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I read The Editor’s piece about the handicap dodger with interest and it never ceases to amaze me how many people will twist and turn and even outright cheat to add to the stuff gathering dust on their mantlepiece. Of course every time they look at it sitting there, needing its weekly or monthly polish, they know better than anyone what they did to acquire the item. As a judge or umpire I have had to take a good number of them to book, some inadvertently breaking the rules but others doing so deliberately thinking they might get away with it. One occasion it happened to me as a competitor; was in a local weekend regatta back in the old country. We were sailing in the white sail “Family cruiser” class. My crew was my 10-year-old daughter and it wasn’t exactly grand prix sailing – that came later for her. The boat ahead was the one we had to beat to win the regatta and we were close enough to comfortably save our time when they ran aground, fortunately, it was light weather. However, they used their engine to extricate themselves and for good measure motor 100 yds or so down the course.  Back in the clubhouse, I approached the owner and said I presumed they would be retiring from that race. His initial comment was “Those that live by the rules, die by the rules” but agreed he would post an RTD (RAF in modern parlance). Sometime later, after the normal protest time limit had expired I discovered he hadn’t retired at all but was refused the right to protest, which I was later to discover was in itself wrong. The story spread round the club like wildfire and at the prizegiving, the silence when he went to collect...

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smart move

Global shipping company FedEx long ago had an advertising slogan “When it absolutely, positively has to be there....” and the company is taking that to heart signing a new agreement with California’s Port Hueneme to help its incoming container shipments avoid congestion at Southern California’s main ports (Long Beach). FedEx and the port are planning for one chartered ship per month for the next three months carrying FedEx containers. “FedEx Logistics is thrilled to collaborate with everyone at Port of Hueneme as we put our collective strength and expertise together to create a value-added solution for our customers while helping to alleviate pressure at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles,” said Udo Lange, President & CEO, FedEx Logistics. Read on....

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the five

As a design firm rooted in the marine industry, we often reference the great naval architects and boat builders of the past to draw inspiration. Looking back through the annals of marine history provides not only fascinating insight into the past, it sparks the imagination to find the next great design innovation. While boatbuilding and marine design may constitute only a small percentage of the larger architecture and design world, it’s increasingly clear that there are many best practices and principles of boatbuilding (both old and new), which can help inspire, innovate, and guide the future of architecture, construction, and interior design on land. Below is a list of the top principles of what boatbuilding and marine architecture can teach us about building on land. Read on....

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wind up for auction

Crown Estate Scotland announced the outcome of its hotly contested process for ScotWind Leasing, the first Scottish offshore wind leasing auction in over a decade. Launched in mid-2021, the auction created strong competition among major oil and renewable energy companies each seeking a piece of the lucrative opportunities. Announcing the results, the Crown Estate reported that they had received a total of 74 applications for the leases that in total cover between 2,700 and 3,300 square miles of seabed. The proposals were a combination of floating and fixed or mixed projects coming from the best-known companies in the business. The Crown Estate selected 17 projects offering option agreements that are expected to yield $955 million in option fees paid to the Scottish government.  Read on....

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they’re kidding, right?

As John McEnroe might say, "You cannot be serious!" Yep, that is indeed the transom of the new Dufus, er Dufour 32.  An ill-fitting, bizarre and fucking ridiculous "opening" transom. Who in the hell came up with that, and how in the hell did that get approved for production?? The entire boat has way too much boat stuffed in there, and yet the one place where people spend the majority of their time - the cockpit is little more than a tiny, cramped afterthought. Gee, that looks comfortable. What a mind-numbingly awful thing. Jump in and comment!...

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where the rubber meets the…ocean

France’s Michelin Group, best known for its long history of innovations in tires, announced that it is moving forward with its designs for an inflatable wing sail system that the company hopes will bring the same level of innovation to commercial shipping and pleasure boats reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Announced in mid-2021, the WISAMO system has undergone its first tests and the company has an agreement to install a smaller scale prototype on an operation commercial ship in mid-2022. The WISAMO (Wing Sail and Mobility) concept was developed jointly by Michelin’s research and development department in collaboration with two Swiss investors and involves famed French long-distance sailor, Michel Desjoyeaux, the only person to twice win the Vendée Globe race.  Read on....

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