Thursday, March 26, 2020

Couple O' Vids

Went sailing yesterday to get a break.  Bit of rain on the way out but no big deal.  Floating near TI and the wind comes up quickly. About 10 knots with just a genoa out.  Sailing towards SF and I end up tacking up the city front towards the gate for most of the day.  Soon the wind is up to 20 knots.  We are hitting 8 on the speedo.  Nice tack near Alcatraz and I need to avoid a marker.  No traffic on the bay and I am the only boat as far as I can see.  One of the most relaxing sails ever!  Heading home with lots of wind and I decide to stay out a couple more hours as it is sublime sailing.  It just keeps getting better!

We lost Kona suddenly two weeks ago to cancer.  Being home without a dog is a drag!  We signed up for a new pup as did three other friends (the dogs are all females from the same litter).  We now have 4 new golden retriever pups coming our way end of April.  Our dogs name is Hana after the town in Maui near the Seven Sacred Pools.  One of my favorite spots in the world!  We always name our dogs after favorite places we have visited.  First dog was Sierra, then Kona and now Hana!  Can't wait for our fist sail! 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Kona in the WInd

Last summer at Coyote Hills in Fremont.  We hiked here hundreds of times over the last almost 12 years. He was a wonderful friend and companion as well as my best sailing buddy!

Ode to my First Mate

I could not have asked for a better sailing buddy than Kona, my golden retriever.  He has been sailing with me for the last 11.5 years on the SF Bay.  He has also been my constant companion off the boat.  On Sunday evening, after two day sails with friends, he fainted.  I got him into the berth and he did not move for 30 minutes.  We took him to the vet and an ultrasound revealed he had fluid in his lungs and heart.  He had cancer that had spread and there was nothing to be done.  He passed peacefully on Tuesday. 

He was our second golden and a 1 in a million dog!  He was an amazing friend and companion.  He never got in a fight with other dogs, was very friendly to small children and got compliments where ever we went.  I was approached by many strangers who had to say hello to him.  He was such a special boy.  I will miss him greatly.  His favorite part of the sail was when I anchored and put the kayak in the water so he could swim to the beach.  I love you boy!  You were the best!

Kona at Crater Lake in mid-July 2019.

Monday, March 02, 2020

Ultimate Frisbee

I was an Ultimate player from 79-94 and loved this sport.  I played on a team that practiced at Stanford called SCUM.  It stood for severely crazed ultimate maniacs.  We played most of our games in the Bay Area but also traveled to Santa Barbara, Chico, Honolulu, Santa Cruz and more for tournaments.   Most of my friends were from that team and we are still friends today.  I was out playing Frisbee golf last week with friends from the Bay Area and my oldest friend from the east coast Steve.  They alerted me to a movie on the history of Ultimate.  Called Flatball, you can watch it on Amazon.  Check out the trailer.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Winter Update

Heading into the last week of February, I have been doing some work on the boat and sailing a bunch as well.  The weather has been sunny and 60's with no rain the entire month.  And this is the rainy season.  We have a huge high-pressure system that is pushing the storms north into Oregon and Washington.  I have a friend in southern Oregon and they have not seen the sun in weeks.   With all the great weather on the bay, I have had some fantastic sails.  Winter winds are in the 12-18 range.  I have been getting out twice a week and catching those perfect winds.  Next week I head up to Sausalito for the night and hang out with my best east coast friend, Steve.  It should be a blast.

Had a great New Years on the boat!  Sailed to SF and got a slip at South Beach.  Had 2 friends join me for an epic dinner onboard.  Then we walked to The Chase Center for an NYE with Dead and Co.  Bunch of friends from Woodside were there and we had some fun.  Must have been my 35 show or so.  What a great way to bring in 2020.

We returned last April from our 7 month voyage to Mexico and back to SF.  The boat is finally getting back to her pre voyage self.  I recently took off the solar panels as they were not working.  My inverter/charger got fried in Mexico.  The manufacturer sent me a new one and Tex and I installed it without a hitch.  Now we have the ability to recharge the batts at the dock.  Did not have that luxury for many months, but it all worked out.  Taking her in for bottom paint next month.

Looking forward to another amazing summer on the bay.  This will be my 20th summer on keelboats on the bay.  Lots of amazing sails in that time.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

AC - World Series starts this spring!

As you know, the AC has four teams for the 36th iteration of the Cup (NZ, UK and 2 USA teams).  It will take place in NZ in January and Feb. 2021.  Prior to the Cup, the World Series is shaking things up in different locations to promote the next go-round.

2020 ACWS Schedule:
April 23-26 – Cagliari, Italy
June 4-7 – Portsmouth, England
December 17-20 – Auckland, New Zealand

The practice boats are almost 40 feet (12 meters).  The actual AC boats will be 75 feet and can hit 35-40 knots.  Take a look at the weird and wonderful.  Go to the 13 min. mark for the AC boats.