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July 10th

Swan 48 Wolfhound

CHECK IT OUT, PEOPLE. WaveTrain rider Michael Geagan dropped a comment on my original post about the abandoned Swan 48 Wolfhound, ex-Bella Luna, to the effect that he located the boat about 600 miles east of Bermuda and boarded it on June 29. He reports the rig is still standing, but the boat has taken on a fair amount of water and that damage is likely extensive. She’s still out there, but Michael describes her as “a marginal salvage case.”

Running Free on the beach

Photo by Mark Lovewell

Meanwhile, over on Martha’s Vineyard, an abandoned Pearson 365 ketch, Running Free, washed up at Norton Point Beach last Friday.…

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July 10th

States

Posted by // July 10, 2013 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

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I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’d be able to continue blogging for very long if we were to settle down. Without that twinge of uniqueness that I get from our every day life while out traveling—even when a day consists of nothing more than going to the grocery store—I just don’t think I could continue mustering up the energy to put it all into words and pics. Maybe I could—but I doubt it.

I feel like the longer we go on traveling and living abroad the more it becomes our life and the less chance we have of ever returning to normal.…

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July 9th

Feed me, Seymour! A Basic Guide to Provisioning.

Posted by // July 9, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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There is nothing that says “I’m ready to blow this popsicle stand!” like buying a hundred tins of veggies.  What’s that?  You don’t spend two thousand dollars at the grocery store before you go on vacation?  Well.  It is clear to me that you don’t have to shop for six months at a stretch.  Let me guide you through it.

First, make your list.  Mine is three printed pages in an Excel spreadsheet.  I add in my notes on consumption from the last Big Shopping, make new estimates for what we need, and off I go.  Always keep in mind that fresh stuff usually gets confiscated when you enter a new country, so only buy as much meat and veg as you can eat between now and then.…

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July 9th

Racing sailboats

GET OUT YOUR CALENDARS, sports fans, and mark down this date: Saturday, August 10, 2013. The third annual Round Island Regatta, held in the historic South End in Portsmouth, NH, promises (per usual) to be more fun than humans should be allowed to have without breaking the law. Anyone with a small trailerable sailboat or a small paddle or rowing craft is welcome to participate. Or you can come and just watch the madness and join in the pig roast feast afterwards.

Races will be held in the back channel lagoon surrounding Round Island (shown as Little Island on most charts) immediately south of Pierce Island in Portsmouth.…

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July 9th

Lucy on Lunacy

Unlike last year, when we were beset with fog entering the Kennebec River on our annual Independence Day cruise to Popham Beach, this year we had good visibility and even some wind to carry us across Casco Bay from Portland. It was just me and Lucy aboard Lunacy, as Clare was plagued with work and had to drive up from New Hampshire later in the day. Though the wind was relatively light, the screecher made the most of it and we made good time, taking just five hours in all from mooring to mooring.

In Popham we enjoyed power-lounging and hanging out over the long weekend with a much larger-than-normal gaggle of friends and family.…

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July 9th

Exploring the market: Miri, Malaysia

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We scooted up the Sarawak coast to Miri to converge with the beginning of the Borneo International Yacht Race. Joining rallies hasn’t really been our thing on Totem. Generally speaking, being on someone else’s schedule and with whole lot of other boats in proximity doesn’t jibe with our style- but after being by ourselves for most of the last year (we can count the cruising boats we’ve seen on one hand), getting caught up with the local seasonal cruising fleet- and having a bunch of fun events- sounded like just the thing for our little crew.

There was about a week to play around in Miri before the first race, an overnight passage to Labuan.…

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July 8th

Seapilot & True Heading, AIS in Sweden #2

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Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 8, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I’m not sure that anyone has made such an effort to show me his marine electronics products as Anders Bergström, and it worked. I left Sweden very impressed with the Seapilot charting/AIS app and the AIS expertise of True Heading. But Sweden itself played a part. The country has built out an AIS-friendly infrastructure that I hope other nations will replicate, and its complex waterways often highlight why we should want them to. It’s not uncommon, for instance, to sail around a high island and find yourself in a tight channel with a large fast-moving ship…

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The Seapilot screen above goes with the photo above and we had indeed just turned about 90° into this channel, which meant getting Bergström’s slippery Arcona 430 hard on the wind.…

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July 8th

Is Anything Alright?

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The most “normal” thing in yacht racing is adjusting the design rule that, when you wrote it down, looked airtight and sure to produce exactly the boats you had in mind. The discovery that you gotta perform emergency surgery on your baby feels sorta . . .

Uncomfortable

But adjustments are made in the interest of producing a good fleet and good racing.

Except in the jabberwocky world of America’s Cup.

In this world, the advantage calls of Starboard! and Leeward! can be expanded to include Gotcha!

Alinghi learned as much in 2010. The Mercury Bay Boating Club learned as much (when it got out-Gotcha’d) in 1988.…

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July 6th

Portland Life

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Probably the single biggest reason that we like Portland over our hometown in Minnesota so much, is the neighborhoods. Sidewalks, unique homes, tons of flowers, one-off restaurants, antique vehicles, cars that stop and wait for you to arrive at crosswalks, parks all over the place, towering trees, local pubs, and the list goes on. North-East Portland, where my mom lives, is five minutes from the center of downtown yet feels like a small-town neighborhood. It’s always a great place to unwind after a year in Mexico.

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Today we went down to the Hollywood Saturday Market where we were able to replenish the kids supply of fruit (they eat pounds of berries a day—like bear cubs) as well as score two of Ouest’s favorite things in the world—pork tamales and a cold glass of horchada.…

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