Tuesday, April 25, 2017

XXL Biggest Wave of the Year Nominees

The winners will be announced this weekend in LA.  Hope to have a recap soon.

Departing for Charter in the Caribbean

We are departing this week for the Leeward Islands of the West Indies.  St. Martin, St. Barths, Saba and Anguilla.  Our 60' cat, Exodus, is awaiting our arrival.  My wife hates sailing, however, when you throw in a modern day cat, a captain and gourmet chef, she will follow me to the end of our watery planet.  Include our best friends and she will happily jump on board!  We have wifi on board our lovely yacht and I hope to be putting out some dispatches from the field.  Tales of large rum drinks invading the fly bridge and maybe a tale of a friendly pirate or two.  It's going be a blast and I cannot wait to jump aboard.  Join us for a trip of a lifetime to some of the most tranquil islands in the world.  Check out Exodus here.

We might not have this much fun but we are going to try!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pics of the Week

Paddle Only

Growing up in Delaware, our waves were not very big.  Once in a while a storm would come thru and we would get a little action.  I would surf all day in those days and got pretty good.  We took a trip to Hawaii when I was 17.  We were on Ohau and headed to the North Shore for the day.  We arrived at Sunset Beach and could see the waves way out there.  Looked like a good day.  We waxed up and headed out.  The waves were at least a half mile away.  After paddling for a long time we arrived at the break.  Oh my!  These waves were monsters and I was way out of my league.  I watched a couple go by and the locals surfing them skillfully.  I decided they were way too big for me and paddle back in with my tail between my legs.  We ended up at Haleiwa and had a much better situation to surf my first of many Hawaiian waves.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

H2uh0 Celebrates 12 Years this Month!

On April 2, 2005, two sailboat accidents on the bay prompted me to start this humble blog.  The first of the two, happened at the Golden Gate, when a Santana 22 got too close to the south tower and a wave picked them up and took them into the surf zone.  Boat sank and they were rescued by the surfers.  The other accident happen during a race to and from the Farallons (a small uninhabited island 28 miles off the coast of SF).   A racer had popped the chute for the run home when he got overpowered and the kite put the boat on its side and he lost control of the boat.  The spinnaker pulled him onto the beach and the boat was lost.

My motivation in starting this blog was to alert sailors of accidents and hopefully we can learn from them.  The blog has become much more than that and it has become a joy to share my experiences on our Newport 30 as we explore the bay and beyond.

The next phase of this blog is to chronicle my journey into buying a new to me boat in the fall and our adventure to Australia in September 2018.  I having been dreaming about this trip since the early 80's when I first started sailing on rent a boats with a friend on the bay.  It has been an amazing process and one that I am very proud of.  Some of the highlights include: owning our boat for almost 17 years, six Baja Haha's, chartering boats in the BVI, Belize, Mexico and the Grenadines, 5-7 day trips on the bay and Delta, sharing the wonders of sailing with 100's of friends and family on our bay and having the America's Cup sailed in my own backyard with the flying 72's going 40 knots plus across the bay.

I hope you will join us we sail down the west coast to Ecuador and beyond into the South Pacific.  We depart in 16 months, and 22 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes and 23 seconds!!!!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pale Blue Dot

Happy Easter!  Going out on the bay on Saturday to enjoy some old and new friends.  Also heading to see Toots and the Maytals on Friday.  I love this song.  An oldie from John Denver.

If I Won the Lottery

When I drive home from the boat, there is a big lottery sign that shows the current amount you could win.  Usually it's about $150m or so.  I like to think abut what I would do If I won the jackpot (we all do, right?).  Well, if I won, I would buy one of these boats and sail away.  What is your lottery wish?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Les Voiles de St. Barth

Big week in St Barts with the race of the year taking place.  1000 sailors will compete at one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies.  We will miss the race by two weeks as we depart for our charter adventure on the 29th.  Can't wait to see this beautiful place.

Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 by drone from St Barth Fly Cam on Vimeo.