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Now in black - SR13 - photo © Composites Constructions

Dear Recipient Name

Often it's simply just, The Smelly. Yes. The humble auxiliary... Without it we'd be lost, and yet it can be treated with such disdain. One question could well be, for how much longer? If it were an employee, it would have found another job long ago. If it had been your partner, its departure would have been marked by one hell of a serious storm, and the residual damage would be akin to waiting for the vegetation to regrow, and the buildings to be erected once more, after said cyclone had passed, many a season ago.

Now nothing is as cheap or easy to use to extract energy from, as a litre of Diesel. Wind generators and solar panels have done their bit, as too reductions to the house draw courtesy of things like LEDs. However, if you want to turn the winch via button, cant the keel, or pump in tonnes of water to the gunwale tank(s), then chug-a-lug it is. Plain and simple.

CDI 2021 / 600x500   Race Yachts 2021 600x500 v3

Torqeedo's flagship Deep Blue Hybrid system - photo © Torqeedo
Torqeedo's flagship Deep Blue Hybrid system - photo © Torqeedo

Yet, The Times They Are a-Changin' (and thank you Bob while we're at it). ZF, Torqeedo, and Beneteau's Excess Catamaran brand have just received a Boat Builder Award during METS, for the application of the former two companies' Deep Blue 50kW saildrives into the latter company's Excess 15 cat.

Sail Exchange 300x250 Used Sails   Sail Racing 2021 MPU

Excess 15 Hybrid - photo © Groupe Beneteau
Excess 15 Hybrid - photo © Groupe Beneteau

The saildrives offer clean, quiet, powerful thrust and manoeuvrability. Docking and sailing is now easier and more environmentally friendly than ever. Especially when you consider the number of Euro-ports most obviously, that have banned the iron topsail in all her forms. The drives also supply efficient hydrogeneration, keeping the on-board system charged whilst under sail.

Team Windcraft 2021 - Dehler - MPU   Zhik 2021 Season 2 MPU

Torqeedo's flagship Deep Blue Hybrid system - photo © Torqeedo
Torqeedo's flagship Deep Blue Hybrid system - photo © Torqeedo

Clearly this is no longer solely the domain of daysailers. Oceanic cruisers and racers are clearly seeing it, and more importantly, making it happen. Immediately, one is drawn also to the very soon to be launched Carkeek 43 known as Scarlet Runner (13) that we have featured in Fashionably Black and earlier in C43, but it's not an AMG.

Now SR13 went down this path not simply because of a future-tech thing, but because kilo for kilo it all made sense. Batteries, motors and drives are now in the same sphere of mass as donks, coolant, and fuel. Now we're talking. And SR13 is not just running the propulsion and lights, let alone USB sockets for gizmo 1, 2, 3, and 4, for there are electric winches on board. OK, so there are motors to drive them, but there are no pedestals, shafts and gearboxes; for a boat like her wants to go fast, and unwanted kilos are in the very same class as those on an African long distance runner. Not going to happen. Wheat is a treat, after all...

C43 to be known as Scarlet Runner (#13) and launched in 2021 - photo © Carkeek Design Partners
C43 to be known as Scarlet Runner (#13) and launched in 2021 - photo © Carkeek Design Partners

Pantaenius 2021 AUS Fleet MPU   Wichard 2021 October NEXe MPU

Take me somewhere

Well ships burn crude oil. They can give it names like ship oil and others, but in the end it is the very stuff as it comes out of the ground, or sea floor. It actually does not burn instantaneously, without a heap of air, and heat, which is why it passes through pre-heaters before going off to the combustion chamber, which in the case of ships can be 800mm in diameter for some real two-stroke grunt. That smell when you go behind a ship at sea is why it can often be referred to as sweet crude, as well. (Just don't mention the toxins.)

ALT Composities 2020 West System 1 - 300x250   Navico AUS Zeus3S MPU

Things that go bang

Run down to the local feed and agriculture store looking to buy this much fertiliser, and the authorities are likely to get there just as soon as you have asked for the goods.

Viking Energy, soon to be Ammonia powered! - photo © Fraunhofer
Viking Energy, soon to be Ammonia powered! - photo © Fraunhofer

Now ammonia might not rate in the same way as carbon based juice, but it is more energy dense than Hydrogen, and also zero emission as well. It can be made from renewable energy sources, and works as a fuel cell like Hydrogen too, so the parallels are distinct. However, there are also serious advantages, and this is why shipping is red hot for the stinky stuff. If liquefied, Hydrogen has to be stored at what is near enough to absolute zero. If in a gaseous state, then it will be under 700 bar of pressure. By way of reference, a super serious turbocharged road car might run at 2-3 bar.

Ammonia however, can be stored at a more conventional -33 degreesC as a liquid, and just 9 bar as a gas at +20 degreesC. That's going to make a difference, and probably allow for the fuel to be stored below decks. Handy. The supply ship Viking Energy looks to be set to enter service in the latter part of 2023.

If there is any drawback, it is that ammonia is made up of one part Nitrogen to three Hydrogen. To do its job it is firstly split into the two elements, then burnt with air to make electricity, where the by-product is water. The residuals are sent through a catalytic converter (expensive metals) where they say that under optimal reaction processes there will be no oxides of Nitrogen released to the atmosphere, which is one of the big issues with carbon fuels burning. Key word is optimal, and remember that the metals in said converter are hideously expensive, and you'll need a fair bit of them too.

Harken AUS 2021 - MPU   Pacific Sailing School 2020 - MPU

LNG - Liquefied Natural Gas - so definitely not propane for your BBQ

Storylines global lifestyle residential ship at sunset - photo © Storylines
Storylines global lifestyle residential ship at sunset - photo © Storylines

Bringing a distinctly new meaning to the phrase, get high on your own supply, especially if one of these carriers ever goes up. There's a reason they're double skinned, the spheres are lined in silver so as to be inert, and chilled to 'the walls of a brass humpy' type level of -161 degreesC. Still a fair way of absolute zero of course (-273 degreesC), but well frosty none the less. Change those parameters, drop a bomb on said ship, or torpedo it, and the result is literally thermonuclear. Good thing the Americans keep a very close eye on their Mk48 fish.

At any rate, work continues on LNG Carriers using the greener fuel, and Storylines, which is one of the new breed of apartment style private liner/yachts is also going to be LNG powered.

 Storylines residences - photo © Storylines
Storylines residences - photo © Storylines

Ensign 2021 Sail MPU   SailGP Sydney 2021 - MPU

Carbon credits

Liquefied Carbon Dioxide (LCO2) is not a fuel source. Yet. Perhaps. Maybe. It is an area of shipping set to expand as a direct result of carbon dioxide capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS), which is seen as an effective means to achieve a carbon neutral world. LCO2 carriers will play a pivotal role in the value chain by transporting LCO2 to storage sites and facilities for utilisation. Now, if you could take the Oxygen off the structure for use in the transport you could do two birds with one stone. Yes the propeller is spinning atop of my hat.

LCO2 carrier - new markets for a new world - photo © Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
LCO2 carrier - new markets for a new world - photo © Mitsubishi Shipbuilding

North Sails 2021 Innovation - MPU   SYC Sail Paradise 2022 MPU


Forever to be inexorably linked to one thing - Hydrogen - the first element. Over a lifetime ago there was a wee problem, and the core issues are, and always will be there. However, we have moved on from Duesenbergs and world conflagrations. PowerUP have shown us the way, and you can see that here and here

PowerUP's hydrogen fuel cell generator - photo © PowerUP Energy Technologies
PowerUP's hydrogen fuel cell generator - photo © PowerUP Energy Technologies

Also, look out soon for our Managing Editor's interview with PowerUp Founder, Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, which was done at the very recent METS show in Amsterdam. It is great that Mark Jardine went there, and the fruits of that are some really good pieces of information, like the soon-to-be-released video where Ivar explains how it all works.

Two things remain. All of this will seriously help yachting's green credentials. Yes. It is costly for now, but as we have demonstrated, it's a-happening, so a big thank you to all those who have poured the bucks in. And thank you Aldous Huxley, as well. For without your book, there may not well be one of the world's most quoted lines. Now. Let's push on to see what we can find...

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John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

BIA Discover Boating 2021 MPU   Colligo 2021 MPU

2021 Nacra 17, 49erFX and 49er World Championships in Mussanah - Overall
The 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, organised by Oman Sail, concluded with a double for the Dutch, and with Brits defending title.

Transat Jacques Vabre - A second doldrums to finish
Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are still dominating play in the Ultime category, leading the fleet for the 12th consecutive day out of the fourteen that so far make up this 2021 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

GWA Wingfoil World Cup Fortaleza at Superfoil Brazil - Overall
Day 5 at Superfoil Brazil was all about the full-speed racing action. Fortaleza continued to dish out some perfect racing conditions today with 18- 20 knots of wind and perfect sunny skies, the stage was set for a long day of racing.

Sailing Raceboats 2016 RS Quest 300x250   Whitsunday Holidays 2018 MPU
Transat Jacques Vabre Day 15 update: A fortnight of racing
All four classes are on a direct route to the finish. The Ocean Fifty multihulls lead the race with just 645 miles to the finish line but the doldrums await them for a second time as the Ultimes and IMOCAs close in.

18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 1
The Noakesailing team of Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Josh Porebski had to battle hard against some strong challenges before taking out Race i of the 2021-22 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on a bleak Sydney Harbour today.

2021 ILCA Masters World Championships in Barcelona - Overall
Two races were completed on the final day for all the ILCA 7 divisions and the ILCA 6 Masters and Grand Masters, while the one remaining race was completed for the other ILCA 6 divisions.

J Composites 2020 - MPU   MIA 2021 NOV MPU
44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote - Day 3
This week a shallow depression centred due west of Gibraltar has effectively shut down the famous trades, which typically provide 20+ knot winds at this time of year in the Canary Islands, making it world renowned as a water sports mecca.

M32 World Championships at Miami - Day 3
Convexity continued to dominate on day 3 of the M32 World Championships. Despite some scattered rain drops, sailors welcomed a gusty 15-20 knots of breeze in Biscayne Bay.

Leading IMOCAs turn the corner for the run to the finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre
It is easy to forget, when following the racing in the IMOCA Class, that it is not all about stress and worry and that probably the main reason why skippers choose to take on long trans-oceanic races is because they love their boats and they love the sea.

Marine Auctions 2019 600x500   Mariner Boating 2021 - MPU
The Ocean Race is in the Race to Zero
The Ocean Race is joining hundreds of leading sports organisations across the world in making bold commitments to drastically reduce its impact on the environment.

Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille adds the Caribbean Maxi Challenge
It's a first! After the Mediterranean, The International Maxi Association (IMA) has launched a new Caribbean circuit: The Caribbean Maxi Challenge.

Clipper Race to restart in 2022 as it receives Special Event Permit from the Philippines
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced it will be resuming its 2019-20 edition in March next year after receiving a Special Event Permit from the Philippines.

38 South - Sun Fast 3300 - MPU - Sept2021   Vaikobi 2021 FlexForce - MPU
American Magic continues design work following Protocol and Class Rule release
American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America's Cup [AC36] and a prospective Challenger for the 37th, was pleased to receive the AC37 Protocol and updated AC75 Class Rule

Globe 5.80 Transat leg 2 start - Heading west or going south?
A group of four Spanish boat builders planned a trip to Lanzarote to surprise the Globe 5.80 Transat entrants before their Atlantic crossing, only to find out the start was moved forward before their landing time.

Ensign News, Info & Top Picks
Welcome to Ensign's update with our latest top picks and luxurious new boats which are ready and waiting for your next adventure! Lockdowns are ending and vaccination rates are high. Spring is in the air and Summer on our doorstep.

Flagstaff 2021AUG - First 36 - MPU   Vetus-Maxwell 2020
Another Leading Electronics Brand Integrates with Cyclops Load Sensors
With its announcement of LightHouse Hvar 3.16, Raymarine has joined the list of display systems compatible with Cyclops Marine's innovative load sensors, meaning that every major brand of displays can now be used.

America's Cup: Dalton, Ainslie and Bernasconi on the new AC75 Class Rule
The third generation of the AC75 foiling monohull will be less complex, lighter, with a little less righting moment, and will foil earlier, than those seen in Auckland in AC36 and the Prada Cup. And the bikes might be back.

High Load Thimbles from Allen - Why, When, Where?
Also known as low friction rings these handy bits of hardware are used across many different areas of a sailboat. But they're nothing new. In fact the high load thimble has been around for some time, just in slightly different forms.

Sea Sure 2021 - FLO - MPU   Webasto AUS 2020 MPU 3
America's Cup: RNZYS confirms Special General Meeting will be held over Home Venue
Royal New Zealand Yacht has confirmed receipt of a request to hold a Special General Meeting to consider amending the club rules requiring "…that the America's Cup shall always be defended in the waters adjacent to the City of Auckland"

36th America's Cup wins the ‘Most Successful sports event broadcast' at Sports Business Awards 2021
The TV broadcast of the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada has won the ‘Most Successful sports event broadcast' award at the prestigious Sports Business Awards 2021

Iain Brambell set to lead sailing's path to Paris
Highly regarded international sports administrator and Olympian Iain Brambell has been charged with leading Australian Sailing's High Performance program after being announced as its new High Performance Director.

Rolly Tasker Sails 2021 v2 - 600x500   Boat Books Australia
Voting open for World Sailing Awards 2021
The World Sailing Awards 2021 - celebrating the outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to sailing - is now open for online voting!

Olympic Broadcasting Service's coverage of sailing at the Tokyo Olympics wins gold
Last week, Olympic Broadcasting Service's (OBS) coverage of sailing at the Tokyo Olympics won gold in the Best Olympic Sport Coverage by the Host Broadcast category of the International Olympic Committee's Golden Rings Awards.

METSTRADE 2021: SHOCK-WBV and Omega - we speak to Daniel Henderson
Mark Jardine chats to Sea Sure's Daniel Henderson about the SHOCK-WBV and Omega shock mitigation units, with a slow-motion demonstration of Omega.

Hyde Sails 2017 March 300x250   RS Sailing 2021 - MPU
Planet Sail: Blue print for the next America's Cup - Matt Sheahan reports
Matt Sheahan finds out what big guns Grant Dalton, Sir Ben Ainslie and others have to say about the future of the Cup and considers what lies ahead on the tricky path to the next America's Cup.

Colligo Marine Facebook live event with John Franta - how to size your Dyneema rig correctly
Join us on another awesome Facebook LIVE event! This week Colligo Marine's John Franta will be discussing how to size your Dyneema rig correctly.

Zhik's new adult and junior Drysuit is for more than just dinghy sailing
Zhik's new versatile Drysuit has been optimised for competitive sailing across all disciplines. Using technologies and design elements from ocean racing and athletic inshore sailing, this front zip Drysuit is lightweight, streamlined and highly durable.

C-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 300x250   X-Yachts AUS X4 - 3
New at METSTRADE 2021 - Barton Marine's SkyDock
Looking to safely store a dinghy or other items high in your garage loft? Barton Marine may have the answer with SkyDock! Mark Jardine speaks to Christian Brewer to find out more...

First look at METSTRADE 2021: Scanstrut Flip Pro and Nest
Mark Jardine chats with Grant Fox, Marketing Manager at Scanstrut, about two of their new products, Flip Pro and Nest, bringing new levels of power and convenience to charging your phone and other devices on your boat.

Beyond sailing - How the Transat Jacques Vabre is building on an environmental legacy
The four different boat classes are now heading across the Atlantic. Meanwhile, back in the French home of the race in Le Havre, after dismantling the race village, organisers are compiling a report on its environmental impact.

Doyle Sails 2020 - Cruising Confidence 300x250   Selden 2020 - Furlex electric - MPU
Official announcement of the Protocol and Class Rule of the 37th America's Cup
The Protocol of the 37th America's Cup was released today by the Defender, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record - Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd and their representative team INEOS Britannia.

Belmont's 16-Foot skiff season off to a flyer
They've been champing at the bit like Melbourne Cup favourites, and finally a 25-strong fleet of 16-Foot skiffs has been unleashed in spectacular style at Belmont 16s on Lake Macquarie NSW.

Australian Sailing Team dominates Award nominations
The Australian Sailing Awards are quickly approaching, and Australian Sailing Team (AST) athletes and coaches have dominated the list of finalists for Male Sailor of the Year, Female Sailor of the Year and Coach of the Year categories.

SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-AQUIJO   Predictwind - Iridium 250
America's Cup: Freedom of Infomation requests reveal Irish bid is progressing
Email and other documents obtained by two Irish newspapers reveal that the Irish bid to host the 37th America' Cup is still alive and is further advanced than media reports would indicate. Over the weekend a show-stopper for Auckland has emerged.

Why METS matters
It's an odd thing taking a flight into a country which is in lockdown. Some would regard it as foolhardy, some plain stupid, others brave and the full range in-between. For better or for worse that's exactly what I've done and I'm now in Amsterdam.

Raymarine announces integration with Cyclops Marine for upcoming LightHouse Hvar 3.16 release
Named after the Croatian island of HVAR, in the eastern Adriatic Sea, LightHouse Hvar 3.16 will incorporate several feature additions and include smart, wireless, load-sensing technology from Cyclops Marine.

Allen 2020 - A2031XHL - 600x500   Barton Marine 2019 600x500
Apelo Underwater Lighting nominated for prestigious DAME Design Award 2021.
Apelo Underwater Lighting has been nominated for the highly prestigious DAME Design Award 2021. Apelo delivers design innovation, precision manufacturing and advanced materials to redefine the crowded underwater lighting segment.

Broad Reach Radio: Roger 'Clouds' Badham - on two decades of Cup forecasting
Roger ‘Clouds' Badham is one of the world's pre-eminent meteorologists and was also the first person to forecast for yachties and boaties on a fulltime basis.

Your own boat, in your own time at your own pace
The syndicated ownership and management of private yachts for pleasure. Following our recent webinar on this increasingly popular ownership option you may be interested in following the link to your own private showing!

Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU   Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU
69F Pro Cup - Overall: Impressive victory for Team DutchSail- Janssen de Jong
Team DutchSail- Janssen de Jong finishes an incredible year with an impressive victory in Sicily at the 69F Pro Cup.

52nd ORC Congress looks forward to 2022…and beyond
The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Offshore Racing Congress was held in two parts: Zoom committee meetings held over 6-8 November followed by both in-person meetings in Athens and Zoom conferences held over 12-14 November.

Stamped Urgent top three-way tie at Australia J/24 NSW State Championships
While not breaking any attendance records in recent history, it was readily apparent that J/24 sailors in eastern Australia were overjoyed at the opportunity to break out of their pandemic quarantines to have some fun in the sun on the water!

Vakaros 2021 - MPU   Altex Coatings GIF banner 300x250
Close finish in the TasPorts Maria Island Race
The first three boats in the TasPorts Maria Island Race crossed the finishing line at Castray Esplanade soon after midnight on Sunday morning within half an hour after a shade over 29 hours of close racing.

Marine Auctions November Online Auctions
Marine Auctions will be holding Two Auctions for the month of November, a Live Auction at Horizon Shores Boat Show and the November Online Auction.

18ft Skiff Sydney Spring Championship - Race 6
The Tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake survived a wild day of high winds and a late race capsize before winning Race 6 (the final race) of the 2021 Spring Championship.

Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - AUS MPU   HALLSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-solaris-68
Ichi Ban, Disko Trooper and URM take wins in thrilling Bird Island Race sprint
Strong winds sparked an exciting sprint in the 2021/22 Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore's Bird Island Race, with Ichi Ban, Disko Trooper_Contender Sailcloth and URM all taking away wins.

CYCA Bird Island Race in Pictures
Sun and a strong nor'wester provided a colourful setting for the start of Saturday's BWPS Audi Centre Sydney Bird Island Race. With 14-18 knot winds occasionally gusting up to 25 knots the fleet powered off the start line near Shark Island...

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