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Florida Keys detectives are investigating the Coral Bay Marina fire that destroyed two boats and burned a third as arson and attempted insurance fraud, Monroe County’s sheriff said Wednesday. And one of the three men suspected of setting ablaze the charter boat that triggered the fire is in critical condition in a Miami hospital with severe burns covering close to 40 percent of his body — and he will likely lose his feet and hands if he lives, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said on U.S. 1 Radio News in the Keys. Read on....

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Hey this is pretty interesting. The Ed here will be skippering one of the new RS 21's at the San Diego Noods... RS Sailing are excited to introduce an open sailmaker format for the RS21 class racing. The concept of the RS21 began with the key focus to keep the boat affordable and open to a broad range of customers using the one-design ethos. Sails can be an expensive part of any boat ownership and in the interest of keeping costs down, RS Sailing have ordinarily provided all sails for our boats. Historically, the open sailmaker format often leads to large increases in the cost of purchasing sails which this concept hopes to address. Alex Newton-Southon, RS Sailing CEO – Design & Technologies explains, “At RS Sailing we understand that sailmakers are extremely influential and an important part of the community. From the independents to the big brands, we want to engage and welcome their involvement with the RS21 class. The ‘Open Sail Maker’ concept will not change the goal of the class, which is to keep ownership of the RS21 affordable but more importantly to preserve the one-design ethos RS Sailing has always built into RS boats and sails. To achieve this, RS Sailing has decided on the RSD format with open manufacture, allowing a limited number of minor changes within strict class rules and using a specific set material. RS Sailing have worked with Dimension-Polyant, the world-leading manufacturer in sail laminates to develop a unique sail material for strength and reliability. The unique material is open to any licenced RS21 sailmaker to purchase either directly through Dimension-Polyant or through RS sailing at a fixed cost. RS Sailing will grant a licence to any sailmakers who are interested in being a part of the RS21 movement. Read on....

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London, UK - World Sailing drives hard on the Offshore Mixed Keelboat. As reported by Fare Vela, some of the world's major construction sites, including real giants, are very interested in the project of the new Olympic class for Marseille 2024, the nautical headquarters of the Paris Games. The lawsuit on the Olympic sailing monopolies, which has arrived in the European Commission's Anti-Trust offices, will take 12-18 months, so the possible consequences, with the opening scenario of the Olympic class market to more producers , will not necessarily take place before the end of the current Olympic cycle. Read on, thanks to Farevela....

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the answer?

There has been a significant amount of hype and hyperbole about the development of headsails without furling torque-cables, and, like most good ideas, this concept has been around for a while. At North Sails their designers began working on this concept with Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand during the 34th America’s Cup, when radical boat designs placed extreme loads on the 3Di headsails. The design and engineering challenge was to deliver a solution where headsail loads were redistributed from the torque cable/headstay and shared with the sail. Known within the North offices as Load Sharing Technology this feature, when paired with a 3Di Helix Luff, is North Sails’ answer to what others may call the cable-less headsail concept. Read on....

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There’s an old joke doing the rounds of the Sydney waterfront again. Here’s how it goes. Question: What does ORACLE stand for? Answer: One Rich Arsehole Called Larry Ellison. Well, we know the “rich” bit is right, and Mr Ellison’s wealth is certainly on display Down Under this week as the first round of his much-hyped SailGP circus gets underway on Friday. This is not the first time sailing has tried to imitate the incredible international success of the Formula One motor racing circuit but it is certainly the most formidable and well-funded. The scale of the operation is massive. SailGP has effectively taken over a whole island in Sydney Harbour as its base for the six competing teams. Huge all-weather marquee/hangars for the boats, scores of shipping containers, a brand new fleet of chase boats, two giant cranes and an army of sailors, broadcasters, support crew, marshals and race management teams. There are 12 staff in the media division alone. This is the America’s Cup you have when you’re not having an America’s Cup. Which may, of course, be the unspoken spur for the whole shebang. It would simply not exist without the financial support of Larry Ellison, the man who is apparently still rather cheesed off that his Oracle USA catamaran came a distant second in Bermuda to Team New Zealand. (It’s notable, in that context, that his Kiwi vanquishers are not taking part in SailGP. Invitation lost in the mail? Beneath their dignity? Who knows.) But enough of the politics. Guided by Russell Coutts as its Chief Executive Officer, the event will certainly capture the attention of the sailing world for the two scheduled afternoons of racing on February 15 and 16. Six boats (upgraded rebuilds of the last America’s Cup fleet) will compete for the USA,...

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While Congress and the White House debate funding for a $5.7 billion wall along the southern border, the U.S. Navy is contemplating a similar structure with a different purpose: a 14-foot high seawall to protect the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. from climate change. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, water levels in the D.C. area will rise much more quickly than the global average. Thanks to rising seas and natural subsidence, water levels along the Anacostia River will rise by four to six feet by 2100. This would be enough to expose parts of the Navy's oldest installation to frequent flooding, and storm surge could lead to more serious damage. According to a 2018 assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a 10-year storm could create flood levels of seven feet at the Navy Yard. To combat this risk, the Navy is contemplating a $20 million, 1.5 mile-long, 14-foot-tall seawall to protect three dozen buildings from floodwaters. This would address everyday flooding and provide enough capacity to hold back storm surge during extreme weather events. The proposed wall would extend along the site's waterfront and wrap around along shore to the west, separating the yard from adjoining neighborhoods. Water level rise of 4-6 feet would also inundate about half of Naval Support Facility Anacostia, which is located just downriver. Low-lying NSF Anacostia already experiences about 40 flooding events per year, of varying intensity; by mid-century, that number could rise to 450-600 per year, under a worst-case scenario. The flooding would potentially affect some of the Navy's most important facilities. The Navy Yard is home to the Chief of Naval Operations; the Navy's engineering and procurement division, Naval Sea Systems Command; its reactor-engineering department; its facilities engineering division; Military Sealift Command; and the Judge Advocate General's Corps. NSF Anacostia is...

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boom science

Why does my roller-furling boom look like it does! There've been fascinating benefits to Anna being shortlisted for the global 2019 Classic Boat Award: You get a lot of comments from around the globe. Great questions, from the over 200,000 that we estimate have seenAnna's nomination, have come from Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, as well as France Germany and the Netherlands. We figure, why not answer a few: Namely, why does Anna's boom look like it does. The world wants to know! Read on....

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