As part of our growing relationship with St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, I’m ‘guest blogging’ on their website. Here’s my first installation:
John Casey, who is a U.S. Multihull Champion, has fallen in love with St. Barts, too! I am pleased to present his first guest blog with hopes of more to come.
With St. Barthélemy’s rich sailing tradition, being discovered by Columbus in 1493 and used by French pirates to stash Spanish galleon spoils, the eight square mile island has remained a number one world sailing destination.
When I first arrived from Florida in 2009 to sail in the prestigious catamaran regatta, the CataCup, I was taken aback by how unique the island actually was compared to other Caribbean destinations. There was not a piece of trash anywhere. There was no McDonald’s or Subway. There were no people milling around with nothing to do. It felt like a productive island. We arrived at an open island villa built on the side of the mountain. It felt as if the structure itself admired the view as much as I did. At that exact time I thought, “This is a place for me!”
I had a chance to chat with Sail Revolution recently about the new Youth Americas Cup, and how our favorite sport has finally received some real attention. I’ve really been getting into coaching some fun, driven youngsters lately. The future of our sport is here!
Sail Revolution: Last week, at two world-spanning press conferences, one held in San Francisco, and one held 9 hours prior in Venice Italy, Red Bull announced that they will be partnering with the America’s Cup to bring youth onto the AC45 circuit. Youth teams, with members between the ages of 19 and 23, will get a chance to race one of several Red Bull AC45s alongside some of the best sailors in the world. The youth boats will add one sailor to the normal number crew for a total of 6 on board, and in a move toward nationality rules, each youth team will be required to hold a passport in the country that they represent. There’s a ton of speculation on how the U.S. will be formed, and as soon as we hear definitive word, we’ll be sure to let you know. As of now, one hopeful team has come forward, and surely more will follow. Read Onwards…..
If you haven’t read it yet, here is my take on the Alter Cup on Sailing Anarchy:
Two-time Alter Cup champ John Casey checks in after getting beaten down at this year’s light-air edition at ABYC. Keep an eye on John’s website for always-great multihull stories, and thanks to Magic Marine for supporting John’s excellent work for SA.
The 2011 U.S. Multihull Championship for the Alter Cup Trophy was sailed last week from Wednesday through Saturday in Long Beach, CA. The round robin series was hosted by the very well-organized Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Over three quarters of the championship series was plagued by what’s known locally as ‘June Gloom,’ where the marine layer keeps a lid on the awesome thermal breeze that Alamitos Bay is known for. For most of the first three days, the breeze settled in at 5-7 knots from the Southwest. The lightweights in the fleet loved it. We didn’t…..More here. You have to scroll down the front page because it ran at the top last week.
BUT THAT’S OLD NEWS NOW! I have just enough time to write this before hopping on the plane to do commentary for Sailing Anarchy on the Extreme Sailing Series in Boston. Boston on the 4th of July, hell yeah! That’s where it all began here in the U.S. and it’ll be my first time in the old country during this time to feel the heritage. You can watch us live on the On The Water Anarchy Justin.tv site. You can check the racing schedule here, and we will be live the whole time, with follow up stories on SA and the famous Cocktail Hour every day after racing on Justin.tv.
Check out Sail Racing Magazine for my latest iteration…..the A-Class this time. Best of all, this issue is entirely, completely free! Click right here for the link. Enjoy….
They took some killer shots of Dalton and I at the Buzzelli Multihull Rendevous in Sarasota about a month ago. One of them made it to the cover of the December issue of Southwinds Magazine. Click on the above pic to read the Mag.