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  1. southerncross

    Coolboats to admire

    Don’t remember if I posted this before.
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Modified Open 60 for crewed sailing. https://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/a-kids-take-on-the-northwest-passage
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    Coolboats to admire

    Not a chance would I get into that. Just brought it up for comments on the look. Something cool but quirky about it as well.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Not sure what to think. Thoughts? For sale in San Diego for $49k. http://asqma.com/yacht profiles/Benchmark.html
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    Coolboats to admire

    Thanks.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Speaking of Sydney Harbour boats - anyone ever heard of a Swagman 26’. Don’t have much info. Just some old photos in a box somewhere. A woody sloop with a center board, we picked it up when I was a kid and restored it. It was moored in Parsley Bay.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    Finally. Looks to stand up pretty well.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    I like the interior.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Just scanning CL. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/boa/6840910093.html
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/boa/6840910093.html
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    I am a diehard believer and am eternally optimistic that a crewed RTW race can be a viable, attractive and yes profitable (ROI) proposition. All of the elements are there for the making. You couldn’t ask for more. A blockbuster script. In the right hands this could be one of the great sporting events on the planet. While the current owners and recent leadership may be excellent at the logistics etc of puting the pieces together, the vision is lacking, narrowly focused. The move to quasi IMOCA is evidence of this. No imagination.
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    Super foilers for sale

    Five dolla.
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Back to the docuseries etc. The footage that came off the boats, the stories, the history, personalities, interviews, secrecy, controversy, life and death. Can’t make this stuff up as they say. A documentary released on Netflix nationwide doing the rounds as the film festivals to bring attention and notoriety to The Race. Missed opportunity. More people have heard of the Ididorad (sp).
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    I’ve watching the F1 Doc on Netflix. The Senna doc was better. All the while I’ve been thinking Volvo could/could have cut together a great series on the last edition. No shortage of footage and drama. Raise awareness and all.
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Talking of international sailing, let’s move onto The Ocean Race. The directors of Oman Sail have several times expressed their desire to take part. What is the state of play today? It’s true that in Oman they have no qualms about the Volvo. We’d love it to be like that this time again. I think that a project like Dongfeng had fits in with what they have been doing for ten years. Particularly as today the Omanis have much more experience than the Chinese did when they started. There’s no reason why that should not work. There are plenty of things that interest me in the next edition, particularly as there is the return to prototypes. Even if I don’t necessarily think that choosing an IMOCA was the best idea, I’m very excited about the idea of building an excellent Imoca. The project has been under discussion for six months. We always want things to move faster, but in my mind, the strategy is well defined. What is that strategy? I don’t want to say too much about it, as it might give some clues to our opponents. I know there is an American project run by a few of the leading figures from Emirates Team New Zealand with a Verdier-designed boat, which is already underway. We don’t have the same strategy. Looking at the overall situation, we want to get our boat in the water fairly late on to take advantage of what we see going on over the next few months. Then, we’ll make our choices. This year is going to be really fascinating with four different designers coming up with new IMOCA boats [VPLP, Guillaume Verdier, Juan Kouyoumdjian and Sam Manuard, editor’s note]. Often, there is one that comes out on top. It will be good to see that one, as that will mean we will be setting off on good foundations. However, that won’t be enough because of the means at the disposal of the Volvo teams, who can push the research further than what we see in the Vendée Globe. I’m convinced if we win the Volvo, it will be with a specific boat where no compromises have been made. It will be easier to adapt a boat for the Vendée Globe than to move in the opposite direction. The Vendée Globe is one of the few races you have never done. Given this context, could that now interest you? If there is a formula that works with the Volvo, it would be logical to do the Vendée Globe afterwards. Not before.
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Meilhat and Cammas Set Sights on OCean Race Two of the top French sailors have set their sights on the next edition of The Ocean Race. Paul Meilhat, the winner of the most recent edition of the Route du Rhum and Franck Cammas, the winning skipper of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, have each told French media they are working on campaigns for the 2021 edition of The Ocean Race. Meilhat, who won the Route du Rhum in November in his final outing with sponsor SMA, is currently leading the 2018-2021 IMOCA rankings. He spent last week in Alicante at The Ocean Race headquarters with his commercial team to firm up his plans. Meilhat was interviewed in Le Figaro over the weekend and confirmed he has developed a three-race plan, including the Vendée Globe, The Ocean Race and the Route du Rhum, which he says would result in big efficiencies in costs and return to potential backers. “If we do the two races around the world as well as the Route du Rhum, it is barely more expensive than if we only do the Vendée Globe," he said, noting the three races can be done for 4.5-million euros per year. Meilhat says he’s excited by the challenge of taking on the fully-crewed race, despite his focus on short-handed sailing in the IMOCA class. “I love sailing single-handed but racing with crew is in my DNA,” he told Le Figaro. Similarly, Franck Cammas spoke to the noted French sailing website Tip & Shaft in an interview published on Friday, saying that through his association with Oman Sail, he is working to put together a campaign.
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    Super foilers for sale

    Those stubby amas didn’t seem help.
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    help identifying this boat

    Reminds me of the S&S Dolphins.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    No clue, sorry.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Marek.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Great name for a woody. Broker says it’s still raced regularly. It looked abandoned. Hatch cover literally looks like they pulled a piece of driftwood out of the water. But yeah. Cool boat.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Si or no? Not for 39K obviously. It’s been thrashed. What’s up with all the rivets running 2/3 up the front of the mast? https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1983/nelson-marek-36-2802910/
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    Coolboats to admire

    A couple of things I noticed that were identical to the Stephen’s Bros Farallone Cutter: self tending jib boom, the round hatch and the wood (oar?) piece of wood upright against the companion way. No idea what that piece of wood is for. Held in a slot to be removed for something. Apparently only 19 built with some variations.