Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
A few years back we had some work done on our mast. After 30 years, the bottom of the mast had corroded so bad, I could poke a screw driver thru the base. Not good. We had the yard cut off the bottom four inches and replace with a very hard material called G10. What we did not know was this put some very high tension on our forestay. Several months later I was out in 15 kt winds when the forestay broke free at it's base. My initial thought was, the mast is coming down. I ran to the bow but the wind in the sail held it high enough that I could not reach it to bring it back on to the boat. Wish the GoPro was running to see all this. I turn the boat towards the wind and got a hold of the sail and brought her down and lashed it to the mast. Grabbed the spin halyard and connected it to the bow for more support. The waves were not that big so I made in to the slip safely. A nearby rigger came by and said I was one lucky SOB. He repaired over the weekend and made a stronger hold at the bow. We have not had any issues since but I will never forget that scarey few minutes in the bow.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
I have been a DJ since 1990 and at 56 am feeling a bit old to be a DJ. However, I recently did a great event in SF and had that crowd rocking the dance floor. I also did a friends 60th bday in November and shook the ceiling with great tunes from the 60's. So maybe I am not that old. If Ruth can do it so can I. Heck, I am planning to sail 10,000 miles to Sydney when I turn 60. Not bad for an old guy!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
My first show was at Red Rocks in 1978. I was on a cross country road trip and my bud wanted to see the Dead. Knowing very little about the band, I was on board. We had an amazing show and it was the folks around us that made it so. During the song "The Wheel", the chorus goes, "if the thunder don't get you, then the lighting will", a huge bolt of lighting strikes over head. I thought to myself, the special effects at this show are amazing. Since then I have seen the band well over 40 times. What fun and some great tunes along the way. Being from the Bay Area, there were many shows in the 80's and 90's in my own backyard. Shoreline was a favorite venue. Once I rented a gorilla outfit and halfway thru the show, (just as the shrooms were kicking in for most) I scampered up the grass in my best gorilla imitation and the crowd reacted like I was a real gorilla. Too funny. Dancing with the crowd was a huge hit. Good times indeed!
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Please share this vid with your Deadhead friends!
Monday, January 19, 2015
About 15 years ago I was determined to find a boat to sail. Not sure what I wanted but it had to be under $500. I was at a lake and saw a note about a boat for sale. I contacted the gentleman and went to see the boat. He had owned for a while and was getting out of boating. She was a wooden Banks Dory that had been built in a shop class by a local school. She must be 20 years old by now. Anyway, I took the leap on this 16' open sail boat. She had a 505 rig and needed new paint and lots of work. Once I had her home, I had to put her in the water to make sure she still floats. There is a small slough near our house with a boat ramp. I took her down there to put her in the water. It was a low tide and the ramp was steep but I was determined to get her wet. I backed her down and went back to release the line holding her on the trailer. As soon as she started sliding into the water the rope broke and off she went into the water. The tide was flooding pretty good and off she went down the slough. OMG, there goes my boat!! Here I am running down the slough trying to catch up to my boat thinking I may not get her back. Sure enough there was a bend in the river and she got caught up in some weeds. My heart is pounding and I am thankful I got her back. Had her for about 12 years and some great sails on the sloughs, bay and lakes nearby. I even ended up on the front page of a local paper with me and my old golden Sierra sailing that same slough. What a great dog and an amazing old boat. Gave the boat away a few years back.
Foggy yesterday when Kona and I headed to the boat. Forecast was for 5kts. "You never know unless you go" is my new saying. Headed out and the fog brought the winds up to 10kts. Tacked near Treasure and the wind continues to increase. Hardly anyone out and I am almost at 6 kts of boat speed over the ground. Hit a few more tacks and finally around 2:30 the wind dies as the sun comes out. Need to get home early so perfect time to start up the electric motor and head for the barn. Not a bad sail for a day when I thought there would be very little wind.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Back east this week helping my parents. They were in a lobby waiting to be picked up on Christmas Eve. A car came roaring into the lobby of the building and hit both of them. Mom is doing better. My Dad was pinned up against the wall by the car. He will get out of the hospital this week and I hope to assist him in his recovery. At almost 90 years, it will be tough going. Please send him some hope with a comment! His name is Harry. He got me started on boating on the Chesapeake when I was a small boy. What a great Dad and Father!