A Gale or a Lobster?
We were heading for Newfoundland and wound up in Nantucket. The first time I sailed alone across the Atlantic in 2008 I was heading for Iceland and wound up in England. In my defense I had a late start in 2008 and then got nailed by tropical storm Christabel in nearly the exact same location we are in right now. Christabel blew hard enough that some other guy sailing alone had to get rescued off his boat. My dad heard about it somehow and thought it was me who was rescued. After the storm I realized I could make it to Iceland but I wouldn’t make it back down again before the season changed and the fall weather began, so I changed course for England.… Read More
When I was boy during summers spent on the Maine coast at the mouth of Kennebec River my mother used to tell us a story from when she was a girl growing up on the river, of how once during the war a Nazi submarine was spotted near the river’s entrance. To me this always sounded crazy, until I got older and read more about the war and learned how badly German U-boats had ravaged shipping all along the East Coast right after the U.S. entered the war in December 1941. My mom’s story might well have been apocryphal, but it was not at all improbable, for in those days U-boats did indeed operate with impunity quite close to our shores.… Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 1, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
For me, this story began with a March 5th email titled “AIS patent wars – a tax on safety?” It referenced the SRT stock market announcement partially shown above and went on to say:
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The whole point of using CSTDMA instead of SoTDMA in the original design of Class B was to avoid any problems with patents to ensure the successful uptake of the system by manufacturers. I see this as a tax on safety and a desperate attempt by SRT to force manufacturers to use their solutions rather than those from competitors and so create a pseudo-monopoly in the Class B world, which cannot be good for competition or the end user.
Things are usually pretty tranquil at our 100-year-old family business, the Balboa Island Ferry. Despite our best efforts, every once in a while this happens: Read More
Sigh. Full story here. …
We’ve got a special episode of 59º North this week, coming to you all the way from Iceland. I’ve been inspired by a handful of podcasts that I listen to regularly as a fan. The Nerdist podcast, which got me into this in the first place. Bill Simmons, for my sports. And more recently, two Swedish podcasts I’ve really taken a liking to. Varvet, hosted by Kristoffer Triumf. And the Huksy Podcast, hosted by Magnus Ormestad, a Swedish-based outdoor adventure sports show.
I reached out to Magnus as a fan in May while I was back in Sweden. We had coffee together in Stockholm at the Bianchi Café, a very cool Italian-inspired coffee-slash-bike shop in the heart of the city, and just down the street from the outdoor store Magnus works at part-time.… Read More
As reported by the Finn Class regarding a problem area of the sport of dinghy racing. Posted June 29, 2015
A three day Rule 42 clinic was run by the Finn Class just before the Silver Cup in Valencia. Around 20 sailors competed at some point including the Juniors preparing for the week ahead as well as some seniors who were in Valencia for training.
Four on-the-water sessions were carried out along with de-briefings with videos from each day with detailed explanations from the judges. The clinic ended with two umpired medal races to give the sailors some experience of direct judging and the processes involved.… Read More
Posted June 29, 2015 by KL
Most boats making 12+ knots down the Transpac course to Diamond Head would be making good time.
But when it’s Hydroptere, doing the zig-zag thing, it’s not a good look.
For two years, Alain Thébault has been chasing his dream of a Transpac course record. Chasing, that is, the sponsorship to take a shot at what could almost have been a slam dunk, had the tradewinds of the Pacific provided the horsepower.
Alain’s enthusiasm is infectious, and he has a great group aboard. I can’t help feeling disappointed for them and for Alain, especially.… Read More
The Swiss sailor Laurent Bourgnon was reported missing last Thursday after failing to return from a diving trip in French Polynesia. Laurent who, you ask? Well let me clarify that. If you are a non-European you probably have never heard of him and wonder why this is big news. If you are Swiss or French he is a household name, a sailing superstar, someone small French kids aspire to be, someone to whom the French President awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, equivalent to America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.…
It was tough to choose the first photo for this post. On the one hand, most of our time in Noumea looked like this:
|Not a holiday.
But on the other, returning to Noumea felt strangely like going home. Exciting, but bittersweet. The girls and I lived there for almost a year. In that time they went to school, we made friends, and began to integrate ourselves into the community. The moment we landed, the girls wanted to visit everywhere and see everyone – our favourite bakery, their old schools, the best spot on the beach. And, of course, their friends.
We couldn’t walk down the street without bumping into an old friend.… Read More
|Nada at anchor outside of Burtonport Harbor
Let me tell you about Burtonport, a small fishing village on Ireland’s most hospitably inhospitable NW coast. The village is a small cluster of houses, big enough for a doctor’s office and a pub but not a grocers. This actually good-sized for the northwest of Ireland, where craggy cliffs jutting hundreds of feet up out of deep water and prevailing onshore winds make viable ports few and far between. That’s the inhospitable part: this couple hundred miles of storm-wracked coastline is so nautically infamous that you can pick up a map marking four-hundred-odd notable shipwrecks at the local tourist bureau.… Read More