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dago rules

Congratulations (again) to Point Loma High School for winning the S1D/Lon Gundie High School Sailing Team of the Year Award! From start to finish, PLHS was a 2019 S1D/Lon Gundie High School Sailing Team of the Year. A dominant force in PCISA sailing, and then at the National Championship Cressy, Mallory, and Baker events. Here are just a few highlights from this team’s season: Read on....

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truly the pope

A sailing icon has died. Lowell North, founder of North Sails, passed away peacefully  last night and will be remembered as one of the greatest sailors ever, not only because of the company that bears his name, but also in his own right collecting victories out on the water. Lowell was an incredibly talented and accomplished sailor. In 1945, at the age of 16, he won the Star World Championship when he crewed for his friend Malin Burnham. Lowell had made the sails for the boat and it was clear even at his young age that he had a sailmakers eye. Lowell went on to dominate the Star class and over the following 24 years garnered an additional four gold medals, five silver medals and two bronze medals. He also won a bronze medal in the Dragon class at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 and a gold medal in the Star class at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. And that’s not all. In the 1977 America's Cup defender series he skippered the 12-meter yacht Enterprise. All of these accomplishments earned him the nickname, The Pope. North Sails is the dominant sailmaking company in the world and it got that way because of Lowell’s dedication to excellence. He started the company in San Diego in 1957 and it now operates in 29 countries with sales well in excess of $150 million annually. Lowell was an engineer and he brought his engineering expertise to sailmaking which at the time was considered more of an art than science. He applied a rigorous, methodical approach to designing sails with the goal of building sails that were faster than his competition, and it worked. For a while North Sails were competing with Hood Sails for dominance but it soon became...

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saved by an angel

AIS (Automatic Identification System) Man Overboard Beacons allow for immediate rescue from your own vessel or ships within line-of-sight range. The MOB symbol shows up on all AIS equipped devices including chart plotters, ECDIS and radar. This is quite different from, but complimentary to, PLBs and EPIRBS which transmit via 406 MHz to a satellite and then relays the information to the appropriate SAR (Search and Rescue) authority. It takes time for the SAR team to verify the validity of the information (97% of all activations are false alarms) and launch SAR assets. Meanwhile there are often ships within sight that could achieve the rescue if they knew you were there, especially at night. Winner of the 2017 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award, The Flare ECO, made in Austria, is the smallest unit in the world at 90 grams, broadcasts for 72 hours (3 times longer than competitors) and is the only unit with a USCG letter of conformity. By programming your MMSI number into the unit, the beacon will also send the MOB alert to your vessel’s VHF radio via DSC. Of course it is waterproof to 10 meters, has a flashing strobe light and the battery is guaranteed for 5 years. Designed for auto activation with inflatable PFDs, this is the best AIS/MOB available in the world and is offered at the very best price of any unit. The Flare ECO is sold directly to the customer and is not available in stores. We program the MMSI number in before shipping or it can be customer entered with our Android based Ap. We also have the only SOLAS approved AIS/MOB available in the world, the Sea Angel SA15. Visit www.aquaventures.net for more information and to order....

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angry dolphin

Well, that's what we have named it. The R2AK started today, and we are amazed that anyone would take a Schock 40...wait, no we aren't - the boats are all a bit crazed! And the Schock was first monohull today!...

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florida man

The state of Florida is consistently number one in boat registrations, so it stands to reason it would be the top state for boat thefts as well – and for the third straight year, it is. New data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows in 2018 Florida had 1,114 boat thefts, more than twice the number of California, which came in at number two at 483. The state can also boast the top three US cities for boat thefts: Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Tampa, in ranked order. Read on, thanks to IBI...

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sail on

Multi-World Star Champion (World Champion in Rio in 1960) and owner and founder of north sails, the North American Lowell North passed away in peace tonight. I had a chance to meet him, become your friend and stayed at his home in San Diego / USA. A Giant of sailing: in the rays and in the technological industry of our sport Your Golden Star, shine in the sky!!! - Lars Grael...

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the build

For the 50th edition of the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2019, the class has "offered" a brand new support: the Figaro 3. Now with foils, a more complete and technical sailing game, and a hull more modern, the feedback from the skippers on the new boat is very positive. But not to reproduce the errors that have polluted the last seasons in Figaro 2, the class required boats absolutely monotypes as soon as they left the site.Visit of the place where the Figaro 3 are born. Read on....

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a billion?

The Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat recently seized over 12.9 tonnes of hashish, 1.4 tonnes of heroin and a small amount of methyl amphetamines, with a combined worth of A$1.073 billion ($740 million). The combined hauls were confiscated in 10 separate seizure operations, with the latest occurring on 10 May 2019. HMAS Ballarat has conducted 31 boardings since deploying to the Middle East on Operation Manitou in November 2018. Operation Manitou is the name for the Australian Government's contribution to international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East. This is the second deployment to the Middle East for HMAS Ballarat and the 67th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel in the region since 1990. Read on....

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