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Spirit Yachts using Lignia

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At the Southampton Boat Show 2019 we visited the new Spirit CR50 yacht and talked to them about using Lignia on the yacht's deck. Lignia is the new-ish FSC certified timber product which uses sustainable timber like pine that is impregnated with a resin which is then heat-cured to improve longevity and performance . Spirit's [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Pip Hare defying the odds in the Fastnet

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This year’s Rolex Fastnet race held several surprises, not least how Poole-based round-the-world sailor Pip Hare pulled ahead of the rest of the IMOCA 60 fleet in the early stages of the race. On paper, her 20-year-old boat should have been towards the back of her class, but instead she led the westbound charge from [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Greta Thunberg sets sail from Plymouth

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Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish climate protection activist, set sail from Plymouth this afternoon bound for the New York United Nations Climate Change conference aboard the 60ft (18.28m) foiling high-tech racing yacht Malizia II.   Greta, who has never sailed offshore before, famously refuses to fly, citing carbon emmissions by jet aeroplane as one [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

RNLI returns boat to owners after two years adrift

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James Walker from Lancaster and co-owner Phil Smith were delighted when their boat, which had been missing at sea for nearly two years, was found and returned to them by the RNLI. Fleetwood RNLI launched to a call from a merchant vessel steaming out of Heysham, that a small rowing boat was seen adrift in [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Climate change pirates colour Falmouth in pink

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Falmouth Week wakes up to a call for Climate Change as 200 Pink Flags are placed on boats overnight Pirate Rebels brave Friday night’s wild weather warnings to board boats under cover of darkness and install 200 flags across Falmouth Harbour in Cornwall. Falmouth town awakens on Saturday to a harbour covered in pink flags [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Cowes issues safety codes

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As Cowes Week is set to begin the harbour master at Britain's home of yachting, Capt. Stuart McIntosh, has issued a guide to essential harbour safety for all boat users. Cowes Harbour Commission’s number one priority and responsibility is to maintain a safe harbour for all, the HM says. Equally, it is the responsibility of all [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Excelsior’s new boat

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New Lowestoft-built ship's boat is launched for Excelsior Excelsior Trust – the Lowestoft based sailing charity – has taken delivery of a traditional ships’ boat, built by Lowestoft’s International Boatbuilding Training College.  This boat is an historical reconstruction based upon a drawing held by the Science Museum recording of a smack’s boat in 1937. Excelsior [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

ACR’s new personal locators

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Press release: ACR Electronics is launching its ResQLink™ PLB 400 series - the ResQLink 400 and ResQLink View Personal Locator Beacons Safety equipment specialist uses survivor feedback to further enhance the world’s best-selling Personal Locator Beacons with new user-friendly innovations  ACR Electronics is launching its next-generation ResQLink™ Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) – the latest evolution of [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Jetski is a Russian Word

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By Sam Llewellyn It is a little-known fact that the jetski, like the tractor and the iron lung, was invented by Stalin - though on closer inspection the roots of these machines in a Communist dictatorship are easily discernible. Jetniks, as their riders were originally called, claimed that access to the seas was free to [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

A new gig

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A first view of the new Harker's Yard gig - built in glassfibre by apprentices with the Pioneer Trust in Brightlingsea.     The new gig is the same as the well known wooden ones, and was being tested for buoyancy. Nina Crouchman  and the Pioneer Trust’s founder and chairman Rupert Marks were [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

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