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Hydrofoil article by Chalmers University of Technology via 360 MAGAZINE

Ships Fly Over Surface

Soon, electric passenger ferries skimming above the surface across the seas may become a reality. At Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, a research team has created a unique method for further developing hydrofoils that can significantly increase the range of electric vessels and reduce the fuel consumption of fossil-powered ships by 80 per cent.  

While the electrification of cars is well advanced, the world’s passenger ferries are still powered almost exclusively by fossil fuels. The limiting factor is battery capacity, which is not enough to power ships and ferries across longer distances. But now researchers at Chalmers and the marine research facility SSPA have succeeded in developing a method that can make the shipping industry significantly greener in the future. The focus is on hydrofoils that, like wings, lift the boat’s hull above the surface of the water and allow the boat to travel with considerably less water resistance. A technology that in recent years has revolutionised sailing, by which hydrofoils make elite sailors’ boats fly over the surface of the water at a very high speed.
The researchers at Chalmers and SSPA now want to enable the sailboats’ hydrofoil principle to be used on larger passenger ferries as well, resulting in major benefits for the climate.

“The electrification of ferries cannot be done without drastically reducing their water resistance. This method will allow the development of new foil designs that can reduce resistance by up to 80 per cent, which in turn would significantly increase the range of a battery powered ship. In this way, we could also use electric ferries on longer distances in the future,” says research leader Arash Eslamdoost, Associate Professor in Applied Hydrodynamics at Chalmers and author of the study Fluid-Structure Interaction of a Foiling Craft published in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering.

Even for ships that today run on fossil fuels the climate benefit could be  significant, as similar hydrofoil technology could reduce fuel consumption by no less than 80 per cent.

Unique measurement method arouses broad interest
At the centre of the research project is a unique measurement technique that the researchers have put together in order to understand in detail how hydrofoils behave in the water when, for example, the load or speed increases or the positioning of the hydrofoil changes. Using the data collected from the experiments, the team has developed and validated a method to simulate and predict with great precision how the hydrofoil would behave under a variety of conditions. The method is unique of its kind and can now be used to develop the design of hydrofoils for electric powered hydrofoil ferries.

The study was conducted in collaboration with the research facility SSPA – one of only a few of its kind in the world – where Laura Marimon Giovannetti works as a researcher and project manager. She is the lead author of the study and has herself competed at the elite level for both the British and Italian national sailing teams. Today she is a research and development adviser to Sweden’s Olympic committee and the Swedish national team with her sights set on helping the team win more medals at the Olympics in 2024. Marimon Giovannetti sees many possibilities for the unique measurement method developed by the team:

“At the Americas Cup in San Francisco Bay in 2013, it was the first time we saw a 72-foot sailing boat learning how to “fly” using hydrofoils during the competition. And since then, we’ve seen a huge increase in sailing boats with hydrofoils. With this new method and knowledge we are able to bring together a range of different branches of engineering – naval architecture, advanced materials and aeronautics as well as renewable energy.”

Paving the way for hydrofoils on electric ferries
Hydrofoil technology is not in itself a novelty, but was developed as early as the 60s and 70s. Back then the focus was on getting boats to travel at as fast as possible and the hydrofoils were made of steel, a heavy material with higher maintenance costs. Today’s modern hydrofoils are made of carbon fibre, a much lighter and stiffer material that can maintain its rigidity even under high loads – and can be tailored to the expected loads. Part of the research project was therefore to fully understand how a carbon fibre structure behaves underwater during different operational conditions. The research team’s method developed in association with modern technology is now paving the way for the use of carbon fibre hydrofoils on larger passenger ships that can travel in a safe, controlled and climate-friendly way even at low speeds.

“You want the foil to be as efficient as possible, which means carrying as much weight as possible at as low a speed as possible with the least resistance. Our next goal is to use this method when designing more efficient hydrofoils for ferries in the future,” says Eslamdoost.

More about the scientific article

  • The study “Fluid-Structure Interaction of a Foiling Craft” has been published in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. The authors are Laura Marimon Giovannetti, Ali Farousi, Fabian Ebbesson, Alois Thollot, Alex Shiri and Arash Eslamdoost. The researchers are active at SSPA (part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden), Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and INP-ENSEEITH in France.
  • Hugo Hammar’s funding from SSPA and Rolf Sörman’s funding from Chalmers University of Technology provided the financial support to run the experimental tests at SSPA. This study also received funding from the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation for the strategic research project Hydro- and Aerodynamics.
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Prana by Atzaro’s Superyacht Charter Trips

Bucket list superyacht sailing charter trips for 2022

Jungle covered islands, coral reefs teeming with marine life and pristine paradise beaches.  Discover Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago and the Komodo National Park on the world’s most luxurious Phinisi yacht Prana by Atzaró. Now booking for 2022.

Jungle covered islands, world-class diving, coral reefs teeming with marine life and pristine white powder sand beaches – Raja Ampat is a sublime archipelago of 1500 small islands and cays off the North-West tip of West Papua in Indonesia and like nowhere else on earth. 

And how better  to explore these undiscovered islands than on board Prana by Atzaró – the world’s most luxurious Phinisi yacht. With bespoke itineraries, mouth-watering chef prepared dishes, watersports on tap and an array of relaxing spa treatments from the in-house spa therapists, it’s no surprise that a voyage on Prana by Atzaró is on every A-lister’s holiday bucket list. 

Prana by Atzaró is now taking bookings for Raja Ampat voyages from December 2021 until May 2022. 

Prana by Atzaró is a beautiful Indonesian hand-built Phinisi, the world’s ultimate luxurious charter. The yacht sails all year following the seasons, from the calm waters of Komodo National Park and The Spice Islands to the unexplored magical islands of Raja Ampat in Indonesia where you can experience some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.  

A beautiful hand-built boat, the biggest and most luxurious of its kind in the world, Prana by Atzaro can accommodate 18 people in nine luxurious suites, offering the perfect opportunity for a group holiday with family or friends. At just over 55 metres in length and 11 metres wide, Prana by Atzaró has been crafted in the style of a traditional Indonesian Phinisi, a sailboat with two masts. It is built entirely of ironwood and teak, according to traditional methods and has been created by the founders of Atzaró Group, the Ibiza based five-star hospitality brand.

Prana by Atzaró lends itself to the idea of social distancing perfectly. The abundance of space means one can enjoy the luxury of privacy, whilst sharing the yacht with a select number of family or friends.

Life on board Prana by Atzaró has something to keep even the most active adventure-seeker happy. Learn to scuba dive with the yacht’s resident dive instructor or take a leisurely drift snorkel across volcanic vents. Alternatively, launch sea kayaks and paddle boards to explore the jungle-draped coastlines or get your thrills wakeboarding and water-skiing around the calmest of lagoons. Fishing equipment is also supplied along with towable floats for effortless fun.

For those just looking to relax and recharge, four spacious decks with king size daybeds offer abundant places to retreat. A yoga deck doubles as an open-air cinema and Prana by Atzaró’s main deck has both indoor and outdoor living spaces and even luxury wellness room.

Designed with luxury in mind, Prana by Atzaró is fully soundproofed and the suites are decorated with sumptuous fabrics and contemporary linens in a sophisticated natural palette. Prana by Atzaró offers more space and comfort than any other Phinisi, with all the super deluxe mod cons of a lavish five-star hotel.  There is one grand master suite and eight further suites.

The 18-man crew includes a Cruise Director, Dive Instructor, several chefs, stewards and expert therapists for treatments; all on hand to deliver a seamless experience and to ensure all needs are met.

With fine dining, unlimited water sports, on-board spa treatments, unforgettable diving and the chance to visit some of the world’s most beautiful heritage sites, Prana by Atzaró encapsulates a perfect unison between ancient craftsmanship and contemporary luxury.

The cuisine onboard, carefully created by the yacht’s chef, includes both Asian Fusion and Western dishes. Everything is made from the freshest, local ingredients and served by discreet staff alfresco under the stars or in the cool of the air-conditioned dining room or Robinson-Crusoe style, on powder white sandy beaches under shady parasols. After dinner you can relax at the open-air cinema or indulge in a pampering spa treatment. In the morning, as the wind catches the sails, take a yoga class on the topmost deck – sun salutations will never be the same again.


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A voyage on Prana by Atzaró is a once in a lifetime experience.

Rates start at: $14,500

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Prana by Atzaró Destinations 2021 and 2022

Komodo National Park

Get up close and personal with the world’s largest lizards in their untamed natural habitat, visit surreal pink beaches, watch spine-tingling sunsets and dive some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs. Three big islands form Komodo National Park: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island, plus a few other islets. This area is a World Heritage Site with over 2,000 square kilometers of protected wildlife including roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons as well as wild boar, water buffalos, deer, horses, snakes, monkeys and the magnificent marine life under the waves.

This 11 day, 10 night trip will take you on a journey of a lifetime. Plunging savannahs, arid in the summer and bursting with life in the winter, deserted white and pink sand beaches, mountainous outcrops, ancient volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and turquoise oceans teaming with marine life, the diving here is among the best in the world, with an incredible array of coral gardens, Manta Rays and turtles. while the East coast of Sumbawa for thrill-seekers, has fantastic snorkelling with Whale sharks.

Raja Ampat

Renowned for the untouched natural beauty of its 1500 islands, cays and shoals, Raja Ampat offers our guests one of the most remote destinations on the planet.  Here you can cross the equator with giant manta rays, explore prehistoric caves, visit primordial tribes, kayak around virgin coastlines and discover dive sites famed for having the most species recorded in one spot. Raja Ampat translates as the ‘Four Kings’ and is located off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea. This region embraces over 1500 small islands surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.

The Spice Islands

The Spice islands or Banda islands or Maluku islands Indonesia are an east Indonesian archipelago comprising two provinces, Maluku and North Maluku. They’re known for their volcanoes and palm-lined beaches. Gasp at the rich colonial architecture of Banda Besar, hike Mount Api, race the locals in their boats, spot whales and dolphins and dive pristine coral reefs thronging with marine life. The Spice islands region of Indonesia is the stuff of legend and features in many traditional and modern books, stories and songs. There are perfect sunrises in front of the volcano and mellow sunsets with cocktails served on snowy white beaches framed by untouched rainforest. There are as many enchantments below the water as there are above and vast shelves of coral plummet into the deep blue ocean providing one of the most biodiverse seascapes in the world.

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Mr. Lindsay Boyd Q×A

As the world prepares to re-open, luxury travel mastermind Mr. Lindsay Boyd is unveiling the ultimate, action-packed getaway. His incredible $80,000 travel itinerary consists of James Bond themed thrills across four countries. Sight-seeking sensations include participating in high octane races in Ferraris, completing Secret Agent mission assignments, and starring in daring chase scenes in luxury supercars, boats, and helicopters. During all of which, travelers will be filmed so that they can rewind and relive their high stakes adventures forever. Not only will travelers feel like they’re Agent 007, but they will also have the chance to see the Secret Service Agent at the London premier of “No Time to Die.” Planning such an enthralling, experiential, breath-taking trip takes time and luxury travel know-how. As such, 360 Magazine sat down with Mr. Lindsay Boyd to discuss his once-in-a-lifetime travel excursion.

When did you first come up with the concept of James Bond themed travel?

The idea was developed 5 years ago, but now is the first time we can act on it.

How long have you been a fan of the James Bond franchise?

For all 24 previous Bonds.

How long did it take to plan this ultimate bucket list of James Bond themed luxury travel experiences?

Over 4 months.

The idea of filming guests and creating an exciting home-video of their vacation is such a personal and intimate touch to this trip. What inspired you to not only bring guests to see the London Premiere of No Time to Die, but also to let them be the stars of their own stories?

Travel and especially experiential travel are extremely personal in nature, and thus, require some type of memorialization. Film makes it that much more personal.

After the trip, where can guests access their footage?

It will be delivered to them via electronic media.

Why and when did you first become involved with the travel industry?

2015, I opened my firm so that I could go to the Olympics and other events in style and with VIP treatment. I have been traveling all my life and this just seemed to be a natural growth area for me.

This incredible trip offers so many high class, five-star attractions. Is there one experience that you expect guests to be the most impressed by?

That is a hard question, as the experience will be ultra-personal. But, for me, it will be the adrenaline filled chase scenes and the firefight leading to a fast helicopter extraction.

You mentioned that additional locations and adrenaline-filled action events will be announced at a later date. Can you reveal any more information regarding the trip’s itinerary?

We have a racetrack available to us in Italy and supercars at our disposal. We will be doing some exciting activities on a fjord in Norway.

Do you envision creating any other exclusive, themed trips in the future?

Yes, we will be doing several in the coming year, including a Fashion Week in Milan trip that will be to die for. There are some movie related projects that we are looking at, and a series of continuous, international music festivals with VIP access and special activities related to the music and the international locations. We will travel to three or four [locations] in a row and add distinct activities.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ball and Buck, the leaders in sporting lifestyle and outdoor menswear, launched the bespoke Ball and Buck CJ-8 Jeep Scrambler. Vintage jeeps from the 1980s, sourced from around the country, are modernized with custom finishes and mechanics for a one-of-a-kind ride.

The CJ-8 Scrambler, introduced in 1981 and only manufactured for 5 years, was popular for its retro stripe and small pick-up style box that was perfect for driving in the streets or for off road adventures. Fans ranged from Ronald Reagan to Steve Mcqueen and Clint Eastwood. The Ball and Buck CJ-8 is engineered by Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy using the highest quality materials for a luxury utility experience. The Ball and Buck CJ-8 takes 3-6 months from order to completion. Price ranges from $65,000 – $95,000

Ball and Buck Signature Canoe $1500

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The Ball and Buck Signature Canoe

Ball and Buck, the brand for sporting gentlemen, created a canoe inspired by two generations of rowers. With Ball and Buck’s Signature Canvas covered seats and pinstripe detailing, it is designed for style as well as stability, ease of paddling and comfort. It handles equally well solo or tandem and is an accessory anyone with a love of outdoors can enjoy, whether fishing, running non-technical rivers, or just paddling around. Randy Pew from Merrimack designed this canoe for stability, ease of paddling and comfort. It handles equally well solo or tandem and is an excellent choice for the discriminating paddler. Whether fishing, running non-technical rivers, or just paddling around, this is the perfect canoe for any adventure.

Sea Island Forge x Ball and Buck Fire Kettle $2488

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Sea Island Forge x Ball and Buck Signature Kettle

Designed to last for generations, this kettle is guaranteed to let you make the most of your outdoor space. Ball and Buck partnered with Sea Island Forge to design the best kettle that is straight fire. The grill top is custom tailored to your Fire Kettle. The cooking surface is made of expanded metal (stainless) and clips onto the kettle lip with two screw-tight anchor points. The grill top is then controlled with Sea Island Forge’s patent pending ratchet system. Perfect for grillin’ up some of your favorite meats and veggies while sitting back with a beer or bourbon.

Camo Face Mask $18

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Original Camo Face Mask

Mark Bollman, founder of Ball and Buck, was looking to purchase a mask for himself in March, and couldn’t find one anywhere. He decided to make them, realizing if he was in this situation, other Americans around the country were as well. As Coronavirus ravaged the United States, the CDC advised the public to wear nonmedical fabric face masks because the use could help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Ball and Buck launched the Original Camo Face mask first and just introduced new colorways. For every mask sold, he is donating a mask to a hospital in need.

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Sunreef Yachts × Alexander Mijares

Sunreef Yachts celebrated their collaboration with Miami-based artist Alexander Mijares at Mijares Gallery in Wynwood with a cocktail party followed by a private champagne cruise on the wrapped $3.2 million dollar 70 foot Marquis in Brickell Bay. Sunreef Yachts, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of luxury sailing and power multihulls, was showcased at the Fontainebleau Marina with Mijares’ “Pieces of Me” wrapped around the hull of the 70’ Sunreef Power catamaran from Wednesday, December 4th to Sunday, December 8th. This legendary and custom-made model is designed in detail for the most demanding customers and delivers the best in comfort, style and safety. She boasts luxurious accommodations, vast living spaces, extravagant and innovative design features. This sounds similar to services like bvi yacht charters.
 
“Pieces of me is a painting inspired by feeling protected, as if a guardian angel is with me along my journey” says Mijares. .
 
Miami-born and internationally acclaimed artist Alexander Mijares brings a colorful perspective and injects new life into the art world with his myriad of vibrant works. As a self-taught artist, Mijares finds inspiration in the dynamic energy of both his city of Miami and his Cuban and Spanish roots and creates pieces that are rich in culture. His vision has been recognized both nationally and internationally by some of the most discerning art collectors across the globe. Both Forbes and Elite Daily named Mijares “One of the Top 10 Most Influential Artists” in the US. Mijares has also found inspiration in music; the rising artist collaborated with Pitbull in 2014 during the World Cup, painted the iHeart Radio Station Studio and has created custom pieces for artists like Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly, Pharrell, and Alejandro Sanz; to name a few.

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A Handy Guide to Marine Audio Systems

Who says you can’t have a complete audio system on your boat? Read on to discover the ultimate guide to marine audio systems.

Are you interested in buying a new stereo system for your boat?

High-quality marine audio systems are sought after by boat owners because they can better your experiences while on your boat. Many people think that boat stereo systems aren’t all that, but they’re wrong.

In many cases, a boat’s audio system will be better than a car’s. This is because they’re more powerful, durable, and versatile. There are endless customization options when it comes to a boat’s audio system, so it’s important to know about the components.

Read on to learn more about marine audio systems and how they work.

How Are Marine Stereos Unique?

Boat stereo systems stand out for a variety of reasons. These systems are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Unlike car stereos, marine stereos have to be loud enough to hear over the water.

Numerous things can affect audio equipment such as water, salt, and sunlight. These can affect the quality of audio equipment, potentially damaging them. Marine stereos are tested for thousands of hours to ensure that they endure the elements.

When the audio systems are tested, they’ll be blasted with water to ensure that everything is waterproof. They’ll also be exposed to ultraviolet light to simulate sun exposure. Before hitting the shelves, the systems will be applied with an additional coating to protect the circuits.

What Do They Have?

While marine systems have to be carefully made so they can withstand the outdoors, all of their components are equally durable. They have most of the same parts that car audio systems have, but also a few additional pieces:

Amplifiers

Marine amplifiers are much more powerful than standard car amplifiers because they generally have to play at louder volumes. These amplifiers are completely waterproof and provide enough power to play music that can be heard over the engine and water.

Subwoofers

Subwoofers are what produce the bass when you’re listening to a song. In most marine audio systems, the subwoofers are surrounded by rubber and plastic so that nothing leaks into them. These can be exposed or enclosed depending on how you want to mount them.

Wires and Cables

Without wires and cables, a sound system would be useless. All boat audio systems use marine-rated wiring to ensure that they don’t corrode because of saltwater. 

Satellite Radio

Unless you intend on listening to DVDs all the time, satellite radio is necessary for a marine system. As boats get further from the coast, radio systems tend to fade out. Satellite radio allows you to listen to a variety of stations from hundreds of miles offshore. 

Power Inverter

A power inverter is one of the most useful things you can have on board, especially if you use several small electronics. These can be equipped to your marine audio system to let you charge things like phone batteries, laptops, etc.

GPS and Bluetooth

Many modern marine audio systems are equipped with waterproof screens that let you control it. Having GPS navigation built into the system lets you see exactly where you are on the screen at all times.

Bluetooth is a feature that most radios have nowadays because it prevents people from having to hook their devices up to the radio. You can check out this article to learn more about Bluetooth radio gear.

Installing Components

Installing stereo components on boats varies with each boat, making it difficult to say where exactly things should go. However, this lets you can come up with a plethora of boat sound system ideas that can make your system unique.

If your boat already has a sound system installed, you can most likely mount things in the preexisting locations while also using the same wiring. Should you need to change something, you can cut the panels or run new wires at ease.

Many people put their amplifiers and subwoofers under their seats, but you can also use the side panels of your boat. Keep in mind that there are no rules when you’re installing components. Measure areas of your boat where you’d like to install something and choose parts based on that.

Things to Look for in Components

Aside from the fact that you can install a boat stereo system almost anywhere on your boat, you’ll have to make sure you know what you’re looking for. Here are some things to consider when browsing for gear: 

Durable Materials

While all boat stereo systems are designed to be waterproof, some are better options depending on the environment you’re in. For example, a boat that is in a sunny region will need to withstand more UV rays than a boat in a cloudy region. 

The Right Specs

The better the specifications are, the better your sound quality will be. When it comes to boats, it’s worth spending more on a system that sounds great whether it’s on land or water. You’ll also need to ensure that the gear you buy will fit your boat. 

High Power

Marine systems need to have a lot of power since you’ll be listening to music out in the open. Most systems are equipped with strong amplifiers, but you can always add external amps to make them more powerful.

Don’t Look down on Marine Audio Systems

If someone’s ever given you a hard time because of your interest in marine audio systems, you can prove them wrong by investing in a high-quality system.

Ensure that you purchase the right components so they don’t get damaged from the outdoor elements. These systems will withstand water, salt, and sunlight. Providing that you measure out your boat and gear, you can get a stereo system that beats any car’s.

Feel free to browse our tech section to read more articles about technologies that you can use to modernize your boat!

OFFSHORE WIND FARMS

Rhode Island’s five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm was the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. (Credit: Shaun Dakin)

While Federal Government Orders Additional Environmental Review of Offshore Wind Projects, Some Ask Why Great Lakes Project Is Not Included

A recent move by the federal government to expand the environmental review of the first major offshore wind farm in the U.S., Vineyard Wind, and the “cumulative impact” of offshore wind projects off the Atlantic Coast has left some in the Great Lakes asking why Lake Erie’s proposed Icebreaker Wind project was not included. According to the agency tasked with completing the enhanced environmental review, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the new effort is a result of “comments received from stakeholders and cooperating agencies request a more robust cumulative analysis,” and comes in response to concerns from anglers, the fishing industry, and coastal communities.

BOEM’s Vineyard Wind website reports, “Considering such comments, and taking into account recent state offshore wind procurement announcements, BOEM is expanding its cumulative analysis of projects within its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Because BOEM has determined that a greater build out of offshore wind capacity is more reasonably foreseeable than was analyzed in the initial draft EIS, BOEM has decided to supplement the draft EIS and solicit comments on its revised cumulative impacts analysis.” The agency, which is part of the Department of Interior, further acknowledges that there will be an opportunity to comment on the supplemental EIS, which it expects to complete by no later than early 2020.

The fate of Icebreaker, to be located 8 miles from downtown Cleveland, is currently in the hands of the Ohio Power Siting Board and in the last stages of a multi-year decision-making process.

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, says it’s puzzled as to why the first project planned for freshwaters of North America that would initially site six turbines with backers planning for hundreds more did not garner the same consideration as other wind projects including Massachusetts’ 84-turbine Vineyard Wind and others in planning stages off the Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina coasts.

“Regardless of how you feel about wind energy, all wind turbine projects must be treated equally, regardless of siting, in salt and freshwaters,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “We have BoatUS members on both sides of this issue, but what unites them is the need to ensure an environmental review process that doesn’t arbitrarily treat projects differently.” BoatUS has more than 104,000 dues-paying members in the four states bordering Lake Erie.

Lake Erie Marine Trades Association President Michelle Burke has previously raised concerns about Icebreaker’s environmental assessment shortcomings. Said Burke recently in Soundings Trade Only’s Dealer Outlook blog, “… This (Icebreaker) would be the first such (wind farm) installation on fresh water, the source of drinking water for 12 million people.” Burke and others are concerned about stirring up contaminated Cuyahoga River dredging spoils that were dumped years ago into the lake, potentially in areas of future turbine sites.

Michigan Boating Industries Association Executive Director Nicki Polan added, “While the (environmental) reviews will initially focus on the East Coast, we will immediately urge BOEM to put the proposed project on Lake Erie on their radar, too.” Polan says a full Environmental Impact Statement on Icebreaker is required before any construction is permitted.

Morro Bay Bike Ride

Public Invited to Ride across Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish at the Morro Bay Bike Ride Pre-Event and Party at the Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet

Cycle through the Stage 4 Finish Line on Race Day, Meet Former Professional

American Cyclist and Author Bob Roll and other Pro Cyclists at The Siren, Volunteer and Watch the Race Front and Center, Book Race Day VIP Lodging Packages or Hotels along the Race Route

The public is invited to participate in Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 race day fun in #cyclingmecca Morro Bay. The 2019 Amgen Tour of California announced Morro Bay will host the Stage 4 Finish of the men’s race on May 15, 2019 following the scenic route the Amgen Tour took in 2017, when Peter Sagan won the sprint finish. After passing through picturesque Morro Bay State Park, where riders get their first glimpse of iconic Morro Rock, Morro Bay’s busting waterfront before sprinting uphill into downtown Morro Bay for the big finish.

“Of all sports, it is cycling that has the most beautiful stadium and this ocean front Stage 4 Finish in Morro Bay is a stunner,” according to Bob Roll, former professional American cyclist and author. “With perfect year round riding weather, the world will get its chance to experience what the locals have enjoyed for years: varied terrain, wide open roads, first class dining and drop dead views. Can’t wait to be there!”

Morro Bay Bike Ride Pre-Event: Ride Across the Amgen Stage 4 Finish Line

Join event producer RaceSLO on race day for the Morro Bay Bike Ride May 15, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This ride ends with a sprint through the Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish line on Harbor Street! All levels are welcome to this celebratory cycle pep rally with three participation options: kid-friendly, recreational rider or seasoned cyclist. Enjoy vendors, food and beverages as the crowd awaits the professional racers to start crossing the finish around 3:40 pm. Participants receive a collectible event t-shirt and free bike valet. Ride proceeds go to local non-profit partner Bike SLO County.

Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet at Siren Rhythm & Booze

Stick around after the race and head to the FREE Bob Roll Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet Event at The Siren May 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm, produced by RaceSLO. Get some cool cycling swag and raise some cold craft pints while helping raise funds for Bike SLO County during a LIVE Auction. Enjoy live music and catch a glimpse of Amgen competitors up close and personal. The event is over 21 only and FREE, but seating is limited so you must pre-register and present a ticket at the door.

Volunteer at Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish

Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. Tour officials say the 2019 race will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history. Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success. You don’t have to live in Morro Bay to participate. Click here to sign up and see the race up close!

Book Lodging Along the Race Route or Amgen Tour of California VIP Packages

Book your stay at a hotel along the Amgen Tour of California route to get a front row seat as the riders pass by. Or, book a suite or waterfront room in one of the participating Morro Bay hotels and receive exclusive access into the Amgen Tour of California VIP tent filled with perks and goodies! Hospitality Passes provide exclusive access into the main VIP Hospitality Tent located adjacent to the FINISH Line. VIP Hospitality Includes:

    • Swag bag of goodies that you’ll receive upon check-in
    • Premium Viewing Location right at the finish line
    • Gourmet foods catered from local restaurants throughout the area
    • Open Bar (includes beer and wine)
    • Lounge Style Seating with closed-circuit tv viewing
  • Live Race Coverage (last two hours of the broadcast)

For additional information on hotels in Morro Bay check out our booking engine here. Recently named one of the Best Small Towns in CA by Country Living Magazine, Morro Bay offers year round mild weather, perfect for epic outdoor adventure all year long. For more information on visiting Morro Bay, go to www.morrobay.org. #multisportmecca

About Morro Bay

A true #outdoormecca, this active seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture-perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in nature. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay offers year-round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone.

Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock, welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit www.morrobay.org or follow Morro Bay on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Morro Bay × Tom Wilmer

Morro Bay stand-up paddling with a Twist and paddling with your doggie

A visit with Sandi Twist, owner of The Paddleboard Company, fittingly located on the waterfront in Morro Bay. Twist walks about the explosive popularity of stand-up paddling (SUP) for both the curious and serious.

Twist talks about fitness classes, paddling with your doggie and more, and insightful advantages of yoga paddleboarding over land-based studio workouts.

Morro Bay’s vibrant, sustainable commercial fishery propels fresh seafood, wine, and live music

“Gio” Giovanni DeGarimore has been involved in the Morro Bay fresh fish industry since he was a kid. Join Gio talks about Morro Bay’s sustainable, vibrant commercial fishing industry. Gio’s Galley restaurant serves fresh al fresco fresh caught seafood. He also operates the gas dock, and Stax Wine Bar. He’s finalizing plans for a live music concert series on the waterfront this fall.  

Discovering Morro Bay, California’s best-kept-secret places to stay

Join Jennifer Little with Morro Bay Tourism as we visit with the innkeepers at two waterfront boutique hotels, La Roche, and Estero Inn, and The Landing—an upscale reincarnation of the iconic Breaker’s Motel, just one block above the Embarcadero in the heart of California’s Highway One Discovery Route.



Pacific Ocean sportfishing adventure with Virg’s Landing

Virg’s Landing has been an iconic ingredient in the Morro Bay sport fishing experience since 1954. Come along and join Denise, the owner of Virg’s for the inside scoop on day-trip fishing expeditions out of Morro Bay, California.

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