We speak to these three interesting cats about trends in ocean racing, the future of junior sailing, and what it takes to start something new in the yacht, foiler, and dinghy racing.
After his epic Vendée Globe finish under jury rig and a decade of some of the nastiest racing trips around the world, Conrad “The Krazy Kiwi” Colman may just be the toughest sailor in the world. The first New Zealander to ever finish this toughest of all races spent an hour with Sailing Anarchy’s Alan Block to get deep into his trials and tribulations on the open 60 Foresight Natural Energy.
Show Notes: (1:30) How his obstacles allowed him to show just how hard the race is to his fans. (2::15) How the poor coverage of the 2012 battle for the lead inspired him to do better in this race. (5:00) Conrad’s maritime heroes (6:15) why does he always end up in the crazy stories? (11:00) “Joining the Club” off Vendée skippers who’ve finished under jury rig. (12:45) finding the intensely enjoyable moments in a tough race. (14:05) how to deal with an inbuilt hydraulic ram endcap unscrewing itself. (17:00) losing his entire ass as he lost 24 pounds, and the most effective diet in the world. (17:50) gory details of the dismasting and jury rig. (24:00) advice to young sailors about their future (29:00) Seeing the jury rig in daytime for the first time and sailmaking with scraps of mainsail. (32:05) that time Conrad t-boned a cargo ship. (34:05) Highest speed under jury rig, best average. (35:30) risk taking, his dad’s death falling from a rig. (37:00) guardian angels and a life touched by premature death. (38:30) how he gets through dark places in life. (40:05) falling off the boat and nearly dying…again. (45:00) that time Sam Goodchild fell off the boat and what Conrad learned from the rescue. (48:00) will he do the race again? Financial situation, sponsorship possibilities. (50:00) media value and what Conrad’s real competitive advantage lies (55:15) - why was Conrad the only one flying a drone? (56:00) the toughest sailor in the world (57:30) Why is the Vendée so hard? What percentage tougher is it that the Barcelona? (1:01)Ted Talk? Motivational speaking? Your company needs Conrad.
Sailing anarchy talks with foiling Americas cup winner Shannon Falcone about his adventurous few months with the sexy F4 one design racing foiler and shares his picks for the 2017 Americas Cup, and then we have an hour of wizardry from the king of Iceboat racing on racing in Siberia, raising kids on the ice, and more about the fastest sailing in the world.
A lifelong media professional spanning stints with ABC News, VH1, Mad Money Cramer, and countless more, Jonathan Blum a/k/a "The Digital Skeptic” talks to Mr. Clean about his upcoming book, how he got into writing newsletters for a yacht designer. the changing face of media, how it fits into the sailing industry, and plenty more in this much less sailing specific talk on location in Westchester, NY. For more about Jonathan, check out www.thedigitalskeptic.com and see his work at www.stephenswaring.com
In this double header, SA Podcast host Alan “Mr. Clean” Block first talks to freshly minted Director of the US Olympic Sailing Team Malcolm Page. The Australian double gold medalist and multiple world champion answers questions from Clean and the Anarchists, including a frank assessment of where the US team is, why he took the job, why the US team became also-rans for the past three cycles, and the route (and how long it’ll take) to rekindling America’s prowess in olympic sailing, as well as loads more questions. More than an hour from Malcolm with thanks to Will Ricketson and Josh Adams for their help with this podcast, learn more about him at www.ussailing.org <http://www.ussailing.org/>
The second part of our podcast has quite a bit more laughs when we are rejoined by two repeat visitors, also both world champions. Bora Gulari and Petey Crawford add their entertaining and knowledgeable voices to the SA Podcast, with the group discussing Bora’s new job helmsman of the Quantum Racing TP52 and his testing of both the new UFO Foiler in Newport and the new Nacra 17 Foiler in Holland. As a past Melges 32 world champ, petey gets into the new Melges 40 as the chat moves to the balkanization of big boat one-design classes. As the drinks kept flowing, they turned to the world’s biggest problems: Foil kiting and the Olympics, the future of live sailing on the web, how to fly commercial using fake ID, and finally some ribbing on Mr. Clean’s performance at the summer’s Sunfish Masters Nationals. Bring your popcorn for this one.
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The President and Class Manager of the fastest and most exciting Olympic sailing classes - the Nacra 17 (now foiler) and the 49er and 49er FX - sit down with us to talk Olympics, the move to the foiler, and innovation in format and coverage of sailboat racing. These guys have massive experience and a great track record, and if you are a dinghy sailor or have any interest in racing management or the future of racing of this kind, check it out.
In yachting, VPLP is synonymous with ‘ahead of their time’. The French naval architecture’s first-ever design was a foiling trimaran - and that was in the 1980s. The world has finally caught up to VPLP, and that’s why they’ve become the most dominant force in ultra-high performance monohull and multihull design, and we grabbed co-founder and principal Vincent Lauriot Prévost and NA Xavier Guilbaud for a chat on the edge of the Vendee Globe race village to learn more about what they do, their entries in the Vendee Globe, and the current state and future of racing and high-performance cruising yachts and multihulls.
GENERAL: Why the dominance lately? Relationship with Verdier. Division of labor cruising/racing/mono/multi.
VENDEE: Why did the IMOCA foilers break so spectacularly after launch/fault? Beyou’s big gamble and old boat rules vs. new boat restictions. What happens to old boats when they add foils? IMOCA preformance vs. late 90s ORMA. future dev: T-rudders, adjustable main foils. Who’s fastest of the new designs/Alex vs. other foilers? Calculations on garbage-collecting ability of new foils vs. old daggers. Alex vs. the world. Confidentiality agreements and design restrictions and how they effect designs. How many former Hugo Boss boats are in this fleet? Why did SMA build foils but not use them?
VOLVO: What’s the next VOR boat going to be? What should it be? Why won’t a joint IMOCA/VOR class work? What would the perfect VOR multihull look like? Is a VOR multi too dangerous?
ULTIME: Macif/Banque Pop/IDEC/etc, VPLP rivalry with Verdier (Gitana),
GUNBOAT: New vs. old, new owners’ track record, design choices for GB68, race vs. cruise version
FOILING CATS: 2WD vs 4WD (Flying Phantom/AC50 vs. Nacra 17/A-Cat), leeway talk.
Easily one of the most influential people in all of sailing over the past decade and a half, Mark Turner has done it all. A naval officer turned Mini racer, Turner jumped into the management side of yacht racing with Ellen Macarthur, and he’s never looked back. The creator of modern "Stadium Sailing” and innovator of sailing events in dozens of countries, Mark moves into the top spot in the world’s most widely followed ocean race at a tumultuous time, and he shared a full 1h40 with Mr. Clean at the Vendee Globe this past Friday.
The boys got into some of the most important issues touching sailing, and Turner’s characteristic bluntness is refreshing as hell. Want to know the deadline for the decision on the next Volvo Ocean Race boat, and the possible boat choices? It’s here. Or maybe you’re looking for info on the $1M refit of the existing VO65s or the new AIS rules and incentives to pull a flier? Click “PLAY”. Want to know exactly what’s wrong with ISAF and why Turner leaked an internal document a few weeks back? Listen. What about emerging nations, the loss of Abu Dhabi as a sponsor, and how the recent Omani and Chinese offshore tragedies have effected those new sailing countries? Give us an hour and forty. And like all conversations with Mark, if you want to understand more about the commercial end of event and sponsor management, this guy knows it ALL. Enjoy.
Urged on by a desire to see the sport of sailing run in an honorable, transparent way, businessman Kim Andersen believes he and his slate of international VPs can help repair sailing’s reputation after a damaging few years on the world stage. Andersen is currently the chairman of the Olympic Equipment Committee at World Sailing, and he believes the biggest impact he can have on the organization is on the governance process itself.
Get Kim’s take on Olympic and Sailing World Cup controversies over the past few years and find out how he will ensure they don’t happen again. Find out how the Olympic equipment decisions get made and learn what’s coming up in Tokyo 2020.
To find out more about the election and how you can make your voice heard, head to http://www.sailing.org/meetings/generalassembly/election_of_officers.php
Spurred on by sailors around the world to help save sailing from itself, the former 10-year president of ISAF has thrown his hat back into the ring to become President of World Sailing during the November election in Barcelona.
Paul and Clean go deep; from Henderson’s experience at the Munich Olympics to his quest to uncover what’s really been going on at ISAF for the past few years, the man is a natural storyteller and he deftly makes his case for where sailing has gone wrong and where it needs to go for the future.
To find out more about the election and how you can make your voice heard, head to http://www.sailing.org/meetings/generalassembly/election_of_officers.php
The world’s premier offshore race and the most spectated of all, The Volvo Ocean Race starts in just a year. But already, the discussion is getting real about where the Volvo goes after the second edition with the Farr-designed Volvo One-Design 65. We grabbed Mike Sanderson, winner of the 2005 VOR - the first edition with the then-terrifying VO70, and Nick Bice, the creator of the VOR Boatyard and the director of the VOR boats and maintenance program, to get their opinion on the state of the race and the options for the future. And these characters don’t disappoint - strong opinions and wacky ideas are here, as is good analysis of the situation. We also catch up with Mike and his now majority ownership and CEO position of Doyle New Zealand, hear about the record mini-maxi fleet in Sardinia, and hear his real opinion of North Sails.
Clean and Petey get deep into the United States Sailing Team’s attempt to regain its former glory in Rio De Janeiro with the help of 8th place Nacra 17 skipper Bora Gulari. Gulari just returned from Brazil, and we get into every aspect of the 5-ring circus. The pollution and media storm, the Olympic village, and tons about the performance of the team and Bora and his crew. Find out about his new Exocet Moth, foiling coming to the Olympics, and what other important titles he’ll be gunning for, and where Bora and the boys think the US program is headed for Tokyo 2020.
Mr. Clean takes on the Great Lakes in Episode 8! First an hour with Bayview-Mackinac record-setting navigator Ron White from the ORMA 60 ARETE talks about their Mack races, their plans for the fastest boat in the lakes, the likelhood of an ORMA/MOD trimaran freshwater series next year, and whether we’ll soon see fleets of day-racing cats battling for the overall honors in the Chi-Mac.
After that we’ve got two hours of hilarity on the shores of Harbor Springs, MI with Melges 32 World Champion and longtime Anarchy videographer Petey Crawford and Detroit racer Blay Schoenherr on a multitude of subjects; Gary Jobson navigating a 12-metre mowing down boats (including Petey) at the NYYC Round the Island race and then denying responsibility, the suicide of the nastiest bar owner in any sailing venue anywhere, the olympics, race reports from both sides aboard a sled, and much, much more.
Mr. Clean gets into this innovative and interesting race through one of the world’s most dramatic waterways! Clean talking to himself, and then a great long chat with the snarky, anarchic race founder and director Jake Beattie, then with odds-on favorite Randy Miller from Mad Dog Racing, and finally with Ryan Breymaier from Tritium Racing.
Mr. Clean goes to New York to race aboard the Open 60 HUGO BOSS in the in-port race before the start of the NY to Vendee Race. He used it as an opportunity to bring you up to date on the state of IMOCA racing and the future of the biggest single event in all of sailing: The Vendee Globe (which starts this fall in France). Clean riffs and raffs between interesting interviews with young Morgan Watson from Canadian Ocean Racing, Team SMA Media guy (and former Vestas OBR) Brian Carlin, Skipper Enda O’Coineen of Team Ireland and Alex Mills, Commercial Director for the IMOCA Ocean Masters series.
Hakan Svensson and Sam Usher are two leading lights in the sport of sailing. Usher is the founder of Redhanded TV, a UK-based media production company that's been pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the sport of sail racing. Svensson is the owner of Aston Harald, the umbrella organization responsible for building and selling the M32 Catamaran and the owner of the World Match Racing Tour sailed in said multihull.
We chatted for a couple hours one spring evening in a commentary container on the shores of Svena Mura Bay in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nearly two decades ago, Minnesota-born videographer Petey Crawford went from Hollywood to the harbor, bringing his videography and editing experience and a life of sailmaking and racing to bear in his work as a media pro.
Over the past decade and a half, Petey has paved the way for sailing's introduction to the modern media experience in virtually every class of ice, land, water, and flying boat. Whether producing, editing, commentating, shooting, starring, or just coming up with some of the crazy, hilarious, and often viral ideas that help form the modern narrative for yacht and dinghy racing, Petey is always on and his stories never end.
As Event Director of the largest sailing regatta in the Western Hemisphere, Charleston Race Week's Randy Draftz has become one of the 'go-to' people in sailing if you're looking for information on any aspect of running a sailboat event.
Learn the crazy chain of events that led Randy to this current role, including the rise and fall of Sailnet (in the 90s, ancient history!), the pros and cons of yacht clubs, and loads of stories about the 'good ol' days' of yacht racing from this likeable and hardworking icon of modern race administration.
Known as one of the fastest helmsman of his generation, professional skipper, navigator, and all-around racer Bora Gulari bested some of the world's top America's Cup and Olympic talent to take his two World Championships in the innovated and prestigious International Moth dinghy class.
He's been part of the Luna Rossa America's Cup team and has more silver than a werewolf hunter, and this summer he takes on his biggest challenge ever - Rio De Janeiro and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Just recently named as the US rep for the Nacra 17 Class, Bora was understandably a little timid, but we did the best we could to talk about the bleeding edge of high speed sailing and what he expects from Brazil.
New York Times Sailing Correspondent Chris Museler has spent his life on the water, and he taps into his passion for the sea and for sailing every day of his life. A champion match racer, college sailor, and now foiling mothie, Museler's articles in 'The Grey Lady", seen by millions around the world, do more to bridge the gap between the niche sport and the mainstream than almost anything else in the US sailing landscape.
Chris and Clean talk about everything sailing: Current events (racing and tourism in Cuba, America's Cup craziness, moth and cat racing, the Vendee Globe); origin stories, mentoring the next generation of sailing, and much, much more.