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over she goes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Four people were rescued Saturday after a Corsair Cruze 970 capsized about nine miles off the shore of Hamlin State Park near Rochester. The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat was among the participants in the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race from Toronto to Kingston, Canada. All four people were wearing life jackets, and no injuries were reported. They were on the hull of the boat when the Coast Guard arrived....

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how it went down

At approximately 0151 July 15, 2019 nearly 200 miles offshore the California coast, the sailing vessel OEX was competing in the 2019 Transpac Race to Honolulu.  OEX was sailing with a full reef, jib and stay sail. At this moment, we experienced catastrophic rudder system failure tearing a large hole in the hull of the boat.  We were rapidly taking on water. We tried to plug the hole with no success. Brendan Busch radioed a Mayday and the crew of Pyewacket diverted to us. The OEX crew of Erik Berzins, Ryan Breymaier, Brendan Busch, Mat Bryant, Chuck Clay, John Sangmeister,...

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up above it

Truly one of the most impressive boats in this year's Transpac is the Infiniti 46 Maverick.  So far, they are shredding the sleds and starting to put distance on Badpak, which makes me quite happy... - ed. This morning I realized we'd settled into the 4hr rolling watch system nicely when there was a heated debate as to what day it was. Some argue 3, others say Day 4 begins at lunch time...all I know is that we are still eating freeze-dried from Day 2 (you can draw your own conclusions!) We changed mode in the pre-dawn hours; from blasting...

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they ain’t makin’ no more of them

A Ranger 33 goes up in smoke. Bummer. One person had to be rescued when a sailboat caught fire near Budd Inlet following an explosion, according to McLane Black Lake Fire Department. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, crews responded to the report of a boat adrift and on fire in Puget Sound near Budd Inlet. “The sailboat occupied by a single male burst into flames following an explosion. The occupant retrieved the fire extinguisher with the intent of extinguishing the fire when flames overcame him from behind,” according to the fire department’s news release. Read on....

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tv or not to tv (that is the question)

One the dumbest things said by those intent on promoting elite sailing to a wider audience is that the sport should be made “more attractive for television”. To my mind (and I’ve spent most of my working life producing TV content) there are two false assumptions in that one statement. The first is that sailing needs television coverage, and the second is that it has the capacity to generate viewing figures to rival those enjoyed by the major codes – football, basketball etc. This mindless obsession with TV appeal has yielded no lasting benefits, but contributed to the distortion of...

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dropping science

How much do you know about Future Fibres' world-renowned multi-strand carbon rigging products? AEROsix and ECsix? AEROsix – Hybrid Carbon Rigging. This technology is a novel rigging system developed with grand prix racing and high performance superyachts in mind. AEROsix is an aerofoil rigging setup comprised of a solid carbon plate that is bonded inside bundles of multi-strand carbon rods. This means performance, robustness, minimum windage and no vibration! By combining both our solid carbon and multi-strand technology into one fluid product, we have achieved a cutting edge game changer that is both safe and very fast - a product...

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mavericks

Patience paid off, blast reaching since we broke into the synoptic breeze yesterday around midday, feeling good as we charge along the Hawaii routing on the Infiniti 46, Maverick. (Picture thanks to McConaghy) Had some fun with the Navy life firing demonstration yesterday. Had to commence negotiations with them at 0800hrs on the 14th as they politely requested we deviate from our 230 degree course heading to head 50 degrees off course due south 180 degrees for 35 nautical miles...... Once we explained to them what we were up to, and noted another 20 boats were following a similar line they...

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oex sank

UPDATE: AT 0455 AM, the SC 70 OEX sank. Terrific friend and one of the true gentleman in the sport, John Sangmeister has just reported some awful news: The OEX crew experienced rudder issues and had to abandon ship.  Pyewacket has picked the crew up and they are all on their way back to the mainland. Most importantly, ALL ARE SAFE. Needless to say, we are incredibly appreciative to Roy Disney and the crew of Pyewacket.  We are devastated about the loss of our wonderful OEX.  Will post when I have more information.  Everyone is still in shock....

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isn’t that nice?

According to a new study published July 4 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress, the distribution of living coral - the organisms responsible for reef formation - appears to be shifting to higher latitudes as temperatures rise in equatorial waters. A multinational team of researchers led by Nichole Price of the University of Maine compiled a comprehensive database of reef studies reaching back to 1974. Based on the available data for sites as far north (and south) as 35 degrees of latitude, they determined that the number of young corals has fallen by 85 percent on tropical reefs and risen...

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