Minivan Aweigh

14 Jan

My dad and my brother had a very busy day at the Balboa Island Ferry, our family business in Newport Beach. Each ferry carries three cars, and for nearly a hundred years we've upheld a kind of social contract, which says that the cars will ride on the ferry to get to the other side. Today the social contract was broken.

A minivan with a Taiwanese tourist family inside was pushed off the ferry, into the bay, by an errant Mercedes. The minivan floated for several minutes, during which a few dinghies unloaded the family, their baggage, and their ...

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Bold Racing Or Bad Seamanship?

13 Jan

So it seems that some of the sailors aboard other Volvo Ocean Race boats are not happy that Team Sanya's Richard Mason and Jared Henderson were honored with the Seamanship Award at the Abu Dhabi prizegiving (for climbing Team Sanya's mast after a rigging failure, and saving the mast).

Team Telefonica's Andrew Cape, in particular, appears to be derisive of the choice, and Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson, apparently because he feels the only reason Mason and Henderson had to put themselves at risk up the mast is that Sanderson and his navigator, Aksel Magdahl, chose to sail Team Sanya ...

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More Iceboating!

13 Jan

Hey, why give up on a good thing?

Plus, here's a very different form of iceboating, as sailors prepare for annual "Round Kodiak Island Regatta"…

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DEKKER & STOWE: In the Same Neighborhood

13 Jan

Schooner Anne in Georgetown, Guyana

For a while I was thinking that Reid Stowe and Laura Dekker might actually bump into each other somewhere off the northeast coast of South America. But no–in spite of her slow rate of speed, Reid’s schooner Anne managed to make landfall in Guyana earlier this week (January 9) and is now tied up in Georgetown, where apparently a figurehead on her bow poked out a window on a local pilot boat.

Judging from the reports on Reid’s website, the latter part of Anne‘s voyage south went smoothly, though it seems she suffered from persistent leaks and the ...

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Not Born to Buff

13 Jan

You might ask what my buffer is doing in the bathroom. I'll get to that.

I few months ago I ponied up and bought the Makita 9227c buffer/polisher. I'd accepted that no real buffing or polishing of paint, gelcoat, or stainless was going to happen by hand. I needed some horsepower, and followed many recommendations for this beefy, variable-speed machine, which cost about $250.

I am the first to show proper awe and reverence to a power tool, more so for anything that has a spinning blade. Before I use a table saw or circular saw I take all the ...

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CooperatingGate, the Next Salvo

12 Jan

In our previous post, ETNZ a One-Boat AC Team (Not?), we examined the implications for the partnership of Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa of a December 28 decision of the America’s Cup Jury. The Kiwis and the Italians have been silent, but the third of the three fully-accredited challengers for AC34 (and Challenger of Record), Artemis Racing, today released the following:

12 January 2012 The Jury Decision in Case AC06, issued on 28 December 2011, has made it clear that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa can not proceed with all of their publicly announced ...

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New Sails for an Old Boat

12 Jan

When we bought this boat last year we knew the sails were going to need replacing. That was never a question. The question was how soon, and how much? Our goal with this boat has been to sail it this year without going overboard on the outfitting and then deciding just what needed to be done. So when I set off from San Diego pointed for Puerto Vallarta in June it was with fingers crossed. Fortunately I was single-handed as the eight-month pregnant wife and one-year-old baby might not have appreciated the humor of the situation to come.

 

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Ode To Teahupoo

12 Jan

It's the heaviest, most distinctive big wave on the planet and this was filmed on a day when it was at its biggest.

Having that wave come down on you is like being crushed by an apartment block. Here's how Kelly Slater described the day: "Witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people's lives all day long, it's life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life."

Simply staggering. 

UPDATE: The original Vimeo by Chris Bryan was taken down (for some ...

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Iceboat Virgin

12 Jan

It's the deep of winter, so you have to go iceboating. As a follow-up to the previous iceboating primer on what happens when you hit a hole, here is a sweet video about first-timing that's a primer on apparent wind speed sailing, and the speeds achieveble when there is no displacement and almost no resistance to forward motion.

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