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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,

AP-Cannes

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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September 22nd

By Kimball Livingston Posted September 22, 2014

I’m a fan of Wendy Schmidt. She and her husband, Eric, have made a significant investment in oceans conservation.

I’m a fan of the Leukemia Cup. All across the country, these regattas raise research funds that change the game.

And I’m a fan of The San Francisco Yacht Club’s Leukemia Cup, because, it’s my local.

What I got out of the 2014 edition was a real nice boat ride and, at dinner the night before, a bit of time to listen to someone—Wendy Schmidt—singing my song about oceans conservation through what the Schmidt Family Foundation calls “restorative operating systems.”

Bring it on.…

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September 22nd

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 22, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

QUT Maritime RobotX challenge WAM-V courtesy QUT.JPG

Right now it’s possible to come upon an unmanned surface vessel (USV) like this trying to navigate waterways all over the world, though rest assured that there will be a boat load of attentive geeks nearby. That’s because fifteen student/professor engineering teams from five countries have been given a basic 16-foot WAM-V articulating catamaran to which they are adding propulsion and control systems for the upcoming Maritime RobotX Challenge in Singapore. The contest strikes me as a great way to accelerate robotics development, but of course one eventuality is unmanned vessels roaming the coasts.…

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September 21st

Giles Scott Wins Finn Gold Cup

Posted by // September 21, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Racing,

As released September 21 by the Finn Class

By Robert Deaves

Giles Scott (GBR) has won the 2014 Finn Gold Cup at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) started the day in second overall and a win in the medal race comfortably gave him the silver medal. Ed Wright (GBR) eventually took bronze after a close battle with Jonathan Lobert (FRA).

The day started windless and racing was postponed, though a light sea breeze was expected later in the day. A light, fickle breeze duly arrived and the Finn medal race was characterised by big shifts and pressure changes across the course that ultimately decided the bronze medal.…

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