DEAD GUY: Sumner “Huey” Long

5 Jan

Huey Long racing aboard Ondine

Editor’s note: This news is a month old, but I just heard it yesterday. There will be a memorial service this Saturday at 2 pm at the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in New York. The following obit is from Huey’s son Russell:

Sumner “Huey” Long, an international yachtsman, shipping executive, and winner of every one of the world’s most challenging and dangerous ocean races, died of lymphoma on Dec. 4, at age 90.

Creating a succession of hi-tech racing sailboats named Ondine, and spanning the decades from the 1960s to the 1990s, Mr. Long won every major ocean ...

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Ice Fishing On LSD

5 Jan

Okay, I have no proof drugs are involved. But this is the most creative fishing video you will see all day/month/year. Plus, it's spectacularly beautiful.

Watch to the end if you are confused about what the heck is going on. Even then I have questions. 

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Remembrance of Things Bashed

5 Jan

The link posted by The Mariner to the Cowes Race Week boat dismating was like replaying what happened to me off the Brazilian coast in 2006. It was nighttime and the ship that hit me was moving a bit faster, but the accident was much the same: A T-bone by an 800-footer, my ketch then sliding down the ship's port side, and the ship's port anchor catching the forestay/roller furler and carrying it away. But my mast stayed up. Isn't sailing fun?

You can read my whole container ship accident story here, and scare your children into keeping a ...

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The 2010 Newport-Bermuda Race (On YouTube)

4 Jan

Did you happen to not score a ride? Want to know how the race went? Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can watch Gary Jobson's 42-minute report on the race (and start working on a ride for the 2012 edition).  

Sailing action and history brought right to your desktop. We live in a great age for media (even if lots of other parts of it are a mess).

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Sea Shepherd Goes High-Tech

4 Jan

You have to hand it to Sea Shepherd's Capt. Paul Watson and his ragtag team of whale defenders: they never give up. And this year, as the Japanese whaling fleet arrives in the Southern Ocean to start taking whales for "research," Watson is deploying aerial drones to keep track of where the whalers are. (Apparently, they never think to simply ask The Mariner, who keeps tabs on all human destruction of the sea and its creatures).

The drones helped Watson locate the whaling fleet well before they started whaling, and with the Japanese fleet using ships to aggressively run ...

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Volvo Ocean Race Sprints Into Abu Dhabi

4 Jan

At least there was an exciting finish to this strange, two-part, Leg. Groupama snuck by Telefonica at the end to win the 98-mile fast reach into Abu Dhabi by just 52 seconds

Leg 2 leaves Telefonica atop the standings, with 66 points, chased by Camper with 58. Then there is a gap to Groupama at 42 points. After that you have the Leg 1 dropouts, starting with PUMA at 28.

We're going to need Leg 3 (and beyond) to shake up the standings if this Volvo is going to get exciting.

Here's what the sprint mini-leg looked like:

And ...

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ANCHORING QUIZ: Big Boat Butts in St. Bart’s

4 Jan

Gustavia waterfront

From water level it is impossible to capture with a camera the visual cornucopia that is the anchorage at Gustavia, the main town on St. Bart’s, when the New Year rolls around. Like a vast army come to camp on the outskirts of a tiny village, yachts of all description plunk down their hooks to await the turn of the calendar. A large proportion are very large yachts. Some are very, very large. At night the cumulative blaze of anchor and cabin lights, each echoed in a wavy scribble in the wake-chopped water beneath it, is like that of a ...

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Banque Pop Entering The Home Stretch

3 Jan

The big tri, after sailing halfway to Maine to skirt a massive Azores High, is finally starting to change course toward the East, and is slowly bending onto the rhumb line to the finish off Ushant.

BP has a lead of about 844 miles on Groupama's reference time, and just a bit more than 2000 miles to go. As BP hooks into a big low moving out over the Atlantic average speeds are climbing, so Peyron and his crew could/should be home by the end of the week. That would mean shaving 2-3 days off the existing record. 

What ...

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Barra de Navidad

3 Jan

Turns out we sort of jumped the gun on the big grocery stock up the other day as we still have no strong inclination to leave. We like Barra. It's a nice local feeling town that is just the right size for walking from one end to the other with a two year-old in tow. We've eaten at at least ten different restaurants and despite none of them being overwhelmingly good none have been too disappointing either. Ice cream shop, French bakery, OXXO, and a couple of hardware stores and we're pretty well taken care of these days.

 
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ETNZ a One-Boat AC Team (Not?)

3 Jan

Emirates Team New Zealand, incarnation 2011. Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

I see the most recent decision
of the America’s Cup Jury being portrayed in New Zealand as a win, but to my monkeymind it looks like a setback for the Emirates Team New Zealand/Luna Rossa partnership, with first-generation AC72 catamarans set to launch just six months from now. Am I missing something?

I figure ETNZ as a two-boat team, but they just might be nursing a sore toe—

While many of us spent the “holiday” weeks fa-la-la-ing away, folks involved in whatever capacity with America’s Cup 34 were cranking right ...

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