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  1. I am seriously considering an 1984 Olson 40 as my next boat. In the past I've sailed on smaller production boats and I owned Roger Swanson's Cloud Nine, a Bowman 57', for 3 years. I've done some significant offshore adventures on Cloud Nine and I sailed her single handed from San Diego to Monterey Bay. I discovered on Cloud Nine that I really love single handed sailing. I sold her due to not being able to convince my wife to sell the house and sail the world with me. I am now looking for a boat for myself that is bluewater capable and that will be fast, single handable, and within in my budget of $40-$75k. There is an Olson 40 on the market that is well set up for single handing by the previous owner who is a very experienced offshore single handed racer here in San Diego. I understand these boats can be wet and are weight sensitive, particularly in the bow. The interior is somewhat spartan when compared with my former boat but I am ok with this. As I said, this boat is for me. I'm hoping the community can provide some input on the bluewater capabilities of the Olson 40 and its potential as a boat for a circumnavigation, including a trip around Cape Horn. Over the next couple of years I plan to use the boat for sailing the Channel Islands, a potential Guadalupe Island race, and a trip to the Hawaii potentially via a Transpac campaign or just for fun. Thanks in advance for any thoughtful responses to this post.
  2. So, some of you may remember my post over on SA looking for a "dirt cheap boat" I bought a Pearson 28, but it ended up having more serious rigging problems than I thought, and I sold it to some enthusiastic and apparently rich Vancouverites for a grand total of 650... $50 profit! Spent most of my money buying a Pearson 26 for $1200 that is in much better condition, by the name of Amrak. She doesn't have even an outboard, but has solid rigging and a half- decent set of sails. The interior is much better too, and this one has a heater (although it is kerosene :/) Oh, and I also now have a little cat.... she's a spiteful little shit, but I still love her. She was going my the nickname "Crack Kitty" in reference to her past life as a crack house rescue.... but I've renamed her "Mistral". She's been adapting well to the boat life, and loves to hiss at the local swan and prowl around the foredeck in the evenings. I'm thinking since I'm within a few hundred of being bankrupt, and don't have anything better to do, I'll head north.... to Haida Gwaii, maybe? I was gifted a survival suit that actually fits me, and nabbed a set of charts (albeit 1975 charts) from the Pearson 28 before I sold it; they cover all the way up the inside of Vancouver Island and almost to Haida. Just installed a battery today (another friendly gift from someone who was replacing theirs), and hopefully I can get the old depth sounder and VHF working at some point. I guess I need a solar panel or something to keep that charged I'd love to have a small outboard (Even, I guess, a 3 horse would push this along into a harbour or in a dead calm), but no such luck so far.
  3. So I've been doing a lot of daysailing (And a few overnight camping trips) On my National/Lazy E (15" kinda planing dinghy, I think it's an Australian design). Figured I'd throw the pics I have up, even though they're not great. Also been doing weekly racing, Saturdays on an E scow and Wednesday nights in the local races with pretty much every different boat in the fleet (Very cool to see how the designs differ). Here's some pictures from the local side. ------- Also..... I really, really, really, really want to do the 2019 R2AK. Does anyone know of a team looking for a capable addition? I can do anything from fast tris (Though I'm still learning with regards to trimming and the finer points of racing) to a 2-person team on a wayfarer (or just loan me your small dinghy......) -------
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  6. Operation Denmark 2018, We are sailing Atlantic rowing world record holder Kiko Matthews to the start line in Rotterdam. Kiko will cycle from London to join "Ceil 3" in an effort to reduce her carbon footprint on her journey to join the BTOWU "By the Oceans We unite" crew as we set sail around Denmark with the plastic in the ocean research vessel in August. We will be accompanying Sailing ship ”Fantastiko” the beautiful 26-meter long two-master ketch. "Ceil 3" Will be creating global awareness through social media and can be followed on you tube "Sailing Ceil 3" Our aim is to follow the reality side of the crew and people on board, Sports personalities, activists, scientists, celebrities and documentary makers as well as show the findings of the research from the scientists on board as we monitor the top layers of the ocean waters sampling plastic content. How can you be a part of our efforts? We will keep you updated here
  7. Story via Down Under Sail So the question that gets asked at sailing clubs right around Australia has now been firmly put on the agenda – we find ourselves questioning the relevance of the Olympics and also bashing on the decisions by our international governing body. And here we sit in our own corner of the world, and ask ourselves, in a day and age where the commercial world is swallowing everything in its path, where does sailing fit in the Olympics? A number of key sailors on the Olympic circuit recently penned an open letter to the sailing community, asking World Sailing to reconsider its thinking for the Paris 2024 Games, which has placed classes such as the 470 (men and women), Laser Standard (men), Laser Radial (women), the Finn (heavyweight men), and the men and women’s windsurfer under review. These sailors raise important issues about the importance and relevance of the classes they have trained in for years, but let us take a step back for a short time and look at this issue with a wider lens. Olympian Ash Stoddart competing at the Australian Laser Nationals in Adelaide in the 2016/17 summer. Photo: Dave Birss, Epsom Rd Studios For years, sailors have talked about how hard it is to make sailing a television sport, how it is not attractive to sponsors and advertisers, and how the demographic is one of older well-off individuals who don’t need the corporate support. It’s also clear our qualifying process for the Olympics is a shambles, outlined by the last cycle’s decision to not send a 49erFX crew to the Rio Games as they were not seen as a realistic medal chance, despite qualifying to compete. We covered this issue in an editorial piece titled ‘Sold a dream with no reality’. There are now several professional circuits around the world enabling sailors to make a living in their dream job. The America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme Sailing Series, World Match Racing Tour and SuperFoiler Grand Prix are examples of this. They are examples of how corporate funding and an industry-driven product can make it in the mainstream, so why is it necessary to slog away on a four-year cycle, fork out the big bucks and put yourself significantly behind in life. The SuperFoiler Grand Prix has taken sailing by storm in the last year. Photo: Michael Chittenden Not everyone has an opportunity to invest that much time, effort and money and to bounce back on their feet once it is all said and done – and we can all agree that no matter who you are you need strong support networks to undertake this challenge. It’s sad that we don’t have to travel far in our sailing communities to find the stories of those that were unsuccessful and drained their savings reaching for the proverbial brass ring only to fall short and feel like years have been taken off their life. As a parent looking out for your child’s future, especially considering the hours of coaching and travel at youth level that is an investment in itself, wouldn’t you rather choose to steer them towards professional avenues that give them some form of financial security and a return on their investment, away from the Olympic pathway? Sure, it can be argued that many of the professional sailors in our sport today came from Olympic backgrounds, however the only reason they are at this point is because of access to high performance programs through the Australian Sailing Team and Australian Sailing Development Squads. What if this sort of training was available without the Olympics? When we look deeper into other water sports as examples, there is a lot we can learn about the industry as a whole. Take a look at Surfing Australia as an example. While the jury is still out on whether adding the sport to the 2020 Olympics will enhance the product, surfing has historically survived and thrived through a number of strong industry partnerships, as well as the occasional grant. Its funding ratio is a lot different to sailing, which relies heavily on grants and AOC funding and is therefore built in reverse. Surfing built the Hurley High Performance centre, a facility that has become the centrepiece of Australian Surfing and has yielded numerous World Titles on the WSL. This example proves sports do not need the Olympics to provide a high level of coaching and support. Why can’t our best Moth sailors head to a World Championship with this sort of backing? Why can’t someone at the top of their game heading to the America’s Cup have access to a training facility like this? Why can’t a local Sabre group or sailing club pay to spend a weekend at the facility and get better at what they do? And why can’t a school group spend a week learning how to sail, discovering a genuine pathway with a job at the end of it if they are good enough? Surely the Olympics is not the reason why everyone sails? It is great to rub shoulders with Olympians, but Mick Fanning has never been to the Olympics yet he is idolised by millions, and Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons have been role models for young women all around the world and have never been to an Olympics. The WASZP foiler is proving that sailing can be fun, accessible and cost-effective. Photo: Hartas Productions We have a sailing industry that is bleeding money and struggling to survive as evidenced by depleting membership numbers at grass roots clubs right around Australia and the ongoing struggle for those clubs to find viable revenue streams, but why is this the case when we are a sport that is represented at an event that is supposedly the pinnacle of world sport? This goes to show the Olympics is not a commercial venture, it was originally designed to be a competition for amateurs and not a cheque book war. Hell, the Olympic creed even states that the overriding purpose of the Games is not to win, but to take part. Sailing is awkwardly stuck in the middle, with sponsors struggling to find bang for their buck on an Olympic athlete due to limited brand awareness, airtime or the fact that they are blocked from third-party deals that conflict with the governing body’s partnership and sponsorship deals. They may get 15 minutes of airplay if their athlete wins a medal, but is that really worth it? Considering the dollars that are being spent to get these athletes around the world, it seems like a massive cost. We’re not knocking the Olympics by any means, but more simply asking the question of ‘if we did not have sailing in the Olympics, would it open up more commercial opportunities for the industry as a whole and drive the direction of the sport?’ … we believe that it absolutely would. The outcome? We end up with a thriving industry that starts to give back to sailing and make more money available to spend growing participation at club level right across the country and not just at the major clubs on the eastern seaboard. Rather than everyone fighting for their slice of the pie, we actually have the opportunity to make the pie bigger. Most businesses in our industry are fantastic supporters of local sailing, however there is no money in it for them and they find themselves doing it purely for love. We need our sport to be industry-driven and to gain rewards as a result, but unfortunately with the Olympics as the centrepiece and a governing body that needs to win medals to keep their 100 staff in jobs, we find ourselves running around in circles and slowly going nowhere as a sport. Have a think about why people sail in the first place. The Laser isn’t popular because it’s an Olympic class, it’s popular because it’s accessible. The WASZP has exploded onto the Australian Sailing scene in massive numbers and has proven it can harness the troublesome age bracket of 18 to 35. This is because the class itself is accessible, cost-effective and a bucket load of fun. 16ft Skiffs are going through another growth spurt in New South Wales and are again dragging 18 to 35 year olds back to a sport they had since been burnt out of. We ask ourselves the same question of why, and keep coming back to the fact it’s because the clubs are driving the participation and they’re in total control of the outcome, which creates financial incentive to them and the industry itself. The 505 is one of the strongest international amateur classes in the world. At the end of the day our respect level for Olympians is there in spades, they are fantastic athletes who have worked incredibly hard, spent thousands of dollars, and achieved their ultimate goal. To spend four, eight or even 12 years doing that has to be a brutal existence, so absolutely hats off. But out of the 10 disciplines we race at the Olympics, we see about 16 athletes from our country every four years that get to sail at the highest level – millions upon millions of dollars paid by tax-payers and sailors around the country to service 16 sailors. Where does a club like Port Kembla Sailing Club in Wollongong fit into this? Or Parkdale Yacht Club in Victoria? Or even the Port Lincoln Yacht Club in South Australia? All these clubs have produced champions at various levels, as well as exported sailors to the professional circuit. Yet on the same note, there is absolutely no high-performance funding available at these clubs for development, they do it themselves and they are surviving… just. Our opinion is that clubs and sailors should not be looking for handouts from Australian Sailing. The brief for them as a governing body is to win medals and provide education and training opportunities while also having a focus on youth sailing through a small selection of classes that find themselves on the same trajectory to classes raced in the Olympics. This hole that the grass roots of our sport is in, that is growing deeper and deeper from year to year, is not their fault, as they are judged on the outcomes set by their board and that their funding is dictated by. The sooner we all begin to look away from Olympic sailing and align our club structures with what is happening in the real world, the sooner the industry will be able to move forward. Take a look at the statistics from recent cycles of Australian class championships. The findings are damning. 49erFX: 9 boats (18 sailors) 49er: 12 boats (24 sailors) Finn: 29 boats (29 sailors) Laser Radial: 75 boats (75 sailors) Laser Standard: 30 boats (30 sailors) Nacra 17: 2 boats (4 sailors) 470 Men (2017): 5 boats (10 sailors) 470 Women (2017): 5 boats (10 sailors). The RSX even had an integrated event with the race board and formula windsurfing event and was outnumbered greatly by amateur formula and race board sailors. The Australian Sharpie Class always shows strong numbers at national events from year to year. Photo: Danielle Godden Now take a look at other senior class options that are not on the Olympic trajectory and the participation rates they create with no support from Australian Sailing. 16ft Skiffs: 57 boats (171 sailors) Sharpie (2017): 44 boats (132 sailors) 505: 39 boats (78 sailors) Sabre: 55 boats and sailors in 2018, 65 in 2017, and 130 in 2013 Impulse: 39 boats and sailors in 2018, 49 in 2017 A-Class Cats: 51 boats (51 sailors) Moth: 38 boats (38 sailors) WASZP: 36 boats (36 sailors) Etchells: 32 boats (100-120 sailors) One-design windsurfer: 49 in 2018, 80 in 2017. While a number of these classes are down on numbers from previous years and some have shown growth, what it tells us is that Olympic sailing does not keep people in the sport. Unfortunately we find newcomers are not being told of the different pathways they can take in the sport and find themselves with nowhere to go when the youth scene wraps up at 18 years of age. Some go surfing, some play team sports, and for others life just gets in the way, but who can blame them? The absolute last thing most of them want to do once they finish their junior and youth sailing is slog away for four years on a campaign trail that costs a bomb and has an extremely low success rate. We think clubs are the key to driving the sport forward. Photo: Down Under Sail This should be the most exciting time for a sailor, when you’ve finished school and have the opportunity to grab your boat and travel across the country with your mates having the time of your life, all the while enjoying everything a life around the water has to offer. It can be done economically, in your own time, and is a world away from the so called “pathway” we’re all told we need to be on. Down Under Sail is trying to drive the industry forward and needs your support. If you have retention issues or your class is looking for the exposure it deserves, let us know and we can help. Together with our industry partners we want to drive the direction of the sport and give it back to the everyday sailor.
  8. This guy should be a Corona spokesman. It got a little bit light Sat am on the Ensenada race:
  9. Viper 830 vs pocket rocket 22 vs melges 24 vs martin 243 vs martin 241: Where I race it's generally light conditons for 9/12 months but during the winter racing season it's 20+ knots. Any suggestions on a good all round sport boat that can race in both conditions.
  10. Hi all, I've been sailing with dad since my early teens, and over the last year in lasers and now on a J24 to learn how to sail on larger vessels. I'm still undergoing instruction and practice sessions but my dream would be to circumnavigate Australia one day. I'm 33 and will likely purchase a smaller boat for my own local cruises until I feel somewhat ready enough to buy something more capable of sailing on open ocean. Can anyone advise on their first experience buying a boat for sailing open ocean / coastal waters? What makes a sailboat sea worthy of the open ocean? What features should I be keeping an eye out for? Many thanks, Benj
  11. Sailing88

    AC45s For Sale

    America's Cup Event Authority is listing 2 x AC45s made by Core Builders in NZ. This comes with a tent, moorings, crane, shore handling gear and some spare parts (including North Sails sails). Each boat is currently packed in 2 containers in Bermuda; one for the hull and one for the wing. Please submit an offer in a direct message. Thanks for your interest and support of the 35th America's Cup.
  12. rinse cycler

    "Sailing" v "Yachting"

    Anarchist Chris laments the lack of participation in non-yachting sailing. Fifty years ago when I sailed a Moth that I had built, our club was taken to try the new Laser. Even then it was heavy, slow and very uncomfortable compared to a Moth. It turned out the things don't even have a long racing life, yet they are the Olympic class still. After becoming effectively pro sailors in an Optimist and cutting off their life options, kids can graduate to punishing themselves on a Laser, and most probably not become a champion. This doesn't rate as fun with most people. The fact that you may perhaps be able to win a championship in a two year old Opti doesn't help. Chris has the idea: he sails an A class cat and an F18, I bet he has a ball. Most of us aren't up to a 49er, and even Frank Bethwaite's 59er for older people, although brilliant, died because it was too hard to keep upright, (I had one). Old scow Moths were a blast, modern foilers not an option for the average weekend warrior, although the Waszp (I have no connections) is promising. Could less emphasis on professionalism and winning and more on getting out and enjoying the real pleasure of sailing, in fun boats (and kites and windsurfers) bring back the numbers? Maybe the average punter is really stuffed, trying too hard to survive, to have fun any more.
  13. IwannaBoat

    Discoverer Annapolis 18

    Hello Everyone! I have been looking to get into sailing for quite some time now and would like to get my first sailboat. I have never sailed before but am looking to learn/practice on this boat. Since I don't have much money or space, I was hoping to get a boat that could fit a few adults and be sturdy to take out on the ocean rather than starting with something small like a sunfish. I found one on craigslist, but have no idea if its a good buy or is a good boat. I have searched around a bit and read that it should be sturdy for ocean sailing and holds up well with time? So far, I've learned that sails, ropes, and pulleys all need to be in good condition (not sure exactly how to tell) and that a jib is very good to have for sailing. What should I be looking for when I go look at the boat? Again, I am new to this but am excited to learn!
  14. Perfect, may build one myself.
  15. In preparation for going offshore in May 2018 I spend almost a month in Australia working on my new boat, getting more storage built in, a new mainsheet traveler system and finally I go sailing a few times to begin mastering my new vessel.
  16. DaveRebbettes

    Solent - Places to sail and eat

    May want to check this out....
  17. DaveRebbettes

    Solent - Places to sail and eat

    May want to check this out...
  18. arbor_ring

    Sailing La Vagabonde

    This exciting free online sailing video of a couple who follow-the-sun around the globe from Greece, Australia, Turkey, and the rest of the seven seas
  19. A friend called and said there is something unusual anchored in front of Marina T.A. Sailing russinan quarter ton with Shimshon and Boris. S/Y A, some chatter in Russian. Tell us what your inner designer and you sense of aesthetics have to say about it.
  20. >Vernon

    My new Boat

    I find a very nice boat in Brisbane that ticks most of the boxes. I don't have much time though as I have a very busy month ahead. Photoshoots in Australia, France, Switzerland and Austria keep me very busy but its now nearly time to head back to Australia and check out the new floating home. I also weigh in on the Patreon topic. My basic point is that I dont expect a hand-out. I earn my money doing a job I love very much(photography) and I spend almost all that I earn on going sailing. Its my choice and I believe I have an enviable lifestyle and I personally am very satisfied. If people wish to support me through this platform then I am more than happy and I hope that in return they will be entertained and maybe even inspired.
  21. Nacra 5.0 - Likely The Last Video Before The Lake Freezes
  22. Halpthejalp

    Musto LPX for offshore racing

    I'm doing Newport- Bermuda next year and was wondering if the Musto LPX GTX Jacket would be enough to get me there dry. I was thinking of doing an LPX Jacket with the MPX Trousers.
  23. Hi, Im new to this forum but I have an important question to ask those experienced in sailing/boating/etc. My new boyfriend, who owns and directs the biggest boat brokerage in the city, has recently been introducing me into the world of boating. It might sound kind of vain to ask such a question but I'm curious to know how much he is earning as I know we will be discussing it at some point and I want to be prepared. All I really know is that his brokerage sell all types of boats from simple boats to mega yachts.
  24. I decide to sell "Lets Live"!!! A big decision but one that I made quite easily. I just want something a little faster and newer that I don't have to fix up quite so often. As so often happens with me, I had already met the buyer on a previous trip. His name is Russel, a Kiwi and a beginner in the sailing game. I am very confident that "Lets Live" will be a great boat for him, as she was for me the last 3 years. I agree to deliver the boat to him in Townsville. Along the way I stop at some pretty amazing places and have the best final leg. New adventures coming soon as I search for and buy my next boat.
  25. leeboweffect

    Nacra 5.0 Hot Dog'n In 10-15kts

    A wee bit of hot dog'n in 10-15kts. Enjoy...