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Humans destroying our planet

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A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that habitat loss and climate change are both amplifying the danger of widespread species extinction including our own. Released on May 6 in Paris, The UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’is very direct and the most damning evidence that man is at the root of this evil.  This landmark new report, the most comprehensive of its kind from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), makes a strong case about how humans are causing damage to the natural world at an accelerating pace. The interconnected web of life on earth is shrinking. More than a million species are considered to be threatened with extinction. The number 1 cause is not climate change but habitat loss, although climate change is one of the other main factors at work.

I remember when the au…

Sailing for introverts vs extroverts

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My friend and I were having a lively conversation which drifted into sailing. I am a sailor and she is not. I was telling her about how exhausting a conference for long-distance sailors had been, as there was something to do and people to be with almost every minute of each day. I told her when the Ocean Cruising Club weekend was over, being an introvert, I needed a full day of silence and no camaraderie to recuperate. She laughed and said, "It must be a challenge to get a roomful of introverts to join in on a social event, assuming that introversion is a trait that would inspire sailing across oceans."

I just looked at her in awe, never having thought of the introversion part of the equation. But suddenly some things made sense. Extroverts are energized by people and wilt or fade when alone. They are bored by themselves, often in both senses of the expression. Leave extroverts alone and they will reach for their mobiles or go in search of camaraderie. In contrast, after an…

The Psychology of Voyaging

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I wrote a blog post some time ago which caused multiple friends to write to me how much they enjoyed reading it. It has to do with the loss of ambition, and replacement of ambition with contentment, especially as it relates to sailing but also in general. I have often examined the psychology of different aspects of sailing and voyaging, and I wonder if it’s a topic that should be explored more deeply.
I’m not a psychologist, but I could imagine examining challenging thoughts from a sailing perspective. Some topics that I have already explored in my writings include: Why children stop sailing during junior sailing programmesWhy racing destroys sailing for some peopleWhat gives winners an edge in racingHow does the mindset of a solo distance sailor adaptHow do novice sailors overcome their fear of crossing oceansWhy women don’t take the helm often enoughMind training for racing sailorsThe “what if” exercise for distance sailors – a lesson from astronautsThe psychology of seasicknessThe…

Conwy has the best castle and Medieval walls!

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We parked the car, did a quick reconnaissance loop around the town of Conwy, then stopped into what used to be the Bank of Conwy for a pint. Lovely building - nice atmosphere. Afterward, we had a pizza dinner with Malbec wine in the restaurant at the Bridge Inn and went promptly to bed. Alex was getting a cold and I was exhausted. We had a long ambitious day coming up.

The Bridge Inn no longer serves breakfast, so in the morning we went on a search for a breakfast place nearby. There are three cafes within a short distance but only one was inviting - near Edward's fountain. Egg sandwich with salmon for me, Welsh breakfast for Alex.

And off we were...first stop, tourism office. The nice gentleman gave us a map and told us to do five things:
1) Walk to the highest part of the wall for the best views
2) Visit Plas Mawr – Elizabethan Mansion House
3) Visit Conwy Castle on a two-fer ticket with Plas Mawr 4) Visit Aberconwy, the 14th Century Merchant's house 5) Visit the church whi…