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February 22nd

Hopeless Air

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There’s a pretty good north-west wind blowing through town right now, dragging some cool air down with it (I love that I live in a place where 79 degrees can be considered cool) and emptying the beaches of all but people with kids who just want to get outside and don’t give a crap what the weather is doing.

I feel sorry for the vendors on days like this. They trudge down the beach with virtually no hope of a sale. This isn’t just a slow day at the office that they get paid for either way, this is them working all day for quite possibly nothing at all.…

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February 21st

HMS BOUNTY: Lots Of Answers Now

Posted by // February 21, 2013 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

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HMS Bounty

LIVE TESTIMONY at the U.S. Coast Guard hearings into the loss of HMS Bounty is wrapping up this week. That and the recent publication of an excellent investigative story in Outside magazine at last make it possible to hazard some answers to the questions that have been nagging me about the tall ship's tragic demise in Hurricane Sandy last October. What seems painfully clear is that Bounty's skipper, Robin Walbridge, bears much of the responsibility for what happened. In that he died with his ship, he has paid a steep price for his culpability. But still he has escaped having to answer to the family of crew member Claudene Christian, who was also lost with the ship, and to the other Bounty crew members whose lives he endangered.…

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February 21st

MOD70 Headed West

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Longtime multihull player Cam Lewis is a founder of Orion Racing, which was announced today as the new owner of MOD70 #2, headed to the West Coast for sailing this summer and fall.

Up to now, these one-design trimarans have been Atlantic-based, but they’ve been talking West Coast since the first launch. If the Artemis-owned (and modified) ORMA 60 gets out to play under new ownership, as planned, the Coast will be in store for some extra fun. Here is what came out today:

Multi One Design announced today that US-based Orion Racing has purchased MOD nr.02. “MOD is delighted to welcome an American boat-owner as it increases the number of nationalities in the circuit”, said Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design.

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February 21st

America’s Cup: The Video Race

Posted by // February 21, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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It's always very hard to tell what is going on inside America's Cup syndicates, unless they, um, break their boat. But sometimes you can get a feel for things by looking at the media they put out. So let's take a video tour.

First up is Oracle, finally back on the water and happy to emphasize that they've got the foiling thing going. They are clawing their way back from their unwelcome sailing hiatus, but if there is a team that has the players and resources to play catch-up, it is Oracle:

Nice to see Artemis out there with them.…

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February 21st

Hammock

Posted by // February 21, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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We’ve been talking about hanging a swing up on deck for months, but for some reason just hadn’t done it. Then a couple days ago the boat across the dock hung a hammock up on their deck—Ali saw it, the kids saw it, and just like that it was time to get a hammock swing.

I told Ouest to hang on and I would pull her to the top of the mast, but she declined. I thought sure she was going to say okay. Give the two of them a year and they’ll probably work out a way to do it themselves when we’re not looking.…

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February 20th

Norwegian ARC sailors on Two Inspired Guys

Posted by // February 20, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Remember that article I posted about Sven & Kenneth Lynsgaard, the father-and-son duo from Norway that sailed in the ARC on Atlantis? Welp, they're on the podcast! This one is a double-episode (still only an hour long), with two more Norwegina sailors, the newlywed couple Marius & Kristin from the boat Quickie. We have a handful of sailing podcasts online now, so I'll continue posting them here. Enjoy!…

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February 20th

If you are interested in detailed analysis of the HMS Bounty sinking, from a real pro, you need to be over on GCaptain. Why? Their correspondent at the hearing is a guy called Mario Vittone, who spent 21 years in the US Navy and Coast Guard. In other words, he really knows his stuff.

Vittone's growing archive of reporting on the hearing does a nice job of picking up the key details, But he is also not afraid to pass judgement, based on his experience. For

example, from his latest report:

I’ve been listening to the crew of Bounty tell these stories for six full days now, and I have tried very hard to hold back my opinion.

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February 20th

Cruiser Delusions

Posted by // February 20, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Remember when you were first starting out in the cruising world? So young, so innocent. Remember all of those cruising misconceptions you had? Sure, you learned pretty quickly what was what, but not everyone does. For some the misconceptions persist. That is why I'm here—to point them out—set you straight. I give you Twitter hashtag #cruiserdelusions.

  1. Binoculars are the equivalent of an invisibility cloak.

    Quit staring you old pervert, we can all see you.
     

  2. Cats really aren't that much better than monohulls.

    Oh yes, yes they are.

  3. Bigger isn't better.

    Did you believe her when she first told you that? Face it, nobody chooses the small boat because that's what they really want.

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February 20th

Bebo

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A few days ago Ouest about broke our hearts when she saw her nose for the first time after the impetigo outbreak. Her eyes teared up immediately and she said, “Me no like my nose.” With an average kid this wouldn’t be such a hard thing to hear, but after what we went through when she was a baby in order to keep her from ever having to look in a mirror and say those words, it hit us like a Tyson punch to the gut.

Ali and Ouest go up most nights to the marina to shower before bed. Tonight, after three days of medicine, her nose is healed completely.…

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February 19th

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Raymarine was a little slow getting their Miami press releases out, but then again they have a LOT to talk about. And even with the six releases you'll find at that link, they left out what I think is a significant move: the "coming soon" Lighthouse 6 software release for all a-, c-, e-Series multifunction displays — as well as the new gS glass bridge MFDs — will include support for Empirebus NXT digital switching and distributed power technology. With Ray's endorsement, the fully integrated bridge just got a little more real…

In the Miami booth exhibit seen above you could use Ray screens to switch lighting scenes, check tank levels and even control a hatch lift over N2K, and of course much more integration is possible.…

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