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The fabled yacht Endeavour

An evening pause: Endeavour was built in 1934 in England in an attempt to win the America’s Cup from the U.S. It failed, but according to this Wikipedia page came closer than anyone until Australia II finally took the cup from the U.S. in 1983.

Hat tip Cotour, who notes that “the interior was rumored to cost about $1.2 million.”

Unmanned sail prototype prepares for launch

A prototype of an unmanned sailing ship will begin a test voyage this fall.

Although Harbor Wing will operate without a captain and crew by sailing on a pre-programmed course, “the man is always in the loop,” Ott said. An operator, seated at a computer that could be hundreds of miles away, can control the craft with keystrokes that relay commands via satellite. The transmission gap, from order to receipt, is only 18 seconds, which “on the open ocean is not much,” he said, “so you have very close control.”