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Wind farms: Accidents waiting to happen?

The Thanet offshore wind farm off southeast England is the largest in the world, with 100 turbines that generate enough electricity to power 200,000 homes.Offshore wind farms have run into stiff head winds in a Coast Guard study of the effect they could have on navigational safety in Atlantic waters from Maine to Florida. The wind farms “will confuse airborne radars and also will confuse seaborne radars and create a wall of clutter,” says sailor Benjamin C. Riggs of Newport, R.I.

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Running Hard

Puma Ocean Racing chases Camper/Emirates Team New Zealand at the Leg 2 finish of the Volvo Ocean Race. The U.S. Puma team placed third in the leg, which took the fleet from Cape Town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. www.volvooceanrace.com

This photo originally appeared in the March 2012 issue.


CMD engine an all-around upgrade

Cummins MerCruiser Diesel says its new 6.7-liter engine is more powerful, cleaner and quieter than the 5.9-liter model it replaces. The QSB6.7 — making its debut Feb. 16-20 at the Miami International Boat Show — can be used for conventional inboard and Zeus pod installations, says Jonathan James, CMD product manager for mid-range and heavy-duty diesels.



Trade winds

Photo by Onne van der Wal

Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Shutter speed: 1/320 second
Lens focal length: 28mm
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 200

This photo originally appeared on an IMAGES page in the March 2012 issue.


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