Extraordinary boats: Bluebottle – late Duke of Edinburgh’s boat - Yachting World

Extraordinary boats: Bluebottle – late Duke of Edinburgh’s boat - Yachting World

Bluebottle is the HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's boat. The Dragon class boat has recently undergone an exacting refit. Rupert Holmes reports

After an 18-month restoration to an impressively high standard, Bluebottle, the Duke of Edinburgh’s boat, is racing again for the first time in 60 years. Even better, the boat won the class in Cowes Week, her first regatta, in the hands of Graham and Julia Bailey, with Cowes boatbuilder David Heritage as crew. She then went on to take 3rd place at the Edinburgh Cup, the Dragon’s UK National Championship.

Bluebottle was originally a wedding gift to then Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh from the members of the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. She was built in 1947 by Camper & Nicholsons in Gosport and the Duke raced her with family, including Prince Charles and Princess Anne, as well as with esteemed local designer Uffa Fox.

He also loaned the boat to a number of sailors, including to the British sailing team for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, where she won a bronze medal, sailed by Graham Mann, Ronald Backus and Jonathan Janson. She was later used as a sail training boat at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth for 40 years.

Bluebottle won her first three races at Cowes Week, sailed by Graham and Julia Bailey with David Heritage. Photo: Paul Wyeth

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Hawaii man greeted by great white shark during ‘insane’ encounter

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Underwater photographer Deron Verbeck said he went diving on Friday, Nov. 26, off the Big Island’s Keahole Point when he thought he saw a school of ulua.

But something was off because the size and shape made him think of a tiger shark at first.

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“I kept looking at the head, I’m like, ‘that is not a tiger shark,’ and it got closer and closer,” Verbeck said. “It just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger and I was like, ‘that is for sure 100% a great white.’

Great white shark spotted off the south shore eating a dead whale

The beast — which Verbeck said was over 15 feet — was not behaving in a threatening way, so he stuck around.

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Behind the scenes of Nauta's groundbreaking design for Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha

Behind the scenes of Nauta's groundbreaking design for Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha
by Nauta Design 20 Nov 08:34 PST

Nauta Design has showcased the depth of its design skills in the brand-new Southern Wind 105GT, Taniwha, one of the stars of the recent Monaco Yacht Show.

Delivered this summer, she has just had her first public outing and collected plaudits from across the sector.

Fourth and lightest version of the Southern Wind 105 hull'Gran turismo' styling creates sleeker deck profileCareful use of natural materials for a clean, cosy feelFloating furniture to reveal hull lines below


Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha - photo © Rob Kamhoot

It was a particularly challenging project because it meant interpreting the owners brief by adding customizations to the versatile SW105 platform and Southern Wind proved to be the right shipyard to master this challenge at best. The Milan-based studio had already drawn the deck lines and designed the interior for the previous three hulls in this Southern Wind's 'smart custom' line series.

"When Southern Wind introduced us to the potential clients, we carefully noted all their wishes and brief and immediately had that light-bulb moment," says Nauta co-founder Massimo Gino. "We gave rise to a sleeker, sporty, automobile design-inspired version of the boat, featuring a new deck design which - together with Southern Wind Shipyard - we christened the "Gran Turismo". When our new design for this SW105 #4 was presented, we could tell by the enthusiasm in the owners' eyes that we had understood and matched their brief."

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Women on waves celebrated at Warrawong film festival

Women on waves celebrated at Warrawong film festival

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A movie night celebrating female surfers will come to Warrawong's Gala Cinema on Saturday December 4. The She Surfs Film Tour will screen collection of short films s across two hours telling inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories from independent filmmakers around the globe. Read more: Hop between venues for hours of live music in Thirroul Organisers said via their aim was to connect like-minded women and "build a community of supportive wave riding women", according to their website. "By showcasing and celebrating the female surfers we hope to make women in surfing more visible," they said, adding the festival was for everyone who loved surfing, young, old, men, women, boys and girls. Read more: Cocktail bar with Indian tapas finally opens in Wollongong The unique selection of films of vary in lengths and styles covering topics relevant to women in surfing. Tickets are available via: events.humanitix.com The Illawarra Mercury newsroom is funded by our readers. You can subscribe to support our journalism here.

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Silent-Yachts Silent 60 Solar Electric Catamaran

Silent-Yachts Silent 60 Solar Electric Catamaran

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Clean, efficient, and nearly noiseless, Silent-Yachts have reimagined the possibilities of clean cruising with the Silent 60. The 60-foot catamaran is powered by two electric motors fueled by 42 solar panels. In place of a traditional sail, the vessel gets a boost from a 9-square-meter kite. Its housed in a dedicated storage locker, along with an electric winch and collapsible mast, and when deployed, it generates power to pull the yacht with a figure-8 motion. This gives the batteries a chance to recharge and the boat to run with zero emissions. Below deck, the interior includes four guest cabins, the main salon, and a galley, while the aft cockpit, the bow area, and a flybridge provide ample space to enjoy the sea breeze. Two swim platforms can be extended to accommodate a pair of jet skis or a four-meter tender.

Presented by Silent Yachts.

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We really shouldn't be boiling shellfish

We really shouldn't be boiling shellfish

Science confirms what every five-year-old knows intuitively — crab and lobsters feel pain and we probably shouldn’t eat them

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It feels like invertebrates are finally getting the love they deserve. There is strong evidence that most crabs and octopods do things that all sentient beings do — like learn and try to protect themselves from harm, CNN reported. Researchers used eight different ways of measuring sentience in these animals, and it turns out that crabs and lobsters met many of the scientific criteria. Does that mean that we’ll finally establish a more human way to eat them? Or could they even get banned as menu options in the future?

Researchers at the London School of Economics released a report earlier in the month that analyzed 300 scientific studies of cephalopod molluscs (like squid and octopuses) and decapod crustaceans (like lobsters, crawfish, and crabs). What they found was that cephalopods and decapods are sentient creatures and they can definitely feel pain. If you’re kind of like “duh obviously,” right now, well, me too. But this research is important because the people who make laws about animal welfare are paying attention.

After a review of the report, the UK government and some legislators are trying to pass a bill that would create an Animal Sentience Committee that will ensure the protection of animals considered to be sentient, reported CNN. No one is exactly sure what kinds of laws will be enacted to protect crustaceans — they will likely include humane ways to prepare them — but these lawmakers are trying to organize on behalf of beings who cannot organize for themselves and it’s making me hopeful about life again.

"The Animal Welfare Sentience Bill provides a crucial assurance that animal wellbeing is rightly considered when developing new laws,” the UK’s Animal Welfare Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith said in a statement released Friday. “The science is now clear that decapods and cephalopods can feel pain and therefore it is only right they are covered by this vital piece of legislation."

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14 Minutes of Perfectly Raw Footage From Greenmount | The Inertia

14 Minutes of Perfectly Raw Footage From Greenmount | The Inertia

Surfing is beautiful. And these surfers, in all this raw footage posted by NobodySurf and their Raw Days series, make surfing look…yes, beautiful. Steph Gilmore, Tyler Wright, Dimity Stoyle, Macy Callaghan, Nikki Van Dijk, and more take advantage of consistent Greenmount as summer spawns in Australia.

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First electric autonomous cargo ship launched in Norway

First electric autonomous cargo ship launched in Norway

[Nov 19, 2021: Pierre-Henry Deshayes]

The Yara Birkeland will eliminate the need for around 40,000 truck journeys a year now fuelledf by polluting diesel. (CREDIT: Yara Birkeland)

Zero emissions and, soon, zero crew: the world's first fully electric autonomous cargo vessel was unveiled in Norway, a small but promising step toward reducing the maritime industry's climate footprint.

By shipping up to 120 containers of fertilizer from a plant in the southeastern town of Porsgrunn to the Brevik port a dozen kilometres (about eight miles) away, the much-delayed Yara Birkeland, shown off to the media on Friday, will eliminate the need for around 40,000 truck journeys a year that are now fuelled by polluting diesel.

"Of course, there have been difficulties and setbacks," said Svein Tore Holsether, chief executive of Norwegian fertiliser giant Yara.

"But then it feels even more rewarding to stand here today in front this ship and see that we were able to do it," he said, with the sleek blue-and-white vessel moored behind him in an Oslo dock, where it had been sailed for the event.

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Into the Southern Ocean – navigating by sextant in the south - Yachting World

Into the Southern Ocean – navigating by sextant in the south - Yachting World

Tom Cunliffe introduces an extract from Andrew Halcrow's book, Into the Southern Ocean, his account of a singlehanded Southern Ocean crossing using only a sextant for navigation

Rudyard Kipling famously wrote that the complete person can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same. Most books of the sea end with some sort of triumph, be it a gentle circumnavigation or a race well won. Andrew Halcrow’s Into the Southern Ocean is cut from a different cloth.

Having already sailed around the world through the tropics in his engineless, self-built yacht Elsi Arrub, he felt the need for harsher challenges and set out in 2006 to cross the Southern Ocean single-handed, navigating entirely by sextant.

Having been foiled by a medical emergency, he vowed to do it again, from east to west against the prevailing wind.

In 2013, a dismasting cut short this effort, but the book this Shetland islander wrote about his great voyage is stirring stuff.

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