Photo:Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, suspend racing from leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, after the mast broke just above the first spreader around 60 nautical miles south of Punta del Este. Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo … Read more
While on one doubts the performance benefits of wings, the obvious drawback of practicality and cost has, so far, kept them away from your local sailing fleet. AdvancedWing Systems is planning to change this. Greg Johnston has taken the time to explain and introduce us to their semi ridged wing sail system: Practical Wings for … Read more
Groupama suspend racing with broken mast Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race Groupama sailing team suspended racing from the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race after the mast broke just above the first spreader. The crew are all safe, with the boat around 60 nautical miles south of Punta del Este. “We just … Read more
Future Fibres latest magazine is out and its stuffed full of interesting news and articles. If there is one complaint, it’s the format of their magazine. While great to read online (do click on the image above!) its not exactly ‘blogger friendly’. So, with that in mind, we’ve pulled the ‘biggest’ story out and published … Read more
Photo: Ingrid Abery / Rolex The new IRC52 ‘Highland Fling’ broke their rig at the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta over the weekend. Sailing Anarchy got the story on it here and the You Tube highlights are here.
Not exactly news but it did come to our attention through Lorima’s Facebook page a few days ago. This brief vid shows Bernard Stamm’s IMOCA 60 mast being release from the female tool at Lorima’s facility in Lorient last summer.
With the VOR homing in on New Zealand, we finally get around to posting a couple of vids from the ‘Puma Shorefeed’. The il Mostro PR team does a great job giving the guys who keep it all together at least a little of the limelight. Check out the stepping of the mast back in … Read more
Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel in Auckland Another great insight into the world of sails by Peter Gustafsson and first published on Blur.se: Sails are fascinating. It doesn’t matter how much you learn about how they should look and be trimmed, there’s always areas you don’t understand and need to lear more about. If you’re … Read more
More Windsurfing Videos Just awesome! Have you put a camera on a rig lately? We’d love to see the footage!
(Source: Greenpeace) We sent a GoPro camera up the 55 meter aft mast of the Rainbow Warrior thinking the best bit would be the view from the top of the highest A-frame mast in the world. But the camera’s ride in the crow’s nest was pretty darn good. Catch our web video series “Stories from … Read more