After two years of transcontinental haggling, the commission had been expected to replace today’s hunting ban with limited hunting quotas. Supporters of the policy change had argued that by specifying how many whales of a given species could be sustainably harvested over a 10-year period, and by tightening or eliminating current loopholes through which whaling nations like Japan and Norway kill the marine mammals for “scientific” purposes, the new measure would effectively reduce the number of whales slaughtered each year.
A great article in yesterday's Lectronic that summarizes what we know about the next AC Series:
Defender won't sail with Challengers
It won't be cheap as chips to participate in but there are restrictions that should make it "affordable" or at least more financially manageable
Nothing definite but the rules on what spare parts and equipment seem to lean toward a monohull regatta but we won't know for sure till Sept 30
There will be multiple regattas leading up to the AC a la LV Series likely using V5s.
Restriction son crew nationality seems hazy
The boats will be tricked out with video equipment with the aim of making it great for TV and video games (?!)
June 23, 2010 – The Bay and Rome
We know we'd promised to give you a run-down of this weekend's more local events today, but we're pre-empting that for a look at the draft protocol for the 34th America's Cup. The document was released 45 minutes before our deadline for today's 'Lectronicby the Golden Gate YC and Club Nautico di Roma, so we didn't have enough time to peruse it. But after a cursory look at its 56 pages, we've identified what we think are some key points.
The Newport-Bermuda Race is in full swing as I write this. My club, Raritan Yacht Club has a couple of boats racing, Morgan of Marietta and Sinn Fein. The latter is out to defend their title as the winner overall of the last two races. You can read more about it here. If you don't know the back-story, trust me on this, it's a fantastic story.
This is Sinn Fein, a Cal 40, at the start of 2010 Race.
Many thanks to George Bekris for providing the photo. You can see more of the start here.
Sinn Fein and its crew are also featured in this nice little pre-race interview compilation.