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Sad to see the news,  interesting to read Brian Hancock's memories of his time on her.  I was just down in KW the week before Christmas and forgot the name of the island just off Mallory Square, but behind it you could still see the distinct rig of Fazisi looking intact.  Fate of all old race boats at some point in time,  just sad to see a piece of history pass like that.  Had two former crew mates do a Isla Mujeres race on her and they had some funny stories about the experience.  Hoping someone down south will post her final resting place/fate.

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One of Fazisi' former crew, Kuli used to race Etchells with us from time to time as guest helmsman, when owner was out of town.  Crazy Russians!! LOL

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23 minutes ago, ropetrick said:

Good riddance.

Ugly, poorly built and cursed with bad luck.

She will look great in the landfill.

Poorly built?   That boat has had zero love in decades, beat the shit out of some docks while chained up by Feds, sat on the hard in snow/ice, was grounded multiple times, and was floating when a hurricane drove her ashore, giant rig still intact.   Poorly built compared to what?  Oh, and she sailed around the world and across the Atlantic a couple of times.  

Boat must owe you money.

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I was aboard that boat for an afternoon soon after she finished the Whitbread/Volvo (not sure when it changed over). The boat REEKED of a combo of old cabbage and diesel :o To make it worse, the cabin seemed to be all sharp unfinished metal :o:o

Took some balls and a noseplug to sail that boat for sure!

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12 minutes ago, kent_island_sailor said:

I was aboard that boat for an afternoon soon after she finished the Whitbread/Volvo (not sure when it changed over). The boat REEKED of a combo of old cabbage and diesel :o To make it worse, the cabin seemed to be all sharp unfinished metal :o:o

Took some balls and a noseplug to sail that boat for sure!

Whitbread, back when it was interesting! 

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44 minutes ago, kent_island_sailor said:

I was aboard that boat for an afternoon soon after she finished the Whitbread/Volvo (not sure when it changed over). The boat REEKED of a combo of old cabbage and diesel :o To make it worse, the cabin seemed to be all sharp unfinished metal :o:o

Took some balls and a noseplug to sail that boat for sure!

I swapped a 12 pack of beer for a spot on the afternoon fundraising daysail, when Fasizi pulled into Wilmington NC. Bought a T-shirt too.

It did reek like .... well, I've never smelled anything like it. And hope to never smell it again.

But that was a fun afternoon sail. Those guys were seriously hard core.

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2 hours ago, billy backstay said:

One of Fazisi' former crew, Kuli used to race Etchells with us from time to time as guest helmsman, when owner was out of town.  Crazy Russians!! LOL

Raced with him a couple times years ago. Good guy.

 

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3 hours ago, billy backstay said:

One of Fazisi' former crew, Kuli used to race Etchells with us from time to time as guest helmsman, when owner was out of town.  Crazy Russians!! LOL

He is a member at our club, we race with and against him when he is in town.

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13 minutes ago, ~HHN92~ said:

He is a member at our club, we race with and against him when he is in town.

Is he back in Russia then?  I got the impression that he liked being here in the US.

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4 minutes ago, billy backstay said:

Is he back in Russia then?  I got the impression that he liked being here in the US.

I think he is down in Sarasota, FL.    I see him at the occasional regatta in Tampa Bay.

Stumbling

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1 minute ago, stumblingthunder said:

I think he is down in Sarasota, FL.    I see him at the occasional regatta in Tampa Bay.

Stumbling

He always enjoyed cocktails after racing with us, but never noticed any stumbling......

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2 hours ago, stumblingthunder said:

I think he is down in Sarasota, FL.    I see him at the occasional regatta in Tampa Bay.

Stumbling

Shit, You'd be stumbling, too, if you did a lap on the Fazisi, just sayin.

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No, he travels around to the various regatta's that he is involved in, just completed the Sydney to Hobart on the Polish flagged Grand Mistral 'Weddell'. They also sailed the Transpac last summer.

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Sad :(

I always liked Fazisi.

 

Wasn't 'ahead of its time' per-se, Farr etc had started with light & fast (eg Ceramco), just the pregnant cow rule made them go big & heavy.

But still, that banana sheer, low freeboard, thin waterline with big flair & pretty clean shape were very impressive for the time.

 

Anyone got some good pics &/or the footage from the Whitbread where its surfing in the wake of I think Rothmans?

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19 hours ago, ropetrick said:

Good riddance.

Ugly, poorly built and cursed with bad luck.

She will look great in the landfill.

Yeah, you should definitely leave your woman, pretty sure you'll both be better off...<_<

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1 hour ago, chuso007 said:

Yeah, you should definitely leave your woman, pretty sure you'll both be better off...<_<

That boat never sailed well.  Hardware ripped out of the deck. Poor build, no maintenance, whatever.  It was a shitty boat and smelled like it.

chuso, you should have a woman like mine.  She sails.

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From the brotherhood, Tom Weaver: 

Fazisi follow up - I went for a closer look today. Remarkably the rig is intact and stowed neatly on the barge, you can see it in the picture - BUT that is the only good news. All the deck gear has been stripped, after all this is Key West: Island of Scallywags and Pirates. The lower part of the rudder is missing but the rest of the hull/keel appears to be in good condition, incredible!!!

I have no idea what the interior is like. My “understanding” with the protocol at this stage is: If the owner of a boat is unable to recover the vessel them self then you hand over all paper work to the government contractor, these guys only mission is to pick up and dispose the boats - they do not care. They were inside the Key West Bight Marina today recovering 2 sunk boats - quite the operation!!! A very large barge and crane, escorted by 4 Florida police boats and 2 coast guard boats ALL with flashing lights - and every pier had a bunch of onlookers, beer in hand. In my opinion - this is it, she is off to the scrap heap...... I could be wrong!

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23 hours ago, billy backstay said:

He always enjoyed cocktails after racing with us, but never noticed any stumbling......

Snort!   I don't know how my signature line could be construed as Kuli being post race navigationally deficient...  But oh well..

Stumbling...thunder

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4 hours ago, Glenn McCarthy said:

From the brotherhood, Tom Weaver: 

Fazisi follow up - I went for a closer look today. Remarkably the rig is intact and stowed neatly on the barge, you can see it in the picture - BUT that is the only good news. All the deck gear has been stripped, after all this is Key West: Island of Scallywags and Pirates. The lower part of the rudder is missing but the rest of the hull/keel appears to be in good condition, incredible!!!

I have no idea what the interior is like. My “understanding” with the protocol at this stage is: If the owner of a boat is unable to recover the vessel them self then you hand over all paper work to the government contractor, these guys only mission is to pick up and dispose the boats - they do not care. They were inside the Key West Bight Marina today recovering 2 sunk boats - quite the operation!!! A very large barge and crane, escorted by 4 Florida police boats and 2 coast guard boats ALL with flashing lights - and every pier had a bunch of onlookers, beer in hand. In my opinion - this is it, she is off to the scrap heap...... I could be wrong!

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Even if the boat was a wave dagger, it is sorry to see her bones picked clean by the offspring of KW wreckers.    Its a undignified end.

Stumbling

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Ahhh rothmans, the boat that was to put pete blake and steiney in its place with a cunning plan............start as a ketch, race as a sloop and finish as a canoe........fiendishly clever !!!

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8 minutes ago, stumblingthunder said:

Snort!   I don't know how my signature line could be construed as Kuli being post race navigationally deficient...  But oh well..

Stumbling...thunder

 

Okay, my bad for misunderstanding you, mate!

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No boat deserves that end. Ot

Other boats have come and gone and been forgotten but as relatively unsuccessful as she may have been, everyone remembers Fazizi.

I'll never forget going on board and belowdeck just following her round the world jaunt. I am a minimalist and champion of simplicity and spartan accommodation however even I left in amazement at how cramped, tight and cluttered that hell hole must have been for those aboard. Add the noise of the aluminum hull pounding through the seas.  No thanks.

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To fully understand what Fazisi was all about you have to read Skip Novak's book about the boat, the team who built and sailed her and about the Whitbread Race which she sailed. 

I doubt if a person from the West where everything is available all the time will ever understand the conditions under which the boat was built in the Soviet Union.

Those guys built the boat with such little resources. They were broke when they started the build and stayed broke for the entire voyage round the world.

In his book, Skip Novak writes about the Rushian crew standing outside a Tesco supermarket in the UK just staring at shoppers who can walk into a supermarket and buy whatever they want or need. They could not take their eyes off the loaded supermarket trolleys.

The boat's voyage around the world was much more than just a race. It was about the strength of the human spirit. And Fazisis will always symbolize that.

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Fazisi may have been odd-looking, but IMO it was a pretty clever design. There was a good bit of potential that couldn't be tapped due to lack of resources. Boat was faster than it showed. But hats off to the guys for completing the race against very long odds.

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Back then, our dentist was the 3rd in the Horos practice in Lowford. Mr and Mrs H were private, but they kept an NHS presence with a younger, or foreign #3. At that time it was a young woman, who must have had Hamble friends, because she fixed up all the Russians' teeth, with the Horos's blessing. She probably drank at the K&Q.

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Now that I think about it, it could have been my hairy Portuguese friend who set up the dentistry. He helped them in many ways.

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2 hours ago, 167149 said:

Ahhh rothmans, the boat that was to put pete blake and steiney in its place with a cunning plan............start as a ketch, race as a sloop and finish as a canoe........fiendishly clever !!!

WTF are you rambling on about!! 

 

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54 minutes ago, trisail said:

To fully understand what Fazisi was all about you have to read Skip Novak's book about the boat, the team who built and sailed her and about the Whitbread Race which she sailed. 

I doubt if a person from the West where everything is available all the time will ever understand the conditions under which the boat was built in the Soviet Union.

Those guys built the boat with such little resources. They were broke when they started the build and stayed broke for the entire voyage round the world.

In his book, Skip Novak writes about the Rushian crew standing outside a Tesco supermarket in the UK just staring at shoppers who can walk into a supermarket and buy whatever they want or need. They could not take their eyes off the loaded supermarket trolleys.

The boat's voyage around the world was much more than just a race. It was about the strength of the human spirit. And Fazisis will always symbolize that.

The book should be on every sailors bookshelf. 

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Fortuna, not Rothmans, and not Lawrie's best moment ....

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7 hours ago, ropetrick said:

That boat never sailed well.  Hardware ripped out of the deck. Poor build, no maintenance, whatever.  It was a shitty boat and smelled like it.

chuso, you should have a woman like mine.  She sails.

My first one didn't, but this one does. And pretty well, I'd say.

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9 hours ago, stumblingthunder said:

 

Even if the boat was a wave dagger, it is sorry to see her bones picked clean by the offspring of KW wreckers.    Its a undignified end.

Stumbling

Agreed.  When the boat was on the great lakes (and would guess prior) she also had two very beautiful nicely laminated wood steering wheels which now look gone too.

It's kind of weird, on the trek down and back to KW, there still in many places on the oversea's highway/A1A is tons of debris left, you name it, boats, household appliances, travel trailers, parts of homes, etc.  In one such pile are two golf carts, one looking almost brand new.  So I am thinking to myself too bad, casualties of the hurricane but then start to notice that the almost new one is missing almost everything of value, no wheels, engine, etc, just basically the shell left.  Am sure the hurricane didn't magically and precisely remove everything of value, in some ways kind of a sad comment on life I guess.

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Hey, we even got to see her up here in Canada, did a fund raising race against her in Hamilton Harbour and she went to the wrong mark...so did a few others, haha. The Song remains the Same!

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There's an another book about Fazisi. "Race to Freedom" by Vladislav Murnikov. It is a good read. I wonder how well should Fazisi have done, had it been up to the original specifications on page 150: 

Displacement 38,200 lbs, Sail area 2800 sq.ft., SA/Disp. 38, Disp./Length 57.

Built/modified numbers turned out: 49,000, 2700, 32, 73. 

Steinlager 2 numbers for comparison: 77,000. 4300, 38, 114.

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19 hours ago, @last said:

Agreed.  When the boat was on the great lakes (and would guess prior) she also had two very beautiful nicely laminated wood steering wheels which now look gone too.

It's kind of weird, on the trek down and back to KW, there still in many places on the oversea's highway/A1A is tons of debris left, you name it, boats, household appliances, travel trailers, parts of homes, etc.  In one such pile are two golf carts, one looking almost brand new.  So I am thinking to myself too bad, casualties of the hurricane but then start to notice that the almost new one is missing almost everything of value, no wheels, engine, etc, just basically the shell left.  Am sure the hurricane didn't magically and precisely remove everything of value, in some ways kind of a sad comment on life I guess.

 

Jobless, homeless people still gotta eat....

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1 hour ago, billy backstay said:

 

Jobless, homeless people still gotta eat....

I completely get that and feel terrible for what has happened down there.  That said there are other ways to have a hot meal, say a homeless shelter for example rather than in effect stealing from others to provide one's own needs.  Just my 2 cents and obviously not everyone would agree with me.

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13 minutes ago, @last said:

I completely get that and feel terrible for what has happened down there.  That said there are other ways to have a hot meal, say a homeless shelter for example rather than in effect stealing from others to provide one's own needs.  Just my 2 cents and obviously not everyone would agree with me.

 

I don't know for sure, but I expect the shelters were also mostly destroyed along with everything else.....

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On ‎1‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 9:38 AM, mad said:

WTF are you rambling on about!! 

 

ok was commenting on post #16  and it didn't attach or whatever the fuck they do,  Pete Blake made a comment pre start that this race could well be a race for second due to weather routing etc, Lawrie Smith/Rothmans  bit and came out with If Blake thinks this is a race for 2nd then I am the man to put him there...collective kiwi groan followed...Rothmans left south Hampton as a ketch and promptly dropped its mizzen which made it a ......sloop.... further down the track they dropped the main mast which made it a......canoe..... It wasn't all beer and skittles for Steiney either as on the last leg a chainplate let go and only a very quick crash jibe from Butterworth saved the entire rig

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3 hours ago, 167149 said:

ok was commenting on post #16  and it didn't attach or whatever the fuck they do,  Pete Blake made a comment pre start that this race could well be a race for second due to weather routing etc, Lawrie Smith/Rothmans  bit and came out with If Blake thinks this is a race for 2nd then I am the man to put him there...collective kiwi groan followed...Rothmans left south Hampton as a ketch and promptly dropped its mizzen which made it a ......sloop.... further down the track they dropped the main mast which made it a......canoe..... It wasn't all beer and skittles for Steiney either as on the last leg a chainplate let go and only a very quick crash jibe from Butterworth saved the entire rig

Rothmans was never a ketch!!  you have your boats and races mixed up:wacko:

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3 hours ago, 167149 said:

ok was commenting on post #16  and it didn't attach or whatever the fuck they do,  Pete Blake made a comment pre start that this race could well be a race for second due to weather routing etc, Lawrie Smith/Rothmans  bit and came out with If Blake thinks this is a race for 2nd then I am the man to put him there...collective kiwi groan followed...Rothmans left south Hampton as a ketch and promptly dropped its mizzen which made it a ......sloop.... further down the track they dropped the main mast which made it a......canoe..... It wasn't all beer and skittles for Steiney either as on the last leg a chainplate let go and only a very quick crash jibe from Butterworth saved the entire rig

You're mixing up boats and races and all kinds of things. Rothmans the Rob Humphreys designed maxi was never a ketch and finished 4th in the '89-90 Whitbread under Lawrie Smith, the race that Steinlager 11 won. Lawrie then took Fortuna Extra Lights from the '89-90 race, converted it into a ketch with the most sail area in all the fleet and entered the '93-94 Whitbread, also as Fortuna. The mizzen mast fell down shortly after the start in the first decent puff of wind, followed later the same day by the main mast. Lawrie Smith jumped onto Intrum Justitia, the Whitbread 60, at the start of Leg 2 after skipper Roger Nilson was injured, and set a new 24 hour distance record. He sailed the remainder of the race as skipper of Intrum.   

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29 minutes ago, knucklehead said:
4 hours ago, 167149 said:

ok was commenting on post #16  and it didn't attach or whatever the fuck they do,  Pete Blake made a comment pre start that this race could well be a race for second due to weather routing etc, Lawrie Smith/Rothmans  bit and came out with If Blake thinks this is a race for 2nd then I am the man to put him there...collective kiwi groan followed...Rothmans left south Hampton as a ketch and promptly dropped its mizzen which made it a ......sloop.... further down the track they dropped the main mast which made it a......canoe..... It wasn't all beer and skittles for Steiney either as on the last leg a chainplate let go and only a very quick crash jibe from Butterworth saved the entire rig

You're mixing up boats and races and all kinds of things. Rothmans the Rob Humphreys designed maxi was never a ketch and finished 4th in the '89-90 Whitbread under Lawrie Smith, the race that Steinlager 11 won. Lawrie then took Fortuna Extra Lights from the '89-90 race, converted it into a ketch with the most sail area in all the fleet and entered the '93-94 Whitbread, also as Fortuna. The mizzen mast fell down shortly after the start in the first decent puff of wind, followed later the same day by the main mast. Lawrie Smith jumped onto Intrum Justitia, the Whitbread 60, at the start of Leg 2 after skipper Roger Nilson was injured, and set a new 24 hour distance record. He sailed the remainder of the race as skipper of Intrum.   

Wasn't there a collision at a start that pulled down a mizzen? Peering thru the fog of time, I seem to recall one of the big ketches (The Card?) tangling rigs with a spectator boat and losing her mizzen. Ought to google it but I'm not fully coffee'd yet this morning.

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17 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Wasn't there a collision at a start that pulled down a mizzen? Peering thru the fog of time, I seem to recall one of the big ketches (The Card?) tangling rigs with a spectator boat and losing her mizzen. Ought to google it but I'm not fully coffee'd yet this morning.

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Yes, that’s exactly the boat and what happened. 

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35 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Wasn't there a collision at a start that pulled down a mizzen? Peering thru the fog of time, I seem to recall one of the big ketches (The Card?) tangling rigs with a spectator boat and losing her mizzen. Ought to google it but I'm not fully coffee'd yet this morning.

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That was a leg start in Auckland

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There's a video blog (can't remember which one) of a couple finding their boat after the hurricane, and you can see Fazisi on the beach.  Even that early on, in the video you can see there is a make shift dock made out to Fazisi and it looks like it's already being stripped. Super sad.

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I think the island off Key West’s Mallory Square was called Tank Island when I lived there. Around 1998 they started clearing that landfill to build condos...

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Wonder when all the looted equipment is going to start showing up on eBay....

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30 minutes ago, EastCoastHustle said:

The boat was salvaged. Therefore everything on it was owned by the salvage company. Can’t be looted.

If the salvage company stripped all that equipment, they made the hull even more worthless than the boat was before.  If they were planning to sell the gear separately,  why did they put it back in the water and not straight into the dumpster?  Unlikely anyone would buy it before the gear was stripped, no chance anyone would buy it now.

Interesting that the video shows it more or less undamaged and almost floating before the salvage operation.  Why then did they bother to strip it?  Why unstep the rig?

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13 minutes ago, bdu98252 said:

Is there much of a market for maxi old and heavy deck gear. Are people putting 80 footer winches on their 50 foot homebuilds. WTF.

Scrap metal? 

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I remember doing a walk on tour of the Fazisi in Newport during the Whitbread layover. She was pretty rough back then. The first thing I noticed was the halyards. They were rusting steel cable with burrs all over them. You would not be getting up if you got hit by one. We aren't talking rope burn.

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Scavenge up a short mast for it and send Rimas off in it?

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16 hours ago, Sent191 said:

Fazisi was floating just over an hour ago.

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Built those spray cuddies  finished 2 days before the start  one seems to have gone they were good people and there was an amazing atmosphere before the start 

 

 

 

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It is unique and tough. Was a lot badder looking when was all gray though.  When I saw it and the engine cranked was like Das Boot below.  Hope to see it again. 

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2 hours ago, GER308 said:

Scavenge up a short mast for it and send Rimas off in it?

Why a mast?

But apparently Fasizi is just as tough and unkillable as Rimas. They don't need each other.

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4 hours ago, bdu98252 said:

Is there much of a market for maxi old and heavy deck gear. Are people putting 80 footer winches on their 50 foot homebuilds. WTF.

I want to "turbo" a Pearson 28...I could use that mast and boom.

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10 hours ago, EastCoastHustle said:

The boat was salvaged. Therefore everything on it was owned by the salvage company. Can’t be looted.

Somebody stripped the boat. Probably looters. Why would the salvage company strip the deck hardware first thing?

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48 minutes ago, RKoch said:

Somebody stripped the boat. Probably looters. Why would the salvage company strip the deck hardware first thing?

Maybe the original intent was to scrap it like the hundreds of other washed up boats from this fall. It’s a salvage company not a yacht broker.

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5 hours ago, RKoch said:

Somebody stripped the boat. Probably looters. Why would the salvage company strip the deck hardware first thing?

To keep looters from doing it?

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This boat is the nautical equivalent to a 1977 Cadillac eldorado convertible.....it's awesome if your buddy owns it, but you're happy as fuck that it isn't yours....glad they saved it!

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Visited Fazisi at the Punta del Este stopover, just a couple of days before the russian skipper hung himself.

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On 1/8/2018 at 12:29 PM, Sail4beer said:

I think the island off Key West’s Mallory Square was called Tank Island when I lived there. Around 1998 they started clearing that landfill to build condos...

You’re correct, it is called tank island on the charts but you can’t sell a 1mil condo on tank island, maybe that’s why it’s known as sunset key to most. The other one is Wisteria.

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More detail from the brotherhood, posted on January 28, 2018:

A call for help from Yury Raul, FAZISI new owner:
Literally two weeks ago, I became the owner of the yachts Fazisi, the only yacht from the Soviet Union that sailed The Around the World Whitbread Race (now Volvo Ocean Race) in 1989-90.

The legendary Fazisi does not need a detailed presentation, she is well known to sailors around the world. So, a little bit about myself.

Since I was a kid, I've been into sports, first boxing in Grodno, Belarus, and then in the army in Moscow. Later, I became director of a junior sports school and a boxing coach. Then, the love of the sailing came. I became coach of the sailing section and subsequently, in 1988, became the yacht club's captain in the city of Grodno.

In ten years, the club and I as coach, have trained hundreds of young sailors who continue to participate in local and international regattas. I coached two participants for the Olympic games - Oleg Miron in 1988, and Anastasia Podobed in 1996.

I brought with me to the USA the passion for sailing and have participated in various regattas in New York, Chicago, Newport, Long island and the Caribbean Sea. In time, Eventually, I became a member of the Fazisi crew, which at that time belonged to PYANA (Polish Yachting Association of North America).

As an assistant captain, I sailed thousands of nautical miles and participated in the repair and maintenance of the yacht Fazisi. I fell in love with the boat. Working on her upkeep, I was sincerely psychologically connected: "we're both Russians, we're away from the country, I'll take care of you...".

I was even more engaged with the Fazisi when in 2015, along the coast of America, we hit the 10th category storm. The boat saved my life and the lives of all aboard.

In September 2017, while moored off the island of Key West in Florida, Fazisi was hit by hurricane Irma and was washed on the shore. The owners were unable to find sufficient means to save the boat. I learned that during the Florida coast cleanup operation of more than 2,500 boats affected by the hurricane, Fazisi was to be disposed for scrap metal.
With funeral wreath, I flew to Key West to bid farewell to this remarkable vessel and thank her for the many years of her brave service on the world’s oceans, for her historical significance and for what she meant to me over the years.

But, having assessed the state of the yacht, which was already on the barge destined for the dump, but still in a good overall shape, at the very last moment, I made a purely emotional decision daring to save the life of the legendary Fazisi.
I just couldn't let this world's famous yacht, which became a landmark achievement of the former Soviet Union in the ocean's highest-level ocean competition and the symbol of international cooperation, with American Skip Novak as a skipper, Pepsi as a sponsor and sailors from all over the world joining the Russians in their around the world quest, to be trashed like a piece of junk.
No boat deserves to die, and Fazisi will not die if we can help.
After lengthy negotiations with the United States Coast Guard, the Florida environment department and with the leadership of PYANA, I became the new keeper of the Fazisi. I am now responsible for the future of this symbol of global and sailing history - disregarded and decommissioned, and I have the dream to restore her to her former glory!

This is but the beginning of a long and difficult journey. Much help was already given to the project by Vlad Murnikov, creator of Fazisi, her chief designer and leader behind Fazisi being able to sail the Whitbread Race – against all odds.
My dream is supported by the Inter-Pro Sailing Team, of which I am a member, their leader and captain Chris Kaminsky, as well as by the past owner of the yacht, PYANA under the leadership of captain Isidore Rezak.
A business plan, campaign donation mechanisms, social media and website are being developed. Any form of help matters: money, volunteer time, networks, marketing skills, and elbow grease. Please contact me at:
fazisilegend@yahoo.com

Now it is time for the global and the Russian sailing community, the public and all people to help. Those who care about marine heritage, Fazisi’s legendary history, and the courage, skill, determination and vision that all sailors share, are invited to join our team and contribute with all your hearts so that Fazisi can sail again!

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55 minutes ago, Glenn McCarthy said:

More detail from the brotherhood, posted on January 28, 2018:

A call for help from Yury Raul, FAZISI new owner:
Literally two weeks ago, I became the owner of the yachts Fazisi, the only yacht from the Soviet Union that sailed The Around the World Whitbread Race (now Volvo Ocean Race) in 1989-90.

The legendary Fazisi does not need a detailed presentation, she is well known to sailors around the world. So, a little bit about myself.

Since I was a kid, I've been into sports, first boxing in Grodno, Belarus, and then in the army in Moscow. Later, I became director of a junior sports school and a boxing coach. Then, the love of the sailing came. I became coach of the sailing section and subsequently, in 1988, became the yacht club's captain in the city of Grodno.

In ten years, the club and I as coach, have trained hundreds of young sailors who continue to participate in local and international regattas. I coached two participants for the Olympic games - Oleg Miron in 1988, and Anastasia Podobed in 1996.

I brought with me to the USA the passion for sailing and have participated in various regattas in New York, Chicago, Newport, Long island and the Caribbean Sea. In time, Eventually, I became a member of the Fazisi crew, which at that time belonged to PYANA (Polish Yachting Association of North America).

As an assistant captain, I sailed thousands of nautical miles and participated in the repair and maintenance of the yacht Fazisi. I fell in love with the boat. Working on her upkeep, I was sincerely psychologically connected: "we're both Russians, we're away from the country, I'll take care of you...".

I was even more engaged with the Fazisi when in 2015, along the coast of America, we hit the 10th category storm. The boat saved my life and the lives of all aboard.

In September 2017, while moored off the island of Key West in Florida, Fazisi was hit by hurricane Irma and was washed on the shore. The owners were unable to find sufficient means to save the boat. I learned that during the Florida coast cleanup operation of more than 2,500 boats affected by the hurricane, Fazisi was to be disposed for scrap metal.
With funeral wreath, I flew to Key West to bid farewell to this remarkable vessel and thank her for the many years of her brave service on the world’s oceans, for her historical significance and for what she meant to me over the years.

But, having assessed the state of the yacht, which was already on the barge destined for the dump, but still in a good overall shape, at the very last moment, I made a purely emotional decision daring to save the life of the legendary Fazisi.
I just couldn't let this world's famous yacht, which became a landmark achievement of the former Soviet Union in the ocean's highest-level ocean competition and the symbol of international cooperation, with American Skip Novak as a skipper, Pepsi as a sponsor and sailors from all over the world joining the Russians in their around the world quest, to be trashed like a piece of junk.
No boat deserves to die, and Fazisi will not die if we can help.
After lengthy negotiations with the United States Coast Guard, the Florida environment department and with the leadership of PYANA, I became the new keeper of the Fazisi. I am now responsible for the future of this symbol of global and sailing history - disregarded and decommissioned, and I have the dream to restore her to her former glory!

This is but the beginning of a long and difficult journey. Much help was already given to the project by Vlad Murnikov, creator of Fazisi, her chief designer and leader behind Fazisi being able to sail the Whitbread Race – against all odds.
My dream is supported by the Inter-Pro Sailing Team, of which I am a member, their leader and captain Chris Kaminsky, as well as by the past owner of the yacht, PYANA under the leadership of captain Isidore Rezak.
A business plan, campaign donation mechanisms, social media and website are being developed. Any form of help matters: money, volunteer time, networks, marketing skills, and elbow grease. Please contact me at:
fazisilegend@yahoo.com

Now it is time for the global and the Russian sailing community, the public and all people to help. Those who care about marine heritage, Fazisi’s legendary history, and the courage, skill, determination and vision that all sailors share, are invited to join our team and contribute with all your hearts so that Fazisi can sail again!

Glenn and other posts directly above, thanks for the update.  Although I don't claim to be a marketing expert and perhaps it would not generate enough income, my 2 cents would be to sell T shirts with the boat name and sail number on front and covering a large portion of the back the sickle and hammer symbols from the old days/Russian heritage.  I would think you could get like $25 each plus shipping for a plain white  short sleeve cotton T.  Of course it takes large dollars to run large boats, so perhaps this would not be enough but it is just a thought.

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