Tuesday, April 25, 2017

XXL Biggest Wave of the Year Nominees

The winners will be announced this weekend in LA.  Hope to have a recap soon.

Departing for Charter in the Caribbean

We are departing this week for the Leeward Islands of the West Indies.  St. Martin, St. Barths, Saba and Anguilla.  Our 60' cat, Exodus, is awaiting our arrival.  My wife hates sailing, however, when you throw in a modern day cat, a captain and gourmet chef, she will follow me to the end of our watery planet.  Include our best friends and she will happily jump on board!  We have wifi on board our lovely yacht and I hope to be putting out some dispatches from the field.  Tales of large rum drinks invading the fly bridge and maybe a tale of a friendly pirate or two.  It's going be a blast and I cannot wait to jump aboard.  Join us for a trip of a lifetime to some of the most tranquil islands in the world.  Check out Exodus here.

We might not have this much fun but we are going to try!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pics of the Week

Paddle Only

Growing up in Delaware, our waves were not very big.  Once in a while a storm would come thru and we would get a little action.  I would surf all day in those days and got pretty good.  We took a trip to Hawaii when I was 17.  We were on Ohau and headed to the North Shore for the day.  We arrived at Sunset Beach and could see the waves way out there.  Looked like a good day.  We waxed up and headed out.  The waves were at least a half mile away.  After paddling for a long time we arrived at the break.  Oh my!  These waves were monsters and I was way out of my league.  I watched a couple go by and the locals surfing them skillfully.  I decided they were way too big for me and paddle back in with my tail between my legs.  We ended up at Haleiwa and had a much better situation to surf my first of many Hawaiian waves.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

H2uh0 Celebrates 12 Years this Month!

On April 2, 2005, two sailboat accidents on the bay prompted me to start this humble blog.  The first of the two, happened at the Golden Gate, when a Santana 22 got too close to the south tower and a wave picked them up and took them into the surf zone.  Boat sank and they were rescued by the surfers.  The other accident happen during a race to and from the Farallons (a small uninhabited island 28 miles off the coast of SF).   A racer had popped the chute for the run home when he got overpowered and the kite put the boat on its side and he lost control of the boat.  The spinnaker pulled him onto the beach and the boat was lost.

My motivation in starting this blog was to alert sailors of accidents and hopefully we can learn from them.  The blog has become much more than that and it has become a joy to share my experiences on our Newport 30 as we explore the bay and beyond.

The next phase of this blog is to chronicle my journey into buying a new to me boat in the fall and our adventure to Australia in September 2018.  I having been dreaming about this trip since the early 80's when I first started sailing on rent a boats with a friend on the bay.  It has been an amazing process and one that I am very proud of.  Some of the highlights include: owning our boat for almost 17 years, six Baja Haha's, chartering boats in the BVI, Belize, Mexico and the Grenadines, 5-7 day trips on the bay and Delta, sharing the wonders of sailing with 100's of friends and family on our bay and having the America's Cup sailed in my own backyard with the flying 72's going 40 knots plus across the bay.

I hope you will join us we sail down the west coast to Ecuador and beyond into the South Pacific.  We depart in 16 months, and 22 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes and 23 seconds!!!!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pale Blue Dot

Happy Easter!  Going out on the bay on Saturday to enjoy some old and new friends.  Also heading to see Toots and the Maytals on Friday.  I love this song.  An oldie from John Denver.

If I Won the Lottery

When I drive home from the boat, there is a big lottery sign that shows the current amount you could win.  Usually it's about $150m or so.  I like to think abut what I would do If I won the jackpot (we all do, right?).  Well, if I won, I would buy one of these boats and sail away.  What is your lottery wish?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Les Voiles de St. Barth

Big week in St Barts with the race of the year taking place.  1000 sailors will compete at one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies.  We will miss the race by two weeks as we depart for our charter adventure on the 29th.  Can't wait to see this beautiful place.

Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 by drone from St Barth Fly Cam on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Pics of the Week

Winds are picking up on the SF Bay!  This week we were out for some 30-35 knot winds and flying.   A storm hit Thursday with winds up to 64.  We did not sail in that.  Some of the boats at the boat show got heavily damaged due to temporary docks not being able to stand that much pressure.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Wipe Out of the Year Nominees

Off to the boat show today.  I have been many times to kick tires and jump aboard some beautiful yachts.  Today is a little different as I am on a mission.  I am on the cusp of buying the boat that will take us to Australia.  I will be looking for brokers and getting their info as my quest for the perfect boat begins in September.  Wish me luck.

Good Advice!

Dear Abby:

I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Any suggestions?

Sam in Cali
Dear Sam: Yes. Run for public office.

 Dear Abby,

I am very worried about my husband of 3 years.  We will call him Max.  The last three times I have entered the bathroom, I have caught Max masturbating.  The first time was one thing, but three times in the last 2 weeks?  I am very concerned about his actions and need your advice right away.

Perplexed in Pennsylvania

Dear Perplexed,  I have one word of advice: KNOCK

Saturday, April 01, 2017

40th Anniversary Issue

Our friends at Latitude 38 began writing way back in 1977.  Richard Spindler had a dream and started his publication on a boat in Sausalito.  The mag has been a wild success.  He now has three boats (Europe canal boat, a 64' cat that is the mother ship for the Baja Haha, and a 42' cat in St. Barts).  He and his writing crew have done well.  He recently sold the rag to an associate, but still writes his columns.  Download this month's issue here.

Download the PDF version for easy reading.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Pics of the Week

 When they say: 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms

Enjoy the weekend and get to the water if you can.

Swimming with Whales

Head to the 9:15 mark for the whales.  This vlogging couple just picked up their brand new catamaran in France.  The builders of the cat, gave them a yacht to promote their product.   It's a $1m boat.  Now they will make their way back to the Carib and eventually, the Pacific.  Lucky!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Big Wave Rides of the Year

Full screen only!  Part of the Billabong production that will air 4-29.  Big prize money and lots of beautiful people.  More to come.

Bonus Vid:  Cool windsurf foiling.

William Huppert wind foil feeling from Easy Ride on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Proper Knowledge

A while back, I was vacationing with my family in Playa del Carmen, MX.  They had some small Hobie cats you could rent right off of the beach.  I approached the palapa where the staff was hanging out.  I asked if I could rent one of the cats.  The guy in charge started quizing me on my experience.  I told him I owned two sailboats on the SF bay and had 25 plus years of sailing.  I guess he didnot believe me so he continued to quiz me.  I was shocked and came up with this gem.  "Amigo, I have forgotten more about sailing than you will ever know".  He was stunned by this comment and gave me permission to use this main sail only boat.  Good times on the water ensued!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I Like the Cut of Your Jib!

Full screen is preferred.

Commissioned to challenge the America’s Cup in the early 1930s, Sir Thomas Sopwith applied aviation technology to Endeavour and spared nothing to make her the finest yacht of her day. She was launched in 1934 and become one of the best known yachts afloat, but after the war her fate often hung by a thread and eventually she was saved at the eleventh hour in 1984 by American yachtswoman Elizabeth Meyer. Her faithful five-year rebuild saw Endeavour sail again and kick-started the entire J revival. Endeavour sailed again on June 22, 1989, for the first time in 52 years.
More recently, her current owner undertook major upgrade of both rig and interior before entering and winning a series of races and regattas.
One of the three last remaining original J-Class yachts still in existence, she boasts a surprisingly luxurious interior that will sleep up to eight guests and features hand-crafted wood panelling and traditional leather furniture.
In 2017, after an absence of 80 years, J-Class yachts will return to the America’s Cup and compete in their own four-day classic regatta. Endeavour will automatically qualify to race and she may also be available for America’s Cup promotional and charter work.  She is for sale at just under $20m.

More info on the J Class and some history.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sailing Tip of the Month

When I first started sailing our new to us boat on the bay...way back in 2000, I was very concerned about determining whether or not I was on a collision course with another boat.  It's a busy bay out there and without proper knowledge, it can get scary.  Then a friend, Geoff, gave me one of the best sailing tips ever.  It's called the Nicholls Effect (named after him!).  When you see a boat coming your way, look at the land behind the boat.  If it is not moving. you are on a collision course.  If the land is disappearing behind the bow, the boat will pass in front of you.  How cool is that?  If you are on the ocean, a hand bearing compass will show you the same.  Or you could use a stanchion to determine movement or not.  Try it next time you go out.  This has saved me a lot of gray hair.  I believe the proper name is ranging. Yes?

Pics of the Week

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend on the Water!

My swimming buddy Joe from college drove out from Vegas to meet me for a weekend of sailing.  We headed up to the boat Friday morning and departed in light winds.  Our destination was South Beach in SF.  About 2pm we had 8-10 knots and it looked like we would not make it.  I even made plans with Tex when we returned to the dock.  About 2:30 the winds started picking up.  By 3pm, we had 15 knots and we are headed for SF.  We made it there shortly after 5pm and missed getting a key to the gates.  We could not go in or out without someone randomly coming by with a key.  It worked out OK and we headed to a restaurant for dinner.  Great meal and we headed back to the boat for some rest.  Up early for an egg scramble and a walk.  Another swim buddy Dave from UNLV was joining us, along with another friend, Neil.   We took off in light winds and hoped for the best.  We were next to the city front for several hours fighting the tide and light winds.  After lunch, the winds started to pick up and we were moving.  We had about 3 hours of good winds and great sailing.  About 4pm, we started heading back to Emeryville.  We slept on the boat that night and then cleaned up the boat and headed out for the beach.  So glad I got my friends together and we had some wind to enjoy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tesla Sailing - A Review of our Electric Engine

We lost our 35 year old diesel engine about 3 years ago (we have owned our Newport 30 for over 16 years).  We decided to replace it with an electric engine.  We purchased a kit from Electric Yachts of Socal and installed it ourselves over a few weekends.  In our first set up, we had all 8 AGM batteries set up in a daisy chain.  There was too much resistance and the batteries only lasted about a year.  They should last 4-5 years or more.  We replaced them last year at this time.  We also changed our set up to 2 four battery sets and put a battery selector between them.  Since then we have had no issues and the batteries are strong.  We sail the SF Bay so windless days are few and far between.  We don't use our engine that much because it is usually blowing 15-30 knots.  This arrangement might not be a good idea if you are on the Chesapeake where winds can be very light for days!  Our range is about 12 miles at 4 knots when motoring.  We usually use the engine for less than a mile on a normal day.  In and out of the harbor and to a lunch spot for instance.  As we sail at hull speed, we also recharge the batts with our spinning propeller.  How cool is that?  It is also very quiet when motoring with no diesel smells.  We are super happy with this setup!  Cost was about $9k and we pay about $11 per month in electricity to recharge our house bank and engine bank.  If you are interested in converting, hit me up with any questions.  In certain areas with lots of wind, this is a great way to go!
Is that a pristine engine room or what?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two for One

Had two great sails over the weekend.  Took out a group of friends on Saturday and a solo sail on Sunday.  Saturday we had wind all day with about 15 knots.  Beautiful for sure.  Made a lunch stop at Clipper and it felt like summer out there.  The Bomba's loved it.  Kona got to go the beach with John.
On Sunday, Kona and I made it to Craig's Cove for some swimming.  I kayaked, Kona swam (water is about 56 right now).  Had a very nice run home.  Winds were a bit lighter, but pleasant.
Next weekend, my friend Joe heads out from Vegas for a weekend on the bay.  Should be a hoot.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bertish Conquers The Atlantic - with a Paddleboard

In the span of 93 days, Chris Bertish crossed more than 4,050 nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean — and he conquered this lonely crossing standing up. When the South African surfer entered English Harbour on the island of Antigua on Thursday, he was riding the same massive stand-up paddleboard that bore him from Morocco's Agadir Marina roughly three months ago.

Still, if Bertish's equipment wasn't much different from when he started, his place in the record books now certainly is: On Thursday, Bertish became the first person in history to make a solo trans-Atlantic journey on a stand-up paddleboard.

"Across the entire Atlantic Ocean and I am finally here," Bertish wrote Thursday on Facebook. "I don't need to be strong and keep it together any longer; it's been 93 days and it's done and I let it all go... I am home!"

By the time he made it to the West Indies, battling fittingly windy and rough conditions," SUP Magazine reports he had already faced down "shark encounters, equipment failures, unfavorable trade winds, loneliness and huge swells."
Continue reading here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

For Your Weekend

I started surfing in the late 60's in lower Delaware (Indian River Inlet).  Moved up to the big time in Cali in 1981 and living in Carmel, CA.  I was 22 and surf was my middle name.  Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Ocean Beach, Hawaii and more.  Got my first tube ride at Zuma.  What a rush.  They say it can feel like you are returning to the womb while inside the tube.  However, this is a womb with a view!  Happy weekend!

Back in the Saddle

Just returning from a few days up in the mountains of Lake Tahoe.   The beautiful lake is full to the brim!  There is a ton of snow and our water worries are in the rear view mirror (for now).  Skied in some poor conditions on Tuesday.  Vis was not good and I took a spill and messed up my shoulder pretty good.  Missed the next day with soreness and a very stiff arm.  Starting to loosen up, but it will take a while to heal.  Good news, I can still sail.  Heading out this weekend.  Weather looks good and 70ish.  Should be delightful out on the water!


Friday, March 03, 2017

Pics Of The Week

Have a great weekend and get out to the sea, lake, pond or slough if you can!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Download The Mag!

Download the PDF version as it is very easy to navigate.  Enjoy the West Coast's top sailing rag.  It's as free as the wind.