The weather was a washout today in Portsmouth (and still is, as I write this in the middle of the afternoon here at the Rally Office). But that didn’t stop a crowd of sailors from braving the elements for the week’s first seminar aboard Isbjorn today at Ocean Marine Yacht Center!
I wanted to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned from all the ocean miles I’ve covered over the years, and all the rally boats we’ve inspected. Though I’ll admit I felt a bit silly spouting off knowledge given the company we had today!
I’m referring of course to Yves Gelinas, the legendary French-Canadian sailor and inventor of the Cape Horn self-steering gear, who is a guest of the fleet this week.… Read More
A small portion of the hundreds of coments and emails received
OK, meā culpā, my bad, however it can be expressed I am taking responsibility for article I wrote about the use of pfd’s and would like to apologize to those who took exception to my point of view. Since the article appeared on SailFeed last week I have been deluged with a steady stream of hate mail. I read every email and comment on the website and it made me realize how passionate people are about this subject. With the benefit of hindsight I might have been a tad to glib when I posed my point of view.…
GoPro HERO4 Session
The HERO4 Session from GoPro is the newest and smallest camera in the company’s HERO line of durable digital cameras. At 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the rest of the models in the line, the HERO4 Session has easy one-button control—one press of the button turns on the camera and starts taking video or photo, another press of the button powers it down—and is waterproof to 33ft without needing a separate housing. In addition to the video capability that made the company’s cameras so popular, the HERO4 Session can take simple 8MP single photos, time lapse photos set at varying intervals up to 60 seconds, or burst photos of 10 frames per second.… Read More
It’s the last day of October 2015, and the 26th annual ARC Caribbean 1500 is under way! For the third straight year, both the Tortola- and Bahamas-bound rally fleets are beginning to gather at Ocean Marine Yacht Center in historic Portsmouth, Virginia. There’s a great program on offer for the week here that’s just getting going today. Click here to see the full events calendar.
Highlights include three full days of seminars next Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, including a full-on day of safety training next Friday.
On Thursday, November 6, we’ll be hosting a private showing of Around the World with Jean-du-Sud, the classic sailing film by single-handed sailor Yves Gelinas at the historic Commodore Theatre in town (see trailer below).… Read More
Thanks to everyone who came out and flogged Isbjorn around for a couple hours last weekend! I meant to get these photos online sooner, but just didn’t happen!
We had an awesome day on a brisk, cold fall Sunday, tacking around, tuning the rig, etc etc. Even go the spinnaker up for a while in blustery conditions, and had a fun time trying to get it back down again before we ran out of Bay!
Check out the photos below. The boat is now in Portsmouth, VA for the start of the Caribbean 1500, which departs on November 8. She’s fully put back together now and ready for the high seas!… Read More
By Diana Doyle
If you’ve ever been to Oriental, you’ll understand the challenge. They actually fit 19 of the Rally boats, including four catamarans, into the inner harbor! A big thank-you to Oriental Marina & Inn, Pat Stockwell at Inland Waterway Provision Company, and the Waterfront Committee, for clearing town and commercial docks to make space for us. Dwayne Boettcher on s/v Foreign Affair captured this panorama showing the Rally fleet. You can also see us on the town’s harborcam.
When we arrived, the local band The UHOOs, came by to welcome us with some ukelele music. This is obviously a fun-loving town.… Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 30, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
With Panbo’s first TBF now a week old, how about some more acronym madness? This marine electronics TidBits Friday can’t include any of the tasty stuff being served at next week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), but there certainly will be some, and I’ve been studying the transportation options for making the most of my four days at this huge event. The MyBoatShow app has not achieved perfection, but it’s better and may help. Come if you can or come by here for some TBL, and in the meantime…
Say hello to a $55 AIS receiver called dAISy.… Read More
By Diana Doyle
Dowry Creek Marina is always a great stop: stunning location, friendly ambiance, poolside captains’ lounge with evening happy hour get-togethers. But for the Rally, Mary Klapperich and Nick Leva really rolled out the welcome mat, arranging a Downeast BBQ dinner with live local entertainment. Just another community band you might think? It turns out that Milton Bullock, of the hit Motown group from the 1950s and ’60s, The Platters, lives nearby! No kidding! We have photographic evidence—here’s Milton by Dowry Creek poolside, with Mary “Bubbling Brown Sugar.”
Boaters are always hungry, so first we demolished the North Carolina homestyle BBQ: BBQ chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, red potatoes, coleslaw, and of course, lots of cake.… Read More
Jamie is a sailmaker; he periodically shares his knowledge on the blog, and those posts are under the Sailmaker tag. This is the second post in a two-part series to demystify some of the woo around sailcloth material; you can read the first post here. Anyone with questions about sails is invited to get in touch; Jamie enjoys sharing from his depth of experience as a sailmaker and a cruiser.
Sailcloth comes in so many forms, each exhibiting unique characteristics. It’s easy to see, and understand differences between a Carbon fiber “string” sail and one made from Dacron with crosscut construction.… Read More
|The Transat Jacques Vabre fleet assembled in Le Havre, France
Anyone who reads what I write with any regularity will know that I have great respect and admiration for French sailors. They know how to put on a show and their displays of immense sailing talent never cease to amaze. But seriously what’s with starting races in early winter just when the weather in the North Atlantic is starting to get nasty? Late October, early November is no time to be crossing the Bay of Biscay and this was proven these last few days when a tightly packed low pressure ripped into the Transat Jacques Varbe fleet causing havoc.… Read More