WIPING THE FLOOR WITH MR. CLEAN

Well, I’ve been on SA now for 12 years. Remember, it’s the most “rough and tumble” sailing forum around…making forums like SN and CF look like knitting circles.

Its history is the typical “in-your-face, speak truth to power, call-out-the-BS, burn-down-the-hypocrisy, never-back-down, smacktalk-everyone” approach that sailors have long been known for. Its slogan is the seemingly anti-establishment “Where The Status Quo Blows”. On its surface, it appears to be the ultimate “Fight Club For Sailors”. So it fits my posting “personality” pretty well.

Now, the longtime face of this club has been one “Mr. Clean”, seen here at the entrance:

Heh,

Personally, I’ve never had much respect for the dude – “hobbylistically” speaking that is. I obviously don’t know him personally (and don’t care to) – so can’t speak to that. He may be a great guy. But his work and approach on Sailing Anarchy was always excruciatingly crude, pedestrian, and needlessly loud. He single-handedly managed to lower the bar of even “Gonzo Journalism” itself. And that’s saying something,

But more to the point, he was rarely right in his analysis or predictions of what was going on in sailing. He therefore never really drew much of an audience. He was just kind of a hanger-on. (And BTW – I said this directly to him when he was trolling me in my SailGP thread.)

On the other hand…

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NZ TALENT GOING WHERE THE PINNACLE OF SAILING REALLY IS

Well SailGP certainly has stirred the pot with this release today…

SAILGP ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF NEW ZEALAND TEAM, LED BY OLYMPIC AND AMERICA’S CUP CHAMPIONS PETER BURLING AND BLAIR TUKE

What a coup for Russell! And what a smart move for Peter and Blair.

I actually predicted last year that NZ would come on. SailGP is just too attractive for top-talent to ignore. It truly has become the F1 of sailing….just as it always aspired to be.

You can’t really blame these fellas for jumping ship. AC36 has turned into a complete dumpster fire under ETNZ.

The most tantalizing tidbit will be who comes along to sponsor Team NZL. That will be fun to watch.

I mean, seriously, not even I, the master of pot-stirring, can keep up with Russell. Well-done my good man. Well-done.

Stay tuned. It’s about to get fun!

“MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY.” IT’S ON YOU. NO REALLY.

Usually I’m a pretty laid back “live and let live” kinda guy (when I’m not being an annoying goofball on sailing forums). And I am rabidly a-political. I really don’t care. Not at all.

But, as a sailor, I came across a video that I just cannot comprehend…

Several years ago I wrote an article for Cruising World Magazine on AMVER rescues at sea (it’s here on my blog too). For that story, I interviewed senior SAR folks in the United States Coast Guard – as well several Captains of commercial vessels that participate in the global AMVER program…and even a survivor who was rescued in this way.

The bottom line is this – you call, they’ll be there. Period. Full stop.

But then you have people like this guy:

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