September 7th marked the beginning of the battle for the 2013 America's Cup
between defending Oracle Team USA and challenging Emirates Team New Zealand. As the winners of the last cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club decided that this year's Cup match would take place in a new class of boat, the AC72
wing sail catamaran. Almost as much airplane as sailboat, these extraordinary craft are designed to lift out of the water
, allowing them to sail faster than the wind
and reach astonishing speeds of up to 50 knots. It was hailed as the pinnacle of the sport until a May 2013 capsize and death of Swedish crew member Andrew Simpson had some calling it the world's most dangerous sailboat
. [more inside]
posted by annekate
on Sep 22, 2013 -
If you're like me, you're in the market to buy yourself an island-sized boat, but you're not satisfied with the world's current inventory of formulaic, fuel-guzzling, cruise-ship-like mega-yachts.
You might want to consider picking up a WHY 58x38,
which offers 36,000 square feet of living space, a 120-foot "beach," three decks, and an 80-foot interior pool, topped by a vast solar panel array. It won't break your budget -- at a mere $151 million, it doesn't even crack the top four most expensive
yachts in the world! [more inside]
posted by brain_drain
on Nov 13, 2009 -
The Ugliest Yacht in the World?
"Frankly, Sigma is a bit scary. With its razor-sharp hull and Northrup Grumman aesthetics, Sigma looks more like a cruiser for Darth Vader’s navy." Contenders include Asean Lady
, "an office tower plunked down on an outrigger canoe", and Wallypower 118
, "with all the elegance and charm of a WWII torpedo".
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 23, 2008 -
—"We're not going to stand idly by while you stab the American airwaves in the balls with your shit music."
—"My musicians power their hits with their blood and their broken dreams."
posted by oldleada
on Dec 9, 2005 -
name our yacht
On a sunny afternoon in June of 2002 Peter James Zielinski and Brett Presson, on an eternal quest to live the lives of rock stars, acquired a contest about acquiring a brand new yacht. As such, they were left with the daunting task of giving a name to said yacht. After much debate, they ultimately came up with the perfect name for said yacht but consequently, they forgot the name of said yacht shortly after said yacht was acquired in a contest about acquiring said yacht. Thus, they'll need your help.
posted by bwg
on Jun 15, 2002 -