Ocean Film Festival: Evening of Sailing

24 Feb

A San Francisco treat since 2004, the Ocean Film Festival is growing in new directions, and you should know.

Will it go international come 2013? Don’t bet against it, and meanwhile there is a pre-event on Friday, February 24 at the Aquarium of the Bay to launch their first Evening of Sailing with three shorts and two, um, mediums.

Nancy Ogden’s Madstreak is the feature of the evening. It’s the story of Clay Burkhalter’s Mini-Transat race, and you’ve probably read about that venture in the sailing media, but the film is aimed to please your nonsailing friends as well. Think ...

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Laser Regattus Interruptus

23 Feb

"Hey, who shut the wind off?" (Click image for full size)

Backstory from Crowley Maritime Facebook page:

John Caputo, one of our customers in San Juan, Puerto Rico sent us this great photo. He said: "Not your average every day duck crossing. Our little sailors had to pause while this Crowley barge had to pass in the channel during the San Juan regatta."

Here's another great one, taken in the Baltic Sea:
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Life Aboard: New Davits and New Teeth

23 Feb

22-Feb-2012 puerto vallarta, mexico.
Okay, seriously this time, the davits are done. Done done. The guys came by today to add a couple more hooks and a cleat on each one as well as clean up the caulk. They are done and they are awesome. Even Ali likes them and she was not into this project at all. I hauled the dinghy up with the motor on and the davits do everything I wanted them to do. Meaning basically that they hold the dinghy nice and tight and there is absolutely no movement side to side, back and forth, or ...

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Stan The Man

23 Feb

If you want a navigator to get you across oceans FAST (and usually faster than anyone else), there is no one better than Stan Honey. Besides being a very nice guy, Honey brings a mastery of electronics, weather, and sailing to his work, and as a result he gets plenty of invitations to go sailing.

He's won the Transpac, he's won the Volvo Ocean Race, and in 2010 he helped Groupama 3 to a new Jules Verne circumnavigation record (recently broken by Banque Populaire).

If you want to know how he did it, and how the extreme speed ...

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The Good and Bad News About a New Electric Windlass

23 Feb

 

The good news is that there are a lot of quality electric windlasses on the market, they keep looking cooler, and there can be some hot deals. For a 40-foot boat, you can get a decent one for just over $1000, at the low end.

The bad news is that the cost of the windlass is just the beginning. I’ve had several customers express pronounced sticker shock when they hear the rest of the story.

You’ll need a foot switch, a breaker, various lugs, connectors, a solenoid, mounting hardware et al. Some manufacturers include a lot of this; others ...

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Happy Mardi Gras!

22 Feb

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday and while much of the world passed it by with little more than a nod here in New Orleans it is the biggest day of the year. Actually for a full two weeks before Mardi Gras Day very little happens in NOLA other than the Carnival season and I have to admit I haven’t even set foot on my boat in nearly that long! It is only my second Mardi Gras but I really felt like a participant this year- I went to a handful of costume balls and got to roll (meaning walk or ride) ...

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SF-AC Negotiations: Exclusive Pictures

22 Feb

Okay, we hope it’s not quite that . . .

Even as negotiations continued between the city fathers of San Francisco and the America’s Cup Event Authority, with Stephen Barclay as the lead, Oracle Racing held a media day on TuesdayI suspect the sailing team would rather have had the time for other businessand my takeaway was a comment from Russell Coutts that he knows of a fourth challenger who has begun work on an AC72 catamaran for the 2013 America’s Cup match.

Good.

We’ve downsized from the total of nine or ten AC72s that were thrown out as pie ...

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The Sinking Of A Superyacht

22 Feb

It's not often that you see a superyacht, which charters for almost a cool half mil a week, sinking beneath the waves. A sight like that will no doubt inspire mixed feelings for some, particularly any #OccupyWallStreet-ers. But I hate to see any ship go down.  

Here's what the playtoy YOGI should look like:

And here, unfortunately, is what YOGO recently looked like (despite the chaos in Greece it's nice to see that

the Greek Coast Guard is still flying):

The full backstory is here

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MIAMI VICES: Command Chairs!

22 Feb

Command chair on Seaward 46

My annual pilgrimage to the Miami International Boat Show is underway. Unfortunately, I made it to the Miamarina at Bayside just a few hours before the Strictly Sail side of the show closed yesterday, so I didn’t have much time to explore in between setting up dates to test-sail boats after the show. But I did get a peek at some interesting stuff, most particularly this stunning command chair, which dominates the saloon of the new Seaward 46RK from Hake Yachts.

This is just the thing for sailors who like to indulge in Capt. Kirk fantasies while sailing where no ...

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Flyboat?

21 Feb

I've seen skiffs that are more out of the water than in. But I have never seen a skiff that is literally and almost completely airborne–with just a few square centimeters (if that) remaining in contact with the water. Looks like quite a ride. (via)

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