This article was originally written by Isabelle Joschke who is a French-German skipper (Generali-Horizon Mixité.). She has raced 7 times in Solitaire du Figaro and is sponsored by MaxSea.
For me it seems that women representing the sport of sailing has become one of the images of our modern society. Women and of course girls are signing up and taking part in leisure sailing in the same numbers as men. However, when the level of competition rises, the gender ratio staggers towards men. In competitive racing as a whole, we, the women, represent only 5-10% of competitors.
Below we have listed some great places to visit if you’re planning to travel by boat around Menorca. It’s worth doing some research to find out what fiestas are going on during your stay as each town holds its own fiesta that almost always include traditional horse parades, giants and pomadas.
Mahon is the capital of the island and is located along the largest natural port in Europe. It is a must visit of the island, to see the expansive harbor and the historic town which sits on top. The other harbors to visit in the port are Es Castell and Cales Fonts in particular which is filled with quaint restaurants and picturesque old Menorquian fishing boats.
Listed below are some of the top apps helping to raise the awareness of sustainable fishing. So the next time you are out at a restaurant, or even at the local fish market, you can make sure you are not supporting overfishing or in some cases even illegal fishing. They are all free to use so why not try them out!
The Seawatch App is easy to use and beautifully designed. It has a very expansive list of fish and the simple color coding means you know straight away whether the fish is sustainable or not! But if you’re not satisfied with that you can delve deeper and discover what their definition of sustainable fishing is. They want to educate you about illegal fishing, by-catch, FADs and other practices that are bad for the sustainability of fish in our oceans and seas. Another pro is that if you are located in the US, you can search by your area to find restaurants that serve sustainable fish.
Olympic Organizers have finally made a partial U-turn on their position to only carry out bacterial testing to now test for viruses in their ever alarmingly polluted event locations.
The Pacific has seen several advantages to using FADs, which has lead to a boom in production and usage. Fishing offshore for Tuna which had until FADs had not been possible due to the risk of returning empty handed, is now commonplace. The reason this is so good for these smaller islands is that before these FADs, the fishermen would usually fish inshore and on the reefs which lead to a damaged reef ecosystem.
As the name suggests, they help fishermen catch more fish. A FAD is essentially flotsam (something floating out at sea). It is seemingly still unknown as to why fish choose to congregate around flotsam but they sure like doing so. Perhaps there is something appealing in flotsam whilst for miles and miles in every direction there is nothing but open sea.
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