Monday, May 26, 2014

Extreme Windsurfing

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  I am off to the Caribbean for a boyz sailing/villa adventure.  Anguilla here we come.

Great Look Back At Apollo 11 Landing on Moon

Here is a cool look back at the first moon landing with all the audio and video.  Do you remember that famous night in July 1969?  I was hanging out at friends house watching history.  The neat thing about this is you get all the comms between flight control and the lunar module in real time.  Plus some nice video of the moon landing. 
Check it out here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Whale of a Video

Two SUPers head out the Gate and have a cool encounter with some Cali gray whales just off Ocean Beach.  Way cool.  Just after the 2 min. mark.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weekend Vids

Heading to the boat for a sail with a couple friends.  We hope to meet up with John and take some pics underway for his website.  Winds to 25 and gorgeous!  Enjoy your weekend and love your mother!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Coming to a Lagoon Near You - Dogzilla

When I watched the races of the 2010 America's Cup from Valencia, Spain, I was amazed at the sheer size of these boats.  The Oracle boat is almost 100' long and 100' wide.  The mast is over 220' high and cannot fit under the Golden Gate Bridge, even at low tide.  When they raced the best out of three, winds were at 6-8k and the boats were flying at over 20 knots!  She has been sitting on moth balls in a SF pier for the last few years.  On Saturday morning, she will fly in on air transport to her resting place in Redwood Shores.  She will sit in the lagoon that fronts Oracle Headquarters on Marine World Parkway.  I hope to see her fly in!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A Little Aloha Goes a Long Way

Greeting from Maui.  I am over here on vacation and thought I would help out an acquaintance of mine.  Ronnie Simpson is into torture.  He is currently on a sailing mission from SF to Australia on an engine less Cal 27.  He lost his mast on a routine sail and now is stuck in Lahina.  I am meeting with him today to give him a hand in replacing it with a new mast.  Ronnie has had a shitload of bad luck over the last 5 years and I have reported several of his mishaps on these pages.  In short, he has lost a rudder off San Diego and caught a passing freighter to China.  His float plan was taking him to Hawaii but this was not to be.  Then, in a return after a race to Hawaii, he lost his keel.  And still made it to SF.  Now a mast.  His dream is to sail in the 2018 Volvo Race around the planet.  Non stop on an Open 60.  Wow.  Check out his video below as I am only scratching the surface on the toughness this man owns.

I posted this vid a month ago but it is worth watching again! 

Had an amazing sunset sail on a friends 50 footer last night.  The crew was also delightful.

Monday, May 05, 2014

What's on Your Sailing Bucket List??

Lots of folks dream of sailing the planet, voyaging the Southern Ocean or getting to the islands for an extended time.  Here's my list, what's yours?

Sail to New Zealand and Australia form San Francisco on a 1.5 year voyage on my boat (have not purchased that boat yet)

Charter in the Grenadines

Charter in Croatia/Greece

Sail to Tomales Bay

Continue to sail the Baja Haha for experience and fun (three times so far)

Cruise the California Coast

Sail for an extended time on Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta

Sail in the Pacific Northwest and the San Juans

Charter in the BVI's again

Sail in the French Riviera and especially the area of Nice

Transit the Panama Canal

Set sail in Key West and the Dry Tortugas

Sail again in the Sea of Cortez

Sail and have fun safely!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

XXL Rides of the Year, Biggest Wave & Worst Wipe Out

Greg Long wins the $50k for Ride of the Year!

Here are the noms for Biggest Wave.

Galtier Garanx blew down a 63 footer to win the award last weekend.

Koa Rothman wins with flare!

Just for fun.  They are using a winch to tow in.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Equity Partnership Available on our Boat

One of our partners is departing and we have an opening on our 1981 Newport 30.  She is a sweet boat!  We have had our partnership going strong for 14 years.  The equity share is $3000 and monthly costs are $100 per month. We are looking for an experienced sailor that can handle winds in the slot of 30+ knots.

The boat is a 1981 Newport 30 III. We purchased her in 2000 with intent of bay sailing. She has proved herself time and time again in the heavy winds of the bay. She sleeps 4, has a roller on the jib, wheel steering, new dodger, new head, and does a great job of keeping us safe. Please contact me and I will be happy to show you the boat. Let me know if you are interested by sending me a note.  fungod at