Australian solo circumnavigator Ian Thomson, the Ocean Crusader sailor from Queensland is proving to be a great communicator. He is campaigning to reduce the use of plastic bags and plastic water bottles and is reaching a world wide audience.
Look at this extract from his latest piece and read the whole lot..
Plastic in the sea
‘How did we get to drinking this much water out of bottles when we have perfectly good water out of the taps? Well you can blame the big soda drink manufacturers. Back in the 80's they realised that we can only drink so much soda.‘
In order to keep growing they needed to create a new market. They decided to bottle water. They then went on a campaign to sell us, saying that bottled water is way better for us than water out of the tap. We fell for it and today it is a multi-billion dollar market. !
‘So is it better for us or not? No matter what water brand you buy though, there is one key that should give us the answer.
It is called a 'Used by date'. Water does not go off in rivers and lakes or in our taps so why does it have a used by date? It is because plastic water bottles contain toxins that leach into the water, contaminating it and also affecting the taste. It's that plastic taste you get occasionally. It's actually killing you slowly. What are these toxins? The big one is Bisphenol A (BPA).
‘There are more and more studies these days on this toxin and it has been proven to cause breast cancer, ADHD, autism and the list continues to grow. To put it bluntly, toxins in plastic consumed during pregnancy is a major issue.
Heating kids drinks and food in plastic just adds to the issue.....'
Krystal Weir at the 2012 Laser Radial World Championship Wolfgang Weber
Laser Radial World Championship 2012 finals series has concluded in Boltenhagen, Germany with Australian sailor Krystal Weir finished the event a disappointing 21st overall. She was sixth after the first three days but had a horror second half of the regatta.
The 2012 Laser Radial World Championship finished off a busy few weeks of world titles with Australian Sailing Team members competing in five events across Europe, with great World Championship wins for Tom Slingsby in the Laser class, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen in the 49er and Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in the 470 men's.
Australian sailors will next be in action at round five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup which begins in Medemblik, Holland on Tuesday. (our Wednesday)
In the Americas Cup World Series Venice event, where Loick Peyron's Energy Team won the fleet-racing championship, upsetting the standard leaderboard and demonstrating the lighting-fast learning curve that ACWS teams are enjoying, while also showing that Oracle Racing isn't the only team that knows how to make wingsails work.
In the match-racing section of the Venice event, Artemis Racing—the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup—proved the team to beat, dispensing first with Energy Team before turning their attention to Luna Rossa—Piranha for the finals.
And in Miami, the Volvo Ocean Race has started Leg Seven, which takes the fleet of fully crewed Volvo Open 70s to Lisbon, Portugal. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing—long considered the dream team stuck sailing the dogsled around our spinning little stone—took top honours in the Miami in-port race before leading the fleet out of Miami towards Portugal. For overall race leaders Telefonica, a second tactical error—following a poor mark-rounding decision during the Itajai, Brazil in-port contest—pushed them further from their goal of capturing the overall crown.
At the time of this writing, Groupama was in the pole position, followed by Telefonica and Puma Ocean Racing. More inside this issue, and be sure to spend some scrolling time with shooter Leighton O'Connor's great image gallery from the Miami festivities.
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