Alan Block sits down in Bermuda with the legendary Aussie catamaran sailor for a half hour of fascinating subjects the day after his Kiwi team closed the Larry Ellison chapter of the America’s Cup. Subjects: How his time as a kid, watching the C-Class cats on the beach near Melbourne, led to his current job. Wing development boss Steve Collie’s work and their different design philosophy for wing handling. “You can’t fly a plane with a piece of rope”.
Why no one else copied their wing system, and how many secrets are they still guarding?
How their wing trim and foil loading gave them stability without penalty, and enabled their slick maneuvers.
Once and for all, were they sandbagging in the earlier rounds? “We kept our good fruit for the end”
How did they balance the need to push and develop the boat with the fact that any breakage in Auckland might mean an end to their campaign? “27 hours before the first race of the America’s cup was the first time we had all of our good componentry on the boat”.
What was the actual speed difference between oracle and ETNZ?
To what does Glenn attribute Pete’s 7-1 advantage over Jimmy in the starting box?
What maneuvers could they do that no one else could?
In what conditions does the jib hurt boat speed, and why didn’t they go bareheaded in their racing?
Will wing sailed boats in the future need jibs?
Why did Glenn and so many sailors take less money than other offers in order to stay on ETNZ?
Just how close did ETNZ come to shutting their doors and walking away from competition?
Will Glenn return with ETNZ for the next America’s Cup?
If Glenn was given a free hand to pick any boat for the next America’s Cup, what would it look like?
Did ACEA/Oracle’s shenanigans provide additional motivation for ETNZ to fight their hearts out?
Next for Lenny: Moths? A-Cat Worlds? Vacation?
You’ve read or heard the rest of the world’s thoughts on the subject, but now’s the time for the best of them; It’s the Sailing Anarchy Podcast 35th America’s Cup Preview and Form Guide! First, we get Clean’s thoughts on the subjects, before he hooks up with former Luna Rossa helmsman, Olympic Nacra sailor, and double Moth World Champion Bora Gulari for his analysis and picks. Who’s quickest, who’s sneakiest, whose foils look the best, and whether ETNZ needs to worry about being sunk by one of the ‘Framework Five.”
Then we hook up with Match Race World Champ, US-One crew (WMRT, M32, GC32) and former BMW Oracle crew Hayden Goodrick for a more culture-based look at the teams; who is most likely to melt down, what are the unexpected obstacles they’ll face, who has the best team culture for adapting and winning, and what secret weapons are we likely to see.
You only need one source to show the world you know everything about the 35th America’s Cup: This podcast!
On the 21st episode of the Sailing Anarchy Podcast, we go straight to the source for an analysis of the new direction announced last week by the Volvo Ocean Race. First, Clean updates us on the Podcast's status, tells us his story of hunting and killing a 300 pound alligator in Charleston, and gives us his view on the new Volvo plans. Then VOR big boss Mark Turner explains the reasons for their decision to use foiling monohulls for the offshore legs and foiling multihulls for the inshore legs of the two or three races following the next one. Listen for Turner's views on what other options they considered, what the new 60 footer will look like and how it is expected to perform, how the new lease model will effect the organization, and why teams have had such difficulty finding major sponsors. The discussion moves to the timetable for full flying boats to take over the race and safety considerations between mono and multihulls, and finally what kind of events would make up the more permanent annual racing schedule for VOR teams.
Next we spoke to Nick Bice, Director of Operations and founder of the Boatyard, about more technical matters: How, exactly, a new-rules VO60 can be converted to an IMOCA-legal Open 60, what kinds of differences does a Volvo require compared to a singlehanded boat, and a whole lot on foil control systems and logistics for a two-fleet race owned entirely by Volvo. Clean and Bicey got deep into the subject of the continually shrinking crew component and the impact of this shrinking pool to ocean racing and the sport in general, and plenty more.
Finally, we spoke to pro trimmer and former VO70 crew (ABN AMRO2, 2005) and medical officer George Peet on the anniversary of his crewmate Hans Horrovets' death about a race that remains very close to his heart. GP and Clean got deeper into crewing issues with a general discussion of the state of professional offshore racing as well as the usual pull-no-punches analysis of the new classes with a guy who always tells the truth. As a bonus, we got Bear - one of the nation's top Moth racers - to give us his America's Cup picks...
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