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  • Beam-Riding and Sail Stability (sending "starchips" to α Centauri: travel time 20-40yrs)

    06/24/2017 11:15:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 6/23/17 | Paul Gilster
    Beam-Riding and Sail Stability by Paul Gilster on June 23, 2017 Breakthrough Starshot, the ambitious 30-year plan for launching small interstellar craft to a nearby star, depends critically on the sails that will ride a laser beam to 20 percent of lightspeed. In the essay below, James Benford takes a hard look at where we are now in the matter of sail stability, a subject he and brother Gregory have analyzed in their laboratory work. But as Jim points out, there is a great deal we still don’t know, emphasizing the need for a dedicated test facility in which deep...
  • Iran's navy aims to sail off US shores soon

    09/04/2012 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/4/12 | Staff
  • USS Constitution Sails For First Time Since 1997

    08/20/2012 11:21:06 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 25 replies
    NAVY ^ | 19 August 2012 | Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald
    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution departed her berth from Charlestown, Mass. Aug. 19, to set sail for the first time since 1997, during an underway demonstration commemorating Guerriere Day. The underway honored the 200th anniversary of Constitution's decisive victory over the HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812, marking the first time a United States frigate defeated a Royal Navy frigate at or nearly equal size. It's also the battle in which Constitution earned her famous nickname "Old Ironsides." The ship got underway at 9:57 a.m. with tugs attached to her sides and 285 people on board, including special...
  • Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 4 ~ Feb. 17, 2012 ~ Spring Projects

    02/17/2012 9:33:34 AM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 4 ~ Feb. 17, 2012 ~ Spring Projects Launching ~ Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 1 ~ Jan. 27, 2012 Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 2 ~ Feb 3, 2012 ~ “Off Season” Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 3 ~ Feb. 10, 2012 ~ Boat TransportationLast week’s thread had 23 posts, including boat transportation sources and recommendations. With Spring in the air and the boating season around the corner, what is everyone doing to prepare? This week I have been busy helping clients either prep their boats to sell or get...
  • Launching ~ Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 1 ~ Jan 27, 2012

    01/27/2012 10:29:06 AM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Ahoy, fellow FR boating lovers! (Boating = all boats and water-related activities; sailing, cruising, fishing, beach combing, flipflop wearing, key lime pie eating, surfing, SUPing – if it floats, tastes salty or is sand encrusted, it belongs here!) While politics are important, our country is great, and FR is amazing; boating is all about fun afloat! This post is the launch of a weekly FR thread about anything and everything boating. (Boating FReepers are either enjoying their boats or dreaming about boats while surfing on Free Republic.) Back story: my parents met in a boatyard, I grew up on boats,...
  • 2 Found Dead After Sailboat Capsizes During Mackinac Race (Chicago, IL to Mackinac Island, MI)

    07/18/2011 8:04:26 AM PDT · by PDMiller · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 18, 2011 | Staff
    The bodies of two people have been pulled from the water in northern Lake Michigan after a sailboat participating in the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac capsized in a storm near Fox Island early Monday morning. Six were rescued. The names of the two were not released by the Coast Guard. Officials could not recall any previous drowning deaths during past races. The Coast Guard was notified at 11:40 p.m. CDT Sunday by radio by crew members from the sailing vessel Sociable, that the 35-foot sailing vessel WingNuts had capsized, sending eight people into the water. Crew aboard the...
  • Flotilla faces serious delays, might sail only next week

    06/28/2011 4:16:05 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/29/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Technical difficulties, dwindling participation and possible sabotage sap momentum of Freedom Flotilla 2; 350 people expected to participate, as opposed to 1,500 originally expected by organizers. Withdrawn insurance deeds, alleged sabotage and Greek bureaucracy have dealt a setback to organizers of Freedom Flotilla 2, who said on Tuesday that departure to the Gaza Strip might be postponed until next week. In addition, a mere 350 people are expected to participate in the flotilla, as opposed to the 1,500 originally expected by the organizers. “There have been many obstacles and complaints. Some boats are not ready and it is not clear...
  • Dutch teen sailor reaches Canary Islands (14 years old)

    08/26/2010 12:15:33 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 17 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 08/26/10 | Ciaran Giles
    MADRID – A 14-year-old Dutch sailor aiming to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world says she has reached Spain's Canary Islands off northwest Africa but declined Thursday to say where exactly she was. "Now I'm in the Canary Islands with the first stage of my trip behind me," Laura Dekker wrote on her website. "It was a great first stage that I can look back on with a good feeling. The message was posted Wednesday but gave no details as to where on the seven-island archipelago she was. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press,...
  • Crafton family enjoys rare closeness after seven years together at sea

    08/02/2010 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies · 45+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1 August, 2010 | Steve Hendrix
    After living the past seven years in this cabin the size of a hotel bathroom, the Crafton family seems in no hurry to clear out now..."I went to a Wal-Mart the first week we were back, and I had to come home and take a nap," says Tom, rolling his ice-gray eyes and leaning against the teak bulkhead. "It's way too soon for that. Some of our cruising friends warned us about reentry. Baby steps, baby steps."
  • Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax(taxes are for the little people)

    07/23/2010 5:30:27 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, July 23, 2010 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.
  • Abby Sunderland's solo bid was 'too risky' says American Sailing Association

    06/13/2010 6:52:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 134 replies · 2,075+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 14th June 2010 | Carly Crawford and Michael Harvey
    THE United States' peak sailing body was so concerned about Abby Sunderland's solo record bid that it refused to sponsor her. As the young sailor blasted her critics, the American Sailing Association confirmed it had knocked back the teenager's appeal for help, fearing commercial endorsement might encourage her to take too many risks. "We chose not to be sponsors of Abigail because we did have concerns about the timing of her departure," said executive director Charlie Nobles. Abby's route placed her in the treacherous Indian Ocean during the notoriously tough winter months. "She had a lot of sponsors that were...
  • Sunderland "reality" show preplanned before Abby's misadventure

    06/13/2010 7:22:19 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 84 replies · 1,942+ views
    (Info derived from linked article) Sunderland "reality" show was preplanned before Abby's misadventure: Adventures in Sunderland (Reality TV Show) Distribution Rights: Magnetic Entertainment Exec Producer: Magnetic Entertainment "A family oriented Adventure show, based on the Sunderland Family of Thousand Oaks, CA. We follow the family in their day-to-day lives as shipbuilder Laurence Sunderland and mother/teacher Marianne try to balance work and family." "Magnetic Entertainment" is the sponsor of the ill-fated voyage. (pdf list of sponsors)
  • Round-the-World Calif. Teen Sailor Found Alive

    06/11/2010 4:05:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 402 replies · 6,462+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/11/2010 | Fox News
    CANBERRA, Australia -- A 16-year-old California girl who was feared lost at sea while sailing solo around the world has been found alive and well, adrift in the southern Indian Ocean with rescue boats headed toward her damaged yacht, officials said. After a tense 20 hours of silence, a Qantas Airbus A330 search plane launched from Australia's west coast made radio contact with Abby Sunderland on Friday in the frigid southern seas where her boat was repeatedly knocked down by huge waves and she lost satellite phone contact.
  • Abby Sunderland Feared Lost at Sea

    06/10/2010 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 482 replies · 5,726+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 | ROBERT RUDMAN, MARC DORIAN and TOM McCARTHY
    Abby Sunderland, 16, who is attempting to become the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the globe, was feared lost at sea today after her crew lost contact with her boat. Jeff Casher, an engineer on Sunderland's support team, said two emergency beacons on her boat are now signaling she is in trouble. Abby's mother, MaryAnne Sunderland, told ABC News that Abby manually activated two beacons around 6 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday. A beacon designed to automatically go off when it contacts water had not been activated, she said. Abby was in 20-25 foot waves at the time of last contact,...
  • Teen sailor Abby Sunderland focus of emergency rescue effort

    06/10/2010 10:19:33 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 202 replies · 2,135+ views
    Pete Thomas Outdoors ^ | June 10, 2010 | Pete Thomas
    A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning. Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds yesterday (Thursday local time) before conditions briefly abated. However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Coast Guard at French-controlled Reunion Islands that both of Sunderland's EPIRB satellite devices had been activated. One apparently is attached to a survival suit and meant to be...
  • Emergency Rescue Effort is Launched for Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland (16 years Old and Alone)

    06/10/2010 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 105 replies · 2,394+ views
    Grind TV ^ | 6/10/2010 | Grind TV
    A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning. Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds Thursday before conditions briefly abated. However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Australian Coast Guard that both of Sunderland's EPIRB satellite devices had been activated. One is apparently is attached to a survival suit or a life raft and meant to be...
  • Space yacht will be first craft to travel on 'solar waves' as it sets sail for Venus

    04/29/2010 12:56:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies · 691+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2010 | Clair Bates
    A 'space yacht' propelled only by sunlight particles bouncing off its kite-shaped sails is to launch next month. A rocket carrying the Japanese craft will blast off from Tanegashima Space Center on May 18. Once in space the short cylindrical pod will separate from the rocket spinning up to 20 times a minute. This will help it to unfold its flexible 46ft sail, which is thinner than a human hair.
  • Setting Sail Into Space, Propelled by Sunshine

    11/10/2009 6:58:18 AM PST · by green iguana · 5 replies · 513+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11-9-09 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    About a year from now, if all goes well, a box about the size of a loaf of bread will pop out of a rocket some 500 miles above the Earth. There in the vacuum it will unfurl four triangular sails as shiny as moonlight and only barely more substantial. Then it will slowly rise on a sunbeam and move across the stars. ... In principle, a solar sail can do anything a regular sail can do, like tacking.
  • Teen Completes Sail Around the World (OK, This is cool!)

    07/16/2009 12:45:23 PM PDT · by devane617 · 21 replies · 758+ views ^ | 07/16/2009 | Bob DeCastro
    As the morning fog lifted this morning off Harbor Mouth at Marina del Rey, it revealed a sailboat piloted by a 17-year-old boy from Thousand Oaks who had just become the youngest to sail around the world alone.
  • Recently Wounded Vets Sail Toward New Recognition of Capabilities

    10/02/2008 4:27:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 250+ views
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 2, 2008 – Army Staff Sgt. Michael Fradera had never even been on a sailboat before an improvised explosive device in Baghdad blasted away both of his legs during the early days of the troop surge in Iraq. Kevin Wixom, captain of B-Quest II, shows Army Staff Sgt. Michael Fradera how to steer the vessel through San Diego Harbor during the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. DoD photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But yesterday, the former 1st Infantry Division soldier, now medically retired from the Army, was the king of San...