Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 14, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
A brief test of the new Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 showed it to be quite a good satellite phone. Compared to the original IsatPhone Pro I tested in 2010, the new phone locks onto both GPS and Inmarsat satellites noticably faster and the voice calls seem to sound better. I also found the screen quite readable in most conditions including direct sun, and the user interface struck me as fast and easy to get the hang of. However, if you sense some “buts” coming, you are correct.… Read More
Point Richmond, CA, July 11, 2014
Today was the fifth and last start for the 2014 Pacific Cup race, so all 56 competitors are on their way. The boats now heading toward Hawaii run the spectrum: Moore 24’s and the Nelson/Marek 92; double-handers and a boats with ten or more crew; first-timers like Shearwater competing with veterans like Sweet Okole and Green Buffalo; amateur sailors and professionals.
The wind conditions for the fleets are looking a little bleak at this time. The high has decided to slide south, dropping all the way down to a latitude even with San Diego and making the passage to Hawaii suitable for water skiing.… Read More
There are many things I love about my boat. It is a comfortable home. It sails beautifully in heavy weather. It is very pretty. But even Papillon has its flaws.
The girls and I were playing a game in the cockpit. Stylish rolled, and the die skittered off the table. All of us shrieked and grabbed for it, but it was too late. It fell through the cockpit floor.
What, you might wonder, is the big deal? Our floor is painted aluminum with a teak grid overlay. It is a good concept: when water gets into the cockpit, it falls through the grate and disappears down the drains in the corners.… Read More
July 11, 2014
Defending champion Stephanie Roble of Wisconsin won five races straight in a brilliant opening day contesting the Women’s Match Race Championship at Oakcliff Sailing on Long Island Sound. Winds were light, and further racing was packed in as the air went calm.
Racing continues through Sunday. The prize is the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy plus an invitation to the open US Match Racing Championship on San Francisco Bay in October.
In second is SF Bay sailor Nicole Breault, who has past women’s world champion riding shotguh. Breault finished the day with a strong count of four wins and a loss.… Read More
What’s the difference between a drifter, a gennaker, a code zero, and a screecher? Where does a spinnaker fit in? And if you’re a cruiser, what sail should you use for downwind sailing, anyway?
There is no single “best,” because everything on a boat is a compromise, and individual styles/needs vary, but we have some opinions on the optimal choice for most cruisers.
This question came up on a women’s sailing forum I participate in recently. Because Jamie is a sailmaker, I asked him for help with a response that would be useful to differentiate the options for downwind sails. Differences between these sails aren’t difficult to understand, but get confusing because the names are mixed up or misused.… Read More
Welcome! New concept this week borrowed from Tim Ferriss and his podcast, which I’m a huge fan of (check it out). Every Friday I’ll be recording an essay of sorts – stories, opinions, ideas, Q&A if we can get some folks involved, that sort of thing. It’ll be a nice compliment to the interviews I do with guests, which will be out earlier in the week. So enjoy this story of my first experience being naked in Scandinavian-style with my wife Mia, her best friend Johanna, and my best friend Clint in the sauna in Finland.… Read More
July 10, 2014
With three sailing races and a rowing race under way to Hawaii, the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay is serving up this snapshot of how the positions looked at one recent moment. Entries in the Singlehanded Transpac started June 28 and are farthest down the track. Pacific Cup racers have been going off in stages, with a final start on Friday for the big guys. The Vic-Maui fleet working down from the north is pretty obvious, and to the south we have the rowers of the
Great Pacific Race.
Yes, there is a Vic-Maui entrant headed to San Francisco instead of Lahaina.… Read More
Prior to the first send-off, based upon a weather briefing, we provided an upbeat, optimistic outlook for the San Francisco Bay-Kaneohe Bay crossing known as the Pacific Cup. Sure, there were predictions for so-so winds halfway down the course, 15 knots perhaps, but none of the slow-and-go that we’ve seen in the real deal. Now there is this:
For Immediate Release
Day Four of the Pacific Cup – Off to a Slow Start
Point Richmond, CA, Thursday, July 10, 2014 — As the fourth start day of the Pacific Cup race dawned, California coastal conditions remained a low wind challenge, and today’s starters will likely see very light air until Saturday, when the breeze begins to fill from the Northwest as the high takes shape.… Read More
A word from Save the Bay —
California could finally pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags (SB 270) in the next few months. This is California’s fourth try at passing a bag ban. What’s different this time? Mainstream business organizations like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the California Grocers Association are lining up behind the ban.
The fact that bag bans are finally palatable to both businesses and consumers is due in large part to the fact that Save The Bay has demonstrated the value of a consistent regional approach to regulating bags. By working locally to pass city-by-city and countywide ordinances, and even achieving collaboration between counties, we’ve proven that bans work to keep plastic out of our waterways and don’t harm businesses.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston
“The first boat I can remember was a Vanguard 15 . . .
“When my dad bought it, he threw me right in there because he’s a big guy . . .
“Six feet, seven inches . . .
“And with his six-year-old daughter crewing, the mix was just about right.”
Meet Madeline Gill.
And I reckon her old man did OK. Madeline Gill is one of eight skippers racing this week in the US Women’s Match Race Championship, opening Friday at her second home, Oakcliff Sailing. Which is a story in itself. Which is part of Gill’s own story.… Read More