Friday, June 15, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Departure in 90 Days!!

We plan to depart September 9 (Sunday).  Our destination is deep into Mexico.  The boat is progressing nicely as far as the prep for our seven month adventure.  I have a few more major items on my to do list plus lots of little items.  The crew is coming together (Tex and Mike) and looking forward to life on the hook.  We plan to blog the trip so stay tuned!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Taking a Break

Aloha sailing fans,

I am taking a break from the blog.  I will resume as we get closer to our departure date for our cruise to Mexico in September.  After 13 years of blogging on this site, I need to focus my efforts else where.  I will be back and our hope is to blog as we go along on our 7 month adventure.  It's going to be a blast!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Couple with zero sailing experience loose everything!

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A couple who abandoned their workaday lives to buy a sailboat for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure instead lost almost everything when it sank on day two of their journey off Florida.

News outlets report that Tanner Broadwell, Nikki Walsh and their pet pug escaped injury when the 28-foot boat hit something and capsized Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico near Madeira Beach. But the couple says just about everything else on the boat floated away.

"How do I have everything," Walsh told the Tampa Bay Times, "and end up in a s----- hotel with nothing?"

The couple had no sailing experience, save for some help from Broadwell's father.

They said they planned to escape modern life on the sailboat after leaving Breckenridge, Colorado, last year. Now Broadwell says they have no jobs, no savings and no place to go

Local boat captains say sandbars often shift in the channel in John's Pass where the sailboat capsized. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, the couple said they got confused while sailing at night, when the "red and green buoys seemed out of place, they said, and the shoal wasn't where their 2016-17 navigational charts said it should be."

The boat sank in about nine feet of water and is still in the channel. The Coast Guard has informed the couple they must pay to remove and store the boat, a process that could cost up to $10,000.

"I'm not going to give up now," Broadwell told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm going to get another boat down the road."

via SFGate

Skiffs in Sydney

Had a nice sail on Saturday with a trip to the city and some 18-20 knot winds.  Boat is almost ready to leave the yard and come home.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Took the boat up to the yard on 12-19 to add some cruising gear and make improvements.  Finally getting her back this weekend.  Solar panels and AIS were the last items.  Winds are forecast for 15-25 on Saturday and away we go!

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Crush of the Week - Tina Louise as Ginger

Way back in the mid 60's, Gilligan's Island premiered on TV.  Seven castaways stranded on a remote island in the Pacific.  I was about 7 at the time and I experienced my first TV crush: Ginger.  She played a Marilyn Monroe/Jane Mansfield role and stole the show.  She actually thought the show was about her as she had been promised a starring role.  Well as a young lad, I was smitten.  She seemed very tall to me, she was curvy and so so sexy.  The show ran from 64 to 67 and I think I saw every one of those shows.  Tina claimed that the show ruined her acting career because she was typecasted into that character.  Did you have a crush on Ginger or was it Mary Ann?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018


Here is a trick from the old school.  Imagine you are in an anchorage and the wind and swell are coming from different directions.   A boat will naturally point into the wind and make sleep very long as the swell is from the same direction.   If the boat is pointing into the wind but the swell is more than 45 degrees different,  the swell will rock you out of bed!  Here is a great solution to this issue so you won't lose any sleep.

More here:

Not many folks know about this little trick so next time you are out there and can't sleep due to a rocking boat, whip this one out!

Puerto Vallarta Stopover

We will be in Puerto Vallarta from January 16-23, 2019 for any family and friends who want to join us for sails and visiting the hot spots on the bay. If we get a big response we can extend for another week.
Playa Caballo

Monday, February 05, 2018

Making your sailing dreams come true!

I written many times how my dream was to sail across the Pacific.  Yes that dream is hold until I retire, but the good news is that dream sprang to life 31 years ago.  It will one day come true.  Currently, we are set to depart in September for a 7 month adventure to Mexico and back.  The bottom line is that we are moving forward with the dream! 

I followed a couple online that was sailing the world on a beautiful boat, some may remember Alex and Taru.  She was stunning and he was a kite surfer.  I was looking for their blog and found that it seems she and he have split and she is now with a small child living a simple life.  She had some cool things to say about achieving your dreams:

What if life was just a dream. There's nothing that can prove that it is not. So potentially, this all may be a very advanced, very realistic and extraordinarily vivid dream that we live within. A lucid dream in which you are awake and conscious. Where you have been given the magic wand to create all the worlds and wishes of your desire. It's just that you have forgotten your power. Forgotten that you are the God and the creator of your life.

Whatever life is, what is stopping you, right now, from doing what you really want? Living the life you dream of?

Are you blocking the perfect flow of life energy with limiting beliefs about yourself? Is there a twisted side to yourself thinking that you are not worth happiness? Or do you let other people or rules of society write the story of your life?

And how do you even come to an understanding of what you really want in life? When there are so many options. When life pulls you this way and that. And aren't there so many things we should do, in order to be respected/loved/acknowledged. And what about fitting in? Moving too wildly outside of the frames that your peers move within just seems way too risky. Or?

If you take a quiet moment to yourself and reflect upon it, you do know that none of that is really important. You do know in your heart that you are here for a purpose, just like everyone else. Looking at the lives of other people, it may seem that everyone's got it all worked out. That they all seem to have found their path to happiness.

Read more here.

Taru on a sailing/beach adventure!

History Lesson: Slocum

Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 - November 14, 1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.
Any sailor worth his salt knows the story of how Slocum spread thumb tacks on his decks at night to keep the bad guys away from his boat. What a great way to keep them at bay!

Back in Action...

Muscle-Up from Robert McIntosh on Vimeo.

Back east last week as my Dad passed away on Friday with his family by his bedside.  He was almost 93 and had a great life.  We will miss him and cherish him always.  He is now riding the big bike in the sky.  Love You, Dad!

Friday, January 26, 2018

RIP Warren Miller - Ski Film Maker

America's Cup for Dirt Bags

I love this race!


Have a great weekend and head down to the water (or ice).

Black Pearl - Bigger and Badder

Similar to the Maltese Falcon in that she has a Dynarig (when the boat tacks, the masts rotate to adjust the sail angle).  The sails have solar panels on them and the prop spins to regenerate enrgy to the batts.  Pretty cool.  Only 12 guest berths for this massive beauty so it's quality of friends not quantity.  She was a steal at $150m!

Headed out for a short sail yesterday in mixed weather.  Lots of clouds and some sun with a 12 knot breeze.  The water turned white as some engery was moving in.  Was not sure what it was.  It hit the boat and turned out to be a dump of hail.  The cockpit was full of hail and I am in bare feet.  I headed for home and put away the boat.  As soon as I got to the car, the skies had cleared and it was amazing out there.  Always happens.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pics of the Week

Aquarius is back in her slip.  She was in the yard for a month getting some paint and upgrades.  Still have a few more things on my list.  Have some sails coming up between rain storms here in the Bay Area.  The future is so bright, we gotta wear shades.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Be Careful Out There!

Power boater allegedly distracted by his cell phone.  Fisherman are suing for damages.  Gotta be looking!  This could have been a lot worse.

Monday, January 15, 2018

MLK Set to Music

My fav radio program was 10@10 on KFOG radio.  It is no longer on the radio but has been resurrected on the web.  There are some great speeches and songs that reflect on the legacy of this amazing man.  Please listen and enjoy!  If you enjoy this show there are almost 300 other ten great songs from one great year on mixcloud.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Best sail of the year!

Well it is is only the second sail, but this one was fantastic!  The boat has been in the yard getting painted, adding batteries, stereo and 4 speakers, new head, solar, and more.  She has been in the yard for over 3 weeks.  I headed up and first thing I did was fire up the Sony and checked the audio.  Sounds great!  Speakers in the cockpit are mounted on the dodger for excellent sound.  Took off with a forecast of 10-15.  Hit the bay and the wind was up.  I don't sail in this area alot so it was nice to be north of my home waters and near the Richmond Bridge.  The wind was mostly 15 with a couple 18-19's and the boat hitting 8.2 SOG.  Not bad for a 40 footer with a 38' waterline.  Had a marvelous day with Kona (my golden) and relishing some fine sun and nice temps (t-shirt weather!).  I am really enjoying this sexy, beautiful boat.  We depart for Mexico in 7 months!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Only Non Pirates Need Apply

Found this on Craigslist:

“This is a chance of a lifetime! My best girlfriend and I are planning to come into some money soon. We plan on living the dream, buying a large sailboat and just traveling around the world. Although quite adventurous, we are only two small young girls, thus quite defenseless. Well, we could theoretically defend ourselves, but we will most likely be drunk most of the time and thus not in the right state to be on the lookout for pirates or rapists. I’m not sure I would be very good shooting a pirate with double vision. I tried going to the gun range, while hammered, to practice, but for some reason they would not rent me a gun. I tried explaining my fear of pirates, but that just got me physically carried out. Apparently yelling, 'But how will I fight the pirates? They could come at any moment!' caused some sort of distrust between me the gun range man. Personally, I think he must have been on some sort of power trip. Anyway, all we need is one strong, fearless man to kill any pirates we come across. If you have killed a man before, that could be a plus. If you have any pirate-killing experience, you are a definite shoo-in. You may be the luckiest man you know and the envy of all your friends. You will be able to travel the world, lie in the sun all day with two hot girls, and explore a different city every week without a care in the world — except pirates. I cannot stress this enough. We may from time to time ask you to help fish or man the sails, but your main concern and number one enemy is pirates. Also, if you are anything like Kurt Russell in Captain Ron, we encourage you to apply.”

Maverick's Contest May Go Monday?

They have contacted the 10 men and 2 women to let them know the contest may fly next week.  Some of the biggest waves on the planet break at a point just off our beautiful Cali coastline.  But what makes these waves so big and powerful?  Here is an in depth look at the reasons for the gnarly yet beautiful waves.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonehead Move of the Week

My boat is still in the yard for a few more days as we add some cruising gear and hope to get her out next weekend. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

Trip Outline - Sail California

Here is a look at our itinerary for our September sail down the coast to Mexico.  I will post the Mexican portion of the trip next week.