The Yacht Club is All New Again…

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What happens at this point? Who nose dives under? The guys on this end have to hang on the the boat and suddenly they’re 60 feet up in the air hanging on and dangling. They’re moving so fast and jockeying for position at the same time.

Sailing is a whole new world. I saw the Oracle AC72 for America’s Cup, almost overnight they just left behind the traditional yacht club approach. The boats are so different, they’re twice as fast in three years. WHAT? It was the fastest boat in the history of the event! There are people that are saying “pay attention because these boats can’t last.” They cost too much to make and there are fatalities and crashes. Spectacular crashes… Their wingsail is 223 ft tall– the tallest one ever built.

The America’s Cup has always been about showcasing cutting-edge design. The AC72s don’t even sail on a hull. It sits on the thing Laird Hamilton surfs, a hydrofoil. The hull doesn’t touch the water when it’s moving along. Once it gets going, the horizontal surfaces on the sailboat begin to loft and all that’s in the water are these hydrofoils. They’re like skegs on a surfboard.

There’s no drag in the water that’s why they sail faster than the wind making the sport exceedingly unstable and dangerous. You have to see these boats racing. Suddenly you go from 11 mph to 50+ mph and the whole sailboat is up out of the water. These boats change everything, it’s an unbelievable controversy. For the first time in sailing, someone was killed. Andrew “Bart” Simpson was pinned underneath the 72 foot boat for 10 minutes.

Everything changed in the last 3 years. Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, reshaped the entire sport of sailing. If you wanna compete, you have to compete like this now…

33 Comments

  1. Peter Tsiolis  —  September 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    DLR the most interesting man in the world. I know I’m not the first to say this, but I am the latest

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    • Mark P  —  September 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Yep. MIMITW…. Here in UK just listened to him guest on an old Joe Rogan podcast and had that exact thought.

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      • Katie Roth  —  October 12, 2016 at 11:22 am

        JOE ROGAN? SHOULD HAVE KNOWN WHERE THIS WAS GOING!!!

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  2. randy scope  —  September 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    completely unrelated, but i would pay $9.99 on i-tunes for the DLR isolated vox track from “On Fire”.

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  3. Ben  —  September 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    How bought a blog on wrestling or what music is in your personal collection ! ?

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  4. Fud  —  September 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Once again, Dave brings yet another chunk of awesome to my attention. Gracias, mi amigo.

    Now…where can I steal a boat…

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    • Maggie  —  September 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

      He did a show with his Hawaiian Buddy about Sumo!

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  5. Expanded Consciousness  —  September 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Sail away with someone’s daughter…

    Greetings, Diamond Dave!

    Expanded Consciousness

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    • TheMightyVanHalen  —  September 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      EC up in it!

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      • Expanded Consciousness  —  September 9, 2016 at 11:59 pm

        Ha! I was hoping I would see someone familiar in here. How’z everything, Mighty VH ?

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  6. Deanna  —  September 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Good morning, David. Cool boats. Nothing like being on the water. My ex-bf & I, and the majority of the time, our three kids, I have two, he has one, spent many summers in a boat on the lakes in & around the cities where we lived in Tennessee. There’s one particular lake we favored the most… Dale Hollow Lake in Celina, Tn. The water is as clear as the ocean. At least it was back then. I think it still is. There was an island we would always camp on. No electricity. No showers. Roughing it is the best way to camp, wouldn’t you agree? I think you do. Those were probably the best times of my life. Lots of great memories for our children too. Anyway… The boat we had would run about 55 miles an hour so I know the feeling you get from that. Ain’t nothing like it. Really miss those days! Are you considering buying one of those sailboats? Is that even an option or are they strictly for competitions? It would be pretty awesome to own one! And if you’re ever in need of a sailing companion, I’m available… I am free, I am. 🙂

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  7. Deanna  —  September 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    FYI: The time stamps are incorrect on the comments. In case you care. Peace.

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  8. Danny  —  September 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I’ll wait for the VR version.

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  9. Shayna Punim  —  September 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Hydrofoils are famously the most dangerous item on the water – it’s even written about as such in a children’s book! Pretty incredible skill and aerobic capacity of the sailors – look at them go! Let’s hope no more are killed.

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  10. Dynamo Danny Russell  —  September 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Dave come on down to Marina del Rey and buy a sailboat already. I have artisanal whiskey waiting for you at the Del Rey Yacht Club. Rock on & Stay Frosty!!!

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  11. Stephanie  —  September 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Ich habe gerade gelesen, dass einer der Sportler ertrunken und ums Leben gekommen ist 🙁 . Ist es Sport wirklich wert, sein Leben zu verlieren 🙁 ?! Immer diese scheiss Raserei ! ( Schon seltsam, denn gerade darüber hatte ich geschrieben… ! Es heisst : “Wer sich in Gefahr bringt, kommt darin um.”)

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    • Stephanie  —  September 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Better a slow Prophete as a fast Oracle.
      I rather would like it to see DLR with his dogs again <3 !

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  12. Nick  —  September 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    DLR epitomizes Diver Down. You have to look below the surface to see the depth.

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  13. Gina Burlingham  —  September 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Necessity IS the mother of invention after all.!!! Everything the Devil dreamed up but God created is exactly what YOU need !!! Although your duties here may be largely ceremonial there is a certain matter of a gate oh key . . lol.

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  14. Inés  —  September 10, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Where are you my darling? I can´t see you… hope not on one of these boats, it seems really dangerous. It´s a very appealing spectacle to watch.

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  15. Dena Diamond  —  September 10, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Light weight Kats. You gotta shift your weight with your sail. It’s an incredible balance to master on the water with the wind. You gotta have the right crew and you all have to be in sync (no pun intended) In fact Oracle will be in Bermuda for 35th Cup June of next year. Coconut Grove! SFYC is a beautiful yacht club. It does have a New England style and feel to it. Much like my yacht club SBYC (South Boston Yacht Club) Either you’re gran-fathered in or you wait forever to get a slip or even a damn mooring. Sometimes even have to be voted in by the yacht clubs commandant. But out of all the ports of a yacht clubs I’ve tied up to, they will never carry the stigma of a fisherman like Capt. Quint of the Orca out of Marthas Vineyard. Guess we’ll need a bigger boat! But In this case, Christopher Cross said it best. Cheers Honey.

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  16. Todd P  —  September 10, 2016 at 5:02 am

    For a lil Somewhere in Time action go check out the Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race – the longest fresh water race in the world with a heck of a party at the end on an island somewhere back in time. Those catamaran things are nuts…reminds me of the rooster tail drags up the Detroit River in the 70’s.

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  17. Tbona  —  September 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Awesome Dave! The brakes is gone! We’s Freewheelin’!

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  18. Jon  —  September 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    …thanks for joining the fun 🙂 34th AC live on a sailboat watching these awesome craft up-close rounding a mark and immediately stepping up on hydrofoils is bbeeaauuttiiffuulllll!

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  20. Gina  —  September 10, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    These boats are like racehorses. Nervous and not easy to handle. And like almost everywhere, the risks are downplayed for gold and money.

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  21. Mariette  —  September 11, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Racers on edge, looking down, and nearly lost a lot of friends there baby. Got no time to mess around!
    Thrilling. But not as BPM worthy as being front and center at the Garden?
    None of those yacht racers can rock the spandex like you Dave (Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love)!

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  22. Kaori  —  September 11, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Konnichiwa David san. Hajimemashite, Ogenki desuka?
    It can’t be any happier if you are reading my message now.
    I am a girl living in Japan. I enjoy your Roth show. I see some of them were filmed in here in Japan. *.
    I actually am looking for you while i walk on the street in Shibuya or Roppongi..Hehe
    Inazuma de Noumisoga Yakeruuuu!! 😀 Daisukidesu.

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  23. Elaine Kay  —  September 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    OK Mr. Smartest Man on Earth…

    Wouldn’t you like to talk to the Smartest Woman on Earth??

    I believe you have the phone number…

    NVNG

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  26. Jeff C  —  October 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

    DAAAAYUM!!! Looks like the Red Bull Air racer and various Motorsports aren’t the only ones who are inherently dangerous. I guess the days of dressing like Thurston Howell, cranking up the Christopher Cross, and breaking out the champagne are OVAH!

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  27. Katie Roth  —  October 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    What are you doing??? You read my post which I deleted soon after about when I did bookkeeping for the 4 companies, 6th. St. Yacht Club being one!!!! Dang it, I’m gonna kick your ass!!!!

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