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it’s dangerous out there

Everyone who has gone by boat has certainly wondered what would happen if the boat overturned. Just think about how many times I have asked myself this before leaving for the Global Ocean Race. With a boat of just 12 meters, a Class40 the possibility is far from remote. In fact, the probability of an overturning or capsize is proportional to the wave height. It usually occurs with a breaking wave. Read on....

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it’s dangerous out there

(Rockaway Beach, Oregon) – Crews from Tillamook County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) and the US Coast Guard responded to Rockaway Beach Sunday, after a sailboat was found stranded in the sand near Nedonna Beach, at the north end of town. (Photos by TCSO Marine Deputy Kelly Awe) Two bodies were eventually found. North Oregon coast authorities say it was a married couple: their names are not being released as of yet. Read on, thanks to Oregon Coast Beach Connection....

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This is a cool story. Kid's got some balls, no doubt! This Thursday at 16:05, Melwin Fink crossed the finish line of the first stage of the 23rd Mini Transat Eurochef, completing the 1,350 mile course between Sables d'Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma in the first position in Series boats. The skipper of the Pogo 3 in the colors of SignForCom who took control of the fleet on October 2, south of Cape Finisterre, has shown daring by continuing his race when his competitors have made the choice to collectively take shelter to avoid the passage of an active front off Galicia. From then on, he gained a more than substantial lead over his rivals before achieving a remarkable trajectory at the end of the race. The young German sailor, only 19 years old, certainly struck a big blow and took a good advantage before Act 2 of the event. Q: You are both the first German but also the youngest skipper to win a stage in the Mini Transat. What do you feel ? A: I don't really know yet. I never dared hope for something like this! I was a little lucky and probably made the right decisions too. Either way, it was hard. I hesitated to go to the front or not. In the end, everything went well because everything went exactly as planned. The conditions that I had were completely in accordance with what the weather forecast announced since I had 30 knots of average wind, with gusts to 40. Finally, the first front that swept the fleet in the Gulf de Gascogne was more violent than this second. Q: Did you know or understand what was going on in the rest of the fleet? A: After receiving the notice from BMS, I heard...

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cursed

A bit o' history from Camper and Nicholson On January 15, 1906 the YRA (Yacht Racing Association) organized an international meeting in London between the heads of the associations of the various European countries that had established regulations for the rating and construction of racing yachts. The purpose of the meeting was to agree on a single international rule. Following this important meeting of the most famous naval engineers and yacht designers, the basis for an agreement was established. On October 14th, 1907 in Paris the representatives of European nations interested in yachting unanimously approved the results of the International Conference and created the IYRU (International Yacht Racing Union) and the international racing rules. Ratings were expressed in metres, so the new racing yachts would be called Metrics, and classes of fixed ratings were established. The most successful classes, some of which are still in use today are the 5.5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15,19, and 23. In 1906, Charles Ernest Nicholson designed Nyria (C&N Newsletter N°4), in accordance to the Lloyds Register for yachts. Formulated a few years earlier, the rules define specifications for materials and have since proved to be a great guarantee in creating standards for racing yacht construction. Following Nicholson's success, at the 1907 International Conference, the designers and yachtsmen representing European yachting gave Lloyds Registers, Bureau Veritas and Germanishe Lloyds the task of regulating the sizing and classification of metric yachts by laying down Scantling Rules which were to be adapted and verified during construction by ship register experts. Only then would boats of the metric classes be classified as rugged and seaworthy and be registered with an R for Racer. The following sentence was approved: "The metric class yacht must be a sailing vessel that combines habitability, strength and speed." Unfortunately, she was not...

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were they napping?

In an enforcement order released Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation's pipeline regulator said that the operator of the ruptured crude line off Orange County had indication of a breach several hours before it shut down the line or reported a potential spill. At about 0230 hours on Saturday morning, the control room personnel for operator Beta Offshore received a low pressure alarm on the San Pedro Bay Pipeline, an indication of a potential breach. According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Beta Offshore reported that the line was shut down at 0601 - more than three hours after the alarm. Beta Offshore did not report the possibility of a breach to the U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center (NRC) until 0907, more than six hours after the first alarm. Read on....

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scotw

There always seems to be something sketchy about the rich Russians in yachting (maybe it's just rich Russians, period), but here is our first Russian SCOTW! More here....

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love will keep us together

Now hear this! Now hear this! This is your Captain speaking. At ease. It has come to my attention that despite my excellent and comprehensive earlier explanation, many of you are still confused as to the precise nature of the next America’s Cup series. Fortunately, some important new information is now to hand. Listen up. My beloved partner Tennille was gracing the bar of the Cripple Creek Sailing & Croquet Club last night when Sir Ben Ainslie and Frackmeister Ratcliffe happened to drop by for a quick Singapore Sling. (Sad to say, I was unavoidably detained by the urgent need to review a website offering the friendly escort services of some decidedly picturesque young Russian ladies.) Tennille, who may have done a certain amount of discreet lap dancing with Messrs Ratcliffe & Ainslie to extract this information, can confirm that AC37 will not be a sailing competition. The new Protocol is expected to contain revised class rules to the effect that the boats will actually be motor cars. Indicative design drawings show a carbon hull with no mast or sails, wheels at each corner and foils above water level. Apparently, this development follows naturally from the recent news that INEOS Britannia, representing the Challenger of Record, has formed a development partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 motor racing team.   As I’m sure you all know, Mercedes-AMG is the high-performance subsidiary of the famous German automotive manufacturer. Petronas is a Malaysian oil and gas company. Neither corporation has any connection with sailing whatsoever. They wouldn’t know a forestay from a hole in the ground.  My brave little Tennille tried to make that point, but it was immediately brushed aside by Sir Benjamin. “Mercedes are proven winners. It’s in their DNA”, he said. Quite right, too. Mercedes built all those wonderful...

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the matrix

We’ve seen before what happens when mainstream design and automotive styling find their way into production yachts, from Bertone to BMW via Philippe Starck – let’s be honest, the results have been mixed. When Elan announced a partnership with Studio F.A. Porsche for its new GT6 many were excited by the prospect, but some had their reservations. That said, it’s got a Humphreys hull and sailplan, which is always good. Seeing the GT6 in the flesh, she looks very good indeed. The chines in the hull’s aft quarters are cleverly disguised in a stretched trapezium-shaped groove that contains the tinted hull windows. The foredeck is clear and flush. Aft of the mast the low coachroof rises with black windows and a narrow line of white GRP underneath to lighten them visually. The coachroof sweeps past the companionway with high cockpit coamings to protect and shelter the cockpit. The contrast between the white hull and black bowsprit, mast and windows boosts her rather assertive marina presence. Read on....

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zuck buys a j/80

One of the most loathed billionaires in the world (And no, Trunt doesn't count - he ain't nowhere close to a billionaire, but he is close to going to prison) goes sailing. Okay. Will it make him less of a douche? One can hope......

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