Increasing the Focus on Ocean Health:
Embarking on his eighth edition of the Volvo Ocean race, Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking on Team Brunel was not happy with what his team found along the first leg from Spain to Portugal.
“As soon as we arrived in Lisbon we had a diver inspect the appendages. We had rudder vibration for much of the race. We know we hit a lot of objects with the rudder, we hit a turtle for sure. And we just about lost count of the plastic bags and fishing lines.
“We had to do 12 slow and costly back downs during the race. The inspection was to be sure there was no major damage to the keel, because you must lift out to fix that. The keel was okay but both rudders were very knocked about and require…
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Window closing on US Watercraft auction:
The Court appointed Receiver of boat manufacturer US Watercraft, which went into Receivership in July 2017, has received offers for the Alerion Yacht, True North Yacht, North Rip Boat, C&C 30, Redline 41 and certain J Boat racing class sailboats. However, bidding remains open until November 3 after which remaining assets will go to auction on November 9. Details.
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