|Scoping boobies on Isla Isabel
Sun protection- with sunscreen, sun protective clothing, and more- is something we take pretty seriously on Totem.
When I was a teenager, my mother was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. My uncle (her brother) died from metastasized skin cancer. Jamie’s family has a history of skin carcinomas, so you could say that we have the skin cancer genetic factors all wrapped up in the pasty-white-northern-European bag.
Dermatologists have told both Jamie and me that with our lifestyle and genes, skin cancer is not “if”, it’s “when”. One doc suggested we should reconsider our choice and stay home instead of going cruising.… Read More
So our BAADS sailors got their five outboard motors back, complete with setbacks from the damage done in the theft. And there are warrants out for two individuals whose lives just got a lot more complicated.
Picture a routine traffic-violation stop at 0430 gone non-routine. A San Francisco Police Department sergeant stopped a truck, noticed five outboard motors in back that were not secured (another violation) and then discovered that the driver was driving on a revoked license.
Nothing smelled right, but this was 0430 on a Memorial Day morning, remember. When the officer called in a check to ask about the motors, there was no theft report filed as yet.… Read More
You’ll need a cigarette after this one. Shot by one of the best, Onne van der Wal, during the 2013 St. Barths Bucket.
We can all dream a little, can’t we?
The J’s race at the 2013 St. Barths Bucket. from Onne van der Wal on Vimeo.
(Lead photo via Carlo Borlenghi/Scuttlebutt)… Read More
Motored out of Puerto Escondido today and just a few hours north to Puerto Ballandra where we enjoyed a few days earlier this month. For hours Ouest repeated the phrase, “Me want you to find a sand dollar, Papa.” Cute at first, annoying as hell after number one hundred.
Fortunately I managed to find one. Just one. The last one in the ocean apparently. Got a pretty darn good smile out of that.
Refrigeration is a disaster right now. The engine driven has crapped out on us completely. I’ve no idea why. None. The compressor just cycles on and off over and over again.… Read More
Schooner Arcturus in Auckland, New Zealand (2006)
Incredibly, it seems, I’m getting more and more emails from people looking to me for advice on how to get out and go sailing. I was in the exact same position not very long ago, and it still confounds me as to why in the world people are asking me!? But it does feel pretty cool too.
I got a recent email from a young guy in Australia looking for advice, and I asked him if I could publish our email exchange here. He said yes. This is it:
“Good morning Andy,
Sorry for bombarding you, i understand the busy life of a sailor myself. My plans have recently changed so i thought i would give you an update before you replied to my original email.… Read More
Well, if there was ever a moment that Larry Ellison, Team Oracle, and the idea of racing the America’s Cup in super-fast, super-fragile, super-dangerous catamarans could use a little gloss and burnishing, I guess it would be now.
So I recommend that anyone who wants to feel better, who wants to experience the thrill of big-cat match racing, who wants to see flags and hear stirring music, go right out and buy a DVD copy of “The Wind Gods,” a documentary which seems to exist purely for the purpose of making Larry Ellison and the America’s Cup look pretty darn good.… Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on May 29, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
The original idea was to finish this entry during the Chicago stop of the very long journey seen on the nifty FlightTrack app screen above, but travel mistakes were made and O’Hara airport had less connectivity than one might presume in this day and age. Is anyone surprised to hear that the Tokyo and Seoul airports are much friendlier to the traveler trying to stay in touch? So, yes, I’m already in Korea and will soon begin a writer’s tour that is being hosted by Intellian Technologies and that is intended in part to show us the state of recreational boating in this “technology-led” country…
Of course I brought some mobile gadgets both to use and test.… Read More
We found a copy of the movie Chicken Run and thought maybe it was time to let Ouest watch these sorts of full length cartoon movies. Twenty minutes into it she was crying.
Why is that man being mean to the chicken?” she screamed with tears welling up and then spilling down her cheeks. Literally screamed.
Ali was with her and calmed her down, but that was the end of that little experiment. This girl does not like mean people, period.
A few minutes later I said to her, “You didn’t like the movie, huh?”
The tears came back immediately and she rambled on in one giant run-on sentence about the mean man and the chicken and how he couldn’t fly but there was a nice chicken that was trying to teach him how to fly but the mean guy… She told me all this with her wet cheeks buried in my chest.… Read More
The smile says it. Loïck Peyron as captured by Chris Barrineau
Just days after a heartfelt celebration of sailing and racing, joined by the great Loïck Peyron, the Bay Area Association of Disabled sailors was ripped off for all five of the outboard motors that power its rescue boats and make the whole show—and it’s a good show—possible. From the most marginal of beginnings this dedicated, industrious group has grown into a small powerhouse of enablement. Sure, they get people out sailing, but it’s more than that. It’s freedom from a wheelchair, from crutches, from paralysis, freedom to breathe fresh air, to move, to make choices, to tack a boat perhaps by moving a chin because the chin is all that works but, hallelujah, it does work and there’s a big smile above that chin and .… Read More
When the kids and I arrived in Canada last month, we were greeted by unseasonably cold, rainy weather. Things improved to t-shirt weather by the time we left, but, when we stepped off the plane in Auckland on Saturday, the cold, rainy weather found us again.
New Zealand’s winter weather is upon us. The boat shook so hard in the wind last night that Erik and I worried we might slip off our stand. Today brought torrential rain and barely-above-freezing temperatures. And so what did your intrepid Papillon Crew do? We hid. We lit the diesel heater and hunkered down.…