Last year I wrote about how the ARC attracts professional sailors. I highlighted two in particular, Volvo Ocean Race skipper of Team Russia and two-time Olympic sailor in the Star class Andreas Hanakamp, and ocean racing legend Magnus Olsson. Both are back this year, and doing more than ever to make the ARC a unique event in the sailing world. I’ve been having technical difficulties with the SAILfeed site, so follow this link (www.worldcruising.com/arc/features.aspx) to read the full article on the ARC Website....Read More
I got a call about a week back from a friend of mine who is also boat obsessed and an equally off-the-cuff planner. Turns out since the last time we saw each other she has been sailing on and off with a group of like-minded folks on a small flotilla of old plastic boats. Their latest plan is a Christmas jaunt to the Bahamas for a couple weeks and she was calling to invited me to come along with my boat. Unfortunately my boat is momentarily in regression the cockpit dismantled in order to be painted and the cabin a ...Read More
Here’s yet another report from the ARC finish in St. Lucia that I’ve been working on. This one is particularly significant to me because of the subject(s). Sven and his dad Kenneth sailed all the way down from Norway together, joining the ARC in St. Lucia, and have a one-year plan to go off on this great adventure together, just the two of them.
My website, in fact, began as fathersonsailing.com, thanks to all of the sailing I’ve done with my dad Dennis. Back in 2006, I was off to Bermuda for my first delivery. I wanted to take ...Read More
Wow, this person didn't even ask permission to board:... Read More
It seems to safe to say that the 2012 North Atlantic tropical storm season has come to end, so I’ve been pawing through the sat pix I’ve collected trying to choose my favorite for the year. In terms of storm intensity, it was a rather poor season, so the pickings are a bit slim. Consequently, my number one choice isn’t actually a satellite image. What you see up top, a pictorial rendering of the locations and intensities of all reported tropical storms and hurricanes since 1851, was published by John Nelson of IDV Solutions on his UXBlog on August 20....Read More
|A giant bank of Lithium-Ion batteries at the Workboat show.|
My father was in town again and as usual when this happens we got more done on the boat than I did in the past month or two. The flipside is I feel like I haven’t slept in a week, I’m sore, and I’m behind on everything else in my life. While he was here we went to check out the International Workboat Show where he gave a seminar on hybrid systems (his ‘real’ reason for coming). We spent a day checking out the show, him looking for new ideas ...Read More
This is adapted from my latest feature on the ARC website, with just a bit more personalization from my own experience. Enjoy!
The locals call it 'bay of the rays.' It's a fishing village south of Castries (St. Lucia's capital), a sleepy place on the beach, quite the opposite of the hustle and bustle of Rodney Bay marina, where the ARC has taken over for a couple of weeks. It's crazier than ever in the ARC Village at Rodney Bay marina – just this morning, five boats crossed the finish line within minutes of each other, making for some ...Read More
Note: This article originally appeared on the ARC website. Mia and I have been working for the ARC finish in St. Lucia for the past four years, and lately I've been doing a lot of media work for them. This is one of the stories that I wrote a couple of days ago. +Andy
It's almost a foregone conclusion that on any ocean passage of any real length (and the ARC is indeed a long one, at 2,800 miles), most boats will experience some sort of gear failure. Some major, some minor. But it's simply part of the ocean ...Read More