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March 29th

Hurricane Eggs & Tornado Warnings – Day 3 Offshore

Posted by // March 29, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Mmmm, hurricane eggs! My friend Andy Staus taught me about these last year during the delivery of Susie Q on this very same route at this very same time of year. We picked up a couple of loads of fresh-made Bahamas bread in Marsh Harbor (unsliced of course). For the last two mornings I’ve been slicing off big chunks of the stuff, cutting a hole out of the center and grilling the bread with 2-3 eggs cracked in the hole in our cast iron skillet. There is just something about the combination of grilled bread, gooey eggs and butter that creates something truly greater than the sum of its parts.…

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March 28th

Sojourner heading north from Bahamas

Posted by // March 28, 2014 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

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Sojourner, 28th March 2014, 10.00 EST

Sojourner, 28th March 2014, 10.00 EST

I got a phone call from Andy this morning from the Sat Phone. The number start with 8816.. so it is easy to spot. Everyone who has been following the weather (or just looked outside the window the last couple of days) know it is not ideal conditions out there. Noting dangerous, but not as ideal as the 15kt from behind and blue sky like they had on their last passage up to the Bahamas.

They left yesterday morning so this phone call was about 24 hr out. Andy felt a bit seasick and had a patch on for the first time.…

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March 28th

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 28, 2014

Put it in a frame and what is it? Art, accidental and un? Art, modern and traditional? A schooner in a plastic tent?

In her eighty-six years on the water, the schooner Kelpie has touched many lives. This weekend in Cornwall she relaunches as Kelpie of Falmouth in what promises to be a brilliant new chapter of her own life.

The name comes from a Scottish water horse—mythical, to certain skeptics—a water horse that will grab you and not let go. Whoever has been near Kelpie still feels the grip. And that’s no myth.…

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March 28th

Your most valuable cruising equipment

Posted by // March 28, 2014 // COMMENT (4 Comments)

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Borneo squalls

Important pieces of cruising gear aren’t always obvious. A reader who hopes to go cruising emailed recently to ask:  ”When you look back at your years of sailing, what are some pieces of equipment that you brought with you that you never realized how important they would become (e.g. handheld VHF, specific spares, etc.)? ”

It’s a good question, because it’s easy to hemorrhage cash in the run up to taking off for cruising, trying to anticipate the things you might need and eyeing shiny toys in the chandlery. It’s impossible to know what’s essential because you haven’t gone cruising and don’t have a style yet.…

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March 27th

Colin Archer ketch

In our last episode in this series, we described the genesis of the Cruising Everyman in the mid- to late 19th century. These were sailors who were not aristocratic bluebloods looking to flaunt their wealth, but a simpler breed of more middle-class sailors who enjoyed cruising under sail for its own sake. These are cruisers we can easily relate to today, and what most interests us, of course, is the sort of boat they most often went cruising in.

For many sailors of more modest means who wanted vessels that were both substantial enough to survive a bit of weather and large enough to live aboard for limited periods of time in some comfort, the easiest and cheapest thing to do was simply to buy an old working boat and refurnish it.…

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March 27th

Beginning the Journey Home

Posted by // March 27, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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“So go and tell the boys for me we’re leavin’ here today!”

That Blaggards song was playing on my last run in Marsh Harbor this morning, and its in my head now as we prep for departure. The short, but likely difficult, as its March, hop offshore to the US east coast and ultimately Annapolis represents the final stage of Sojourner’s journey home from St. Lucia.

We’ve got an awesome crew – me, Dad, Billy Rudek and Tom Herrington, who sailed with us earlier rom St. Croix. Plan is to depart here within the hour and aim for Charleston. Another cold front is on the way.…

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March 27th

Romance Reborn

Posted by // March 27, 2014 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

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One hears over and over again of the “romance” attendant to boats, sailing and the sea, but if you ask someone why he or she sails, I’ll bet that the R-word pops up a respectable distance down the list, in back of the F-words (freedom, fun) and the A-words (adventure, activity). Still, I am positive that a romantic streak is an integral part of every sailor’s make-up, even if we might not like to admit it’s there. There is no other way of explaining some of the irrational things that sailors do.

For instance, I was once possessed by a wooden boat.…

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March 26th

Four Emmy Nominations for America’s Cup

Posted by // March 26, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Released from ACEA on March 26

AC-screensMedia production for the 34th America’s Cup has received five Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Live Sports Special.The five nominations come on the heels of a previous Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement for AC LiveLive.“When we started planning for the 34th America’s Cup in 2010, one of the initial priorities was to create an exciting television experience for viewers,” said Stan Honey, Director of Technology for the America’s Cup. “These nominations from the media production of the America’s Cup in 2013 are a clear signal that the America’s Cup is now being recognized as a compelling television sport.”The five Emmy Award nominations are for:Outstanding Live Sports SpecialOutstanding New Approaches – Sports Event Coverage – Official AppOutstanding Technical Team RemoteOutstanding Live Event Audio/SoundThe George Wensel Technical Achievement Award – AC LiveLine, “WingWash”The America’s Cup Official App, for iOS and Android, was nominated in the Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Event Coverage category.…

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March 26th

Brunswick Invests in Boatbound

Posted by // March 26, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Brunswick announces its financial investment in Boatbound’s latest funding round

LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 26, 2014 – Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today the launch of a strategic partnership with San Francisco-based Boatbound, the leader in the peer-to-peer boat rental market space. The peer-to-peer model creates a new way to easily connect potential renters with owners willing to rent their assets, and is quickly gaining traction in the boating space.

(Read our story about peer-to-peer rentals)

This Brunswick and Boatbound partnership is based on the common belief that the peer-to-peer boat rental model encourages boating participation and trial, while at the same time allowing boat owners to offset some of their ownership costs.…

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