Some non-sailors trying to understand whatâ€™s happening in the Americaâ€™s Cup have emailed to say that they are puzzled by the ability of trimarans and catamarans to sail faster then the wind. The answer is explained by some relatively simple physics.
First, no sailboat can exceed the wind speed when heading straight downwind. Weâ€™ll see why in a minute.
But to understand how they sometimes can go faster than the wind speed, imagine sitting still on a bicycle with the wind blowing directly from one side at 10 miles per hour. Thatâ€™s what sailors call…Â Details
Summer may have arrived, but there is still snow to be found, skiing or boarding to be done, and plenty of other summer activities at many of Oregon’s ski areas.
The best summer skiing in North America can be found in Oregon. Timberline’s Palmer Snowfield is open for the entire summer and currently has over 8 feet of snow. It is the only place in the country where you can get on lift-accessible snow throughout the entire summer.
If you’re not into skiing or boarding in the summer, but want to escape the summer heat, many of Oregon’s ski resorts offer activities sure to make the whole family happy…Â Details
Theyâ€™ve been hailed as ‘a phenomenon’ and theyâ€™re the lightest, tightest-turning and fastest inflatable boat ever to hit the Thundercat (powerboat) racing scene.
Whatâ€™s more, owning and campaigning a Zapcat is guaranteed not to break the bank.
Inflatable boat specialist Sirocco Marine is now distributing the Zapcat breed through its Australia-wide dealer network and director Neil Webster believes their introduction will create a new and highly-affordable form of powerboat racing…Â Details & Pictures
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