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we care a lot

We've been accused of not paying any attention to the Sail GP in 'Frisco, but see? - We care. A lot. Things are hotting up a little in the practice sessions over in San Francisco and these guys are certainly not just Driving Miss Daisy with a bit of an ‘Oh shit’ moment for Team China but the practice course is where to work out the near disaster management rather than once the starting gun has gone. If nothing else the image proves these are not just boring stable computer controlled foilers. Getit wrong and they WILL bite, and bite...

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dream team

In the Gitana stable, the winter construction site is entering its final straight. In a little less than a month, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will leave his Lorient warehouse to find the pontoons of the Base. He will then be equipped with a brand new bow starboard but especially at his helm, we will discover a new skipper. Following the end of his collaboration with Sebastien Josse, begun eight years ago, the team with five arrows opens in 2019 a new chapter of his saga more than a century. Read on....

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love me tender

  Why didn't we think of this years ago? A Guide to Finding the World's Best Dinghy - where you can click to sort over 30 of the world's best dinghies, ranking them by the 10 most important qualities of a dinghy like weight, stability, ease of towing, sailing performance, etc. Our clever friends at Off Center Harbor have created exactly that, and you can click here to get it now, because they're giving access to Anarchists for a limited time. Whether you want a beautiful wooden tender that sails well and can be easily cartopped or a plastic beast the land-lubbing...

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blue for you

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has unveiled what it says is a pioneering US$1.6 billion scheme to scale up global ocean conservation efforts through “blue bonds”. The bonds will refinance and restructure debt for coastal and island countries in exchange for a commitment to protect at least 30% of their near-shore ocean areas, including coral reefs, mangroves and other important habitats. The scheme would help ensure the protection of an additional four million square kilometres of the world’s most biodiverse ocean habitat – a 15% increase on current coverage. It also aims to save 13% of the world’s coral reefs and...

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get off my lawn!

It's almost as if I wrote it. - ed. The geezers at the "paper club", NOSA, need to give up the Newport to Ensenada Race. Their years (decades really) of mismanagement and failure to adapt to yacht racing's trends have resulted in the smallest fleet, in several lifetimes, heading down the coast. Plus their acquisition of the even lamer 'Border Run' race, has resulted in a quarter of the fleet of the "Newport to Ensenada Race" not even crossing the border past San Diego. Good going, losers, instead of learning from the Border Run's failure of multiple courses effectively dividing...

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god save the queen

Really? No more calling boats "She" or "Her"? How about "Bitch" instead - would that make everybody happy?  "It"? FFS... It was The Queen who said: “May God bless her and all who sail in her,” as she commissioned Britain’s latest warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, in 2014. But now the tradition of referring to boats as "she" or "her" is under threat after centuries of naval history. On Tuesday it emerged that a British maritime museum has begun referring to ships it exhibits as "it" in a bid to appear more gender neutral. The decision taken by the Scottish...

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rare view

We dig Skip Novak's adventures. Here's one you can be a part of... Pelagic Australis Photo Sailing Safari in The Falkland Islands - Guided by Rick Tomlinson - 2 - 16 Nov 2019 - A 14 day tour of the islands' finest wildlife sanctuaries and places of photographic interest by sailing vessel. This two week cruise in early November is in the southern spring at the height of the wildlife season for all things that fly and swim. Among other attractions, one of the islands in the far west is home to the biggest Black Browed albatross colony in the...

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cut it

The are lots of changes upcoming with the Laser. It will change name shortly. There are likely legal changes that will be made to the international and national class associations, which will not be allowed to use the Laser name any longer. And there will be new builders as, following the recent decertification of LaserPerfomance, the world supply of hulls is now in the hands of only two relatively small builders in Australia and Japan. And there are completely new rigs that the officials of the international class are looking at introducing. On top of that, the Olympic future of the Laser will be decided later...

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