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Speed Freaks – A Partial Antidote

Hydroptere-Worlds-fastest-Sailboat-1-640x426With the 34th America’s Cup now concluded, sailors with the need for speed can be expected to go into depression. As a partial antidote we offer a series of videos available online. OK, not the real thing, but certainly better than watching Sunday football.

  • Ultimate freaks will cotton to the Vestes Sail Rocket. Paul Larsen and crew have been chasing this holy grail for years. Watch this video to witness an unbelievable record.
  • Banque Populaire: here
  • Our favorite monomaran, the 78-foot ketch Beowulf, is shown strutting her stuff in this video crossing the South Pacific, with just Linda and Steve aboard as crew.
  • If this short caught your fancy, a much longer compilation is here.
  • Here is a fascinating look at the technical details of the most modern of sailing vehicles, C-Class catamarans. If you wonder how they do  it on the stunning AC 72s, some secrets will be found here.
  • Windsurfing world champion Jason Polakow has been on a search for the biggest, most gnarly waves until he found JAWS – which has shaped his life and become his sole obsession for the past 20 years. Watch here.
  • Volvo Ocean Race-Spanish Castle to White Night 2hrs35 minutes,  2008-09:  Open 70s

We admit to being speed freaks. Fast is fun, typically more comfortable, and in the right boat, is safer offshore.

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The photo above was taken during the Yachting One of a Kind Regatta in April 1974, Newport Beach, California, during which, we re-learned some difficult but nonetheless important life lessons. For a detailed account of that experience, see the accompanying article which appeared in Sports Illustrated.


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 8, 2013)




4 Responses to “Speed Freaks – A Partial Antidote”

  1. mark heeley Says:
    For a full antidote it would be hard to ignore the extraordinary foiling Moth.Few believe that AC34 would have seen any foiling without these critters blazing the trail.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    You are 100% right, Mark: The foiling Moth is a wonder to behold, albeit reputed to the most difficult of vehicles to employ correctly. Our hat is off to anyone who can stay upright. A close second would be the 49ers.

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  2. Mike Parker Says:
    The Sports Illustrated article brought back fond memories of reading about the One Design regatta long before I met you. Stories about the cats were always interesting. Paul Tara who was the co-winner in his 505 was a friend and formidable competitor in Northern California.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    No fond memories here Mike, but a hard learned lesson about being too certain about things. We dropped out of a race we could have finished (first on elapsed time) because of a samll glitch which cost us our throw out race. I wanted to get back to the dock to re rig the mainsail outhaul – and forgot the old dictum about finishing every race! So when re really needed the throwout… 40 years later that stupidity still irritates!

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