 2012 race. A long time supporter of sailing at every level (including sponsorship of Freddy Loof and his London gold medal), Svensson wasn’t someone to lounge around and live on interest payments – he helped Goran Marstrom and Marstrom Composites settle a long running battle over the Marstrom 32 catamaran and then bought the design. Svensson also bought the troubled World Match Racing Tour as a showcase for his new catamaran, but also to provide a much-needed pathway that could both identify the next young Glenn Ashby as well as to help mentor them along their way.
The Ian Roman/WMRT photo below shows our studio at the edge of the water in Copenhagen. Not a bad office for the evening!
Still the most successful inshore/offshore big-boat box rule ever, the TP52 continues to set the standard for owner/driver Grand Prix monohull action, and with new faces and the return of the ever-competitive Ran program, the 2016 season looks as good as its ever been. This piece brought to you by our partner Seahorse Magazine in association with the TP52 SuperSeries.
Going through the 52 Super Series 2016 scheduling and entry list one might think that not much has changed from the spectacular 2015 series in which we saw nine new builds join the fleet. However, there are two new venues: Scarlino in Tuscany and Mahón in Menorca. Scarlino opens the series in May. The modern Marina di Scarlino provides ample space to get a fleet of this size and standard properly measured and prepared.
Scarlino is followed in late June by the testing conditions on the emerald coast of Porto Cervo. A fine combination of scenic but nerve-racking coastal races and a couple of windward-leeward days will decide the winner of the highly valued Settimana delle Bocche trophy. From Sardinia to the Bay of Palma and Puerto Portals in July provides another contrast in sailing conditions, requiring remoding to both your boat and to your tactician’s mindset.
This year we choose not to race during August as many of our officials and umpires are involved with the Olympics, but the TP52 worlds in September will see 12 TP52s battling it out in beautiful Mahón. One of the largest natural harbours in the world, Mahón has been claimed by many seafaring nations and has seen some epic sea battles. We hope to add one more, albeit more peaceful.
Finally, on 15 October we will know the identity of the 2016 52 Super Series champion… after five final days of racing on the challenging waters of Cascais and a total 45-odd races sailed with no discard allowed. No doubt another worthy winner.
One of 12 strong teams will share the experience this year, with Sorcha owner Peter Harrison and his sailing team directed by Campbell Field as the only newcomer in the fleet. They will join us at Porto Cervo and the TP52 worlds.
A few weeks ago five of our 2016 teams engaged in six days of sailing from the Valencia base of the St Petersburg Yacht Club, an initiative by the owner of Bronenosec, Vladimir Liubomirov. As can be expected after a full season of racing, I witnessed a different level of boat preparation than what we started with last year.
All five had used the long winter recess to evaluate and modify their boats. As a consequence it is equally as exciting to line up for the first time now as it was last year.
This year the TP52s for the first time in the history of the class race below seven tonnes displacement (6,950kg) but, as things go, the loads still go up by popular demand of the trimmers. Most rigs have consequently been beefed up by adding extra laminate to the outside of the tube. But as each team has different ideas on tube stiffness it surely was not the same mod for all.
Many have changed their standing rigging to fine-tune in this department in terms of both strength and drag. Provezza bit the bullet and the owner combined his wish to have a spare mast with a new rig incorporating significant changes in stiffness… as well as fibre optics laminated into the tube to record mast bend.
Retrieving quality data is the basis for proper performance evaluation, the only basis really. The majority of the Vrolijk-designed boats will sport new or re-profiled keel fins, some in combination with a new rudder. Rudders are moving forward as well, in search of higher modes upwind.
The majority of the Botín-designed boats are also on a new rudder track. Sails are never the same; I am not qualified to say anything sensible there. I just make sure we end up within the class limits with the right logos and sail numbers…
The human mind’s appetite for change is hard to contain. In combination with a lack of appetite for reading the rules, we sometimes end up on the wrong side of the fence. But once again I have Pablo Ferrer, now in his 11th year of measuring and checking TP52s. He has not seen it all, but more than most for sure.
So what did we see on the water in Valencia? Guillermo Parada, helmsman on Azzurra, noted, ‘All of the boats had improved and every day it is getting harder to gain a speed edge, so this season will be super-tight. Now it’s time to download all the data from this week and make the final choices about equipment and settings for the Super Series itself.’
Talking to Tony Langley and Tom Wilson, owner and manager of Gladiator, there was cautious optimism that with recent improvements the team have now found the legs to be on a par with the others; this was backed up by observations from the other teams. It hardly ever gets more detailed than ‘Gladiator is fast’ but they were not joking. With Mr Ian ‘Abu Dhabi’ Walker, double Olympic medallist, on tactics for the season I feel the orange-red hull shall be visible in quite a few photos of the leading pack. Once they’re confident and up to speed the next goal is consistency, maybe even harder to achieve.
Simon Fry, trimmer on the Vrolijk-designed Provezza, confirmed their search for more improvements upwind and the trade-off that demands: ‘In general now we can live in skinnier [tighter, higher] lanes upwind than we could before and I don’t think we have given away much downwind… So it’s hopeful.’
Amazingly, it is the fifth year already since the demise of the MedCup. Time flies. Also in 2016 the Super Series fleet will be predominantly owner-driver and the outlook for 2017 is no different. Teams joining (like Interlodge) or showing interest in joining in 2017 are so far all owner-driver.
If there ever was any overlap with pro-driver commercial sailing events like the AC, Extreme Sailing Series or the Volvo in the MedCup days, whether in reality or in ambition, I feel this is no longer the case. This is important as it will produce a clearer picture, a clearer product, whether one is looking to join, to enjoy, to work, to support, to sponsor, to watch or to follow online.
As for the boats, they suit that model perfectly. Cutting-edge technology, fast and sometimes even furious without getting into the extreme sport arena, certainly not one-trick ponies and well sought-after secondhand all over the world.
The space for evolution has narrowed after the large steps taken between 2011 and 2014, at least without a major rewrite of the TP52 Rule. Right now present and interested future owners all appreciate and expect rule stability. They will get just that till they indicate otherwise.
With class president Niklas Zennström back on the tiller of Rán Racing for the full series after a semi-sabbatical from racing in 2015, the 52 Super Series and the TP52 Class are ready for 2016. We wish all sailors, wherever their competition takes them, good times, nice winds… and fair competition.
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While the public perception of ‘yachting’ and sailing as ultra-exclusive (thanks, Rolex!) is probably the biggest obstacle to the sport’s growth in America, access to the water runs a close second, so we’re stoked to see at least one area successfully fighting off the greed of yet another useless luxury development that will forever close yet another important sailing venue off for future generations. From SA’er huntercutting:
This last week California State Commissioners refused to approve a $22 million public loan for construction of a private mega-marina in Clipper Cove at Treasure Island.
Deadlocked by a 2-2 vote on Wednesday, Commissioners for the California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) declined to endorse a DBW staff proposal to fund $4.2 million of the proposed $22 million loan as long as several staff-proposed conditions were met. The loan application had been submitted by Treasure Island Enterprises, the consortium of real estate speculators seeking to build the mega-marina. And the loan application had been endorsed by the Treasure Island Development Authority Board led by Board Chair Vivian Fei Tsen.
The champions on the DBW Commission who stood up for public use at Clipper Cove were Katherine Pettibone and Cecily Harris. Pettibone and Harris deserve applause for standing tough in the face of heavy pressure by developers.
Currently Clipper Cove is home to some of the best recreational and instructional boating on the San Francisco Bay, including youth sailing, disabled sailing, dragon boating, Olympic class racing, keel-boat raft-ups, kayaking, paddle boarding, high-school and collegiate competition and more. The Cove is also home to the non-profit Treasure Island Sailing Center which each year puts thousands of San Francisco public schools kids on the water – most for the first time ever. The Cove also hosts national dinghy racing championships, such as the 2015 V15 nationals, the annual PCISA high school Golden Bear regatta, the Cal Sailing Team, and much more.
The DBW staff report noted “financial inconsistencies” in the loan application as well as “issues” regarding “public support” and “permitting.” Numerous public interest groups spoke at the Commission meeting prior to the vote, urging Commissioners to postpone consideration of the loan. Groups urging postponement of loan approval included the U.S. Sailing Association, Save Clipper Cove, the Treasure Island Sailing Center, and the Sierra Club.
The world’s biggest sailboat pulled out of St. Barth’s Bucket after just one day of racing, and we now hear that owner Jim Clark’s other boat – the world’s fastest monohull Comanche – is currently in second-to-last place at what we think may be her last regatta…ever.
Considering the ultra-high profile nature of the Comanche campaign run by North Sails President Kenny Read, and the fact that the big VPLP maxi is likely to be one of the last, if not the last purpose-designed record breaking monohull ever built, everyone in the sport seems interested in the reasons behind the sudden and mysterious end of an era barely begun. There are some rumors….
We’ve got emails out to the crew (some of whom are allegedly quite angry that they’re out of a job) and will let you know when we get more info. Know more about this multi-source rumor? Send us a note or post up in the thread. Photo © RORC/Emma Louise Wyn Jones
When we heard about King Knut taking off for whiter pastures more than six months ago, we suggested this guy take over. When our sources said he was in, we reported it as confirmed, even though he denied it. And now that it’s all been confirmed, we congratulate Mark Turner as the new CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. As we said more than half a year ago, we think he’s the best choice for a job description that only a small handful of people could ever qualify for, and we’re very excited to see where the VOR goes under his care.
In other news that we reported long before anyone else, Hong Kong is confirmed IN with both a team and a stopover. We’ll catch up with Turner when he’s got his feet underneath him. Until then, stay tuned to the latest VOR rumors in the thread.
And quit doubting us!
There are a few folks who truly stand out for their thankless, difficult work trying to build a future for this sport we love so much, and Ben Poucher is one of the most noteworthy. He sends us the latest from the WARRIOR SAILING PROGRAM to try to get your support, and to remind everyone that the WSP has nothing to do with the scandalized Wounded Warrior organization – with Ben, your money actually goes to the veterans! If you hate reading, just go and watch this great video about WSP. Thanks to Marco Oquendo for the shot of the program-owned Trebuchet in Havana Harbor.
People who read the SA front page consistently might notice the name Ralf Steitz or USMMA Sailing Foundation on occasion – usually they’re getting some love for their efforts in supporting youth sailing initiatives. But do people ACTUALLY know what they do for sailing? I doubt it. Not only does Ralf continue to support cadets at King’s Point and youth programs like 13Fifty Racing, but he has also committed to making Warrior Sailing Program a sustainable success story. With over 120 graduated wounded veterans through the Basic Training Camps to date, the Warrior Sailing Program is expanding its horizons and challenging its graduates to new sailing adventures! New initiatives for advanced training, offshore sailing opportunities, and able bodied regattas are all on the upcoming schedule. WSP is the lead sailing program in adaptive sailing opportunities for wounded members of the armed services.
So what, exactly, is WSP about? The Warrior Sailing Team is comprised of graduates from the training camps that are ambitious to race at a competitive level. The WS Team will be competing in able-bodied and disabled body events through the spring/summer 2016. The first in a series of inshore training regattas for 2016 is Charleston Race Week. The team’s season will continue with monthly regatta or training events and will culminate this August in Kingston, Ontario for the J22 WORLDS !
In addition to supporting Warriors on the J22 race circle during Charleston Race Week, Ralf and The Sailing Foundation are also offering their newest donated sailing vessel as an awesome platform for pursuit racing during the Charleston eent. The 84 foot ‘Metolius’ will be a sight to see with Warriors taking their new skills aboard from April 14-17. To add another event to the already busy April schedule, The Sailing Foundation is sending Kings Point Cadets along with youth sailors offshore onboard the Foundation Reichel/Pugh 69 Trebuchet in the Palm Beach To Charleston Race April 8th.
The USMMA Sailing Foundation is taking the lead and needs your help to keep these initiatives and opportunities for youth and warriors! Send your support to Warrior Sailing and go to the WARRIOR CAMPAIGN fundraising efforts, or go to the website to see how you can get involved!
If you see us in Charleston, please come introduce yourself! Our top priority is to make the men and women who graduate from WSP camps feel welcome and included in the sailing community. We all owe these warrior sailors a sincere ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifice. Support Warrior Sailing, not other initiatives that don’t directly impact those that need it the most.
-Ben ‘Pooch’ Poucher, Director
Warrior Sailing Program
The battle for the first ‘people’s foiler’ to reach market is really heating up now, and at stake is more than just money – at least one IOC committee member mentioned that, despite neither being truly ‘on sale’ yet, the pictured iFly and Amac’s Waszp are far ahead of any other challengers to become the first foiling boat in the Olympics. The Waszp is way behind her original schedule, but considering the design brief is nearly identical between the two boats, will the iFly steal her glory?
There’s an update on the Waszp over here.
Photo of Seb Col test flying the iFly from Com Aboard, and more info here.