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So how many calories does paddling boarding burn? If you are paddling hard, up to 800-1000 calories per hour! What can be said is that stand up paddling is just as intense as other paddling water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, or Hawaiian outrigger.
Nereids, hand maidens of Poseidon The new Nereida is a Najad 380, hull number 82, built in 2009 by Najadvarvet at Henån on the island of Orust in Sweden, just north of Göteborg. She is named after the 'nereids' of ancient Greek mythology who were the 'handmaidens of Poseidon' (or Neptune, as the Romans called him) - so she is a 'sea nymph'!
You turn the key, push the diesel engine starter button and your engine starts just as you expect.
Copyright Somira Sao Episode 19 of The Sailing Podcast is with James Burwick and Somira Sao who, along with their children Tormentina and Raivo Max have crossed from Portland Maine to France, then via South Africa to Australia. They are currently en-route to New Zealand, where another addition to the family is expected and then the adventure will continue. They are traveling aboard ‘Anasazi Girl’, an Open 40 designed by Finot-Conq. Anasazi Girl is described on their website as ‘a high tech carbon rocket-ship’ and is probably not what you would imagine a family cruising vessel to be like. You can find their journey cataloged at their blog at www.anasaziracing.blogspot.com.au and from there you can find links to Somira’s photography and links to their facebook page and YouTube channel.
UK Sailmakers has just released a new version of its popular UK Sailmakers Rules Quiz Program. The RQP has been called “the easiest way to learn the rules of sailing” and you can test it out by clicking here . Every four years, when the International Sailing Federation updates the Racing Rules of Sailing, UK’s Rules experts go back to the drawing board and create a fresh collection of online quizzes. Each animated quiz is an effective learning tool that depicts a common sailing situation and tests sailors’ knowledge of key Rules.
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:07am AEST There are growing pressures on Tasmania's marina and mooring infrastructure, with some bays at full capacity. In the past decade, boat moorings have more than doubled to 4,500.
If you are anything like me, you want a solid, secure sailing knot in the end of your headsail sheets to keep them from running back through your sailboat blocks. The figure eight has been used as an end stopper on a headsail sheet for many years. Stoppers are used on the bitter end to prevent the headsail sheet from running back out through the sheet lead blocks. But there's just one problem...
David Bowden's money-saving technique for restoring acrylic windows to as-new condition. Most yachts have acrylic windows and hatches and over time they will drive you crazy. Although acrylic is a marvelous material, it develops minute cracks and lines which eventually grow until the whole window becomes opaque.
Planning your maintenance program through the off-season months, by Bob Ross. While maintenance needs to be ongoing throughout the season, the off-season winter months offer the opportunity for a thorough check of all items and replacement or repair for those that need attention. Sound planning, as in everything in life, will make the job easier. Organise the annual overhaul so that each area of the boat is attended to in an orderly fashion. If you have the skills among your crew members, have them do as much of the basic maintenance as possible to build a knowledge bank on how each system and piece of equipment works.
Tired of doing a contortionist act when dropping the pick? Alan Lucas details how to extend foredeck working space with a DIY anchor platform. An anchor platform is an extension bolted onto or moulded into the foredeck from which it projects forward of the stem to allow more than one bower anchor to be permanently stowed and deployed. It also keeps the anchors well apart and far enough outboard to minimise hull damage during their handling. Coincidentally, a platform also provides a wider and more secure footing around the forestay.
Nigel Ridgway reflects on what he has learned from his encounters with gales offshore. As you cast off the lines to embark on an ocean passage, there’s little time to consider whether you’ll cop a gale on your voyage — but it’s never far from the back of your mind. Skippers tend to begin passages in settled weather.
Hand-held VHF radios are extremely useful, either to be carried on a tender when getting to or from the boat for safety reasons or to be taken on deck when out of range of the boat’s main radio. Racers find them useful for listening into the race committee and especially to hear if there has been a recall at the start. Two of the better brands of hand-held come from Icom and GME. Icom Icom is a reliable two-way radio brand, with the product being manufactured in Japan to strict quality standards. The range of hand-helds includes four different models, the IC-M23, the IC-M35, the IC-M72 and the semi-commercial IC-M88.
Is it time to replace the other form of propulsion on your yacht? We look at reasons to re-power, and some brands that are worth considering. There are three reasons why a yacht owner might choose to replace his or her diesel. Weight - Over the past 10 years, manufacturers have found a number of different ways to reduce the footprint and, more importantly, the weight of their engines. This means that a racing yachtie looking to lighten the boat could save quite a few kilograms by replacing a 10-year-old engine, say, with a modern light-weight of the same power. Reliability - If you hold your breath wondering whether it will start every time you turn the key, it’s time to replace the old donk.
Seamenship - Short-handing Alan Lucas looks at seamanship skills that keep short-handed sailors safe. Single handed sailing is filled with the pleasures of self-reliance, responsibility and challenging situations, foremost amongst the latter being the ability to establish a balance between good watch-keeping and adequate sleep. When coastal cruising, it is rarely necessary to spend more than one night at sea, most of us being quite capable of doing 36-hour tricks without sleep. Interspersed throughout the night can be rest periods of twenty minutes using an alarm clock or egg timer to prevent a nap becoming a dangerously long sleep.