Tall Ships 2017 Video - I haven't posted a video for a long time but put together this short from clips taken on the trip on the *Zephyr* during the Tall Ships 2017. Not that I'm...
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Gary Jobson America's Cup Report 18 — America's Cup Experience:
"Today's victory by Oracle Team USA concluded an America's Cup that will add quite a unique chapter to the long history of this regatta. At the post race press conference, team owner Larry Ellison, was on stage. He was gracious, funny, respectful, interesting and happy. I sat among the 100 or so journalists thinking to myself, "Where has this guy been?" Ellison explained that he was absent because he simply wanted to support his team, and let them run the defense. There was no doubt, however, who was in charge. Alongside Ellison were the Australian skipper of OTUSA, James Spithill, the Australian strategist, Tom Slingsby, and the British tactician, Ben Ainslie. The team leader, New Zealander Russell Coutts was not on stage, and he was missed. Ellison gave Coutts considerable credit for pushing the team to improve when they were behind. Something happened during 19 races over the past 19 days that took the American team from awful to spectacular."
|Seeding an oyster reef in the Bronx River|
"Not much lived in the Bronx River in the 1970s, when it was tainted with toxic chemicals and human waste and choked by abandoned cars dumped into its waters.
The oyster did.
Oysters clung tenaciously to tires here and there, a tiny remnant of the vast oyster reefs that once thrived in New York City’s waterways and nourished natives and settlers alike. Now after decades of cleanup efforts in the river, the oyster has emerged as a tangible measure of how much more needs to be done to return the river closer to its natural state.
A one-acre oyster reef has been created in the river just off the shore of Soundview Park in the South Bronx — one of the largest oyster restoration projects in the city. On Saturday, students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School relocated about 100,000 farm-raised baby oysters, known as spat-on-shell, to the reef, which was made this summer by piling 100 tons of empty shells on the river’s muddy bottom. "
|Shackleton's cabin aboard the doomed Endurance|
Cleaning up your desk can be a good idea. But “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition,” Dr. Vohs and her co-authors conclude in the study, “which can produce fresh insights.”The implications of these findings are also practical. “My advice would be, if you need to think outside the box” for a future project, Dr. Vohs says, then let the clutter rise and unfetter your imagination. But if your primary goal is to eat well or to go to the gym, pick up around your office first. By doing this, the naturally messy can acquire some of the discipline of the conscientious.
|eastbound from CIYC on North River 2|
|Angelita - Nick Potter, designer|
|Spartan - New York 50 - N.G. Herreshoff, designer|
|Ticonderoga - L.F. Herreshoff, designer|
|Natanya - Dictator class Friendship sloop, Jarvis Newman designer/builder|
|Cadenza - Rozinante canoe yawl - L.F. Herreshoff, designer|
|Lovinde - Marshall Cat|
|Allegra - S boat - N.G. Herreshoff, designer|
|Aegir - John Alden, designer|
|North River 2 - Buzzards Bay 14 - L.F. Herreshoff, designer|
|Bacchant - 75 Sq. meter,-Knud Reimers, designer|
|Upon receipt of the emergency call from the vessel on Friday, an armada of vessels were dispatched by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) to help subdue, or perhaps just hangout downwind, of the flames which had spread to the Gold Star’s bridge. The 9 members of the ship’s crew were rescued by AFM assets. Reports that firefighters broke off early because they were suffering from the munchies could not be confirmed|