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You think you know how to jury rig some shit and limp home?  Get a load of these Canadians! The crew of HMCS Lockeport sailed 350 km under this rig following a severe storm that disabled her engines in January 1944.  They made a square course and a proper mizzen from hammocks and blankets, making good progress before finally rendezvousing with a tow.

Cool sailing story from the fun folks at the Royal Canadian Navy Fans page.


November 15th, 2018 by admin

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Clean Report

This past Wednesday I spent an entire day (and much of the night) with recent rescuees Jen Appel, Tasha Fuiava, and their two dogs.  My motivation was partly curiosity and partly a desire to get some truth out there about these two sailors, to stop the attacks and feeding frenzy on what seem like a couple of women with little more than poor decisionmaking and sailing skills.

What I found was not that surprising: Jen Appel was just another hopeful cruiser who set off without anything like the experience or tools to complete her voyage – not unlike the half dozen who are rescued every year – while Tasha and the dogs were mostly just passengers.  I also found that they were kind people, and that unlike so many other clueless rescuees or RTW sailors – Rimas, Reid Stowe, Dr. Paris to name a few – they never sought out attention or press, and much of their debacle comes from the way they were fed to the media lions with no experience and no one watching out for them.

Would I go to sea with these women?  Probably not.  But they’re not bad people, and when you dig down under the craziness of their early interviews, you find some interesting bits and bobs.  Start digging via the player above, or head over to iTunes or Stitcher to download on your mobile device.  The full SA Podcast library is here.

December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Our thoughts go out to the many injured and especially the 7 ‘missing’ sailors who are likely entombed in the partially flooded Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Fitzgerald after its collision with the container ship Crystal. It’s one of the worst ship collisions in years for the USN.

While no one is taking responsibility yet, the starboard-side damage to the Fitz (including sub-waterline holes from the bow bulb of the much larger ship) and bow damage to the Crystal make it likely the military boat was at fault.  Regardless of fault (and any delivery skipper knows that a Philippines-flagged freighter is highly unlikely to lack real lookouts), we just do not understand how one of the most advanced ships on the water, fitted with some of the most advanced seaborne radar ever developed, can run into a big metal ship 4 times her size.  The mind boggles.

Ask your own questions here.  Video of the destroyer limping into port here.  Screengrabs from video here.

June 17th, 2017 by admin

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Argentine parents are taking this ‘helicopter mom’ thing to a whole new level.  

Get to the thread to insert your own caption of this hilarious picture and the real story.  Matias Cappizano photo from the Mar Del Plata Sailing Week.


February 7th, 2014 by admin

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This is apparently a ‘regular docking practice’ for the nearly 200-foot long Zubr-Class hovership, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, who wondered what all those people were doing swimming on a firing range.  Sunbathers at Mechnikovo Beach wondered why the monster flying boat didn’t ‘dock’ miles away at the actual firing range.   Grazie to ‘friginindariggin’ for the heads’ up , and Popeye for the title .


August 27th, 2013 by admin