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survey says

We thought this is worth a look... As it seems there is growing discontent with World Sailing among athletes, we are doing this survey to understand how the athletes feel.  This survey is made by a sailor. Jump in and answer away......

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one month!

The SSANZ Two Handed Round New Zealand Race, proudly sponsored by the NZL Sailing Foundation, is New Zealand’s biggest yachting challenge. This is only the third edition of the race, 29 years after the inaugural event took place! The race started in Auckland with the first leg to Mangonui in the far north (154NM), Leg 2 from Mangonui to Stewart Island (930NM) has finished. Leg 3 from Stewart Island to Napier (618NM) started on Saturday 2nd March, with the final leg from Napier returning to Auckland (367NM). The race is expected to take 1 month in total to complete. More here and look for an update soon from Anarchist BooBoo!  ...

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who knew?

It is easy to forget that some of these dudes are still out there! Third placed Estonian sailor Uku Randmaa has had the wind gods wih him this past week, and after chalking up a number of 130+ mile days, is now within 600 miles of the finish and due back in Les Sables d'Olonne around Mid-day next Saturday. Follow here....

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only one way

The current list of monohull elapsed time records for offshore races reads like an alumni book for McConaghy Boats – more first-to-finish line honour awards have gone to yachts from this builder than any other. The first-to-finish award going to Wild Oats XI once again in the latest Sydney- Hobart race is a testament to the high-quality build of this boat that is now a whopping 13 years old – very few Grand Prix race boats can claim this kind of competitive longevity. McConaghy has been doing well for more than 50 years, having built more than 150 raceboats over 30ft that have been among the world’s fastest and most successful in all competitive contexts: from high-speed keelboat one-designs to custom inshore and offshore yachts of all sizes. The impressive cumulative race results of this enormous fleet likely exceeds that of any other builder in the world. In the ultra-competitive and fast moving world of modern composite technologies, how is it possible to amass such a remarkable track record over such a long history? Read on....

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unsustainable

In a new paper published this week in Science, a group of researchers led by Dr. Chris Free of UC Santa Barbara and Prof. Malin Pinsky of Rutgers found that worldwide fishery productivity has already declined due to warming seas. According to the authors, the maximum sustainable yield of the world's fisheries fell by four percent between 1930-2010 due to warming, with some ecoregions experiencing larger declines of 15-35 percent. While the percentage decline seems small, it represents about 1.4 million tonnes per year of lost animal protein for human consumption, or about 0.7 percent of the global total from all animal species. It also represents an additional cause of fish population pressure in an era characterized by widespread overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated harvests. Read on....

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angle of the dangle

Gotta love these newbie questions. Straight from the sailing Anarchy forum, brought to you by Marlow... We are getting better at racing - good enough to know we dont know shite :) I have never paid too much attention to heel, I knew its better than flat, sometimes, but now I know there must be a good heel angle at certain wind speeds and angles. But I dont know what it is. Is there a scientific way to do this? We are getting new sails including a code0, so we have to build new polars to get some target speeds and to find out how good we are. But I dont tknow how to compensate for trim..I cannot do every angle with all the heel, so I'd be glad if there is a scientific explanation... Jump in and help a brother out......

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