• Theme: Sailing

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    Superyachts featuring more and more autonomous functions is a hot topic at this year’s METS, but challenges remain.   Are superyachts plotting a course toward full autonomy? Kongsberg Maritime sales manager Roger Trinterud doesn’t think so. “Generally, I think it’s fair to say that people want to be served by people. In...

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    Abandoned boats are piling up, and the industry has no efficient system for dealing with them. The good news is that fiberglass can be recycled, but the big issue is volume.   Two years ago, the industry organized a conference on reuse and recycling at METS. At this year’s show, the subject is drawing renewed...

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    The overall winner at the 2017 edition of the METS marine show’s DAME awards was an add-on to an established product—one that broadens access to marine activities to those with disabilities. The jury of professionals honored the UK’s Scanstrut Ventures Connect Conversion Kit, which makes it possible to modify the...

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    The seven VO65’s racing 45,000 nautical miles around the globe will be crunching massive amounts of data. That means Big Data is onboard.  This concept refers to huge amounts of information being stored, sorted and analyzed by computers. In a race where all the boats are identical, the tiniest detail can mean the...

    Gender equality is a goal in every sport, and offshore sailing is no exception. New rules in the Volvo Ocean Race are designed to promote female participation. Teams can opt for different gender configurations. The new rules reduce the size of an all-male crew from eight to seven. But if the team includes one or two...

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    Every big event leaves an environmental footprint. In sailboat racing, vessels are built, a huge logistical operation is set in motion and RIBs log hours of water time. In addition, race villages at each port produce a lot of waste. A recently-implemented program is designed to minimize the Volvo Ocean Race’s impact....

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    The TIWAL 3.2, U.S. Boat of the Year in 2014 and winner of a Red Dot design award, is the first performance inflatable dinghy on the market. The compact kit fits in two bags which are easily stowed in a car trunk. Inflation and assembly take just 20 minutes, all without tools. Disassembly is equally rapid and simple....

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    We are at the Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s leading in-water boat show. The festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, with over 600 superyachts, sailboats and multihulls exhibited in the city’s two ports. But today, we’re mainly interested in foils. Foils are those small carbon wings beneath the hull...

    After three years of conception and construction, the giant Edmond de Rothschild trimaran underwent initial sea trials off Lorient, France in August. The latest member of the Gitana racing stable, the 15.5-ton vessel measures 32 meters long and 23 in the beam. It’s the first maxi tri ever designed for full foiling,...

    Emphasizing hands-on, low-tech sailing, the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR 2018) takes circumnavigation back in time.   Nearly five decades have passed since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, becoming the first man to sail solo and nonstop around the planet. Next year will see a...