sailing fast

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Have you seen any video footage of the America’s Cup yacht racing that is taking place at the moment? It’s astonishing! Have a look at the video footage and photos on the America’s Cup website and you’ll see what I mean.

There are two 72ft long catamarans with wing sails the size of a Jumbo Jet’s wing hurtling across San Francisco bay at speeds of over 50mph ! When they get going they lower some ‘fins’ that enable the boats to ride on hydrofoils and almost literally fly across the water. 

It seems a long, long way from the first race in 1851 between schooners that led to the America’s Cup series. Whilst I don’t doubt that it was still exciting in Queen Victoria’s day, the technology and speed of today’s racing is almost beyond comparison. Perhaps the only similarities are that there are two boats racing and that they are powered only by the wind.

I suspect that there are many people who feel that life is like that. The pace of life has accelerated beyond all recognition. New technology has changed the way that we communicate, access information, enjoy leisure and so much more.

I guess we have a choice. We can hearken back to the ‘good old days’ or we can embrace the change, hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

Change is not always bad, nor is it inevitable from a vending machine!


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