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1. Pedal power: America's Cup and R2AK advance cycling sailors

The next America’s Cup international sailing race will be held in a yet-to-be-announced venue in 2024. Over the past decade, the match race vessels drastically evolved from monohulls to catamarans and now monohulls with wingsails and hydrofoils. The event is both innovative and for some, unrecognizable from its previous iterations.

In the Pacific Northwest, the Race to Alaska (R2AK) is also innovative but possibly the antithesis of the America’s Cup in attitude, priorities and protocols. However, competitors in both races share a common interest in bringing elements of cycling to their vessels.

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R2AK and America's Cup
Most popular Future Tides articles
Port of Everett's silver lining
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2. Most popular Future Tides articles

Since launching in October, I've published 10 issues of this newsletter including 21 original articles. Below are the most viewed ones from 2021. Each one started with a community-driven question and includes information you won't find anywhere else. 

Know someone who might enjoy reading one of these? Please share!
  1. A Future Tides interview: NOAA’s system update and the next era of electronic charts
  2. Spotted on the Sound: MarkSetBot
  3. The Shilshole liveaboard community: ‘demand continues to escalate’

3. The Port of Everett's supply chain silver lining

The supply chain challenges have placed another Washington port in the spotlight: Port of Everett.

Seattle-based companies including Amazon and direct-to-consumer e-bike maker Rad Power Bikes shifted shipping operations to the port north of Seattle to shorten supply chains. Amazon even produces its own shipping containers, another major bottleneck and logistics cost for other retailers over the past year.

The third largest container port in Washington state, the Port of Everett is embarking on a new four-year capital improvement plan in 2022. In addition to mixed-use development, infrastructure maintenance and contamination work, the plan includes construction of the new Norton Terminal.

Located on a former mill site which has required toxic cleanup, the new 66-acre terminal is estimated to open next year and will provide additional marine cargo capacity.

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Bicycle Retailer: How e-bike brand Rad Power shortened its supply chain by more than 50 days

Bloomberg via gCaptain: Reluctant Merchants Are Embracing Amazon’s Chartered Ships This Holiday Season

Business Insider: Amazon is making its own shipping containers — and waiting as little as 2 days outside ports
Happy Holidays from S/V Capi!

Another snow day is headed Seattle's way! Stay cozy. Enjoy time with your loved ones. Give a far away loved one a call. Don't forget the good food and some fresh air.

For me, 2022 will undoubtedly hold new boating goals and more days on the water. As well as continuing to learn and report about the community sharing these unique waterways.

The next Future Tides issue will arrive in early January with a few updates and, of course, more stories I am excited to share. Thank you for reading, voting, responding and all the encouragement to date!

Until next year,
- Cara

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