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the uss nft

My younger son is a very active and fairly successful trader in NFT's. He goes to school full-time, but NFT's are really what he does. It is a bizarre, real/not real, world, but there is real money to be made, and this is a perfect example of the ridiculousness of it all. Here's what my kid had to say about this one: "It looks so dumb but it was really bought for the sandbox land plot that comes with it. That plot, the metaflower,  is almost worth what he spent and is expected to continue to rise in value. Couple days ago Adidas bought a huge plot of land, cool stuff!...

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roll tide

The famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is now only a month away. It won't be long before navigators and skippers start seeking data to optimize routing for the great race south and competitors who have the most accurate data on hand will be able to make the best possible decisions for the fastest route. The weather can be challenging for all competitors in this 630mile race down the NSW coast, crossing the notorious Bass Strait, continuing south along the Tasmanian East Coast then around the corner across Storm Bay and up the final 10 miles of The Derwent. It is not only the potential of ferocious winds for sailors, there is also the powerful East Australian Current (EAC) to be considered which can vary between 15km and 100km wide and flow at speeds up to 4knots. The EAC is like a meandering river generally flowing southwards along the course however eddies and interesting twists and turns necessitate careful analysis, making course optimization a challenge for even the most experienced navigators. At times the EAC can even flow in a northerly direction! Fortunately, the Team at Tidetech can help identify the location, speed and direction of the EAC to complement your Sydney Hobart race strategy. The Coast of New South Wales. This coastal stretch from Sydney south can present some interesting back eddies in the current. Negotiating these most efficiently versus your closest competitors may be the difference between a podium or not. Who knows what the EAC will look like for this section of the Race? We will know, and you can too. Read on....

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what is it

Putting around San Diego Bay last Friday and came across this very cool-looking 27'. My GF took a few snaps and here is another angle.  So, what is it?...

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stop and go and then perhaps stop again

And now with the new Covid Variant, we'd guess The Boot isn't looking too good... For a safe staging of boot 2022,  the world's largest water sports trade fair,  Messe Düsseldorf has again adapted its hygiene measures in line with the Covid Protection Ordinance of its home state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was updated on November 24. Most important is the introduction of the regulation for access to the boot halls. Only vaccinated or recovered attendees will be allowed to enter the boot halls during the event. The status of all visitors will be checked at the entrances of the fairground. Children up to 15 years of age are not affected by the measures in the North Rhine-Westphalian regulation. The vaccinated or recovered regulation for visitors will be implemented at boot since it has a clear recreational character, especially for the many end consumers. Boot will take place from January 22 – 30, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany....

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fresh catch?

Local officials are preparing for the debut of a restaurant aboard a Bangladeshi freighter that ran aground in Visakhapatnam, India in September 2020, turning what some might view as an undesirable marine casualty into a tourist attraction. The 2009-built Maa is a 260-foot, 3,000 dwt freighter with ample deck space and hold capacity for conversion. On October 12, 2020, while waiting to take on a load of stone at Vizag, she lost her anchor in a storm and went aground. A commercial salvor's attempt to refloat the ship was scheduled for November, but it was called off, and the shipowner declared an intention to abandon the vessel in place. Under other circumstances, this turn of affairs might lead to a legal dispute between the local government and the vessel's insurer, followed by a costly wreck removal. Instead, the province of Andhra Pradesh took notice of the wreck's popularity among tourists and decided to make the most of it. An Indian contractor removed about 25,000 gallons of fuel from the Maa's tanks, so the pollution risk was minimized - all that was needed was a concessionaire to operate the site as a tourist attraction.  Read on....

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drheam on

It took no time at all for the spectacular Drheam Cup – a multi-course event for the world’s very fastest yachts – to make a quick upshift from new event to biennial ocean racing classic... and for good reason The Drheam-Cup was founded in 2016 and has quickly become a key fixture in French sailing, so much so that the official name has now been changed to the “Drheam-Cup Grand Prix de France de Course au Large”. The race runs in every “even” year, whenever there is not a Rolex Fastnet Race, providing a convenient alternative for those seeking more races of this length in this part of the world. The race starts in Cherbourg-en- Cotentin and finishes in La Trinitésur- Mer. The Ultimes will race 1500 miles, the Imocas, Ocean 50s and Class 40s will race 1000 miles, and the short course for Figaro 3s, smaller multi-hulls and IRC yachts has been extended from 428 miles in previous editions to 600 miles from 2022 onwards based on competitor demand. Read on....

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clocked in

On a beautiful morning off Fort de France in Martinique, the blue and white Guillaume Verdier-designed IMOCA LinkedOut, sailed by Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière completed a comprehensive victory in the fifteenth Transat Jacques Vabre today. More here. Inappropriate title inspiration stolen from and performed by Black Flag....

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(less) toxicity

Bio-based resins have come a very long way in the last few years. No longer niche products, they are now among the best-selling resin systems on the market. The companies that pioneered these far less toxic and more sustainable, next-generation materials – like Sicomin, the market-leading supplier of liquid epoxy – are now reaping the rewards of their R&D, with massive uptake in major market sectors like automotive, construction and renewable energy, along with some innovative boatbuilders. A turning point was reached a few years back when Sicomin, a French company with deep roots in high-performance yacht racing, launched a complete range of bio-epoxies whose performance is not just equivalent to the leading petrochemical-based resins on the market, but significantly better – and that’s not merely a manufacturer’s claim, it’s backed up with full DNV GL type approval. Another major milestone was passed this summer when Couach Naval Shipyard became the first to vacuum infuse a superyacht hull, deck and superstructure in bio-based epoxy. Couach, which builds high-performance military vessels as well as yachts, is renowned for its very high engineering standards. Read on....

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