Dear Mountain Mama:I’m writing to you about fear. A week before kayaking I make plans and am excited. Then the doubts set in. My mind thinks of all the holes, undercuts, and hazards on a river and magnifies them. I visualize my head thrashing around, banging against rocks and my roll failing.All of a sudden the stack of laundry becomes pressing, and I think about how much I need to get some cardio in or go for a ride. “You’re too tired to kayak well.” My stomach churns on the way to the river, and I silently rehearse excuses for running shuttle instead of paddling.I fought fear. I ignored it. Nothing worked, so eventually I stopped paddling. But I missed the intoxication of nailing a perfect line and chatting with other paddlers in eddies.So I’ve started kayaking again. All that nervous chatter has resumed. How can I make all that noise stop?Yours, Anxious PaddlerDear Anxious Paddler:I had the privilege to attend Elizabeth Gilbert’s reading of her book Eat, Pray, Love and she spoke about her acceptance of fear.She compared the start of every new creative endeavor to a road trip and recognized that fear comes along. But she lay downs the law. “Oh I know, fear, you won’t shut your mouth. Talk all you want, but you’re not going to have a say in anything. You’re not going to touch the radio dial. You’re not even going to pick any of the snacks.”Fear comes along on my paddling trips too. And fear is like my toddler — the more I try to ignore it, the louder and more insistent fear becomes.So I decided to test out Elizabeth Gilbert’s tactic of acknowledging fear and creating healthy boundaries about the role it was going to play when I went to this year’s Boater Chic Fest.I’d been telling myself paddling and working and parenting were too much to balance. I’d stepped back my paddling, and like you, I missed getting out on the river. I signed up for the Cheoah clinic despite fear and his cousin, doubt, whispering in both ears. That night I had difficulty sleeping, imagining the water cascading over Bear Creek Falls.The next day I met dozens of friendly women, and we spent the ride to the put-in telling stories and laughing. Several paddlers volunteered to lead less experienced paddlers down. They clapped and whistled for us when we styled a boof. Their smiling faces greeted us at the end of every rapid.The biggest lesson I learned at this year’s festival had nothing to do with paddle strokes or boat handling. On the way to the put-in we talked about books we read and yoga studios, rivers we wanted to paddle and the brownie cookies we’d brought to snack on at the take-out. As we paddled we pointed out turtles, butterflies, herons, dragonflies, and, snakes. On the drive back to camp, we looked up their animal meanings and joked about which animal we most closely resembled.Between swapping stories and laughing with new friends, I was reminded that if fear is going to be a passenger on my paddling road trips, that I should make an extra effort to invite some other more positive voices too. And this year’s Boater Chic Fest introduced me to lots of great women who love to boat. There are few weekends where I return home and immediately mark off my calendar for the event the following year. Boater Chic Fest is one of them!Fear is always going to be part of your boating equation. Anxious Paddler, lessen fear’s input by surrounding yourself with fun paddling partners and find some other subjects to chat about on the way to the river.Paddle On!Mountain Mama
Australia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV), a developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited for the construction of CNG Optimum 200 ships.The LOI is based on a firm order for four 200MMscf CNG ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four ships.After signing the LOI, the parties intend to enter into a shipbuilding engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract, employing GEV’s CNG Optimum design.According to GEV, the proposed contract price range is USD 135-140 million per ship.As reported in April 2019, three shipyards completed comprehensive technical specifications employing the CNG Optimum design approved by the American Bureau of Shipping. This followed a targeted selection process led by GEV Director Jens Martin Jensen, and run over the past 12 months supported by the company’s shipbroker Clarksons Platou and SeaQuest providing ship engineering experience to assist in finalizing the technical specification.“They (CIMC Raffles) are the logical choice for GEV given their scale of operations to support a multiple ship order, their history of building the only CNG ship to date, and a track record in successful EPC delivery,” Jens Martin Jensen, Non-executive Director at GEV, said.“Together with our advisors Clarksons and SeaQuest, we continue to focus on our preferred shipyards to refine their technical specification and capital cost improvements, and work towards a final draft contract. Executing our first LOI with a respected shipyard to deliver our first CNG Optimum Contract is indeed a key milestone for GEV representing a major de-risking event,” he added.Under the proposed shipbuilding contract, the CNG Optimum ships will be designed, procured, built, tested, and delivered by the shipyard. They will be delivered on a thirty-month construction schedule for the first ship, then every four months for the following three firm ships.The newbuilds will be capable of operating for the intended and defined waters for the purpose of delivering CNG from gas supply to gas buyer in generally accepted ocean shipping conditions.“The culmination of 12 months work by our shipping team will now accelerate GEV’s regional gas supply agreements that are being progressed across multiple regions. Our target projects are either seeking to commercialise stranded gas assets, commercialise associated gas production, or provide a transport solution to high growth markets with bankable long-term off-take customers in place. Our ship capital cost for the 200MMscf is transformational for CNG to become a viable alternative to FLNG or sub-sea pipelines,” Maurice Brand, Executive Chairman and CEO, added.
Molde goalkeeper Orjan Nyland is wanted by up to 15 clubs – including Newcastle, Liverpool, Southampton and Celtic.According to Norwegian publication TV2, Nyland, who has conceded seven goals in Molde’s first six league games this season, has impressed many European scouts and is likely to move during the summer transfer window due to a £2.3m release clause in his contract.The 24-year-old, who was named in UEFA’s Under-21 team of the tournament following the European Championship in 2013, has won the Tippeligaen and three domestic cups since joining Molde in 2013, as well as cementing his spot in the Norway national side.With the potential departure of Tim Krul, Nyland would compete with recent signing Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot for the keeper’s jersey at St James’ Park.Celtic, Liverpool and Southampton would all likely buy the Norwegian international as a second-string goalkeeper – so the Tyneside club looks to be Nyland’s likeliest destination at this stage. Molde goalkeeper Orjan Nyland 1