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  1. 26 points
    Sweet of you to say J I miss you all very much, even snaggy. My time working for SA, especially before the lawsuit and then our family fertility problems, when it was still me and Mer on the road, was some of the best of my life. The network of amazing people we built continues to be a source of great friendship for me today. To be around as the sailing media found its way in a new world, to be around to witness the birth of sportboats and foiling, the mainstreaming of multihulls, the drama of Larry vs. Ernesto, all the amazing stories and events we worked - it was a real privilege. I only made about a third of my income from SA, the rest came from commentary and photo/video/social services for classes, events and manufacturers, and I ignored a key fact about working on the road - most of your work comes from working on the road. So when we had Josephine and I cut back on my travel, I found it hard to get enough gigs to pay for my family. I still work with a handful of companies and events that I really like, so you'll still see me in Charleston, Chicago, and possibly Tokyo. But that's now mostly just for fun and to take my daughter someplace interesting. No more begging rich people for work. I spent the last year helping a friend start up several commercial growing operations. That was fun and lucrative and I now have a ridiculous library of genetics, but once the setup is over, it's all pretty dull, and after they did their private placement, it became just another corporate gig. And now, after missing a great deal of my young daughter's life, I've gotten rid of the Delta Skymiles card and am sitting in an office making paper and wearing my lawyer hat again. Right now I am drafting a construction loan agreement and lease for a new bank for a firm full of nice people and easy going management. It's not St. Maarten, but it ain't bad when I got this to come home to. Much love to you all, even to the bitches and the haters
  2. 26 points
    thanks for the comments and sentiments, one and all. Even the fat and old one This race was everything and more than I ever expected. It was an unbelievable and awesome experience. I hope some of my scribblings were able to share the adventure, and provide some amusement and entertainment. Sunday was all about getting to the dock, having a meal and then falling asleep. Monday was a scramble to get the boat sorted and entertain a couple classrooms of kids who came down to the docks to see me and Dragon. Then Rob Windsor, Mark and Eileen Washeim all shoved off for Key West. As of this evening, they are off the USVI. A flight home for me this morning, and in the office this afternoon. Jack was correct about the strategy and my decision, and with 20/20 hindsight I think I sailed an almost perfect course for my boat and the conditions. Better to be lucky than good, I guess. With another 20 miles of runway on the last day, I probably would have caught Tibco. No small feat given that 123 is (in my view) the most versatile design in the fleet. Chocolat Paries might have been in play, but everyone else was frankly out of reach after the first few days. I feel real good about the outcome.
  3. 25 points
    Eight years ago today we lost Spike Perry. The SLIVER project was started just about that time. The project was then dedicated to the memory of Spike. The Spike Burgee will fly on FRANCIS LEE today.
  4. 25 points
    OK...so I've nearly sobered up... and want to say a few things to the SA team that have followed the Voodoo story. Firstly - Thank you for your support and input! From the outset I've put thoughts and rough ideas into this group for consideration and feedback...I've been very upfront about our thoughts and had some valued responses. This group is an amazing source of information for those that are prepared to take the risk!! I won't mention names, but right from our outset with the Cookson 12 training platform, there has been great knowledge shared here...and we have benefitted from the experience of the group. The rationale of choosing an R/P in the 60-70 ft range has been absolutely vindicated...our amateur (mates, family & has beens) program made us a tight team. Adrienne C as navigator was a perfect compliment to our outfit - that woman is the best - generous with her knowledge, professional, friendly, committed as a team player....most importantly a great communicator prepared to share that experience and mentor....cant say enuff about her value to a crew! Anyway....to all the SA honorary Voodoo croo members out there....thanks so much...it's been an awesome ride...and who knows, maybe we'll get to do it again in the Transpac. Happiest New Year... stay safe Couta out!! Voodoo 8th - Line Honours 3rd - IRC O'all 1st - IRC Div 1 3rd - ORCi O'all 1st - ORCi Div 2
  5. 23 points
    They towed out around 11am and the breeze was light and puffy to start with. Foiled down the Channel and headed out to the Bays. The breeze started to build around midday and they got some long runs in, multiple tacks and gybes. As you can see, there is still a bit of haze from the smoke and they were quite a way out. The third pic was taken while the breeze was still soft, midway through a tack which was followed by a brief kiss. The last (distant) pic was taken about 15 mins later and shows the exit from a dry gybe, stbd foil just coming out of the water.
  6. 23 points
    I suspect the negative reaction to this young woman’s venture has two roots. First, it is a bit of a BS publicity stunt; Second, I’m hearing a bunch of cranky old folks that seem jealous of a young person with a big following who is trying to make a difference, Grampa and Gramma – it’s not a good look. You should be encouraging the next generation. Sailing, especially at the high end is all about publicity and marketing – and yes this is a PR stunt. Seriously how does the America’s cup make for better software or superior “drivers' cars”. How does sailing around the world make for better trucks or cars or paint or wind turbines. Stop the hypocrisy – of course it is bullshit marketing. We regularly have threads about the death of sailing, how will we be getting people back into sailing...etc. WAKE THE FUCK UP – here we have a star of the teenage world, with million+ followers and lots of media coverage choosing to make a statement by sailing. This thread should be all about how does the sailing community build on this fantastic PR opportunity to promote sailing to a new generation rather than crapping on a teenage girl who is trying to do good.
  7. 22 points
    So far this kid has activated 1.4 million students in over a hundred countries to protest climate change. You want to sit around splitting hairs over the exact measurement of a unit of carbon or back the kid? Go Greta Go! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg
  8. 22 points
    Hardly hollow, they sailed within the rules, WOXI didn't. If WOXI had NOT been protested THEIR's would have been the hollow AND undeserved victory. I really don't get the concept that winning by breaking the rules is cool and that winning by exercising your rights under the rules is not cool? No wonder our sport is not booming. SS
  9. 20 points
    Buying my Sailboat I have been thinking about the value of writing this for a few days and now I am writing, so you decide if it is of value. I retired in October of 2016, there were a variety of reasons but I was 52 and I realized that there is not enough daylight left in my life. At the new year I looked at finally getting some kind of formal sailing training to add to my years of actual sailing dinghys, hobies, flying juniors, mono’s of around 25’, and occasional crewing on larger stuff. I knew how to sail small craft but never skippered anything over 25’. American based ASA sailing schools are abundant and it appeared to me that the quality and the experience was variable, plus the cost was something that seemed excessive to me. I then looked at other options and found that RYA classes were available in lots of places that would make the whole experience more adventurous. So off to Spain I went for three weeks accommodation aboard along with breaky and lunch with daily classes and a great bunch of classmates. It was a great time and I made friends with whom I still keep in touch with today. So I have a RYA day skipper cert. and an International Certificate of Compliance. 2017 and 2018 went by and I could not stop a divorce so I succumbed and January came around again and I was still losing daylight. I had spent that time doing occasional work for the old employer and took up mountain biking and yoga to fill the time I was not dreaming on Yachtworld, Yacht Market or iNautia. Got a contract on the house and a closing date in early April, so I contacted the brokers for my top three choices from the boat search and bought a one way ticket to Italy where boat no. 1 was sitting. Italians are funny, it seems that multiple brokers list the same yacht and compete for the sale. My broker met me at the airport in Rome and we immediately went to look at it. While we were there another broker brought his clients to look at it and the brokers huddled and bidding started. Now don’t get the wrong idea, I am convinced that I was not being played by my broker, but I was being played by the seller and the other broker. I walked away. I would have liked to buy that boat, but I was not going to play the game. For the following few days the broker and I looked at a few other boats and I learned a lot about the very bureaucratic process that must be accomplished to buy a boat in Italy. There is this little blue booklet that is effectively the title and it must be completed by the administrator of the port where the boat was first registered. This may not be where the boat is today, but hey you have to go back to where it started to change it. I would highly recommend having a buyers agent who is fluent in Italian and your language, along with this process if you go boat shopping in Italy. I got stuck in Rome over Easter. Its amazing, you can’t go anywhere out of Rome. Trains are booked, rental cars are gone, flights are full. So you just have to suck it up and go to the Vatican for Easter. It was a great experience. Boat no. 2 was in Bari and I finally got out of Rome and off to Bari. Well it was actually just north of Bari in a little town called Manfredonia. Train, bus and a lot of walking got me to a nice AirBnB near the port and the next day broker no.2 showed me boat no. 2. It was in great shape, a little above my budget and I wanted to make an offer right then but I decided I needed to see boat no. 3 before I made an offer. Boat 3 was in Corfu so I went to get a ticket for the ferry from Bari to Corfu and found out that it only ran once a week so I spent a few days in Bari doing the tourist thing. I had a great time, Bari is a fun town. Then the day before the ferry to Corfu I got an email from broker no.3 and found out that the owner had moved the boat from Corfu to Malta. Well I had never been to Malta and what the heck. So I took a not so cheap flight from Bari to Malta with a stop over in Rome. Of all things to happen while I was waiting for the connection in Rome I got an email from broker no. 3 that the seller had now decided not to sell boat no. 3. I went apeshit. I begged and got indignant. I was pissed off. But I had never been to Malta so I went. I also called broker no.2 and said to write up an offer and I would be back after a few days in Malta. So I got to Malta and did the tourist thing which by now this whole trip had been more of a tour then a boat buying trip and I wasn’t accomplishing what I set out to do. Anyway I remembered the name of another broker who was based in Malta, that I had read about over my 2 years of searching and I decided to go see them first thing the next morning. I walk in and say Hi I’m here to buy a boat and what do you have for sale in the 43’-47’ range? The first guy looks at me funny and then goes and gets another guy who speaks better english. So they have this boat and it’s a 38 footer, it’s a 2017 model and the owner is in over his head and you can get it for a good deal. Okay it’s a bit small but lets go look. Well it was too small for my desire, so I asked what else was available. Malta broker says that there is this 43 footer that we take care of, but it has been sitting unused for a few years. The owner has kind of disappeared and we are just getting it ready to try to sell it if we can get his attention. It has a new jib, new sea-cocks but it is filthy and really needs a good cleaning before we should show it to you. I ask to go look at it because it was actually the same year and make of boat no. 3 that I missed out on. So we go look and yes it is filthy and the log book says that it has not gone anywhere since 2011. As we are walking away I throw a verbal low offer on the table and Malta broker says I’ll ask my boss and we will see if the owner will take it. The next day, Malta broker called me and said that the owner agreed to my offer. Oh shit! When can we get it pulled and surveyed? How much money do I need to move and where? When can I take possession? Lets make this happen. Oh and it needs a new bimini, dodger, stack pack, toilets, batteries, the list goes on. Oh and can you get a cleaning crew onboard asap. Well I bought it. I have been living on it for 3 weeks now in Malta. I did go back to the US to get my gear and my dog. I never made the offer on boat no. 2. I have cleaned the boat top to bottom inside. Had the hull cleaned. Had a underwater high resolution film survey of the hull, rigging survey, systems survey. You really can’t get a boat pulled with no prior appointment this time of year. I got insurance. Waiting on having it de-registered from Malta so I can get it US documented. Running rigging has been removed and dynema is scheduled for Monday. You'll hear more from me soon. I hope you enjoyed that.
  10. 20 points
    A couple of things to bear in mind before any of the haters start throwing more shit around; 1. Plenty of talented and committed people have put a lot of work into building and maintaining this boat, to see it in this condition is going to be heart breaking for a lot more people than just the owner. 2. For the crew, at least the more junior ones, this was their home and they've likely lost a lot of personal possessions and probably their jobs. Regardless of your opinions on the ultra-rich and their 'dick swinging', there are many more layers to this story and people that are probably way more impacted than the owner. Most of these people work in the marine industry and are part of the extended community that we all belong to. So, don't be a dick - if you really don't like superyachts then move on to the next thread....
  11. 19 points
    My guess is someone got the "AIS transmit OFF" button and the "Mastjack ON" button mixed up
  12. 19 points
    OK, spare me the "f off newbie"...been here before but had to re-register. I was lucky enough to get up close to the boat, and I can honestly say any pictures out there so far simply do not even come close to doing it justice. It's incredible..."porn star" finsh carbon throughout (not black paint as it looks) and just details details details everywhere. Check out the forward windows on the cabin top and the nav lights built into the stanchions for starters. And...here are the foils. They look perfectly "circular" to me and very unlike any of the wide, flat, "Corsair Wing" designs elsewhere. This thing is an absolute WEAPON and Alex has probably already won the psychological startline battle in this. It is an incredible machine and I am 100% rooting for Alex this time round!
  13. 19 points
    Lots of special days, but none better than this. Dad's last sail. He was a mess from the Parkinson's and the associated dementia was robbing him of his mind. But, on this day, for just a few hours, he was the embodiment of joy. Wish I had done this more often.
  14. 19 points
    Oh please. During the summer, I do most of my sailing in a bikini or monokini, especially if there's a likelihood of capsizing. I do that because it's hot and I don't want to be coated in salt-sticky wet clothing if I capsize. Also makes it easier to jump over the side if one needs to "use the ladies room". I realize there is a risk of this sort of thing as a result, but your "she asked for it" line is garbage. I'm quite certain none of her reasons for wearing a bathing suit were: I'd like my crotch on sailing anarchy. Because literally no girl wants that. And that's coming from someone who has appeared in a zillion bikini sailing photos and numerous times on the front page. As I said in another thread elsewhere, as someone who sails in a bikini, this is totally my worst nightmare. We all know it's possible, and we are accepting that risk when we do it, but to suggest that we *want* that to happen or are *requesting* it to happen is bull and you know it. Also, pretty much every teen female junior sailor at my club sails in a bathing suit. Would the suggestion be that these 13 and 14 year olds are also asking for it?
  15. 18 points
  16. 18 points
    Credit for the text below goes to the "Shit Towns of Australia" Facebook page. The Gold Coast likes to fancy itself as Australia’s version of Las Vegas, which is true because it’s a tacky tourist trap adorned with fake tits, a shit casino and an unending parade of timeshare presentations. It’s also home to more New Zealanders than New Zealand so it’s quite probable that you will bump into someone you went to high school with, only now they will have some shit tats and a shit accent. The Gold Coast is where Australia keeps its unemployed Kiwi scaffolders while they wait for their shot at a third rate reality show, and has-been strippers with multiple children to multiple men from multiple outlaw motorcycle gangs. If you are looking to get a shit neo-tribal tattoo or contract some novel form of super chlamydia, then the Gold Coast is probably your place! Given that it’s Australia’s entertainment capital, the Gold Coast is filled with a plethora of such options, with the only downside being that they are all tacky and shit. On the Gold Coast, fine dining is ‘all-you-can-eat pancakes’ and a fun day out with the family features theme parks with worse safety standards than a Chinese coal mine. Popular staples of Gold Coast nightlife include visiting a vampire-themed cabaret staffed entirely by people who look like they recently failed HIV tests, getting attacked by a lower grade league player with ‘roid rage’, or being thrown off a balcony after a Tinder date gone wrong. A popular event on the Gold Coast is ‘Schoolies Week’, which gives high school kids the chance to experiment with alcohol poisoning and tradies from Logan the chance to experiment with getting passed out high school girls into the back of their van. Gold Coast is hosting this year’s edition of the Commonwealth Games, an event that used to exist only so Britain’s former colonies could see who had the fastest slaves and now only exists to give white people who are too shit for the Olympics the chance to win medals, making it the Caucasian Special Olympics. This event will help celebrate the Gold Coast’s rich sporting history, which includes multiple failed professional franchises across at least three sports. MOST FAMOUS: The ‘Candyman’, a failed former AFL player and current tobacco mogul who whiles away his days hosting million-dollar orgies and shagging a bevy of porn stars, making him so Australian he should probably replace the emu on the coat of arms. DO: Attempt a Gold Coast Triathlon – snort a line of coke off a Meter Maid’s arse, lose a week’s wages at the casino and get drunk enough to fight a Samoan bouncer. DON’T: Ask about the footy team. Any of them. They are all shit.
  17. 18 points
    Even though they've been one of our competitors, I've had great respect for the business Kyle built. This is a hard industry, no question, and I'm sure Kyle thought long and hard about the most profitable way forward for his business. For what it's worth, I've gotten a lot of messages of support from our customers. We've offered to Kyle and his team to purchase the majority, or just all, of their dinghy parts. I haven't heard back yet, but this is a standing offer for me to get on a plane with a blank check and buy that from them. We're also trying to communicate with them that any of their staff that are going to be displaced, should apply here, as we could make homes for them. Finally, we were already in the middle of it, but we're doubling down on our catalog expansion, building out a full custom rig department, and massively expanding our hardware stock here to serve sportboat and keelboat customers. We had a staff meeting yesterday, and we're going to focus fully on finishing that project over the next month or two so we can support sailors with the hardware, line and parts they need. - George
  18. 18 points
    IPLore - I am one of the CEO from RS Sailing (we have 2). I do not really write on forums by your post pretty much sums it up. We have lost this one and we always knew taking on the largest class in the World would not be easy. Change is tough. We completely understand how smaller MNA would struggle and that is why we spent so much time on a transitional plan. You are right, it did hurt (only for a short while) but on Sunday evening on my way home all I felt was pride - We had a go, did it with a smile and made some friends on the way - This is the RS way. It was a real team effort. So we can walk away with our head held high and go back to growing the brand - as you said 'sailor by sailor, club by club, boat by boat BUT I do not see it as the hard way - This is the fun. It is what we have done for 25 years and what we will continue to do...it is why we love what we do. From RS Tera to RS Aero to RS21 we will continue to get more sailors on the water. As a team we reflected today on the pass few weeks and I can honestly we feel like winners. The support we have had from around the world has been unbelievable....and for all those that have liked, comments etc...thank you Jon - RS
  19. 18 points
    Sometimes there are some strange markings on the nautical chart. This time it is a 'ringdyke. I know the place, my mother grew up in this new polder. A few days before WW2 ended the retrieving German troops mined the dyke and blew two holes in it. The polder flooded and all inhabitants had to evacuate. I grabbed some of the material I could make and find and composed a very short historic document. Enjoy! The polder flooded
  20. 18 points
    I was on shore for my live interview show, and then live with the ABC Grandstand radio for the start. Channel 7 has full rights to all live vision - so there was really no point going on the water. I am not allowed to even do live Instagram stories. I had two sidekicks on the water sending me vision and intel so that I could tell you guys what was happening, and the ABC were cool enough to let me live stream our commentary that was going to national radio to my Facebook in exchange for me staying on shore to help them out That broadcast only went to five minutes after the start, so I just kept it rolling for you all on Facebook. Was the absolute best that I could do! About to board the plane, and will keep you posted as often as I can x I am working with the CYC as of yesterday afternoon to help with some of their social media coverage, but they have more hired me as a talent - I will still be doing my own coverage thanks to the support of Musto, Harken and North. Happy Hobart everyone thank you for following - the more you watch and share, the more I events I can cover around the World for you guys x
  21. 18 points
    I joined this forum 15 years ago. I owned a C+C 3t III and I had just done my very first offshore race that year. My ignorance dwarfed my intelligence and I was sorely lacking in the skills department 15 years later and I still feel as if I want some floaties as I swim in the deep end. And yet today, I sat on a stage with legends like Peyron, Beyou, L'Cleach, Riou, Joyon, Coville, Thompson, Gabart, Davies, Sharp and a hundred other skippers who I am in awe of. It hardly seemed real, the amount of talent and experience that was on all sides. I have been a bit reluctant to talk to much about this race since so much can go wrong before you get even close to the starting line, but I feel like the fanboy who got the golden ticket. I can't wait for the next 38 days to get behind us. I can't wait to line up against these sailors.
  22. 18 points
    Actually, IMPROBABLE's tiller was 7', laminated of Kauri like the rest of her hull. In breeze-on conditions under spinny, it took 2, even 3 drivers pushing and pulling on opposite sides of the tiller. In the '71 Fastnet, running back from the Rock in a SW gale, we were the only boat to carry a spinnaker the whole way, Ron Holland, Commodore Tompkins, Dave Wahle and myself power assisting each other at the Red Rocket's helm. No roundups, the only Admirals's Cup boat we couldn't catch was the well sailed RAGAMUFFIN, overall Fastnet winner. We had some sterling racing Down Under in '73-'74 against the likes of INCA, APOLLO, RAGS, LOVE&WAR, QUICKSILVER, PROSPECT of WHITBY, RUNAWAY, et.all. But the really good stuff was against D'arcy's 45 foot TEQUILA, which was the same speed as IMPROBABLE and well sailed by the entire Whiting family and long time crew. As IMPROBABLE's skipper I had a front row seat to D'arcy Whiting's bottomless supply of practical jokes, many on himself. The first was the day TEQUILA arrived in Sydney after a Trans-Tasman delivery, her entire cabin floor stacked 3 high with cases of beer for the anticipated Aussie Christmas beer strike before the S2H. D'arcy brought TEQUILA into the CCA docks under a good head of steam, throwing her into reverse at the last moment. Only there was no reverse. We watched in astonishment as TEQUILA rode up and over the dock like an ice-breaker. No problem. D'arcy and crew got TEQUILA backed off the splinters in time to host the entire yacht division of the uniformed Sydney customs crew of 8 for a little piss up in TEQUILA's cockpit. They were expecting TEQUILA's arrival with great anticipation! A few weeks later, after the 1973 S2H, TEQUILA and IMPROBABLE faced off in the Hobart-Auckland Race, D'arcy and crew were set on breaking KIALOA II's record of 8 day's 2 hours. TEQUILA and IMPROBABLE had a ding-dong battle out the Derwent, running side by side under spinnaker. Then we saw it ahead, the mean looking, low clouds of an incipient Southerly Buster moving quickly our way. Even though running in a pleasant NW breeze, we let TEQUILA escape ahead while double reefing and changing to the #5 jib on IMPROBABLE. As the Southerly Buster hit, we could just see TEQUILA a mile ahead pirouette under spinnaker, and take off downwind, in the wrong direction, up the Derwent, bow wave foaming. IMPROBABLE and TEQUILA passed going in opposite directions, about 5 boat lengths apart .....I could clearly see D'arcy frozen at the wheel, struggling to control TEQUILA while her crew figured out what to do to get the spinnaker down and the boat turned around. That was the last we saw of TEQUILA. In typical rugged Tasman conditions, IMPROBABLE set a new, unofficial record from Hobart to Cape Reinga of 7 days, and finished off Auckland Harbor's Orakei Wharf at sunrise. There was a welcoming crowd of thousands, and we were live on the radio. I'd never seen anything like it. In answer to some of the above questions, IMPROBABLE's transom rudder, built by New Zealand surfboard shaper Rodney Davidson, was scrapped after her win in the '73 Jamaica Race. We were headed to England as a 1 boat Admiral's Cup Team representing New Zealand, and the new IOR rule did not treat the transom rudder with any favor. IMPROBABLE was impounded in CUBA by Fidel's troops when her trans-Atlantic delivery skipper, Ron Holland, cut the western tip and got into local waters for a better view. Fortunately, Ron's wife, Laurel, had a supply of Playboys for just such an eventuality, a bribe ensued, and IMPROBABLE and crew got the hell out of there. NEW WORLD, George Kiskaddon's 68 foot John Spencer designed ultra light schooner, was lost on a reef in Micronesia sometime in the late 70's under new ownership.
  23. 17 points
    Thanks for the love gang all ok will post when I know more on the boat I’m upset at myself and the press and the fact that it damages the multihull fraternity’s image let alone the insurance implications ...
  24. 17 points
    Business has well and truly picked up!
  25. 17 points

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