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TFE LIVE: Today's live guest — Nic "Adventures of a Sailor Girl" Douglass (AUS), live via Skype from London; light and lively updates on...

Friday, November 15, 2019

AC36: First (public) foiling video of the Challenger of Record's AC75 released today by Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TFE LIVE: We'll break some juicy "one hears" news linking AC36 and Sail GP, on today's (Tuesday) show, as always at 1300 Pacific on...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AC36: See INEOS Team UK's first foiling tack on video; no TFE LIVE today — heading to Seattle for NSHOF induction ceremonies

Friday, November 8, 2019

TFE LIVE: Ryan Breymaier (USA) will be our Tuesday guest live from via Skype from France, with the latest on the Transat Jacques Vabre including the U...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Flag L: The secret language of ships

Monday, April 16, 2018


SAN FRANCISCO – There’s another thing about this ship worth mentioning. See the crew members up on deck, at the far left and right of the photo? They’re actually dummies dressed as mariners, meant to fool pirates into thinking someone is always on watch.  –Excerpt from an interesting article by Erin Van Rheenen with photos by David Webster Smith in Hakai Magazine ("Coastal science and societies").


 While this article, strictly speaking, is not in Sailing Illustrated's normal wheelhouse of "yacht racing news and views," as a racing sailor your Ed. found it a compelling read. Maybe it was this caption below the article's lead photo, a close-up of the topsides of a huge container ship – "Not many people have an opportunity to get this close to a container ship." Well, sailors often do, and I for one am always in awe of these oceangoing vessels that, according to the article ...carry over 80 percent of the world’s trade, with more than 90,000 merchant ships plying international waters. Tankers, bulk carriers, and container ships—the largest things on Earth that move—are by far the most important modes of transportation of our time. They convey billions of tonnes of goods every year, bringing us everything from cars to crude oil to containers jammed with fidget spinners.


So "Come within Hail" and read the full story here.

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