Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Look Back at the 74' Sydney Hobart Race

With the 70th edition of the race a month away, let's look back to a simpler time when men wore baby oil and boats did not have self tailing winches.  1974 was the year and the winds were light.  The start of the race features a stalled tanker in the middle of the race course.  It's a very cool look back at these now vintage boats.  Go full screen.

Had a beautiful sail on Saturday on my friend Tex's new to him boat.  This is the second boat I have helped him find.  This one is a 76' Pearson 35'.  It was raining pretty good on Saturday morning.  One portion of the crew cancelled.  I was tracking the weather and new it was going to clear.  Headed up and the skies were blue and the wind was blowing.  We headed under electric motor and raised the sails.  Glorious!  We tacked past the pier and deep into Richmond.  Another tack and we were off to the city.  Tex is much shorter than I and has no problem with the boom that extends half way thru the cockpit.  He took the helm most of the day.  A quick run towards the barn and I am feeling sorry for the excellent sail my friends missed. Rain check!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Breaking: Bermuda Will Host Next Cup

My sources tell me that the America's Cup will be held in Bermuda in 2017.   The announcement should come later today from Team Oracle.  Speaking under the condition of anonymity, they went on to say that San Diego just does not have enough wind to fly these beasts (their words).  While their is little shock to their decision, it is disappointing that SF was dropped from contention due to the fact that Larry and the SF City Council did not get along.  Larry made some promises that he later bowed out of and the City claimed they were $11m in the hole after the races completed.  I think that was a very short sighted view on the part of the City as the world wide exposure from the event will pay dividends for years to come.  The excitement on those piers during the races is something that I hope we see again but doubt that it will come to be in my lifetime.  I wish the best to the future cups but I doubt we will ever see a race that was as exciting as we saw on the bay they call San Francisco!

The Best Sailboats of All Time

There are so many sailboats to chose from that many buyers take years to make their final decision.  What if you could chose any boat you wanted for your next cruise?  Would you go for speed and a modern design or maybe something that combines traditional lines with a bullet proof build?  What if you took a poll and asked folks to pick their top choices from a list?  Well that is what Cruising World Mag did.  And they came up with a wonderful list indeed. Check it here.  And start dreaming of tropical sunsets and iced adult beverages.  What would be your first pick for that cruise of a lifetime??

#13 is the boat I hope to sail to New Zealand and Australia in 2018/19.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Red Bull Youth Regatta

During the SF Americas Cup, they staged a weekend regatta with some of the top young sailors from around the planet.  They used the 45' cats that had been part of the World Cup races.  If you remember, the Oracle boats were being inspected for these races and they found some illegal weights in the bows that gave Oracle an edge in the light winds.   This resulted in a 2 race penalty for Oracle during the finals.  Even though they had won 3 races. Oracle was down 8-1 when they made some adjustments to the boat and crew and came back to win it all.  I digress, check out the vid and enjoy these great sailing moments.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bonehead Moves Of the Month

Storms and much needed rain on the way to Cali.  Not much sailing at this time.  Hoping for a great couple of sails in December.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Device WIll Alter SCUBA Diving Waterscape

A new invention looks set to change Scuba and diving in general. It’s shocking task lies in the idea of microscopic, nano scale ‘artificial Gills’, can effectively separate the oxygen from the water while diving, on demand. A series of tiny threads or strands have microscopic holes along their width, which are smaller than water molecules.

It’s called the ‘Triton Oxygen Respirator‘ (Image Below), a miniature but incredible device that will do away for the need to move bulky tanks on dives, and allow the dives to last much, much longer than can be had with current equipment.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Electric Motor Review - 3 Months in and Going Strong

Our diesel died in May after 33 years of faithful service.  We purchased the boat 14 years ago with any where from 3-6 partners on board and the boat out of the slip 6-8 times per month, so heavy usage over that time period.  She served us well.  We installed the electric motor in July and by mid August we were sailing again.  A few weeks after install, we had a small glitch when we exceeded 2000 rpms.  She stalled out.  We sent a note to our supplier and they sent us a new engine controller and we have been issue free since.  The motor has proved to be powerful enough to get us out of the harbor when the wind is blowing over 25 kts.  We mostly use the engine to get in and out of the harbor and to a lunch spot.  Plenty of juice to do that.  I have had her down past 50% only once and she has done fine.  We are very pleased with the new power plant and would recommend it highly as long as your range was under 15 miles or so.  There alot of boats that will need repower in the next few years and we highly recommend electric.  Our supplier was Electric Yachts of Southern California.

Here were the other power options we considered for our Newport 30.
Outboard old $1500
Outboard new $3000
Electric new $8000 (including batteries)
Diesel rebuild $8-10000
Diesel new $12 -14000

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Great to be back from the Haha but I am still thinking about all the fun we had as well as the sunsets and sunrises (and the full moon rise on the 6th just as the sun set).  If you ever get a choice in watch schedules, take the 4-8 time slot and you will see both each day (depending on time of year and latitude).