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America's Cup Race Gets A Radical New Single-Hulled Boat

This undated concept drawing shows a radical fully foiling monohull, the AC75, for the 2021 America's Cup, created by Emirates Team New Zealand. Virtual Eye/AP hide caption toggle caption Virtual Eye/AP This undated concept drawing shows a radical fully foiling monohull, the AC75, for the 2021 America's Cup, created by Emirates Team New Zealand. Virtual Eye/AP Emirates Team New Zealand, which took home the America's Cup after swiping it from Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in a duel of foiling catamarans off Bermuda this summer, has reinvented the boat that will next compete for the trophy. After its win in June, Team New Zealand announced three months later that the 166-year-old competition — dominated by monohull boats until a switch to giant multihulls seven years ago — would return to single-hull designs. On Monday, the kiwi syndicate and rivals Luna Rossa from Italy unveiled the broad outlines of the boats...
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Watch: This flying drone folds its wings and dives into the sea, then relaunches itself

I'm a sucker for bio-inspired engineered. This air-and-sea drone, called the Aquatic Micro Air Vehicle, or AquaMAV, had my number from the first splash. The drone can fly up to 25mph and cover a distance of more than six miles on a charge. After it dives, it can collect water samples and then relaunch itself out of the water using a powerful gas jet. Developed by Mirko Kovac, PhD, who directs the Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial College London, the device is one of a growing number of multi-domain robots that can traverse disparate environments. Dr. Kovac focuses on biologically inspired flying robots for distributed sensing in air and water. A 2015 paper he co-authored helps explain the thinking behind multimodal locomotion -- that is, the ability to move in a variety of ways. This rise in interest is due to the enormous requirements of multidomain earthquake rescue, pollution monitoring,...
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How Ian Walsh Finished What He Started

Tracking the path of the six surfers who made the Final at Jaws. "Guys had been paddling it for a while, but mainly the lefts, so we thought it might be worth a shot on the rights," Ian Walsh said, about the first time he paddle-surfed Pe'ahi back in 2011. "When I would be out there towing I would notice little windows to paddle into a wave or two and it really got the wheels turning in my head. We were so caught up in the moment of what we were surfing that day that we weren't really thinking too much past it. Later we all just realized the potential and were excited to explore how far we could go with it." That exploration process reached its zenith in the Semifinal of the Pe'ahi Challenge when Walsh rode one of the best waves in surfing history. Yet that wave, and...
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Paige Alms on her Jaws victory and the future of women’s Big Wave surfing

This story originally appeared on SURFER . Words by Ashtyn Douglas . Paige Alms works as a server at the Paia Fish Market in Maui a few nights each week. She serves fish tacos and sandwiches to tourists and locals and collects those cash tips, thank you very much. When she isn't behind the cash register or prepping 5-gallon buckets of tartar sauce before shifts, she's busy progressing the level of women's surfing — like she did last weekend at Jaws. Paige Alms at the Pe’ahi Challenge. Photo: Aeder/SURFER The 2017 Pe'ahi Challenge is one that will go down in competitive big-wave infamy. The contest saw arguably the best top-to-bottom surfing that has ever gone down at a big-wave venue. The waves were XXL, the conditions were beautiful, monster barrels were threaded in Semifinal No.2, and the lines drawn were incomparable to those of any prior big-wave event. Alms, who...
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Lifesaver drones will soon be auto-detecting sharks and shouting at swimmers from above

Drone technology seems to be exploding in two different directions: camera drones for aerial videography, and drones with AI deep learning capabilities for a wide range of different commercial and industrial purposes. The ability to get up high, take in a huge amount of visual and spatial information, and then have a GPU crunch it and do a lot of the work identifying objects, classifying them and deciding what to do about them holds great potential. One application we didn't see coming is this, the Shark Spotter, a new initiative being tested by the Ripper Group out of New South Wales, Australia. In conjunction with local surf life saving services, the Ripper Group has been using a range of fairly serious-grade UAVs to assist with lifeguard duties. Up to this point, the Little Ripper drones have spent a lot of their time on surveillance duties, looking for people in distress,...
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PETER HART OPERATION ROTATION

Tweet Words Peter Hart   //  Photos  C/O Hart Photography unless noted. Originally published within the April ’17 edition. In part 2 of his ‘learn to loop’ story, Harty describes how the triumphant first rotation and scrambled waterstart should only be the beginning of a long and joyous journey. Gerard Kelly taught himself to loop in his late forties. He’s a frequent visitor to Pozo in Gran Canaria, the looping capital of the world; and it was there, after a week of mental and physical preparation, that he nailed his first one. Gerard is a natural risk-taking, former Gaelic footballer player hewn from the stone of his native Donegal. Given that it was 3.7 weather (even for 90 kg Gerard), there was a hint of a suggestion that these first loops may have been a little agricultural.  Being an affable Irishman, he quickly made friends in Pozo, two of which were...
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From the Archives: Sailing Downwind? Set a Whisker Pole

No matter whether the journey is a trade-wind romp across a thousand miles of ocean or a daysail up the bay, a cruising boat that's not equipped with a whisker pole loses the ability to sail efficiently when the destination is dead downwind. In any chop or waves, it's difficult, if not impossible, to wing the jib out unsupported, and with the wind farther aft than about 140-degrees apparent, the main will blanket the jib or genoa. That's a total of about 80 degrees of apparent wind that you can't use efficiently without a pole. But many cruisers don't carry a pole because they feel it's difficult to set up and use. That's not the case if you follow a few simple steps. Let's go through what it takes to wing out your jib with a pole. Your equipment needs? A topping lift or spare halyard to raise the pole...
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Updated: Mapping what's open and closed in the Caribbean

PUERTO RICO Three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's tourism industry has come together to move forward on a path to recovery. With a full industry assessment almost complete, the island's airports and cruise ports are fully operational and major hotels are expected to take new reservations beginning this week. "We expect to welcome visitors to the Island in the weeks ahead, especially those looking to travel with a purpose as we're working to finalize compelling voluntourism activities for those who want to head out beyond San Juan and help the communities in greater need," said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC). The Luis Muoz Marin International Airport is fully operational, with scheduled domestic and international flights. Airports in Aguadilla, Ponce, Ceiba, Isla Grande and Vieques are operational and offering limited service. The PRTC is in direct communication with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise...
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