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This seems a bit pointless - why not wait for the actual Fastnet? But rich boys and their toys gotta come out and play, right? Hell, with a boat like that and the required dough, why not? MOD70 Trimaran PowerPlay, led by Peter Cunningham and skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, has completed the original Fastnet Course of 595 nautical miles in a new world record of 25hrs 04mins 18secs. *Subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. “It was kind of ambitious, but the conditions were right, and the team was ready to go,” commented Peter Cunningham. “The PowerPlay crew was fantastic. Miles (Seddon) did a brilliant job navigating, we had two wonderful drivers in Ned Collier Wakefield, who set up the boat and runs the programme, and the fastest sailor on Earth, Paul Larsen, who drove in some incredibly bad conditions.”...

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growing pains

Last week we shared this story with you and now here is RS's statement... As RS Sailing has continued to grow during recent years, we have structured our dealer network in such a way as to ensure that we can effectively manage this increased demand. Following the adoption of a new distribution structure in 2020, we had hoped that Italy-based Boat Tech S.r.l would remain a key part of our European network. Sadly, Boat Tech S.r.l. did not wish to enter into a new dealer agreement when this was offered to them and, it is with regret that we can confirm that they have consequently started legal proceedings against RS Sailing. The RS Sailing team, along with our global network of dealers and distributors, remain fully focused on and committed to delivering boats and parts to our customers. We remain as passionate as ever about getting as many people involved in our sport as possible and hope that we can all be back out on the water soon, enjoying the rest of the 2021 sailing season....

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bad signal

Loss of satellite signal is a well-known operational risk, but few mariners are aware of the threat of GNSS providing a false time, position or direction even when still available. When these position errors exceed a safe margin of error, they can cause ships to derive and transmit dangerously misleading Information. GNSS is not designed with inherent real-time integrity, which refers to the users’ ability to trust the data and receive timely warnings if it is unreliable. So-called space-based (SBAS) or ground-based (GBAS) augmentation systems provide information about the accuracy, integrity, continuity and availability of GNSS services. The European Union’s EGNOS program is a prominent example of an SBAS solution. The UK’s recent exit from the EGNOS program means that, although users will still be able to receive EGNOS signals across the UK, they will have no access to the assurances provided by the future EGNOS Safety of Life services - effectively withdrawing assured system level integrity for EGNOS, GPS and Galileo. Read on....

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not easy street

With a cloud of uncertainty still looming over the 2020 - now 2021 - Tokyo Olympic Games due to the Coronavirus, many are already looking towards the 2024 Games in Paris as the next time that the best athletes in the world can get together and compete in a safe and inclusive environment. Generally relegated to sailing small dinghies that are the recipient of little to no media coverage in the United States, the excitement surrounding the first inclusion of proper offshore keelboat racing is palpable. Sailing roughly 10-meter keelboats up and down the coast with two adults onboard is, generally speaking, much more relatable to the average adult sailor when compared to donning a wetsuit and racing a dinghy, skiff or foiling beach cat around the harbor. Combining this upcoming revolution in Olympic sailing with the pandemic itself and other shifts in the marketplace for new boat builds, doublehanded sailing has been booming as of late, as evidenced by huge increases in participation numbers for many of the offshore classics.  While the exact boat to be sailed in the 2024 Paris Games hasn’t been chosen yet, the Beneteau Figaro 3 is clearly the benchmark for competitive one-design single and doublehanded sailing in the modern age. With a long and storied history on the wildly competitive Figaro circuit that culminates with the annual ‘Solitaire du Figaro’, the 33-foot foil-assisted monohulls boast huge numbers and consistently draw some of the best sailors on earth, largely French, to compete in their regattas. Along with the Mini and the Class 40, the Figaro has become a stepping stone - a right of passage if you will - for any serious sailor looking to make the move into the IMOCA 60s that represent the pinnacle of singlehanded or doublehanded offshore racing. And now, a...

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sail on

The Santa Cruz surfing and sailing communities lost a long time friend when Jim Foley died yesterday after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jim was the consummate waterman, an outstanding surfer and board shaper, sailor, boat designer, and builder who was always enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experience with any one who was interested. Jim began his surfing career on rubber surf mats in 1950. By 1953 he and his father, Chuck, were building surfboards out of wood planks. Early on Jim was experimenting with shapes, materials, and construction methods. He was also experimenting with fin designs. Jim realized the importance of a lightweight surfboard for best wave riding performance and in 1956 started gluing together Styrofoam insulation boards 2 feet wide, 4 inches thick, and 8 feet long. He coated these early boards with watered down Weldwood glue and covered the board with polyester resin. Jim's early boards were cheap and easy to build, so much so that he could experiment with practically any shape to try out, sometimes 3 or 4 boards in a day. Working as a fireman in San Jose, Jim was able to take his one week a month off and return to his home in Santa Cruz to be near and on the water. In 1956 Jim took a 9’2" foot surfboard that had a broken off tail, added 2 fins, and created (arguably), the first short board, truly a revolution in surfing that allowed never before dreamed of maneuvers on waves. Here's Jim riding waves off Santa Cruz's Steamer Lane and River Mouth in 1956, not on the short board mentioned above. https://vimeo.com/362664919 Jim’s style was similar to what Dewey Weber was doing down in Malibu. So Jim's moves were not new to the game but were revolutionary in Northern California. While designing...

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east coast style

With more than a century of Maine-based commercial and recreational boatbuilding and craftsmanship infused in their culture, Lyman-Morse began in earnest building sailboats and powerboats with souls over 40 years ago. The new LM46 is a perfect blend of these characteristics, where modern design meets traditional materials, combining uniquely to evoke the soul of modern sailing. In those days the industry was rapidly evolving from one-off wood construction towards series-built production, and by embracing these innovations the yard grew quickly in size, talent and capabilities. Now Lyman-Morse has expanded to become not only the premier builder of choice on the Down East coast, but to also to service a long list of clients with a diverse variety of skill sets to become a premier brokerage and service operation as well. What put Lyman-Morse on the map in the late 1970s was when Cabot Lyman picked up the contract to finish converting Jarvis Newman 46 traditional lobster boat designs into private power yachts. Some of the customers for these boats were also sailors, and convinced Cabot that there was a growing market for high quality sailboats in this same size range, a market that was going to help build well-known brands such as Hinckley, Cambria, Little Harbor and Alden. Read on....

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waste products

Not only is Florida one of the dumbest states in the US, but it has a corrupt  trumpsucker idiot Governor who without question is one of the most odious douchebags in existence... The governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency in Manatee County due to the risk of catastrophic flooding from a failing containment pond at a phosphate mining site. To reduce the risk, the state's emergency management team is helping the site's operator to pump millions of gallons of wastewater into the bay near Port Manatee. The storage pond several hundred millions of gallons of fertilizer-rich water, and it has begun leaking, likely through a tear in its plastic liner. State officials fear that it could worsen into a catastrophic collapse of the reservoir's containment system. In the worst-case scenario, the 70-foot "stack" of phosphogypsum waste - which happens to be the highest point of elevation in the county - could fail, sending a 20-foot wall of water flooding downhill. Phosphogypsum is a mildly radioactive waste product left over from processing phosphate ore into phosphoric acid, which is mainly used in fertilizer. If its radioactivity is over a set regulatory limit, it may not be used for other purposes and must be stored indefinitely in "phosphogypsum stacks." Read on....

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