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 ...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sailing on Breakfast TV

Here's a link to a nice little sailing promotional video done by Stephen DesRoches

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Spectator friendly matchracing event

Sailing seems to be slowly producing more and more spectator friendly events.

Here is one example in Marstrand Sweeden.  They hold a match race event every year in an enclosed bay that is surrounded by spectators.

Here is a highlight reel style video of the finals of the event.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cruisers are different

Here's a nice little video about a solo cruiser.  Very well shot, well edited and a nice story.

Long term cruisers can be a little different though...

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Deep thoughts about ocean racing

Ocean racers can have deep thoughs about their sport.

Who knew?

Monday, June 16, 2014

random sailing news

It seems that several interesting pro sailing events are reaching out and expanding their coverage.  Just this week an English speaking sailor won a race from New York to Barcelona Spain in Open 60 mono hulls.  There's a good series of videos on You Tube about the event, but here is the final one.

The production foiling catamaran is ripping up some race courses in Europe.  I wonder if one would if one would survive hitting one of the logs that litter our part of the straight of georgia?  Anyway here's a video :

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Frost Bite season ends

Another season on winter sailing is over and done.

I have been racing in the winter with the Vancouver Rowing Club frost bite series, the Polar Bear.  Check it out here:

Here is a video from the Boston Sailing Center about why people sail in the winter.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Having local dolphins rocks!

This week there have been sitings of large pods of white sided Dolphins in Howe Sound and Vancouver Harbour.  We no longer live in a waterway devoid of marine life!


Last spring I had the privlidge of sailing with a pod of Dolls Porpuses off Point Grey.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sailing is spectacular

Sailing rocks because it can be spectacular.  In this example, the sport is very much a spectical

Alex Thompson, the skipper of the The Hugo Boss Open 60 has put on an an amazing stunt.

This stunt was immidiatly spoofed:

Incidentally, this is Hugo Boss's attempt to better their previous stunt:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sailing is a lifetime sport

Sailing rocks because it is a lifetime sport.

There are continually new things to learn.

Here is a link to a series of videos from Sail Magazine showing 5 esscential sailing skills.  How many of them have you mastered?