Showdown set at J/22 Worlds

Corpus Christi, TX (July 22, 2021) – On the penultimate day of the J/22 World Championship, the discard race came into play but didn’t knock Jeff Progelhof’s Schitzen Giggles from the top of the leaderboard. With crew Paul Foerster and Rod Favela, Progelhof added finishes of 2,4,9, but able to toss the 9, maintained first place at 15 points over seven races (two more planned for the Championship). Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger is keeping well within reach at 18 points in the runner-up position, and Mike Marshall’s Pressure Drop held onto third with 24 points. – Full report

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ETNZ May Abandon New Zealand

If an AC75 capsizes in a race and nobody cares, is it still the America’s Cup?

Remember when the Kiwis were the young, underfunded upstarts of the America’s Cup world, with right on their side as they took on the Big Bad Americans? Remember the withering criticism leveled at Larry Ellison when, in the wake of “The Comeback” on San Francisco Bay, arguably the most exciting Cup regatta ever, he staged his 2017 defense in Bermuda?

Well, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

This past June, at the end of a three-month period during which the city of Auckland had exclusive rights to try and convince Emirates Team New Zealand to stage its 37th Cup defense on the same waters where it successfully defended this past March, ETNZ announced it would begin shopping out the privilege to the highest bidder.

Apparently, the NZ$99 million the Kiwi government was willing to pony up (this in addition to the millions it made in payments and infrastructure improvements in the runup to the 36th Cup) wasn’t enough. According to reports in the Auckland-based New Zealand Herald, ETNZ CEO Grant Dalton wanted twice that.

But don’t worry Kiwi fans. He still loves and respects you. “No matter where in the world we are, we will always be Team New Zealand,” Dalton said in a four-paragraph press release.

Grant Dalton (at right): No worries, mate. We will always be Team New Zealand…

At press time, ETNZ was presumably shopping the venue rights to such locales as Valencia, Spain (site of the infamous “Deed of Gift” regatta of between Swiss-flagged Alinghi and BMW Oracle in 2010); Cork, Ireland; the Middle East (of course!); and Cowes, England, with a venue announcement expected sometime in September…

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Alberg South Coast 23′

I am considering adding this 1960’s little classic to my list of boats but know very little about them, in fact; I never heard of the South Coast models until this little charmer popped up on my radar.That being said, I am a little nervous about the lack of support and knowledge out there (and I would imagine parts and fixtures as well). Given the boat’s lack of popularity and low manufacturing numbers, there don’t seem to be many owners out there and the owner’s association link is now…

Alberg South Coast 23′

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