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March 15th

SailRocket In Depth

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I've done more than my share of SailRocket updates, because Paul Larsen's quest for the outright speed record was epic. 

But you can't beat a series of detailed television reports for digging deeper, and adding to your understanding. So let's check in on the excellent Shirley Robertson, who has one of the best jobs in the world at CNN's Mainsail (One gripe: Hey, Shirley, why oh why is there no dedicated Mainsail RSS feed?). Cuz she has aired an excellent account of Larsen's SailRocket journey, in all its frustrations, setbacks, and, eventually, glory. Check it:

The Beginning

Getting It Going In Namibia

The Payoff

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March 14th

Escher Hell

OF ALL the supernatural entities we sailors must cope with while messing around on our boats none are more heartless than the dreaded Bilge Gods. As long as there have been bilges on boats, these evil spirits have been lurking down there, waiting patiently to consume any Very Important Object an innocent mariner might temporarily hold in his or her hand. Even if you are on deck, or at the very top of your mast, as far from the bilge as you can possibly get, it is a scientifically proven fact that all you need do is let slip your grip on a VIO for but an instant and somehow it will end up in the hands of these greedy gremlins.…

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March 14th
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There's not a lot of great sailing programming on television, or in theaters. But there is a documentary series called "Sailing Around The World," that is working hard to take viewers deep into the experience of ocean racing.

The series started with a documentary about the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe race. The film-makers must have liked the whole sailing scene, because they continue with a series of films featuring Derek Hatfield's rebuilt Open 60 as it is raced across the world by a crack team of Canadian Olympic sailors, led by Richard Clarke. The next installment, The O'Canada Project, chronicles the start of the campaign (both of these first two films are available for rent on iTunes and Amazon).…

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March 13th

Nineteen Months Lowe, Thirty-Nine Months Ouest

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Without young kids the months just sort of disappeared without anything to mark them. Now I feel the passing of each month deeply. The changes happening faster than I can do anything to stop them.

We joke with Ouest all the time that we don’t want her to get any bigger, that we want her to stay our little girl. And she comes firing right back with, “No, me big girl. I want to be a big girl.” And I remember childhood the same way—as kids we just want to be bigger, more grown up, with every passing day.

Lowe has grown this month into a funny little boy.…

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March 13th

Mid-Week Sailing Porn Pause

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It's been a while since we've indulged. Also, it's Wednesday. So let's take a break from tragedy, America's Cup navel-gazing, and billionaire fantasy, and engage our inner sailing lust.

Because that's the primary emotion that results from peering through the internet window at the sleek, sexy, hybrid-electric,TAG 60 catamaran.

It's enough to make you want to sell your soul. But let's bring it down a notch, and lie back with a soothing, virtual, cigarette, courtesy of "The Following Sea" Tumblr blog. It is a daily source of exquisite photographs of

the ocean and its infinite beauty. 

Like:

And:

And:

There's lots more.…

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March 13th

Rub-a-dub-dub

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It isn’t often that I really miss “land” things.  But every once in a while, I’d like to have a bath.  Unlike the kids, I can’t fit in a five-gallon bucket.

I once made the mistake of musing aloud that I would like to take a bath.  Erik, fixer of all problems, immediately started offering solutions.

“Go swimming,” he said.
“I said I’d like a bath, not a swim.”
“What’s the difference?”
“A swim is for looking at fish and giving the kids rides and moving around a lot,” I said.  “A bath is for lying in warm water and reading a book.  Possibly with the addition of a lovely beverage.”
“You can read in the cockpit.”
“Then I wouldn’t be in the water, would I?”
Erik gave me a look I know well.  It is Husband Look #5: Are We Still Talking About This?  I Thought I Solved Your Problem Eight Minutes Ago.  He put down his socket driver and sighed.  “Do you need me to build you a bathtub?  I can build you a bathtub.  You can put it on the back deck, and haul up water in a bucket.  It’ll be a pain, but I can do it.”
“Oh for crying out loud!” I threw my hands in the air.  “I am not asking you to build me a ruddy bathtub!  All I said was it would be nice to soak in a bath once in a while!”
“Why’d you bring it up then?” Erik muttered as he wandered off to find a problem that actually wanted to be solved.…

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March 12th

Marina Cortez

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Settled in to our new digs today: washed the boat, played at the other marina’s playground, hit the OXXO for iced coffee, and screwed around on deck. That’s it.

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March 12th

Furuno at MIBS 2013; CHIRP, FCV587/627, and NavPilot FPS8

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Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 12, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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When I was at the in-water powerboat portion of the Miami show before it opened one morning, I discovered Furuno marketing manager Jeff Kauzlaric and product manager Eric Kunz making video. Of course I interrupted them for a photo but I was also hoping to see their long-rumored CHIRP fishfinder in action. But while it turned out that the big sonar screen behind Eric was not showing CHIRP, Furuno did announce the new DFF1-UHD during the show and Eric showed me the nifty NavPilot Safe Helm and Power Assist modes just about ready for release…

The best place to learn about the DFF1-UHD is at NavNet.com, which makes sense at it joins the other three black box fishfinders that work exclusively with NN3D and TZTouch.…

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March 12th
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We all know offshore sailboat racing can be dangerous. But the southern Californian sailing community certainly is enduring some tragic times.

Last summer, it was four dead aboard Aegean during the Newport-Ensenada Race. And this past weekend a young father was killed during the Newport-San Diego Island Race, when the boat he was sailing on–James Gilmore's Uncontrollable Urge–apparently lost its rudder coming off a big wave, and eventually ended up wrecked in big surf.

Here's Latitude 38 with the details

"The California sailing community has once again been thrown into mourning. San Diego's Craig Williams, 36, died this weekend during the Islands Race.

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March 12th

Back in La Paz

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We gathered ourselves up this morning and finished motoring the last ten miles or so down to La Paz. We’re trying to get some things checked off the boat list once and for all and have a long list of mostly minor things that we’re going to buckle down and finish up on this stop. The plan then was to head in to Marina de La Paz, but it seems that too many people have turned that marina into their permanent home for any short-timers to get in.

We got turned away there so we went out and anchored instead. Anchoring in La Paz is sort of crazy.…

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