So close, and yet so far…

29 Jun
How ’bout a little pink? All I’ve got is red paint, and white, and I’m tired of them both!

I’ve been working hard the past couple weeks, spending almost every spare minute with my boat jobs list, aiming for a June launch date so I wouldn’t have to pay another month’s yard fees. But the closer June has come, the more I’ve begun to unravel at the edges.

Now with only two days to go the boat looks great but I’m a mess. My bed is so piled with books on painting, diesel engines, and fiberglass repair that there’s barely ...

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America’s Cup: In Newport (Finally)

28 Jun

Well, the full "Cup," just the half-cup that is also known as the America's Cup World Series. Larry and his braintrust have had the AC brand on a world tour, as they try to distract the sailing public from the fact that it is STILL ANOTHER YEAR before real America's Cup racing commences.

But at least the cat(amaran) and pony show for the next few days is in a place that sweats (and cries) America's Cup history: the great little sailing town of Newport, R.I.

Here's a teaser:

 

And here's a full-on AC Uncovered set-up show (watch only ...

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Styrofoam Coolers Work Too

27 Jun

puerto vallarta, mexico.
This is the kids playing with the new refrigerator. They like this one way better than the old one. It comes complete with ice cubes. Since we've only got a week left on the boat before traipsing off for the summer we figured we'd just go this route instead of scrambling right now to fix the AC powered fridge. We can still run the engine driven at the dock, but feel like first-class wankers doing so. The styrofoam cooler seemed like a good alternative.

Chilly Bin

After this work of art we're considering sending Ali out on the carnival ...

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300, No Foolin

27 Jun

The Worrell 1000 once was a hero’s arena for small cat racing on the Atlantic coast. When the Worrell blew away, a 500-miler replaced it, for a while, but now the only long distance, beach cat race to be found happens south of the heart of Texas.

Jeremy Leonard, Surf City Catamarans, shares his story and his pics:

The Great Texas 300 is a four leg, 300 mile beach catamaran race from South Padre Island to Galveston. The GT is currently the only distance beach cat race in the country, and this year 10 boats competed. This grueling race ...

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CLASS 40 DELIVERY: Bermuda and Back All on One Tack

26 Jun

Brian Harris aboard Amhas

JUST RETURNED YESTERDAY from delivering the Akilaria Class 40 Amhas back from the Onion Patch with Brian Harris (that’s him up top), who runs the boat for her owner, MacKenzie Davis. Brian and MacKenzie finished third over the line in the Doublehanded Division in the recently concluded record-breaking Newport-Bermuda Race and corrected out to 6th out of 9 boats. Admittedly, this is a less than fantastic result, which Brian attributes to not having a proper A3 reaching sail aboard. Instead he and MacKenzie shuttled back forth between a Code 0 and Code 5 sail while watching other boats flying A3s ...

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Homage To Seafaring

26 Jun

Apparently, yesterday was the international "Day Of The Seafarer." To appropriately honor the salty profession, the creative types over at GCaptain assembled their top 5 #ThankYouSeafarer videos.

It's a pretty good collection that almost makes me wish I wasn't a fake Mariner. The most intriguing is this fascinating account of how the container ship came to be, and drove globalization.

Then there is this account of a merchant ship rescuing four sailors from an overturned catamaran.

Or you can check out what it is like to be on a massive container ship sailing through the center of ...

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This Water Stinks

26 Jun

One of the issues we're dealing with that I can't seem to get a grip on is our stinky water lines. A few months back I cleaned the tanks, replaced all the water lines, and ran a bunch of bleach through everything. I thought it worked great.

Then about a month later we were right back where we started.

The lines split off in the engine compartment and one set goes to the kitchen sink where there is no problem at all. The other set goes the same distance to the bathroom sink right across the hall from the kitchen ...

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America

25 Jun

Ive always loved the phrase, answer the guns. It took something away when race committees at the Americas Cupin Valencia, for examplewent to blowing horns instead of firing guns to signal start and finish. Never mind that the visual signal governs, and the sound signal, whatever it may be, is an aid. In not much more than a year from now, a new generation of raceboats will come to the line to choose a challenger for AmericaCup 34. If the plans made for this weeks AC45 racing in Newport are any indication, the contestants for the next Americas Cup will ...

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To Add Gear or Not to Add Gear

25 Jun

puerto vallarta, mexico.
I don't know why it feels like we've been away for so long as it has only been a couple of months, but we are both happy to be back here and taking it easy with a few luxuries like swimming pools and grocery stores at our fingertips. It makes us forget any hardships we may have faced while out cruising with two babies in the Baja sun.

We forget so much so quickly that we are able to come back to our senses and curtail the long list of boat improvements that we had so vehemently ...

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