Alert reader Justin Beals answered the call for video and came up with this one from Shilshole Bay YC’s Snowbird Race 2 last January in Seattle. It shows Justin and crew managing the Grand Soliel 40 Sadie Mae as an angry (and I’m guessing cold) squall rolled through. Racing in January? Yessiree! Please send in your videos – they don’t have to be recent, just wet. And don’t be afraid to tell more of the story that goes along with the video!
While it may be under many of our radars (yawn, another record….) it’s worth noting that François Gabart is about 2000 miles away from setting a new non-stop around the world record in the 100′ trimaran Macif. This footage is from a while ago, but shows pretty clearly what the state of the art is in record-setting boats is. Here’s Scuttlebutt’s post with much more detail.
It’s Wednesday, and our thoughts have finally dried out from Saturday’s Winter Vashon Race. In fact, the Northwest is seeing bright sun! Time to get wet. The first video is the new kiteboarding record run by Alexandre Caizergues at Salin-de-Giraud, France. Courtesy of Malcolm MacNeil, the second video is from Crossfire‘s sail home to Seattle from the finish of Winter Vashon at the north end of Vashon Island. What a surprise, wind after the finish….
Please share your local videos so other Northwest sailors can enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a current/recent video, just something sailish readers would enjoy. Email me.
Welcome to Wet Wednesday, our weekly search for a video to break up the time most of us have to spend ashore. Something from the Northwest is vastly preferable, but we’ll kick it off with some top-flight pro dousings. The only rule is, something or someone has to get wet. The wetter the better. If you have a video from the Northwest, send the link to me and I’ll put it in the queue! Thanks.
What wetter way to kick it off than with the irrepressible Alex Thomson showing off Hugo Boss, and a recap of the second leg of the Volvo Round the World Race. If you have 7 minutes the Volvo video will catch you up to where they stand right now. “Our” Americans on Vestas 11th Hour Racing are doing great.
Please share this post with your friends! And for those of you headed out for the Winter Vashon Race on Saturday, Bruce Hedrick will be delivering a pre-race weather outlook and tactical plan. Watch for it Friday.