Ryan Breymaeir kicks it cruisey style…
This week I went from cold and humid Brittany to the hot and humid Caribbean to race in the sixth edition of the Caribbean 600.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) was founded to encourage long distance yacht racing across a broad spectrum. In 2009 they presented the first ever Caribbean 600 fitting nicely into the racing calendar and filling a much-needed gap for a Caribbean event. Attracting high profile teams from the outset, since then entry numbers have increased each year and there will be a record 61 boats with flags from 11 different countries on the start line on Monday. And what’s not to like? It’s the perfect winter break in a superb setting and a fun way to kick off the ocean racing calendar.
The organizers have a full calendar of social events and with a team of 50 volunteers they guarantee a reception 24 hours a day for every finishing yacht, including a case of beer on the dock and a special Club Sushi menu at the Antigua Yacht Club.
The 605 mile course has been set to take full advantage of the steady trade-winds and the geography of the islands to present a racetrack incorporating sailing at basically all wind angles. Unlike other distance races that are primarily downwind (think West Coast USA) or upwind (Syd-Hob), there’s no optimizing the boat for certain conditions in this race. By sending us around several islands our tacticians and navigators will be busy all the time we’ll have ample opportunity to perfect our sail changing skills.
The 2014 entry list has a huge range of boats from superyachts to some of the fastest yachts in the world to smaller chartered yachts for those wanting to experience offshore racing for the first time.
Its no surprise to see favorites for line honors including Rambler, Bella Mente and Shockwave. Other boats to watch out for are the Botin 65, Caro and the TP52 Pace all spattered with ‘rockstar’ sailors from the AC and VOR. French Vendee Globe skipper Bertrand de Broc had his IMOCA Open 60 ‘VNAM’ delivered from Brazil after finishing the TJV last year. It will be interesting to see how this super light boat, optimized for short-handed sailing does against the fully crewed yachts.
In addition to all these big boats, you can add serious smaller racers, chartered boats with pro-am teams, classic boats, multihulls and cruising boats.
The RORC has made sure this is an event open to everyone and the formula obviously works. Aside from the usual IRC Overall and line honors Trophies there are six other trophies up for grabs in various categories.
My ride is the Swan 82 ‘Alpina’. I’ve sailed on this boat with her previous owner since 2002 so being back onboard is like hanging out with an old friend. She’s a great boat, easy to sail, and quite fast given her luxury interior. Over the years I’m pleased to say I’ve moved aft from the bow to watch captain and crew boss, which is a change towards dryness – I hope.
We’re sailing in the big boat racing class, so we have some pretty heavy competition, especially from the newer boars that plane downwind. I see our main competition as Bristolian (a Frers 94 with RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine onboard) and I’m hoping we can beat them over the line. They are bigger than us but we’re lighter for our size, so more nimble. Did I just call a Swan 82 ‘nimble’?
Our international crew is made up primarily of a Russian team who’ve been racing together for a number of years. Add to the mix a sprinkling of American, French, Dutch and Belgian. Thankfully everyone speaks English, which will make story-telling on the rail much easier.
The past two days have been dedicated to preparation, practice and a little bit of socializing. A large part of our prep was to remove as much of the interior as possible to lose weight, we’re counting on this to help with the nice downwind surfing legs. We’ve had two good days of practice and we’re all ready to go.
It’s been cool for me to go back to working with a big team after so much time with short-handed crews. I enjoy the interesting dynamics of intense racing with new faces and getting to know them at the same time.
As for the socializing, a large part of the sailors here lost a friend, Cappa in a road accident last year. In his memory they had a small boat regatta on Saturday followed by a party. It was a cool way to celebrate his memory, about 300 people attended and they ran out of beer twice – Cappa would have approved.
And if you’re on the island, watch the start from Shirley’s Heights (have a rum drink for me).
February 23rd, 2014
Just a couple of hours to go until we’re treated to some more tight action and crazy conditions on congested Singapore Harbor. Can American Morgan Larson (Alinghi) continue to keep his cool ahead of back-to-back Extreme Champ Leigh MacMillan (Muscat, the Wave)? Will Franck Cammas recover from his ‘minor fender bender’ with Aberdeen Asset Management to show what the legendary Frenchman is made of? Watch 90 minutes of it here at 2 AM Eastern, and don’t blink or you might miss some more NASCAR style fun!
February 22nd, 2014
Carnage and tight racing isn’t the only good thing about the EXSS in Singapore. We’re quite partial to the welcoming committee, and this may be the first time we’ve enjoyed anyone wearing captain’s hats in a very long time. Thanks to one of our pals at the EXSS, who shall remain nameless! Don’t forget to watch the live action from the final race day above.
February 22nd, 2014
Here’s the full crash and aftermath of Nick Maloney’s Aberdeeen team mounting Groupama like something from Animal Planet. A few cuts and bruises but no major injuries, and with the level of carbonologists around, a good chance that both boats will be able to sail tomorrow. The crash also featured a Brit vs. a Frenchman and some great commentary from Freddy Carr; add it all up and you get a big win for the Extreme Sailing Series. Morgan Larson continues to crush at the helm of Alinghi though EXSS superman Leigh McMillan is starting to come on; it’s a little bizarre to cheer for a Swiss team run by an American but not too different from cheering for an American team driven by an Australian – so we say Go Alinghi!
We’ll have the final day’s live video coverage up on this page later this evening, though we don’t quite understand why the EXSS has chosen to only cover a couple of races and 90 minutes of action that never really lets you get the story of the regatta or actually be able to follow the drama of the event. Chat about it all in the thread.
February 22nd, 2014
February 22nd, 2014
Longtime Anarchist Ned Goss has ticked off most of the boxes a sailor could. The former owner of Ocean Sailing Academy in Charleston has done his stint in the 49er, the Fireball, and on the pro circuit as a top Melges 24 racer. Ned now is part of the powerhouse College of Charleston Sailing Team staff, but he’s always looking for another challenge. And now, he’s got one as part of the Everglades Challenge – yet another offbeat regatta that’s been showing the rest of the world how to grow and thrive all through the recent lean years. More from Ned:
I have often wondered what’s to become of the sailor that has experienced and enjoyed sailing and racing at almost every level, but who feels the joy and excitement ebbing with each regatta. That’s where I found myself not long ago, and when the paid campaigns are gone, what’s left to do? My first move was to buy a Mach 2 Moth, and flying over the water here in Charleston is certainly one way to add fun back to the equation (and, by the way, the BEST thing I have ever bought). But I was still missing something, and I figured out that it was the teamwork element that comes from sailing with your friends. So in my own style, I jumped into something others might think crazy: a 300 mile race on a heavily modified dinghy with a partner just as crazy as me.
Here’s how it went down: Last year, my friend Scott Rice called with a whacky idea. He wanted to take a C-scow and sail it from Tampa to Key Largo, and mentioned the Evergrades Challenge, which Anarchy readers will undoubtedly know all about. I didn’t know much, but Scott explained all about the unique folks who take kayaks, paddle boards, catamarans and small sailing dinghies down the coast for the adventure of a lifetime. I’m pretty sure I was in the middle of teaching a class or fixing a boat at the C of C, so I shuffled him off the phone with a quick, “Sure!”
As I started to research the race and the different boats that had participated in the past, I realized that I had no idea what I’d agreed to, and I began to learn that this ‘flock’ of EC’ers was an intensely interesting group. They have to be in order to meet on the beach at Fort Desoto Park and migrate en masses in a race/camping trip all the way down to Bay Cove Motel in Key Largo. The spate of online videos and articles and forum discussions about the EC hooked me, hard.
I called Scott back to make sure he was for real about this, and he told me he’d already traded his share in an E-Scow for an old Johnson C-Scow, and we started talking modifications. Some folks sailing down the coast of Florida in an old scow might talk about making it safer and stronger – we talked about how to get more sail area on a boat that is already overpowered in most conditions. I had a 49er bowsprit and a lot of ideas; Scott had still more ideas and the connections to get it underway. “Chupacabra”(Scot) and “FlysOnWater”(Ned) were born; the nemesis of the now-famous ‘FrankenScot”. The overall monohull record was set by “danceswithsandybottom” and “SOS” – a/k/a Paul Stewart and Alan Stewart. Our goal is to 1) finish, and 2) take that record from them.
Our steed, as mentioned above, is a modified C-scow. Our mods, to date:
-2 more self-bailers behind the leeboards
-Stock mainsail, Code Zero, stock 49er spinnaker, and a symmetric kite from an Etchells.
-11 foot carbon-fiber sculling oars and rowing seat
-7” GPS chart plotter with depth so it can tell us when we are aground
-Running backstays and trapeze
We couldn’t make the starting line much less the finish without a few great sponsors: Military contractor Sesolinc for help with acquiring our curler and new Code Zero, Super Sailmakers and Peter Grim for building our sail and adding reef points and hardware to the big C main, and Barr Batzer for our awesome graphics.
February 21st, 2014
Thanks to urging from an interested Anarchist with some legal knowledge, we’ve finally delved into the full text of ISAF’s Disciplinary Commission Rules of Procedure - the rules that govern Rule 69 hearings. And having gone through the entire thing a couple of times, we’ve stopped counting all the instances of incompetence, ignorance, unethicalness, and outright illegality of some of the procedures. Even leaving aside a basic numerical error in the definitions that hasn’t been corrected despite the rules being final for nearly a year, we find a few things especially egregious:
Firstly, the Notice provisions in sec. 4.4 and 4.5 are illogical and fundamentally unfair. Whilst those being disciplined and other interested parties are required to be ‘served’ with notice, ISAF somehow allows e-mail, fax, and telex (telex?) notices to suffice without any proof that the notice was received by anyone, and we can’t find a provision to dispute the notice if, say, the e-mail ends up in your junk mail folder, or the snail mail gets swallowed up by the post office or a flood or ice storm or any other reason. Here is the applicable text from the Rules:
4.4. Notices delivered by hand are served immediately. Notices sent by telex, facsimile or e-mail shall be deemed to have been served two hours after they are sent (provided that if a notice would be deemed to have been served after 17:00 hours in the place of receipt, it shall instead be deemed served at 09:00hrs on the next day in the place of receipt).
4.5 Notices sent by post shall be deemed to have been served on the seventh day following that on which the letter containing the same is put into the post, and in proving such service, it shall be sufficient to prove that the letter containing the notice was properly addressed to the Respondent or Participant and was put into the post office as a prepaid first class letter (or prepaid first class airmail letter where appropriate).
Except, of course, ISAF is not bound by these provisions. 4.6 provides that Notice to an ISAF Commission “shall be deemed served when actually received by ISAF.”
Okay – so ISAF isn’t worried about imposing serious sanctions against someone who might never have seen any notice that they were getting disciplined. But that’s nothing compared to what follows – and remember that ISAF can and frequently does ban sailors from competing for periods of a year or more, sometimes to the detriment of careers and livelihoods – under these standards. Check out the rule on evidence:
12.3 The Commission is not bound by any rules of civil evidence or procedure and may give such weight and credibility to evidence, including hearsay evidence, as it may think fit.
Hearsay? No rules of evidence whatsoever? And no one has a problem with this? We are quite certain that neither the notice provision nor the evidentiary standards would ever stand up to a challenge launched in a US or Canadian court, and we’re confident most first world countries would easily agree that these rules violate due process and the basic right to a fair trial for any important restriction on a person’s freedom to continue with their pastime or job. US Sailing learned this lesson very expensively in the Farrah Hall case after being nearly decertified by the USOC over a lack of due process, but apparently no one has taken ISAF to task yet for their own disciplinary shortcomings.
Finally, we note that the one check on this unfettered power to destroy a sailor’s life is subject to the requirement of any disciplinary commission to release a full decision to the public for every hearing - something that should keep them from doing anything completely idiotic. Except, of course, when they don’t want to. Check this one out:
13.2 Decisions of the Panel shall be public, except that the Panel may determine that its decision (or any part of it) shall not be published and remain confidential if it believes there is good reason to do so. If the Panel directs that the full decision is not to be published, it shall issue a short statement for publication confirming any offenses committed.
Read the full text of the Rules here, and let the Disciplinary Commission know what you think about this joke of a quasi-judicial body of rules by sending them an e-mail here. Just don’t expect them to ever admit they received it!
Chat about it in the forum here.
February 20th, 2014
In last week’s A-Cat Worlds, Emma Lynas was in the perfect spot to catch her partner, Steve Brayshaw, in the kind of spectacular nose dive that the A-Cat was so well-known for before rudder winglets and C-foils entered the fray. A non-foiling A-boat is truly a well-mannered beast, but as this photo shows, they can still bite. Poke your head in on the foiling/no-foiling/half-assed foiling debate raging in the Multihull Forum here, and check out this excellent Beau Outerridge video of bro Nathan explaining the foiling issues here. Title should take you right back to the eighties.
February 20th, 2014
With their continued sparkling performance in the Hobart, every Macca-built boat at Quantum Key West landing on the podium, and the continuing success of the MC38 ultra-high performance one-design class, our pals at McConaghy just keep hitting ‘em out of the park. Last week, they added another four high-cred owners to the MC38 fleet, and our only question is this: What is North America waiting for? This boat is the perfect replacement for both the ancient Farr 40 and the wonderful but long-in-the-tooth Farr 30; super fast, super light, super sexy, and a fraction of the cost of anything in its range of performance. Are big boat owners in America too insecure to race one-design any more? Here’s the news from McConaghy, and you can sign up for their newsletter here.
With the addition of renowned sailing teams Shockwave, Hooligan, Kokomo and Assassin to the McConaghy 38 fleet, world-class sailors such as Neville Crichton, Marcus Blackmore, Lang Walker and Robin Crawford bring an international racing pedigree to take on the high calibre teams already racing the high-performance MC 38.
These national and world championship-winning teams were looking for a fast, competitive, good looking design from a company with a history of reliability, with strict one design controls governed by the owner class – at an attractive price – and above all safe to campaign with friends, family and crew on board. Feedback from the MC38 owners confirms no other boat in this range combines these qualities, and so the McConaghy 38 was the answer.
Jono Morris explains: ‘Mark Evans and I were approached by boat owners looking to move on from their current 40 foot range and wanted performance and reliability – but build price and campaign costs were critical factors for them. Many of these owners could campaign a TP 52, but with the recent financial climate, they realised it could be only for one or two seasons, before they sold and took a step back to conserve costs. What they wanted was the long-term solution of TP 52 like performance at a fraction of the price. Together with Harry Dunning, McConaghy have created this, and with people like Neville, Lang, Robin and Marcus racing this is the fleet to be test yourself in – and with our latest international MC38 owner from Porto Rico confirming they will be competing at Hamilton Island race week, the sailing and social side will be phenomenal. The bottom line is these owners are telling us the McConaghy 38 offers the best value high-performance fleet racing on the planet. Period.
The inaugural McConaghy 38 World championships will be held in November in Auckland, with the Australian championships competing at Audi Hamilton Island Race week in August with an 11 boat fleet. And counting…
February 20th, 2014
For anyone who likes to sail fast, light boats in the Pacific Northwest, here’s a frightening look at one way logs are unloaded off specialized ships near Vancouver Island.
In more fear-inducing news, a Maersk ship yesterday revised estimates of how many empty containers it lost in one of the nasty storms in Biscay this winter, and the 520 boxes of boat-eating metal almost equals the total number of containers lost annually off of ships in the North Atlantic. How many will still be afloat when the singlehanded Route Du Rhum sets off in November? How many yachts, pleasure boats, and fishing boats need to be holed before these shippers are required to track and recover these ticking time bombs?
February 20th, 2014
The Gulf state of Qatar has had something of a sordid past on sailing’s world stage, with the Tracy Edwards/Oryx Quest fiasco burning the country’s reputation amongst the sport for the past decade. But Qatar is coming on again, motivated perhaps by spectacular Omani and Emirati successes in event hosting, team building, and creating thousands of new sailors in nations with similarly rich maritime history to the Qataris.
Someone is clearly spending some money this week on the Sail The Gulf Regatta, flying the undisputed king of Optimist photographers – Matias Capizzano – to the gulf to shoot some of the 200 competitors from 20 countries racing in front of Doha this week. Apparently the budget ran out before anyone could get results on the regatta site.
In other Opti news, we finally had a look at Capizzano’s coffee table Opti book, and despite the fact that we’re not big fans of the boat, we’ve rarely seen a prettier piece of art come from this sport. Find out how to pick up one of these 208-page masterpieces here.
February 20th, 2014
From our friends at EasyRide: “In France we have a television series about a farmer to find a wife Many farms have been flooded from our recent storm the storm. We had an idea…”
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February 19th, 2014
If you’re going to sail two-handed around a small island in the Roaring Forties, sooner or later you are going to get a bit of a kicking from the weather. This time we got it on the third leg, from Wellington to Napier (although with one more leg to go, there’s still potential for another one).
The breeze steadily built as we headed out, until we had 35 knots on the nose. We bashed along under two reefs and number four jib in a big sea for about 12 hours, but other boats had it for longer. That’s Blink owner Tony Wells driving to the left. One hand for you, one for the boat!The shift materialised pretty much bang on time so we started heading back inshore. As we came back in sight of Bushido we saw we had made up the five or six mile deficit and we now even slightly in the lead. We decided to stay on a more inshore course, tacking up the coast to keep a cover on them.
We got our big break in the middle of the second night. We had both run out of wind finally and we could see Bushido about four miles astern of us. The wind started to fill in a little bit from offshore so we reached away from the coast under code zero, while Bushido continued to head in and fell in a hole. The breeze we had came and went a few times but by dawn we had pulled out to about a 20-mile lead.Getting across the lower Hawke’s Bay and into Napier from Cape Kidnappers is always a bit of a trick. It got pretty sticky but finally a land breeze filled in enough for us to enjoy a nice code zero lay across to the finish line. We ended up finishing five and a half hours ahead of Bushido, with division three boat Marshall Law pulling off a blinder of a leg to finish third, only another 45 minutes further back. Interestingly, they had gone even further offshore than us — several times — and it had really paid off for them.
They deserved to win the leg on overall handicap.So now it’s a few days relaxing and recovering in Napier — including the infamous competitors’ wine trail —before heading for Auckland. Forecast is for more upwind work, which will suit us quite well. We are leading on overall time and one point off overall PHRF, a very similar position as we were in on Karma Police at this stage in the 2010 race. It’s still a long way back to Auckland though, with the notorious East Cape and the Bay of Plenty (of Holes!) yet to negotiate.
February 19th, 2014
Having followed Bernard Stamm and his Cheminees Poujoulat program for years, we have a few lessons to share with prospective Open 60 skippers.
1) “Win or Break” may be a silly axiom, but when it comes to sponsor exposure, nothing is truer. And “Just Break” may be even more effective, especially when you pick the wrong designer and have no chance to win. Proof: Bernard and his sponsor have gotten more press since his Juan Yacht Design cracked in half on a delivery sail in December than he ever received sailing around behind the lead pack in any major race – except for when he crashed into an island. And then again he got a lot of notice when disqualified by the Vendee Globe for outside assistance.
2) As a follow-on to (1), if you want lots of exposure for your major race campaign, bring in JuanK to your design team. We’re not saying that any of the recent disasters were his fault – after all, a big boat is a big project – but between the Artemis AC72 disaster, Cheminees implosion,, and Rambler 100s capsize and near-death experience, nothing can get those journalists fired up quite like a JuanK boat.
3) Nobody takes care of their boats like the French (and their kissing cousins, the Franco-Suisse like Bernard). What American, Italian, or British skipper would spend months finding and recovering a boat that won’t even work as a garden planter? Remember during the infamous Route Du Rhum when half the ORMA 60 fleet was lost? Only French boats made it back, often upside down and useless. And guess what? Some of those boats are still sailing today. It’s no wonder the French can keep finding sponsors – the French sailors will just about die for them! And you’ll never catch a Frenchman polluting on the ocean. Unfiltered cigarette butts don’t count.
We joke, but only just. Keep up with the latest on Stamm’s busted up ride here.
February 19th, 2014
Note to the girls: The new jib sheet goes on the winch. And when you’re caught on camera, you’re buying the first round.
Note to Volvo Ocean Race teams: Leave Yachting World off your invite list next time.
Note to Yachting World: Pull the video and we’ll just put it back up with twice the views and all the credit to you. You owe the girls a round too.
February 19th, 2014
Australia’s Brad Blanchard gave us some info on the kind of charity work we love. Check out this amazing program; if you can help them out, do it. If not, get over to Facebook and like them. We’ll be following this one closely right through the 2014 Hobart, and we expect a major sponsor announcement today.
Ocean racing is a long way from the landlocked and war-torn country of Afghanistan, but it’s certainly helping some of our country’s wounded veterans heal their physical and psychological wounds. Australia’s Soldier On charity was established in April 2012 by John Bale following the death of a mate, and the program is all about the Australian community coming together to show support for our wounded and ensuring they know we will always having their backs. It’s about giving those who have served our country the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose through; providing access to inspirational activities, supporting rehabilitation and providing opportunities that empower them.
As a Soldier On volunteer and Veteran of modern conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan, I developed my interest in sailing following retirement from the military. After returning from combat, I craved adventure, excitement, competition, and competitive sailing and ultimately participation in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race was just the thing to scratch that itch. Recognising that a lot of other Veterans weren’t coping well after their service in conflict areas, I leapt at the chance to get involved with the Soldier On organisation. I realised that my involvement in sailing had helped me successfully transition out of the military and I wanted to inspire those who were struggling to get back into life, particularly those who had been injured, by helping introduce them to a sport I have become so passionate about.
After the first Soldier On Sailing Program was successfully run in 2013 out of Royal Perth Yacht Club, the organisation has now scheduled courses across Australia to help our Wounded Warriors get involved in the great sport of sailing. Incredibly, plans are now well under way to take one of these Veterans from sailing virgin to Category 1 ocean racer in less than a year by taking part in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart.
Any sailor worth his salt knows that the Rolex Sydney to Hobart is one of sailings’ great ocean races and 2014 should see a huge and massively competitive fleet with the running of the 70th iteration. In thinking about how we could best capture the spirit of Soldier On’s Sailing Program and the resilience of wounded Veterans, we felt the Sydney to Hobart would be the perfect platform to raise awareness for such a great cause. As a fundraising event our venture will not only help Wounded Warriors recognise that there is life after service and injury but encourage wider participation in our great sport.
For the 70th Hobart, one ‘newbie’ wounded veteran and I will be crewing along with the Volvo 70 Southern Excellence II. If you would like to follow our Soldier On 2014 Sydney to Hobart Challenge please head over to our Facebook Page here, and share it with anyone in the world who might appreciate it. To discover more about Soldier On and how they help our wounded Veteran community please visit them at www.soldieron.org.au. The official launch for this massive undertaking is today at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and we are still looking for sponsors for this worthy program.
February 19th, 2014
And title inspiration thanks to The Simpsons!
February 19th, 2014
While the Anarchists looking to sail on California’s freshwater lakes or drink water ever again are facing their own problems, the Midwest faces some history of its own, with nearly 90% of the Great Lakes completely covered in ice. The typical year sees less than 50% ice coverage of these monster inland seas, especially in the thousand-foot deep portions of some of them, but 2014 has changed all that: Inaccessible caves on Lake Superior are now a tourist destination and the biggest lake in the world seems to have hatched Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, iceboating in front of Toronto is a reality, and icebreakers are doing constant duty to ensure coal deliveries up and down the Lake Michigan shore. We commiserate with the hundreds of thousands of Anarchists spread throughout the Midwest and the ice and salt and son clogging up their very souls, there is a very nice silver lining in all the white; the lakes are guaranteed to get a serious bump in depth this year – the kind of bump that will make life a lot easier for deep-keeled boats docking in Mackinac Island or visiting pretty much anywhere along Lake Huron or Lake St. Clair. For sport boaters and mothies, the weeds should come later and be less intrusive as well. Just a couple more months of hibernation and it might be the best season for sailboat racing in years. Hang in there! And here’s our public service announcement, with thanks to Sploid.
February 19th, 2014
Longtime Anarchist (and now advertiser!) Bruce Schwab checks in
Time to raise my tired gaze from the never-ending battle with Quickbooks, and update our SA friends on what is happening here at OceanPlanet Energy (aka Bruce Schwab Energy Systems). The past year has been a blur, as our bite into the niche market of marine energy storage and charging systems seems to have hit a major artery. I know that we should never complain about being busy, and it is all great fun and interesting stuff to work on. However there is always a mild nagging fear that in the flurry we’ll forget about sending someone’s Solbian solar panels and/or Genasun GLi batteries and/or something else to their boat or boatyard somewhere. Not that we have forgotten yet (knock on wood)…but I do tend to worry.
Thankfully (you may have noticed the “we” above), our new assistant Julia Carleton has been a huge help as the biz grows. A real live EE (Electrical Engineer, vs. just another old sailor like yours truly), licensed captain, and long-time Outward Bound sailing instructor, Julia will be helping here out much of the time. That is, with occasional breaks for Antarctic scientific expeditions as a supporting skipper. As a former RTW solo ocean racer, I am hardly one to criticize such extracurricular adventures.
So anyway…I’m finally back in Maine after an ill-fated trip to the NW for the Seattle boat show. Wound up catching a nasty cold/flu bug, and after a brief outing to the Lake Union in the water show (stopped by the Genasun GLi equipped Coastal Craft 450 IPS), I was fading fast and retreated to my mom’s pad in West Seattle. The next several days were spent in bed and I never even made it to the indoor show! Oof. Whatever bug I had eventually mutated into a sinus infection and I was unable to fly home as scheduled. On the plus side, being at your mom’s is the best place to recover when you get sick…;-)
Eventually some prescribed antibiotics seemed to be do the trick, an so almost a week after the schedule return (and springing for an expensive ticket), am back to where the snow rarely melts until April (Maine). I should be healthy enough soon to get back out XC skiing, which is what living in Maine is largely all about. Well that and Cyclocross racing. May also be trying out a friend’s ice boat if conditions allow.
In the meantime, we’re upgrading our SA banner ad with added emphasis on Solbian and Genasun. All those years ago in the OceanPlanet RTW adventures, the community here on SA was a big support of the Dream; and I’ll never forget that. So it’s nice to return the favor and support SA whenever possible. At some point I will crank out some bits on energy management at sea, GLi energy storage (vs. Pb), options for lightweight solar power, hydrogenerators, energy system monitoring….etc. So much to talk about, but let me get healthy first.
Btw, coming up soon is the Maine Boat Builders Show (MBBS) in Portland, ME, March 14-16, and Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, CA, April 10-13. We’ll be at both of them.
February 18th, 2014
This is the very definition of how a great sailing video is done. Every element is stunning. Well done, Waterlust. Title inspiration thanks to Jars of Clay
February 17th, 2014