Friday, May 26, 2017

The Wind Gods - A Look Back at AC 33

The 33rd America's Cup was all about the boat.  The winds were at 6 knots and the boats were blasting thru the water at over 30 knots.  Because of all the conflicts on the rules, this was a Deed of Gift Race between two boats, Alinghi and BMW/Oracle. A best out of three for the cup. The boats were very different and BMW/Oracle proved without a doubt that they were the fastest. Alinghi was penalized in both races and had to perform a 360 degree turn at some point during the race. This is a fantastic look back at the boats, the crews and the races. I hope you will watch this film in its entirety. Go USA!

AC Postponed Due to High Winds

Here is a drone vid to wet your whistle instead.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pics of the Week

Wow, Just Wow

Saw this on SA and had to share.  If this is the future of cruising with foils, I am all in.  Enjoy!

Travis Rice is a pro snowboarder from Jackson Hole.  He is also stoked for sailing a fast cat across the Caribbean with a rock star crew.  Many publications have named him the top snowboarder of all time!

Just before the snow started to stack this winter I (Travis) had the opportunity to take a 1000 mile sea trial of the new F4 with Shannon Falcone (@racingsf). This trip blew my mind to what the future of offshore sailing has in store and was by far the most intense sailing I have ever done personally. This future craft is a 46 foot carbon performance catamaran built for foiling offshore. 

Enter two-time winning America’s Cup sailor Shannon Falcone who invited Rice to sail from Bermuda to Antigua onboard a new, first of it’s kind, foiling offshore catamaran. The boat (a DNA F4) is probably one of the coolest boats on the water at the moment, as not only is the boat sturdy enough to withstand all the elements of sailing for thousands of miles off the coast, but you can foil – aka fly – above the water.

So, over the course of 1,000 nautical miles, Rice, Falcone, and the rest of the crew unleashed the DNA F4 and experienced all the things that make offshore sailing amazing: sending it in perfect conditions, breathtaking sunsets, star-filled nights, a few squalls for the books, a splash of rum, and flying over the waves.

And throughout the adventure, Rice’s stoke for offshore foiling is clearly hard to contain as he takes the wheel in 15-20 knot winds. “This is unreal,” Rice said. “This is just so fu*king good. We’re just hover-crafting.”

But wait – it gets better. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy the experience because Travis Rice made a daily video diary of the adventure. However, that said, after you watch the above you’ll probably want drop everything to go sailing.

History Lesson: The Very First America's Cup Race

Yachting World takes a look back to the race that started it all back in 1851.  On the eve of the 35th America's Cup, I thought it might be fun to look back at the very first race around the Isle of Wight which was won by the yacht America (hence the name of the cup).  Click here to read about the very beginings of the oldest trophy in all of sports.

The historic yacht America!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

License to Chill

My wife and I were down in the Bahamas celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary a few years ago.  The resort we were at had a bunch of small Hobie Cats you could take out for a sail on the beautiful waters off the resort.  One fine morning, the wind was about perfect so I launched one of the cats off the beach.  There are about a half dozen others cats on the water.  I was ripping upwind when I realized there was no one around for a good mile or so and I decided this would be a great time to sail au naturale.  I was way upwind, when a small skiff came up behind me and motioned that I was too far upwind and I should go back.  I knew he also saw my naked ways and I might be in trouble.  I sailed back towards the resort with my trunks on and headed for the beach.  The manager comes running up the beach and he looks none too happy.  As I exit the boat I say to him, "There is a naked sailor out there, what should I tell him?".  He replies back, "Tell him to put his clothes on!".  Dodged a bullet there.  So after that episode, I decided to get a license so I would not have to deal with that anymore.  The license just arrived, see below.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Best Orginized Chaos You Will Ever See

On May 26th 2017, Bermuda will host the 35th America’s Cup. The eyes of the world will turn to the iconic Great Sound where the best sailors on the fastest boats will battle for the oldest trophy in international sport. Racing starts with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on 26th May and the top Challenger will meet Defending Champions ORACLE TEAM USA in the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton beginning on 17th June, 2017.
For over three centuries, the mystique that is Bermuda has been slowly evolving, with each generation adding its own tales to the story. Now there’s an exciting new chapter being written as Bermuda becomes Home of the 2017 America’s Cup.
Bermuda is composed of 181 islands, totalling 21 square miles, and has just over 60,000 residents. As you would expect in a place with so many islands, water activities are the life-blood of Bermuda.
Renowned for crystal blue water and beautiful pink sand beaches, Bermuda’s Great Sound will form a natural amphitheatre for the race course while the planned America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard, will be the beating heart of the America’s Cup experience.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Free Diving with Ashleigh

Born and raised in central Florida, Ashleigh spent her childhood years criss-crossing the state with her family in search of beaches, islands and fresh water springs to explore.  From these early experiences she developed a deep love for being in and under the water.
Although her love for breath-hold diving was kindled at an early age, it wasn’t until 2009 that she was introduced to the sport of freediving.  After taking intermediate and advanced level courses, it became clear she was just scratching the surface in terms of ability and her passion for the sport was solidified.  “I was not only blown away by the amount I learned in each course, but also by how much improvement I had made in such a short time.  I was hooked.”
Looking for more opportunities to dive deeper in safe and controlled conditions, Ashleigh decided to participate in her first freediving competition in 2011. Since then she has participated in a handful of local and international freediving competitions, including the 2014 Team World Championships in Sardinia, Italy.  “Each competition has taught me something new about the sport and my body.  I don’t have a strong athletic background, so it has been great to be able to learn from other divers who have so much more experience with different types of training and diving techniques.  I’m very excited to be on the US Women’s team this year for the Team World Championships, and I’m really looking forward to making more progress with the help of my friends and mentors.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

America's Cup Preview

The Cup starts next week!  CNN's Mainsail looks at the venue as well as the boats and teams.  Take a peek here.

Pics of the Week

                      When you have a new neighbor and he is a novice at parking the boat.