Thursday, September 21, 2017

We are getting closer!

Tex and I went for a test sail on Tuesday.  We had just finished a successful survey of the 40' Jeanneau and then we hit the water.  The winds were 10-12 on a nice sunny afternoon.   We headed south from Richmond towards Treasure Island.  The boat was nice and steady and the helm as light as a feather in these conditions.  Had a great sail!  We have a few minor issues to iron out and we will buy the boat.  At the dock, we ran into the original owner and he said he would buy this boat again if he was in the market.  I will let you know when the deal is done!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy Me Hearties, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day!  First a little history lesson:  Way back in 1995, John Baur and Mark Summers were playing raquetball.  As they were flailing towards a ball, one of them yelled "Aarrgh" and soon they were firing pirate phrases as fast as the ball, around the court. They found it fun to throw out pirate phrases once in a while and decided to do it once a year. They determined that September 19th would be the big day (based on Mark's ex-wife's birthday).  They kept it up for a few years with friends and were having some fun with it.  Some how, they got a hold of famous newspaper columnist,  Dave Barry.  He wrote a story about it and became their spokesperson for the holiday.  From there it has become an international holiday of sorts.

Handy phrases and vocab:

Ahoy: Hey!
Avast: Stop!
Aye: Yes
Black spot: to be 'placin' the black spot' be markin' someone for death.
Booty: treasure
Buccanneer: a pirate who be answerin' to no man or blasted government.
By the Powers!: an exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!
Cat o' nine tails: whip for floggin' mutineers
Corsair: a pirate who be makin' his berth in the Med-...Medi-...that sea 'tween Spain and Africa, aye!
Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom o' the sea, where the souls of dead men lie
Doubloons: pieces of gold...
Fiddlers Green: the private heaven where pirates be goin' when they die.
Furner: a ship which be yer own, not one ye steal an' plunder.
Gentlemen o' fortune: a slightly more positive term fer pirates!
Go on the account: to embark on a piratical cruise
Grog: A pirate's favorite drink.
Jack: a flag or a sailor
Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!
Keelhaul: a truly vicious punishment where a scurvy dog be tied to a rope and dragged along the barnacle-encrusted bottom of a ship. They not be survivin' this.
Landlubber: "Land-lover," someone not used to life onboard a ship.
Lass: A woman.
Lily-livered: faint o' heart
Loaded to the Gunwales (pron. gunnels): drunk
Matey: A shipmate or a friend.
Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.
Me: My.
Pieces o' eight: pieces o' silver which can be cut into eights to be givin' small change.
Privateer: a pirate officially sanctioned by a national power
Scallywag: A bad person. A scoundrel.
Scurvy dog!: a fine insult!
Shiver me timbers!: an exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.
Son of a Biscuit Eater: a derogatory term indicating a bastard son of a sailor
Sprogs: raw, untrained recruits
Squadron: a group of ten or less warships
Squiffy: a buffoon
Swaggy: a scurvy cur's ship what ye be intendin' to loot!
Swashbucklin': fightin' and carousin' on the high seas!
Sweet trade: the career of piracy
Thar: The opposite of "here."
Walk the plank: this one be bloody obvious.
Wench: a lady, although ye gents not be wantin' to use this around a lady who be stronger than ye.
Wi' a wannion: wi' a curse, or wi' a vengeance. Bol

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Price Agreed Upon...We are Buying a Yacht!

We are into the survey and sea trial phase. That will happen on Tuesday.  I have hired one of the top naval architects for the job.  The boat in this vid is a sistership (not our boat).  The elements that I have been looking for in a modern day cruiser are: no inmast furling (I believe this to be a very dangerous feature), 3 cabins, and lucky for me, they just put $20k into rigging and sails.  Folks, I think we have a winner!

Our plan is to depart for Australia in next September!  My friends Mike and Tex are joining me for the one year adventure to Brisbane.  I am so #@^*^# excited!!!  I can't wait to tell you about my adventures!  If there are any followers in the Bay Area, let me know and let's go for a sail on my new to me boat!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Believe in Yourself

I am working all weekend so go enjoy the water if you can ( in other words, I won't be out there to run into your boat!).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pushing the Limits

Put an offer in on a 40' Jeanneau.  I will let you know how it goes.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Departing for Australia in 365 Days

In the process of looking at boats for the adventure.  Our plan for our departure is to have our friends and family join us for a send off at the dock.  We will sail off towards Sausalito and spend the night in Richardson Bay.  During the ebb in the morning, we will hoist anchor and head to Half Moon Bay for our first leg of the 7500 mile journey.  It's going to be epic!  For the next year, we will sail south and west to Brisbane.  We will sell the boat there and fly back home to California.  Bon voyage!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Hurricane Hole in BVI...Not

So sad.  My friend wants to buy a cat and moor her in the BVI's.  This may change his mind.

Don't Go To Burning Man!

I thought that might get your attention.  No,no no.  Everyone should go to burning man at least once.  This was my third trip to the playa.  I headed up with my buddy Chris in an RV.  Had an easy trip up and entered the gates about 6:30am on Monday.  We were at our camp in no time.  There are about 30 folks in a well prepared camp with shade, screens and some couches.  Our art car is behind schedule so we pitch in to get her ready.  Each afternoon, Chris and I would head out to some bars for drinks and entertainment.  There was a great Phish tribute band at one of the camps.  We danced and had fun all afternoon.  One of the gals we met was spraying breast milk on her friend, that was interesting.  In the evening, we would head out on the slug and visit some of the art installations and hit some of the DJ sets.  The Tree was amazing as was the interactive wheel with the lights.  There were tons of exhibits to see and hang out at.  It was a hot burn this year but the nights were perfect.  We had one major wind storm on Tuesday that almost blew our camp away.  My friend Chris met a gal and they decided to meet up on the playa at 10 that night.  Meet me at the heart on the playa she said.  Chris was ready.  Turns out there are 6 hearts on the playa and he missed his connection.  On Saturday, we headed out on the art car for the burn.  We had front row seats and it was truly spectacular.  One guy broke through two security teams and ran into this huge wall of fire.  He did not make it out.  Sunday, we broke down the camp and headed home.  Another great week at Black Rock!  Chris and I are both in our mid to late 50's.  If you think you are too old for BM, you are not.  We met folks in their late 60's and they were having the time of their life.  Yes it is mostly young folks but everyone can be part of the fun.  The next burn is in 360 days!  For more pics, go here. 
More pics here.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

R2AK on a boat with paralyzed sailors

R2AK is a race from Victoria, BC to Ketchikan, AK.  750 miles in some very unforgiving waters.  No motors or assistance are allowed.  To be fully healthy and attempt this race is foolhardy.  To be paralyzed and attempt this race is just plain insane.  I got a little misty towards the end as this is a very well told story.  Please watch and share!

He is a quick vid about the race.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Burning Man Was Spectacular!

Just back from the playa and still have playa dust on my feet.  I will prepare a recap of this year's festivities this week.  In the meantime, here is a look at some of the best artwork on the beach.  The weather was very hot but the nights were perfect.  Stay tuned!