2018 TransAtlantic Race Start

As far as starts go, this one was anticlimactic. I got to witness the start of the Trans Atlantic Race on Sunday. It was delayed a day due to bad conditions. I’ll start at the beginning.

A friend of a friend is racing in this race. As far as parents go, they wanted to watch their son off. AJ is sailing aboard Stad of Amsterdam, a 257 square rigged clipper ship. He bought his passage with his friend Lenny. We arrived in New Jersey to board a cabin cruiser called Laborer. It was a very plush boat and we were quite comfortable. After leaving the gas dock, we headed to the start.

We passed the Statue of Liberty, still a moving sight for me, and motored up the Hudson. The Coast Guard was buzzing around like gnats patrolling the waters. We got flagged down by one but were allowed to go up because Mom was aboard to see her son off! Wide eyed I passed lower Manhattan. I saw the towering offices, the docks and even a floating museum. It was a bit overcast and the rain came down just for a couple of minutes. Going up the river we we’re picking out the boats that were going to participate. We saw Mari Chi IV, Drumbeat, and others. The ‘smallest’ boat allowed in this race is 70 feet. The Stad is the largest. As we came up to this great boat it seemed so out of place. Here is an old fashion boat that was barely 5 years old. She hails out of Amsterdam.

Helicopters were buzzing along filming everything. When the film comes out, we’re the 42 foot boat with the battle flags up along side the Stad.  At about 10 the boats were in the parade of boats going to the start line. As we watched the Stad we saw more and more sails being set. It was a down wind run coming out of the Hudson. We teased the boat that this was their final approach to the start and it pretty much was. We skipped up and down the river trying to see as many of the boats as possible. There were 7 of us aboard the boat and all of us knew a fair bit of history about these boats and a lot of racing.

The start line was about 1/4 of a mile long. The wind was light and variable. The Tri Storm club kept us close to the action but out of the racers way. This wasn’t a typical start that most of us are use to. The boats were being very conservative. Many of them didn’t even put their sails up until into their 10 minute start. Mari Cha was in the first start. She’s not a pretty boat but she sure could move. By the time the Stad started, we couldn’t even see the Mari Cha anymore.

The Stad start was the last one. She made her final approach and had to back wind the sails to slow down. She ran the line and was right up there for the gun. One boat in her start was actually over and came back to restart. The Stad started but it takes a lot to get her moving again so we hung around and teased the crew. We left them about a half hour later, telling them that we would be back on Monday to see how far they had gotten!
If you have been reading in Scuttlebutt, you know that the Stad has withdrawn due to light air.

How Our Food Grade Liquid Transportation Works

One of basic cornerstones which come in our way while debating on food grade transportics is the use of bulk food grade liquid. The obvious reasons owing to which volume transport is favored, because it reduces overall cost of shipping and helps company benefit out of it. Even though it is an essential aspect of the process, but it is always helpful to gain complete insight and then begin using services of food grade Transport Company. The reason it is important is, when each component of logistics is kept in sync then only value is going to come through.

Exhaustive cleaning process

Before the process of pick up begins, the vehicle goes through the process of rigorous cleaning. Such cleaning methods ensure that vehicle is free from any sort of contamination and is good enough to carry food. Along with cleaning, effort is also taken for checking insulation within the tanker.

Sterilization of tanks

Our Sterilization of food tanks is more than simply blasting a hose inside the tank. During this step, everything beginning from hoses, pumps and valves have to go through it all. This process gets even tougher when it needs to be Kosher certified. It shall include the number of deliverable done using the vehicles and also number of times required.

This difficult journey is important, especially for us to ensure that food is delivered in the best quality and condition. During the course of transport, there are chances that one has to deal with allergic concerns, maintenance of temperature etc.

Safe liquid transportation

The optimization of liquid transports is done with the use of vinyl hosing with a metal exterior. This is done to ensure that the liquids don’t get contaminated with other chemicals commonly found in many hoses. Much research has been done on the topic of liquid transport safety and I would point you to garden hose adviser to get some really good detailed information regarding the dynamics of how the different materials in hoses can affect the liquids.

Abide by the standards

Before loading of food actually begins, washing and inspection of trailer is performed. Once the check is completed, only then food loading begins. If in case milk has to be loaded in, a trained personnel is expected to do the task someone who is aware of all the protocols and is capable of conducting sampling and weight checks. Other form of products like oil, juices etc. also requires the personnel to follow similar procedures.

Keep track of the container

Transport companies who are pioneers in the industry, must be equipped with latest forms of technology. We have been working with Libelium for sometime and with excellent results. This also enables them keep a track of container and find out when food is actually going to get to the customer. The use of technology is a boon for both company and customer, and enables then make most of food transportation.

While using this process, any foreseen delay can be detected and also corrected then and there. For items which are tangible, are closely watched ensuring that they are delivered to customer in an appropriate and timely manner. Upon reaching the final destination, the manner of delivery is coordinated with customers making sure quality of good isn’t compromised on any step.

Make the right choice

To make sure food is transported in appropriate quality, it is essential to make right choice of transporter. Instead of hovering through inexperienced players in the market, it is wise to opt for the best one in the market. Kan-Haul is one of the trusted names in the market that can be relied on for their transportation services in the industry. contacting us, can give customers peace of mind and also assurance that their goods will reach them in time and also in good quality.

A Travelers Guide to Tap Water

Water can carry an impressive number of diseases. 80% of the illnesses contracted while traveling originate from infected water! Hence the need to drink drinking water and healthy during your travels is there. Drinking water while traveling must be a thoughtful act. Of course, it depends on your destination and how you travel. This is often the big question when traveling.

It is a legitimate question. In Europe there seems to be no worries. Certainly, tap water can sometimes have a not very pleasant taste, quite chlorinated. This is sometimes the case in Spain. In the countries of the “south”, really, you have to opt for bottled water. Do not take chances.

In the mountains, the thing is easier. If you are at high altitude, close to a peak and a source springs nearby, as a rule, you can drink it. However, it is better to filter or treat it.

Safe Drinking Water: Tap Water, Bottled Water, Hoses & Water Filters:

Tap water, bottled water or filtered water, what water to drink? The choice is not always easy, as the information is multiple and contradictory, influential advertising and powerful economic interests.

It’s a paradox. Tap water creates mistrust, although it is very controlled. Except in special cases infrequent, it is a drinking water that is to say in accordance with the sanitary requirements defined by decree. Fifty-four different parameters are monitored and regularly monitored. It is the health and environment centers, the regional health agencies, which are responsible for them.

Locally, the departments responsible for treatment plants for drinking water and distribution networks also do their own monitoring. It is almost permanent on large networks that supply large cities or communities of municipalities, less common on small networks that can be found in rural areas.

Bottled water

It is clear that bottled water must be more and more publicity to maintain their market share. The decline in purchasing power and the economic crisis have been for many, but bottled water must count with a new enemy, the awareness of their environmental impact.

It is well known that truck transportation emits greenhouse gases and that the best waste is that which is not produced. But when it comes to water, just switch to that tap to avoid plastic waste, nothing simpler. There are two main categories of bottled water: mineral waters and spring waters. They are of underground origin, as well as two thirds of the tap water distributed in France.

Mineral Waters

Mineral waters have a special feature; they do not meet the same regulations as tap water. Some would be refused on a public distribution network because they do not meet the criteria that define drinking water. They are subject to specific standards and can reach levels that are not tolerated for drinking water. For fluoride, for example, the limit is 1.5 mg / l for drinking water, but mineral water can contain up to 5 mg / l.

 

The composition of a mineral water must remain stable over time, and, compared to tap water, mineral waters are entitled to few treatments. We can intervene on iron, manganese, fluorine, but we do not do any disinfection treatment. The differences between the brands are due to differences in mineralization, ie calcium, magnesium, fluoride, sulphates, sodium … Some highly mineralized waters are not necessarily suitable for everyday use; better to check the composition.

Garden Hoses

One important thing that people often overlook is the hosing they use to get their water to the tap. Many times these tubes can be coated with all sorts of nonsense which will cause you to get ill. A very easy way to fix this is to get a high quality garden hose that is made of good drinking safe material.

You can learn which material is the best to drink out of online and I’ve personally found latex to be the best hose material. On garden hose adviser website they go into great detail and look at studies of the different hose materials and the effects it can have when drinking it.

Water Filter Jugs

The bottled water market is declining, while tap water is still mistrustful. There was a place to take, and it is the water filter jugs that occupy it, Brita in the lead. From 200,000 aircraft sold in 2000, the number one in the sector rose to 1,250,000 carafes sold 10 years later. Is this success of the filter jugs justified? To decide objectively, what to choose was realized a few years ago in two laboratory tests.

Millions of Americans drink potentially unsafe tap water:

There are indeed problems with tap water but it depends on where you are but it is still drinkable, there is simply a problem of adaptation of some organisms (the reciprocal is also true for Americans coming in Europe).

If you want to buy bottled water, you will find gallons (3.8 liters) at a price of $ 2.00 (drinking water) in all supermarkets. Not to be confused with gallons of demineralized water for batteries and irons.

Where You Can (and Can’t) Drink Tap Water in Europe:

Tap water is perfectly drinkable in Belgium. It is a great success … which we are not always aware of. Everyone does not like the taste of water, but even this problem can be solved by a filter system, which further purifies the tap water.

This is not the case everywhere in the world, or even within Europe. Abroad, it is better to be careful if you use the tap water to cook, brush or drink. In Eastern Europe, you will not be sure to drink healthy, quality water unless you buy it in the bottle. Check during the purchase if your bottles have not already been opened and refilled. It may be that there is mains water there.

In other countries, such as Ukraine and Hungary, there is no problem in the cities, but in the countryside it is better to use mineral water bottles.

Niantic Bay Yacht Club Host Early Bird Regatta

Week two of ECSA’s circuit featured perfect sailing conditions as NBYC hosted the Early Bird Regatta today.  Under sunny skies, with a southwest wind, 28 boats came out to race.  The fleet featured hot Class A boats including a Tripp 36 all the way to a classic ensign class.  If you haven’t raced before, there’s a class for you.

The race featured a windward leeward course with a beat against a strong ebb tide.
Rich, crew on Mast Transit II, said they dug in hard to the beach to keep out of the current.  They started on starboard, but tacked and went into the beach.  There was a huge ebb that buried Hatchett reef.  They went on to finish second to Illusion owned by John Bourget.

This same strategy paid off for Euphoria as well.  At one point they posted a look out on the bow to avoid the rocks.  One boat wasn’t as lucky and will have to spend some time refairing their keel.  Euphoria finished 3 boat lengths behind Salude, and corrected out to first.  In doing so she recaptured the Art Meyers Memorial Trophy named in honor of a former commodore of NBYC.

Euphoria and Salude will continue their rivalry during Off Soundings.  After a perfect day of sailing the sailors enjoyed a great party hosted by NBYC.

Water Nutrition – The Foundation of Good Health

Water, more than 65% in humans, is essential for life. After oxygen, water is the most important element for the body. It must be consumed regularly to stay healthy. The water is filled with mineral salts (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.) and trace elements. Drink to compensate for daily losses such as urine, stool, sweat, lung evaporation. Water accounts for 85% of our brain, 83% of our blood, 70% of our muscles, 22% of our bones, 2% of tooth enamel.

Water has many roles:

  • maintain body temperature around 37 ° C;
  • ensures the sufficiency of the volume of blood and lymphatic fluid in the body;
  • serves as a lubricant for the functioning of joints and eyes;
  • cleans the body and eliminates waste and toxins;
  • moisturizes the skin;
  • allows the brain to function well;
  • facilitates digestion and intestinal transit;
  • drinking a large glass of water provides a full stomach sensation, so it can be effective in calming the urge to snack.

7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water:

Water carries nutrients to the brain. Did you know that 85% of the brain is immersed in water to provide nutrients and protect against shocks?

The water contributes to the thermoregulation, that is to say the adjustment of the temperature of the body. It dissipates heat in the form of sweat when the body is overheated and its temperature must drop. That said, your body may overheat and need water even in the absence of perspiration.

Water contributes to lipid metabolism. A good water supply allows the kidneys and liver to function at their best and thus reduce the accumulation of fat (adipose deposits) in the body. The kidneys use water to rid the blood of toxins, organic waste and salt.

When the water supply is insufficient, part of the kidneys work is done by the liver, which does not have the capacity to metabolize excess fat.

  • Water lubricates the organs. Our organs all need water to give optimal performance. The water also prevents the blood from thickening, which greatly benefits the heart function.
  • Water carries nutrients to all parts of the body.
  • Water disrupts the body from its toxins and organic waste.

Healthy hydration guide:

Nutrition and hydration are essential for training and running long distance races such as half-marathons and marathons. The diet of a runner is important not only to maintain good health, but also to promote maximum performance. Here are some basics about nutrition and hydration, including what, when, and how much to eat and drink.

What is the reason that you require water?

Your body happens to be made with almost two – thirds of the water so it’s very significant that you drink enough amount of water for staying healthy and hydrated. If you do not have enough water, you may feel exhausted, have headaches and your body won’t be able to performance well. “Fluid” comprises not only bottle water or tap water, but also other kinds of drinks which provide you water for example coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks and fruit juices. You can also have the water from the meal you eat. On average, food use to provide almost 20% of the total fluid intake?

How much do you need The amount of fluid your body require based on a lot of things, counting the time, how much physical activity you do and your age, but the European recommendations suggest 1.6L of liquid per day for women (about 8 glasses 200ml) and 2L of liquid per day for men (about 10 glasses 200ml). This is above the water provided by the foods you eat.

Water – a vital nutrient:

The body constantly losing water – between 2.5 and 3 liters per day – during the exercise of its normal functions, it must get replaced for keeping your body healthy. Sarcastically, the feeling of thirst appears as your body has already begun to dehydrate. That is why it happens to be very imperative drinking water regularly, without to get waiting being thirsty. At the moment one begins feeling thirsty; your body has already dehydrated from 0.8% – 2% of its weight.

These are some of the many roles water plays in body functions:

Water and your brain

The cellular tissues of your brain are composed of 85% water. When you are not well hydrated, your brain may be the first to feel the effects, with headaches, lack of concentration and a reduction in your ability to memorize in the short term. Even your ability to calculate and your psychomotor dexterity can be reduced. This is because dehydration reduces the level of energy production in the brain. Studies have shown that an individual’s ability to concentrate decreases gradually as soon as the body is subject to a water deficiency of 1 to 2%.

Water and your blood

Blood is 95% water. It is the water that transports the nutrients to the cells of your body and eliminates waste. When you are dehydrated, the mechanism that regulates blood pressure will not work properly which can lead to an increase in blood pressure.

Water and your skin

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is made up of 70% water. Every day we lose water through evaporation through the skin. The environment in which we live, with air conditioning and heating, low humidity, soaps and other cleaners, can damage the upper layers of the epidermis and reduce its ability to maintain a level of hydration suitable. If you do not drink enough to compensate for the water your body loses, your skin becomes dry. Moisturizing creams can cure the symptoms but the simplest solution is to moisturize from the inside by drinking a glass of water.

Guidelines for staying hydrated:

How to stay hydrated?

The amount of water you need each day depends on your age, gender and level of activity. Your need may also increase in hot, humid weather.

Drinking water regularly keeps you hydrated. It is recommended drinking more water when it is hot and at the time you happen to be physically active.

Choose water over drinks high in sugar, calories, and fat. Low calorie and fat milk and sugar-free prepared soy beverages happen to be also healthy choices to stay hydrated.

Why do you need water?

The body loses water during sweating, breathing and waste disposal. When you lose more fluid than you drink, you become dehydrated. The risk of dehydration is higher in young children and the elderly. They must drink all day long.

Water is a calorie-free drink that helps you hydrate in a healthy way. It contributes to the proper functioning of the body in various ways:

  • by maintaining body temperature,
  • by promoting the breakdown of food, so that the body can absorb the nutrients they contain,
  • by eliminating waste,
  • acting as a protective cushion between cells, muscles and joints,
  • by promoting intestinal regularity.

Vamp’s Vineyard Voyage

We met at American Yacht Club for lunch. The crew (well, not me, I was
the last to arrive) had prepared the boat, loaded the provisions and
sorted the sails. After our pleasant lunch we said goodbye to land for
a few days and took the launch to our J-44 at her mooring. As the crew
started running sheets, guys, lines, laying out jack lines and getting
ready to unfurl the main,I sat at the nav table, synthesizing four
different weather forecasts, while plugging the course into the computer
and the GPS.

The Vineyard Race is an annual event from Stamford, 70 miles to the exit
of long Island Sound, 44 miles further east to the Buzzards Bay Light
Tower off Martha’s Vineyard (round leaving to starboard), 28 miles to
Block Island (round leaving to starboard), back into Long Island Sound
(either via the Race or the “Gut”) then back to Stamford (238 miles
total). (website www.stamfordyc.com/sailing/racing/vineyardrace.htm).

During the hour-long motor to the starting area, we had a team meeting.
There were eleven of us: skipper/owner Lenny, his watch included Tom
E., Heather D., Dr. Franz and bowman Doug L. The other watch
consisted of Watch Captain Skip S., Bob B., Tommy C., Whit B. and
bowman Bobby S. I was navigator with a “floating” watch. In some
ways a “floating” watch is tougher than a fixed watch, my
responsibility was to ALWAYS be aware of our position, our strategic
goals, the current and forecast weather conditions and any “trigger”
conditions under which I needed to be notified (woken up). Our team
meeting / briefing covered safety, performance, operations,
housekeeping, food, watch assignments and other details.

Our start was at 3:50PM. The starts were at 10 minute intervals, the
first had been at 3PM, we were the sixth division to start (of eight).

The wind was southwesterly when we started (confirming all our
forecasts). With the course direction being east, that meant a
downwind start. Those are always tricky beasts, you can get it right,
or VERY wrong. We managed a PERFECT start, had clean air,
hoisted our spinnaker 20 seconds before the start (15 seconds before
any of the other eight boats in our division) We crossed the line
first and with pace. Soon we had a 200 yard lead on all our
competitors … not long after that, with clean air and a clean lane we
had a quarter mile lead. GREAT start.

Our strategic objectives in the first part of the race were to stay
“clean”, stay fast and not get into “fights” with other boats. This was
looking good … we saw one rival J-44 Brown Eyed Girl (BEG) going deep
to the Long Island Shore (hoping for better breeze or cleaner air?),
and two others (J-44 Resolute and perennially successful Swan 46
Galadriel) dueling for clean air. We “made tracks” downwind,
downcourse and monitored our competition.

The weather was beautiful … breezy enough to drive the boat with
speed, but not so much as to present any boat handling challenge. It
was sunny, warm and clear. A beautiful afternoon for a sail. We
saw the REALLY fast rather spectacular boats pass us, the maxi-yachts.
Wow. The amazing thing was that they were in the midst of gybing duels
… they move so fast that they need a lot of room to maneuver. They
were SWOOSHING left and right, using the entire four-mile width of LI
Sound as a runway … WOW. It was amusing, actually, as they gybed
back and forth rather rapidly, other, smaller boats started gibing …
but what’s appropriate for a maxi is not for a smaller boat. We held
our course.

We continued going “downwind” as efficiently as we could manage. We
maintained a loose cover over our competition … Brown Eyed Girl and
Galadriel between us and the LI Shore, then J-44 Resolute attacking
Galadriel. It was a beautiful sunset.

At 8PM we commenced our watch routine. Cap’t Lenny’s team took the
first watch. I noted our “distance to go”, because the watches had
pledged to battle each other for an overall distance contest. Dinner
was great: chunks of filet mignon in gravy over rice, served in bowls
and eaten on the rail. By the time we finished the meal and cleaned up
it had gone completely dark.