Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Another Rower in Trouble

Rower Lia Ditton set off for Hawaii several weeks ago.  She was hit by a huge wave and her boat capsized.  She was able to send out a few notes via her website and described the chaos.  You will have to go to her website to read about the ordeal.
Good luck girl, you are gonna need it!

Here is her position.  She is having a tuff time getting into the trades which will take her west to the islands.  We lost another rower last week attempting the same.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bad News from Brick House

Sailing far away lands during the pandemic has left many cruisers in limbo.  No swimming, snorkeling, visiting other boats are all forbidden.  But what if you catch the virus while cruising and sheltering in place?  Here is the saddest story I have run across so far.  It shows how serious and sad this new reality is.  I hope Rebecca recovers from this and finds whatever she is hoping for.  My heart goes out to her.  They were getting close to closing the loop of their decade plus circumnavigation.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Laurel Canyon

Just watched this 2 part documentary with a huge smile on my face (and a few tears of joy!).  These are some of my favorite bands and performers that lived within 10 minutes from each other near LA in the 60's & 70's.  Joni, CSN&Y, Moma's and the Papa's, Doors, Eagles, Jackson Brown and many more.  I love this film and if you remember the 60's, you weren't really there!

Monday, June 08, 2020

Go Fast Go North

I watched a great documentary about some young guys with an Olson 30 who sailed the 2016 R2AK.  They were in it to place near the top.  Their competitors were on fast cats and trimarans that did well in light as well as heavy air.  The key to the race is having a way to move the boat when there is no wind.  And here is where innovation plays a big role.  The team that was the focus of the film was called Hot Mess.  They missed getting in the top 10 because of their lack of an efficient way to move the boat when the wind dies.  It's a beautiful movie and you get a feel for how difficult this 750 mile race is.  They finished the race in 6 days and change.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

100% Virus Free Post

R2AK 2015

Team Freeburd's 1st attempt at the 750 mile race to Alaska.  They got 4th in 2015, did not finish in 16 and won in 17.  Amazing!  This may be the most demanding race in the Americas!  Love this vid!

Sir Peter

Watched a great film on the history of Peter Blake's sailing career.  It takes an in-depth look at his victories and his family.  And also the tragedy of his death.  You can rent the doc online for a couple bucks.  Enjoy!

Blakey from JachtFilm on Vimeo.</

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Funny Story About Knots

A few years ago, we were on a boys trip to Puerto Vallarta.  We chartered a sailboat for a sunset sail on a private boat.  We board and are welcomed with Pacifico's all around.  Once on the water, the captain starts bragging about his sailing knowledge.  So I ask him where the term knots originated?  He exclaimed that back in the day when the slaves were down below rowing the warships, those in charge would whip the slaves to make the ship go faster.  To do this, they would tie more knots on their whips to make it more painful and get them to work harder.  I laughed and asked him if he was crazy?  I then told everyone where the term actually came from. 

It goes something like this:
Ancient mariners used to gauge how fast their ship was moving by throwing a piece of wood or other floatable object over the vessel’s bow then counting the amount of time that elapsed before its stern passed the object. This method was known as a Dutchman’s log. By the late 16th century, sailors had begun using a chip log to measure speed. In this method, knots were tied at uniform intervals in a length of rope (48 ft or 8 fathoms between knots) and then one end of the rope, with a pie-slice-shape piece of wood (or “chip”) attached to it, was tossed behind the ship. As the vessel moved forward, the line of rope was allowed to roll out freely for a specific amount of time, which was typically tabulated with a sandglass (30 seconds). Afterward, the number of knots that had gone over the ship’s stern was counted and used in calculating the vessel’s speed. A knot came to mean one nautical mile per hour. Therefore, a ship traveling at 15 knots could go 15 nautical miles per hour.

For a number of years, there was disagreement among various nations about the exact measurement of a nautical mile, which is based on the Earth’s circumference. In 1929, the international nautical mile was standardized at 6,076 feet; it was adopted by the United States in 1954. A nautical mile is different from a mile on land, which is based on walking distance. The Romans first defined a land mile as 1,000 paces or pairs of steps; it was set at its current measurement of 5,280 feet by Queen Elizabeth I in 1593.

We all had a good laugh and enjoyed the sail and the humpbacks.