XS Sailing http://www.xssailing.com Fri, 22 May 2015 07:35:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SUP for lunch? http://www.xssailing.com/article/lunch-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/lunch-2/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 07:35:20 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21051

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We give you the world! http://www.xssailing.com/racing/xs-world-sailing-news/ http://www.xssailing.com/racing/xs-world-sailing-news/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 07:01:41 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=13349 world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Match Racing Tour 2015 Match Race Germany Langenargen GER Day 1 http://www.xssailing.com/article/world-match-racing-tour-2015-match-race-germany-langenargen-ger-day-1/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/world-match-racing-tour-2015-match-race-germany-langenargen-ger-day-1/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 06:00:21 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21049 Day 1 of Qualifying was met with a slow start today on the shores of Lake Constance for the opening day of Match Race Germany, the second World Championship stage of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour. After a patient wait …

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Portugal: SadoCat Raid 2015, May 23-24 @Setúbal Bay http://www.xssailing.com/article/portugal-sadocat-raid-2015-may-23-24-setubal-bay/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/portugal-sadocat-raid-2015-may-23-24-setubal-bay/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 02:08:29 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21048 Report sent by Rui Duarte: "Next weekend (23-24 of May) in Setúbal, Portugal we will have SADOCAT2015 / XIII JOGOS DO SADO / XVI RAID BICASCO, that will be inaugural race for Clube de Vela do Sado’s new facilities. Setúbal’s bay is one of 30 most beautiful in the world and is a great venue to sail in.
Around 30 catamarans are expected ,divided in classes like F18, Dart 18, HC16 and Interseries,

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Amory Ross: Sharing the Volvo Ocean Race http://www.xssailing.com/news/amory-ross-sharing-the-volvo-ocean-race/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/amory-ross-sharing-the-volvo-ocean-race/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 00:09:06 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21044 Amid the new field of Volvo Ocean Race onboard reporters, American Amory Ross is a veteran. As one of only two reporters to do a second run around the world, Amory shares insight of what it takes to share the race…

Fundamentally the role within this edition is quite similar as the previous race. The requirements off the boat are near identical, as we still send 7-8 photos, 2-3 minutes of video, and a written story. So that part is the same. Probably the biggest difference is the directive of the race in guiding the story and the acceptance of the onboard reporter amongst the sailors.

It’s been three races now having someone with a camera onboard, and for the race veterans, some of whom were resistant to the idea, they are now seeing the value of the role and how the race has benefited. What’s neat is how some of these veterans are also now the most interesting people on the boat. They are used to the cameras, and their race experience and general wisdom make for good content.

For the guys I am working with on Alvimedica, Mark and Charlie grew up living through this content. The onboard reporter is what they know as being standard, so generally speaking, all the sailors want us there now. The progression has come quite far considering the early resistance during that first race.

Amid this progression is the heightened coordination amongst the reporters. The subjects we cover now follow more of a plan, so we aren’t all repeating the same thing. The goal is to provide a complete picture of the race each day, and not all be talking about how bad the food is. This helps then to balance the daily online show that Genny Tulloch hosts, and then the weekly show that is getting distributed for television.

My personal progression has been to expand my photo background, which I rely on heavily. I have pushed myself to find new angles and new ways of looking at things. This is the challenge as these boats can get pretty small and you can run out of ideas. Additionally, I have focused on improving the writing and video, recognizing that these areas take more and different type of planning to gain a great result.

Ultimately the reporter role is trying to connect with the sailors, to show what they do, and to share it with some creativity. I think a lot more now on how to tell their entire story, rather than just, for example, holding the button down and hoping to find it amid the content. That has been how I have personally evolved in this role, and seeking to maximize my skills with all three tools to best fulfill the task.

This role can be tricky as, like I said, the boat is small so it is hard to remove ourselves from the crew. But the diversity, creativity and skill amid the reporters in this race is allowing us all to tell the same story in different ways. The reality, though, is it’s up to the sailors to maximize the potential of the onboard reporter.

The sailors are now accepting that we are onboard, but these are all very interesting people, and the better they become at being interesting in front of a camera rather than when its off, than the project can move forward even further. I wish I could have the camera on at all times to gleam all the moments, capturing those moments when the sailors are interacting with each other rather than with me. Those moments are more authentic and honest, which provides for great content to share.

Within the design of the Volvo Ocean 65, there was more consideration given to helping the reporter. There are now a total of five fixed cameras, one more than the Volvo Ocean 70, but among the reporters we all use these cameras differently. It is great to have all the options, though my preference is still to rely on the hand-helds to get me as close as possible to the subject.

The VO65 did improve our work space. We now have a desk for both sides of the boat, whereas on the 70 I worked from my bunk. I still try to work from the bunk to keep my weight outboard but it’s nice to know that I have a place to sit down when I need to. In comparison to the 70, the 65 is pretty luxurious.

The race is in an enviable position. In the past they were teaching sailors how to use the cameras provided, but now the race is attracting people with camera experience, and the need for the race to provide the gear may not be necessary for the next edition. Just like in sailing equipment, there are preferences with camera gear amongst professionals, and the race will benefit from the diversity in equipment. Different gear provides different looks, and this will enhance the story being shared.

I have been exceptionally happy for the past seven months. A low point might have been when we left China for New Zealand, and while I don’t tend to get seasick, there was something many of us caught when we departed, and the first few days of that leg were pure misery. Feeling wrong in some pretty heinous sailing conditions was rough, but what recall more strongly was the moment when I could go on deck, feeling right. That’s the reward that I love, and it’s that rush of being alive, which this race provides, that’s hard to replicate.

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Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series.

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Rich get richer at A-Class Catamaran North Americans http://www.xssailing.com/news/rich-get-richer-at-a-class-catamaran-north-americans/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/rich-get-richer-at-a-class-catamaran-north-americans/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 00:09:01 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21045 Panama City, FL (May 21, 2015) – In an impressive display of foiling mastery, Matt Struble and Bruce Mahoney extended their 1st and 2nd place lead (eight and 12 points respectively) over the rest of the fleet at the 2015 A-Class Catamaran North American Championship. During the three races completed today in 7 to 12 knots, the duo at times held a commanding five-minute lead over the rest of the fleet. Racing concludes tomorrow with three races planned. Click headline for full report and photos.

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New Video Update from the VOR http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-update-vor/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-update-vor/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 23:38:05 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21042

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Moving day for Alegre at 52 SUPER SERIES http://www.xssailing.com/news/moving-day-for-alegre-at-52-super-series/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/moving-day-for-alegre-at-52-super-series/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 23:35:35 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21039 Valencia, Spain (May 21, 2015) – From a long and intense three race day on Valencia’s world renowned Malvarrosa Beach race track, Andy Soriano’s Alegre crew, newcomers to the 52 SUPER SERIES, step clear at the top of the rankings for Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week with an eight point lead. With three races left, racing continues daily for the five day event on May 19-23. Click headline for full report and photos.

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Volvo Ocean Race – Fleet pass wreck of Titanic http://www.xssailing.com/article/volvo-ocean-race-fleet-pass-wreck-of-titanic/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/volvo-ocean-race-fleet-pass-wreck-of-titanic/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 23:35:29 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21040 With less than 1,800 nm and a week’s sailing left before the Volvo fleet arrives in Lisbon, all six boats, once again, have a chance of snatching victory – Video as fleet pass wreck of Titanic

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Delta Lloyd Regatta – World Cup places at stake for Team GBR http://www.xssailing.com/article/delta-lloyd-regatta-world-cup-places-at-stake-for-team-gbr/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/delta-lloyd-regatta-world-cup-places-at-stake-for-team-gbr/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:40:18 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21036 The British Sailing Team will have 49 athletes taking part in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik in the Netherlands next week, with Weymouth Sailing World Cup places at stake

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Practical Cases from the ISAF Case Book http://www.xssailing.com/article/practical-cases-from-the-isaf-case-book/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/practical-cases-from-the-isaf-case-book/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:40:12 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21037 For tacking in the zone, understanding proper course, and handling incidents involving damage, three ISAF cases provide sound guidance.

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VIDEO: What they do in Antigua http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-what-they-do-in-antigua/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-what-they-do-in-antigua/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:27 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21027 They do it because they can. Video published on May 21, 2015.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week http://www.xssailing.com/news/hurricane-preparedness-week/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/hurricane-preparedness-week/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:24 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21028 History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

In anticipation of the Northern Atlantic hurricane season of June 1-November 30, National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2015 runs from May 24th through May 30th. Informational videos are available from the National Hurricane Center.

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UK: East Coast Pier Race 2015 Sponsored by Zhik: June 27-28 http://www.xssailing.com/ukeast-coast-pier-race/uk-east-coast-pier-race-2015-sponsored-by-zhik-june-27-28/ http://www.xssailing.com/ukeast-coast-pier-race/uk-east-coast-pier-race-2015-sponsored-by-zhik-june-27-28/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:23 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21029 Sent by Andrew Dowley – East Coast Piers Race Sponsored by Zhik "Three course options for Catamarans and Dinghies
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June

There is just five weeks to go now until this years East Coast Piers Race weekend at Marconi Sailing Club on the 27th and 28th June.
Open to fast dinghies and catamarans, the East Coast Piers Race has been running since 1987 raising money for

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R2AK: Bringing Adventure Back to the Sport http://www.xssailing.com/news/r2ak-bringing-adventure-back-to-the-sport/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/r2ak-bringing-adventure-back-to-the-sport/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:21 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21030 by Kurt Hoehne, Northwest Yachting
In today’s world, there are few adventures with Big Questions. It seems every adventure has been done at least once before. Somebody’s going to find a new route to the summit, win the game on a superlative performance or lucky bounce, or find that extra bit of speed around the race. Those are relatively Little Questions.

Maybe that’s the appeal of the inaugural Race to Alaska (R2AK), 750 miles from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan. It asks Big Questions. There aren’t a whole lot of rules other than make your way to Ketchikan via boat. The boat can’t have an engine and has to pass through only three checkpoints along the way. Use whatever boat you want and go the route you want.

There’s no big safety equipment checklist (there is a little one, however). There are no scantlings to adhere to, no nanny boats to accompany the fleet. The race organizers are leaving it to the competitors to manage the dangers themselves.

“It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.” – from the R2AK web site and promotional material.

To understand the race, you have to know a little bit about the race founder, Jake Beattie. He’s a Northwesterner through and through. He spent 3 years on tall ships, three years with Outward Bound, worked in commercial shipping sector and at the Center for Wooden Boats. He is now the Executive Director at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. To say he’s passionate about getting people on the water is a profound understatement.

It doesn’t take much to get him to say what he really feels about boating. “Boating is in trouble,” he says. “Every year a new gadget comes out and every year it gets more expensive. At the same time disposable income and the middle class are decreasing.”

Praise Neptune! We’re with you Jake, go on!

“We need to think in different ways about what’s acceptable, which suggests a lower price. We need big adventures in smaller, more affordable boats.”

Beattie himself has a target max of $600 when he buys a boat, and sticks to it. It doesn’t buy him much, but he’d be quick to tell you he’s had as much or more fun on his $600s as most people have on their $600Ks. Beattie himself is going to do the R2AK on a square-sterned Grumman canoe, modified with amas to make it a trimaran. “I’m not going to win,” he says flatly. He won’t, and won’t care.

Jake and some like-minded simpler-is-better folks, properly lubricated in the Wooden Boat Festival beer tent in 2013, started batting around the idea of a non-motorized boat race to Alaska. Make it interesting, put a real sum out there for the winners. The image of nailing $10,000 to a tree stuck. Six months later the same group found themselves at dinner and the topic took over conversation again.

How long would it take? What boat would work? Who would do it? Would anybody die because they weren’t prepared? Big Questions.

Beattie was undaunted and put it to the Northwest Maritime Center board to see if his employer would sponsor the race. Somewhat to his surprise, the board said Yes, the insurance company said yes (lower case, I’m sure) and the announcement was put out last August. – Read on

Editor’s note: Only the winner gets $10k…the runner-up gets a set of steak knives. The course will cross killer whales, tidal currents, and cold water temperatures. The race starts June 4, has attracted 40 entrants, and is estimated to take a couple weeks to finish.

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From heroes to zeroes http://www.xssailing.com/article/from-heroes-to-zeroes/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/from-heroes-to-zeroes/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:17 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21031

“One watch you can look like a king, the next watch you can look like an idiot,” smiles Jens Dolmer.

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Rippin the Rio 2015 http://www.xssailing.com/article/rippin-the-rio-2015/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/rippin-the-rio-2015/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:12 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21033

Warm winds, brown water, rolling pasture lands with Devil’s Mountain to the south and the Hills of Montezuma rising to the north. Just an hour east of the San Francisco Bay , but it feels like a time warp into an easier, simpler time. Sherman Island is the final spit of reclaimed delta levee land that separates the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers before they mix and meld into one and continue their eventual journey to the Pacific Ocean

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F16 Charters available for 2015 Europeans @Cesenatico , July 18-24 http://www.xssailing.com/bimare-f16/f16-charters-available-for-2015-europeans-cesenatico-july-18-24/ http://www.xssailing.com/bimare-f16/f16-charters-available-for-2015-europeans-cesenatico-july-18-24/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:07 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21034 Formula 16 European Championship 2015 will be held Saturday July 18 to Friday July 24 at Circolo Vela Cesenatico , NOR at formula16.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NOREuroF16.pdf

– Registration at formula16.net/2015/04/online-registration-formula-16-europeans/

The class is organizing through Stephane Etienne charters for the event, details below:
"The charters boats will be Bimare F16 which

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Ran Racing retain lead at 52 Super Series http://www.xssailing.com/article/ran-racing-retain-lead-at-52-super-series/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/ran-racing-retain-lead-at-52-super-series/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:35:06 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21016 Niklas Zennström’s crew on Rán retain the overall regatta lead after the second day of racing at the 52 Super Series, Ford Vignale Sailing Week

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rescue gone right http://www.xssailing.com/us-coast-guard/rescue-gone-right/ http://www.xssailing.com/us-coast-guard/rescue-gone-right/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:35:00 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21018 img_1416

SA’er “WHK” brings us up to speed on this near-disaster aboard the J/130 Solarus.  From the thread.

Owner Noel Sterrett and I are safely back in Newport, RI after a potentially catastrophic sinking of J/130 Solarus in 4,000 feet of water approximately 90 miles from the closest point of land during a delivery from Charleston to Newport. Thanks to Eric Irwin, who we contacted via satellite phone to arrange for an emergency haul at Ocean City Sunset Marina, and to my wife who, on 1 hour notice, drove 9 hours to Ocean City Maryland to pick us up after a harrowing ordeal that occurred while delivering J/130 Solarus from Charleston to Newport.

We hit a submerged object approximately 4:30am Thursday 14 May resulting in a hole pictured in the stbd bow below the waterline that resulted in flooding in excess of the capacity of the bilge pumps. We had water in the bilge approximately 6 inches above the cabin sole. Emergency Mayday calls were made on VHF and Iridium phone to the USCG along with activating the EPIRB. The life raft was brought topside with the ditch bag and was ready to deploy if we needed to abandon ship.

20150514_081315Fortunately, within 30 minutes of our distress call we had excellent support from USNS William McLean (T-AKE12) approximately 3 miles west of our location. We were able to maneuver alongside USNS William McLean who launched a small boat with a crew with a high capacity pump to dewater the boat, Once the water was pumped it was determined where the flooding was coming from. There was a 15 inch crack in the bow on the stbd side of the v-berth. The crew from USNS McLean was able to prepare a temporary damage patch by wedging a 2×4 against a rubber mat across the crack that was held in place by nailing a strongback to the support in the v-berth. A USCG rescue helicopter air lifted an emergency pump to USNS McLean that was passed to us that we were able to have on board Solarus to dewater if needed. USNS McLean also provided additional diesel fuel so we could motor rather than sail to the nearest port in Ocean City, MD to be immediately hauled. USNS McLean provided a shield from wind and waves and escorted us 20 miles towards Ocean City where a USCG 47 foot boat from the USCG Station Ocean City met us. Two USCG Petty Officers were transferred to Solarus and remained onboard with Noel Sterrett and I as the 47 foot USCG boat escorted us back to Ocean City.

Immediately upon arrival in Ocean City we drove into the travel lift slings at Ocean City Sunset Marina and were hauled and met by a marine surveyor. It was there we were able to asses the true damage. A hole approximately 2 inches in diameter had been punctured in the outer skin on the stbd side about 6 inches below the waterline. Since we were sailing upwind in approximately 8 to 10 foot seas, there was significant “hull pounding”. This resulted in a hydraulic jack hammer from the seawater against exposed balsa core and inner skin. The effect was it cracked the inner skin approximately 15 inches where it allowed sea water to flow in at a rate faster than the bilge pumps could dewater.

Noel and I can’t thank the crews from USNS William McLean and the USCG enough for their rapid and complete response that resulted in the saving of Solarus and our lives. They were professionals who really helped us when needed.  Once we decompress there will be some more pictures posted.  Noel hopes to get the boat repaired in time for the Transatlantic race in June, followed by Fastnet race in August.

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just the tip http://www.xssailing.com/foiling/just-the-tip/ http://www.xssailing.com/foiling/just-the-tip/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:34:57 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21019 Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.20.50 AM The world’s first outward-facing J/foil made its debut last week, and Morgan Lagraviere seems to have the Open 60 Safran going pretty well.  This little shot is a screen grab from the video here of the shakedown cruise, and be sure to check out the 2016 Vendee Globe thread to keep up with the very latest news.  For a bonus foiling story, check the Google Trans of a very comprehensive Voiles et Voiliers interview with Gitana’s Seb Josse here.

 

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north by norway http://www.xssailing.com/video/north-by-norway/ http://www.xssailing.com/video/north-by-norway/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:34:55 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21020

7 sexy M32 (née Marstrom 32) cats including Taylor Canfield’s US-One are on the line in gorgeous Oslo this week for the first event in the  M32 Racing Series. With a mixed forecast of light air today and big air the rest of the week, there should be plenty of high-speed shenanigans amongst this america’s cup, VOR, and olympic-laden fleet.  Our own Mr. Clean’s on the microphone for 3 hours of live coverage each day from 1400-1700 local time (0800-1100 EST); check back on this page for the player as soon as we have it.

Teams and crew lists here.

 

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in living color http://www.xssailing.com/video/in-living-color/ http://www.xssailing.com/video/in-living-color/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:34:50 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21021

Clean’s been straight from Newport to Norway, and he’s bringing you 3 hours a day of live racing action from the M32 Sailing Series starting in 30 minutes. Perfect for a lazy Thursday morning; tune in above.

 

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Half Ton Classics Cup in Nieuwpoort this year http://www.xssailing.com/article/half-ton-classics-cup-in-nieuwpoort-this-year/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/half-ton-classics-cup-in-nieuwpoort-this-year/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:34:45 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21022 The 8th edition of the Half Ton Classics Cup will take place in Nieuwpoort, Belgium from 17 to 21 June

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The invention of the windsurfer http://www.xssailing.com/article/invention-windsurfer/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/invention-windsurfer/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 06:10:58 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=21015

The history of windsurfing if full of hidden secrets, untold tales, controversial debates, and unique testimonials. The truth behind the invention of the sport itself is not absolutely clear, but a few names are inevitably linked to windsurfing.

Diane and Hoyle Schweitzer, S. Newman Darby, Jim Drake, Peter Chilvers, Arnaud de Rosnay and Richard Eastaugh are some of the characters deeply connected to the birth of the wind sport.

In “Wind & Water – The Invention of Windsurfing,” director Bill Weir gathered historical footage and relevant information about the origins of the outdoor activity. Weir succumbed to brain cancer (1963-2009) but he left a paramount documentary.

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