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green grass and high tides forever

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million ($4.1 million) in funding to help build the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine. Scottish engineering company Orbital Marine Power has been awarded the money as the first recipient of the Scottish Government’s £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund. The funding will be used to deliver a O2 2MW Floating Tidal Energy Turbine, capable of powering more than 1,700 homes per year. The 72-meter (236-foot) O2, capable of generating more than 2MW from tidal stream resources, will be built in Scotland and installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. Read on. Title inspiration came from nowhere, didn't t it?...

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inferno

Coast Guard officials said four bodies have been recovered and up to 30 people are believed to be missing after a 75-foot commercial diving boat erupted in flames near the shoreline of Santa Cruz Island, Calif., early Monday. Read on....

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that’s a sportboat?

Not from where I sail, it ain't. But the ORC has much different rules and stuff. (howz that for technical insight?) The 2019 ORC Sportboat Championship ended in victory for Sergio Caramel's Melges 24 Arkanoe' by Montura in Division A and Ugo Guanieri'sDelta 84 Chardonnay in Division B. The event was held from August 24 to August 30 and saw 29 teams from 8 nations race in 6 inshore races and one coastal race for the Championship, which was organized by the Yacht Club Marina Portoroz in collaboration with Jadralni klub Ljubljana, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and with the support of Marina Portoroz. After four days of light winds, conditions took on a different turn for the last day of the event. The much-anticipated northeasterly wind called "burja" came in on time and blew with 8-15 knots for the majority of the day, allowing the race committee to complete the full program.  Read more....

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inspiring

SailGP Inspire – RS are back doing what they love best! It looks like RS Sailing are back doing what they love best. They’re ploughing headfirst into events, showing off their nippy RSCAT14s and getting more kids into sailing. It was pretty much a year to the day that RS received the call from Russel Coutts inviting them to be part of SailGP Inpsire, within seconds they had said yes and they were well and truly in.  Stood on Cowes Parade a year later, there was an emotional buzz on the beach as the nine SailGP Inspire teams, who had just torn up the Solent made it back to shore. Sailors, parents, friends, supporters and staff were giddy with pride. Whether it was the helicopter, the 8 minutes of epic racing, the drone the size of a spaceship, the crowds cheering on shore, the spunky RS CATs, the awesome local sailors who had just given it there all or the awe inducing F50s in the background, we’re unsure but something truly special had just happened and it is clear that RS Sailing are back doing what they love to do the most. So what actually is SailGP Inspire? The program is a multi-tiered approach to use sailing as an inspirational tool for education. The programs will give young people from all backgrounds equal life changing opportunities on and off the water. From little ones trying sailing that have never stepped foot on a boat before, upcoming junior racers smashing it around the course in podium F1 style racing, all the way through to young adults looking to gain top end work experience in the industry, the program covers it all. SailGP Inspire is travelling to every SailGP event, there is a container currently being rammed full of RS CAT14s, marks...

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getting it right

I received a rather nice SMS from a sailing friend the other day “Shanghai (name changed to protect the guilty) you are the one behind all this, without SBYC, we would not have had all these young sailors.” So what was he referring to? In 2001 I founded Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club (SBYC). This was the first member’s run sailing club in China. It later moved to Shanghai Yacht Club &Resort (SYC) and merged with that organisation. A young man called Scot took up sailing with SBYC and became rather more than just an average Laser sailor and has since sailed on the US Collegiate sailing scene and is now likely to break into the Danish National Sailing Squad. He’s also a pretty good coach. One of the Chinese kids he coached at SYC, Liao Yu Shuo, became Topper 4.2 World Champion a few weeks back. AS far as I am concerned all I did was  start a sailing club with one of its aims to help develop our sport of sailing here in China. YuShuo is the kid that decided to try sailing and had the aptitude for it and the attitude to listen to his coaches and then practice what he had been taught, and practice a lot. It paid off, as his world champion achievement has just proven. This, in spite of the claims by many to be “the future of sailing in China” is the real future of sailing, not just in China, but everywhere. If any sport, and not just sailing, cannot attract and appeal to the young it is, if you pardon the pun, dead in the water. And by young I mean all the way through to adulthood as our sport loses far too many good and keen sailors as they approach...

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little help here?

From our Fabulous Forums, brought to you by Marlow Ropes. Hello all ... I deeply, deeply dread asking this on the SA forums, but I can't think of better way to start training than by asking complete strangers to repeatedly pour (virtual) buckets of cold water over my head for the next (approx.) 277 days. Any advice on securing a spot as crew on a 2020 R2AK entry? My wife says she'll enter with me in 2021 if I get schooled first ... Dave (PS: We have Blazer Party tickets for September 6) Jump in the discussion....

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dire staights

SYDNEY ― The outlook for the iconic Great Barrier Reef was downgraded from “poor” to “very poor” on Friday as the bastion of coral struggles to survive ongoing threats from climate change, the Australian federal agency that oversees the reef said in shocking new findings. The report, published every five years by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, is the first time the government has listed the long-term prospects of the reef so bleakly. The findings directly point to runaway climate change spurred by greenhouse gas emissions as the prime threat to the structure, noting that the time to protect the reef’s “long-term future is now.” Read on....

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