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A fast-moving typhoon crossed the Philippines and headed west towards Vietnam on October 26, leaving widespread destruction and stranding numerous ships with their passengers and cargoes. At least a dozen fishermen are reported missing, and the Philippine Coast Guard went to the rescue of multiple vessels as the storm with wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour moved west. The storm - known as Typhoon Quinta in the Philippines, and Molave internationally - moved over the southern provinces displacing at least 25,000 people. Some reports suggested as many as 50,000 people had been evacuated as the storm approached the island nation. Read on....

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrUswhgIygo&feature=emb_rel_end From last week. Holy lord, sometimes we wonder if any of these are going to last any regatta, ever....

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big daddy

Much gin may have been spilled last December when the Royal Ocean Racing Club announced that the finish of its flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race, was moving from Plymouth, its home for the last 95 years, across the Channel to Cherbourg. However, the best part of a year on, even the staunchest traditionalists are warming to the new finish venue and its benefits, such as actually being able to get a free berth alongside until the prizegiving, the potential for fine dining and the public interest that only yacht races taking in la Belle France seem able to create, especially when the fleet gets to moor in the heart of one of the country’s most historic ports. Read on....

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what’s it rate?

The picture is from the annual Helsinki season end regatta Tervasaaren Tynnyri (Tar Island Barrel) for traditional sailing vessels (Oct 10th 2020). The race had 17 vessels participating, both local and some long distance visitors, with the furthest coming from Iceland. The vessel in the picture is (three mast topsail schooner) Svanhild is cruising at 9 knots with the crew hiking on the rail. The majority of the participating vessels base their livelyhood on charter trips, which due to Covid have been scarce, so it was a pleasure to see so many out sailing that day. Photo thanks to Ville Vappula....

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trouble in troublesville?

Naval engineer and boat builder, Brazilian Manoel Chaves, from MCP Yachts, reveals that the hydrofoils that equip America's Cup 2021 sailboats are patented by him, and that he will go to court to claim the credits for his creation. The next edition of America's Cup , scheduled for March 2021, will have a new generation of monohull sailboats, called AC75, extremely sophisticated and with new concepts, starting with the revolutionary hydrofoil systems pivoted on the side. More here....

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creature

“A ship is a creature which we have brought into the World, as it were, on purpose, to keep us up to the mark. In her handling, a ship will not put up with a mere pretender. A ship is not a slave. You must make her easy in a seaway, you must never forget that you owe her the fullest share of your thought, of your skill, of your self love. If you remember that obligation, naturally and without effort, as if it were an instinctive feeling of your inner life, she will sail, stay, run for you as long as she is able, or, like a sea-bird going to rest upon the angry waves, she will lay out the heaviest gale that ever made you doubt living long enough to see another sunrise.” Joseph Conrad – The Mirror of the Sea, 1906 (Conrad made his first sea voyage in 1874 aged 17 on a small barque that sailed from Marseilles to Martinique. By 1877 he had transferred to the English merchant marine, probably to avoid compulsory military service in Russia. The following year he sailed on a clipper ship from London to Australia. He ended his service at sea in 1894.)...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDanupJAxSs&feature=emb_title This video is worth a look just to see the wave that comes at the stricken freighter - yikes! Story here....

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