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we’re at the sailin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=MjwRvr0LPrA&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3NSgJ1CFMTeqlCOUqpZpJ7FhWDfviQzq8-UXBWHrLSsp29e3tTd0IESUc Another Olympic Games are upon us, and the early look of another US Sailing beat down. Apparently too late for Cayard the Great to save with his masterful powers, the team has a couple of small glimmers, but we shall see. In the meantime, we'll leave you with the greatest video ever made about the sport of Olympic Sailing......

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aussie rules?

Offshore wind farms are an increasingly common sight overseas. But Australia has neglected the technology, despite the ample wind gusts buffeting much of our coastline. New research released today confirms Australia’s offshore wind resources offer vast potential both for electricity generation and new jobs. In fact, wind conditions off southern Australia rival those in the North Sea, between Britain and Europe, where the offshore wind industry is well established. More than ten offshore wind farms are currently proposed for Australia. If built, their combined capacity would be greater than all coal-fired power plants in the nation. Offshore wind projects can provide a win-win-win for Australia: creating jobs for displaced fossil fuel workers, replacing energy supplies lost when coal plants close, and helping Australia become a renewable energy superpower....

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the andy & scott show

A fast start and series of right moves along the 289-nautical mile course propelled Andy Graff and Scott Eisenhardt to first place in the four-boat field of the doublehanded division in the 112th Chicago Mac race. Their J88 came in at 59:21 corrected time. Nemo, a Seascape 27 and Misty, a J88, finished eight minutes apart on elapsed time . Seahorse, a Seascape 27, was almost two hours behind at 63:01 Leaving at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, Andy and Scott moved east of the rhumb line taking advantage of steady 15-17 knot winds out of the north with rolling three-four-foot seas. At 2 a.m., it shifted northeast and they tacked northwest 15 miles offshore from Holland, Mich. “We got a lift and we tacked over to starboard,” said Graff. “Sunday morning the wind curved up northwest, then north and got lighter.” The duo adjusted. “We went to a code zero reacher which gave us more sail,” said Graff. “We were parallel to the Michigan coast about 15 miles off Pentwater.” Catching a breeze midday Sunday pushed them past Sable Point. “We were about 15-20 miles offshore from Point Betsie,” said Eisenhardt, who says they caught a couple hours of sleep early Sunday morning. “We were outside the thermals. We picked up a sea breeze from the northwest and rode that all afternoon past Point Betsie doing three to seven knots. We went outside the Manitou Islands. Sunday night it was zero-two knots for two hours. It would fill in and then drop multiple times.” Sunday was his 27th birthday. The middle of Lake Michigan was an ideal spot to celebrate. “I fired up the boiler and heated up Pad Thai and made a Manhattan and Andy had chilli,” said Eisenhardt. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather to have been.” Getting...

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ball of confusion

Even in a state accustomed to strange things washing ashore — like cocaine bricks, corpses, sharks and unexploded military ordnance — the floating contraption that beached itself in Florida over the weekend had the authorities doing a double-take. A man popped out of the top hatch of the contraption, a makeshift human hamster wheel. He had made it only 25 miles on what was supposed to be a 1,000-plus-mile journey from St. Augustine, Fla., to New York, using the power of his two legs and, if all had gone according to plan, the Gulf Stream. Read on....

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now that’s a promo video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB5i0g0lkA8 GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat rental and water experience marketplace, is teaming up with Disney to promote the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated summer film “Jungle Cruise.” To mark the occasion, GetMyBoat is hosting a sweepstakes* to award one grand prize of a complimentary boat trip for six total passengers and 5 other winners will receive a pair of movie tickets to see Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” in theaters.  The film takes inspiration from the ‘Jungle Cruise’ riverboat ride that can be found in the Adventureland area of multiple Disney parks and brings it to life on the big screen. Viewers will enjoy a thrilling journey through the Amazon, on a search for a magical tree that offers healing powers that will change the future of mankind.  This is the first collaboration of its kind for GetMyBoat, a company with the mission of making the joys of boating more accessible for people around the world. GetMyBoat is on track to send over 1 million people boating this year, having seen growth of 700% YoY in 2021. The company simplifies the process of finding and booking boating adventures, to help more people experience the joy of being on the water. The sweepstakes will run from July 21st, 2021 to August 4th, 2021 and winners will be announced and notified on August 5th, 2021.  Enter here!...

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sails cow?

Sailscow was born from the meeting between Jean-Michel Linck, marine builder and Gildas Plessis naval architect. Both wanted to offer a cruising sailboat with a scow bow . This offers multiple advantages of comfort and habitability, in addition to making efficient hulls. Read on....

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the end of certainty

There is a faint, yet tangible, feeling that the wind might be starting to go out of the sails of two of the world’s oldest and most celebrated sporting events.  By coincidence, we have had a pair of significant announcements within the same week.  In New Zealand, authorities quietly conceded that even allowing for the impact of COVID, the last America’s Cup lost them a truckload of money. A few days later the International Olympic Committee, meeting in Tokyo, awarded the 2032 Olympic Games to Brisbane, a minor Australian state capital.  What’s the connection, and why does this matter?  The hard numbers from NZ – combined losses approaching $300m for AC36 – do much to explain why the government and Auckland City Council declined to raise their offer beyond $99m to host the next America’s Cup defense. Facing deficits of those proportions it can’t have been too difficult for them to walk away from Grant Dalton’s venue auction.  But cutting Emirates Team New Zealand adrift from their Kiwi home so swiftly, and with hardly a backward glance, is a major shift for this fiercely parochial nation. It stands as conclusive proof (if any more were needed) that the Cup now has very little connection with the clubs and countries that ostensibly mount the challenges or defense. Kiwi fans feel abandoned, while the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron tags along behind ETNZ like an unwanted child. The long-term outcome is that the  America’s Cup will become increasingly rootless and detached from its precious traditions. Marketed as a commercial commodity rather than a sporting event, the Cup must inevitably now be at the mercy of harsh economic forces.  If, as may well happen, no genuinely appropriate city can see financial benefit from hosting the series, then its value as an event drops...

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