Volvo Ocean Race: This is going to sting:
(December 13, 2017; Leg 3, Day 4) – The good news with modern weather forecasting is how there are few surprises, but the seven Volvo Ocean Race teams may have tolerated a de-tuned graphic for the Southern Ocean depression that has been haunting them from the start.
There is little doubt the crews won’t forget its impact.
While the girth of the storm provides no exit plan, British skipper Dee Caffari opted to take her young Turn the Tide on Plastic crew furthest to the north in the hope of dodging the worst of the system’s howling winds and forecast for enormous seas.
While the tracks of the other six teams are within a 40 nm range, Caffari is 150 nm to the north. A…
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A Lasting Legacy for American Sailing:
The New York Yacht Club challenge for the 36th America’s Cup, represented by Bella Mente Quantum Racing (BMQR), has formed a talent development partnership with Oakcliff Sailing (Oyster Bay, NY) to supply the team with skilled talent to fill a variety of roles on the team, on and off the water.
This agreement is the campaign’s first step toward making good on its founding promise to establish an enduring legacy for American sailing. For American sailors thirsting for a career in professional sailing, this alliance provides a pathway to the top level of the sport.
“There are many talented sailors in the United States,” says Terry Hutchinson, Executive Director and Sailing Tea…
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The RC Hobby has always been dominated by hard-core enthusiasts that have been in the hobby for one reason, and one reason only – to build the fastest RCs and to win trophies on race day.
However, a new subculture of RC hobbyists is rapidly emerging – the RC Car Bashers. RC Car Bashers are not in the hobby just for racing. Their enthusiasm for the hobby goes beyond just racing and competing for trophies.
Some really just enjoy building, tuning, and tweaking their RC’s to make them the fastest, or the best looking, or the most unique out there. Many have local friends in the hobby, and go RC bashing at a local park, parking lot, street or even their own back-yards.
Building jumps and jumping their RCs over things is a favorite of RC Car Bashers.
In fact, the typical RC Car Basher spends more time fixing broken parts on their RC’s than anything else, because their RC fun goes far beyond the safety of an RC dirt track.
Unlike most racers who take meticulous care of their RCs, most Bashers are quite the opposite – always looking for the next extreme thing to do with their little speed rockets. Breaking a part on their RCs while out having fun is almost a given, which is why Hobby Stores love them. They’re always coming in for more stuff.
Many RC companies have realized the existence of this RC Car Basher subculture for quite some time now and have been learning how to cater to the “Basher”, and not just the “Racer”. In fact, it is actually the “Bashers” that predominantly fund the majority of the growth in the industry, as the sheer number of them compared to RC Car Racers is staggering.
Many Hobby Store owners will tell you that racers come in and purchase one kit, and then drive it forever, coming in only to purchase more fuel or the odd upgrade. Bashers, however, are always looking to purchase the next new kit as they get tired of their old ones or have gotten bored of fixing them.
As the hobby continues to grow, more and more companies are targeting Bashers and releasing Ready-to-Run (RTR) kits which come pre-assembled and are ready to be taken out of the box and bashed at the local park.
As the industry evolves, RC Car Bashers are going to become more and more prominent in the hobby as RC manufacturers and Hobby Shop owners are realizing that there is a lot more to the hobby than just competing for trophies.
Paul Piotrowski is the owner of RCCarBasher.com – a website focused on having fun with Electric and Nitro RC Cars, Trucks, Buggies, Truggies and anything else that can be bashed for fun. We’re tired of RC Car Racers getting all the attention – so we created a place on the web just for RC Car Bashers. Visit our site today and sign up for our Free Newsletter full of RC Car Bashing news, tips, reviews and contest giveaways: http://www.RCCarBasher.com .