What’s the difference between a drifter, a gennaker, a code zero, and a screecher? Where does a spinnaker fit in? And if you’re a cruiser, what sail should you use for downwind sailing, anyway?
There is no single “best,” because everything on a boat is a compromise, and individual styles/needs vary, but we have some opinions on the optimal choice for most cruisers.
This question came up on a women’s sailing forum I participate in recently. Because Jamie is a sailmaker, I asked him for help with a response that would be useful to differentiate the options for downwind sails. Differences between these sails aren’t difficult to understand, but get confusing because the names are mixed up or misused.… Read More
Welcome! New concept this week borrowed from Tim Ferriss and his podcast, which I’m a huge fan of (check it out). Every Friday I’ll be recording an essay of sorts – stories, opinions, ideas, Q&A if we can get some folks involved, that sort of thing. It’ll be a nice compliment to the interviews I do with guests, which will be out earlier in the week. So enjoy this story of my first experience being naked in Scandinavian-style with my wife Mia, her best friend Johanna, and my best friend Clint in the sauna in Finland.… Read More
July 10, 2014
With three sailing races and a rowing race under way to Hawaii, the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay is serving up this snapshot of how the positions looked at one recent moment. Entries in the Singlehanded Transpac started June 28 and are farthest down the track. Pacific Cup racers have been going off in stages, with a final start on Friday for the big guys. The Vic-Maui fleet working down from the north is pretty obvious, and to the south we have the rowers of the
Great Pacific Race.
Yes, there is a Vic-Maui entrant headed to San Francisco instead of Lahaina.… Read More
Prior to the first send-off, based upon a weather briefing, we provided an upbeat, optimistic outlook for the San Francisco Bay-Kaneohe Bay crossing known as the Pacific Cup. Sure, there were predictions for so-so winds halfway down the course, 15 knots perhaps, but none of the slow-and-go that we’ve seen in the real deal. Now there is this:
For Immediate Release
Day Four of the Pacific Cup – Off to a Slow Start
Point Richmond, CA, Thursday, July 10, 2014 — As the fourth start day of the Pacific Cup race dawned, California coastal conditions remained a low wind challenge, and today’s starters will likely see very light air until Saturday, when the breeze begins to fill from the Northwest as the high takes shape.… Read More
A word from Save the Bay —
California could finally pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags (SB 270) in the next few months. This is California’s fourth try at passing a bag ban. What’s different this time? Mainstream business organizations like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the California Grocers Association are lining up behind the ban.
The fact that bag bans are finally palatable to both businesses and consumers is due in large part to the fact that Save The Bay has demonstrated the value of a consistent regional approach to regulating bags. By working locally to pass city-by-city and countywide ordinances, and even achieving collaboration between counties, we’ve proven that bans work to keep plastic out of our waterways and don’t harm businesses.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston
“The first boat I can remember was a Vanguard 15 . . .
“When my dad bought it, he threw me right in there because he’s a big guy . . .
“Six feet, seven inches . . .
“And with his six-year-old daughter crewing, the mix was just about right.”
Meet Madeline Gill.
And I reckon her old man did OK. Madeline Gill is one of eight skippers racing this week in the US Women’s Match Race Championship, opening Friday at her second home, Oakcliff Sailing. Which is a story in itself. Which is part of Gill’s own story.… Read More
Via Sailors for the Sea
By Paul Cooper, CARIS USA, and John A. Hersey, SURVICE Engineering
Smart ocean planning using crowdsourced data
The marine and coastal zones of the world host a growing number of overlapping and at times competing uses and activities. The commercial, recreational, cultural, energy, scientific, conservation, security, and other interests of these users drive our ocean priorities. These include the protection of life and property, securing renewable energy resources, developing and sustaining ocean productivity, supporting national security and of course ensuring its enjoyment by recreational boaters.
Smart ocean planning helps guide these priorities and creates a program that organizes the demands placed on the ocean by industry and individuals.… Read More
What is it about a full decade of striving?
It took Richard Jenkins a full decade of building and redesigning and rebuilding and rolling the dice to set his landsailing speed record of 126.2 knots.
It took Paul Larsen a decade and change to set his 500-meter water record at 65.45 knots with Sailrocket 2, a name that does not reflect the umpteen iterations, crashes, pratfalls and redesigns to both of the Sailrocket platforms over the years. Larsen learned very well what it means to go airborne in a machine that does not fly, and does not have a “landing” protocol.… Read More
Here’s another rerun from Two Inspired Guys…new episode out this Friday, July 11!
Yves Gelinas of Cape Horn Marine Products was on the show last year, coming to us from his office on the Ottawa River in Quebec. Andy was in Sweden and Ryan in Pittsburgh, so it’s the first three-country podcast! Yves is a wonderful guy, a solo sailor, artist, inventor and businessman who gave up a successful career in filmmaking to pursue his dreams of sailing. In 1983 he completed production on ‘With Jean du Sud Around the World’, the film account of his solo circumnavigation via the Roaring Forties.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted July 8, 2014
If you’re shocked, you’re probably from Chicago.
The America’s Cup Event Authority today announced that it has winnowed its AC35 venue candidates from three to two, with Chicago out, Bermuda and San Diego still in the running.
That’s Bermuda in the pic above. San Diego below . . .
The release did not include a pic of Chicago.
San Francisco partisans who wonder if this might be, perhaps, strong-arm negotiating toward an eventual deal with the 2013 host city will no doubt continue to wonder.
Please do not call.
I’ll let the official voices pick it up from here.… Read More