New racing circuit announced

5 Oct
 
 
We all know that to compete at the very top level of sailing you need money and lots of it. Well, let’s just say that this new and very exciting sailing event announced this week at a glitzy launch in London there is no lack of money. Larry Ellison is worth an estimated $61.8 billion as is ranked 7th on Forbes list of richest people
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A Real Start

4 Oct

October 4, 2018

Departed Drakes Bay at 0900

Day 0 (Noon tomorrow will close my first full day at sea and will be recorded as “Day 1.”)

Noon Position: 37 48N 122 46W

Course/Speed: SSW5

Wind: NNW15

Bar: 1018

Sea: S3; NW4

Sky: Overcast with drizzle

Cabin Degrees Fahrenheit: 63

Water Degrees Fahrenheit: 59

Percent Humidity: 79

Sail: #1 Genoa full; Main full; starboard quarter

Yesterday morning, a wind from the west. I let it set in for several hours to be sure; then I weighed after lunch.

Mo ghosted along under engine toward the south and past the ...

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Onboard with Raymarine’s new ClearCruise Augmented Reality technology

4 Oct

ClearCruise AR targets on the Hillsborough River. The icons across the bottom of this image allow turning on and off target types. Note the MOB mark 106 feet off our port bow.

I spent the last four days judging the Innovation Awards and then attending IBEX, the International Boat Builders’ Exposition.  We awarded Raymarine’s ClearCruise AR (augmented reality) technology (press release) the award for the OEM electronics category, and I have to say I’m pretty excited by this technology.

I’ve seen a few gizmos like this before (though not marine) and most of them left me more nauseous ...

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2018 SOUTHBOUND LUNACY: Back to the Boat Show Solo Delivery Trip

3 Oct

Lunacy in slings

This truly was touch and go. I’d had the boat hauled in early September to attend to a fairly discrete list of chores: 1) put on fresh bottom paint; 2) have some nice handrails sent by my friends at Boréal welded on to the stern arch; 3) make sure the engine’s running gear was OK after that run-in with a pot warp. It was the last item, of course, that created problems.

Turned out that wrapped pot warp (remember?) had ruined the cutless bearing, and to change that out the prop shaft had to be pulled, and as ...

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Waiting

3 Oct

October 3, 2018

At anchor, Drakes Bay

7am. Showers. Flat Calm.

If you’d asked me a month ago how the first few days of the F8V2.0 would go, a description including “anchored at Drakes Bay” would not have made the consideration set.

I departed the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday morning. It is now Wednesday morning, and again there is rain and calm. On Monday, a light wind came on from the south for a time, then the southeast. The rain began in the afternoon; evening brought a downpour, thick and loud and erasing any sign of ...

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Shallotte Inlet Crossing and Lockwoods Folly Inlet crossing

3 Oct
With these latest surveys by the  USACE, Wilmington District all of the previously known  ICW inlet crossings shoal areas in North Carolina have now been surveyed post Florence.  While there are some changes  in several of the inlet crossings, they are all passable  if you  follow the ATONs.  Proceed on a rising tide and with caution.
Between Georgetown and Charleston  the previously noted  shoals are still present.  Between Charleston and Beaufort, we have reports of recent dredging, but there are no surveys from the USACE Charleston District.  Assume the previous shoal areas are still present until you can verify that
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Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing October 3, 2018

3 Oct

OCTOBER 3, 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.  Here is the latest USACE Lockwoods Folly survey.  Between G46 and ...

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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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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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