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Israelis rescue Muslim families from drowning off the coast of Turkey

I take my hat off to the Israelis I really do. They are a very compassionate and tolerant people. I don’t know how they stay that way I really don’t. They are constantly under rocket attack from Islamic Palestine, they are being stabbed on the streets of Israel by Muslim terrorists yet they allow Mosques in their country and treat Muslims equally. Muslims are even in positions of power in Israel which seems extraordinary to me. Islamic countries are actively trying to destroy their country and openly preach genocide of the Jews yet they treat injured terrorists in their hospitals alongside Israeli citizens and soldiers knowing full well that if the situations were reversed their enemy would show them no mercy.

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A refugee mourns her son after she was rescued by an Israeli yacht crew off the Greek coast on October 18, 2015. (Courtesy Gal Baruch)

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Greenpeace Ratbags and Hippy-crites protesting progress

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I was just having a look through the photos of the hippy protestors. There are loads of plastics, which are made with oil, plenty of metals, obtained via mining, not to mention their native timber boats and petrol driven engines.

In Video Blog 10, by the skipper?s admission at about?50s, it would seem they managed to get to the protest location through the use of an internal combustion engine, fuelled with diesel.

Check this out.

One of the boats is called SV Ratbag…which is hilarious and appropriate.

SV?Ratbag?is 43-foot gaff-rigged topsail schooner, a traditional wooden classic. Built in the traditional manner by the late Curtis Ashford.

That would be the traditional manner of cutting down trees and sawing them into planks?

SV?Tiama?is a 15.15 metre steel cutter, designed???by Alan Mummery, built by Henk Haazen.? Read more »

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ETNZ may as well have capsized of course

… it wouldn’t have changed the result.

But these cheese eating surrender monkeys didn’t even do it during a race. ?They were just training


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Get this guy onto America’s Cup commentary…

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Kia Kaha San Francisco

This video, “Kia Kaha San Francisco”, is presented as a gift from a Nation Born of Sailors to the Best Sailors in the World; all four crews that have taken part in the Louis Vuitton Challengers Series and the current America’s Cup Challenge… and to the people of San Francisco.

13 May – Americas Cup

Today in history:

1995 New Zealand beats US for the America’s Cup.?

Few New Zealanders in 1995 could have avoided television commentator Peter Montgomery?s famous line ?the America?s Cup is now New Zealand?s cup!?.

The phrase was repeated over and over as New Zealand enjoyed one of the most significant moments in its sporting history.

The emphatic 5-0 sweep Black Magic (NZL 32) achieved over Stars & Stripes in San Diego was all the more impressive given that its opponent, the controversial American helmsman Dennis Connor, was a four-time winner and widely regarded as ?Mr America?s Cup?. Team New Zealand had made the finals of the challenger series in 1987 and 1992, and in 1995 syndicate head Peter Blake assembled a veritable ?dream team? of New Zealand sailors.? Read more »

Photo of the Day

Some Optimists sailing at Little Bucklands Beach today:

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