Sailing’s James Dean – the Mike Plant story

3 Oct



I watched a terrific movie last night. It was the kind of movie that would have changed the trajectory of my life had my life not already been on a similar trajectory. The movie was Coyote and it’s the true story of the American sailor Mike Plant and his ambition to win the Vendée Globe. I met Mike many years ago. I was introduced to
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10/2/2018 Carolina Beach and Lockwoods Folly. New USACE Surveys

2 Oct

OCTOBER 2, 2018  The US Army  Corps of Engineers has just released a survey of the Carolina Beach Inlet crossing and Lockwoods Folly Inlet crossing.  In both places the channels have narrowed and shoaled slightly .

Carolina Beach.  Depths of greater than 8 feet MLLW can be found at R15 and that seems to be the shallowest point in this inlet crossing.

When turning west into Snows Cut remember that there is shoaling to about 5 feet at the red side. Favor G161 as you turn west.

Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing has essentially the same shape as it had before ...

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October 2, ICW Update on Carolina Beach inlet crossing

2 Oct

October 1, I received a credible report from a boat which has made it to Southport. They followed my routes through  Browns Inlet Crossing, New River inlet Crossing, Mason Inlet Crossing and Masonboro Inlet crossing (See September 27, posting).  From there south to Southport they reported that the Carolina Beach inlet crossing has depths which would correct to 8+ feet at MLLW on the track they made.  They report that Snows Cut seems to be about as it was.  Cape Fear River stinks like a sewer but all is good at Southport Marina. This is more good news, but it  ...

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A False Start

1 Oct

Date: Oct 1, 2018

Day 0

Position: Anchored, Drakes Bay

It was not a surprise, this start. Jo and I had picked the departure date two months ago, targeting a weekend when she was free combined with a convenient ebb. The wind would be what it was, and it was usually northwest.

Almost a year ago, I had departed for the first Figure 8 attempt.  Then, Jo and I had spent our final night together at a hotel just above Horseshoe Cove. This cove, San Francisco Bay’s closest mooring to the sea, rests just below the massive north tower of ...

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Calypso Ultrasonic Portable, wireless wind and more

1 Oct

One reason I like ultrasonic wind sensors is the absence of vanes, cups or any other moving parts that might get damaged by roosting birds, loose lines or clumsy humans. So how about one that can also sense Heading, Air Temperature, Pitch and Roll; that is especially sleek and compact; and that comes in three models able to deliver the data over Bluetooth, NMEA 0183, and/or WiFi? I’ve been testing the completely wireless Calypso Ultrasonic Portable model seen above and I’m tentatively impressed.

The Calypso Ultrasonic Portable anemometer was able to maintain its battery during short Maine winter days and the wind readings did not seem affected by snow and rain

This Calypso Ultrasonic Portable anemometer was working despite harsh winter conditions

While the other two Calypso Ultrasonic ...

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ICW report September 30

1 Oct

As of Sunday September 30 I spoke to Osprey Marina.  The Waccamaw had crested at nearly 3 feet above the previous record but is going down.  The marina is closed.  Socastee Bridge is still closed and will be for quite a while.  The USCG exclusion zone has been reduced  to about 30 miles from about about mile 365 north of Socastee, on south in the Waccamaw River. Winyah Bay and Georgetown are now open and do not need a USCG transit permission.  Boats may enter and continue south in the ICW.

I have spoken to one boat now in Beaufort ...

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USACE ICW Surveys: Browns, New River, Mason, Masonboro, and Carolina Beach, Inlet Crossings Post Florence

27 Sep

 

The USACE survey crews from the Wilmington NC district have been very active since hurricane Florence crossed the waters of North Carolina. The survey crews have surveyed many of the trouble spots. So far, the effects of Florence would appear to be far less than we feared. At this time they have surveyed and updated Browns Inlet Crossing (almost no change!), New River inlet crossing (almost no change from last survey), Masonboro Inlet crossing, Mason Inlet crossing, and Topsail Inlet crossing. As a general observation these inlets have not changed very much as a result of the storm.  We’re ...

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35 years ago today

26 Sep



For sailors it was a JFK assassination moment. We can remember exactly where we were to the second when the Australian yacht Australia II gybed over and crossed ahead of the American yacht Liberty. Sailors around the world held their collective breath for the time it took both boats to round the leeward mark and battle their way up the last windward leg of the ...
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Carnage in the Golden Globe Race

25 Sep
Abhilash Tomy – rescued after being dismasted and injured

 

 
There was some high drama in the Golden Globe Race over the last few days that resulted in two sailors being rescued. It all started last Friday when race founder and organizer Don McIntyre produced a short video for YouTube that showed a number of intense low pressure systems rolling toward some of the competitors ...
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Beaufort, NC to Georgetown, SC

25 Sep

For cruisers headed south, the reports indicate that while hurricane Florence wreaked havoc in parts in North Carolina, many of the marinas along the ICW between Norfolk, VA Beaufort, NC are open and accepting transients.  Between Beaufort, NC and Georgetown SC there is extensive damage (See black dashed oval in the attached picture.).  There are no reliable reports of the conditions in the known trouble spots at the CW inlet crossings. Beaufort Town docks reports that they only know of one boat headed south in the ICW.  The boats headed south are going offshore 160 nautical miles to Georgetown or ...

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