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new rules

With numerous improvements prompted by user input and internal research over the past year, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its new 2020 VPP and 2020 Rules books are available now for download from the ORC's website at www.orc.org/rules....

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gnarly

Saturday afternoon certainly was a windy one, and photographer Derek Diehl captured images of a wave engulfing a Sheboygan lighthouse. Diehl says he was taking photos between 1-3 p.m. Saturday, and only had to wait about 20 minutes for the bigger wave sets to hit. Although it was windy, Diehl adds he had perfect conditions for the photos, with no rain or snow in the area. According to travelwisconsin.com, the lighthouse is 55' tall. Thanks to wbay.com...

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While the Australian bush fires are something to stand up and take notice of it is something that brings our awareness to the dramatic change in world climates. Our fragile dependence on clean drinking water, our overpopulation and the amount of waste that each and every one of us create so that we can have the most comfortable life we can afford are all considerations we must grapple with every day. We are all connected by the actions of others, more so now than at any other time in our current known history of life on this planet. The Australian bush fires bring the unimaginable burning of millions of acres of forest, the death and destruction of the habitat of over a billion animals, and thousands of human structures burnt to the ground. We can easily question is this the beginning or the end? I know there are so many problems worldwide to focus on not the least of which is how we can get along with each other while still having a comfortable life for ourselves. All we can do now is think about it a little more and not be so set in our own ways and that we are all connected to this small planet. What we have is getting smaller every day. Please just take a minute to think about the way you consume the finite resources we all enjoy at this moment and live like there will be a tomorrow. This is not the mid 20th century anymore. We cannot live like there is no tomorrow with reckless abandon and disregard for the gift we have been given of life itself. We are all connected now more than ever to each other. This is the view from NZ. We are all guilty.  - wrboyes....

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NghsPPB6MUQ&feature=youtu.be Ocean racing has a small number of famous 600-mile races: the Sydney- Hobart, the Fastnet, the Newport- Bermuda, the Caribbean 600 and the Middle Sea Race. Now there is a new member in this exclusive group of special races, presented by the Hellenic Offshore Race Club (HORC), to be sailed from 14 to 20 June 2020: the Aegean 600. This new offshore racing event presents a significant sailing challenge as well as a unique opportunity to sail non-stop in one of the most windy, versatile and beautiful sailing venues of the world. This will be a demanding route where boats will sail 200nm downwind, 200 upwind zig-zaging through the Dodecanese and a last, rewarding reaching leg to the finish line off Cape Sounion. Technical highlights of the race include among others sailing through the Santorini Caldera, 70nm in the Sea of Karpathos and Rhodes, passing through Kos strait as well as the five nautical mile Delos-Mykonos channel, where tough upwind work is expected. Read on....

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We came across this interesting feature by the BBC. Enjoy. The Robertson family spent 38 days adrift with little fresh water or food supplies after their yacht was sunk by killer whales. Their tale of survival reveals the extremes the human body can endure. he wind had dropped the night before, but the sea was still running pretty heavy, especially for a boat like the Lucette. The waves were about head height and in a small boat there was a real risk of going over the side. In the distance a shape in the sea moved towards the yacht. On board, the Robertson family were 200 miles west of Galapagos and two days into a 40-day leg to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia on their round-the-world voyage. Some of the family were sleeping below deck, having kept watch through the night. The morning coffee was brewing on the stove and the family were settling into their normal daily routine. The events that took place in the next few seconds would change their lives forever. Read on....

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sporty buggers!

The 2020 Australian Sports Boat Nationals are going to be held between the 16th and 20th of February at the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto. There is a quality fleet of boats preparing to “bring it on” to the current national champion Malcolm Dean from “The Stig” and take-home the top trophies, sponsored prizes and bragging rights until the 2021 year. “The Stig”, Malcolm Dean’s Shaw 650, blasted out of the blocks last year with a win in their first national titles at Sail Port Stephens then backed it up with a first in the Queensland State Titles and second at Airlie Beach Race Week. The Stig’s focus is to knock off Re-Heat (REO 7.2) at these titles. Re-Heat is the only boat to beat the pace setter in competition racing at last year’s Airlie Beach Race week in the overall results....

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good thinking

From our Fab Forums... 121 Boats signed up so far. for the Three bridge Fiasco in Frisco. 3 marks any order. Sooooo which is da fastestest? Also through the Raccoon Strait or no? I know the Moore guys all know this but I don't have enough sheckels to bribe my kid into Stanford so figuring SA next best plan. Thread.  ...

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from thin air

Too good to be true? GENNY, the Israeli-innovated home appliance that generates water out of thin air, was named the Consumer Technology Association’s Energy Efficiency Product of the Year in the 2020 Smart Home Mark of Excellence Awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Wednesday night – an award series that annually recognizes the tech industry’s top smart home innovations. Created by the environmentally savvy Rishon Lezion-based tech company Watergen, the water-from-air system taps into atmospheric water using patented heat-exchange technology, producing up to 30 liters of potable water for a home or office every day – significantly reducing plastic usage and disposal by eliminating the waste caused by drinking bottled water. Read on....

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