When Winners Don’t Sail the Last Race:
Dear Curmudgeon: I was a competitor at a recent regatta, and with one race to go on the final day, we knew no one could beat us in points. Considering there were a large number of boats needing to use the one crane at the yacht club, we decided to head in and not sail the last race.
It was the first time in my life I have “not sailed the last race.” It wasn’t a macho moment; it was a decision made because we knew it was going to be a circus at the crane and we needed to completely pack up our boat to go on the road. My crew and I debated the decision, arguing the case for both sides and decided we needed the time to completely pack her up.
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Fiberglas recycling pilot project:
A pilot project to develop a sustainable way of disposing with end-of-life fibreglass boats has received new funding from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.
The Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Project, which is administered by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the Rhode Island Sea Grant, received the US$ 10,000 grant last month toward its goal of developing processes for turning old boats into cement.
“The chemicals in the fiberglass closely mimic many of the raw materials used in cement, such as silica and calcium, and can be used to create cement clinker,” said project manager Evan Ridley. “We want to see if this approach c…
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