Today’s Sailing News

Pretty awesome looking little dudes, aren't they? What are they? [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Big Pimpin' Looks good, doesn't she? Easy on the eye. It's difficult to know exactly why but she just looks… right. A sort of understated elegance that whispers style, comfort and control, while at the same time suggesting performance, an unspoken promise of power. The new Solaris 55 was developed by Solaris Yachts' in-house technical team with naval architecture input from Argentinian designer Javier Soto Acebal. Since being founded in 1974 in Aquileia, moments from the lagoons [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Well, not quite, but I received legitimate offers with 12 hours of placing Anarchy III in the classifieds, and 4 days later the boat has been sold (pending sea trial) at full pop to a very cute family from Orange County. Thanks to all 10 of you who submitted offers – it appears people dig the 5ksb's! – Ed. [...]
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
The Storm Trysail Club marks its 80th anniversary on February 18, 2018. The founding of the club began during the 1936 Bermuda Race when a group of sailors set off on the schooner Salee. The '36 race was bad, one of the worst in the history of the event. Many boats withdrew, but others elected to challenge themselves and tough it out. During that horribly rough storm, one sailor on another boat was ejected from [...]
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(February 18, 2018; Day 12) – While SHK/Scallywag has made good on its westerly route to grab an impressive lead over the past 24 hours, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is compressing, and as of this afternoon, it's the chasing pack enjoying stronger winds. The Scallywags have to be pleased with last 24 hours as they've gone from trailing team AkzoNobel by 55 miles to sailing around them to a 10 mile lead. “You're always pretty pleased [...]
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(February 18, 2018; Day 19) – For the sixth day in a row, Qingdao maintains its lead over the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race fleet as the leading pack turns to the west for the final 700 nautical miles to Sanya. The teams are concentrating on holding their spinnakers whilst navigating the busy waters of the South China Sea. On board Qingdao Skipper Chris Kobusch reports: “PSP Logistics is hot on our heels though [...]
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
St. Petersburg, FL (February 17, 2018) – The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta continued today with light winds and tight competition on Tampa Bay. Exceptional teamwork was the theme among leading skippers in several of the event's 15 classes. In the Flying Tiger 7.5 fleet, all eight teams are brand-new to the model, having sailed it for the first time earlier this week. The boats are on loan from the National One-Design Sailing [...]
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The 130nm Islands Race drew 26 teams for the ninth edition of this Southern Californian offshore contest on February 16-17, 2018. Starting in Long Beach Harbor, the course heads west of the Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands before finishing in San Diego. Many of the teams were competing to prepare for the 1000nm Puerto Vallarta Race in March. While the history of the race has seen some busters, this year's race fell on the lighter [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
James L. Lubeck I regret to report the passing of Past Commodore James L. Lubeck this past Thursday morning, February 15. Commodore Lubeck passed peacefully and with his family by his side. In addition to being Commodore of Black Rock Yacht Club (Bridgeport, CT) in 1989, Commodore Lubeck was an avid sailor, a great leader and a wonderful husband and father. Many may recall that he pioneered what has become US Sailing's Junior Big Boat Sailing series [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Clean Report Held just outside Tampa earlier this month, the US Sailing Leadership Forum was better than the vast majority of these things for one major reason: The attending members and presenters seem to have finally realized that there simply aren't enough privileged white people to keep the sport of sailing alive in America for any real length of time. The answer, it seems, is to support the real drivers who are creating future boat owners and [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
(February 17, 2018; Day 11) – Team AkzoNobel and SHK/Scallywag are the big winners over the past 24 hours as both have had a relatively fast transition through the doldrums. This has allowed them to gain about 100 miles on the chasing pack who have suffered through some painful moments. Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE have had the worst of it. Languishing for hour after hour in extremely light and variable winds, while at the same time [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
You really can't make this shit up! Dee Caffari's Volvo team Turning The Tide… not only sailed within a few hundred meters of Jennifer Appel's ‘ghost ship' the Sea Nymph, but they got some great drone footage of the drifting shitbox that became the biggest story in the US news for about 10 minutes last year. If you somehow never heard the story, here's where you want to go and spend 2 and [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
(February 17, 2018; Day 18) – The first teams in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race have crossed the end gate of the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint on the leg to Sanya and have taken very different approaches to getting there, after a wind hole threatened to halt the progress of the fleet. Qingdao retains first position for a fifth consecutive day but its lead has been cut to around 30 nautical miles after [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Given that this $2M, 3100-horsepower branding exercise/penis extension doesn't even use Mercedes engines, I guess it's…nothing? How long til the concept car, the boat, and Alex Thomson's Benz-sponsored Open 60 do their photo shoot together? Might be silly, but still sexy as… Image credit Cigarette Racing. Thoughts? [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Youth sports is experiencing an epiphany. With attrition numbers at a high, sports are realizing the ever increasing focus on competition is not how to make a lifelong connection with young people. Some will like it but most won't. Desmond Wai, whose family lives in Singapore, learned this when his son had had enough. Here's his story: My son loves sea sports, and has always longed to learn sailing. So when we were choosing a primary [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
While walking the docks today with my gorgeous fiance, I spied Vince Brun standing on this Farr 40 at SDYC. “Hey Vince, is that yours?” “Yes. I just got it!” So we chatted for quite a bit – the Farr 40 NA's and are in Long Beach this year and he wants to do that (bets on an early favorite, anyone). It was really great catching up with Vince. He is without a doubt not [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
St. Petersburg, FL (February 16, 2018) – The largest St. Petersburg Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in 10 years got underway today with 170 boats and more than 500 sailors racing on Tampa Bay in optimal conditions ranging from 8 to 12 knots. In the Melges 24 class, one of the largest fleets in the event, Monsoon tactician Mike Buckley credits his team's Day 1 lead — with three first-place finishes in four [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
His Royal Highness Prince Henrik passed away on February 13, 2018 at the age of 83, at Fredensborg Castle, surrounded by the royal family. The sport of sailing lost a respected ambassador and committed pioneer, who, with his presence, his interest and passion for nature, the boat and the water, brought the pleasure of sailing life far beyond the sailing communities own reach. Just the encounter with nature, the experience and the freedom of the water, combined [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(February 16, 2018; Day 10) – Team AkzoNobel is looking to get an early start on the weekend, making a serious bid to be first out of the doldrums this afternoon. The team is now furthest south in the fleet and is beginning to pick up the westerly breeze that would indicate they're past the worst of the light and variable winds that plague this area. But who will progress best through the challenging conditions, where strong [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
I am notorious for letting shit fall through the cracks, and this is a perfect example. Here are the questions: What is it and what year was it? I deserve a beating. – ed. [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018