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We’re massive fans of the simple genius of the Seabin (and we’re stoked to see the first one hit New Zealand shortly), but even ten thousand seabins won’t solve the problem of the giant, growing plastic garbage patches concentrated in all the world’s oceans.  One young inventor thinks he can do better, and no one does environmental news pieces as nicely as Vice.  Check it out above.

February 10th, 2018 by admin

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17887-desktop-wallpapers-cthulhuMankind has been decimating oceans since the first hominid figured out how to sew a net, and the net effect on sea life – fish stocks a tiny fraction of their size just a few decades ago, coral reef and major species extinction, and worldwide pollution – has been horrifying.  But one group of critters has not only dodged the bullet – they’re thriving nearly everywhere.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study in Current Biology, as reported by Gizmodo.

Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.

Okay, that last statement is probably pure paranoia. But it is a bit unsettling that cephalopods—squids, octopuses, cuttlefish—are booming, and scientists don’t know why. An analysis published today in Current Biology indicates that numerous species across the world’s oceans have increased in numbers since the 1950s.

There are plenty of theories to explain the “squid…squid…boom!” effect, but nothing concrete just yet.  We urge our Anarchist cruiser/fisherman friends to add these tasty cephalopods to your onboard fishing target list – they’re mostly easy to catch compared to more gamey fish (the experience of reeling in a 10 KG giant squid on a rod-and-reel is a truly special one)  and they’re a great source of protein.  Octopus require traps or spears, but squid are almost everywhere and you can learn to catch them here.

 

May 24th, 2016 by admin

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Zika, Roussef’s impeachment, and Brazil’s nasty recession have taken the focus off the putrid condition of the Olympic Sailing Venue in Guanabara Bay, but a team of high level documentarians is hoping to make sure the environmental lessons learned in this debacle of an Olympics will never be forgotten.  If you believed any of the ISAF or IOC or Rio2016 bullshit, watch the beautifully produced trailer above to find out the real truth from people who really have something to lose.  Here’s a deeper description from our friends at Sailors For The Sea.

We just recently helped raise the funds to send the film crew to finish filming so the documentary can be released before the Olympics. Tomorrow we are launching a crowd-funding campaign to finish production. We could really use the help of the passionate Sailing Anarchy base to get this thing off the ground. With 99 days to the Olympics I don’t think it could be better timing!

Film Overview
When the world descends on Brazil this August for the Olympics, they are going to get more than they bargained for. Shopping carts and couches, offensive odors and a web of plastic pollution blanket the once iconic landscape of Guanabara Bay.

The film will document the origin of waste, from the communities where it is generated, to the streams and major tributaries that carry it into the Bay. We will define the scope of the problem and tell this story from the perspective of community members and activists who desire lasting change, such as Arthur a young sailor featured in the trailer.

We will also document community-level waste collection centers, and other localized solutions that can be scaled, as an example not only of the hope, but also of the real and prosperous future that is possible for the citizens of Rio, who call the Bay their home.

Sound Off Films’ founder Annie Costner has been traveling back and forth to Rio since 2011. Intrigued by the waste issue and determined to tell the locals’ side of the story—which extends beyond the concerns of international athletes competing in this summer’s Olympics—she started asking questions.

Read On.

 

April 29th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.28.28 PMWe could not be more stoked for Seabin founders Andy and Pete nor more impressed with Sir Ben Ainslie’s team after both announced today that the very first Seabin would be installed in Team Land Rover BAR’s headquarters in Portsmouth.  And a hearty thanks from us for some real AC news for a change!  For more about how a world full of Seabins will fix the oceans, listen to the Clean interview with them.

From the presser:

Land Rover BAR are committed not just in their aim of winning the America’s Cup for Britain, but doing so with the least impact on our natural environment. Working with our exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing, the team aim to increase understanding of the oceans, and find solutions to the challenges that are impacting our marine resources.

They were keen to support Seabin as Team Principal and skipper Ben Ainslie explained; “We are in a really unique position to raise awareness and accelerate the adoption of solutions to combat our reliance on unsustainable resources. We are committed to reducing our own environmental footprint and working with our partners to identify new innovative solutions to deliver further positive change, and to communicate this widely. We look forward to seeing the positive effects of the Seabin once installed in Portsmouth this summer.”

Read on.

And in other news of Brits behaving boldly, props to Leslie Greenhalgh and the ACWS Portsmouth organizers for some frank speaking last week about the 2015 ACWS event failing on a few big fronts and struggling to break even. For 2016, they’ll make a number of changes, including cheaper entry fees and bigger free viewing areas.  Less art fair and rock concert and better access to racing, in other words. As reported by Sailweb:

“People’s appetite to know about the racing and who was winning was huge,” said event director Leslie Greenhalgh, “Mistakenly we didn’t think people wanted to be overwhelmed with too much information.

Team Origin operations director Jeremy Troughton said, “We misjudged it. Now we’re just going to focus on the sailing . . . This time we’re not trying to be anything else.”

 

February 23rd, 2016 by admin

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We’ve told you once before, and we’ll tell you again: NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP SAVE OUR SEAS.  You can do your part in any way you like; as Christopher Clarey wrote in yet another yacht-racing-related New York Times piece  last week, you can sponsor events or you can use your boat or club or class or race as a platform to bring awareness to the plight of the ocean.

But we want you to do something else with your money today.  We want everyone who loves the oceans to dig deep, right now, and help the Seabin boys get over the hump to bring their ultra-simple, ultra-useful, ultra-clever labor of love to the market.  You remember those affable Aussies who’ve dedicated their lives to cleaning up the ocean?  Sure you do.  And thanks in large part to you SA’ers, the Seabin have raised an awesome $205,000 of their $230,000 goal via IndieGogo!

So get to it, folks!  Volvo Ocean Race – this one is tailor-made for you!  America’s Cup – we promise if you buy a few of these, we’ll say something nice about you! And for the ordinary guy or gal, dig deep guys! Pledge another 100 bucks and proudly rock your Seabin t-shirt, or pre-order a Seabin for your Yacht Club today and help inspire both your members and your region to do their part and clean up our waterways!  Don’t you want to be the first Yacht Club in your state/county/lake/ocean/world to be actively cleaning the water for future generations?

The video above gives the full story, and if you want more detail (and don’t mind awful sound), check out Andy and Pete’s interview with Mr. Clean at the METS show last month.

Shout to Sam Greenfield for the heads up.

 

December 29th, 2015 by admin

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With gasoline at around $2.00/gallon in much of the USA, commercial wind power is rapidly receding into the world of science fiction, but we’re not ready to give up just yet, so we dusted off our favorite VLCC rendering from just a couple of years ago when fuel was twice the price.  It’ll happen again, and when it does, we hope this rigid-winged Panamax-size concept comes alive.  It comes from Sauter Carbon Offset Design, and between the wings, solar power, and a narrower, shallow-draft hull, designers calculate the Deliverance to use less than half the fuel and earn billions more over her life than a non-hybrid ship of the same size.

More over here.

 

September 22nd, 2015 by admin

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IMG_3996We don’t have to feign shock at the latest comically silly behavior from the America’s Cup; the release of thousands of balloons into the air to celebrate the end of the otherwise non-noteworthy America’s Cup World Series Göteberg event.

It seems like just yesterday when the America’s Cup had partners like Sailors for the Sea to tell them that RELEASING BALLOONS IS NOT A FUCKING ‘THING’ ANYMORE!  Apparently, that kind of thing doesn’t matter to them anymore.  Or maybe they were jealous of all that press that Rio’s been getting.

But the environment matters to us as sailors, and we have long known that the balloon industries’ claims about biodegradable latex are mostly bullshit. Even the most ‘eco-friendly’ marketed balloons will be in the water or on the ground for months or years, doing wonderful things to the airways of fish, birds and mammals while decorating shorelines with their pretty colors as they ‘break down.’   That’s why no one with a conscience still releases balloons.

And even if they were biodegradable, would it matter? Cardboard boxes are biodegradable – does that give you the right to drop  thousands of them on a city from an airplane to celebrate your sailboat race?

Listen, folks – we get that the AC and its title sponsor Louis Vuitton has decided that super-wealthy are really all that matters for AC35’s bottom line.   But we don’t believe that you need to take a huge, stinking blue and yellow shit all over the environment just to show that you’re part of their club.

Unless…hang on a second…could it be that Russell Coutts is hunting for some of that big fat Gazprom sponsorship money? Hey Russell, here’s an idea for a ceremony to end the Bermuda ACWS event later this year: The party starts with a celebratory oil spill in the Great Sound, continues on to an all-you-can-eat conch, lobster, and bluefin tuna barbecue, and concludes with the release of thousands of mourning doves.  Be careful, though – it appears the Bermudians care more about their environment than you thought when you tried to steamroll them.

Title reference to something almost as nasty as the AC’s environmental stance (NSFW).

 

August 31st, 2015 by admin

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