In the United Kingdom they call the over-65 crowd OAPs - old-age pensioners - and that's what 85-year-old Anthony Smith asked for when he advertised for crew to help him plan and undertake the trans-Atlantic rafting voyage he recently finished.
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Donald Blount has been driven all his life to do one job: design high-speed powerboats that can comfortably and efficiently run through rough water. Blount's fascination with hydrodynamics began when he was a Virginia Tech co-op student working at the David Taylor Model Basin, the Navy's premier hydrodynamic research facility.
It's often easier to safely go out an inlet than to come in. Your bow likely will be into the waves, you're looking ahead toward them, and you're choosing weather and conditions. When you go out an inlet, think ahead as to conditions that will exist when you re-enter, including weather, current direction, tide level, light, glare and direction of sun. Will it be in your eyes, making it difficult to see buoys ahead?
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