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at war

On January 31, Sea Shepherd Vessel M/V Farley Mowat was attacked by over 50 assailants the organization says were posing as fishermen. They were on board 20 high speed boats and attacked the Farley Mowat while she conducting maritime conservation patrols inside the Vaquita Refuge in the Upper Gulf of California. Molotov cocktails and projectiles were hurled, including lead weights and large stones, shattering windows and setting the side of the Sea Shepherd ship on fire. Sea Shepherd crew members fended the attackers off using emergency fire hoses, while Mexican Navy soldiers and Federal Police stationed on board opened fired into the air and...

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jr. star

Beautiful sunshine and light breeze welcomed this morning the 36 teams attending the inaugural Star Junior World Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, USA. The Committee was eager to get on the racecourse as the weather forecast said the breeze would be dropping in the early afternoon. One race was concluded on Biscayne Bay with the wind blowing around 6-8 knots from West at the start at 12,10 pm and then dropping to 4-5 knots towards the end of the race one hour and 15 minutes later. The fleet began the Junior World Championship with a general recall...

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water tesla

The Office of Naval Research (ONR)'s Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel, Sea Hunter, has become the first ship to successfully autonomously navigate from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and back without crew onboard (except very short duration boardings by personnel from an escort vessel to check electrical and propulsion systems). The 132-foot trimaran was designed and built by prime contractor Leidos at Vigor shipyard, and the voyage was part of testing which has been ongoing since 2016. Sea Hunter will continue long duration and mission package testing throughout 2019.  Read on.  ...

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more laser….

Call it Night of the Living Laser. The boat’s been killed and come back from supposed death so many times it puts The Walking Dead and mummies to shame. It was due for another cycle, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s right on schedule. Nobody’s exactly saying death to the Laser, but it’s implied. The villains previously were dubious management and financial downturns. This time it’s the evil RS Aero, Melges 14 and D-Zero supposedly driving a tiller extension through its heart. Surely it can’t withstand the onslaught of newer, faster and dare we say better boats. Especially if and when one of...

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oh yeah

Every year, at the end of January, we all drive 2 hours north of Cape Town to go and sail the River Race in Port Owen, see attached NoR. It is quite an unusual dinghy race, it is sailed on the river, and therefore you have to negotiate current, tide, eddies, sandbanks, submerged obstacles and the odd 505 on port tack. Sometimes it can become quite windy. You cannot sail it on an Optimist, you won’t make it upstream. On Saturday we normally have a short practice race to get accustomed to the current, that can be quite strong, and...

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the big sexy

UFO Race report "The East Coast UFO Swarm got it's first regatta in down in Key Largo, Florida over the weekend of the 25th. We shared the venue and course with the Moths and Waszps and happily played around with the group. We got three days of solid racing in and definitely got a huge opportunity to grow as a fleet, with all skill levels gaining and getting tighter to one another respectively. What continues to stun and encourage me is the degree that stability and safety have facilitated participation. Unlike any boat this fast, the score sheet was remarkably...

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crossed up

Part two of the Laser at the Crossroads by Jean-Pierre Kiekens. Part one is here. - New Radial Composite Bottom Mast Section;  Top Composite Section & Video As I mentioned in the webcast, the top composite/carbon section seems to be a good patch, but it came late (seems first trials were in 1999), and at a pretty high cost for what it is (625 euros in France for example). I now hear in the grapevine that these top sections may not all be the same, in terms of flexibility. I hope this is not true, because that would bring us...

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