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Just as Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and media man Yann Riou - onboard maxi trimaran Edmond de Rothschild - approach the finish line in Brest with a healthy lead in the inaugural Brest Atlantiques race, Yann Guichard and eleven crew are beginning an entirely new adventure. Sailing onboard the world’s largest maxi-trimaran, Spindrift 2, (formerly Banque Populaire V) the team is making another attempt at the Trophy Jules Verne for fastest outright time around the globe. Beginning tomorrow during day light hours, the Swiss and French based team will cross the starting line off Ushant to once again take a crack at toppling Francis Joyon and IDEC Sport’s lofty record of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes. A record that this boat, formerly known as Banque Populaire V, established under the leadership of Loick Peyron in the first days of 2012, Spindrift 2 has a checkered past in trying to break this most prestigious of ocean records. In 2015 the team came a couple days short of the mark, finishing in 47 days and change (at that time, the record was still 45 days 13 hours). Trying again in January of 2018, just a year after Joyon and IDEC Sport’s record setting run, the team’s attempt was over before it began when their 40-meter trimaran dismasted on the way to the starting line. Coming back again at the beginning of this year, the team was forced to abandon to the Australian coast after suffering rudder failure while crossing the Indian Ocean.  Now re-launched with new rudders and associated structures, the Spindrift team is back to attempt this record for a fourth time. With a weather window that looks very favorable to reach the equator in five days, the team will need a weather window that allows them a fast...

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Dutch-based marine instrument solutions provider Sailmon launched the prototype of a new sailing device for dinghies and sport boats during METSTRADE 2019. ‘Max’ is the youngest member of the Sailmon display family developed and designed for every sailor. The new device acts as an onboard afterguard, making starting on time a breeze. The inbuilt fast GPS and advanced 9-axis IMU provides accurate sailing data to stay on top of the competition. The platform allows users to be live during sailing as well to review performances and compare results with other Sailmon users after sailing. With launching the new device, Sailmon continues to offer sailors a new and fresh approach to sailing as a sport. Thanks to the connection with Sailmons unique cloud platform, users can review and replay their trips. The Sailmon app creates an instant session report directly after sailing to review performances and compare results with other Sailmon users. ‘’Innovation & sailing is what keeps us awake during the night,’’ says CEO Kim Coster. ‘’Design thinking seeks to create practical, user-oriented solutions technologically feasible and economically viable. With MAX, we launch one device for everyone.’’ Kim & Kalle Coster are very proud to launch their long-desired device for every sailor finally....

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record for reason

At 08:24 UTC this morning Sharp crossed the start line for the record attempt off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes and completed the circumnavigation at 13:29 UTC. Subject to official ratification, the record will have been secured in 5 hours 5 minutes and 4 seconds, averaging a speed of 9.8 knots (18.1 kilometres per hour). The time to break was established in 2017 at 6 hours 29 minutes 32 seconds averaging a speed of 7.7 knots (14.2 kilometres per hour) by Alex Alley aboard Class 40 Pixel Flyer. Sharp adds this to his two existing records, the crewed Around Great Britain and Ireland, and the single-handed Cowes-Dinard. Sharp commented on his record breaking adventure: “It feels fantastic to now have three world records! Today was a very cold, fast, adrenaline packed sprint. My objective was to aim for 5 hours, which was always going to be tricky when dealing with gusty conditions solo and at times today the gusts really were quite severe, which kept me on my toes. “Today’s record was about raising awareness for the need to accelerate clean energy innovation in the maritime sector. OceansLab is a platform demonstrating vital and scalable clean technologies like solar, battery, electric and fuel cell systems that can be embraced to decarbonise the sector. Industry targets need to be accelerated to better fall in line with climate change targets. We need to start introducing these technologies and replace fossil fuel systems in order to reduce harmful air pollutants. Inshore and commuting ferries would be a good start, and where levels of air pollution such as in Southampton are too high and hazardous to the health of local communities. Clean technologies exist now that can improve the quality of the air we breathe, change can and needs to happen now.” Renowned specialist in low carbon...

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pressing

Pressed by European Laser sailors, experiencing growing equipment shortages and feeling sidelined in the Laser class decision making, ILCA’s American president and executive secretary were given a tight January 1 2020 ultimatum. In the absence of progress, EurILCA plans  to make any decision we believe necessary to protect the interests of our sailors,  stated the European arm of ILCA, that coordinates Laser activities in 42 countries. The main concern during the EurILCA annual meeting, which took place in Rome, was to find a solution to the shortages of new boats and equipment. Read on....

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oh goody

Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)'s latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. Globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017. The increase in CO2 from 2017 to 2018 was very close to that observed from 2016 to 2017 and just above the average over the last decade. Read on....

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University of South Florida (USF) geoscientists have tested a new shallow water buoy that can detect the small movements and changes in the Earth’s seafloor that are often a precursor to deadly natural hazards, like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The buoy, created with the assistance of an $822,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination program, was installed off Egmont Key in the Gulf of Mexico last year and has been producing data on the three-dimensional motion of the sea floor. Ultimately the system will be able to detect small changes in the stress and strain the Earth’s crust, said USF Professor Tim Dixon. The patent-pending seafloor geodesy system is an anchored spar buoy topped by high precision GPS. The buoy’ orientation is measured using a digital compass that provides heading, pitch, and roll information – helping to capture the crucial side-to-side motion of the Earth that can be diagnostic of major tsunami-producing earthquakes. Read on....

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The most cyber-est monday, like ever.

The guys at Fulcrum Speedworks really do love to make us do double-takes on Cyber Monday. More from Fulcrum's Dave Clark: "Okay, more accurately, the deposit on one! If you order a UFO today, Fulcrum Speedworks will credit you $100 on the sale of the boat, which is precisely the amount you need to put down the deposit on a Tesla Cybertruck. However, it is worth sharing a complication to this offer. If you buy a UFO today, it would roll off the factory floor and into a shipping box in weeks, not months, and if you put a deposit down for spring delivery now, we can actually guarantee delivery of a UFO to fit your timetable, although that does get harder for us later on in the winter as orders pile up. So we really do advocate getting the deposit on your UFO in sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, we have no idea at all when or if a Cybertruck would ever be delivered, even if you ordered it two weeks ago. Furthermore, UFOs are known to car-top on small sedans and even tow behind bicycles (no, seriously), so there’s really no logical reason to own the truck in the first place… Given that fact, we very strongly advocate taking our Truckless Alternative offer: buy a UFO and get $200 off on covers, accessories and parts. OMG! THAT’S TWO WHOLE CYBERTRUCKS WORTH OF PARTS! Also we can assure that you’ll actually get those items, as we’ve delivered hundreds of UFOs to customers across the globe already. Order yours now, for dependable delivery! You can fly! ps. Neither I nor anyone else at Fulcrum have anything but respect for Tesla Motors or it’s founders. We do think that a $100 pre-production deposit on a prototype is innately pretty comical.. "...

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in fasion

In this episode we install the Fashion Pieces, which will form the connection between the hull planking and the transom. We have to cut the heels, drill and chisel the notches in the centreline, and bed them with Red Lead paint and bedding compound (Dolfinite & pine tar). Rowan also works on fairing the bottom of the frames in preparation for the cast bronze floor templates. Finally, I work on adjusting the frames to be fair at the sheer line, in preparation for the beam shelf (sheer clamp) and bilge stringer....

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the cons

SECOND PART OF A 3 PART SERIES LOOKING AT SCOW HULL SHAPES. THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT SCOW HULL SHAPES THAT MAKES THEM INCREDIBLY INTERESTING FOR A NAVAL ARCHITECT. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT CRACKING A NEW CODE, WHICH OF COURSE HAS A CERTAIN CHARM. SCOW HULLS OFFER STRONG, GAME CHANGING PROPERTIES, IDEALLY SUITED FOR RACING. OF COURSE THEY ARE NOT NEW, AND TO THE UNTRAINED EYE THEY MAY LOOK SIMILAR. BUT THE USE OF SCIENCE, AND COMPUTER METHODS TODAY HELP US DEVELOP THEM FURTHER, AND TAYLOR THEM TO SPECIFIC CONDITIONS. PART TWO – THE CONS We have seen the tremendous potential of scow hull shapes in part 1, but scow hull shapes come with added wetted surface area and seakeeping challenges. Read on....

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