52 Super Series 2017 Opens in Key West:
Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s brand new, recently launched TP52 Interlodge will make its racing debut when 11 highly competitive boats line up to start the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES at Quantum Key West Race Week on January 16 to 20 in Key West, FL.
The pressure is on to hit the start line in optimum shape. Since the last regatta of the 2016 season, the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup, in Portugal, there has been just 11 weeks available to make changes to boats and rigs, to ship boats from Europe to Florida, and to make changes to the crew line up. So the preliminary week of informal training off Key West promises to be doubly important.
For the first time in the six-year history…
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Eight Bells: Rick White:
Rick White, born April 4, 1937, passed away on January 11, 2017 at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Florida after a brief and unexpected battle with non-small-cell lung cancer.
He is best known in the multihull sailing world for his many racing championships, his books and his race-training seminars. But there is so much more.
As a pre-teen he was a champion swimmer doing the butterfly stroke. And as a teenager he started driving trucks at age 14. His father told him to just blend in with the traffic, no faster or slower than the rest.
In high school he was an all-state football player being recruited by numerous colleges. He picked North Carolina, but he broke his nec…
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Locksmithing is more than a service, it is a science. It is a science of how machines function. A lock, in its essence, is a simple machine composed of gears and latches. A key turns these gears and opens these latches. A lock is security defined; it secures places like rooms, homes, cabinets, safes and a plethora of other items and places. Locksmithing is the science of defeating the lock!
The oldest lock can be found as far back as the Egyptian Empire. Over 4,000 years old and made of clay, this pin tumbling lock is the oldest known form of any lock in history. Even then, the lock could be bested with a key.
A “smith” is any type of person whose trade is to forge or shape metal pieces into items. Locksmithing is the designing of locks.Â Locksmiths in the past actually made the entire lock; hand cutting and shaping the metal with heat and forging it with a hammer and anvil. Today they are a dying breed, long forgotten in the age of mass production. However they still find themselves in great need and sought after by people who require more sophisticated creations such as private safes or vaults. These items cannot be mass produced.
Another important function performed by a locksmith is the changing of keys for locks. Locks may now be mass produced, and it is now far easier for a locksmith to change the tumbler within the lock and cut a new key for said lock rather than install a new piece of hardware. A trained locksmith can always beat a computerized security system.
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A good locksmith is certified and is always being tested to renew their trade with documentation from the locksmith association. Some locksmiths even work on existing door hardware, creating new door hardware for their locking systems. A locksmith has a general all around knowledge of how a door frame is put up so they understand the correlation between the lock and the door.
One must remember, no matter how well trained the locksmith and no matter how well versed they are in their trade, a lock will only delay a thief.Â With the right tools, time and perseverance, any lock can be bested.
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