Theatre Thursday: back to the island


The Slingshot team once again finds themselves in the place that started it all. The boys let loose in the legendary and versatile conditions Maui has to offer. Scoring days of perfect swell, as well as the legendary kickers and flat water that has become synonymous with Maui there really is nothing left to say.

Kite time


yesterday was a bit light in troon for kiting but good to dust off the cobwebs ….

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but heading to east coast today Longniddry that i haven’t kited before – should be fun.

Longniddry is a small village in East Lothian, just a few miles from Edinburgh.

It has a relatively small wind direction range, but when it’s on it’s really good. Expect clean winds, flat water, little kickers and some nice chop. All in the same session!

Believe it or not, James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan once lived in Longniddry!

Wind Directions

Longniddry will work on SW around to W but is best on WSW.

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Flying Moths – slightly boring video but great boats


I love the way foils have entered the sailing arena – but these carbon fragile creations are at the cutting edge of what is possible …

 

but still slow compared to foiling kites ..

these kites and foils flying in what is only about 8knots of wind …

 

Ouch ….


A man aged 47 was lofted yesterday by the wind while practicing kite surfing in the area of Les Marines of Denia (Alicante), Spain. After passing over a five story building, he flew more than 300 yards inland and landed on the roof of a cottage, according to the initial report to this newspaper sources of the fire brigade of the town.

The result of falling initially on the roof of the house and then two other roofs of lower height thereafter, the man suffered a deep wound in the head, multiple injuries and a broken leg. After being rescued by firefighters a SAMU(EMS) took him to the Hospital of Dénia.

According to some sources, the accident occurred early in the afternoon as the man was practicing kiteboarding with a group of experienced kiteboarding friends.

Apparently, multiple witnesses indicated the strong gusty wind recorded yesterday caused him to lose control of the kite and elevated above a building of five stories and sending him soaring 300 meters inland to land on the roof of a three-story house. He then moved from one roof to another until finally coming to a stop.

This was the most serious incident recorded yesterday because of the wind, which also toppled trees in enclaves like the Garden of Turia, in Valencia, and forced firefighters to perform about one hundred services related to falling branches and trees, panels and other elements that were at risk of falling.

Gusts of up to 80mph!

 The wind blew hard throughout the day across the Region, with gusts reached 80mph in Font de la Figuera, 78mph in Agres, and 63mph in both Fontanars as in Chelva, as reported Valencian Association of Meteorology (Avamet).

From the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) explain that the gusts registered afternoon in the three provinces were related to the passage of a band of weak precipitation without rays, which was accompanied by gusty wind and thermal drop about seven degrees. Passing this band of rain, gusty wind ceased and the temperature rose, but remained below previous values, with a very significant drop compared to previous days.

The Sixth Annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award


#3 is just silly and a photoshop photo certainly does not belong in the top 5. Excluding the helmsman and the guy on his back, the other two were photoshopped in. I like #5 the most and #1 as 2nd

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The sixth annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image awards were given out last December. Here is a look at the top five photos from the competition as chosen by the public.

Number5

Photographer: Jesus Renedo

Number 5

 

 

Number4

Photographer: Martina Orsini

Number 4

 

Number3

Photographer: Stefan Coppers

Number 3

 

Number2

Photographer: Brian Carlin

Number 2

 

Winner: Rick Tomlinson

Number1

Photographer Rick Tomlinson took home the Public Award for this shot of Team Brunel sailing past Cape Horn during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.

Happy New Year


We wish you the readers:

– a huge happiness 
– an iron health for you and your loved ones
– a ton and a half of love
– creative boldness and respectful impertinence
– the laughter of children
– limitless dreams
– a good pinch of humor
– …and some temporal accessories to live your own time!

Leech 650 sportsboat


Not much not to like …

http://www.leechboats.com/designIndex.cfm

Specs:

LOA 6.5m Mainsail 19m2
BOA 2.3m Jib 7.8m2
Draft 1.8m Spinnaker 53m2
Sailing Displacement 650kg inc. 4 crew

L650 – additional data and plans

A lot of what has been learnt through our successful skiff designs has gone into creating this exciting new sport boat. While the aft sections are reasonably flat and wide for high speed planning and to help with form stability, care has been taken with the prismatic coefficient not to over do this, and make down wind sailing easy.

Features include a retracting, gybing keel, retracting prod, storage lockers beside the keel (one for outboard engine) and main sail boom sheating. Construction is from a detailed CNC cut file, cedar core hull bottom, foam core for hull topsides, deck, and all interior structure, all skinned in a light carbon laminate.

CNC kits available. The first 5 boats have been launched – T/Y versions and sports boats. As of Nov 2014 2 further boats are under construction in both Australia and NZ

 

 

Weekend roundup


Well it was still windy – Saturday Storm Desmond Hit

‘their actions are unforgiveable’

And it was too strong for kiting … but Sunday the forecast looked much better. Packed the car picked up my pal and drove down to the coast.

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It looked peachy but cold at 7degrees C. Gimped up in the wetsuit gloves boots and hood and hit the water with my 8m kite. Epic day with the squalls coming through and the strong gusts hitting (sometimes mid jump) meant everything was a bit unpredictable. Think I did some of my highest jumps ever – at one stage going so high that I rapidly ran out of water to land on – traveling a good 70foot before landing in about 1ft of water far too close to the beach … scary stuff and the stories that broken bones come from so a lucky escape. As i was coming down the mantra of stay smooth …. stay smooth was playing in my head.

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What a good day.

Interesting when uploading the gps track to Strava – the Fenix has a barometric altitude sensor but if you look closely at the grey track you can see hard downspikes in the last 1/3rd – those are all wipeouts where i smacked the water and the sensor took a hit.

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Star Sailors League Final


The boat may be old – it may not foil … hell its not even an olympic class anymore but watching the Star league live (today in just over an hour at 4pm GMT) you get to see really close magical racing. This for me is the pinnacle of sailing.

TRAILER

 

Decent breeze forecast for the morning action on Day 2 of the Star Sailors League, and organizers are buoyed by the multitudes of sailors checking in – yesterday nearly 30,000 keelboat fans watched some of the action!

We won’t promise much in the way of breeze today, but with 5 boats separated by just 5 points right around the all-important knockout position (only the top ten advance to tomorrows finals rounds), we will promise plenty of drama. Watch it live with Genny, Clean, and the SSL team calling the shots – clicky here

Weekend round up


A strange weekend this as Autumn storms lashed the UK. I set out Saturday to go kitesurfing but the wind was quite incredible .

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So saturday I had my new (old) Teak Danish dining table delivered and planned for the Sunday. Sunday was worse – I had the car packed with my gear and checked the beach station 47mph with a gust of 71mph …. Crazy weather and my smallest storm kite is not storm enough. So came inside unpacked and did 1hr on the turbo trainer then watched movies and ate chocolate listening to the rain hitting the windows (hard). The screen grab below from the airport – Behind terminal building so protected from true win in a westerly or north west wind

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This morning – wind gone 180degrees and not a breath and also no rain so out for run …. 10km first of the month and slow.

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Well at least it is better than nothing.

 

Gunboat – going going gone


Just when you thought there was an exciting brand out there …

 

In recent years, ultra-fast, ultra-sleek Gunboat catamarans have been among the hottest properties in the sailing world. But a series of setbacks during the past two years resulted in the North Carolina-based company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.

According to Gunboat founder and CEO Peter Johnstone, the high-profile company has been “quietly struggling” for the past two years, despite its boats receiving an avalanche of high praise from sailors and the sailing press. Johnstone lists the following issues as contributing to the firm’s downfall:

“The Chinese built Gunboat 60 series cost Gunboat a fortune to sort out. The Chinese builder has fought its contractual obligations to manage, support, pay and reimburse for the completion, rework and warranty costs. Gunboat felt an obligation to its customers and spent millions out of pocket, which proved to be a huge strain on our resources, focus and productivity.

The G4-01 Timbalero III found its limits while racing on the final day of Les Voiles de St. Barth last spring. She was righted, however, not long after the capsize.

 

“The G4 capsize in April, and the recent photo boat collision on a magazine boat test in Annapolis have thwarted sales of this series to date. The investment was made. The return is in the future.

“The abandonment of Rainmaker by her owner and crew certainly was not helpful to a new series. The Gunboat 55 is a great boat, and it will take time for that word to get out.

“The ramp-up of production in North Carolina took longer and cost more.”

The domino effect of so many problems during such a short period, Johnstone explains, forced him to seek Chapter 11 protection. But he is hopeful that the company’s current financial hurdles can be overcome: “The operations have shown a nice turn-around in the past few months. Boats are being built, and we are meeting our plan for operating the business and recovering through the Chapter 11 process…

“While the past two years have been the most stressful and difficult period of my life and business career, this period has also been one of enormous assessment and growth personally and professionally. I have learned far more from the failures than the accolades.”

Friday the 13th – If I had known


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Forecast

So decided I would kitesurf – took down my smallest kite the 6m Best Cabo (which feels bigger than 6m) and a twin tip board.

The wind was strong but what was worse was the gusts howling in …. I was on max depower of kite with rail buried and one time I was literally lifted sideways and plonked unceremoniously 20ft downwind (sideways) at force.

The jumping was good – even with a wave kite that doesn’t really shine in this area.

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could only manage 40min before I was wasted – back to the west end for a quick steam at the club.

Sport and your chances of dying ….


Infographics! Man they’re cool (even if this one is more US centric). This one is wild, illustrating your chances of dying from doing anything from skiing to playing football to smoking to driving. Which activity do you think is the most deadly? Scroll down…