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A judge in Alaska has overturned U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order to allow offshore oil and gas leases in the region. The decision was issued on Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason and, in support of earlier Barack Obama policy, prohibits leases in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea, part of the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea and a large area of the Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. East Coast. In 2015, Obama stopped exploration in coastal areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and the Hanna Shoal. In 2016, he moved to protect about 98 percent of the Arctic...

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dangerous one

To most people it might have appeared to be just a pile of gear but something didn’t look quite right with the pile of ‘stuff’ lying in a hotel storeroom. Sometime after the racing fleet crossed the start line for the leg from Haikou to Sanya down the east coast of Hainan in the recent Round Hainan Regatta we were in a Haikou hotel storeroom collecting our own bags for the drive south when I spotted the pipe-cots from one of the competitor’s boats. What else was under those pipe–cots? I am not sure, it wasn’t my gear so wasn’t...

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girls with vision

Stacey Jackson had a vision of putting a team of professional female sailors together to compete in the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, then using the biggest event in Australia’s sailing calendar as a platform to elevate the message of sustainability, raise awareness of the need to restore ocean health, and inspire action for positive change. This vision was supported by two principal backers; the Oatley family who provided the Reichel/Pugh 66 Wild Oats X, and 11th Hour Racing, the team’s sponsor, which promotes ocean health through strategic partnerships within sailing communities. The team, Ocean Respect Racing, came together with...

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twin is in

Hot off the PR newswire: The first real board announcement: the Double Tandom Kite Board is in the Olympics. Odd and irrational, but what else do you expect from these idiots?...

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3d-bi?

The word on the street is that North is abandoning their vaunted 3di process in 2019 for something that according to one of our moles at North, is "next level shit". Apparently the sails use some form of nano technology that results in a binary fiber that is both something on the order of 5 times stronger than carbon,  and yet is almost completely see through. "The black sail is gone, this stuff is clear". Bizarre. Isn't clear a Scientology term? April 1, 2019...

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3:1 is all it took?

Upcoming Launch of a New Laser 3:1  For Immediate Release This past week has seen a bombshell announcement by the Laser class that it terminated the contract of the world’s dominant builder LaserPerformance, which in turn described the class statements as « falsehoods and defamatory » and indicated its intention to « fully protect and enforce our intellectual rights property.  Yes, the Laser was in the news, and will remain so in the months and years to come, as this may take years to be resolved, if ever. But this controversy is nothing, strictly nothing, compared to a pending formal announcement that is expected...

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don’t call it a come back

Well what the hell else would you call it? In a world - yes including sailing - where retro seems to rule, there is seemingly nothing that can't be called retro.  Retro cool elevates the concept even further. Did these guys just do that? A group of sailors with the idea of making Ericson Yachts hip again are already underway. With plans to be built in a Southern California location, they are starting off with, bizarrely enough, the Ericson 37. We hear the thought is to capitalize of the revitalization old One Tonners, they are starting with their own. We...

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