Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Fine tuning, Fast sailing - Marseille

It is practice day for the TP52's on the first day of the Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy.

Yesterday saw more wind than expected as the 11 TP52’s completed their final training before today’s practice race for the Marseille Trophy. Trying to pin down navigators and meteo experts to commit to what the weather will do here on the Rade Sud this week is not easy. It will be, as they say, a ‘heads out the boat’ regatta, sailing with what the crews can see on the water. Suffice to say it is going to be interesting.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Pure Economy

copied from Alan Block / Sailing Anarchy

Despite the atrocious state of the Michigan economy, you'd be hard-pressed to find too many depressed folks down at the docks on Lake St. Clair. Downsizing and bankruptcy just can't overcome the happiness that Midwestern sailors feel now that there are boats in the water and races to run. Even the many Detroiters that have recently been laid off are philosophical about things. “I now have 6 months of work-free sailing season ahead of me, paid for by unemployment insurance,” one well known sailor said. Another added, “Couldn't come at a better time - I'll race and cruise all summer long.”

The recession carries a silver lining for Bayview-Mackinac Race Chairman Frank “Cariguy” Kern, as well. The long time Anarchist and successful long distance racer aboard his J/120 'Carinthia' recently landed the State of Michigan's tourist initiative,

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Great Youtube video from Alan Block of Sailing Anarchy at the 2009 Detroit NOOD.
Detroit NOOD class winner Eric Wynsma send in his report from the second-ever start for the new sportboat, but here's a deeper look at the new class courtesy of Mr. Clean. With Wynsma is new owner Chuck Holzman, owner of the former M24 campaigns named "Flyer," which won a ton with Bora Gulari at the helm. Both Wynsma and Holzman are longtime Anarchists and boat owners, and their perspective is worth listening to if you are in the sportboat market.