Thursday, September 22, 2022
In September 2022, Kirsten Neuschäfer will line up at the start of the Golden Globe Race, a solo, unassisted, non-stop single-handed race around the world. This retro race is run on the anniversary of the first Golden Globe Race in 1968/9, which was won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world. Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race. That means sailing without modern technology or the benefit of satellite-based navigation aids. In contrast to the current professional world of elite ocean racing, this edition travels back to a time known as the ‘Golden Age’ of solo sailing. The only woman entered in this edition of the race, Kirsten has been sailing dinghies since her childhood, and became a professional sailor in 2006. Undertaking many inter-continental sailboat deliveries, she has over 150,000 nautical miles of sailing experience. In 2015, she began working for Skip Novak on his Pelagic Expeditions to South Georgia, The Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia and the Falklands. Kirsten has sailed several film crews down to capture the beauty of the Antarctic, taking the National Geographic series “Wild_Life Resurrection Island with Bertie Gregory” and the BBC series “Seven Worlds, One Planet” to remote South Georgia. When she was just 22, Kirsten cycled on her own from Europe, across the entire African continent, back home to South Africa. The trip brought trials and tribulations but was life-enriching in every sense, giving her the deepest appreciation of Africa and its people. The Golden Globe Race sets out from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on September 4th, 2022, and follows a route down the Atlantic, eastwards around the Southern Ocean via the five Great Capes, and back to France – a distance of over 30,000 nautical miles. It will involve seven to nine months at sea. This is a race of attrition, luck, seamanship… and adventure! Small yachts in the Southern Ocean are extremely vulnerable, and it will require self reliance and tremendous strength of character and self belief to reach the finish. This short film tells the story of her extraordinary journey to the start line of the Golden Globe Race 2022.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Sunday, September 18, 2022
As you may know I love the spirit of this race. It's a 750 mile dash up the "river" from Pt. Townsend to Ketchikan, AK. There are very few rules which is on purpose. The biggest being that there are no motors, only humum inovation to keep the boat moving when there is no wind. The race started back in 2015 so by now there is tons of footage to make a movie. The movie is currently making its rounds in the multiplexes but you can also rent it and stream it on the big screen thru airplay. Contact is: ian@r2akthemoviedotcom $20 If you are at all interested please rent it and enjoy. It is a great look at a very unique race thru the wilds of Canada and the Inside Passage. Winner gets $10k, second place: a beautiful set of steak knives!
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
I love that vid! I have been very fortunate to find a group of like minded folks at the Burn. Our camp consisted of 49 friendly folks in a great setting. Our RV's circled the camp which housed our awesome art car the Bioluminesent Slug, a fire pit and canopies with netting to keep the dust out. We spent our days touring the playa, heading to parties, dancing to the hottest DJ's on the planet and dodging dust storms. Each night we had a group dinner that was filled with great food and conversation. The weather was one of the best in recent years. The morning were usually cloud covered, falling to blue skies and then a bit of wind and dust in the afternoon. The evening were spectacular with mild temps and no wind. When you enter the playa at night you are blown away by all the LED lights on the people, the art cars and the bikes. Like Vegas on steroids. On the night of the burn, we headed to the playa. Everything was perfect. As soon as the sunset, the wind gods came alive with an amazing dust storm and violent winds. After 30 minutes, it began to mellow and the burn was on. Pretty amazing indeed. On our way out, we got caught in a 8+ hour delay at the gate. Someone was lost so they closed the gate. Took about 15 hours to get home. If you are thinking about joining the tribes next year, I would say go and have the metamorphosis of your life! This report was from 2016. My third burn.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
The Hydroptere is an amazing foiling boat that really started it all. Take a look back at how it all began along with their many failures and success. We saw this boat on the bay back in 2013 when they stopped by while training for a record run to Hawaii (they ran in to some trouble and did not break the record of 4 days and change). The French eventually sold the boat to a group in Richmond. They were getting the boat ready and the lead guy died of a heart attack and things have slowed to a crawl. Have not heard from them in a while although I can still see some of their containers in Richmond near KKMI. Hope they get back on their feet, er foil!