Well, I was wrong about one thing. I wrote earlier I expected there would be little news of marathon sailor Reid Stowe as he and his crew made their way down to South America aboard the schooner Anne. But lo, reports have regularly appeared both at Reid’s site and at a blog maintained by crew member Andy Cronin (via his girlfriend Paulina). This has resulted in mega-traffic at the Reid-hating thread at Sailing Anarchy. Indeed, rumor now has it that SA founder Scot Tempesta secretly sponsored the voyage so as to titillate his thralls and boost the site’s metrics....Read More
Big birthday today! So we started the morning off with some boat work. Because no day, birthdays included, is complete without a couple hours of bloody knuckles in the engine compartment.
This video is a great illustration of the mechanics of running with a storm. It's hard to see this kind of thing live, becaue nobody wants to get a camera out in these conditions, plus they're hanging on for dear life and can't film. In this case another vessel was following them to capture the action.
The waves aren't that big, but they sure are steep. You can have huge waves out there, but if they're not breaking they pose no danger. These are short, steep little monsters, and the possibilities of pitchpoling or a knockdown are obvious.
This boat ...Read More
(Pornic, France)- The third event of the J/80 Coupe de France will be held in Pornic, France. Thirty boats are expected for the event, a popular one for the French J/80 fleet since it is a beautiful summer setting, the races are always perfectly run, and the hosts are impeccably gracious and welcoming of all the sailors.
Not surprisingly, the top J/80 teams in the 2017 J/80 circuit are participating, including most of all the top boats from the last event, the Grand Prix Ecole del Navale in Camaret-sur-Mer, France. The top of the leaderboard should see teams like Simon ...Read More
It amuses me no end to see humans trying to explore and understand my world. There is so much they never see, and so much they take for granted. But this photographer certainly got his money's worth (I play with these guys all the time.)Read More
For anyone who is as confused as I am by the Volvo Ocean Race anti-piracy Stealth Zone, this is just the video for you:
Unorthodox, but I understand the concern. Hard for the VO70s to carry bow cannons, which weigh an awful lot and would definitely affect trim....Read More
As I watch the strange doing of the the sailors in Volvo Ocean Race, I can't help but admire the Gaullic flair Franck Cammas and his Groupama crew are bringing to this Anglo race. Eschewing the careful, conservative tactics of the rest of the fleet, Cammas has taken big flyers on both legs. His tour of the African coast did not work out so well in Leg 1 (though Groupama still came in third since half the fleet broke down).
In the current Leg they took off again, sailing around a sticky trough that trapped the rest of the ...Read More
No one loves a tempest as much as The Mariner. And when I want to see the ocean at its most beautiful, and its angriest, I go to the coast of Brittany. It is there that the mighty Atlantic, whipped by storm force winds, piles into the puny edifices erected by humans to help keep them off the rocky coast. It is a spectacular show, made more sublime by a soundtrack supplied by Mozart, a non-sailor, but a human genius and a distant pre-mutation cousin of mine.
Click "Read More" to see the great ocean in all its furious glory....
By Don Gutzmer
“What’s the lowest temperature WEST SYSTEM Epoxy can be applied?” During cold weather, this is a common question our Technical Advisors are asked. Fortunately, it’s one we’re well equipped to answer. Gougeon Brothers, Inc. got its start in the world of DN Iceboat racing. Both Meade and Jan Gougeon have won multiple DN cup races worldwide. It’s not unusual for an iceboat to need repairs mid-regatta, so part of the discipline of iceboat racing is getting epoxy to cure despite cold working environments. The trick is using strategies that ...Read More
Though I've participated in the ARC before, this was the first time I was able to attend the prizegiving. What a bash! The wind-up to the 2011 ARC this past Saturday was a celebration of epic proportions. After plying the assembled multitude of sailors with rum (clever tactic that), master of ceremonies Andrew Bishop (see photo up top) proceeded to hand out a multitude of awards for all manner of achievements.
My personal favorite was the Award for Having Your Entry Number Coincidentally Match Your Order of Finish Number. Amazingly, it was shared this year by the crews of three ...Read More
Welcome to SailFeed! The website launched today but as you can see most of us blogging here have already been going at it for a bit. My blog is one of the newest so if you’re interested it won’t take long to peruse my previous posts and catch up. At the moment it’s a bit technical as we’ve been chronicling progress on the refit of my Cape Dory 28 but in the spirit of SailFeed’s first day I thought we could lighten things up a bit with a launch story of my own.