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Residents on New Zealand's coast were warned to head to higher ground immediately over the threat of a tsunami after a strong earthquake struck off the country’s North Island and caused severe shaking. The 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck 147 miles northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand, at 2:27 a.m. Friday (8:27 a.m. EST), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency issued a tsunami warning shortly after the earthquake. About 5 a.m., the agency said in an update, "Based on current scientific advice and information from coastal tsunami gauges there is no longer a threat to land areas. People who have evacuated can now return home." Earlier the Emergency Management Agency had warned residents from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay to move to higher ground. Hundreds of people sought shelter in a school on higher ground above Hawke's Bay on the central coast of North Island, TV New Zealand reported. Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz told TV New Zealand, "I've heard reports of little bits of damage, nothing major at this stage." Crews will check for damage to buildings, roads and pipes in the city, Stoltz said. Read on....

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it is better to have loved…

With 130 nautical miles to go to the finish line of the Vendée Globe this Thursday afternoon, the 25th and final skipper Ari Huusela has made what should be his last tack of the race and the 58 year old Finnish skipper is this afternoon concentrating on tidying his boat and having everything perfectly shipshape for his arrival across the finish line which should be – he believes – around 0900hrs UTC Friday morning, 1000hrs local time. The light winds he has had today have been ideal for him to neatly fold away the sails he won’t need now and he says it is important to him to everything in good order and in place for his finish. And staying busy is also good for his nerves and emotions. “It is good now to be able to work and clean stuff and tidy I only have five or six knots right now so I am doing all I can.” Ari said this afternoon. After my tack I will be heading towards Les Sables d’Olonne and that feels good. But it is very slow progress. The wind is from the ENE, 060 degrees. I met my first fishing boat and fishing nets and luckily it was in daylight so it was easy to avoid. I hope it will stay a bit calm for a while but the wind will pick up in the night so it will be 20kts in the morning, six to eight hours upwind. I should be able to make it on the one tack so it will be fine to enjoy.”  More....

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“Before 1970, I would have expected that challenging yacht clubs would be able to place themselves completely in the hands of the New York Yacht Club and be assured of scrupulous fairness. After the 1970 challenge, I was disappointed with their handling of measurement questions in the same way that Martin Visser and Jim Hardy ended up being disappointed witch the handling of racing rule problems. The more I see of these bits of evidence the more steamed up I get at the NYYC statements that make GII blatantly ridiculous and wrong. I am now utterly convinced that either she was quite within her rights, or she had only fractionally overstepped them, and that Hardy and Visser were by no means the blundering and collision-happy country idiots that some people, in Australia as well as the US, have made them out to be. The protest committee was so lacking in proper procedure as to make it invalid as any kind of objective body.”  - Alan Payne – Sail magazine (1971) (As the designer of Australia’s 1970 challenger Gretel II, Payne also had a succession of disputes with the NYCC measurers over the defending 12m Intrepid. It had peculiar “fairing strips” below the waterline, the flotation test was flawed and there were compliance issues with the internal fit-out. )...

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For Marlow Ropes, the 2020-21 Vendee Globe has been a highly anticipated, history-making race, electrified by two inspirational Marlow-rigged skippers. Boris Herrmann (Germany) and Pip Hare (UK) who completed the Vendee Globe 2020-21 respectively, rigged with Marlow’s bespoke Grand Prix (MGP)* series. Known as the ‘Everest of the seas’ the Vendee Globe is the pinnacle of single handed, non-stop races that sailors aim for and only 89 out of 167 contenders have ever managed to cross the finish line. Herrmann, as the first German skipper to compete the 2020-21 race finished in fifth place on Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco and was crowned the new IMOCA Globe Series champion**, due to his consistent campaign with Team Malizia over the last three years. British skipper Pip Hare made history as only the 8th woman to have ever completed the race and is the first British skipper to finish the 2020-21 race, having dreamt of competing in the Vendee since she was a teenager. Crossing the line after 95 days, she follows in the footsteps of UK sailing success, Ellen MacArthur, who was also rigged by Marlow in her 2000 Vendee Globe. Commenting on working with the global rope manufacturer, a heartfelt Hare said: “I want to thank you (Marlow Ropes) for investing in my campaign at such an early stage, trusting me to deliver and supporting me through all these months. I hope you feel this has been your success as well as mine. Once again from the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping to make this happen.”  Marlow’s Leisure Marine Director, Paul Honess comments on Marlow’s work with Herrmann and Hare: “Both of these sailors have triumphed the Vendee in their own unique way and we are very proud to have played a small, yet vital part in their...

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ain’t no thing

Received this today from Boat US. They are whining about a $40 buck increase,  over two years? Bfd. California boaters will see their boat registration fees increase from a minimum of $20 every two years to at least $70 every two years as soon as July 1 if Gov. Gavin Newsom's state budget proposal is enacted. Budget subcommittees in the state Senate and Assembly are discussing this proposal now, and are anticipated to decide on the issue in the next few weeks. We urge you to contact your state senator and assembly members and request this proposal be revised to ensure boaters' taxes go to their intended purposes.  Take Action  to easily make your voice heard....

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  The new Jeanneau 60 by Phillipe Briand.  There sure is a familiar look to all these recent types of cruisers, isn't there? Why not move that house about 6 feet forward, move the wheels a bit forward, and open up the cockpit - you know, the place where you spend most of your time? The owner's stateroom sure looks nice however! Title inspiration thanks to Me Always....

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no yanks

Here's a good take... Is that a Zen koan? Sadly, it is not. The American/New York Yacht Club challenger for the world’s oldest sporting trophy’s current holder, Emirates New Zealand, was eliminated early on. Three countries and their teams were competing in the 36th edition of this event, and this time, their goal was to oust New Zealand on their home waters on March 6. The challengers were the aforementioned Americans, plus the British and the Italians. After a few weeks of intense sailing competition for the qualifying Prada Cup, the Italian boat Luna Rossa, sponsored by luxury brand Prada and tire maker Pirelli, left the American boat Patriot and the British entry Britannia 11 in her wake. The America’s Cup (AC) is thus between the Italians and Emirates’ New Zealand team. This is the fourth time in the entire 170 years of AC competition that the Americans did not make it to the finals. Read on, thanks to Worth....

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