Five days offshore across the North Sea

26 Sep

This post was originally published in four parts on andyandmia.net. I got inspired to edit and publish it here after reading Pat and Ali Schulte's Weird Things Happen at Sea post today. Mia and I had some similar experiences in the North Sea earlier this summer, namely with a moving oil rig (or so I thought) and a rogue wave on an otherwise sunny evening. Here's our experience…

By August 8th, we were were back to sea, Inverness in our wake and Scandinavia just over the horizon! Arcturus was gliding along at 4-5 knots on ...
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Weird Things Happen at Sea

26 Sep

Weird things sometimes happen at sea. They always seem to happen at night too. Far and away our strangest encounter at sea came about three days out from the Canary Islands en route to the Caribbean. We left about two days behind the ARC fleet so didn't expect to run into anybody out there, but as you can see that didn't really pan out.

What are your thoughts as to what the story behind this run-in could have been? Do you have any weird stories to tell? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Tuesday Afternoon TP52 Porn

25 Sep

Who doesn't need a little fantasy break now and again? So here's the 2012 TP52 Superseries in four minutes.

Sure, on one level this is really rich yachting, doing exactly what the non-yachting public thinks rich yachties do.

But on another level, the TP52s are Formula 1-style boats, being raced at the highest levels, in arguably the most competitive fleet in the world. And that's worth something.

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REMEMBERING BILL KING: Hot Damage Control Tips From a Dead Golden Globe Sailor

25 Sep

Bill King on Galway Blazer II

I WAS AMAZED TO LEARN that Bill King, one of the nine sailors who in 1968 joined in the famous Golden Globe Race, the very first singlehanded non-stop race around the world, died late last week. I had assumed he must have died many years ago, but no… he’s been alive and kicking all this while, working his organic farm at Oranmore Castle in County Galway in Ireland. In the end he made it all the way to 102 years before finally passing on to whatever comes next last Friday.

For a man who thought himself timid ...

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Best Sailing Movies Ever: Classics Edition

25 Sep

My Netflix queue is now fat with allegedly great sailing movies, and yours can be too.

After yesterday's post on the Top Ten Sailing Movies (at least as designated by the denizens of Sailing Anarchy), I've been getting lots of additional suggestions. And they look pretty good, though they definitely reach back a little deeper in the the sailing movie archive. 

So here's another Sailing Movie List (sorry, Pat): Classics Edition.

Number 1, and this could be the overall number 1 in my view is: Captains Courageous.

Then we've got, for your viewing pleasure, the Melville ...

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The Long and Lonely Thousand Miles

25 Sep

The novelty of the long and soulful solo passage had long since worn off. It was lonely and boring out there, but the alcoholism helped.

I had to leave Nicaragua to meet my mother two weeks later in Manzanillo, Mexico. I figured I’d have plenty of time to get to Puerto Madero in a few days, then Huatulco, then cruise on up the Mexican Riviera. I overestimated my day’s runs because I planned on there actually being wind. The winds were light – I could only sail a few hours per day – and a foul contrary current set

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Why Pat Schulte is right and why I (Andy) am slightly embarrassed

24 Sep

Now I’m inspired. Took me some time. And a cheese sandwich.

I’m writing from a Norwegian Airlines flight, en route from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Stockholm, via Oslo. Mia is in the window seat next to me (asleep. She has a knack for dozing off before a flight ever leaves the terminal – once, in Australia, she slept for three full hours, awakening to a view of the tarmac outside her window and assuming they’d reached their destination. The plane, in fact, had never left the airport thanks to a delay. She was oblivious). I’m stuck in the middle ...

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Best Sailing Movies Ever

24 Sep

Sailors are always moaning about how the rest of America doesn't really care about their sport. And they don't. So it is no surprise that sailing and sailboats are not exactly a preoccupation in Hollywood, or regular fodder for big screen blockbusters.

But in a world where even animal crush videos have a fan base, the odd sailing movie sometimes makes its way to the movie theater. And sailors naturally like to obsess over which ones are worthy.

The latest effort to celebrate the small archive of decent sailing movies (it's like the joke about the Thinnest Book, featuring ...

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How to Write a Cruising Blog

24 Sep

You can't throw a coconut in a marina these days without hitting a boat with a blog. Just insert the boat name in between www. and .com and you'll find the website. Everyone has a blog. World cruisers, every single damn one of them blogs. Unfortunately they do not blog very well. And I'll tell you why in just a minute.

 

Over the years we've received thousands of links to sailing blogs. Literally thousands. You know how many I follow regularly? Zero. Sure there are a handful I've got bookmarked that I check in on now and then, but ...

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Cheaper Teak?

23 Sep

If you've been following world events, you know that the evil military junta in Myanmar, AKA Burma, is finally easing its grip. They've held free elections, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi met with Obama a few days ago, and is urging the US to further ease sanctions. This is great for the cause of freedom and the long-suffering Burmese people, but what does it mean for us sailors?

If you've ever priced teak, it's enough to give you night sweats. Once I went to my local hardwoods dealer and gave him a list of teak ...

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