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10 of Africa's best water adventures

(CNN) — "Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world ... an empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest," wrote Joseph Conrad in classic novella "Heart of Darkness." He was speaking of a journey along the Congo River, but the same could be said for any great African lake or river. Even more than the deserts, mountains and great plains, the continent's waterways reflect the blend of wildness, beauty and serenity that initially draws people to Africa and keeps them coming back. "Water journeys in Africa are particularly alluring because rivers are communication channels and lifelines," says Guy Lankester of From Here 2 Tumbuktu , an adventure travel company that books trips on the Senegal and Niger rivers in West Africa. Here are 10 of Africa's most impressive water adventures: 1. Houseboating the Chobe River (Namibia and Botswana) Zambezi Queen offers safari...
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How Heel Affects Speed and Handling

The underwater hull shape of your boat when it heels affects how much sailing length is put to work, how easy it is to steer, and how much horsepower it can carry aloft as the breeze increases. Consequently, some hull shapes must be sailed differently to get the best performance. To explain this concept, let’s compare three of my designs that represent common, but very different, hull shapes: a beamy IOR 40 called Chariot, the long and narrow Canadian 12-Meter True North I with pronounced overhangs, and a 50-foot deep-draft sportboat design, the Daniells 50. Effective waterline length A general design rule is that the longer the waterline, the higher the hull’s speed potential. Perhaps the most important change when a boat is heeled is the length of the hull in the water, which is also known as effective waterline length or sailing length. Before the advent of rating rules...
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Flying Flipper’s Superfly GT 42

Flying Flipper, a Scandinavian boatbuilder with a memorable name, launched its Superfly GT 42 recently at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The 42-foot-8-inch, high-performance vessel has power options ranging from twin 400 hp Mercury outboards up to triple 627 hp Seven Marines that should have this boat absolutely well, flying, through the water. Flying Flipper collaborated with Turkey-based RED Yacht Design and boat racer Sigurd Isaacson to create a sleek vessel with an air-step racing hull, for extra cushioning and control when she really gets up and goes. The company also managed to incorporate lots of carbon fiber into the build to maximize strength while keeping weight down. Two cabins, forward and aft, down below make this boat able to handle overnights, but where we think she will really succeed is as a fast, sporty dayboat perfect for making a run to your favorite sandbar. Original link Original author: Koenig

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The Storms Moved On. The Caribbean Islands Fear the Tourists Might, Too.

Maria Blackman, a spokeswoman for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, said that many hotels were closed during the off-season in September anyway, a common time for annual renovations. The cruise ports and airport remain open. “On Antigua, we opened back up pretty much the next day,” she said. But in the United States Virgin Islands, the damage was so widespread that visitors were told to cancel any planned trips, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, the commissioner of tourism, said. “We are encouraging travelers to postpone trips to the islands at this time and are sparing no effort to rebuild communities and restore essential services so we can welcome travelers back to our islands in the months ahead,” Ms. Nicholson-Doty said in an email. For most British Virgin Islands tourism workers — many of them expatriates from the Caribbean or other parts of the world — the only certainty now is uncertainty. Trisha...
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Top 10 Best Fishing SUPs of 2017

What’s more peaceful and fun than casting a line from the top of a stable stand up paddle board? While kayaks used to be kind when it came to watercraft fishing, fishing from a SUP is becoming more and more popular — for good reason. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which is the best fishing SUP for you? Here at The Adventure Junkies, we are obsessed with finding the best gear and options for nearly every type of paddling fisherman. In this guide, we’ll tell you what to look for when choosing a fishing SUP and show you our favorite models of the year.   Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/donmeuli Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/mel-nik   FREE BONUS! Click here to download the AJ Quick Starter Guide to Kayaking           1. SHAPE Since you’ll need more stability than a standard stand up paddle...
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Industry | Naish Introduces 2018 Thrust Surf Foil - SUP Magazine – The Voice of Standup Paddling

Kai Lenny and Naish recently introduced their 2018 Thrust Surf Foil. Check out this video to learn more about the features.   Original link Original author: Magazine

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Where to Fish in October

Salt Water Sportsman guides you through the month of October in search of your favorite saltwater species. These two locations per popular saltwater species offers insight into why the bite is hot and future trends to anticipate.   First choice: Ecuador Second choice: Costa Rica Waters off the Galapagos and fabled Marlin Boulevard (the area around Manta, Isla de la Plata, and Salinas) are teeming with big blue marlin this month as action again reaches its peak. Costa Rica’s offshore FADs continue to produce solid numbers of blues for boats making the 100-plus-mile treks from Los Sueños and Quepos.   First choice: Brazil Second choice: Canary Islands The next two months are tops for sheer numbers of blues off Brazil’s coast, particularly between Canavieiras and Recife, where the abundance of forage at several banks and pinnacles attracts hungry marlin. Ideal conditions and plenty of tuna keep 300- to 500-pound blues...
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Fascinating quiz on the magical superstitions of Hull's fishermen

Running through Hull’s fishing community is a string of superstitions ranging from the bizarre to, well, the very bizarre. Faced with the prospect of death on a daily basis, it is understandable why fishermen would come up with ways to cope. Whether it is certain colours or types of animal, fishermen would avoid certain things like the plague on the day they set sail. Historian Dr Alec Gill has studied this topic in detail, publishing a book entitled Superstitions: Folk Magic In Hull’s Fishing Community. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now He previously told the Mail: “There is a strong fatalism among the fishing community. So much so, if a vessel went down they would just accept it. “The superstitions and fatalism provide a degree of confidence, which prevents them panicking in difficult situations. “The fishermen are...
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