CRAZY CRUISING GUYS: Updates on Reid Stowe and Jarle Andhoey

16 Mar

Schooner Anne

It’s been a while since I mentioned Reid Stowe, not because I’ve lost interest in him, but because he went dark for several weeks, not long after he and his family arrived in the jungles of Guyana aboard their schooner Anne back in early January. Now he’s got his communications sorted and is again transmitting regular updates.

Last we visited with Reid he was booking into Guyana at Georgetown and accidentally violated the local pilot boat with his bow. Since then he’s made friends with the pilots and got some help conning Anne up the coast and into the Essequibo ...

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Inside Artemis

16 Mar

What's up with Artemis? Don't they know that when you play the America's Cup game you are supposed to be paranoid, secretive, and hostile to media efforts to learn anything about your plans and designs? And that you need lots of security goons to shoo inquisitive, photo-snapping journalists away?

Apparently not. Yesterday they distributed pictures of their new AC72 wing. And now we see that they've also allowed CNN Mainsail's Shirley Robertson behind the scenes for a pretty extensive look at their team and progress. The result is three sweet video reports.

For that, they win the inaugural Mariner ...

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The Unveiling Of An AC72 Wing

15 Mar

It's a slow, painful creep toward the actual sailing of the next America's Cup competition. But it is nice to actually see (finally) a major component of the AC72, speed kills, catamaran design. So thanks to Artemis for daring to take their spanking new AC72 wing out into the open air and stand it up.

Here's what it looks like in action:

Here is what it looks like compared to the puny AC45 wing:

And here is what Artemis is saying about it:

The culmination of more than 35,000 man hours and a tremendous amount of hard work on

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“Sharks Are Honest”

14 Mar

Is big-wave surfer, and shark-riding freediver Mark Healey crazy? Or does he know something the rest of us don't?

A little of both, I think, as this video of Healey diving with bull sharks attests. He goes on from the title quote above to say: "People have ulterior motives. I think people are way more dangerous than sharks." Hard to argue with that.

This guy, however, seems more than a little crazy.

This guy, too.

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JOSHUA SLOCUM’S LIBERDADE: Where Is She Now?

14 Mar

Joshua Slocum and family aboard Liberdade

One nice thing about this blogging game is that you sometimes get useful feedback. For example: about two years ago I put up a post about Joshua Slocum and his bizarre homemade 35-foot dory/junk Liberdade, which he sailed from South America to the U.S. in 1888 with his family after they were shipwrecked on the Brazilian coast. This included a brief end note as to the fate of the boat, to the effect that it had been donated to the Smithsonian Institution, but that it wasn’t known whether the Smithsonian still had the boat hidden in its vaults, ...

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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

13 Mar

James Cameron, a film-maker by profession and an explorer by nature, is going deep. Very deep. Sometime in the coming weeks he'll squeeze into a one-man submersible and dive to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the world's oceans. Located in the Mariana Trench, it is almost seven miles down (significantly deeper than Everest is high). It's another world.

Here's Nat Geo on the mission:

Just Tuesday, during testing offPapua New Guinea, Cameron dived deeper than any other human has on a solo mission. Now he aims to become the first

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DIY Chainplates – Cutting and Drilling

13 Mar
In my last post I talked about the process of choosing the material for making your own chainplates. Today we’ll cover the machining process and then I’ll follow up with my polishing techniques. The material that I ended up using was 2″ wide, 1/4″ thick stainless steel barstock which I had cut into 18″ lengths. It looked like this when I picked it up:
Actually I’ve already done some polishing on the top one, the bottom one is as I received it.
This is hot-rolled 316 stainless steel barstock. Cold finished barstock would have been a better choice ...
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Nobody Does It Better Than Auckland

12 Mar

When it comes to welcoming racing yachts that have crossed oceans, no city or port exceeds Auckland for turnout, fanfare, and enthusiasm. 

Groupama finished in the dark, but check out the arrival of PUMA:

 

And hometown favorites CAMPER:

 

That's what it looks like when sailing is a national sport.

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To Save A Ship

12 Mar

All too often we see ships wrecking and dying. So it is very uplifting to see a ship wrecking and–against all odds–being saved. Quite moving, really.

This video is like the video shorts you see in the Oscars (though it wouldn't win any awards for sound mixing). But it is compelling viewing because it tells a dramatic and improbable story. And if you love ships and the sea, you should watch.

So, without further adieu, the curtain goes up….

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There is Light at the End of the Marina Dock

12 Mar

10-Mar-2012 puerto vallarta, mexico.
Bathroom shower is finally up and running properly. I installed a much bigger bilge pump that can push the water six feet up and out of the boat with ease. That along with the nice fresh water aboard again and we've got ourselves a semi-luxurious place on the boat to clean up.

A proper windlass fuse got installed today too. A little something to keep us from burning down the boat when the thing overheats. And also got the lazy jacks finished up. All that remains is to go up the mast to install a couple ...

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