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Breakout 20 - NZL designed Sportboat - retractable bulb keel - retractable bow pole with asymmetrical spinnaker- easily launched and trailered - open cockpit - great sailing boat - Boat is currently located in South Florida- $5400. Check it....

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cluster

The Pac 52 class has de-evolved into a rich guy shit fight. The SoCal class which we think counts 9 boats - 4 "new" boats, and an assortment of original TP 52's. It seems some of the rich guys with the new boats don't like to lose to the rich guys with the older boats. Then it turns out that some of the new boats don't exactly weigh or measure in the way they are supposed to, so at least one of them is sailing with the "old" boats this weekend at the Pac 52 Midwinters in Dago. So get this; the fleet of 9 boats has split themselves into two classes - 3 "new" boats in one, and 6 in the other. is it possible that they fuck this thing up any more than they already have? We are glad to see Interlodge putting a beating on the other two new boats.  One in particular. Results....

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This weekend is the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Tasmania, the biennial gathering of incredible classic boats. The crew from Off Center Harbor are Down Under capturing more stories of good boats and people. Even if you can’t make it to Tasmania, you can CLICK HERE to get free access to Off Center’s video taking us inside the AWBF. You can also sign up to get 2 other great videos from their last trip, featuring a Couta fishing sailboat converted into a family cruiser and a look at the amazing, over-canvassed Aussie 18 racers. Thanks to OffCenterHarbor.com for making these members' videos available to Anarchists....

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sailor chick of the decade

Dear and nearly long-lost friend Lia Ditton has a story to tell. Read it. Why Did You Stop Sailing? A journalist in Portland, Oregon asked me a year ago.  Why Are You Rowing the Pacific?  Everyone asks me this. In 2011, I starred in a horror movie, except that movie was my life. I had a stalker and you know him. You probably follow him online. The messages at first were one liners, but over the months they became lengthy scripts from a sick, disturbed mind. “I am Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde…” The emails were sent from names of people in the sailing industry or hybrids of sailing names. Sometimes photos were attached, of me that week. The calls were unregistered. The phone company had no record of them. Something called ‘pinging’ - I learned - an automated service you can select online, to harass someone.  It didn’t matter what email address or social media account I used. The messages came up to 6 a day, sometimes sent to people I interacted with online. By Christmas of 2011, I had stopped writing for all sailing publications including Sailing Anarchy.  I don’t remember when the hot sweats started, but I remember the nightmares in detail - waking up unable to scream, waking up as my throat was being slit.  I sat in the living room one day beside my life’s possessions all boxed up. I was planning to swim to the Scilly Isles at night, knowing full well I wouldn’t make it. I was afraid of myself - afraid if my stalker turned up in my alleyway, I would grab the kitchen knife and kill him. This was year two and I now knew who he was. The police got more involved on the request of my uncle, a policeman himself. The stalker went...

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the pole has been moved

NOAA has announced that the National Centers for Environmental Information has updated the World Magnetic Model mid-cycle to reflect unexpected changes in the location of the magnetic north pole. Sir James Clark Ross first discovered the North Magnetic Pole in northern Canada in 1831. Since 1831, the pole has been moving across the Canadian Arctic towards Russia's Siberia. The most recent survey determined that the Pole is moving approximately north-northwest at 55 kilometers (34 miles) per year. The Earth's magnetic field evolves due to unpredictable flows in Earth’s core. The north polar region is experiencing one of these erratic changes, necessitating the update to the model. Typically, a new and updated version of the model is released every five years. With the last release in 2015, the next version was scheduled for release at the end of 2019. The out-of-cycle update before next year’s official release of the model will ensure safe navigation for military applications, commercial airlines, search and rescue operations and others operating around the North Pole. The military uses the model for undersea and aircraft navigation, parachute deployment, and more. Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the model to provide consumers with accurate compass apps, maps and GPS services....

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on parade

There’s less than one month to go until the RYA Dinghy Show returns to Alexandra Palace, London, over the weekend of 02-03 March. Cruiser, racer or foiler? Whatever your dinghy sailing ‘tribe’, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki, is the perfect place to start the new sailing year. Featuring more than 160 exhibitors, a full line up of expert speakers and sailing demonstrations, as well as plenty of interactive features and activities to inspire the whole family. It’s the ideal opportunity to catch up with old friends, connect with fellow ‘tribe’-members and pick up everything you need for the sailing season ahead. Here are some of our show highlights… What’s new for 2019? New hosts - The 2019 show will see three new hosts take to the stage; Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE, will be joining forces with sailing presenter and journalist Matt Sheahan and Match Racing World Champion and Olympic sailor Annie Lush. Read on....

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