In Search of Perfect Tacks:
by David Flynn, SpinSheet.com
With the season just beginning for many of our local sailors, I thought it might be a good time to get back to the basics. In sailboat racing there are four fundamentals you must master: tacking, gybing, spinnaker sets, and spinnaker douses. Until you have these down cold, you can’t really begin to focus on developing front row boat speed, and actual racing (tactics and strategy) will remain a strictly theoretical concept.
So, let’s start with the seemingly simplest maneuver and break down the components of a great tack.
There are two critic…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – In Search of Perfect Tacks, Editor
Meilhat confirms comeback in NY-Vendee Race:
(June 9, 2016) – Six months ago Paul Meilhat (SMA) was airlifted off the Azores and hospitalized after fracturing his pelvis and rib during a sail change in big seas during the Transat St Barth/Port-La-Forêt. Today (Thursday) the 34-year-old Vendée Globe rookie from Brest finished in 4th place in the inaugural 2016 New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) Race. Meilhat crossed the finish line at 09:59:27 (French time). He covered the course in 10 days 12 hrs 19 mins and 27 seconds, finishing 19 hours 21 minutes and 35 seconds behind the winner, Jérémie Beyou, (Maître CoQ). Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Meilhat confirms comeback in NY-Vendee Race, Assoc Editor
The Northern lights are common in Lapland and are best seen on clear dark evenings when they can be clearly seen. The most common place for seeing the lights is in the Northern parts of Lapland which is within the area of the Arctic Circle. The best time to see them is between February and March and the twilight period in Lapland where the sun barely rises above the horizon, makes the lights more visible.
The Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) are a spectacular sight and are largely caused by solar winds which is a continuous flow of the suns magnetic field. The solar winds carry charged particles from the suns atmosphere into the solar system. The charged particles collide with gasses which surround the earth; this then creates huge energy and is given off in the form of colourful displays.
The Northern lights really are a spectacular sight of colours ranging from red, yellow and green swirling around in the nights sky. The lights are best seen on a clear crisp night and there are plenty of those in the cold climate of Lapland.
There are many trips that involve seeing the Northern lights and many of the trips involve travelling out by snowmobile into the forests of Lapland. These trips offer ideal opportunities to see this great spectacle. Other trips involve walking through the forests of Lapland and stopping off for a drink which is absolutely magical.. Snowmobile trips are also taken out to the ice hotel where the Northern lights are common.
Many people have simply been in the right place at the right time and seen the lights when they are out and about in Lapland. New Years Eve on a crisp cold night is an ideal opportunity to see these lights and as the fireworks pop in the background and people celebrate, the Northern lights swirl above and it is a truly magical sight.
People come from far and wide to see these lights and many people will travel around in search of them. This is an ideal way to see the lights but to also see the beautiful country of Lapland.
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