Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Top 10 Sailing Links

Here is a list of sailing sites I visit every week.  Some are resources and some are blogs but I think you will enjoy them all.


 Sailing Anarchy Racing from around the world.

Lectronic Latitude Cruising and racing from around the world.  If you sign up, it comes right to your in box thrice weekly.

 Download the monthly sail rag as well for great reading.
 Latitude 38

Pressure Drop Racing and cruising news.

Sail Feed Half a dozen awesome sailors writing on one blog about many aspects of sailing.

Blue Planet Times Kimball Livingston is a great writer/sailor with lots to say.

Resources for sailing the bay:

Wind and Tides Just like it says.

Wind speed Current wind speed at all the buoys on the bay.

OCSC Sailing More resources and cams on the bay.  Sign up and get free access.

If you are counting, that was only 9 (the headline sounds better if you put 10).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sonos to Change Direction of Streaming Music in the Home

Sonos is beta testing some new software that eliminates their hardware and uses Wifi and a smart phone to shoot music throughout your home or business. They have a program that may allow you to become a beta tester if you qualify.  Could be very cool.  Apply here.

Here is a little bit of a look back at my musical journey: (this is what I sent to Sonos)
First, I am a music lover.  I started listening to my parents music as a boy in the early 60's.  Frank Sinatra, Brazil 66, show tunes, etc.  Then my older sisters started listening to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and the rock and roll of the 60's.  My life totally changed when FM radio arrived in the early 70's.  I graduated HS in the mid 70's and began my journey into progressive rock. In college, I discovered Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Grateful Dead, Ambrosia, Yes, Jethro Tull, and many more.  In the 80's I started taking over the turn table at parties.  Hearts of Space has been a big influence on my life as well as all types of jazz and meditative music.  By 1991, I had my first paying DJ gig at a corporate party in Napa.  I have done over 500 gigs and have become an accomplished DJ/MC for corporate events in the Silicon Valley.  As well, I have over 100,000 songs on my hard drive.  Wifi and LTE has allowed me to download from iTunes during my gigs if there is a request I do not have, which is HUGE.  In my house, I have Airplay in all the rooms using Airport Expresses or Apple TV's.  Music is always on during the day and most of the evening.  Drives my wife nuts, but I play stuff she can enjoy too.  Have access to Sirius, Rdio, and Hearts of Space as far as paid subscriptions. My favorite radio program is 10@10 with Dave Morey which is broadcast on KFOG.  Dave has retired and they still play it every weekday at 10am and 10pm.  If you own a digital radio tuner, you can hear it 24/7 and commercial free with Dave at the helm on KFOG-2.

I am a bit of a nostalgic person and these songs bring me back to the day of whatever year they play. Analisa hosts the show now and is a good DJ and she plays some great songs but the original show with Dave as host was the best.  He even grew up in my area of the east coast (DE/PA) and is the same age as me.  We have similar tastes in music and very similar musical influences (back then it was AM and FM radio mostly).

Here is a nice sample of 10@10 from 1975.  10 great songs from one great year.
1. Jigsaw - Sky High
2. Ambrosia - Holdin' on to Yesterday
3. Nils Lofgren - Going Back
   (Tv: Starsky & Hutch)
4. Wings - Venus & Mars/Rock Show
   (News: The Pet Rock)
5. KISS - Rock and Roll All Night
   (News: Elton John)
6. Elton John - Captain Fantastic and
   the Brown Dirt Cowboy
   (Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
7. Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
8. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
   (News: Jimmy Hoffa goes missing)
9. Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good
   (News: Nixon Subpoena)
10. J. Geils Band - Love Itis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bonehead Move of the Week

We have had several incidents in the last few months with folks not wearing a kill switch on the wrist and the boats getting out of control and hurting people.  These folks were lucky but might not be so lucky next time.  Make sure you have a kill switch attached to your wrist on your inflatable.

Here is a recent report on a tragic accident of a boater without a wrist kill switch on:
According to witnesses, the operator of a large dinghy with powerful engines — assumed to be 30-40 hp — was thrown from his boat while speeding through the La Paz anchorage. Because he was not wearing a kill key lanyard, his dinghy continued to roar around the area at high speed.
Seeing the mishap, La Paz-based cruiser John Spicher of the 31-ft sloop Time Piece reportedly jumped in his dinghy and retrieved the ejected driver from the bay. They were headed to shore when the wayward dinghy glanced off an anchored boat and turned straight for Spicher's boat, running over the top of him. The deadly prop badly mangled his leg and both he and the rescued man were thrown overboard.
As Spicher attempted to climb back aboard he was struck again by the unmanned craft. This time it pinned him beneath it. The two men were rescued by a Mexican captain who administered first aid to Spicher's leg. Although we don't yet have all the details, Spicher was reportedly medevaced to the UC San Diego trauma center that same afternoon.
Needless to say, the whole bloody incident could have been avoided if the dinghy driver had been traveling at a more reasonable speed — and even more importantly, had been wearing a simple plastic kill switch lanyard around his wrist. If you don't have one, get one.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pics of the Week

Heading up to the boat today to enjoy one of my favorite activities.  We are sailing over to watch the Giants game.  We reserve a slip at the harbor next to the park and have a little tailgate in the slip.  Head to the game and then sail home after.  No traffic, great wind and soooo nice!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Clipper Yachts Poised for Arrival in SF

The round the world race is about to roll under the Gate in the next few days.  After a 25 day sail from the China, these 80' foot monsters are about 200 miles from SF as of yesterday.  They will be staying at South Beach Harbor near the ball park.  Next week, you can do a walk thru of the boats.  This race is manned by amateurs with the intent of pushing the crew to it's maximum potential as they sail the planets oceans.  In the Pacific, they saw some winds topping 60 knots and seas up to 30 feet.  They even lost a crewman overboard during a sail change.  He was recovered an hour or so later, thankfully.  Here is their projected arrivals thru the Golden Gate:

Henri Lloyd - Thurs 10 April Early AM
GREAT Britain - Thurs 10 April Early AM
Invest Africa - Thurs 10 April Early AM
Qingdao - Thurs 10 April AM
One DLL - Thurs 10 April AM
Old Pulteney - Fri 11 April AM
Switzerland - Currently in Stealth Mode
Derry~Londonderry~Doire - Fri 11 April PM Team Garmin - Sat 12 April Early AM
Mission Performance - Sat 12 April PM
Jamaica Get All Right - Sun 13 April PM
PSP Logistics - Sun 13 April PM