Curmudgeon’s Observation
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5h ago
The elevator always comes after you have put down your bag. Providing wisdom since 1997, the Curmudgeon’s Observation has been a hallmark of the Scuttlebutt Newsletter which delivers a digest of major sailing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock talk…with a North American focus. For newsletter information: https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/newsletter-read-or-subscribe ..read more
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Musician turned America’s Cup novelist
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12h ago
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News When I received an email from the English musician Thomas Dolby, I was teleported back to the 1980s when MTV provided music videos and not bad reality shows (and now it’s gone altogether). Dolby was an icon during the era with hits like ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ and ‘Europa and the Pirate Twins’. I was the right age, and his music filled the dance floor during the new wave movement of the time, delivering a form of pop music incorporating electronic instruments. Dolby was the man! But his email wasn’t promoting his latest tour dates but rather his ..read more
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Sailing, a great metaphor for life
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12h ago
American Hall of Famer Paul Cayard helped to train the Swan 65 Translated 9 entrant for the 2023-24 Ocean Globe Race, and now is onboard with a new crew for the 2024 Pacific Cup, leading the team on the biennial 2070 nm race from San Francisco, California to Kaneohe, Hawaii. “Sailing to Hawaii is one of the most beautiful things in the sport of sailing,” said Cayard. “When you sail out under the Golden Gate Bridge leave the coast of California, it’s cold and windy. Each day, as you sail south and west, it gets a little warmer, and the wind goes from abeam to astern. Each day just gets better a ..read more
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Chicago Mackinac: One for the books
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14h ago
With a record-setting pace, storms, dismastings, and a man overboard, the 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust had it all in 2024. Awards recognized 22 section winners across the Mackinac Cup (awarded to the smaller boats), the Mackinac Trophy (larger boats), Doublehanded Division, and Cruising Division (Whitehawk Trophy). Plus a new trophy was presented – the Mark H. Baxter Trophy, awarded to a first-time boat. Bringing ‘home’ the hardware across the divisions are: • Royono Trophy (first racing monohull to finish): Maverick, Sanford Burris, Ward and William Kinney ..read more
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Gold Medal Favorites in Formula Kite
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14h ago
The Sailing Program at the Paris 2024 Olympics was redesigned to meet the demands of the International Olympic Committee, with the new Kiteboard event for men and women delivering gender balance, common equipment, and exciting action. John Bertrand takes a look at who might win and why: Maximilian Maeder and Lauriane Nolot have established themselves as the gold medal favorites for the men’s and women’s Formula Kite classes at the 2024 Olympics. Both kiters are current double world champions, having clinched titles in the 2023 and 2024 championships. Their back-to-back victories solidified the ..read more
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When clean energy isn’t
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17h ago
Debris from a broken Vineyard Wind turbine blade washed up all over Nantucket’s south shore Tuesday morning (July 16), prompting the offshore energy company to mount a cleanup effort and the federal government to shut down the wind farm “until further notice.” Residents began reporting pieces of green and white foam, along with larger pieces of what appears to fiberglass, along southern Nantucket beaches at daybreak, stretching from Madaket out to Nobadeer. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced Tuesday afternoon that Vineyard Wind’s “operations are shut down unti ..read more
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Living in the Scuttlebutt World
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2d ago
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News While Major League Baseball takes a pause with it’s All-Star Week (thank you!), the odds are good that whatever your type of sailing, it is all on right now. No rest, as the days are long and the weather is warm. From beer canning to world championships, it is that time of year! I was pleased to see Lee Parkhill recognized as Sail Canada’s 2024 Sailor of the Year, as his accomplishments occurred in the Sunfish where he won the Gold Medal at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games (see below). The Sunfish Class continues significant popularity in the Ameri ..read more
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Behind the Scenes, July 2024
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2d ago
Sharon Green The walls of Scuttlebutt HQ include the Ultimate Sailing calendar by Sharon Green, with Betsy Senescu sharing this behind-the-scenes story regarding the July 2024 images. Who wouldn’t want to climb aboard one of these Melges 24s and enjoy the brisk spray, during these dog days of summer? The July images in the 2024 Ultimate Sailing Calendar feature the Melges 24 World Championship captured by Sharon Green, and bring a cooling breath of fresh air as summer heat blankets the land. The 2022 Worlds marked a long-awaited and exhilarating return to competition after two years of cance ..read more
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Welcome to Barcelona. Now leave.
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2d ago
It was a pivotal decision by America’s Cup defender to move the 37th edition from their New Zealand home waters of Auckland to the Spanish venue of Barcelona, but the Kiwi team was able to gain a greater hosting fee to help fund their campaign. While the Spanish investment is intended to benefit the Catalonia capital, perhaps the politicians need to check in with their constituents, because the locals aren’t too happy with all the visitors. Simply put, the Barcelona inhabitants are fed up with over-tourism and are taking up extreme measures to say “enough is enough”: from angry protesters firi ..read more
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Water boiling with hot yachts in Newport
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2d ago
For just the second time in its 16-year history, the Rolex TP52 World Championship will be contested on American waters. Sailing’s premiere monohull fleet-racing championship will take place as part of the 2024 New York Yacht Club’s Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex in Newport, RI. The 14th edition of this biennial summer classic is the first regatta run under an historic new 10-year agreement between the New York Yacht Club and longtime partner Rolex. “There is no better event to kick off our new partnership agreement with Rolex than Race Week at Newport featuring the Rolex TP52 World C ..read more
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