Forget about whether Guinness and other record-keeping organizations will "officially" consider Dutch teenager Laura Dekker the youngest person ever to sail a boat around the globe. The race for "youngest ever" was getting silly, and even a little dangerous, so perhaps that's understandable (though when did it become a record-keeping outfit's responsibility to decide what is dangerous and what is not?).
Instead, focus on the fact that late last week Dekker, just 16, completed a remarkably seamanlike, and drama-free, solo circumnavigation in just under one year. How many 16-year olds do you know that have the
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I'm liking (19)8227.
From an excellent Daniel Forster photo gallery of the first day of the Miami Rolex Olympic Classes Regatta.... Read More
One of my takeaways from a heap of 2011 trips to San Francisco City Hall was a higher opinion of city government than I had when I started. Knowing that some of the best minds in what they call down there the “city family” have spent the last year working with the America’s Cup Event Authority to develop a plan that will work for 2012-13, it strikes me as almost an insult (though it’s inevitable, I suppose) that an appeal has been filed against the Environmental Impact Report recently approved by the SF Planning Commission.
The San Francisco Board of ... Read More
Launching a new AC45, even in light wind, looks a bit tricky. Good to have Prada in the game (and they were very smart to grab helmsman Chris Draper). Wouldn't be the same without them.
His style speaks for itself:
No, he is not dead, or even retired.
But Sail-World has published Part 1 (though it might have come from Pressure Drop; it's really hard to tell) of a series that tells Cayard's history in the sport: how he got started, where his love of sailing took him, what he thought about the major campaigns he has been involved in. It's also got some sweet pictures of a young Cayard.
Here's Cayard on the 1983 America's Cup:
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“ Americas Cup teams back then were extremely lean, our shore crew was exactly one person. We did major surgery ourselves to
It's strange for me to look up out of the engine compartment and no longer just see one face staring down at me. I foresee having a lot of "help" on the boat projects soon. Today Ouest and I worked on a project that included both of us using our spanners at the same time. Soon it'll be time to get Lowe a set of tools too.
(Jan. 20) When I say I've got a list a mile long of little projects to get done this is the sort of project I'm referring to. It doesn't mean much in the ... Read More
I'm kidding about the Segment 6 part. But it is weird to see the Volvo, once a truly global race with just four stops, being broken down into nibble-sized bites. Hopefully, that's not a sponsor strategy that will be repeated in the future. But it's obvious marketing has overwhelmed the sailing for now.
That's probably something that will be on the sailors' mind as they bash their brains out going to weather for most of the 2000 miles to Sanya, China. It's not until the fleet gets to Auckland that there will be the prospect of a traditional, downwind, ... Read More
In this continuation of our examination of cored deck saturation I’ll be taking about dehydration and perspiration. Which is to say I’ll explain how we sweated gallons while drying out and repairing some minor areas of damaged deck in the ‘ideal’ situation of a New Orleans summertime!
If you didn’t read it before it might be worth jumping back to my previous post Anatomy of a Water Damaged Deck which sets the stage for our repairs on the leaky decks of my 37-year-old boat. Our work roughly fell into three categories: sealing deck fasteners which showed minimal or no leaking, ... Read More
Lucky me. Seems I’ve been promoted to the Mt. Gay Rum beat, my third excursion to the islands in the last two months. Up top you see the view of the anchorage at Bridgetown from my hotel room, a worthy reward for the hellish treatment I received yesterday at the hands of American Airlines. (May they rot in bankruptcy indefinitely.)
Today I toured the Mt. Gay distillery and bottling facility and might have learned enough to make rum on my own. I look forward to sharing some of the scatalogical details in a future issue of the comic.
And, ... Read More