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May 15th

In 2006, your editor sailed Newport-Bermuda, the centennial edition, with Joe Harris and crew in an Open 50 that Harris hoped to race solo around the world. That hope never panned out, despite some successes in open ocean events. Now Harris has a Class 40, Gryphon Solo2, which he is working up for the Global Ocean Race, a four-leg circumnavigation that starts in September, Southamptoon to Auckland. The GOR has solo and doublehanded divisions. Harris will go solo. He’s been wanting it for a long time. For the Atlantic Cup, he teamed with Patrick O’Conner to win leg one, Charleston to New York.

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May 15th

Marion-Bermuda Adds Youth Class

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By Ray Cullum, Marion-Bermuda Race Posted May 15, 2014

Marion-BermudaIs it getting harder to find crew? Is it becoming a little more difficult for your trusted mates to move about the boat as nimbly as they once did? You might consider stacking the deck with a young group of bright, willing and enthusiastic sailors for the offshore trip of a lifetime.

The Marion Bermuda Race recognizes that there is an age gap in participants of offshore racing and understandably so. It takes time to have the means to invest in a solid cruising boat and the resources to put it together to do an offshore event.…

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May 15th

Finns Fly: Take the Ride

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Four years ago, the Finn Class invested in 10 stern cameras to capture the athletics involved in sailing these classic Olympic dinghies at the highest level. At the four championships since then, two medal races have been cancelled through lack of wind, one was sailed in very light winds, and then last week, finally, in France, at La Rochelle, the medals race for the Finn European championship was sailed in winds over 20 knots. Downwind, especially, it was a cranking ride. Britain’s Giles Scott won the medals race to wrap a regatta that he dominated all the way through. No other sailing class is as physical as the Finn.…

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May 15th

The Baba Saga Part Three, the final installment

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Brigadoon 2.pngChapter three

The Baba/Panda/Tashiba saga continues

Baba 40 reaching pic.jpg 

I’ll do my best to make my recollections accurate but I can’t guarantee they will be spot on. I’ll just make stuff up when I get stuck. It’s the precise sequence of events that gets a bit hazy for me. Not sure it’s critical and maybe Bob Berg will help me sort it out.

 

A word on some of the images:

Some of the drawings will be very hard to read. The lines plans were drawn pencil on 4 mi, double mat mylar. Some of the lines are on one side of the mylar and some of the lines are on the other side.

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May 14th

The classic Desiderata pulled onto the Dinghy Club just as the fleet departed Bermuda.

The classic Desiderata pulled onto the Dinghy Club just as the fleet departed Bermuda.

Click here for the event gallery to see all the photos from today’s start. Or scroll to the bottom to see a few of my own.

Waking up on a rally start day is always bittersweet. Knowing that the fleet will be heading to sea in a few hours is a relieving sensation. The work is nearly over, and after one more big push we know it’s soon time for a cold beer and a relaxing afternoon exploring Bermuda. But knowing that there are 30+ boats about to cross the Atlantic, and I’m not on one of them, is painful too.…

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May 13th

DEADBEAT CRUISERS: Primadonna Wrecked and Looted

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Primadonna aground

As the saying goes: what goes around comes around. Last time I posted about French cruisers Pascal Ott and Monique Christmann, they had finally been towed away Oriental, North Carolina, and then quickly disappeared in time to evade a court judgment that had been entered against them for defrauding a local chandlery manager. Since then it seems they made it to the Bahamas, where they somehow ran aground on a reef during the winter and were taken into custody by Bahamian authorities for failing to check in. They’ve been detained for months now, awaiting deportation, and meanwhile Primadonna, their decrepit steel ketch, has recently been plundered by a carefree rookie cruising family on a Leopard 38 catamaran.…

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May 13th

Primadonna aground

As the saying goes: what goes around comes around. Last time I posted about French cruisers Pascal Ott and Monique Christmann, they had finally been towed away Oriental, North Carolina, and then quickly disappeared in time to evade a court judgment that had been entered against them for defrauding a local chandlery manager. Since then it seems they made it to the Bahamas, where they somehow ran aground on a reef during the winter and were taken into custody by Bahamian authorities for failing to check in. They’ve been detained for months now, awaiting deportation, and meanwhile Primadonna, their decrepit steel ketch, has recently been plundered by a carefree rookie cruising family on a Leopard 38 catamaran.…

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May 13th

Paul & Sheryl Shard are well known to many sailors for their Distant Shores TV series and DVD collection. They’ve been sailing for over 25 years on three boats now, and Andy sat down to Skype with them and talk about it! A very sailorly episode, this one was recorded in Bermuda (where Andy was), while the Shard’s were aboard their Southerly 49 in Georgetown, Exuma, Bahamas, actually anchored out! They talked about how they got into sailing, how they built their first boat from a bare hull, started cruising and documenting their trips on video (film back in the day), and how that has all evolved into a career!…

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May 13th

Written by Ben Ellison on May 13, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

DeLorme_inReachSE_message_screen_cPanbo.jpg“Two way” doesn’t just refer to the fact that a DeLorme inReach handheld satellite messenger/tracker will let you text back and forth with people pretty much like a cell phone. I also tested the shore side of the system by loaning the sample inReachSE model to friends Doug and Dale Bruce when they went on an adventure cruise to some remote islands south of New Zealand. So that’s me messaging from Maine when I saw where they were headed (via their MapShare track), and then Doug texting me back a few minutes later.…

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May 12th

REBEL HEART: Deck Joint Damage and Sat Phone SNAFU

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Rebel Heart evacuation

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, who evacuated their boat Rebel Heart last month with their two young children, at last broke their media silence and have described some of what happened onboard to Ira Glass in a radio interview on This American Life. You can read the transcript or stream the broadcast here. The substantive facts of immediate interest to cruising sailors are a) they were taking on water due to hull-deck joint damage suffered during a broach; and b) their sat phone suddenly stopped working because the manufacturer or service provider shut it down remotely. On purpose.

I’ve seen some online commentary raising questions about the deck joint damage.…

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