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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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cool cats

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser... NY based Aeroyacht Ltd. have been known to focus their passion on getting good cruising multis to the people. Scanning their listing we have discovered some very significant catamarans such as the legendary Victorinox, a 2004 KKG Novara 50 Class racer-cruiser, which has several Route de Rhums under her belt. Noteworthy is Aeroyacht’s new line of McConaghy multihulls, such as the McConaghy MC50 and MC60. It’s worth checking out these ultra-high tech centerboard lux-cruisers…...

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not so junior

Bow14-Lawrence Luke / Alexey Selivanov American sailor Luke Lawrence is, with crew Alexey Selivanov, the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, successfully hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and organized by the International Star Class. The championship started off well for the team who won the inaugural race of the series on Monday, then handed the lead last night to Charlie Buckingham and Austin Sperry (USA) and even today, on the last downwind they were second to Tomas Hornos (USA) and Pedro Trouche (BRA). But the finish line was upwind and they managed to pass a couple of boats, all they needed to conquer the first ever Star Junior World Championship title. “We had a great time, we worked very well together and we had much fun – said an enthusiastic Luke Lawrence – We have to thank doctor Jim Revkin without whom this would not have happened if he hadn’t called me five days before the event and told me Alexey was ready to crew for me and gave us the boat  8507 and new sails. He went straight to the point of this event, he helped the new guys enter the class and keep them going. There are a lot of Star sailors who gave their boats and helped this event become possible, we have 36 boats here! I am now planning to stay in the class and race more, maybe attend the SSL Finals and I will train for that!” Read on....

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it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon

Just back from the 42nd Windsurfer Class Australian Championships at Toronto on Lake Macquarie, NSW (1.5 hours north of Sydney). 107 registered competitors – 10 course races, funky freestyle, double elimination slalom and a mega marathon – all in four days! Great racing, fantastic fun vibe with music and commentary and top socials. Youngest competitor 12 years, oldest 72. Raced on the recently released Windsurfer 'LT' – a modern update to the original Windsurfer that hundreds of thousands learnt to sailboard on – the package features a lightweight epoxy hull with enhanced volume driven by a simple but highly tuneable rig. It delivers good performance whilst supporting inexpensive one design racing, where the emphasis is on skill and tactics rather than equipment. The fleet was red hot with Olympians and World Champions mixing it with up-and- comers from RSX/Techno as well as some pretty handy weekend warriors. Men's fleet is divided evenly into 4 weight groups to account for one rig size for all. No upwind pumping keeps the older crew in it and makes the racing much more even and strategic. A 'Cruiser' division allows returning and novice racers a great option to get on the racetrack with shorter courses. In 9 months more than 300 LT's have been sold in Australia and over 1,000 worldwide – with big fleets already in Europe and Asia. The USA is just firing up. The Class received World Sailing recognition in November (after a 20 year gap) and will host its first official Worlds on Lake Garda late July. More than 200 competitors expected. In a great move to drive junior participation the Australian Class Association and local distributor announced annual Scholarships to the top performed female and male Youths at the Nationals providing funding for them to attend the Worlds. The...

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