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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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it’s still plastic, right?

In 2017, adidas produced one million pairs of shoes containing recycled plastic waste. In 2018, that number jumped to five million, and the company now plans to produce 11 million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic in 2019. As an outcome of a cooperation between the sporting goods manufacturer and the environmental organization and global collaboration network Parley for the Oceans, plastic waste is intercepted on beaches, such as the Maldives, before it reaches the oceans. The waste is made into a yarn becoming a key component of the upper material of adidas footwear. In 2016, adidas released the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoe - the first mass-produced footwear created using plastic waste retrieved by clean-up operations in the Maldives (95 percent) and recycled polyester (five percent). Each pair reuses 11 plastic bottles. In addition to footwear, the company also produces apparel from the recycled material, such as the Champions League jersey for FC Bayern Munich and Alexander Zverev’s outfit for the Australian Open. Recently, adidas signed the Climate Protection Charter for the Fashion Industry at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. In addition, adidas is committed to using only recycled polyester in every product and on every application where a solution exists by 2024. As a founding member of the Better Cotton Initiative, adidas meanwhile sources only sustainably produced cotton. Since 2016, adidas stores no longer use plastic bags. Where the use of plastics – for example in transport packaging – is still unavoidable, adidas is relying on counter-balancing measures and promoting sustainable alternatives. The company is currently supporting the global innovation platform Fashion for Good with a donation of €1.5 million which equates to the company’s environmental impact of plastic packaging. The foundation is driving...

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save the fall

Save Falls of Clyde-International has launched a gofundme fundraiser in an a last ditch effort to stop the disposal of the 140-year-old tall ship Falls of Clyde, currently based in Hawaii. The 285-foot long and 40-foot wide vessel built by shipbuilders Russell & Co. in 1878 entered service as part of the Falls Line fleet, all of which were named after Scottish waterfalls, and she sailed to ports on all continents except Antarctica. The group is refusing to give up and firmly believes that the historic vessel can and will still be saved from destruction. The fundraiser will finance the Insurance Bonds that the Honolulu DOT Harbors Department has assigned to her auction which was announced last week. The group would like to bring the vessel back to the U.K to be restored and put back to sea to offer education at sea, fairtrade/carbon free cargo delivery, sail adventure holidays and to play a part in clearing the ocean of ghost nets. If she is saved, she will become a hi-tech example of what U.K shipbuilders can achieve, being rebuilt to the latest Lloyd's Register standards, fitted with hydrogen engines, solar sails, wind and battery power along with high efficiency solar panels and the latest safety and navigation systems. Strathclyde University is engaged in redesigning her power and propulsion systems, with much work already completed. A naval architect, Ron DeVos from Amsterdam, has begun her interior redesign. A lift ship has already been offered along with a dry dock and quayside location. A large number of skilled volunteers have offered to help in her restoration. The gofundme page is here....

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100

That's a big number and that's how many entries there are for the 50th Transpac this coming July. it is only fitting that Ragtime is #100. More here....

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timing is everything

There have clearly been conflicting opinions on our forums as to whether SailGP is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it will fly like the catamarans used in the event or sink like a dead duck. Well a company that clearly knows a bit about marketing and markets has thrown their name behind the event. SailGP were able to announce earlier today in Sydney that no less a time piece than ROLEX have entered not an agreement as Presenting Partner and Official Timepiece of the SailGP Series. Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex Communications & Image Director stated “SailGP marks and evolution in yachting and enables ROLEX to further strengthen its 60 year relationship with the sport……We are delighted to be associated with an event that demands precision, excellence and performance from sailors and their boats. Historically Rolex have made very few poor calls, if any, on who, or what, to associate their iconic brand with. If the event lives up to its promise, and for the good of sailing we hope it does, then this will be another exciting sports partnership for what is perhaps the world’s best known timepiece brand....

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growing

While visiting One 15 Marina at Sentosa Cover in Singapore I was fortunate enough to come across the SB20 (nee Laser SB3) Asia Pacific Championships. This event was being hosted by the marina and supported by Singapore Sailing with the local SB20 Class Association as the organiser and was sailed over 3 days in generally 12-15 knots of breeze which suited these boats perfectly, with the event leaving huge smiles on virtually every competitors face. A strong tide of 2 knots+ outside the marina, naturally going the wrong way, meant a long upwind slog to get to the racecourse each day but at least the return (the tide had turned) each day was downwind, a direction the sport boats revel in. And the there and back was made more than worthwhile by the quality of the race track and the subsequent racing.   Reading the current and tidal tactics were at a premium with the 25 boat fleet being topped by Glasgow Kiss of Nils Razmilovic followed by EDBUT in 2nd and the podium completed by Polar bears in third. The even bigger news is that the  local class association have been able to secure the 2021 SB20 World Championships with this being the first sailing world championships to be held in the island state of Singapore – lots of work between then and now. SS...

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what would elvstrom think?

When asked why I thought sailing was such a cool sport I always used to answer ‘The right kind of people play our sport’’. I then went on to say it is nothing about money, I am hardly a millionaire myself, but it was about the attitude to fair play and helping each other. Perhaps something to do about the lore of the sea. Back when I was young in sailing, rules being broken in high profile events were big news, and relatively rare. The I’Punkt affair being notable and when an Enterprise dinghy appeared at an early 70’s Enterprise Europeans at the Royal Tay Yacht Club in Scotland with a boat that you could fit your fist between the hull and measurement template at station 2, it went all the way to the IYRU (with the trophy being withheld if I remember correctly) and led to the nicknames Benterprise and Slenderprise although doubtful if many readers are young enough to remember those issues. Perhaps I watch what is happening in the upper echelons of our sport more than I used to but I am not alone and have recently challenged by people I know with “You told me this was an honourable sport so why are people cheating”  and I have to start to agree with them and that disappoints me. It is very hard to ignore the lead in king posts, the round the world racers mousing their halyards, sailing with nav lights switched off at night, leaving behind a crew member in the light at multi race regattas or the multitude of other infractions one sees or hears about. And some of the breaches are clearly well thought out and pre-planned. Deliberate is the word I think I am looking for. At one Laser Regatta, at least...

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it’s a rout

Ever since Ingo Buell’s routing system helped Jochen Schümann plot his route to Olympic victory in his Soling at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Buell Software has been developing tactical technology to help sailors win As its name implies, SailTokyo is a system aimed at those looking to win gold at the next Olympics in Enoshima less than two years from now. Among its clients Buell Software can count the Olympic sailing teams of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland (and some larger sailing nations who prefer to keep their anonymity) along with the host nation of Japan, whose sailors surely know the venue better than anyone. Yet SailTokyo’s application is much broader than Olympic sailing or the next Olympic venue. Read on....

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