Sailing Know how
(NPR) The recession forced many small manufacturers to adapt to survive, especially in the industrial Midwest. In Michigan, a yacht-building company started a new venture in the wind-energy industry to keep its factory open.
In 2005 and 2006, Tiara Yachts was operating at full capacity, turning out about 400 yachts per year, with most of them going for around $1 million each. To keep up with demand, the company nearly doubled its manufacturing space in Holland, Mich. READ MORE
San Diego boating accident: Capsized sailboat in San Diego was on an outing for developmentally disabled people
(LA Times) Two men killed Sunday were identified as Chao Chen, 73, and his son, Jun, 48. Eight survivors were treated at hospitals; one is in critical condition. Investigators are looking into whether the boat was over its capacity. Two men who died in a boating accident in San Diego Bay over the weekend were identified as a father and son who were on an outing organized for developmentally disabled people, authorities said Monday. All 10 aboard the 26-foot sailboat, including two children, were tossed into the frigid waters off Harbor Island on Sunday afternoon when the boat flipped over for reasons that have yet to be determined. Seven of the 10 were family members.
(mnn.com) A shipping container filled with rubber duckies was lost at sea in 1992, and the bath toys are still washing ashore today. In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 rubber duckies was lost at sea when it fell overboard on its way from Hong Kong to the United States. No one at the time could have guessed that those same bath toys would still be floating the world's oceans 20 years later. Today that flotilla of plastic ducks are being hailed for revolutionizing our understanding of ocean currents, as well as for teaching us a thing or two about plastic pollution in the process, according to the Independent.
(NZ Herald) The elderly yachtie presumed drowned off the Far North should not have gone to sea because his boat was poorly maintained and probably unseaworthy, marine experts say. The missing yachtie, 77-year-old Malcolm Widdilove, had also been rescued twice by the coastguard in the past few years off Cape Reinga in the Far North. READ MORE
THE killing of a dolphin calf off a Victorian beach has led to tourist operators calling for more protection for the mammals from boats and jet skis over summer. A two-month-old dolphin was found dead on the Portsea Back Beach south of Melbourne last week. The baby dolphin had suffered significant internal injuries, most likely caused by a boat or jet-ski, authorities said. Director of Moonraker Dolphin Swims in nearby Sorrento, Torie Mackinnon, said only last week she witnessed a "horrific" incident in which more than 20 jet-skiers were driving at a group of dolphins and their calves just off Rye.