Sailors In Canada Not Sailing

20 Jul

We’ve traveled north to connect with a friend and sailing legend Yves Gelinas of Cape Horn Self Steering Gear. We originally met Yves two years ago (already?) while staging in Portsmouth, VA for the trip down to Abaco. Yves was there with Jean-Du-Sud, his Alberg 30 that he completed a solo circumnavigation in during the 80s. A true old school sailor, Yves methods come through years and years of long offshore voyages and hard-won lessons. He went on to complete the trip to Martinique in 12 days. Yves has a trailer for His Alberg and launches, hauls and trailers it between Montreal ...

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Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi

18 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 18, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I don’t usually write about beta testing, but the FloatHub monitoring system is already proving itself so smart and functional that I want its Kickstarter campaign to succeed and hope that some readers enjoy the good deal that seems available, at least for the next few days. Detailing FloatHub is also a good opportunity to discuss the many ways WiFi is being used afloat these days, a subject that many boaters are understandably confused about…

FloatHub_boat_monitoring_main_online_dashboard_cPanbo.jpgFirst, here’s a visual taste of what the yellow hardware box ...

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199: RAN Sailing // Malin & Johan

17 Jul

If you don’t know Johan & Malin of RAN Sailing, go check them out on YouTube right away. They’re a wonderful young Swedish couple on a long-distance voyage in their aluminum sloop ‘RAN’. After months of trading emails, we finally got to meet up with them in Tortola and we hit it off immediately! Mia & I spent three days with Malin & Johan hanging out in Trellis Bay, sharing stories, cooking food and playing Jenga (which was even featured in episode 53 of their YouTube show!). Mia makes a rare appearance this week on the podcast ...

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A New Transatlantic Record

17 Jul
Thomas Coville claims the Single-handed Transatlantic record 
Another record has fallen and this one is huge. And not surprisingly, set by a Frenchman. What’s in the water over there that produces these amazing offshore sailors? Last Tuesday Thomas Coville set off from New York in an attempt to break the single-handed Transatlantic record; eastbound. Unlike his fellow countryman Francis Joyon (who set a new Transatlantic record last week) Coville waited for the perfect weather window and when his team deemed it right he took off like a slingshot with the hope of a crossing in under five days. Joyon’s time ...
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Cruising the Bahamas: beauty at our back door

17 Jul

Girls hiking in the Bahamas

snorkeling coral reef BahamasHard won miles to windward from the cerulean blue of our last Bahamian anchorage, some perspective on our months in the islands is sinking in. I went in with a mixed bag of expectations: friends who have sailed around the world claim it’s among the best cruising to be had (don’t we all love our first major destination?). Other cruisers who don’t have that far-reaching basis for comparison rave about it (was there narrower base of comparison at play?). It put me on guard: were we REALLY going to like it that much? How could islands so close to the ...

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More records tumble

12 Jul
Before I launch into today’s blog let me correct a mistake I made in the  piece I wrote yesterday about Mighty Merloe and the Transpac. In the blog I mentioned that Phaedo3 might well have beaten Mighty Merloe had Crew Boss Brian Thompson not been sidelined with an injury. Brian is an incredibly talented sailor and they may indeed have won, but they didn’t. I then went on to state that Brian Thompson would have to wait to add Transpac Record Holder to his resume. Well I was wrong. Pete Melvin from Melvin and Morelli Design and Engineering kindly pointed ...
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Race records tumble

11 Jul
Mighty Merloe approaching the finish – Photo courtesy of Lauren Easley/Leialohacreative.com
The America’s Cup may be over but since the last race on the Great Sound there has been some thrilling sailing in other parts of the world as two long standing ocean race records tumble.  On Monday evening the Shelter Island based yacht Prospector knocked more than two hours off the existing course record of the Marblehead to Halifax Race, while on the opposite side of the world Mighty Merloe rocketed into Honolulu harbor to break the Transpac multihull record. The Halifax Race record was set just two years
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198: Etienne Giroire TV Show

10 Jul

#198. Special thanks to Thierry Humeau & Telecam Films for directing & producing the TV version of today’s podcast with Etienne Giroire. Thierry flew to Florida in April 2016 to film a TV-adaptation of the podcast at Etienne’s eponymous shop, ATN Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale. This is the audio-only version of that – to see the full-length film version, go to youtube.com/59northsailing.

Etienne Giroire is most know for his namesake sailing company, ATN Inc. which produces spinnaker sleeves, trampolines for catamarans, the ‘mast climber’ harness system and other bits and bobs. But more interesting, Etienne is a sailor ...

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New at ICAST: Evinrude iDock and Raymarine Axiom Pro

10 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 10, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I won’t be at the ICAST fishing show this week, but I do know something about two of the major pre-show product announcements that came out today. For instance, while the introduction of yet another outboard engine joystick control system might seem insignificant, what if the technology is deeply integrated into the outboards, requires little rigging work or locker space, and costs a whole lot less? Say hello to iDock as it joins Evinrude’s Intelligent Piloting System…

Evinrude_E-TEC_iDock_simple_rigging_cPanbo.jpgWhat’s significantly different about iDock is that all E-TEC ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Scotland Highlight Reel

8 Jul

Scotland has been simply too incredible to take time to write! With daylight until midnight, we’ve been having non-stop fun and taking some amazing footage! Check out this short highlight reel which only scratches the surface of what we’ve been up to in the Hebrides!

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