I'd just finished reading John McPhee's excellent book, when I had to go looking for a ship myself.
I am a member of the Clipperton Project, which embarks from La Paz, Mexico for Clipperton Island this March.
We have one boat, the Lucia Celeste, which is a sturdy craft, but as the numbers wax and wane with camera crews, turtle savers, ham DXers, and others whose functions I don't understand, we might want some additional capacity.
We stayed aboard the Lucia Celeste while in La Paz, and we were quite comfortable, but it's hard to imagine her loaded down ... Read More
They say that the America's Cup inspires innovation and technology that works its way into the general marketplace.
Put the racing multihulls aside for a moment, and take a look at what the AC is doing for RIBs and media platforms.
I can think of lots of good uses for one of those speedy media cats, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye on Craigslist after the America's Cup winds down.
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Could be of the year, really….
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Part Two of our Red Sea Sailing Adventure, Eritrea, Africa – We are often asked, “What was your favorite part?” when people hear that we sailed around the world. And while the standard answer is that every country had it’s high points for us, the best area we cruised, or the best and most interesting memories at least, came from sailing the Red Sea. Which is why it is so disappointing to hear that these days, just six years later, cruisers are facing such a tough decision when it comes to choosing whether or not to sail these waters.
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Surfer magazine says it's the longest in Africa. Wonder what's got it beat.
Regardless, Skeleton Bay (Namibia?) is special. Talk about an endless barrel.
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An excellent set of guidelines for conducting yourself (often in bars, it seems) like a professional sailor. No wonder they win so much:
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Rule number 1
No phones at dinner. As soon as a phone comes out the offender is fined. Fines are immediate and can be paid at the bar. Sounds old school but it really bugs me to have a get together and someone is Skyping their sister, surfing the net, or on Facebook. It’s not right!
Special permission can be granted to have a phone on the table. I think we gave permission once in France.
We are often asked, “What was your favorite place?” when people hear that we sailed around the world. And while the standard answer is that every country had it’s high points, for us, the best area we cruised, or at least our fondest and most interesting memories, came from sailing the Red Sea. Which is why it is so disappointing to hear that these days, just six years later, cruisers are facing such a tough decision when it comes to choosing whether or not to sail these waters.
For us this area was all about being “out there,” about being ... Read More
Enough of the farce off Italy!
I need some news of heroism and perserverence. And that's what I would call the 300-mile passage the USCG Healy completed through thick ice to open the way for a tanker bringing desperately needed fuel to the snow and ice-bound citizens of Nome, Alaska.
Here's the story in pictures:
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It wasn't until I first sailed on a boat with an engine that I understood precisely what is most seductive about sailing. Any who have cursed the din of a motor while afloat will know exactly what I mean. We feel it the very instant we switch our engines off, as the awful over-riding sound of internal combustion dies away. I call it the orgasm of silence, that moment in which it seems all of our senses have suddenly been turned on.
Considered purely on an aesthetic basis the sensuality of sailing is hardly unique. Any mode of transportation, particularly ... Read More
(Jan.13) So what would the problem of the day be on this fine Mexican Friday? We woke up with no problems, everyone was in a good mood and ready for some breakfast. Seeing as how the fridge didn't get very cold the night before because of the engine overheating issue we decided to fire up the engine this morning and cool it down.
All was well for the first half hour or so, then we both started to think, "Does something sound different?" Pretty soon it was obvious something was making a weird, sort of indescribable background whistling noise. I ... Read More