Sydney Hobart Race: Varuna on top

Photo by: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Photo by: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Line Honours 10
IRC  4
IRC - Div 1   1
ORCi   3
ORCi - Div 1   3


not all those who wander are lost

via: from-the-helm

 All that is gold does not glitter,
 Not all those who wander are lost;
 The old that is strong does not wither,
 Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
 From the ashes a fire shall be woken,    
 A light from the shadows shall spring;
 Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
 The crownless again shall be king.


a nightmare

Fayerweather Yacht Club (Bridgeport, CT) had some unwelcome company last week when a gravel barge ran right through their floating docks, a cruising boat, and an Olson 29. Report from the owner of the O29 was that the damage was not catastrophic. sailinganarchy.com

Sydney Hobart Race 2011 & 2012



weapon of choice

The revamped Wild Oats XI faces competition from three fellow 100-ft Australian Maxis. Anthony Bell skippers Loyal, formerly Rambler 100. Making its long awaited Rolex Sydney Hobart debut, the yacht arrives with an unfilled reputation as the most potent racing Maxi in the world. Loyal’s crew is impressive, featuring the vastly experienced Michael Coxon and Stan Honey, while welcoming an event debutant - 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and America’s Cup winner Tom Slingsby. Ragamuffin, expertly skippered by Australian sailing legend Syd Fischer, 86 years young and with 44 Rolex Sydney Hobart races to his name, narrowly won line honours in 2011 under its guise as Bell’s Investec Loyal. The outside bet, Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing has recently undergone structural changes designed to improve performance. She claimed line honours back in 2003.


Fatboy Slim - "Weapon of choice" from Sterntag Film on Vimeo.

girls let the bells ring


Fast Figaro

small boats slomo

via: www.velablog.it


Maya's Wild Ride

Brazilian big wave surfer Maya Gabeira has survived a near-drowning experience at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, but she is already recovering in a Portuguese hospital.
Gabeira, 26, surfed one of the biggest waves ever by a female rider, during the Big Monday swell, in the Nazaré North Canyon, when she was caught by the whitewater.
After calling for jet ski support, Maya Gabeira lost consciousness due to exhaustion and had to be rescued by fellow Brazilian charger Carlos Burle, who brought her to shore for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
The authorities have confirmed she is stable and will fully recover from the accident.

via: www.pressure-drop.us/forums


Kiel Leuchtturm


stormy monday


Coastal Classic

Team Australia won the 2013 PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic, arriving at Russell Wharf eight hours and 15 minutes after the start gun fired in Auckland, and nearly 37 minutes ahead of the New Zealand owned TeamVodafone Sailing. 

luscious friday



Die amerikanische Fotografin Jill Greenberg hat für ihre Fotoreihe End Times weinende Kinder fotografiert. Das alleine ist schon super, noch besser ist aber, wie sie die Kinder zum Heulen gebracht hat: Sie gab ihnen einen Lolli und nahm ihnen diesen dann wieder weg.


Potomac Police

A police harbour boat slammed into two powerboats while attempting a simple U-turn.
The police boat trying to make the turn, but gunning the engine which caused it to knock its stern into the two boats sitting docked at the harbour. There were no passengers onboard the two boats so fortunately no injuries were sustained.
The collision completely submerged one of the boats and although there was effort to try and save it, the huge gash in the side caused it to sink.   ybw.com

thx Lutz


slow watch

"Unbelievable footage from onboard the Luna Rossa AC72, minutes after the finish of Race 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals. Helmsman Chris Draper comments on the disastrous start and admits his watch was “four seconds slow”!!!
[...] Mr. Bertelli, call Russell Coutts to give you some nice TAG Heuer watches or even Grant Dalton for some cool Omega time keeping instruments, go through the remaining three final races and then throw Chris Draper to the lions in Rome’s Colosseum!"

luscious friday


Even Better Than the Real Thing


"TVNZ yachting commentator Martin Tasker has apologised for remarks accidentally streamed online when a microphone was left open during this morning's Americas Cup coverage. The veteran journalist reportedly said he intended to 'do that Jewish woman tonight' while chatting with fellow commentator Peter Lester.
TVNZ's Megan Richards says Mr Tasker has explained the remark was made in reference to setting up an interview with an Israeli journalist. She says he accepts that in the context of the conversation, that could have been misinterpreted. In a statement, Martin Tasker says he's very embarrassed and apologetic and regrets the concern the remark has caused. www.nzherald.co.nz


breaking news

Photograph by: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

"Yep. Broken. Wing control. America’s Cup. Guidos. Race 3. Nice. But, then to add insult to injury, the next race was cancelled because the wind was over 19.4 knots. Holy christ, maybe they should lower the maximum wind speed to about 8 true, cancel all the races and forget this thing ever happened…
Oh, and remember when the Kiwis had an “electrics” issue in their DNF the other day? The problem? We hear they plain forgot to charge their batteries the night before. D’oh!"



boat of the day: "night and day"

Sechs JPK 10.10 unter den ersten elf !

Fastnet Race: Overall Results

For the first time in its 88 year history, the Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by a doublehanded crew. The father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison from Cherbourg, France on the JPK 10.10, Night and Day, arrived at 07:19:57 BST this morning making their elapsed time 3 days 18 hours 29 minutes and 57 seconds for the 611 mile race. Winning the overall IRC prize in the Rolex Fastnet Race means that Pascal Alexis Loisin will receive the Fastnet Challenge Cup as well as a Rolex Chronograph.