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Our planet is primarily water; the seas cover 71% of the Earth. NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Centre estimates the world’s water comes to around 321,003,271 cubic miles.
That’s a huge portion of our world, so just what is lurking under the waves? Dive in with Tracerco to find out.
Dartmouth Sailing Week is one of the most enjoyable and welcoming events in Devon’s sailing calendar – an unmissable mix of fun, competitions and entertainment (not forgetting those all-important refreshments!). Its special atmosphere makes it a firm favourite with local and visiting sailors, and spectators will find a glorious floating display to watch and admire.
The week, which starts with the Senior Dinghy Regatta and then continues on to the August Bank Holiday weekend, showcases the river Dart in all its glittering summer glory, and whether you’re afloat or on land, you’ll find yourself drawn into the exciting programme of events. Among the mix are many old favourites – after all, Dartmouth Sailing Week is now in its 174th year – as well as new activities, ensuring that all the family are involved and entertained.
The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 7th August, this year supported by Title Sponsor Lendy, with a number of celebrations culminating in the announcement that Tracy Edwards was the winner of the Ladies Day Trophy at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.
The trophy was introduced for the first time in 2006 to champion the role of women in sailing and the sheer number of female competitors racing at Lendy Cowes Week. There are some 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta this year and around a third of them are female.
Here's your weekly Golden Globe Race update - all doing well, with a bit of dropping out. Good luck to them all as they head further South! Go Susie!
On a recent trip to Bali, Indonesia Boatshed Texas was introduced to some of the traditional fishing boats the locals call Jukung or Cadik's a open wooden outrigger canoe. The fisherman that work tirelessly each day to bring in the catch head out in the early hours of the night across the Lombok Straights to bring in the days catch. The trip out in addition to being pitch black is also to windward against the elements as the prevailing winds are easterly so they are motor sailing on the outbound trip. However at sunrise there beholds a spectacle that is nothing short of a treat as if you are an early bird as i am & after traveling half way around the planet my internal clock was still back on Lone Star time; so there i was watching the Sunrise over the ocean & was able to observe this amazing sight as a fleet of sails returned to the beach in which they set off from earlier that morning.
The rig on these fishing vessels is also unique with a Lateen type rig called a Crab Claw sail made of colored cloth (although many of the newer canoes are built in fiberglass & sport dacron sails) and the out riggers are made in part with bamboo & mahogany of which is one of the primary materials for construction here in Indonesia. After a fast pace run down wind & once close to shore they lower their rigs & fire up their outboards and motor in to the beach and get as far up into the sand as possible as the tides on Bali at least on the eastern end of the island can come in quite high. After the fisherman secure their canoes, it's off to market with the day's catch of the which more often is mackerel or a similar type fish. Sometimes they catch a Baramundi which i can tell you is delicious especially when prepared on a grill with Balinese herbs & local spices.
During our visit to Bali, we were able to take a trip out on one of these amazing outrigger canoes to watch the sunset the fisherman's name was Wayan although spoke very little English you could tell that the Ocean was in his blood and this tradition had been passed down from generations before him. To observe this was a real treat and from a time & place that remains strong in local tradition it really makes you appreciate a simpler way of life. Needless to say whether you are racing around the Globe in the GGR or out fishing for your favorite bite #LifesBetterOnaBoat where ever you maybe...
Boatshed announced this morning that it will be awarding 5000 UK pounds in cash to the fastest boat in the 2018 Golden Globe Race
The 5000 prize matches the original award that all competitors raced for 50 years ago.
The inReach Mini from Garmin is a compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Weighing just 120g, the inReach Mini can easily be attached to your backpack, carried in your pocket or safely stored in your boat. No more worrying about unreliable coverage or being within range of a cell tower – the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network. Users have access to a cloud-based website to not only plan future trips with specific waypoints and routes but to create preset messages and quick texts. In the portal, users can sync and manage their device settings, update firmware, link social media accounts and store unlimited location tracking data.
Boatshed HQ team members are on location at the race Village in Les Sables-d'Olonne for the start of the Golden Globe Race on Sunday.
Boatshed are proud to be sponsors of the GGR and have sold several boats to race competitors
Take on the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Plastic Challenge’ to try and detox your life of the planet’s substance of convenience
With more plastic than fish (by weight) in our seas predicted to be a possibility by 2050, our reliance on plastic in all its forms is clear.
A maritime welfare charity that helped The Beatles when they fell on hard times has released a new book, which includes how it fed George Harrison horsemeat in Hamburg.
Whenever they played Hamburg, the band visited Sailors’ Society’s seafarers’ centre.
Following its support at the GBR Optimist Team Selection Trials earlier this month, Marlow Ropes announces its sponsorship of the International Optimist Class Association (IOCA).
As a practical partner for grass-roots sailing, Marlow will share it technical expertise and work with coaches and sailors to ensure that the best lines are used for the application. At the key events in the IOCA calendar Marlow will provide rig-checks, rope education and practical splicing workshops.
The July BoatBid auction will run from the 13th to the 17th July 2018 .
ON DECK at Waterline Boats!
We present the first in a series of tales from a local Shoreham yachtsman, Kevin Gilroy, describing his adventures as he sets out to sail around the UK.