There was a time when cruising was easy. Ali and I might not have known it at the time, but it was. Cruising as a couple is every bit like the glossy magazines show you it is. Flat seas, ice in your drinks, and girls who've lost their bikini tops. Cruising as a couple with two kids is quite a bit different. Even days that should only be moderately challenging feel as if we are trying to conquer Everest. This was one of those.
san blas, mexico.
Day two of the passage was uneventful. Light winds, motorsailing, and making good time in slight seas.…
en route, sea of cortez.
Seems a little strange to be heading out to cross the Sea at the same time a hurricane is whipping things around down in Acapulco. But we set out this morning nonetheless. Spent the day motoring in either very light winds or moderately strong winds right on the nose. This was through the Cerralvo Channel though and is pretty much to be expected as the wind get funneled through there.
Once we broke out the wind gradually shifted around and the seas flattened. We're motorsailing through the night now with a star filled moonless sky. Everything feels damp, like it usually does after being at sea for a few days, but not how it should feel after a good cleaning.…
la paz, baja sur.
We've been in preparation mode the past couple of day. There's always a list of things to get done before any passage, even a simple two night crossing. Laundry is always high on our list. Groceries are a must. And we can never leave anywhere without adding a bit to the diesel tanks.
And speaking of diesel, it struck me today how many big sailboats there are here with tons of jerry jugs out on deck. I've never really understood this with monohulls.
It's not as if the weight of fuel is much of an issue, so I don't get why they don't have enough tankage.…
|This is my friend Tony.
Well, there’s plenty to catch up with but it feels good to be writing in real time for a minute. So for now lets gloss over the whole putting the mast up thing and stick with these chainplates. This week we’ve been putting them on for good, removing them one by one to bed in polyurethane sealant before bolting to the hull and reattaching the halyard or stay. The chainplates for the lowers and the backstay need some bending at the top and in places the toerail needs to be chiseled to accept the Colligo standing rigging endfittings.…
One of my most common electrical installations is Aqualarm's bilge pump monitoring and control system. Most recently I installed three each on all three of our family ferries in Newport Beach, so nine in total. Aqualarm made us the custom consoles (pictured above). Our ferries are double-ended, so we refer to the ends as Penninsula and Island, rather than bow and stern.
The system will work with any pump, but for full functionality you need to use the console in conjunction with their Smart Switch (float switch):
With the monitor and Smart Switch working together, you get four features that are a big step up from a standard On-Off-Auto system:
Posting a $200,000 performance bond is no guarantee that Team Korea will be on the starting line of the Louis Vuitton Cup with an AC72 catamaran, but post they did this week, and they say they intend to be exactly that — on the starting line for the Americas Cup challenger eliminations when racing starts on July 5, 2013.
Photo © Gilles Martin-Raget
China Team, meanwhile, will be a no-show in Newport for AC World Series racing this month and is iffy for San Francisco in August. China Team is perhaps retreating to become a junior team, with all-Chinese sailors, to compete in the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup.…
NO DOUBT YOU’RE WONDERING what happened with my cousin Nick Kats, who was planning to transit the Northwest Passage from Ireland to Oregon this summer aboard his steel ketch Teddy. In the end he decided to punt and cruise to the east coast of Greenland instead. He and his young crew (pictured up top) took off from Clifden in county Galway bound for Iceland last Friday.
Coincidentally, one member of his crew, Sam Berner, who just graduated from high school, is the son of Tania Aebi, ex-teen sailing prodigy. I met Sam and his mom the summer before last in New York, when they joined me and Hank Schmitt in greeting Reid Stowe on his return from his non-stop 1,152-day voyage around the world.…
EVER SINCE THEY WERE INTRODUCED in Europe almost two years ago, Scott Alexander at Selden Mast has been urging me to install a Selden reversible winch on Lunacy. Only problem was he couldn’t get me a winch. Well… they finally started shipping these puppies across the Pond this past spring, and now at long last Scott has sold me one. I spent the morning yesterday installing it, a process that was only a little bit more involved than I hoped it would be.
Although Scott had suggested I replace ALL the winches on the boat with Selden winches (he is a salesman, after all), I opted just to replace the mainsheet winch, which sits on the coachroof beside the companionway.…
THIS YEAR’S BERMUDA RACE, which starts today out of Newport, is looking to be a fast one. That wind chart for this afternoon you see up top is representative of the predicted conditions–moderate to strong northeasterlies right on the beam–from now until Sunday. Already the pundits are speculating that the fastest boats may finish in less than 40 hours, shattering the Open Division record (48 hours and change) set by Hasso Plattner on Morning Glory back in 2004.
The Gulf Stream topography along the route also seems very straightforward, with no major meanders or eddies to complicate the tactical picture:
I was already quite interested in this year’s race, as there are three different boats I’m emotionally invested in.…
Collisions between boats and whales are never good for either party, so it's a real shame that they happen. No one knows yet what happened to the whale (probably a gray whale) after it breached and damaged singlehander Max Young's Perry 47 off Baja. But Young, a circumnavigator, was rescued from his sinking boat.
Here's a report from CNN:
And here's the backstory, via Latitude 38:
We're saddened to report that Max Young, who spent nine years circumnavigating aboard his Sacramento-based Perry 47 Reflections and who was on his way back to the Bay after spending the last couple years in the Caribbean, lost his boat Wednesday off the coast of Baja after a collision with a whale.