LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System

>>> LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System

A University of New South Wales student submitted this design and won the James Dyson Award this year. Sounds like an idea that might should come to production.

Longreach is a man-portable system that allows for the rapid conveyance of temporary, water-activated buoyancy devices to a drowning victim’s location. It is designed to allow a victim to remain buoyant while rescue personnel prepare the appropriate response to the situation. The rescue package uses hydrophobic or rapidly expanding foam to provide buoyancy once the package contacts the water. This allows the package to be vastly smaller in size than any currently existing buoyancy device. Equipped with a light for attracting attention the Rescue Package can be propelled over 150m. Longreach is also equipped with Para-Flares for night-time Illumination. Longreach is designed to be simple to manufacture and easy to handle. Ideally used by emergency services personnel or a ship’s crew, Longreach has the potential to significantly reduce the number of drownings at sea.

The Simple Sailor

>>> The Simple Sailor

The KISS principle is important to me (not that I’m good at following it, but its a goal I try to keep in mind). The Simple Sailor looks to have some good info scattered around, and is directly geared toward the non-commercialistic boating world.

I’m Roger Taylor, skipper of a little junk-rigged Corribee called Mingming. This is my website. Only time will tell what it will be about, but initially it will be about Mingming, her voyages and the principles of Simple Sailing that underpin my approach to ocean voyaging. I’ll also post, from time to time, pieces I have written about sailing issues in general.

I have put Simple Sailing in capital letters. This is to give it some importance. A title, if you like. Sailing is becoming a sport riddled with unnecessary complexity. This complexity is commercially driven. We are under severe marketing pressure to buy more and more gadgets, to buy ever bigger and more sophisticated yachts. The more we succumb to these pressures, the happier and more profitable the ‘marine industry’ becomes.

I have nothing against commerce. I am a businessman myself. I have nothing in principle against gadgetry. I don’t much like big yachts, for lots of reasons that will become clear as this website develops.

A lifetime of sailing has taught me to value simplicity and easy manageability in an ocean going yacht. That’s why I think of myself as a Simple Sailor and feel compelled to share the lessons I have learned.

The website is very much a work-in-progress. It will never be finished. I’m learning to do this from scratch, so it will take time. Be patient!

1927 – International

A couple of weeks ago the family took a trip up to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and around that area. Wonderful trip. If you ever have the chance, go out and visit "Big Sky Country" in the northwest United States.

Adjoining Glacier National Park on the Canadian side of the border is Waterton National Park, which, combined with the US park forms the world’s first Peace Park (a cross national border site). The halves of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park are run by their separate countries, but coordinated and cooperatively managed.

We visited the Canadian side also and rode this great wooden hulled vessel, the International. Built in 1927, it has plied this 7 mile long path up and down the lake from the Canadian town of Waterton to the U.S. boarder crossing and ranger station just a bit south.

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She’s taken out of the water each winter via marine railway and returned to service when the spring thaw comes around. She wears her age well. Check out some of the detailing and beautiful wood- and brass-work in the following pictures:

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