Oracle Team USA Capsize: Oracle Video And Pics

17 Oct

UPDATE: Here's a long range video of the capsize itself. You can only imagine what it must have been like to be aboard the AC72 as the bows started going down the mine.

Oracle Team has put out their own video and photos of their AC-72 capsize.The video has some good sailing footage, which gives you a sense of the sheer power of the thing, as well as the sequence when the catamaran turned turtle (further trashing the wing). And it's got team members speaking about what happened

and what it means.

It was always said that the ...

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Oracle

17 Oct

It’s the bear away that gets’em, and it was a bear away that got’em . . .

View more videos at: http://nbcbayarea.com.

Here is the news release from the team:

SAN FRANCISCO – ORACLE TEAM USA 17 the teams AC72 racing yacht capsized during training at approximately 3 pm PT today on San Francisco Bay. All crew and ORACLE TEAM USA team members are safe. It was the boats eighth day on the water since the launch in August.

Said tactician Tom Slingsby of the capsize:

We called for a bear-away as we were out training. The winds were ...

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Oracle Team USA Capsizes

17 Oct

Well, it was always going to be edge of the envelope stuff. And today, in about 25 knots on San Francisco Bay, Oracle's AC-72 pitchpoled. According to tactician Tom Slingsby:

“We called for a bear-away as we were out training. The winds were blowing about 25 knots, and there was strong ebb current at the time. We started the bear-away, and as the boat accelerated it pitch-poled.

“We didn’t know what was going to happen with the new boat. When the nose went down, the wing hit and a few guys went in the water. We were unsure if

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Schooner Race watch onboard Rodney Carroll’s Tayana 37

16 Oct

Note: unless otherwise noted, Mia Karlsson has taken all the photos. 

We left Annapolis early and drove up to Sparrow's Point, to the Old Bay Marina where I'd been twice before to help Rodney do some work on his Tayana 37. The boat had been hauled out for over 3 years, Rodney doing the refit himself between sculpture projects. Two years ago I helped him step the mast, when the boat was on the hard. Earlier this summer, Mia and I joined him and his wife Narda (and their brown dog Brownie) on a sweltering day to help install his ...

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Inside The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

16 Oct

There's a lot of angst and navel gazing about how to get sailing on television, and how to present sailing on television. So it's easy to forget that there is, in fact, a full-time show on CNN that is devoted to sailing. It's called Mainsail, and it's hosted by the eminently agreeable, and seriously accomplised Shirley Robertson, a double Olympic gold medallist.

Another reason it is easy to forget about Mainsail is that I defy you to find a way to keep track of it, via RSS, e-mail, or any other update mode, without having to sign on ...

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Andy Schell’s ‘Two Inspired Guys’ podcast – Episode #4: Ben & Teresa Carey

16 Oct

This podcast has been over a year in the making. Essentially, it's my best friend Ryan Briggs and I interviewing people who love their lives and live their dreams. A lot of our guests are sailors – not all of them – but I think you'll dig the people we talk to. Athletes, artists, adventurers, restauranteurs, farmers, horse trainers, photographers, you name it. The point is to discover that which makes people excited about life, what drives them to pursue their passion. It inspires us talking to them, and I think it will inspire you listening to them.

That said, ...

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The Original Windsurfer

15 Oct

What happened to windsurfing?

Kiteboarding is now all the rage, but kiteboarding isn’t doing for the world what windsurfing did back in its heyday. Before this last Olympics I heard that windsurfing was going to be replaced by kiteboarding, but I was relieved to find out this wasn’t the case: kiteboarding was just entering as an exhibition sport. Windsurfing was still in, albeit called RS:X. Then I had to look up what an RS:X is: It’s a windsurfer.

Back in 1967 my dad’s former roommate from Pomona College co-invented, and later co-patented what would be called the Windsurfer. Hoyle Schweitzer ...

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Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race: Photos from this year, memories from prior years

15 Oct

I'm going to write a story about our day with Rodney Carroll (coming tomorrow)…for now, enjoy this awesome photo of the Pride of Baltimore II that Mia took today out sailing with our friend Rodney. And check out his sculptures sometime too. They're amazing. Story – and more photos – to follow tomorrow…

In the meantime, enjoy this Spinsheet piece I wrote about our friend and six-time schooner race veteran Brian Duff. This piece was about his race in 2009 on a 52-foot brigantine – but in 2010, Brian skippered the smallest-ever boat in the race, a tiny ...
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Going Beyond The Limit: Baumgartner And…Larsen?

15 Oct

Whether you are a sailor or an ordinary human, it was hard not to be transfixed by Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive jump this weekend. Baumgartner rode a helium ballon to 128,020 feet, or to the edge of space, and jumped out. His freefall lasted 4 minutes 20 seconds, he hit a speed of hit Mach 1.24 (or 833.9 mph), breaking the sound barrier. He also broke the skydiving altitude record of 108,000 feet, set by Col. Joe Kittinger, which has survived for more than 50 years (though Baumgartner broke the altitude record he did not break Kittinger's ...

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Running across the Atlantic

15 Oct

This one has been a long time coming. For a while now I've thought about putting down in words another of my passions, beyond just the sailing thing. Since high school I've been more and more into endurance sports. I got really into endurance sports the first year I lived full-time in Annapolis, racing in three triathlons and a couple amateur cycling races over the course of one summer, and doing quite well in them. I lived in an apartment at the time, kept my road bike in the living room and went out often before work (I was crew ...

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