Oracle Team AC72 Capsize Revisited

25 Oct

I know, I know. I promised to lay off this. And there are lots of other things going on (like Charlie facing off against Hurricane Sandy).

But then Oracle went and made this great video, looking in detail at the hours before and after the devastating capsize, and deconstruction, of their multi-million dollar AC72 yacht. It's pretty intense, and the awareness of how bad a blow the team has suffered is written all over everyone's faces.

So sue me. And then go watch.

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SOUTHBOUND LUNACY: Waiting for Sandy

24 Oct

Trop. Storm Sandy model forecasts

I’ve been scuttling about the past few weeks prepping Lunacy for her trip south to Puerto Rico. On Sunday we moved her from Portland down here to Portsmouth, bashing into some inconvenient head seas along the way, and starting tomorrow we’ll take another jump down to Newport. After that comes a big leap to Bermuda. The fly in the ointment there is a storm named Sandy, which, as of early yesterday morning, was forecast to be past Bermuda and recurving east by Sunday or Monday. The image you see up top, pilfered from Weather Underground, shows modeled tracks ...

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Why I get better sleep on the boat…

24 Oct

I've made it a point lately to read the newspaper (or a book, or a magazine) in the morning with my coffee rather than jump straight onto the computer. I was up watching the Presidential debate on Monday while simultaneously working on the podcast website, and ended up staying up until 11:30. When I did finally go to bed, it was immediately after I'd turned off the laptop and brushed my teeth. My head was spinning when I laid down. I slept horribly, and was tired all day yesterday.

Mia has started tracking my good and bad days in her ...

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Salvaging The Costa Concordia

24 Oct

The Captain is in court, and the debate over what exactly went wrong, and what Capt. Schettino was thinking, will continue

But to anyone interested in ships and the sea, the more interesting chapter in the story is unfolding on the water: the removal of the doomed ship from the rocks. It's a massive challenge.

 

The lead photo above is from this fascinating account of a visit to the Costa Concordia. Here are a few more:

The account that goes along with these pictures is worth a read, too....

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Ghosts and Goblins

23 Oct

The end of October is rolling around. And although we aren't enjoying turning leaves and cool nights out here in the Kingdom of Tonga, still a young woman's mind slowly turns to thoughts of Hallowe'en.

Hallowe'en has always been my favourite holiday. Christmas and my birthday are good, of course, but they sit there crammed together at the end of the year in an avalanche of revelry, and by January 3rd I never want to look at another canapé or a glass of port again. Easter also has potential, because excess chocolate is all to the good, but there is ...

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Hold Fast – A documentary about getting out on the water

23 Oct

Hold Fast from Moxie Marlinspike on Vimeo.

Recently here on Sailfeed Charlie wrote a great post about what we need to draw more people into sailing in which he talks about his first boat. Made almost entirely of styrofoam the Sea Snark was about the only boat a schoolboy could hope to own but that didn’t trouble young Charlie in the least, it was still ‘enough’ boat to give him a lifelong love of sailing.

This video is another tale of first boats and getting onto the water by any means possible. Three friends, members of the ‘Anarchist ...

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Teahupoo: The Worst Lee Shore On Earth

22 Oct

The photo above is me surfing in Tahiti–this is what mortals do when they go surfing (and since it's me I won't get sued for posting this photo). That same year, 2000, about  twenty miles away in Teahupoo (pronounced Cho-po) Laird Hamilton rode his famous wave. When I describe Teahupoo, I say it's not really a wave, more like the Pacific Ocean folding on top of itself. The video of Laird is moving and humbling to watch, even if you're not a surfer. It's kind of like watching the Olympics–a standalone athelete, in his prime, doing something on the cutting ...

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SailRocket Lays Down A 50-plus Run

22 Oct

Paul Larsen's Vestas Sailrocket just put up an unofficial 500-meter run of 50.98 knots, with a peak speed of 53 knots. That puts SailRocket shy of Hyrdoptere's sailboat speed record by just .4 knots, and surpasses some lesser records (like the Australian speed record).

But the outright speed record (currently owned by American Rob Douglas on a kiteboard) is still 4.5 knots away, which is a pretty big gap. So while this run would have made Larsen exteremely happy a few years ago,

he's a bit disappointed, expecially because in the perfect conditions they had (25-29 knots) ...

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REID STOWE: Out of South America

22 Oct

Reid Stowe's mom, RIP

Here’s a titillating bit of synchronicity. It seems that marathon voyaging champ Reid Stowe, who has spent much of the last year living with his family in the jungles of Guyana working to refit his schooner, will soon be leaving South America, just as his old buddy Ivo van Laake sails in from Europe on a cruise with his family. Reid’s mom Anne (see photo up top), after whom his schooner is named, died recently, and Reid’s current plan is to sail north to North Carolina via the West Indies and move in with his dad. Meanwhile, Ivo, a ...

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Bluenose II Relaunched

20 Oct

The Bluenose II splashed down about six weeks ago, and they stepped the masts a few days ago. I blogged about the Bluenose last New Years, when my wife and I were in Luneneburg, visiting her parents. Back then the Bluenose II looked like this:

This makes it one of the fastest restoration projects I've ever heard of, but it helps when you've got an army of both professionals and volunteers on the case.

Now she looks like this:

And here are the masts going on:

You can read all about the history of the Bluenose and Bluenose II here...

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