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Criminal Sailors

A Seattle owner of a company that conducts sailboat sightseeing tours of the Seattle waterfront has been sentenced to nine months in prison for fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 67-year-old Paul D. LaMarche, owner of Emerald City Charters, was also ordered to pay about $330,000 in fines and restitution after admitting he collected disability payments while working as a sailboat captain.

LaMarche began collecting disability checks in the early 1990s after suffering a back injury and saying he could no longer work as a train conductor for BNSF. As recently as 2015, he reported that he was unable to lift heavy items and suffered debilitating headaches daily.

In reality, he continued to operate the sailboat company he had owned since 1984 and told the Coast Guard he had no physical limitations.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle notes LaMarche appeared in promotional videos sailing one of the company’s two big, ocean-going vessels. He also appeared in a television feature doing yoga on a stand-up paddleboard.

Thanks to komo news.

 

October 2nd, 2018

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If you judge a book by it’s cover you’d think the RS21 is a typical sport boat. Dig a little deeper, take it sailing, and you’ll understand. Our friends at West Coast Sailing sure do!

This is a sportboat that is an exciting yet well balanced design that everyone will enjoy. Of course a broader audience means more participation in our sport, RS Sailing’s number one goal behind all their designs.

The RS21 will allow all levels of sailors to participate from leaning to sail daysailor, to a club owned racing fleet, or a strict one design racing fleet. This design allows all of that an obtainable and affordable entry point making it an ideal boat for sailors or programs looking for the boat they’ve always been looking for!

Another important design element is that the RS21 was also built with a “Eco-Construction”, a goal to minimize the carbon footprint with a core material made of 100% recyclable materials, green production, a built in Torqeedo engine, and six can fit in a shipping container!

The RS21 will be launched at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD October 4th-8th. There will be a boat on land at the Zim Sailing Booth Land Space 5 and one sailing!

Can’t make Annapolis? Don’t sweat, this boat is popping up all over the World. Come sailing with us, visit here to schedule a demo near you.

Of course it’s also fall, take advantage of the RS Sailing North American Fall Special on the RS21 and their many other models from the World’s Largest small boat manufacturer.

 

 

October 2nd, 2018

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Almost a year after we devoted a pile of text on the subject (“The Best Sailing Movie Ever“), we are pumped to learn this badass sailing documentary about American adventurer and around-the-world solo sailor, Mike Plant, received a momentous deal with a big time distributor and will be available in your living room on a bunch of platforms — iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, Amazon and more.

COYOTE: The Mike Plant Story made some waves at film festivals around the world this year, including a Euro stop in Spain and a few awards to boot. It’s not often we see an authentic sailing film hit the screen and when we had a chance to watch it we were blown away. This thing is real and focuses on an American pioneer in the sport that came out of nowhere to put the stars and stripes on the map in around-the-world sailing… not to mention how it highlights Plant’s checkered past — The New York Times compared him to James Dean when he popped on to the scene for good reason (read: cocaine trade in South America and Interpol arrest warrant in Greece).

These stories do not come around often and director, Thomas Simmons (Plant’s nephew and first time filmmaker), pulled no punches, and highlights Plant’s prowess on the world’s oceans in an authentic and passionate manner. Definitely speaks to the sailor in all of us and transcends the sport to the dreamer and adventurer abound. You should definitely check it out. Sweet trailer here too.  Support this film on Facebook.

Tried to work this song title in, but it didn’t really work.- ed

 

October 2nd, 2018

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All the big boats stayed in at Saint Tropez yesterday, but that didn’t stop this dude. We bet he didn’t try to go upwind! Photo from friend Juerg Kaufmann. Follow him on Instagram.

 

October 2nd, 2018

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Not Sailing

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s navy reported that it had destroyed two remote-controlled, explosives-filled vessels that were targeting the port of Jizan (Jazan).

According to Saudi coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki, the Saudi Navy detected the boats approaching in series, one at 0450 hours and one at 0505 on Sunday morning. They were under remote control and were rigged with explosives, he reported. Saudi forces intercepted and destroyed the vessels.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will strike with an iron fist all those who get involved with acts of terrorism, which threaten the safety of Saudi nationals, residents, economy and critical capabilities,” Al-Maliki said. “Those hostile acts will not go by without holding the ones executing, plotting and planning them accountable for their actions.”

The port of Jizan is located on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, just north of the Yemeni border. Houthi forces control much of the coastline to the south, including the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, and have used their territory to launch multiple attacks on Saudi vessels and installations.  Read on.

 

October 2nd, 2018

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Appears to be a mold, and yes, from a sailboat, but what is the process that we see here? And who do you think is doing it? Thread here.

 

October 1st, 2018

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Big Pimpin’

How can we get an edge with our instruments? That’s where we started from with the d10.

Our list looked something like this:

• More confident starting from a better performing distance to line
• Quickly identify wind shifts with a well stabilised 9DoF magnetic compass
• Reduced lag and increased reliability from a wired speed sensor
• A display with large bright numbers allows me and my crew to see what’s going on at a glance and from any angle

• A reliable device that doesn’t die with the battery

OK for a starting point. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to :

• Heel angle for better downwind angles
• View tidal effects using Depth, boat speed and SOG comparison
• Upload fixed navigation marks
• Automatically calculate and view lay line angles
• Control the unit using an APP on your smartphone and view real-time telemetry from a coach boat
• Connect and use an APP on smartphones, tablets and laptops
• View and compare your performance using the racegeek analytics platform.

Now you’re talking.

In our first season, the results are plain to see and worth the effort with the racegeek d10 on the leading boats – #racegeekOnBoard

· 1st and 2nd at the J/70 Worlds

· UK J/70 National Champions

· Swiss J/70 National Champions

· SB20 Corinthian European Champions (2nd overall)

· Russian SB20 National Champions

· Ukrainian SB20 National Champions

· US Melges 24 Corinthian Champions (3rd overall)

Great sailors, using the best kit.

That’s why Jud Smith said, “The d10 is at another level of performance compared to what we’ve been using.”

Sail Magazine stated, “The d10 provides smaller boats with the same kind of instrument performance once limited to big-budget Grand Prix programs.” when they awarded us a Pittman Prize for innovation.

With the racegeek d10 proving its self at the front of the fleet and 100s of d10s sold we’ll be demonstrating the last item on the check list – Analytics, at the Annapolis Boat Show.

We’re are working with Errol Cain and AMW and are currently looking to expand our dealership network in Australia and New Zealand. If you’re an active racer in 20-35ft sporties or keelboats drop us a PM.

Find us at Booth F27 at the Annapolis Boat Show, Oct 4-8th.

Anarchist rgeek

 

October 1st, 2018

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The Environment

Sea Shepherd UK has offered the Faroe Islands one million Euros ($1.17 million) spread over the next 10 years if it stops its whaling activities, locally called the grindadráp.

Over the last 10 years a total of 7,744 small cetaceans of five different species (58,897 cetaceans of at least six species over the last 50 years) have been killed in the Faroe Islands’ grindadráp hunts, says Sea Shepherd.

The one million Euros will be payable over 10 installments at the end of every calendar year for 10 years with the first installment of 100,000 Euros on January 1, 2020. Each payment will only be made if no cetaceans are deliberately hunted and killed in the Faroe Islands throughout the preceding 12 months. The offer is made on the condition that the money is spent in the Faroe Islands on the following projects:

1. Promoting eco-friendly tourism to the Faroe Islands
2. Establishing cooperative whale/dolphin watching businesses in small communities around the Faroe Islands
3. Provision of teaching materials or specialist lectures to Faroese children on marine conservation
4. Training to Faroese citizens in marine mammal rescue techniques so that stranded cetaceans can be saved whenever possible

The offer was made directly to the government of the Faroe Islands on September 25. Read on.

 

October 1st, 2018

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We were cruising around FB and this popped up in our feed. It’s from Bora so I’m sure he won’t get pissy. If he does, i’ll tell Clean to spike the punch at Bora’s wedding…

Whaddaya got?

 

September 30th, 2018

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The Environment

Few European ports have the infrastructure to support floating offshore wind development, according to research undertaken as part of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project.

Only a few ports in Scotland, Norway and Spain, out of the 96 examined, were found to have the necessary infrastructure, according to the report published on behalf of the Carbon Trust, LOC Renewables, WavEC and Cathie Associates. The infrastructure required includes a large set-down area and a wet storage area for assembled units.

Currently the largest floating offshore wind project has a capacity of 30MW, but organized infrastructure planning will be vital to accommodate bigger projects. LOC Group joint chief executive RV Ahilan said: “As the industry develops the necessary technologies to make floating offshore wind commercially viable, there is an urgent need for investment in port infrastructure to avoid delays in the deployment of large-scale floating offshore wind farms.”

The Floating Wind Joint Industry Project is a collaborative R&D initiative between The Carbon Trust and 12 offshore wind developers: EnBW, ENGIE, Eolfi, E.ON, Equinor, Iberdrola, innogy, Kyuden Mirai Energy, Ørsted, Shell, Vattenfall and Wpd. Supported by the Scottish Government, the JIP aims to investigate the challenges and opportunities of developing commercial-scale floating wind farms.

Read on.

 

September 30th, 2018

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