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Jeanneau Yachts 60: harmony and design, an 18-metre yacht of pure elegance

  • Giorgio Bruno
  • June 28, 2022

Jeanneau Yachts 60, a free and safe boat

Sailing with a sailboat is always a great emotion, as Philippe Briand also says “ we are in a non-urbanized environment, there are no roads but only wind, sun and waves. If you are able to understand these ingredients then you become rich, very rich in freedom”.

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Despite its 18 metres , everything in this sailboat is easy and within reach; if I were alone, I would have no problem steering it.

Jeanneau 60 responds exactly to what every owner wants from their boat: safety, easy handling, range, performance and living space on board, both outside and inside.

The search for the right size and balance is perceivable everywhere, starting with the cockpit, which offers large spaces that can be used either for cocktails with friends or for keeping watch during navigation, even at night, protected from the wind and cold, in maximum comfort.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 Sea Trial

Jeanneau Yachts 60 sea trial

We hoist the mainsail effortlessly, simply by operating the control on the helm console, where we also find the primary and secondary winch controls.

It is just as easy to open the genoa and the hull immediately begins to show its qualities.

Soft waterlines, an upturned bow and a slight tapering at the stern offer little resistance to advancing, so much so that we are already sailing at just under wind speed.

I try to ply and, with an angle of 30 degrees to the apparent wind, the speed increases quickly, we are sailing at 6 knots and the feeling of stability and balance is utmost.

I decide to put the boat about, I give the command to the crew and the boat leans on the new tack and starts up again without losing speed.

The two consoles in front of the two wheels allow me to easily read all the data I need and the driving position offers excellent visibility, even though the spry-hood is open.

I bear up and sail between 45 and 60° and here the boat enters its comfort zone in my opinion, as we often call it when we are in balance with ourselves, producing the best ratio between true and apparent wind we are sailing at 7/8 knots in a 7/8 knot true wind, a wonderful performance for a cruiser.

I sail at 110/120 degrees, the true wind is continuing blowing at around 6/7 knots while we sail at 5 knots. A good speed, especially considering that the jib is 105%.

I would have liked to have tried this Jeanneau Yachts 60 with a few more knots of wind because it could certainly give us a few surprises.

Test Conditions

Apparent WindTrue WindSpeed
30°55°6 Kn
45°76°6,6 Kn
60°82°7,7 Kn
90°101°6,5 Kn
110°137°5,4 Kn
120°130°4,6 Kn

The Jeanneau Yacht 60 in detail

Jeanneau Yachts 60 cockpit

The possibility of lowering one or both tables via the telescopic legs makes it possible to create a single surface with the side cushions and become an extremely comfortable relaxation area.

The high-side spry hood offers good wind protection and leaves plenty of visibility thanks to the large windows fitted.

The sloping side-decks now adopted on the boatyard’s flagship models offer excellent passage to the bow with ease thanks to their width.

In front of the mast, the sunbathing area is equipped with cushions for three people; if necessary, an awning can be installed between the mast and the genoa to create a very useful shaded area on hot summer days.

At the bow, an integrated bowsprit makes it possible to rig a CODE 0 easily thanks to the deck, which, totally uncluttered, offers plenty of space.

Interior and layouts

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Spacious and of truly impressive dimensions, it offers incredible light thanks to the many windows on the sides and on the deckhouse, where we find three large portholes, two of which can be opened by compasses.

On the starboard side, two large armchairs, together with the sofa on the port side, create a convivial space for relaxing or eating comfortably.

The whole ambience is beautifully designed thanks to the collaboration with Andrew Winch , who as always chose elegant lines and great functionality.

The galley located on the bow, at the bulkhead of the mast, allows for a large saloon that is very comfortable even on the darkest and rainiest days thanks to the choice of light colours and shades that naturally reflect the light.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 master cabin

In the bow, two guest cabins, each served by a shower room that can become a single cabin if necessary by simply sliding the central wall.

Opposite these two twin cabins is a bow cabin for the skipper or captain. At the stern there is a folding hatch and the garage, which can accommodate a 3-metre tender.

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Indeed, the Jeanneau Yachts 60 offers numerous options: the bow, the hard top, the open galley, the removable forestay, the furling mast in the standard version, the classic and performance mast as an option, etc.

It thus becomes possible to switch from a “Mediterranean sport” version to one suitable for ocean cruising.

Technical Specs

LOA18.8 m
LWL16.82 m
Beam5.20 m
Draft2.55 m
Mast height above the waterline25.10 m
EngineYanmar 1 x 150 HP
Fuel Capacity318 L
Fresh Water Capacity380 L
Light Displacement20.17 t
ProjectPhilippe Briand Yacht Design,
Andrew Winch Design and Jeanneau Design

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  • Jeanneau Reveals Its Exceptional New Sailboat:  The Jeanneau Yachts 60

Unveiling the latest Jeanneau Yachts model:  an innovative and elegant 60-footer with timeless charm

Set sail on the new jeanneau yachts 60 .

The Jeanneau Yachts 60:  Magnify Your Horizon

The latest sailboat in the Jeanneau Yachts line is impressive. She features an entirely new look, with an unparalleled design, offering a pure and unique sensation of proximity to the sea.

Perfect proportions and sinuous, elegant lines combine with clever layouts and options for customisation upon request, enabling her to adapt to all cruising styles.

Modular Design for Personalisation

The Jeanneau Yachts 60 has been designed to realise the dreams of its owners:  to create a yacht in their image.

Designed to be entirely personalised, as much in terms of the layouts as in terms of cruising styles, the Jeanneau Yachts 60 offers numerous options:  the arch, the hard top, the sprayhood, the exterior galley, the releasable forestay, the furling mast on the standard version, with the classic mast and performance on option, etc.

It thus enables you to go from a “Mediterranean Sport” version to a version adapted to offshore cruising.

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Sport version

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Leisure version

With multiple choices in interior and exterior layouts, decoration and equipment, the countless combinations make the Jeanneau Yachts 60 a true semi-custom yacht.

On the interior, 19 different versions of layouts are available!

A new era of fluid, refined design.

The new Jeanneau Yachts 60 is born of the combined talents of internal experts from the Jeanneau design office, the sharp design of Andrew Winch, and the technical mastery of Philippe Briand.

Exterior and interior layouts are enhanced by high-performance technology and fine materials. This yacht offers unequalled comfort on board and demonstrates optimal agility in its class, with its long waterline, carefully balanced interior volumes, and precise distribution of technical details.  The proportions are perfect.  

Each detail reflects the demand for excellence of Jeanneau Yachts.

The exterior design offers incredible agility and harmony.

The deck, with its contemporary style, gives this large sailing yacht a timeless charm.  Innovative features include:  an inverted bow, an evolutive hull chine, an integrated bowsprit, a high sheer line, but also walkaround sidedecks for easy movement about the boat without obstacles.  They descend directly from the cockpit!

Particular attention was paid to the quality of life on board, with dedicated living spaces for relaxation, the galley (with an optional cockpit galley), reading, dining, and sunbathing.

With large openings in the hull, the interior is bathed in natural light, enabling you to live in symbiosis with the sea, visible even from the berths.

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On the Interior, Refinement and Balance

Mastery of space, with meticulous attention to design, to quality, and to every detail:  this is the trademark of projects by Andrew Winch.

Aboard the Jeanneau Yachts 60, each living space has been enhanced to afford luxurious comfort.

For the first time, the galley is positioned forward, at the mast bulkhead, for an ultra-spacious saloon

worthy of larger yachts.

Sculpted surfaces are flooded with light.  The integration of solid wood results in fluid lines and a pleasing feel that complements the most sought-after leathers and fabrics.

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Available Versions of the Jeanneau Yachts 60

  • Two  woods are offered:  open-pore varnished teak and open-pore varnished light oak, each with matching floorboards.
  • The upholstery selection features 5 new fabrics and 5 Fogglizzo leathers:

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The jeanneau yachts 60 is a 59.97ft fractional sloop designed by philippe briand/andrew winch and built in vacuum infused hull by jeanneau (fra) since 2021., it accomodates 8 people in 4 cabins plus salon..

The Jeanneau yachts 60 is a light sailboat which is a good performer. It is not stiff and has a good righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a coastal cruiser. The fuel capacity is average. There is a good water supply range.

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Length 59.97 ft
Beam 17.06 ft
Draft 8.37 ft
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Sail area / displ. 18.05
Ballast / displ. 23.03 %
Displ. / length 118.15
Comfort ratio 27.77
Capsize 1.93
Hull type Monohull fin keel with bulb and dual rudders
Construction Vacuum infused hull
Waterline length 55.18 ft
Maximum draft 8.37 ft
Displacement 44467.19 lbs
Ballast 10229.44 lbs
Hull speed 9.95 knots

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Sail area (100%) 1410.07 sq.ft
Air draft 82.35 ft
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Total power 110 HP
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J Class: the enduring appeal of the world’s most majestic yachts

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  • October 9, 2023

Only ten J Class yachts were built before the Second World War stopped the movement in its tracks, but in the last 20 years these magnificent sloops have made an incredible comeback. Why has the J Class remained irresistable? David Glenn explains.

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One of the most awe-inspiring sights in modern yachting is the Spirit of Tradition fleet blasting off the start line at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. It happens every year at the end of April. Chances are it will include at least two J Class yachts, hitting the line on the gun at full tilt, exploding through the cobalt blue Caribbean rollers at anything up to 12 knots as they charge upwind.

Watching Velsheda , Ranger , Shamrock V and Endeavour will bring a lump to your throat, such is the emotion generated by these beautifully proportioned 130ft racing machines with their carbon rigs driving 170 tonnes of steel, aluminium and teak towards the weather mark. It’s heady stuff.

Watching them is one thing; racing quite another matter. In 1999 I was aboard the rebuilt Velsheda , taking part in the Antigua Classic Regatta. I had a single task as part of a four-man team – to tend the forward starboard runner. Nothing else. “Let that go once we’ve tacked and the whole rig comes down,” warned skipper Simon Bolt, as another wall of water thundered down the leeward deck and tried to rip me from the winch.

Dressed in authentic off-white, one-piece cotton boiler-suits, which had to be worn with a stout belt “so there’s something to grab if you go overboard”, they were tough, adrenaline-filled days out. God knows what it was like up forward as massive spinnakers were peeled and headsails weighing a quarter of a tonne were wrestled to the  needle-sharp foredeck as the bow buried itself into the back of yet another wave. Sometimes you daren’t look.

But with the race won or lost, back on the dock the feeling of elation, fuelled by being part of the 36-strong crew aboard one of these extraordinary yachts, triggered a high like no other. You knew you were playing a role, no matter how small, in a legendary story that began in 1930, was halted by World War II and then defied the pundits by opening another chapter 20 years ago. Today with five Js in commission, all in racing trim, and at least two more new examples about to be launched, the J Class phenomenon is back.

Why is the J Class so popular?

Why does a yacht with an arguably unexciting performance – they go upwind at 12 knots and downwind at 12 knots – costing £20 million to build and demanding eye-watering running costs, seem to be burgeoning during the worst recession since the class was born?

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There is no single answer, but you only have to look back to the 1930s and the characters that owned and raced the Js on both sides of the Atlantic, sometimes for the America’s Cup , to understand why the class occupies a special place in yachting history. Underlying everything is the look of the J Class. It seems to transcend any change in yachting vogue, displaying a timeless line with outrageous overhangs and a proportion of hull to rig that is hard to better.

They possess true elegance. There is no doubt that captains of industry who want to flex their sporting muscle have been drawn to a class which only the very rich can afford and there are distinct parallels between J owners in the 1930s and those of the past 20 years. The difference is that in the 1930s owners liked to shout about their achievements and hogged the pages of national newspapers. Today, they are as quiet as mice.

Origins of the J Class

The J Class emerged in 1930 and marked a quantum leap in yachting technology, but comprised a hotchpotch of design altered over many years.

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The J Class – so named because it was the letter allocated to its particular size by the Universal Rule to which the yachts were built (K and M Class yachts were, for example, shorter on the waterline) – emerged in 1930 and marked a quantum leap in yachting technology.

The so-called Big Class, which flourished in the UK in the 1920s, was impressive, but comprised a hotchpotch of design altered over many years. Yachts like King George V’s Britannia , built in 1893 as a gaff-rigged cutter but converted in the 1920s to Bermudan rig to rate as a J, Candida , Cambria , White Heather and schooners like Westward were even larger and more expensive to run. But as the greater efficiency of the Marconi or Bermudan rig became apparent their days were numbered.

One catalyst for the J Class itself was legendary grocer Sir Thomas Lipton’s final crack at challenging for the America’s Cup in 1931. He did so under the Universal Rule with the composite, wooden-planked, Charles E. Nicholson-design Shamrock V .

It was the 14th challenge since 1851 and the Americans, despite the withering effects of the Great Depression, reacted in dramatic fashion, organising their defence with four syndicates, each bulging with millionaires, putting forward separate Js: Enterprise , Whirlwind , Weetamoe and Yankee , which apart from Enterprise had already been launched.

Key to the American effort was the remarkable Harold Vanderbilt of the New York Yacht Club, who had inherited fabulous wealth from the family’s railroad companies, making him one of the country’s richest men.

Brought up on the family’s Idle Hour estate on Long Island Sound, he was a keen and accomplished sailor, and he used American technology and teamwork to build a far superior J in Enterprise. The defence completely overwhelmed Lipton’s effort. The British press castigated Lipton’s lack of preparedness and old-fashioned attitude. Vanderbilt, who among other things is credited with inventing contract bridge, left no stone unturned. “Mr. Harold Vanderbilt does not exactly go boat-sailing because summer is the closed season for fox-hunting,” stated an acerbic critic in the British yachting press.

Later when Shamrock was owned by aircraft builder Sir Richard Fairey and was being used to train crew for another Cup challenge, Beecher Moore, a skilful dinghy sailor who was draughted aboard the J to try to sort her out, reported in Yachts and Yachting many years later: “We found that when we got on board it was very much like a well-run country house, in that the gentleman does not go into the kitchen and on a well-run J Class the owner does not go forward of the mast.”

J Class tactics: Britain vs USA

A look at the huge gap between the British and American J Class tactics and designs in the early years of the America’s Cup.

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In the early days there was a yawning gap between the way the Americans and British approached the Cup and, for that matter, how they ran a yacht. Revolutionary metal masts, Park Avenue booms to improve sail shape (the British copied this American design with their ‘North Circular’ version), bronze hulls that needed no painting, superior sails, and campaigns that cost £100,000 even in those days, blew away the Brits. Lipton had spent just £30,000 to build and equip Shamrock .

In the second Cup challenge in Js, in 1934, Sir T. O. M. Sopwith’s first Endeavour , also designed by Nicholson and equipped with wind instruments designed by her aircraft industrialist owner, nearly won the Cup, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory after leading the series 0-2. Sopwith was also up against Vanderbilt, who this time sailed Rainbow , which many considered to be the slower boat. But the British campaign was hobbled by a pay dispute – Endeavour ’s crew got £5 a week but they wanted a raise for ‘going foreign’ – and the campaign approach was again brought into question when the first thing to be stripped off the yacht when they won a dispute over reducing weight was the bath!

Back in Britain, the 1935 season proved to be the zenith of J Class and Big Class racing, although by the end of it the Js were under the cosh for their tendency to lose masts. Five went over the side that year and Endeavour II , launched with en eye on the next Cup challenge, lost hers twice.

There was added spice in the competition off the shores of the UK with the arrival of the American J Yankee , now owned by millionaire and Listerine businessman Gerard Lambert, who enjoyed sparring with the Brits. But even Yankee lost her mast and the press rounded on the class for being dangerous and wasteful! That wasn’t enough to stop Sopwith, whose tail had been extracted from between his legs following the last defeat in Newport: Endeavour II was towed across the Atlantic in a veritable armada that included  the first Endeavour. The British yachts found themselves up against the most advanced sailing machine the world had ever seen – Ranger , dubbed ‘the Super J’.

Vanderbilt was the man to beat again. Not only had he bankrolled the entire defence as American business remained beset by a struggling economy, but he used highly scientific means to perfect design. The brilliant naval architect Starling Burgess, who had designed for Vanderbilt throughout the 1930s, was now aided by the equally brilliant but considerably more youthful Olin Stephens. Between them they finally selected ‘model 77-C’ from six tank tested.

The yacht was considered ugly by some and not a natural to look at, but Vanderbilt’s team trusted the science (still the difference between the Americans and the Brits) and Ranger with her bluff or barrel bow and ‘low slung’ counter was the result. She proved to be dynamite on the race course and Endeavour II didn’t stand a chance. She was beaten in five straight races by large margins. The Americans and Vanderbilt had done it again. War then brought an end to an extraordinary era in yachting.

Only ten J Class yachts were built to the Universal rule and not a single American yacht survived. Most were scrapped for the war effort. In any case, the American way was to discard the machine once it has served its purpose. In Britain they faired a little better, and some Js were mud-berthed on the East and South Coasts. Two survived in the UK: Velsheda , originally built by the businessman who ran Woolworths in the UK (W. L. Stevenson named her after his daughters Velma, Sheila and Daphne), but which never challenged for the America’s Cup; and Endeavour , saved by becoming a houseboat on the Hamble. Shamrock ended up in Italy and survived the war hidden in a hay barn.

J Class resurgence

Seemingly resigned to the history books, the J Class made a triumphant return in the 1980s.

In his seminal book about the J Class, Enterprise to Endeavour, yachting historian Ian Dear predicted in the first edition in 1977 that the likes of the Js would never be seen again. By the time the fourth edition was published in 1999 he was quite happily eating his words!

The American Elizabeth Meyer was, without doubt, instrumental in bringing the class back to life when in the 1980s she extracted what was left of Endeavour from a  amble mud-berth, began rebuilding her in Calshot, and then moved her to Royal Huisman in Holland, who completed the restoration superbly. With the transom of the original Ranger mounted on a bulkhead in her saloon, Endeavour is still regarded as one of the best-looking and potentially fastest Js.

She was owned briefly by Dennis Kozlowski, the disgraced tycoon who ran Tyco, who famously said: “No one really owns Endeavour, she’s part of yachting history. I’m delighted to be the current caretaker.” Unfortunately he ended up in prison and the State of New York became Endeavour’s ‘caretaker’ before they sold her to her current owner, who has kept the yacht in the Pacific. She’s currently being refitted in New Zealand.

Ronald de Waal is a Dutchman who until recently was chairman of the Saks Group in the USA and has made a fortune in clothing. He has dedicated a lot of time to improving Velsheda over the years since he had her rebuilt by Southampton Yacht Services to a reconfigured design by Dutch naval architect Gerry Dykstra. Ronald de Waal steers the yacht himself to great effect and has had some legendary tussles with Ranger, the new Super J built in Denmark for American realestate magnate John Williams.

The rivalry between the two is fierce and even led to a collision between the yachts in Antigua last year. But Velsheda would have been lost had it not been for British scrap-metal merchant Terry Brabant who saved her from a muddy grave on  the Hamble and famously sold his Rolls-Royce to cast a new lead keel for the yacht. With very little modern equipment he sailed her hard in the Solent, chartering her and crossing the Atlantic for a Caribbean season, all without an engine! Without Brabant’s initiative Ronald de Waal wouldn’t have what he has today.

Shamrock V is owned by a Brazilian telecommunications businessman Marcos de Moraes who had the yacht rebuilt at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth in 2001. He tends to keep away from the race course but with a number of events being planned in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics he might be tempted back. The latest new J to launch, Hanuman, a modern interpretation of Endeavour II, has recently entered the racing fray. She was commissioned by serial yacht owner Jim Clark (Hyperion and Athena), the American who brought us Netscape and Silicon Graphics, and who remains a colossus in Silicon Valley.

Hanuman, named after a Hindu deity, built by Royal Huisman and designed by Gerry Dykstra, has had no expense spared when it comes to rig and sail wardrobe. Last year she beat Ranger in the Newport Bucket but in March this year she lost out 2-1 to the same boat at the St Barths Bucket. They were due to meet again with Velsheda at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April. Another Dutchman, property developer Chris Gongriep, who has owned a number of yachts including Sapphire and Windrose of Amsterdam, has given the go-ahead for a new  version of Rainbow, which is well advanced in Holland at Freddie Bloesma’s aluminium hull fabrication yard. The yacht, reconfigured by Gerry Dykstra, will be in the water in 2011 with a full-on race programme.

About to be launched is Lionheart, the biggest J so far, redesigned by Andre Hoek and built in Holland by Claasen Jachtbouw, after an extensive research programme.  Unfortunately, her owner’s business commitments mean that he won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of this project – she’s for sale with Yachting Partners International and Hoek Brokerage. What an opportunity to join a class with such a remarkable history and one which looks destined to run and run!

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United States-born kitefoiler J.J. Rice, who was set to represent Tonga at the Paris Olympics , died in a diving accident. He was 18.

Rice's father Darren Rice confirmed his son's death Monday to the Matangi Tonga newspaper .

Jackson James Rice was set to become the first Caucasian to represent Tonga at an Olympic Games. His death happened Saturday at Faleloa, on the island of Ha'apai in the Tonga archipelago.

He was free diving from a boat when he suffered a suspected shallow water blackout, Matangi Tonga reported. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

"I was blessed with the most amazing brother in the whole world and it pains me to say that he's passed away," Rice's sister Lily said in a Facebook post. "He was an amazing kitefoiler and he would have made it to the Olympics and come out with a big shiny medal. He made so many amazing friends all over the world."

Rice had recently returned to Tonga after competing in the 2024 Formula Kite World Championships in France, the Matangi Tonga reported.

Rice was born in the United States to British-born parents but grew up on Ha'apai where his parents operate a tourist lodge. "I've lived in Tonga my whole life, I see myself as a Tongan," he told Matangi Tonga last month. "I don't see myself as anything else."

Rice often posted videos of himself training in Tonga on his Instagram account .

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In an Instagram post last month, Rice said he wanted to "say a big thank you to everyone who has supported, mentored, given me a couch to stay on and pushed me to my absolute limit."

"Thank you firstly to my mum and dad without you guys nothing would be possible," he wrote.

Rice finished eighth at the Sail Sydney event in December to earn his Olympic place. Kitefoiling will be an Olympic sport for the first time in Paris.

Rice recently had been training and competing in Europe.

Kitefoilers race on boards that are lifted off the water on foils and can reach speeds of more than 30 mph.

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How long will feckless Joe Biden ignore the grave threat of sharks and electric boats?

Does biden even care about patriotic americans like us, the ones who might one day be forced to choose between boat-battery electrocution or death by shark.

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Thank God for MY PRESIDENT, Donald J. Trump, the one presidential candidate with courage enough to confront the greatest twin threats of our time: sharks and electric boat batteries.

At a recent rally, Trump brought up the dilemma that’s keeping so many Americans who ride through shark-infested waters in battery-powered boats awake at night: “What would happen if the boat sank from its weight, and you’re in the boat and you have this tremendously powerful battery, and the battery is now underwater and there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there ?”

It’s truly every electric-boat-using parent’s worst nightmare, assuming they don’t understand how boat batteries work and don't question why the shark that’s 10 yards over there wouldn’t also be getting electrocuted.

“Do I get electrocuted if the boat is sinking, water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking?” Trump smartly asked . “Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted, or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted?”

Unlike Trump, Biden doesn't care if you get eaten by a shark

These are not the kind of sensible, America-loving questions you hear from Sleepy Joe Biden. Does he even care about patriotic Americans like us, the ones who might one day be forced to choose between boat-battery electrocution or death by shark?

I doubt he cares at all. He’s too busy being both dementia-addled AND the devious mastermind of a global crime family while also turning our country into a banana republic by allowing the justice system to use a "jury" to find Trump “guilty” of “crimes.”

Obviously Trump is Jesus: Marjorie Taylor Greene compares Trump to Jesus. Which Bible is she reading?

No, you won’t hear one word from Biden about sharks or large boat batteries.

He’s either too busy being totally out of it due to severe mental decline OR carefully plotting an elaborate scheme to get his son convicted on federal gun charges so people think that the justice system is legitimate and that Trump’s recent 34-count conviction on New York felony charges wasn’t actually rigged.

NICE TRY, SLEEPY JOE!

Maybe for a change you could give a damn about the American people by making sure they aren’t dying of ocean electrocution or in the razor-toothed mouths of presumably electrocution-proof sharks!

Trump will surely protect us from battery electrocution and sharks

At the same rally where Trump addressed our nation’s shark/battery crisis – a speech many are saying was as good as, if not better than, President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address – the man who made MAGA noted : “By the way, a lot of shark attacks lately, do you notice that? A lot of sharks. I watched some guys justifying it today. ‘Well, they weren’t really that angry, they bit off the young lady’s leg because of the fact that they were not hungry but they misunderstood who she was.’ These people are crazy. He said there’s no problem with sharks they just didn’t really understand a young woman swimming now who really got decimated and a lot of other people too, a lot of shark attacks.”

Indeed. All these shark attacks , combined with what I assume are innumerable instances of battery-powered boats sinking near sharks, have created a national catastrophe Biden is choosing to ignore.

Questions abound when it comes to sinking electric-powered boats

There are so many questions. Why are the boats sinking, and why, as Trump mentioned, is there always a shark “approximately 10 yards” away?

Are these sharks working for the Democratic National Committee? Is the Biden Crime Family having communist China manufacture the boats that keep sinking under the weight of these batteries?

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And why does the electrical current stop mattering if the person jumps over by the shark?

Wouldn’t the boater who leaps overboard get both electrocuted AND eaten by the shark that, for some reason, is wholly unfazed by any electric current?

Another Biden term means certain death for electric-boat owners

And why have we never heard of the presumably thousands of people who are being electrocuted by boat batteries? Is this a cover-up by the fake news media?

With shark-lover Biden in office, we’ll surely never know. And unless Trump gets elected this fall, more and more Americans will have to answer the impossible question posed by the man we Republicans think should be leader of the free world: “Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted, or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted?”

Vote accordingly, folks. Otherwise, the sharks and the batteries win.

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'No one came to help us': Only eleven migrants survived boat capsizing in one of Ionian Sea's worst disasters

The boats used by migrants are often unseaworthy and the smugglers they pay are untrustworthy - and so it has proven off the coast of Italy's Calabria region. Of 76 people aboard a sailboat, only 11 have survived.

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The waters of the Ionian Sea seem tranquil enough in the middle of June, but they also form part of the most dangerous migration route in the world.

The shoreline of southern Italy , with its position in the central Mediterranean, is the primary objective of many who put to sea.

Yet the boats used by migrants are often unseaworthy and the smugglers they pay are untrustworthy - and so it has proven off the coast of Italy's Calabria region.

Some 120 miles from the port of Roccella Ionica, the Italian coast guard caught site of simple sailboat, a recreational vessel with a single mast barely peaking above the water.

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Leaving Turkey eight days earlier, it was packed with 76 people, including more than 70 migrants from Iraq, Iran and Syria.

But something had gone terribly wrong,

Red Cross officials in southern Italy said only 11 people survived, among them a pregnant woman and two children. It was clear these individuals had suffered greatly at sea.

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"Well, 11 migrants who arrived here have multiple fractures, severe dehydration, severe bruises from what they say," said Concetta Gioffrè of the regional Italian Red Cross.

"They were in shock, with clear signs of burns. I have no words for those who didn't reach the port."

Ro'ya Muheidini, a 19-year-old Iraqi Kurd

Sky News spoke to one survivor, now being cared for in a local hospital.

Ro'ya Muheidini, a 19-year-old Iraqi Kurd, said that different smugglers had been involved in the voyage - but all the passengers had been duped.

"The smugglers told us not to bring any food because [the vessel] had everything. After that, we ran out and shared what we had. Nothing was left on the boat, no water, no food, nothing."

Migrant shipwreck survivors taken to Italian port for medical treatment

Ms Muheidini told us that the captain had tried to open a box or tube with provisions but there was an explosion which tore a hole in the hull.

The boat capsized, and all 76 people - including two dozen children - were thrown into the water.

"We stayed on the water for four days and no one came to help us," said the 19-year-old.

"Two or three boats passed by and they got very close. We shouted a lot for help, but they ignored us and passed by.

"If it was not for a French boat, none of us would be here."

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There seems to be little to no prospect that any of those still unaccounted for will be found alive, making this one of the worst disasters in the Ionian Sea in recorded memory.

But that is unlikely to shift public opinion in the European Union. In fact, it may go unnoticed. The politics of immigration and migration have changed in Europe.

It now requires a tougher, harsher approach, but the consequences of that will prove deadly.

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Free air conditioners available for residents over 60 in N.J. county

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With dangerously hot temperatures expected to scorch New Jersey this week, Camden County is offering free fans and air conditioners for low-income seniors.

The county’s board of commissioners will be giving out free fans and window air conditioners to residents aged 60 or older with an income of $25,000 or less.

New Jersey is expected to have a dangerous stretch of 90-degree days in a heat wave that could threaten records through Sunday, forecasters say.

Temperatures are likely to reach the 90s, and on Friday and Saturday some parts of the state could possibly heat to near 100 degrees.

On average, heat waves kill more people in the U.S. than any other severe weather, according to AccuWeather.com . Seniors aged 65 or older are more vulnerable to heat-related health concerns because they often can’t adjust to sudden temperature changes as quickly as younger people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

“Many seniors live in homes without air conditioning or fans which can be extremely dangerous when the temperatures rise to extreme levels,” Camden County Commissioner Virginia Betteridge said in a statement. “But the Division of Senior Services is working to ensure that no one will have to brace this heat without cooling measures.”

Officials advised senior citizens to wear lightweight clothing and avoid strenuous activity in hot areas when temperatures reach high levels. It’s also recommended everyone wear a head covering when exposed to the sun.

Individuals taking regular medication should consult with their doctor as medications may have a negative impact during hot weather.

“These types of conditions can cause heat related illnesses in senior citizens and other vulnerable populations,” Betteridge said.

Early signs of heat-related stress include decreased energy, a loss of appetite, faintness, light-headedness and nausea, according to officials.

Several counties, including Camden are also providing cooling stations in public spaces like libraries, community centers and other facilities. Spray pools have also been opened throughout the city of Camden for people to cool off during hot weather.

Early dismissals have been planned for the Camden School District and other school districts statewide due to the heat.

To request a fan or air conditioner, or to obtain more information, residents are asked to call the Camden County Division of Senior Services at (856) 858-3220.

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Bill Belichick and his girlfriend, Jordon Hudson , publicly flaunted their romance for the first time as they enjoyed a boat ride in Nantucket.

The retired New England Patriots coach, 72, and the former cheerleader, 24, were spotted heading aboard his $225,000 vessel — named VIII Rings — Wednesday, per photos obtained by Daily Mail .

Belichick, who named the boat after his eight Super Bowl wins, held a stern face as he carried what appeared to be a bag and blanket while walking beside Hudson.

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For the outing, he sported a blue polo shirt, white shorts, sneakers and a baseball cap.

As for Hudson, she wore an off-the-shoulder long-sleeve shirt with laced high-waisted shorts and sandals.

The two appeared relaxed while walking the docks as the pageant queen slowed down to take a phone call.

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According to TMZ, Hudson and the NFL legend have been dating since 2022 , though news of their romance didn’t break until earlier this month.

The couple first met in 2021 on a flight when Belichick autographed his now-girlfriend’s homework , writing, “Jordon, Thanks for giving me a course in logic! Safe travels!”

While they initially kept their relationship under wraps, the eight-time Super Bowl champ was caught shirtless in Ring camera footage outside a Massachusetts home in November 2023.

Daily Mail reported that Belichick was leaving the beauty school graduate’s home.

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In March, he was also seen grabbing a bite with a mystery woman, now likely identified to be Hudson.

Before getting together with Hudson, Belichick was in a long-term relationship with Linda Holliday, 61.

The two started dating in 2007 but were involved in an on-and-off relationship as Page Six reported their breakup in September 2023.

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Five migrants found dead on boat off Spain’s Canaries

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) — Five migrants were found dead on a crowded boat that was spotted adrift south of Spain’s Canary Islands in the Atlantic, the country’s maritime rescue service said Thursday.

Rescuers were alerted on Wednesday afternoon to the vessel drifting some 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of the island of Tenerife, and a boat dispatched to the area rescued 68 people and found five bodies on board, the service said in a statement.

The boat also retrieved three bodies from the migrant vessel but had to leave it adrift with the other two bodies “due to bad weather conditions in the area,” the statement said.

Spain is one of the main gateways for migrants seeking a better life in Europe, with the vast majority making the perilous journey to try and reach the Canary Islands which lie off the northwestern coast of Africa.

The Atlantic route is particularly dangerous due to strong currents, with migrants travelling in overloaded, often unseaworthy, boats without enough drinking water.

But it has grown in popularity due to increased vigilance in the Mediterranean.

At their closest point, the islands lie 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the coast of North Africa.

But many boats — often long wooden vessels known as pirogues — leave from much further away, setting sail from Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania.

Increasingly they are coming from countries further south such as Gambia and Senegal which lie about 1,500 kilometres (about 1,000 miles) from the Spanish islands.

More than 5,000 migrants died while trying to reach Spain by sea in the first five months of this year, or the equivalent of 33 deaths per day, according to Caminando Fronteras, a Spanish charity which alerts the maritime authorities to migrant boats in distress.

That is the highest daily number of deaths since it began collating figures in 2007.

The vast majority were on the Atlantic route, where 4,800 migrants died while trying to reach the Canaries, the charity said.

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13 Best Boat Shoes for Summery Style on Land or Sea

Boat shoes get a bad rap. We can fix that.

Here's the thing about boat shoes , though: They are damn stylish. In canvas or leather , the nautical-inspired kicks are an elevated alternative to flip-flops , a more approachable version of loafers , and a cooler, better (most of the time) option than sneakers . It all comes down to which boat shoes you wear, and how you wear them. Lucky for you, we've gathered 13 infallible options below.

Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoes

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Sperry authentic original 2-eye boat shoes.

Split Leather Nautical Shoes

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Mango split leather nautical shoes.

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Allbirds tree skippers.

Take the classic Sperrys , for example. What's not to love? They're comfortable and chic and pair wonderfully with a summer barbecue. Or, if you're actually getting on a boat, go for Dockers—they're water resistant, so you can splish and splash as you please. If you want to emulate the air of wealth that boat shoes seem to inherently have, reach for Loro Piana's suede option—but do not get those wet. There's a style below for everyone. Long live Boat Shoe Summer.

When I think of boat shoes, these are the very first pair that comes to mind. I mean, they're classics. Sperry's iconic two-eye design is an easy, stylish way to encapsulate summer elegance, whether or not you're actually on a boat.

Colors 35
Sizes5-16
MaterialsLeather, Textiles, Rubber

Mango does boat shoes as it does all things—with real European style. These are minimalist yet tasteful, with a leather upper and backstitched details. Pair with denim, white pants, or khakis for a classy look.

ColorsSand
Sizes7-12.5
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

These are a boat shoe/sneaker hybrid, but we're counting them, because the comfort and cushion provided by Allbirds is so worth it. If you're planning on doing a lot of walking this summer—say, on vacation while playing tourist—this is the chic, comfy shoe you need to have in your rotation.

Colors7
Sizes8-14
MaterialsEucalyptus Tree Fiber, Rubber

Dockers Beacon Boat Shoes

Beacon Boat Shoes

For an affordable boat shoe that's as durable as it is comfortable, go for Dockers. This hard-wearing style emulates the classic, timeless design, and when you have these on your feet, you'll love the water- and stain-repellent coating that allows you to roam freely.

Colors5
Sizes7-15
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

Todd Snyder x Sperry Top-Sider Suede Boat Shoes

Top-Sider Suede Boat Shoes

What could be chicer for summer than a Todd Snyder and Sperry collab? This boat shoe exudes everything a boat shoe should: refined style, a bit of preppiness, and infallible coolness. With cork insoles for all-day comfort and a suede upper that looks as good as it feels.

ColorsIvory
Sizes8-13
MaterialsSuede, Cork, Vibram

OluKai Moku Pae Boat Shoes

Moku Pae Boat Shoes

With a breathable mesh upper and grippy wet soles, this is a boat shoe you can—and should—actually wear on a boat. And, for that matter, anywhere else you go this summer.

Colors8
Sizes7-15
MaterialsMesh, Rubber

Loro Piana Sea-Sail Walk Suede Boat Shoes

Sea-Sail Walk Suede Boat Shoes

If you want to invest in a truly luxurious boat shoe, well, there's no higher luxury than Loro Piana. This style is crafted with a suede upper and a durable rubber sole, with an apron toe that looks good on or off the docks.

ColorsNavy, Brown, Off-White
SizesEU 41-EU 46
MaterialsSuede, Rubber

J.Crew x Rancourt & Co. Read Boat Shoes

Read Boat Shoes

It doesn't get much cooler than these classic boat shoes. Dress them up, dress them down, wear them on land or at sea—point is, you're going to get a lot of use out of 'em.

ColorsCognac Essex
Sizes7-13
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

Sebago Endeavor Boat Shoes

Endeavor Boat Shoes

If you've tried Sebago's shoes before, you know the brand is unparalleled when it comes to comfort and style. These boat shoes are cut from the same cloth—they're endlessly cushiony, timelessly cool, and under 200 bucks.

ColorsBrown, Navy
Sizes7-13
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

L.L. Bean Casco Bay Boat Mocs

Casco Bay Boat Mocs

For only $100, L.L. Bean has a timeless, versatile pair of boat shoes. Pair them with anything from a linen button-down to a cotton polo, and be merrily on your way to wherever the season takes you.

ColorsLight Brown, Canyon, Navy
Sizes7-14
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

Timberland Classic 2-Eye Boat Shoes

Classic 2-Eye Boat Shoes

If you love your Timberland boots (who doesn't?), you'll definitely love your Timberland boat shoes. These pack the same durable, comfortable construction that the brand's boots are known for, with some serious style points, too.

ColorsBrown, White, Navy, Blue
Sizes6-15
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

Polo Ralph Lauren Merton Leather Boat Shoes

Merton Leather Boat Shoes

PRL does all things with class, preppiness, and grace, and these boat shoes are no different. With white contrast stitching at the toe and a two-eye design, this is what timelessness is all about.

ColorsDeep Saddle Tan
Sizes7-15
MaterialsLeather, Rubber

Mr P. Caspian Suede Boat Shoes

Caspian Suede Boat Shoes

And for something with a modern flair, Mr P. has you covered. On a chunky platform sole, these suede boat shoes are a summer statement piece that adds some flair to your dressed-up looks and some refinement to your streetwear fits.

ColorsGreen, Brown
SizesUK 7-UK 12
MaterialsSuede, Rubber

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Will Chet Holmgren Make an All-Defensive Team Next Season?

Chase gemes | 8 hours ago.

Apr 14, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Brandon Williams (00) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second quarter at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

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Few players enter the league with as much of a defensive impact as Chet Holmgren made for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

Oklahoma City was desperately in need of a center that could take the reins as a defensive anchor, a hole they hadn't filled since the departure of Steven Adams. It had to wait an extra year after drafting Holmgren due to his foot injury that kept him out of his "true" rookie season, but the wait was well worth it.

The 7-foot-1 center averaged 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, immediately becoming one of the Thunder's key contributors on its way to a No. 1 seed. Although many questioned if his body was NBA-ready — citing his lanky frame and risk for injury against bigger centers — he proved that it was simply all speculation.

Holmgren played all 82 games, an impressive feat for any player, but especially one who had missed an entire year of action before that. While sure, sometimes he could struggle to stand his ground against players with strength and size, most of the time he was still an effective defender. The 2.3 blocks per game speaks for itself, he wasn't a player that you want to go up against at the rim.

Already being an established defensive weapon in his rookie year should bode extremely well for his future in the NBA. He's only going to improve, learn and grow as time goes on, which will shape him into an even better defender. If he continues on this trajectory, an All-Defensive selection should be an expectation for him as next season approaches.

Now that voters disregard positions on the All-Defense teams, it relaxes the issue of comparing him against other centers. Four forwards/centers made the first team last season, so as long as Holmgren makes a top-10 impact of any position, he'll get that selection.

The rookie was just on the outside of making it to the second team, only behind fellow Thunder Luguentz Dort and LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard. If he makes strides and expands his defensive game, even beyond the block number, it's very possible it will only take two seasons to get to that list.

Holmgren has demonstrated the chops to be a Defensive Player of the Year one day. It's only a matter of time before he starts getting to that level.

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Chase is a sophomore at the University of Missouri - Columbia studying journalism. He is sports editor for Mizzou’s student newspaper, The Maneater.

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