FATHER-DAUGHTER CRUISE: Adventures on Cliff Island

18 Sep

Lucy on Lunacy

ON SATURDAY, the day after I got back from the Newport show, daughter Lucy and I decided to head out on to Casco Bay for an overnight aboard Lunacy all by our wild lonesomes. As you can see from the photo up top, after seven years of incessant indoctrination (courtesy of yours truly), she’s become rather expert at hanging out on sailboats.

Believe me, sailing with Lucy wasn’t always so relaxing.

Dad and Lucy on Sophie

In the beginning… our first cruise together. Lucy at 3 months, en route from Rockland to Portland aboard Sophie (don’t worry, Mom came too)

We got a late ...

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AC72 Foiling Folderol

18 Sep

Oracle is back on the water after a daggerboard failure a little while back, but no egregious signs of foiling yet.

But that doesn't mean we can't obssess a little more about foiling AC72s! Not at all. because this week's version of AC Uncovered is all about….foiling. Hell, what else do we have to obssess about when it comes to this America's Cup?

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Skatesailing

18 Sep

Leave it to the Swedes to come up with something very cold involving a sail…

If you read the poster's text, it says that the first skatesailing regatta was clear back in 1887.

From the comments I gather that these were some exceptional conditions, and the ice was only 5cm thick! 

I think this should be a new winter olympic sport to replace ice dancing…

 

 

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Teenage Mutant Daggerboards

18 Sep

It have been easier, wouldn’t it, to have allowed trimmable winglets on AC72s?

The prospect of flying two AC72 hulls clear of water resistance—and under control—has been keeping the engineers up late.

The recently-released Interpretation Number 21 of the AC72 rule by the Measurement Committee is a response to some innovative noodling on how the job might be accomplished, given the rule’s prohibition of trimmable winglets.

Per standard procedure, the published ruling does not identify the team requesting clarification on a set of questions. And it doesn’t necessarily mean these are good ideas.

Questions:
1. Is there anything in the ...

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The Other Match Races on SF Bay

17 Sep

2012 US Women’s Match Racing Champions. Photo © Chris Ray

First there was women’s match racing in the U.S., and it was doing just fine, a showcase for the camaraderie and friendly competition that our sport is all about.

Then there was the Olympic cycle, with medals for the taking at Weymouth 2012. Entries rose, money came in, pressures mounted and the game changed.

Then ISAF dropped women’s match racing as a discipline.

Then came the first post-Olympic US Women’s Match Racing Championship, on San Francisco Bay, with only six skippers and half of them local and a lot to ...

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MOTIVE 25R TRIMARAN: And Other Cool Stuff From the 2012 Newport International Boat Show

17 Sep

Motive 25R trimaran

NO, THIS IS NOT A CRUISING BOAT, but Pete Ansel, the motive force behind the Motive trimaran, did spend some time on Friday at the Newport show describing to me the clever canopy that can be erected over the trampoline on this weapon of a craft, just in case you ever decide you want to spend a night on it. Personally, I have absolutely no desire to sleep on this boat, but I sure would like to sail it.

So would Ansel. He and his crew launched this puppy for the first time ever just before the show and ...

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Moth Porn (Not Safe For Working)

17 Sep

Foiling Moths. A beautiful Italian lake. Good wind. A world championship. Serious smack talk.On-the-water-acrobatics. And a zebra-skin wetsuit.

Those are prime ingredients for a can't-miss Moth video. But throw in photographer/videographer extraordinaire Juerg Kaufmann, and well, you've got action that will make you drool, laugh, and lust (for a foiling Moth, that is).

Moth videos are often good. This one is great.

ZHIK NAUTICA 2012 Moth Worlds Best Of from VIDEO.JUERGKAUFMANN.COM on Vimeo.

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An Ode to the Overbuilt

14 Sep
I got ninety-nine problems but this ain’t one…

As a bicycle mechanic and now a sailboat owner, I’ll let you in on a little secret – lightweight is a scam. ‘Weighs only XX grams’ ‘Engineered for performance’ ‘Excellent strength-to-weight ratio’ ‘Super-light, all-composite design’ – these are the buzzwords used by a marketing industry so effective that against all evidence it has us convinced that these high-intensity phrases will equate to a real-world improvement for the average consumer. Take, for instance, this item selected at random from West Marine:

‘The ultimate, next-generation, high-performance [item] incorporate unique innovations including radically new ...

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Volvo Ocean Race: Official Film 2011-2012

14 Sep

I missed this while I was otherwise preoccupied through the dog days of August. But here is the full monty documentary, chronicling all the drama, breakage, fast-sailing, and close finishes that delivered a pretty intense Volvo Ocean Race.

Check it out (I'm going to watch the whole thing this weekend). And then shift your focus ahead to an even more spectacular ocean racing competition. That would be the Vendee Globe, which starts Nov. 10 (19 entrants so far).

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STEFAN POKORNY: Did He Murder Sean Terry?

13 Sep

Stefan Pokorny

HERE’S ANOTHER STORY for the Creepy Cruiser Killers file. Or not. Did Stefan Pokorny (see photo up top), an Austrian dive instructor who was crewing aboard Finnegan, a 40-foot yacht belonging to Sean Terry, somehow kill Terry this past June somewhere between Chagos and the Seychelles? Or did Terry throw himself overboard in “a fit of anger,” as Pokorny claims, on June 22 during a spate of bad weather? Though Pokorny has been detained by authorities in the Seychelles since arriving there–alone–on Terry’s boat on June 25, he was finally released last week, as local courts found they had ...

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