Passing Lane

8 Feb

You are on a boat, going along very nicely, looking good and feeling pretty chuffed. And then…

I believe this is what the kids refer to as "pwned".

 

(h/t D. Smith)...

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LONGSHOREMANSHIP: How To Load a Truck On a Sailboat

8 Feb

I get queries about this all the time. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way. This video shows the right way. It’s a good idea to practice using someone else’s truck until you get the hang of it.

The guys in the video, allegedly, have never screwed up and lost a truck. Evidently this is the only way to get vehicles on and off Ile de la Gonave, which is 15 miles off the Haitian coast in the middle of the Golfe de la Gonave. Here’s another video demonstrating the same technique with a significantly larger truck....

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Icebergs Away!

7 Feb

Icebergs are always amazing to encounter at sea. And when they are calving, breaking up, flipping over, or doing anything other than simply floating, it only gets more thrilling.

So thanks to always industrious GCaptain for going to the trouble of compiling the "Top 6 Dangerous Iceberg Collapse Videos."

This is my favorite. Yes, iceberg-watching is a participation sport!:

But watch them all, because they are each mesmerizing in their own way–including this iceberg-created 

tsunami which sweeps into a fishing village on Greenland. You never know what will get you when you live on a coast.

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America’s Cup Wayback Machine

6 Feb

The 1987 America's Cup off Perth was one of the great contests. And the America's Cup YouTube Channel is now featuring some great video of that epic, big wind, big seas, battle. 

Can the upcoming 2013 catfight be as exciting? Maybe the speed will have its own charisma. But hard to imagine that the sailing will be as interesting and tactical.

Here's DC and Stars & Stripes versus CD and Kiwi Magic, the Plastic Fantastic, in the LV Cup finals. 

 

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Is There Any Dinghy More Dramatic Than A Moth?

6 Feb

Or more exhilarating? 

I don't think so, and the images don't lie. Thierry Martinez won the 2011 Photo Of The Year for the above shot of Nathan Outteridge being ejected by his Moth at the 2011 World Championships. Here's another (and the full sequence is right here).

And while photos are one way to try and grasp the true nature of a Moth, you have to go to video to

understand the true, mesmerizing, essence of the thing.

So go sailing with one for a few minutes:

Phew. I need a smoke....

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CRUISER MURDER MYSTERY: On CBS 48 Hours Tonight

4 Feb

Javier Martin

Here’s another interesting story I wrote something on almost exactly a year ago that has sprung back to life again. CBS News will be running a piece called “The Dark Side of Paradise” on its award-winning program, 48 Hours, about the murder and disappearance of two cruising sailors in Panama in January last year. You can check out a trailer for the show at this link here (sorry, CBS won’t let me embed it). And, of course, you can refresh your recollection by re-reading what I wrote last February.

I was going to do a bunch of online research ...

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