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September 25th

The saga of the cutter NIGHT RUNNER

Posted by // September 25, 2014 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

Boats and Gear,

NIGHT RUNNER

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Keep in mind that this is history as I remember it. That’s the best I can do. If you see something that you feel should be corrected, contact me through my website www.perryboat.com  and let me know what it is. I’ll contemplate the change. I’d like to be accurate.

 Seeds are sown

The NIGHT RUNNER story begins when I was 16 years old. I would drive down to Shilshole Bay Marina on Sundays for the winter racing series on Sundays. I’d get there early and treat myself to a breakfast at THE LITTLE PEBBLE restaurant. My favorite breakfast was called the Fisherman’s Breakfast and took two plates to hold all the food and it was expensive, $3.50.

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September 25th

Watching out for UV damage to sails

Posted by // September 25, 2014 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

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We’ve been in Penang for a couple of days now, catching up on projects. This afternoon, after the sun disappeared behind the condos backing the marina and the air cooled, Jamie and I took a walk around and looked at the other boats. Primary takeaway: the sun, she is strong!

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Many boats had some degree of the damage shown here: a protective cover worn thin from UV (see the tear?), with stitching so rotted it’s literally breaking apart in place. Is the UV strip material a low quality knockoff? Not sure. Was UV resistant PTFE thread used? Highly unlikely. Sailmakers don’t like this thread because it’s expensive and difficult to work with.…

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September 24th

Drogue test

You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that I’ve been thinking about jury-steering systems ever since my little adventure back in January aboard the catamaran Be Good Too. One thing I’ve wondered is whether we might have managed to save the boat if we’d had a proper drogue onboard to try steering with. If we’d been able to neutralize the effect of the bent port rudder, which was constantly steering the boat to starboard, by either losing the rudder entirely (not really feasible) or by letting it swing freely (which would have been easy if we’d known the rudder was bent before we “fixed” it), I’m quite certain the boat could have been steered with a properly sized drogue.…

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September 24th

Storm Stories: Against a Cape Horn Snorter

Posted by // September 24, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Date: February 9, 1984
Location: 360 miles north of Cape Horn, 100 miles off the coast of Chile
Boat: Gigi, Contessa 32
Crew: 2

“The Horn lived up to its reputation again. In twelve hours its malign influences had transformed an innocuous summer low coming in out of the Southern Ocean into the most dangerous of storms, what old time square rigger sailors used to call a Cape Horn Snorter.”
—Derek Lundy, The Way of a Ship

Technically, our Southern Ocean storm was not a Cape Horn Snorter. But snorter is a great word, and having rounded the Horn just a few days earlier, I think it is fair to use the phrase here.…

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September 24th

Brion Toss On Roller-Furling

Posted by // September 24, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

In the space of just a few decades, furlers have gone from being a cranky rarity to an ubiquitous rigging component. The transition was paved with a series of mishaps ― and even tragedies ― as sailors and furler manufacturers discovered the quirks, flaws, and limitations of the machinery. Some of these problems had to do with the hardware, some with how the furler was used/misused. Other problems, including some of the nastiest ones, had to do with how the furler interacted with other rig components. Contemporary furlers aren’t perfect – no machine is – but they are no longer intrinsically hazardous.…

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September 23rd

Podcast: Baxter & Molly Gillispie

Posted by // September 23, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

People,

Andy & Ryan Briggs talk with Baxter and Molly Gillispie, serious adventurers. John and Amanda Neal, previous guests on the show, got us in touch with the couple, and we’re glad they did! Baxter is a professional BASE jumping and ‘squirrel suit’ instructor, and he and Molly met skydiving. Their both skiers and mountaineers, having live for a while in Utah. Baxter summited Everest a while back, with Molly trekking into Nepal with some friends to meet him at Everest Base Camp. Now they’ve sold their house, sold their old Tartan 37 and bought a new-to-them 1982 Valiant 47 they hope to live and cruise on long-term with their dog Kala.…

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September 23rd

Too Windy: No Classics Racing in Cannes

Posted by // September 23, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Racing,

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The official word:

The weather forecast unfortunately arrived and following long consideration, the Race Committee opted for abandoning today’s racing, as the wind was too strong to allow for safe sailing. It was confirmation of what had been hoped for by many spectators and fans who had the chance to admire from just inches away the stunning beauty of the old yachts, their hulls, booms, teak decks and the posters outlining each boat’s history and features.

The weather forecast unfortunately arrived and following long consideration, the Race Committee opted for abandoning today’s racing, as the wind was too strong to allow for safe sailing.…

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September 23rd

Bart’s Bash: A New Record

Posted by // September 23, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Racing at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Photo by Jak Bennett

From the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which took place on 21st September, has set the new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours).

While the Bart’s Bash technical team are still processing the data submitted by some of the 768 venues who took part, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is delighted to announce that the threshold of 2,500 boats sailing in regattas including at least 25 boats, the key criteria to meet the record, has been reached.

This announcement comes after processing the results of 3,600 boats, who have sailed over 10,000,000 metres in total, which equals 18% of the data the organisation expects to receive in the coming days.…

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September 22nd

Get Packed and Get Going

Posted by // September 22, 2014 // COMMENT (3 Comments)

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I am the proud possessor of a big yellow sticker in my passport that declares I am allowed to live in Papua New Guinea. Our flights are booked. Tomorrow is Moving Day. So why am I writing instead of prepping? Because, dear reader, I am avoiding packing. I know, I know – it should be an easy process. There are no choices to be made; if it is in this apartment and belongs to us, I have to pack it. And we only have four bags, after all. No, I mainly don’t want to pack because a) it means a morning of rejigging heavy bags such that all of them kiss but do not exceed the airline’s weight limit, and b) I have to do it on my own.…

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September 22nd

Classics Can-do in Cannes

Posted by // September 22, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Photo by James Robinson Taylor/ Régates Royales

The tenth edition of Régates Royales kicks off Tuesday in Cannes, better known for its annual film festival, though Trophée Panerai is catching up. Would you believe, 150 boats, including hard-traveling American yawl Dorade, now home-ported in San Francisco, CA.

This moves a bit slow, but 2013 was lovely, just lovely—

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