By many measures, we did not have a great year. 2014 was not marked by exotic anchorages and interesting cultural exchanges, but routine maintenance (and breakdown, and more maintenance), costly equipment replacements, and attempts at upgrades with varying degrees of success. Gear failures cost us plans for sailing to Borneo and the Philippines, and just much everything we tackled took significantly longer than it could or should. It is marked by complications and aggravations.
But a good year, or not, is mostly what you make of it. And although we would rather not repeat much of 2014, we had some incredible experiences that stand out like fireworks in hindsight- events and encounters and trends that added light to life.… Read More
Georgetown University’s Nevin Snow and Katia DaSilva demo a light-air roll tack
Posted January 4, 2015 by KL
Rich Roberts’ Rose Bowl Regatta Report:
Sunday’s weather: Sunny; wind 2-8k NW-SW; temp. 61F.
Georgetown Romps While Newport Harbor Ends Pt. Loma’s Reign
Long Beach, California
While Georgetown University coasted to a comfortable defense of its College championship in the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta Sunday — skipper Nevin Snow and crew Katia DaSilva rocking a 37-point win over second-place Coast Guard Academy — Newport Harbor High School kept its foot on the gas to end Point Loma’s eight-year reign in the High School Gold class.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted January 4, 2015
This photo that ran last week on Scuttlebutt Sailing News caused a stir.
Is this really “us” ?
It was shot dockside at the International Orange Bowl Regatta, sponsored by Coral Reef Yacht Club on the shores of mostly-lovely Biscayne Bay. With the US Sailing Center next door running the regatta “in cooperation” with CRYC, it makes you wonder.
Comments on social media ranged from simple outrage that garbage was thus strewn to huffy offense that a photograph was taken and run when the person commenting was sure that all that yucky stuff would have been cleared away quickly, because that’s how things are done at the Orange Bowl Regatta.… Read More
Posted January 4, 2015
Here is Rich Roberts’ report:
Sunday’s forecast: Sunny; wind 5-10k NW; temp 67F.
Sunny but Snow-y for Georgetown
LONG BEACH, Calif.
Once the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta got underway in Saturday’s light, chilly breeze, “It went well,” Nevin Snow said.
From Snow’s standpoint, that was the understatement of the day.
The skipper and crew Isabelle Luzuriaza of the Washington D.C. school’s A boat won all four of their races in the College A class—a big jump toward defending the championship they won for Georgetown University last year.
The Hoyas’ B boat also led its class with two wins in four races.… Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 2, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Testing a Gocycle G2 folding electric bicycle outside a tent at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show almost cost me dearly. Aside from the beautifully clean design, I found the bike easy to learn and comfortable to use, and it’s a thrill to get some power assistance when you put extra pressure on the pedals or hit the red boost button. I started picturing all the enjoyable and possibly useful trips I could make around cruising ports and the dangerous internal voice of gadget lust began murmuring about the ample credit in my wallet and how I deserve what may be the coolest boat bike around.… Read More
Photo credit KTLA Channel 5
Posted January 1, 2015 by Kimball Livingston
Harbor Patrolman Tim Mitchell died while attempting to save a 65-foot dive boat, the King Neptune, as it was being driven ashore at Avalon Harbor, Catalina on Tuesday night, according to a statement from the City of Avalon. Mitchell, a New Zealand native and naturalized citizen of the USA, had worked as a dive instructor at Avalon-based Scuba Luv which featured excursions aboard the King Neptune, and was close to its owners. He had been a dive instructor for ten years and joined the Harbor Patrol in May, 2014.… Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Dec 31, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I hope that Panbo readers everywhere enjoyed Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Christmas and/or any other way you celebrate the holiday season. We deserve all the light and cheer we can find, especially when the shortest days are as dreary as they were here on the coast of Maine this year. Instead of cold gray drizzle my almost-Christmas-eve photo above might have shown sparkly snow highlighting the Rockland Public Landing and the islands across the Bay, but, hey, our area does lay claim to the “World’s Largest Lobster Trap Tree“…
This photo taken Christmas afternoon tells more of the weather story.… Read More
Posted December 31, 2014 by K.L.
Both ends of California have been pounded by 30-knot winds and higher gusts as 2014 blows out the door.
At Avalon Harbor there were two deaths including a harbor patrolman lost trying to do his job. The patrolman, not yet named, was reportedly swept overboard and pinned between boats and rocks.
KTLA Channel 5 is running this photo:
There have been no comparable dramas on San Francisco Bay, but high winds beat the waters to a froth, and the folks from Motor Lifeboat Station Fort Baker had their hands full rounding up strays that drifted off their moorings in Richardson Bay.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted December 31, 2014
Somewhere in that jumble ashore is Las Ramblas, and somewhere among the towers are the spires of Sagrada Familia. But for sixteen men on eight boats, the only thoughts are how to escape the Med and predictions of light air.
Everybody likes a fast start to a long race, and they don’t get any longer than Barcelona to Barcelona via the three capes. There’s plenty of wind waiting in the Atlantic, but how to get there?
Aboard Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes were first away, and don’t they wish that had long-term implications for a race that will run through January, February and March, 26,000 miles.… Read More
Kamau Iandiataiyero is a learner. He discovered sailing in July 2013 on a Rainbow in Annapolis, and has taken to the sport incredibly quickly. So quickly, in fact, that he’s building his own bluewater boat – one that he also designed – and hopes to set off by 2017.
Kamau is not your average sailor. He’s not average anything – at 6’7″, he found production boats literally don’t fit him. But they don’t fit his personality either, which you’ll soon discover in this very cool episode with a very inspiring dude. We talked about Kamau’s project, how he got into sailing, how he took the leap to desing his own boat and more.… Read More