Saturday, May 02, 2015

XXL Best Waves of the Year

We have had somewhat of a warm week in Norcal.  However, yesterday the fog came roaring in and our natural air condition and wind generator is back.  Heading up for a sail today with some friends that should be outta sight.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Major Air

Getting ready to take some kite boarding lessons.  My plan is to include a kiteboard on the boat for our trans Pacific sail.  After wind surfing for 15 years, I hope to pick this up quickly.  Imagine that, we are in Tahiti with lagoons that stretch for miles with good winds and flat water.  We pull out the board and start flying!  Cowabunga.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

An Ode to My First Mate

My golden retriever Kona has been the best first mate a sailor could ask for.  We have been sailing together for the last 6.5 years and have had some amazing times sailing the bay and swimming to the beach together.  We have sailed together almost 500 times!  Napa, Sausalito, Delta, Petaluma are all destinations we have spent multiple days together on the water and on land.  Kona loves having crew aboard and snuggles up on a long reach.  He gets in the way alot when we are tacking but its no big deal.  When I sleep on board he is right next to me in the v-berth.  I love having him on board and so does my crew.  Here to you boy, the best dog a guy could hope to have. 

The top shot he is about 12 weeks.  The second shot was taken in April 2015.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Bonehead Move that Started This Blog

Ten years ago this month, two sailors were heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge and the south tower.  Their 22 foot boat was going fast when she was picked up by a large set wave.  The wave picked her up and tossed her crew into the ocean.  The sailors were rescued by some surfers and the boat sank.  The cool part was the photographer that caught the action and posted it on his blog.  The accident made me think that maybe by starting a blog about sailors mistakes, we could all learn something and not make the same mistake in the future.  A blog was born that day.  Here are the pics from the accident.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Meaning of Life

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.