Sailfeed
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.…

Read More
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.…

Read More
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.…

Read More
September 20th

The Wreckage from Odile

Posted by // September 20, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Miscellany, , , ,

Posted September 20 by KL

Mark Drewelow of YachtAid Global sends this word:

Many of you may be following the news about the damage that hurricane Odile left behind as she passed across the Baja Peninsula. As refugees continue streaming out of the area aboard flights out of La Paz and San Jose Del Cabo, the stories are getting out.

Make no mistake, the area is devastated. The two main city areas are Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. These cities are about 18 miles apart. Between them is the area called The Corridor. The two cities and The Corridor are ground zero of this tragic unfolding natural disaster and humanitarian crisis.…

Read More
September 19th

Checking in at Puteri Harbour Marina

Posted by // September 19, 2014 // COMMENT (5 Comments)

Cruising, ,

IMG_2424

When engine issues took priority over adventuring, we needed a place at the southern end of the Malay peninsula to park Totem for a while. Puteri Harbour Marina, in Johor (just west of Singapore), made sense for a variety of reasons. It was a rigging job for Jamie that initially brought us there in June, and the friends that made coming back instead of looking elsewhere an easy decision.

IMG_2841

Isn’t it always the people that make the place? During the weeks we spent there, we met a host of cruisers who are now cemented into great memories. Half a dozen other boats with kids came through, including Momo.…

Read More
September 19th

Bolero under sail

Last we reveled in this topic we examined how early cruising boats sailed by more middle-class yachtsmen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were often working boats that had been repurposed. This marked the beginning of a trend in which the nexus of mainstream yachting shifted inexorably away from the upper crust of society, which mostly viewed yachting as a social activity, toward less affluent, more Corinthian sailors, who practiced it as a sport. Interestingly, one thing that helped precipitate and accelerate this was a growing interest on the part of small-boat cruising sailors in the sport of ocean racing.…

Read More
September 18th

By Kimball Livingston Posted September 18, 2014

Shall we contemplate this thing called match racing?

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is in Chicago this week, one of seven stops on the year, and compared to (almost, but not quite, ancient) history, the list of skippers is conspicuously not skewed toward America’s Cup boat drivers. Hopefuls, maybe . . .

Which gave us an excuse to catch up with Britain’s Ian Williams, winner of multiple world match race titles, to take the temperature. Williams noted, “The World Tour used to be sold as the road to the America’s Cup. Now, commercially, it has to stand on its own feet, and it does that.…

Read More
September 18th

Hurricane Odile Update

Posted by // September 18, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Miscellany, ,

Mainstream media is still down, as power and communications haven’t been restored to southern Baja. However, current information about boats sunk and salvaged, and the tragic loss of at least one member of our cruising community can be found on the Charlie’s Charts Facebook page and on Sailnet.

Island Seeker, the boat I sailed back from Clipperton Island on, has been found on the beach, intact, and appears to be salvageable…hooray!:
10355834_10202690305449801_2814861063908353284_n

Read More
September 18th

Appreciating fuel management, wanting more

Posted by // September 18, 2014 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

Boats and Gear, ,

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 18, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Gizmo_running_down_LIS_cPanbo.jpg

Gizmo is fenders down, awning up, in bustling Baltimore Harbor, and I have tales to tell. This old powerboat sails! That’s no surprise given her windage, but now I have precise data about how much wind (and current) can help her along thanks to a fuel management system. In this photo, for instance, we were making around 10 knots over the ground at 1,350 RPM but still getting over three miles to a gallon thanks to a stiff easterly wind pushing us down Long Island Sound.…

Read More