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the russians aren’t coming

World Anti Doping Agency The russians are banned from competing in international sport events yesterday Russia doping ban.This is not funny anymore. The impact of this is hardly comprehensible for russian sport. On the olympics they were good for 1010 Medals. Only US of A has more. Olympic Medal race by country World Championships In Dragon and 5.5 russians are quitte big. Russian Dragon association Russian 5.5 But they may compete under a different flag... Russian International Sailing Federation https://www.sailing.org/about/members/mnas/russia.php Thousands of sailors that have to sail without their country's flag. These regatta's they are excluded from: https://www.sailing.org/regattas.php Jump in the excellent thread on this....

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that’s some dog

Thought you might like this video of our 1989 Elliott 10.5m Motorboat II in the latest edition of the Coastal classic- a 125nm dash up the coast with 175 entries. The boat was on rails 3 sail reaching with FRO, Staysail and double reefed main, she was a wet ride but we punched we above our weight getting the double line and handicap win in division 2 and finishing 3rd overall on PHRF. With the forecast there was always going to be a few Elliott boats featuring in the results! Who would have thought a little old 1980s wooden racer/cruiser could be so much fun and be keeping up with all the modern carbon 35-40fters. Check the results and see for yourself! Look down the list and see some pretty quick boats finishing behind us… Another good result in the 320nm white island race and we secured the blue water trophy for the offshore sailing season. Obviously the boat has undergone some serious modifications over the 30 years she has been floating around but its testament to how good some of these old Kiwi designs were. We gave the boat a full refit before the around New Zealand 2 handed race earlier this year including pimping it out with all the best gear possible- KZ race Furlers, Fineline sheets and halyards all spliced by the designers nephew Brett Elliott at Focus marine, a Fusion Sound system that’s simply off the Richter Scale, Hella Lighting throughout the boat and a new set of pimping Evolution EM2 carbon membrane sails. The old bus is fully pimped out! Now the boat is getting turned into family cruising mode for the summer holiday season before the co-owner Damon and I take on the 2 handed round North Island race in February next year. It...

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step up

And where is the Doughtard on this? Oh right, he's busy meeting with a Russian Foreign Minister. 631 institutional investors managing more than $37 trillion in assets urged governments to step up efforts to tackle the global climate crisis in a statement issued on Monday at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP25). The Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change, developed by the seven founding partners of The Investor Agenda, urges governments to phase out thermal coal power, put a meaningful price on carbon pollution, end subsidies for fossil fuels and update and strengthen nationally-determined contributions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. “The global shift to clean energy is underway, but much more needs to be done by governments to accelerate the low carbon transition and to improve the resilience of our economy, society and the financial system to climate risks,” the investors wrote. They warned the current government commitments leave an “ambition gap” that will not prevent global average temperature from rising beyond the 1.5 degree threshold that scientists warn could trigger catastrophic and irreversible effects of climate change. Read on....

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As another new fleet of RS21’s touch down at Lakewood Yacht Club, Texas it’s the perfect time to share the upcoming opportunities for you to get involved with the RS21 and understand first hand why it is becoming the fastest growing keelboat class on the planet. Building on the RS21’s growing success in the US after year one, RS Sailing have created some unique opportunities for sailors to battle it out on the racecourse in the award winning RS21 - Simply #rockupandrace. Here are just some of the 2020 events for you to get involved with; RS21 Regatta 1 - Sarasota Yacht Club - 21-22 December 2019     RS21 Regatta 2 - Sarasota Yacht Club - 25-25 January 2020   RS21 Regatta 3 - Sarasota Yacht Club - 22-23 February 2020   NOOD Regatta - St Petersburg Yacht Club - 14-16 February 2020 Charleston Race Week - 23-26 April 2020 Please click here to find out more and book your charter RS21 - . Did you know that there is a unique RS Sailing charter to ownership option? Buy an RS21 within two months of chartering the boat at one of our chartered events and get 50% of your initial charter fee back. To entice you further, not that you needed it, we have a limited special offer for the first RS21 event at Sarasota Yacht Club (21/22 December 2019). Just $500 for an awesome weekend of tight racing, that’s a saving of $940! Use the following discount code to access the offer - RS21Sarasota. With names like Scot Tempesta from Sailing Anarchy backing the RS21, following on from his experience at the San Diego NOOD in 2019 , it is clear that the RS21 is going from strength to strength and stirring every sailor that gets in one. Title inspiration thanks to Green...

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smoke on the water

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Big Boat Challenge – the traditional curtain-raiser for the Sydney-Hobart race – has been cancelled. The scene at the Cruising Yacht Club (above) tells the story. Unprecedented levels of heavy smoke from nearby bushfires reduced visibility on the busy harbor to dangerous levels and the race committee had no alternative but to abandon the event....

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route 66

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvmDYe5D02U&feature=emb_title A promotional video from our newest advertisers, Performance Classic Yachts. Enjoy....

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throwing copper

We nabbed this from a Cortez Racing Association e-mail. We are unaware of the exact copper pollution levels that bottom cleaning produces, but this seems to specifically target racing sailboats. Who, besides racers, gets their bottom cleaning more than once a month? Almost no one. And considering that racing sailboats make up a tiny fraction of the boat total here in Dago, we'll go out on a limb and call this proposal bullshit. We get that this is a legitimate issue, but the 40 boats (wild guess) or so that get their bottom cleaned more than once a month is hardly worth this intrusive bureaucratic regulatory process. The Port Of San Diego is proposing an ordinance establishing new rules regarding in-water hull cleaning. The ordinance would establish a licensing program for divers, and among other things would limit the frequency of in-water hull cleaning to a maximum of monthly. The Port Commissioners will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 PM and people may want to attend.  Full information on the proposed ordinance including the presentation the Port gave on December 4 is available here. Written comments may be submitted here no later than December 23rd. Title inspiration thanks to Live....

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you’re cold??

The 911 call that prompted a two-day search last month for a sailboat off Mount Desert Island came from a boat passenger who said she was “cold and uncomfortable” and “was not sure she was going to get warm again,” a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said Wednesday. The Coast Guard searched for the Dove after getting the 911 call early the morning of Nov. 16 from Charlotte Kirby, one of three passengers on board. She told the dispatcher “we are on a boat” but then the call went dead — prompting a two-day search by the Coast Guard. The boat had departed from John Williams Boat Yard on Mount Desert Island the day before. Read on....

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