We love Justin Edelman’s work. The subject of this well shot and produced video by him is something that we kinda scratch our heads over. $3 million for a 52 “class” boat that likely has almost no growth potential? We know one boat has a budget of $1 million a year just to run it, with 7 pros onboard every time they leave the dock. We get that this is how the money boys play, couldn’t one get a fully sorted out year-old TP52 and arguably have a better boat? For less? We do see about the ‘offshore’ capabilities and we dig that the mast is a meter taller than a TP 52. Time will tell on this project, but they are off to a good start… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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We don’t think we’d be running a press release touting that “The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) is pleased to announce that multihulls will be welcomed into the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race.” 2018? It took you tight-ass conservative hand wringers that long to finally give your sainted blessing? For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Mike “Rail Meat” Hennessy reveals the secret sauce behind being the only overall winner in the short history of SORC’s Miami to Havana Race. Turns out it’s all about adversity. Photo of a local taking ‘selfie with dragon and Morro” during the Saturday ‘in-port’ race in Havana Harbor thanks to Mr. Clean, and title thanks to one of the most influential albums in history. Race chatter here. Just getting to the start line of this race was an epic of Homeric proportions, with canceled flights and snow storms providing me the opportunity to drive from NYC to Charleston in one 13-hour effort last Monday night… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. The highlight of the event may have been the World Premier of the “Bridge of Doom” bringing course obstacles and X-Games feeling to Youth Sailing. On one reaching leg of the high-speed slalom course, the sailors had to heel over to get under an inflatable arch. Nine sailors from the North American’s now qualify for the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen in Bermuda, and join twenty-three other international O’pen BIC sailors who will be The Half Time Show between Race One and Race Two of the America’s Cup Finals, June 17. Find event results here. Title thanks to this… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The Infiniti 53 is a new 53 foot canting keel boat suited for exceptional performance both offshore and inshore. The new yacht will feature a canting keel, gybing centerline daggerboard and leverages the dramatic performance advantages available through the DSS system. The design intends to revolutionize the performance of yachts in the mid-50 foot range. Check it out…. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Our lives are busy. We try to do a million things at once. Often we can’t see the forest for the trees. And then today we received this brilliant work from our friends at Waterlust. We can all learn from this… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
There’s a new race boat yard in Lisbon, and they’re flat out finishing off a ‘new’ fleet of round the world race boat. The latest from Seahorse… Seahorse Magazine: What was your brief right at the beginning of the refit process? Nick Bice: VOR director of boats and maintenance: The priority was reliability. The VO65 created a lot of reliability for the stakeholders in this race, for the teams, sponsors, sailors and of course us at Volvo Ocean Race HQ. In originally selecting the VO65 the criteria were reliability, performance and safety, which is paramount… and these boats now need to do another 70,000 miles. So my brief to the team was identical to when we were servicing these boats during the stopovers in the last race: always be proactive, not reactive. SH: How many are there in your team? NB: I have managed to keep our core team from last time and the head of each department. Then we’ve built onto that family, so we currently have close to 30 people in Lisbon. A significant number of those are in the paint team, as with new sponsors and branding there is a lot to do there!… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Race Report – Cabo San Lucas. Bag packed. Early AM call to head back to San Diego on our boat, the ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe. I just finished editing video which gave me a moment to think about the race. For those unfamiliar: It’s a classic West Coast 800-mile downwinder from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, hosted by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. This year’s edition saw predominately light wind down the course. The fleet slatted their way through Southern California waters and into Mexico. Rio 100 dropped out just south of the border and returned to San Diego for lack of wind, sparking epidemic retirement among the fleet. In the end, only six of the 22 boats entered would finish the race… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
This guy was a total savage, could hold his breath forever! A little back story, when we showed up to shoot at Dean’s, there was a religious ceremony being held for a local diver that had been training there the year before and died. They think he got shallow water blackout and sank to the bottom. Body was never recovered. Was pretty darn creepy getting in and looking down into that black abyss knowing he was down there somewhere. Title inspiration thanks to Muse… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
We all look at our chainplates and usually think, “Yeah, those look good.” But what, exactly are you looking at? Stephens Waring is going to tell you. In terms of unknown, unloved, and uncared-for naval engineering heroes, it’s tough to beat chainplates. That’s right, chainplates. The deeply-engineered chunks of metal or space-age composites that join hulls to rigging and masts. Chainplates aren’t exactly flashy. They do none of the sexy “sail-ish” stuff of generating lift or foiling through water… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
This is a picture taken of a wave crashing against the north pier at St. Joseph, MI last Wednesday, March 8 near sunset. For the fact junkies out there, the wind blew 40 knots, gusting 60 from the west with a fetch of only 51nm. The brown in the wave is sand pulled up from a depth of 20 feet. The lighthouse seen is 57 feet high with a rear range light at 53 feet. The 36 foot tall front range and light at the end of the pier can not be seen. Lake Michigan ain’t a place for wimpy sailors! – Anarchist Dirk… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A Denbighshire teenager who left Wales to sail around the world with her family 10 years ago has been killed in an accident in Jamaica. Bethany Smith, 18, was working as a deckhand on a luxury schooner. She fell while working high up a mast of the 196 ft (60m) vessel Germania Nova which was berthed in the Jamaican town of Port Antonio, Portland… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
There is not a better tactician that Terry Hutchinson, and now you get the chance to hear him call an entire race. And you thought your tactician was a pain in the ass? Thanks to Quantum’s Keith Brash for the remarkable video… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Wow this is beautiful. Title inspiration thanks to the best Red Hot Chili Peppers song that you have never heard. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
On Board – Keith Magnussen is already pissed. His brand new $400 “Fuckberry Boots” fell apart before the start. We think he’ll survive. So here we go again! Racing down the coast in one of my favorite events, the NHYC to Cabo Race. Although, looking at the forecast I’m not sure if that will still be a statement I say I’m the future. Again I’m with my friends on the J-125 Timeshaver, wouldn’t have it any other way. Viggo, Blake, Tom, Cody and myself are joined this year by Damian Craig who is going to try and navigate this thing around all those holes that have opened up along the baja coast… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A good variety of iceboats out including a beautiful stern steerer, Nights, Skeeters, and a homebuilt DN-ish type iceboat in this beautiful video shot in Upper Michigan thanks to Anarchist Greg… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The Environment – Danish clean-tech company Floating Power Plant (FPP) has developed and patented a technology platform that includes a floating wind turbine combined with wave power devices. MarEx spoke to Chris McConville, General Manager of FPP, to find out more – read on…. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
We actually go out of our way to not give these guys press but jesus, they need to stop not doing everything seemingly perfect. From Anarchist JP:
Guys…I know there has been a lot of going on with the Phaedo “lovefest” on SA lately but thought you might like this. I was in Antigua for the 600 and returned home Friday, February 24th to Newport Beach, Ca. Phaedo was still in front of Antigua Yacht Club when I left. Was down on the water today in Newport and couldn’t help but notice the MOD 70′s arrival. I thought the Gunboat was doing the Cabo Race. I was wrong. Pretty impressive considering they probably lost a day in the canal and it is nearly 6000 miles if you straight line it. Apparently they don’t throttle back on deliveries much! For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Hula Girl was a very naughty gal this morning. Tuesday March 7, approx 0815 hours, N32 52.8 W117 26.8 Approx offshore of La Jolla, Little miss bare pole heading 325 did not answer her channel 16 radio calls (about a dozen of them) from the big white, 457′ ship on her bow. Bad form missy. Even though you are a sailboat, when your sails are stowed and you are motoring you are a motor vessel and we were flying RAM shapes and colors (Restricted in Ability to Maneuver). Big white ship conducts classified operations and the dept of defense now knows that you got close to her and did not answer the radio. Wish there was a way this anarchist could coerce a ride on her instead of earning his living on this big steel WW3 war game machine. Author here prefers sail power and the winners circle by the way. Good luck on Transpac this year and check your radio! Fellow anarchist out…. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A familiar cry anywhere boats are found, but these aren’t just any boats, and this here is Bacardi! For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A high mileage car can be risky, a high mileage sailor on the other hand is a good move. The news is out – Dongfeng’s latest draft picks – the advantage of declaring a team early – are pretty potent. Leading the trio of sailors announced today as signed for the Chinese team Dongfeng is perhaps the most experienced VOR sailor ever and certainly the most successful, Stu Bannatyne who has joined a group of, well a group of one as no other sailor in history will have sailed in 8 Whitbreads or Volvos. Only Bouwe Bekking and Neal McDonald are the potential other members of what is currently a unique band of sailors. Even using rough maths that accounts for over 200,000 Nautical Miles racing round the planet… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Bacardi Cup! The regatta officially started yesterday but racing was cancelled due to strong winds. So Here is Day One action… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
So this is what Senators in Florida are spending their time on? To be fair, Florida is one of the dumbest states in the country, so anything these dopes do should be of little surprise. A Bill to be Entitled. An act relating to boating in salt water; creating s. 327.396, F.S.; defining terms; prohibiting minors of a certain age from operating vessels powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater or certain sailboats or other rigged vessels in salt water, except under specified conditions; providing penalties for parents or guardians who knowingly permit their children or wards to violate the prohibition; A parent or guardian who knowingly permits his or her child or ward to operate a specified vessel in violation of paragraph (2)(a) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This is from SB 1262, and here it is in all it’s retarded glory… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A fellow sailor said that the Dago Nood was going to have an ORC-based Sport Boat class and was I going to sail? I would, but of course the Noods demand that skippers be members of US Sailing in order to be eligible to enter. Not only is that requirement little more than coercion, it is an unnecessary obstacle to participation. And one that I will not be a part of. Is US Sailing so desperate to control the sport that they have to forcibly enlist members? Apparently, the $9 Million in revenue they made in 2014 just isn’t quite enough… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The once incredibly well attended Newport to Ensenada Race is on the way to reaching its nadir. With just 7 weeks until entry deadline, they have a whopping 102 boats entered. That is a historically low number, and they have a long way to go to reach the 220 entered last year. Of course low turnout isn’t exclusive to this race, but some bad promotional decisions made by questionable people with dubious motivations have not helped. Some genius wanted us to promote them essentially for free, when in years past we had a small ad buy from NOSA to help promote the race… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Now here’s a twist – a sailboat chasing down a stolen powerboat! Granted it’s a Moth, but still. Check out when he got to the RIB. Video from 2016 but still awesome. Thanks to Anarchist Henrik… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Well not everything, but the mighty Anarchy is looking for a new home. I originally bought the boat with a two-year program in mind and while just a couple months into year two, I wanted to get the boat on the market for spring. For those who have sailed 32′s, you already know, but for those looking to go really quick in a boat that never ceases to amaze, this thing is a sure bet. Personally, it is the most fun boat I’ve ever sailed, and if I didn’t have a son going off to college later this year, I’d keep it. I can’t think of anything even close to this boat in this size and price… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
What a bizarre thing this is: Something called an ice shove spilling over the shore of Lake Winnebago and had piled up against the nearby Fond du Lac Yacht Club. Ice shoves are an annual phenomenon on Lake Winnebago but this footage captures the speed and unusual sound they make when they form… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Something that seemed ‘out there’ just a few years ago is now making its way firmly into the mainstream. It is also winning yacht races… Gordon Kay has an update on DSS state of the art. With the monohull world increasingly embracing foils it seems timely to reflect on some of the lessons learnt over the past year and how 2017 and beyond look for the impact of DSS and for the other foil solutions in the 2017 marketplace… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. He lapped the planet without using any kind of fossil fuels; just wind and solar to power an array of instruments as well as the all important (and power hungry) auto-pilot. He became the first New Zealander to complete the Vendée and I hope that he will get a hero’s welcome when he returns to his home country. He did get a hero’s welcome when he finished in Les Sable D’Olonne but that was not because of his nationality. It was because two weeks earlier Coleman had been dismasted and while that was certainly grim news Conrad took it in stride… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The Orma 60 Merloe crushed it on the Islands Race. Thanks to Will Suto… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
We gotta think that people are getting tired of these guys winning..um…everything? For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
But that’s what they made subtitles for… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Who knew these guys were funny? Smart yes, but funny? It’s the mysteries of our hulls that draw us to them. One moment, you’re on dry land unacknowledged by an uncaring terra firma. The next, you’re aboard. And part of the running conversation between you, the sea, and the hull that floats on that sea. Not all hulls use the same vocabulary. Agro, tippy skiffs seem to threaten with a techno hull-speak of planing, surfing and foiling. – Read on. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The soft-sailed sistership to the America’s Cup winning Stars and Stripes catamaran may have crushed all sorts of records under Steve Fossett back in the day, but she’s better known these days for dropping her rig to the dark, deep bottom of Lake Huron a few years back. The rig was marked and recovered, but the lawsuit between her Chicago charterer and Florida owners over repairing the rig took S&S meant the newly rediscovered record runner would sit in an Illinois parking lot for years instead of blasting from point to point. Last we heard, ideosyncratic cruiser/racer Freddy Mills had picked her up for a song and ran her on day charters in New England, but last week someone tested the market for record chasers on eBay from Miami… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Wow there is a hell of a lot going on with this small package. Photo thanks to Vincent Olivaud / Team Arkema Lalou Multi… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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 hear 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… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
There 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… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Very stoked to get the mighty Anarchy sailing again after our broken mast fiasco! 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?… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!