The Dalts Factor

27 Jun


The 35th America’s Cup is now history and it ended, as the poet T.S. Eliot once wrote, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” A whimper from a thoroughly defeated Oracle Team USA who simply could not rise to the occasion. As I have always said, a little bit of extra boat speed can make you look like a tactical genius and Emirates Team New Zealand had boat speed to burn. ETNZ could sail deeper downwind and higher upwind while maintaining the same speed as OTUSA and that, my friends, is how you win boat races. So let’s congratulate Peter
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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 7: Azores to Scotland

27 Jun

Leaving Sao Miguel and the Azores behind us…


‘The downwind run from the Azores to Scotland’. Not at all as we expected, this trip has been the one that we thought we would encounter the most weather of the year and we had prepared the crew for it. In Ponta Delgada, the day before departure, the long-term weather forecast looked too good to be true. We started of with an evening and night of motoring but pretty quickly the wind picked up from behind and we sailed downwind most of the way.

Due to some light wind and that we ...

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197: Ted & Claudia Family RECYCLED

26 Jun

197. Today’s recycled episode is a family affair, with Ted & Claudia Reshetiloff and their kids Max & Anya. Ted & Claudia sailed their Wauquiez Amphitrite ketch from Annapolis to the BVI several years ago, and have never gone home! They’ve setup base camp on Tortola where they live aboard the boat, work locally and send the kids to local school in the islands. Since this podcast first aired, they’ve even sold their house back in Annapolis, so they’re fully committed to cruising now! We recorded this chat onboard their boat in Tortola back in 2014. You’ll also hear Mia ...

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NEW LUNACY TRANSAT: Phase Four to Newport; Phase Five to Portsmouth; All Done Now!

26 Jun

Self in new shorts

It’s over… at long last! My seventh transat done and dusted. This has been true for nearly a week now and still I’m waking up in a bed in a house every morning in a confused wobbly-footed fuzzy-headed daze feeling like I just stepped ashore.

I must be getting old or something.

I ended up doing the last open-ocean leg, from Bermuda to Newport, all on my own as my stalwart crew was running low on time by the time we got our various problems sorted out in St. Georges. With the engine again fully operational (no word yet on ...

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Safety on board: preventer setup on Totem

26 Jun

downwind offshore ocean sailing sailboat

Boom preventer. Boom brake. Whatever you do, whatever you call it, having a way to prevent or dampen the force of the boom to prevent accidents while sailing deep downwind is important. A lot of cruising IS downwind, so thinking through a smart setup is critical! I’ll never forget learning about a boat some miles ahead of us on the Pacific crossing where a crew sustained life-threatening injuries after a crash gybe. Even a planned, controlled gybe tends to give me the willies due to the tremendous force involved: a violent, unexpected gybe can cause significant damage.

The sliver of ...

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Raymarine Axiom & LH3, a little fishing & then the install

20 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 20, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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There is understandable grumbling about how Raymarine’s new 7-, 9- and 12-inch Axiom multifunction displays shipped (somewhat late) without several significant features that Ray plans to deliver with a software update at a yet unspecified date. But I’m fairly confident that the longer term story is rosy. After two days of fishing with beta MFDs in Florida and installing a test Axiom 7 myself, I’m impressed with both the hardware and the new LightHouse 3 interface, and I’ll be surprised if the missing features and more...

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Home Team Advantage

20 Jun
I have been watching the America’s Cup with interest not only because I love the flying boats and the technology that is on display, but it’s also been interesting to look closely at the various teams and how they function as a unit. There is one component that is not visible and one that money cannot buy and it’s going to be the deciding factor in the Final Series. I have been predicting that Emirates Team New Zealand is going to win this thing and that’s because they have this secret potion in abundance. And the secret potion? National pride. ...
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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Sail fast, to get to the pub!

18 Jun

June 17, 2017
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A grey evening 120 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Grey ocean, grey horizon. A very fine mist hangs in the air, and while the fog has come and gone over the past 24 hours, the visibility is good currently. A variety of seabirds circle the boat, gannets among them which is a sure sign of land drawing nearer. As are the fishing boats. We’ve had a dozen or so at any given time appear on AIS, meandering around haphazardly at 2-3 knots, only one coming close enough to get a visual on. It was ...

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196: Andy’s Dad! // Dennis Schell

17 Jun

Dennis Schell is affectionately & jokingly known to all my sailing friends as simply ‘Andy’s Dad’. I have him to thank for my sailing career, and for inspiring me to start my own business. Dad raised me as a sailor & taught me everything I know. We recorded this chat aboard Isbjorn in Trellis Bay, BVI, shortly before we both sailed – he on Sojourner, us on Isbjorn – north to Bermuda. We covered the gamut of my dad’s sailing career, from his days sailing sunfish on Blue Marsh Lake, to his working at a Ft. Lauderdale boatyard, building and ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Ireland Bound?

16 Jun

Friday, June 16. Day 7
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I woke at 0345 to Martha & Bruce rousting Mia, who in turn rousted me. I’m not taking an ‘official’ watch this passage, but promised to do Mia’s first half this morning. Getting up to see the sunrise sounded like a great idea last evening when I tucked into my warm bunk in sweatpants and a hoodie…

A clear horizon was already visible by 0400 in the grey dawn, and it’s light out now (it doesn’t get fully dark until 2300 in the evening). A waning but bright half moon peeks through low, scudding ...

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