I had the great fortune to be able to participate in the FuTurisme.com conference plenary discussion on mass tourism and the future of tourism at IMTM 2015. I was there at the invitation of Tel Aviv Global which is a municipal corporation tasked with promoting the economic development of the city attracting investment and developing tourism.
One theme that was very prominent in their strategy is to leverage the tech start up ecosystem of the city.
The conference had 42 travel related digital startup companies pitching their ideas and vying for the mayor’s digital travel award.
The Roschild boulevard at the heart of the city is a wonderful pedestrian and cycling oasis.
Getting a tour of the startup ecosystem in Tel Aviv. The big questions seemed to be that starting things was happening in an organic way but holding on to the dividends of that innovation was the challenge. Keeping successful startups in the city and making sure international investment was not just pulling the human capital out of the city.
That evening I was invited to a cocktail at city hall with the mayor of Tel Aviv where they unveiled a commemorative stamp of the city. Tel Aviv has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its white city collection of Bauhaus architecture. It also recently was recognized by UNESCO as a creative city in the digital sphere and they are running with it as a branding element for the city.
The Tel Aviv Global team also came up with a wonderful idea to put a call out to students to volunteer as local hosts for the conference speakers. This was an opportunity to meet someone with an interest in your subject matter, but also they acted as ambassadors and sometimes interpreters or even personal assistants. I found it to be invaluable and rewarding, helping me develop more insights and broadening the conversations I had.
My student host Marina Balkarey
Speaking on a panel discussing mass tourism and implications on destination development.
After my presentation I was interviewed by Ayal Zaum, a City & Place branding consultant that also writes a popular blog called cityncountrybranding.com
here is the article he wrote:
Suite à la publication de l’article dans Skift que j’ai poster récemment. J’ai reçu une invitation a participer a un congrès de tourisme international a Tel Aviv le 10 et 11 février. Avec tout juste un mois de préavis je n’étais pas sur que l’invitation soit sérieuse, mais après un échange de communication au ralenti à cause des onze heures de décalage. Ils m’on confirmer qu’ils cherchait réellement à me fair participer à une colloque avec le ministre de tourisme de Israël, le consul général de Israël à New York entre autre. Le thème est de discuter le future du tourisme et l’impact sur le développement durable des destinations. Je vais parler de mon travaille et le contexte qui le met en valeur a Vancouver.
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Things are progressing well on my Caledonia yawl project and I’m getting into a rhythm. My only question is that I hope that the scarf alignment guides will be good, as I won’t know until I place them on the molds.
Il y a une semaine j’ai fait un interview avec le journaliste Greg Oates du journal d’industrie du tourisme Skift. Voici l’article qui en est le résultat:
I’m still feeling sick today, I was supposed to go cross country skiing today but my body would not have enjoyed it much. So I’m back in the boat shed.
My hot box worked well and the epoxy seems to have set well on the garboard scarfs.
There was just a little squeeze out that was easy to sand smooth. This certainly builds confidence as I now know my procedures seem to work well. Six more pairs of strakes to go or twenty four more scarfs to glue.
Ian Outghtred’s instructions say to glue the scarfs for the second strake as you are laying them down on the garboards as their is quite a lot of twist at the forefoot of the strakes.
So I’m leaving #2 for now and moving on to number 3 strakes.
There’s have quite a bit more curve than the garboards.
I coated the scarfs with clear epoxy to let it soak in the fibers before adding a bonding filler to the epoxy and applying more.
Some squeeze out lets me know that there are no voids.
I then clamped them down with a board and a few drywall screws.
Then my hot box goes back into action.
Today despite a nasty cold that was keeping me from thinking straight for the last couple days I managed to get out of the house.
As it is winter and my West System hardener 205 is recommended to be used above 4 degrees Celsius I needed to devise a portable hot box to help keep the temperature slightly warmer and ensure that the epoxy gets a chance to kick. I came up with a design that should accommodate most of the glueing of scarfs, the laminating of the stems, centreboard and rudder.
I built a 32″x60″ frame wrapped in foil backed bubble wrap.
The scarfs once glued and covered by wax paper I clamped down with a block of plywood and some screws. We’ll see how it set tomorrow.
Then with a 75w bulb as the heat source mounted inside I placed the hot box over the glued scarfs to set overnight. The access hole just gets covered by a piece of plywood.
With some luck it will set nicely and I’ll be able to repeat the process for the other six pairs of strakes.
Today I put down two sheets of plywood on the strongback to create the flat surface I will use to glue up the scarfs for each strake of the boat.
There are 26 scarfs to glue and on this platform I easily can do two strakes at a time. So as long as it does not get too cold (my shed is dry but not heated) It should take me seven days to glue up all the strakes.
To properly glue the scarfs it is necessary to line them up using a string guide provided by Hews & co.
The platform also becomes a great space to lay out Ian Oughtred’s plans.
Yesterday with a group of friends we continued a tradition of meeting down at the Jericho Sailing Centre, donning our wetsuits or drysuits and heading out into Burrard Inlet for a stand up paddle. This year we waited a day after our usual boxing day outing to match up our paddle with the highest high tide of the year, which was a 5m tide. Fortunately their was little wind or waves and the tide did not bring with it any flooding or damage to the coastline. But after the last king tide earlier in the month where the wind came up, the Sailing Centre was prepared with sandbags.
Dominique brought a his medium format film camera to capture the moment which was fun. We needed to flag down a runner to actually trip the shutter.
Here is my picture panorama of the set up for this.
We had a 6-8 knot breeze from the SE for our paddle. As we made it close to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club docks it started to rain, so unlike the year before where we managed to go hang around the freighters in complete calm and sunshine, our excursion this year was a little closer to shore but just as memorable.
After nearly a month of rotating colds, strep throat and mor colds affecting my family as well as a couple weekends with cross country running races at Jericho I finally found myself with a day in the boat shed to work on my Caledonia yawl project.
As Patrice has some wood in the shed from the house renovation in the way I spent half my time building shelving for the wood and for my glued strakes once they are done.
My plan then is to use the Strongback as a platform to glue up all the strake scarfs. Then i will tackle the bow and stern stem laminations.
Once I’ve completed those two jobs I’ll be ready to put up the station Molds.
Another trip to the hardware store to get materials for the Strongback onto which I’ll set up the mould stations.