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Have You Considered A Sailing Coach For Your Crew?

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In many sports, coaches are a common part of the landscape. Why are they not more popular in sailing? U.S. Sailing President Gary Jobson explores the issue, excerpts of which we’ve included below.

Thirty years ago, the only places you’d ever see sailing coaches were in junior clubhouses, college boathouses, and sailing schools. I know from
years of experience that coaching is effective, which is why, for the past decade there’s been a tremendous growth in the use of coaching. It’s mostly
happening at opposite ends of the sport’s spectrum: competitive youth sailing and the Olympics. The bulk of amateur sailors – from one-design to
club-racing PHRF teams – have yet to catch on.

Competitive sports such as tennis and golf thrive on teaching professionals and coaches. They’re fundamental to their sports. Sailing pros should be
just as integral to ours. Lessons can take place on an individual boat, or with an entire fleet sharing the expense and learning together. Many
sailors spend freely on sails, boats, equipment, and professional crew, but miss the opportunity to really improve by having someone else evaluate
their performance. Self-analysis is always difficult, and a coach that joins a team and watches from off the boat can offer insight you can’t get
any other way. Read More »

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A Narrow Escape from Irene

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The monthly e-magazine News from the Bow has a great cautionary piece on the dangers of relying on an untested mooring ball (and an untrustworthy person’s word) during a hurricane. Contributor Adrien Rock nearly lost his vessel Dolphin when the mooring ball it was attached to dragged during Hurricane Irene.

Rock was told the mooring he was assigned to use for the duration of the storm would provide adequate protection: Read More »

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Explore The Inner Workings Of The Somalia Pirates

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Do you love piracy? We don’t either, but we found this article, which reveals the inner workings of the pirate bases in Somalia, to be a fascinating read.

Based on their interviews with a pair of British cruisers who were captured in 2009, the article explores the tapestry of their lives on the pirate base, the military craft searching of the mother ships, and the lives of the hostages. Some great detail on the reality of living with pirates, and the negotiations to get free.

“It wasn’t really a pretty night,” Rachel Chandler recalled. Small, sloshing waves were coming from the southeast, and a trickle of wind blew from the southwest. There was no moon, and the stars were shrouded by clouds. Read More »

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Find Out What You Missed At The English, French and Rhode Island Boat Shows

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Interested in the best new boat features, and what you missed in the early round of boat shows (prior to this week’s Annapolis Boat Show)? Check out this great round up of interesting features from the Newport International Boat Show, the French Grand Pavois de La Rochelle, and the English Southampton Boat Show. The intrepid Peter Nielsen visited all three of these locations in one week. This article offers a round up of what he saw.

Our top three from their highlights:

1) The Bandit 800
“And then there was this little beauty, the Bandit 800, built in France. Carbon fiber rotating mast, self-tacking jib and room down below for a family of four who like to cruise at double-digit speeds; what more do you need?”

The Bandit 800 Trimaran brings top performance and limited cruising amenities.


NASailor View: Fast, no doubt, but the narrow beam on the center hull definitely restricts this to a weekend or maybe a week cruising in the simplest conditions. Tough sell to get and keep my family on board. Maybe get a hotel room at the destination. Read More »

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Crash of the Week: Onboard an F18 Edition

Here’s an interesting perspective on the crash of the week. This week we go aboard an F18 at the North American Championship to experience a crash from the boat’s point of view. Skip to the 3:00 minute mark to get to the action.

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World Speed Sailing Record Holder Barred from Trying Again

American Rob Douglas is the fastest sailor on the planet. On October 28, 2010, with the wind gusting to 45 knots, Douglas raised the bar further than anyone had gone before, hitting a new record speed of 55.65 knots in the manmade trench at Luderitz, Namibia.

Speed comes from strong, steady wind and flat water, and the virtues of the Luderitz trench in southern Africa first helped Douglas set the outright record in 2008 at a speed of 49.84 knots. Ever since, the Luderitz Speed Challenge in October has been the de facto event for windsurfers and kiteboarders to test the limits of speed. Read More »

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Morris 44: Leadership Series Reviewed By CW

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The Morris 44 is the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s new training vessel. A sturdy mix of over-built hulls, it has a workmanlike interior with wood accents and is designed to keep a group of 8 inexperienced cadets safe for weeks at a time. Cruising World recently wrote about a sail on the boat.

Some highlights: foam-core construction, keel crash box at aft end of the keel to reduce damage during a very hard grounding and forgiving performance characteristics.

If I were a third my age, I’d sure consider applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, if for no other reason than to sail as much as possible on its new 44-foot training boats. Read More »

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Practical Tips: Getting Rid Of Rust Stains

We picked up this nice piece over on Cruising World. Author Steve D Antonio – who runs a marine services business – walks through what he’s seen. The bottom line: if you have rust anywhere you see stainless steel, the protective coating has been compromised and most likely, the strength and resilience of the steel is being reduced.

This situation is typically caused by low-quality steel – which should be replaced – or by ‘stagnant water’ pooled around a failed gasket or sealant. Remove, clean, remount with a generous coat of sealant.

In many cases, rust stains on a fiberglass hull or deck, while unsightly, are simply ignored or begrudgingly accepted as unavoidable. In some cases, however, that rust can be an omen of problems lurking beneath stainless-steel hardware. Such stains are something you’ll want to investigate and correct—sooner rather than later. Read More »

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Eight New Boats Profiled At Newport Boat Show

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It is a tough time to be in the boat building business, but as each year rolls around the boat shows become a key test of who is introducing new boats and which new products are of interest. The Newport International Boatshow is one of the early milestones on the boat show schedule. This year, there were several interesting new boats which made their debut.

The 2011 winners were announced this week in Best New Sailboat, Best New Powerboat and Best New Boating Product.

The Bayrider 20 won the Best New Sailboat award


Winner of Best New Sailboat: Bayraider 20
Offered by Swallow Boats, this traditionally styled British day boat boasts performance and safety. Her planing hull has been clocked in excess of 10 knots, but with her unique gravity-fed water ballast system she can carry full sail in 30 knots or breeze and is completely self-righting if she suffers a knock-down. So one of the fastest, trailerable, family day boats is also one of the world’s safest. Read More »

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Is This The New Bow Of Yacht Racing?

A scow writ only slightly larger, the Mini Transat 6.5m Teamwork Team is shown below testing two different boat designs – one with a traditional stem, and the other with a bulbous one. Looks like the Air Force spacecraft, but I have to wonder how the boat will handle in big waves.

David Raison – a yacht designer and mini racer – has been testing his new prototype “US Scow Bow”. Apparently he’s going to run it in the upcoming 2011 Transat.

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49 Foot Hinckley Dragged Off Rocks In Newport During Irene

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We don’t have much information beyond the picture, but according to the report on Sailing Anarchy – never a credible source – she was dragged off using a truck on shore. Not sure where this took place, either. Not many places I can think of in the harbor where that is possible. Still, scary-good picture.

From Sailing Anarchy

“Here is the Hinkley 49 “Wind” on the rocks in Jamestown RI. They managed to save it with a long tow rope to a truck on a pier and dragged it off the rocks with the line to the truck!”

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What Would Brad Do? BVL Writes Of Hurricane Prep In Newport, RI

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Brad Van Liew brings us this sailing story of his preparation for Hurricane Irene. And I thought prepping my boat was tough – a 100 foot mast, and 8 tons of displacement make for a lot of windage. Plus, hard to do any fundraising when the event is cancelled. Still, he’s off to Bermuda with three lucky compatriots (Jay Nadelson, Shana Bagley and Danny Havens) in tow.

Hurricane Irene really threw our Summer Tour off track, and now our finale of the summer’s sailing is in the hands of Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Katia. These women are high maintenance and no fun! I am grateful that Irene spared us any damage, but that was not without a lot of prep, loads of help from friends, and a bit of luck. Read More »

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Video: Irene Blows Boat Off Mooring

In our last post on Irene, we asked, “Why would you leave your boat on a mooring in these conditions?” Here’s why you shouldn’t:

 

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Downgraded Irene Heads Safely Inland

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Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm, and is currently pounding New England, with the eye passing close to Vermont and New Hampshire. Here in Maine, we’re seeing 30 to 40 knots sustained, with gusts a bit higher. The combination of occasional strong rain, and a rapidly dropping temperature makes me feel good that we’re not out on a boat tonight. In the end a strong storm up here, but not a particularly dangerous one.

Still, it does make me think of all the boats we’ve seen which are just left on a mooring. In fact, in one local unprotected harbor, there is a Boston Whaler pounding violently up and down. What causes owners to let their former pride and joy to sit out and rot? Why would you leave your boat on a mooring in these conditions? It is a shame.

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Have You Seen “Damn The Defiant?”

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As we wait for bridges, electricity and boats to be restored to allow us to return to our house, we saw this post about a great old maritime film, “Damn The Defiant.” Starring Alec Guinness as the Captain, and released in 1962, it sounds like the kind of film they have used as the basis for Crimson Tide and other, more recent movies. A shame they don’t set more of these current films on the high seas – Master and Commander was the last that I’ve seen. Seen any good, recent marine films that you’d recommend?

The 70.8% Blog gets credit for the original, and has more on it. Read More »

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More Hurricane Tips & Links as Irene Targets East Coast

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At NASailor HQ, last night and this morning were consumed with discussion on how to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, currently sitting on the Bahamas but with most of the east U.S. coast in its sights. (This is the first time I’ve ever had to make hurricane preparations for two locations – both for our boat in Annapolis and our current location up in Maine).

We’ve been following updates from the Bahamas’ Chat ‘n Chill as they experienced the storm last night. A news report on this link reveals that Crooked and Acklins Islands have extensive damage, and Eleuthera and Cat Islands have also taken a beating. Read More »

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Here comes Irene! Three Quick Thoughts on Preparation

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If you’re anywhere on the East Coast, and especially if you have a boat, you’re closely watching the first hurricane in three years to approach the East Coast. Time for a hurricane party.

Couple thoughts as we prepare our boat for the storm. First, most predictions are for her to pass off the East Coast – which means wind primarily from the Northeast, shifting to the Northwest. So make sure you’re protected from those directions.

Second, the safest place for any boat is on shore, strapped down or in supports which are chained together. Even better if you have a hole for the keel on shore, but few locations have that. Many insurance companies will pay a portion of the cost to have the boat hauled.

Third, make sure you don’t stay with the boat – get safely inland early.

Note: these are just my opinion – work with your insurance company and marine professionals to get proper marine advice.

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Crash of the Week: Rambler 100

You’re cruising along at 17 knots with a crew of 21 professionals, you hear a bang and in less than 15 seconds the boat is capsized and you’re in the cold water off Fastnet rock. This is what happened to the U.S. registered Rambler 100 Monday night. The good news is that everyone got off ok. Video coverage is at the bottom.

The Rambler 100 keel cracked and it then overturned, tossing its 21 crew members into the icy waters

It is amazing that it took a full 3 hours to be pulled out of the water – several were incoherent, and all were lucky to be alive. Turns out a photo boat was the first to the scene, as Rambler has just rounded the rock. Five crew members were separated from the boat, and had to be found with their personal EPIRBs – these were the folks most at risk, as they were fully immersed. The rest of the crew was out of the water on the hull. Good reason to have the best safety – i.e. personal EPIRBs – gear on board.
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Boat Show Highlights: Maine Style At Its Best

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We swung by a top local Maine boat show (unless you count the Newport, RI show) this weekend. Hosted in Rockland Harbor, it featured major regional builders including Sabre, Morris and Hinckley. In addition to the brokerage, electronics and other companies looking to provide services and products to local visitors.
We arrived in style by boat, which definitely cuts down on the traffic, and gives you the best possible view of the in-water portion of the show. Highlights include information about (finally) a new Hinckley sailboat, the ever beautiful (and pricey) Morris 29 and 36, and a traveling trailer of Tartan 4000.
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Crash Of The Week: Boneheaded Move Of The Month

These lads are seriously lucky to be alive right now – crossing right in front of a massive ship in Cowes, England. Unbelievable – don’t know what they were thinking. Hard to say “oh, I didn’t see that great big red ship ripping through the racecourse.”

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