How NOT To Finish A Race

14 Feb

We've all done it. The finish whistle welcomes you across the line, your race is over, so you ease sheets, crack the cooler, and head toward the barn. And sometimes you suddenly realize you are interfering with boats that are still racing.

In the best case you are just disturbing their air, and you get out of the way quickly, with an apology. In the worst case you get….this.

Here's a summary of what happened (and a long version of the video is here):

 

The finish line was skewed by somewhere around 10-15 degrees. You can see the

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Wedding Ring Recovered

14 Feb

Yesterday I dropped my wedding ring off a dock.

I got back to the marina in San Rafael at 7 a.m., and indeed the tide was very low, only a few feet deep where I’d dropped my wedding ring. I forgot a towel or anything else to make me comfortable after my early morning swim, which made jumping into freezing San Francisco Bay, in the middle of winter, that much worse.

I dropped a fishing weight tied to some 1/8” Dacron to mark the spot. Without a weight and a line, I get disoriented underwater, and my search becomes ...

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Love Letter to Sailing

13 Feb

It’s such a common phrase, such a common feeling, that we take it for granted. The romance of the sea. Even those who dwell far from the sea are not immune to it. Red sails in the sunset. The very notion of sailing away to paradise. Those who heed the call, those who love the sea and sailing, will not find it strange that a sailor would choose Valentine’s Day to write a love letter to the sport.

Once upon a time there lived a young man so enamored of sailboat racing that he couldn’t look out from the deck ...

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Latest Glam Circuit? RC44

13 Feb

Top-end professional sailing never seems to settle into a stable hierarchy. Instead, circuits wax and wane, while the professional sailors just float from one circuit to the next, following the money and energy. No circuit ever seems to truly crack the code.

The America's Cup will always attract top talent because it pays top, which is to say ridiculous, dollars. But it's hard to argue that with skyrocketing costs, uncertainty over the venue, and just three paid-up challengers the AC is thriving. 

MedCup was looking good for a while, but the AC, the economy, and the high cost of campaigning ...

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Idiot!

13 Feb

Today, as I often do, I took off my wedding ring to put on my keychain before starting work. I knew someone once who welded their wedding ring, and their finger, to an engine, because the ring shorted the alternator terminal to the engine block.

I was walking along, slipping the ring onto my key ring, thinking don’t drop it, don’t drop it, whatever you do, don’t drop it, this would be a really bad place to drop it because it would go right in the water, so be sure not to drop it.

And I dropped it.

And it ...

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JARLE ANDHOEY: The Maori and Other Mysteries

11 Feb

Andhoey and Maori

If you’ve been following the unfolding Jarle Andhoey psycho-drama, you’ll know that the Wild Viking and his crew aboard the steel sloop Nilaya are now officially in Antarctic waters south of 60 degrees and should be appearing in McMurdo Sound any day now. You may also have learned that the engimatic Kiwi crew member who “inadvertently” joined the expedition when Nilaya suddenly departed Auckland is in fact some Maori guy who weighs upwards of 300 pounds and sports copious facial tattoos. According to published reports, this Maori fellow, who worked on Andhoey’s ill-fated Berserk when she was in New ...

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Coming to a City Hall Near You

11 Feb

I’m not old enough to write a whole column about my digestion, but I will confess that I read the San Francisco budget analyst’s report/recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, parsing the latest business negotiations between the Port, the Office of the Mayor and the America’s Cup Event Authority, without fully digesting it.

That is, there wasn’t any sentence or paragraph that I didn’t understand, but

It’s 36 (thirty-six) pages long, and it peels the onion on where negotiations have gone since the Supervisors unanimously approved the Host City Agreement on December 14, 2010. I’m not going through it here. ...

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Repacing Rotten Deck Core, Part II

10 Feb

After a couple weeks of being distracted by other projects the deck core seemed quite dry so I went ahead and put it all back together. This was actually the first fiberglass work I’ve ever done. I was working alone with just just a couple books for helpers and to my great surprise the repair turned out to be quite easy, even fun, and the deck feels solid as a rock. It was a very satisfying experience to fix a problem seemingly so serious.

As things were drying out on the deck I read the West System Fiberglass Repair Manual ...

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Reefer Woes Continue

10 Feb

(Feb. 2) Refer guy was out to the boat again today. After a couple hours of work we finally determined that there is something wrong with the compressor. So I’ve got to remove that and get it into a shop to be repaired before we can finish that fun little project.

Got an e-mail from the welder. He sent pictures of the davits but said he wasn’t happy with one of them. Something about the bend. He had to have these tubes bent at some place in Guadalajara because he doesn’t have a machine big enough for this size tubing. ...

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Completely Insane Racing

9 Feb

Created by a completely insane racecourse, which crams a large fleet into a narrow body of water that is mined with moorings. Talk about a voice-hoarsening, rule-intensive, clusterfu*ck.

I would need more than a few pints to recover from the stress of racing like this.

 

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