SAILGP “WINNING CALLS”: FRA

If you’ve not signed up for and watched the “Winning Calls” webcast series from SailGP – you’re an idiot.

These sessions are providing some of the best, most educational inside info you can possibly get from those at the pinnacle of the sport racing the fastest boats on the planet.

The point of the series is to highlight how the groundbreaking open-source data model combines with the sailing talent across all the teams to drastically accelerate the evolution of top-tier sailing.

So this round had Olivier Ligné talking with Billy Besson and David Rey – focusing on the insane Cowes race in Season 1, where the boys found their first podium.

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SAILGP “WINNING CALLS”: USA

If you’ve not signed up for and watched the “Winning Calls” webcast series from SailGP – you’re an idiot.

These sessions are providing some of the best, most educational inside info you can possibly get from those at the pinnacle of the sport racing the fastest boats on the planet.

The point of the series is to highlight how the groundbreaking open-source data model combines with the sailing talent across all the teams to drastically accelerate the evolution of top-tier sailing.

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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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