Following a Dream – Two days in

4 Jan

For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.”  It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world.  You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South
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Following a Dream – Race Day

4 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.”  It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world.  You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South
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FOLDING RIB DINGHY: The Best of Both Worlds in an Inflatable Tender?

3 Jan

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We have discussed dinghies before, in a global sense, and I’ve also made it known that I personally prefer roll-up inflatables, primarily because they are easy to stow. But I’m always on the look-out for a better tender, so I spent a little time checking out these new F-RIB boats that were on display in Annapolis in the fall. They struck me as well built, neatly engineered, with impressive specs and pricing. The smallest boat in the range is 9 feet (see image up top), which is the size I always go for, and it weighs just 79 ...

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IDEC Shreds the Southern Ocean

3 Jan
The great Francis Joyon – skipper of IDEC

Over the past few days there has been an absolutely amazing show of seamanship and blinding boat speed as Francis Joyon and his crew on IDEC have shredded the Southern Ocean setting a new record from Ushant (the start line for the Jules Verne Trophy) to Cape Leeuwin on Australia’s southwest coast. Their time of 17 days and a shade under 7 hours knocks almost 17 hours off the previous record held by fellow Frenchman Loïck Peyron and his team on Banque Populaire V. It’s almost as if Joyon is retaliating
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Happy 10 Years of Sailing!

3 Jan

Sailing Arcturus across the Atlantic, first time Andy and I sailed double-handed. for more than just a few days.

Sailing Arcturus across the Atlantic, first time Andy and I sailed double-handed. for more than just a few days.


Sailing in New Zealand 10 years ago!

Sailing in New Zealand 10 years ago!

Today is kind of a big day in my life as a ‘sailor’, although I am very far away from the sailing scene at the moment.

Ten years ago, I spent some time in New Zealand with my best friend Johanna, driving our new-to-us backpacker car – a Nissan Bluebird – exploring the beauty of New Zealand, camping, hiking, meeting lots of fun people and truly having the time of our life.

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Gray, Gray, Gray

3 Jan

Today we are trying to get to the east enough to be spared the next depression, or at least the worst of the next depression. But we have light winds and are in the southern part of a small pressure system.

Although the boat specifications call for the downwind gennaker, or fractional gennaker, we decided to go for the genoa, which is a primarily an upwind sail, but can be used downwind also, and thus has more versatility. The forecasts suggest we will have downwind (now) and upwind later, and I am frankly too tired to do two of those ...

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Electrical Fire! (and some lessons learned about starters)

3 Jan

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Voice Mail: “Hi Clark, it’s (name withheld). I was out sailing today with my daughter and we had an electrical fire on the new starter you installed. Because of the fire we lost the engine and hit the south tower on the Golden Gate Bridge, called the Coast Guard, and had to be towed back to our berth. When I opened the engine compartment there were six inch flames rising from the starter, but I was able to blow them out. I don’t know where that leaves us, but I’d sure like to speak with you.”

Not what a marine ...

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174: Nigel Calder

3 Jan



Nigel Calder is universally recognized as the guru of yacht systems. His hardcover tomes grace the bookshelves of yachts the world over. On Isbjorn, his are some of my most referenced books. But while many of you will know Nigel for his writing, I’d bet that few know his background. I didn’t. He came aboard Isbjorn during the Annapolis Sailboat Show last October and told me his backstory, which included living in a commune in the UK, years working on oil rigs in the Gulf, building pipe bombs in his parents back yard and much, much more. 


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Catching Our Breath

2 Jan

It’s January 2nd, 2200 GMT, and our position is 45 degrees south, and 162 degrees west. We’ve had a difficult last 24 hours with the storm and the front approaching, getting through the front, very challenging, made some maneuvers that didn’t go quite as planned, but we have come out the other side and are heading north, to get a little more north before the next depression comes along. So we’re not going along with the depression to the east, yet, but in about 3 or 4 hours we’ll turn, this way we’ll have the opportunity to get ...

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From Cape Town to Connecticut: Totem’s 2016

2 Jan

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Looking back on the milestones, adventures, and misadventures of 2016: what a year it was! Jamie’s a database guy: thanks to him we have some serious metrics and some silly ones. We closed out with 3,057 days as cruisers, one of our biggest mileage years yet, and a host of unforgettable experiences.

Logbook stats

14 – countries/territories visited in 2016: South Africa; Namibia; British Overseas Territories of St Helena, Ascension, Montserrat, and Bermuda; Barbados; Dominica; overseas departments of France: Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Saint Martin; territories of the Netherlands, Saint Eustatius and Sint Maartin; USA

11,027 – miles in 2016 (9,582 ...

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