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In Norway,they are trying different ways to celebrate their upcoming Norwegian Constitution Day. At Larvik Sailclub we arranged for our youngsters, a kind of a sailing parade where we put national flags on the dinghies and had some nice time on the water.  ...

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inspiration

For 30 years, the New England 100 has been a main event for multihull sailors.  A “mini Worrell 1000”, the 100 provides a great test of speed, skill and toughness covering 100 miles over 2 days.  While not as well publicized as the local keel boat activities, this is one of the true sailing tests on the east coast.  For many of its regular competitors, Skipp Whyte, Todd Ricardi, Mike Easton and Tripp Burd, this is the highlight of the season. Like all “extreme” sailing events, the 100 has risks and suffered its first fatality last year when event Chairperson and Rockstar cat sailor Sandra Tartaglino was killed by powerboater.  Sandra, at 60, had been sailing the 100 for all 30 years and she was still at the top of her game having won BBR the week before the accident.  The 100 is a highlight for all who sail it, but Sandra loved the event so much that she was the key organizer and even recruited her parents to cook what has become a famous stuffie and chowder dinner every year. Covid 19 is weighing on everyone, we need inspiration more than ever.  For multihull sailors, the New England 100 aims to be the main even for 2020.  A group has stepped into Sandra’s shoes to organize the 31st New England 100 – scheduled for August 15 & 16 in Newport, RI.   The nature of this type of event  (single long-distance races, adults, small-crews) may be more than average conducive to the SOP’s of pandemic life.  There is still a risk of postponement to 2021, but sponsors are on-board, volunteers are ready, registration is open (no late fees), and Sandra’s Parents are ready to cook again!...

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seeking safe

From our awesome friends at Waterlust! 1.5 hours generator run-time, every-other-day, means we have 1.5 years of diesel fuel aboard, in the most optimistic scenario. Propane, not as generous, 10 lb tank per 4 weeks, 17 lbs remain, which equates to 6.8 more weeks of essential cooking gas. Rice: 17 lbs Flour: 25 lbs Beans: 5 lbs Cooking oil: 2.5 liters I keep lists of everything. We are having more rice and seafood than we ever have, thanks to relatively healthy nearby reefs and a well-stocked collection of non-perishables. But despite these food-extending efforts, one day we will run low on supplies. These are the kinds of thoughts that zip through my head daily as we navigate a global pandemic on a sailboat stuck in a desolate corner of the Caribbean. My name is Conor Smith, and like everyone, my life has changed dramatically in recent months. My fiancé, Stephanie, and I live aboard our sailboat full time and had plans to be logging 2,000 nautical miles under her keel by the summertime. Instead we are seeking isolated anchorages in the remote Bahamas to remain safe during these unsure times. We are looking to minimize exposure to other people and have a war-like mindset to reduce our consumption of supplies and fuel to extend the working life of everything we have aboard. Read on....

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got it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agMmESqqA5A&feature=emb_title This is a translated story from last year,  but still interesting! On July 6, 2019, head to the Bahamas archipelago to find my Multi50 "Drekan Group" with which I capsized off the Azores, 18 months earlier during the Transat Jacques Vabre. I left alone, filled with emotions and uncertain about the purpose of this trip but confident in my destiny, as usual. But let's come back in February 2019. Around midnight, I receive the call from a friend based in Switzerland. He is at a trade fair in Amsterdam and thinks he has recognized my Multi50 trimaran on social networks . According to him, adrift, he would have arrived in the Bahamas archipelago, to the wind of the island of Eleuthera. Impossible for me to sleep. I open Facebook and I come across a message from Roston McGregor , director and president of Vaillant Salvage , a towing and salvage company in the Bahamas, who tells me that I can intervene. The multihull is retained by a part of the rig to a few meters of rocks to windward of Eleuthera Island. Indeed, I discovered with surprise the photos and videos of my boat which seems in good condition despite its transatlantic drift, for as long. The next day, a Friday, I call Thibaut George , the president of the Drekan Group , my partner and friend, who has been with me for over 10 years, to keep him informed of this news. We jointly decide to save the boat before it ends up in pieces on a paradise beach in the Bahamas. On Saturday, the order is sent to Roston to secure and tow the boat. He will intervene the same day, barely a few hours before the piece of rigging which held him from the breakers fails....

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stay away from the brown acid

Is this what an aging "pro" sailor does - charge people $21 bucks to watch sailing videos?  Does Isler know that this is not how the interwebs work? Maybe he's spent too much time at Phish concerts. Whatever, I've always thought he was a fuckin' weirdo anyway, but this is what it's come to? - ed. Join Peter Isler as we learn about Sharon’s incredible life pursuing the perfect sailing shot from one of the most respected sailing photographers. This episode is bound to be loaded with some epic sailing pictures and the stories behind them.   ...

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fuck the police

Jesus, unless this is a stunt (or photo-shopped), are them cops stopping this boat for speeding? Fuck if we know, but it sure gave us a reason to be inspired by NWA. And If you look at the shot closely, you will see one of the Cops holding a Radar or Speed Camera and the other with the Stop sign. Nice work, officers. Props to Anarchist Michael....

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princess sparkle pony

https://player.vimeo.com/video/130437119 It's hard to believe this lightning-fast classic, designed by actual rocket scientists, is for sale . Maybe the owners got a little bored with winning nearly every race they entered...? SPARKLE is just one of the scores of good boats for sale in Off Center Harbor's Dream Boat Harbor section. Try not to drool on your keyboard too much as you check out the wide range of choice boats, vetted for value and taste by knowledgeable old salts....

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can can

Where, for the right price, everything on the water is available... The organizers of the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s largest in-water event, have confirmed that this year’s show will go ahead as planned from September 8-13. The news was confirmed today by Reed Expositions, whose staff have been working remotely to ensure the success of the show’s 43rd edition. “The aim is to open the Yachting Festival 2020 in such a way as to allow the event to be held in the best possible conditions and in full compliance with the protection of exhibitors and visitors,” Reed said in today’s statement. Read on....

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go cheap

So you have been frustrated with the high prices of new multihulls, but your inner devil is telling you that you desperately “need” a boat? Don’t despair. You can save alot of money if you are ready to compromise. Read Gregor Tarjan’s article in SAIL magazine about 10 Cruising Cats that you can buy at a relative bargain. Depending on your budget you can spend 50-450,000 US$ and cast off from land-based existence. Will the bargain catamaran be perfect ? No, of course not. But if you are ready to roll-up your sleeves and slowly improve your boat, it might be well worth to set sail earlier rather than wait until you have earned your cruising budget for a new boat. Read on....

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kwai leonard

The 140-foot sailing vessel Kwai has departed the Hawaiian port of Hilo headed for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There, her crew will collect over 100 tons of plastic garbage and ghost nets. The project is led by California-based not-for-profit Ocean Voyages Institute, and less than four days into the voyage, the crew have already removed a variety of plastic debris along with several nets. During the 45-day voyage, the crew will collect garbage with the help of satellite beacons that have been placed on nets by crowd-sourced volunteer yachts and commercial vessels. Drones on board the Kwai enable the ship’s crew to find the debris, recover it, and store it in the ship’s cargo hold for recycling and re-purposing at the end of the voyage. Read on....

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