During lunch just yesterday there was talk of collisions at sea between fast boats and the increasing mass of junk floating around in the ocean.
I don’t have numbers on this, but it’s my strong perception that, every transpac, there are more people arriving in the islands talking about hitting things, having to back down to clear debris, etc. This comes up because the Volvo Race story of the day goes —
ALICANTE, Spain, Oct 18 – Dongfeng Race Team lost the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race early on Saturday after the boat hit an unidentified object and broke their rudder.…
San Francisco, CA, is on the leading, bleeding edge of environmental goodism — and we need more, much more of that, intelligently applied.
SF’s Mountain Lake Park is connected to the underground system, including Lobos Creek and it’s natural spring, that feeds 80 percent of the fresh water to the Presidio. This is playground central to one of the best family neighborhoods of the city.
Highway 1 roars past on the northern reach, with cars coming from, or going to, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Long ago, the first Spanish military mission camped here—because there was water—before establishing their first version of “The Presidio.”
And here is the story, as delivered by longtime SF Chronicle science writer David Perlman:
Just back from test-sailing boats après-show this past week at Annapolis. Five boats in two days in fairly strong conditions, with the wind blowing 20 knots at time. Once I even saw gusts to over 30. This is ideal! Normally we get light wind, which makes it harder to get a good sense of how boats behave. My first boat on day one was the Bavaria Cruiser 46, which really is just a new updated version of the Bavaria Cruiser 45. The hull and underwater appendages are the same, but the deck and interior have been modified. As you can see in that photo up top, she has a very wide butt and an enormous fold-down transom.…
We recently did adhesion testing to Corian and Wilsonart laminates with WEST SYSTEM 105 Resin and 206 Hardener at the request of a composite panel manufacturer. Corian and Wilsonart are mineral filled acrylic laminates that look like granite and are often used as countertop material in kitchens and offices. Cabinetmakers and contractors typically use the laminates in 1/2″ thickness for residential applications. They are quite heavy, though not nearly as heavy as actual granite. Corian and Wilsonart are similar in that they can both be cut with conventional tools, then wet sanded and polished to a nice shine if they are damaged during installation.…
How much does it cost to go cruising? How much / how long did you save in order to go? What do you spend every month as a cruiser? What about earning money while cruising? Questions along this line are among the most common that we get on Totem.
While the VOR sailors are in full concentration mode as they sail around the southern tip of Africa at 20 knots, the South African marine community who had the fortune of participating in the Leg 2 sendoff yesterday are still floating in the clouds from the experience. The passengers on this Leopard 51 Powercat included.
Leopard South Africa sales manager Daniel Snyman arranged for the locally designed and built power cat to serve as a VIP boat for the sendoff. He reported to us, his stateside colleagues, today: “The wind was pumping and the 51PC was absolutely amazing!! Outstanding performance in very windy conditions… Indescribable, if you were not on board!” He even went so far as to apologize that we did not get to participate in the “unforgettable trip.”
With designer Alexander Simonis at the wheel of his own creation, the power cat gracefully pushed through rough seas produced by the 35-40 knot winds in order to stay with the fleet.…