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The Swiss challenger for the America’s Cup has been putting its AC75 training boat BoatZero – bought from Emirates Team New Zealand earlier this year – through its paces in Barcelona....

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bad acid

The Environment As new information about the rapidly warming Arctic continue to emerge, a new study published last week in Science found that the Western Arctic Ocean is acidifying four times faster than other ocean basins. With oceans absorbing over a third of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, cases of ocean acidification have been on the rise, as carbon emissions remain unabated. The authors of the study - drawn from Polar and Marine Research Institute at Jimei University, China and the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware - say that there is a strong correlation between the accelerated rate of ice melting in the Arctic and the subsequent ocean acidification in the region. “Acidification is being driven by an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. By 2050 - if not sooner - scientists have predicted that Arctic ice will no longer survive the increasingly warm summer seasons. As a result of this retreat each summer, the ocean’s chemistry will grow more acidic, with no persistent ice cover to slow the advance,” said Prof. Wei- Jun-Cai, a marine chemistry expert and one of the study authors. Read on....

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emPui0KFeJE Just over a month since being handed the keys to the Open 50 Sparrow in Maine, this grassroots campaign to race solo around the world is beginning to create some real energy and momentum as we slowly work our way to the starting line. There’s still a long way to go, and this still feels like a big gamble at times, but I remain fully convinced that I’ll manage to get this boat to both the starting line and the finish line of the inaugural Global Solo Challenge race next year out of Spain.  With two delivery legs and just a number of day sails under my belt and another delivery coming up in a few days, my journey with Sparrow is still in its first chapters. Day by day, mile by mile and small repair by small repair, I am becoming one with the boat. I am learning how to sail Sparrow in a variety of conditions and beginning to anticipate when small problems may arise. With more than 500 miles under our keel together, we’ve now welcomed onboard a number of guests, sailing journalists, military veterans, sponsors, and delivery crew and are now looking forward to this next leg from New York City to Annapolis for the boat show. Nearly three hundred miles down the coast and more than a hundred more up the Chesapeake Bay, this 400+ nautical mile leg will be our longest thus far. On the first leg from Portland, Maine to Newport, Rhode Island I had occasional SA contributor Keith Magnussen and one of my best sailing and cruising friends Jose Castello onboard. We had an awesome 300-mile run of upwind, light reaching, and then moderate downwind sailing into Newport. While in Newport, I attended the boat show and managed to sign up...

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Big Pimpin' Grand Soleil has a new flagship. Or arguably two, because the Performance and Long Cruise versions of the Grand Soleil 72 have distinctly different decks. It’s a significant move by Cantiere del Pardo, scaling up to maxi yacht production. This isn’t their first foray into that market (witness the GS 80) but rather than being a full custom project, the GS 72 is designed and engineered for series production. The concept took shape in discussions between the shipyard and Nauta Design. ‘It started with the idea, shared between us, to realize a top-of-the-range project,’ Nauta’s co-founder Massimo Gino recalls. ‘A beautiful, fast, modern sailing yacht with excellent performance, yet comfortable and elegant, a boat that is all-Italian and that exudes in every detail the luxury that distinguishes Italian design, offering a high-level lifestyle to its owners and guests, in the tradition of Grand Soleil.’ Read on....

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The keel block for the second of five new purpose-built, state-of-the-art training vessels for America’s state maritime academies was set into place today at the Philly Shipyard marking the next milestone in the project. The start of the assembly of the second vessel, which will be named Patriot State, comes just days after the first vessel, Empire State VII, left the dry dock for her final stage of outfitting. Work on the second of the vessels began in March 2021 with the first steel cut. Today’s keel laying was a ceremonial recognition in which the first grand block of the vessel is loaded into the building dock. The second NSMV (National Security Multi-Mission Vessel) is scheduled to be delivered to Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2024. Read on....

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If you pay any attention to the red-hot IRC racing in the UK, it's hard not to notice what the GP 42 Dark n' Stormy has been doing. So we thought we'd have an (e-mail) chat with the owner, Ian Atkins SA: You have been crushing it in your GP 42 Dark n' Stormy. Tell us a bit about you. IA: Lifelong sailboat racer. More time for racing since selling the company I ran for 16 years (Boats Group, online marketplaces including YachtWorld and Boat Trader). Have graduated from J80/J70 campaigns to larger IRC yachts just in the last few years. SA: I am impressed by your success with this boat. What have you done in terms of modifications to the boat and sail plan? IA: Before we bought the boat it had a lengthy racing career since being built in 2008. She won the GP 42 circuit as Porto Calero. She then went to Germany and raced ORC under the name Hispana. She came to the UK and was named Zephyr, she then had a deeper keel, new bulb and rudder and a new Hall spar rig. Sold to Peter Morton she became Jean Genie and a new deck was made along with some structural reinforcement to take higher runner loads. Now Dark N stormy she has a new rudder fitted and some structural reinforcement of the mast. With regard to the sail plan we have upped the jib area and added helix structures to the new jibs. Next year will most likely see a slight increase in spinnaker area. SA: How do you guys go about sailing the boat? Do you sail with Pros? IA: We have 2 Cat 3 guys who manage and prepare the boat. We also have been lucky enough to race with Ian Walker as...

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Community Edison Sailing Center has prepared for dozens of tropical storms and hurricanes since its inception in 1984. Tragically, for the first time in 38 years - we received a direct hit from one of the most powerful storms to ever threaten the United States. The destruction is enormous, and we need your help! As a community sailing center, over the years, we have worked to bring sailing to children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to try it. We operate on the funds from summer programs and donations. More here....

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