Saturday, March 14, 2015

Crew overboard with spin up

I have done lots of Crew overboard exersizes as part of basic and intermediate cruising courses.  Something I don't get to practice is COB with a spin up.

Here is Yachting Monthly's take on it.

They seem to be advocating for cutting the spin away and saving your friend.

Here's another video of a full crew doing a recovery.  They have lots of hands so they pull the spin in by brute force.

Any other opinions?  I have heard of a method of getting the spin down and then using the engine to return upwind to the crew.  Couldn't find a video though

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Race Q's App

I have been playing with an app called Race Q's lately.

It produces a track of your sail boat race.  When multiple boats upload a track in the same area at the same time it assume you are all in the same race.  This allows you to analyze your performance against others and help you improve.  Here's their promotional video:

I am also enjoying the raceq's podcast.  It has some really good learn to race material.  Find it here:

Here is a link to the rest of the podcasts in itunes.

When you go to replay a regatta using the app consider using an alternative browser to Firefox.  Firefox seems to have some issues with the Google earth imagery used in the app.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sail boat racing on you tube.

I have been especially spoiled for choice for sailing video to watch this winter.

The racing in the Volvo Ocean race has been very tight.  Check it out here bellow.  There is also a daily video report and loads of other information at:

I have also been enjoying the last two events of the extreem 40 catamara series.  It's on Youtube here:

Earlier this year I also watched the medal race coverage of the Olympic Classes regatta in Abu Dhabi.  I did watch all of this 6hr video, but I didn't do it in one sitting.  Work and such got in the way.

The Barelona World race is on right now with double handed teams racing non stop around the world in open 60's.  Hugo Boss was doing great!  Until they lost their rig and now their out.  That only leaves one English speaking boat, Conrad Colman on "Spirit of Hungary"  It's quite a good story how he came to be on the boat and they are producing some interesting content, but unfortunately they are in last place. Check out the race here:

I have neglected this blog a bit since last summer.  I would like to get back on track and produce a weekly post again.  Watch this space!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

foils on the brain again

More and more high end sailboats are foiling.

Here's a video from the Great Cat 32 event.  The event ran with 4 pro teams and 4 amature owners.  4 boats on the water at a time and  8 teams.  A round robin format was followed to ensure everyone raced everyone else.

Here you go:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pro sailors did not clean up at the Moth worlds

The International foiling moth has just completed their world championship at Hayling Island, U.K.

Its a pretty cool little boat.  What I thought was interesting was that there are a bunch of pro sailors at the event, and some of them didn't make the top 10.  Amateur sailors with a day job beat them out.

Go amateurs!

Here's the vids

and also, because Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA deserves to be embarased, here's a vid about his SI shoot sailing a moth naked.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Classic Yachts are pretty!

Here is a short piece about a classic yacht regatta.  I think a 12 meter is a bit much for me, but there may be space in my post lottery win fleet for a 6 meter ...