Category Archives: Smack’s Writing

SailGP Anarchy

Mercy me – I walked into yet another hornet’s nest in yet another sailing forum! And this one has been a doozy!

Last month, I stumbled across the inaugural season of SailGP, a brand-spanking-new and just stupidly exciting global grand prix sailing series. It’s an elite annual series, much like NFL or F1, that grew out of the brilliant ACWS from when BMW-Oracle (Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts) held the reigns during AC34-35 . Those guys clearly knew what they were doing – and saw the incredible value they’d created. So, they blew off the AC and built SailGP. And this thing is mind-blowing!

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Cheap Bluewater Boats!!!

…DO NOT EXIST. SO STOP WITH THE STUPID TERMINOLOGY!!!

I’m copying this post I put up on my BFSails Facebook page because I’m hoping that the next batch of sailboat-buying newbies will find this via Google and avoid getting suckered into 40-year-old “bluewater boats” that will cost you WAY MORE than you think and provide you WAY LESS than you need for long-term cruising….

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CE Category A Production Boats ARE Blue Water Boats

For some reason, the mods at Sailnet felt that my groundbreaking “Production Boats and the Limits” thread, which has almost 500K views, was getting a bit “unwieldy”. I have no idea what that means, and I think that it’s a very lame and CruisersForum-y thing to do. Hell, CF didn’t even close my “Production Boats Fit For Blue Water” thread – on CF! It too (as most of my forum threads tend to be) is easily one of the most viewed on CF. But whatever.

Knowing that most real sailors will be worried that they will never be able to get definitive advice on this subject now that my SN thread is closed, let me just put this final nail in the coffin of the Blue Water Chuckleheads Creed in so many threads on so many forums…

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