Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Great Sailing Quotes Part 2

"He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger."
-Hammond Ines

"It's out there at sea that you are really yourself."   Vito Dumas

"Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk."
- Sir Francis Chichester

"Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems."   Francis Stokes
When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land.   Dr. Samuel Johnson

Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together.
- Thomas Fleming Day

"To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out."   Sir Francis Chichester
"The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance."    Annie Van De Wiele
Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.
- Donald Hamilton

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.     Thomas Fuller
Off Cape Horn there are but two kinds of weather, neither one of them a pleasant kind.
- John Masefield

A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind.   Webb Chiles

"There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black."   Nathanael G. Herreshoff
"For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three."   Hilaire Belloc
"If you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait until dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for- to wait in."   Tristan Jones
"Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world."   Nicholas Monsarrat

"Without patience, a sailor I would never be."   Lee Allred
The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.
- Edmund Gibbon

The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.   Ted Turner
"I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else."   Joshua Slocum
"When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea."  Whoopi Goldberg
"If you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board."    Lin and Larry Pardey
"There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does."
- Allan Villiers

"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake."
- John MacGregor

"Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar."    Don Bamford
"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him."   Charles G. Davis
The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.
- John Rousmaniere

Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better than cure.
- Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Via Chris@Bluemoon

A Lovely Day at Sea

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Trans Atlantic Extreme - on a Windsurfer

Sarah Hebert is getting ready to sail across the Atlantic on a windsurf board over a 25 day period if all goes well.  The 27 year old will have a 40' catamaran following her.  She plans to sail 8 hours a day and then spend the night on the boat.  In the morning, the cat will return to her GPS coordinates from the day before and start again.  This will be the first attempt by anyone in this fashion.  Talk about extreme!  She started today and you can follow her adventure here.  Good luck Sarah!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pics of the Week

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Fast Sailing on V-Day

My other best bud Dave and I hit the water on Sunday.  Winds very light to start but built thru the day.  We almost made it to Sam's but could not make the mark so we headed back with the wind in the hight teens and with a newly polished bottom, we were hitting 7.4 on the speedo.  Nice ride home and in record time.  More sails in Feb., coming up!  But before that, a road trip to Palm Springs to see Andy.  More soon.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Family Rescued Off Hawaii

Three family members were barely able to escape with their lives after they lost their boat in a series of storms on their way to Hawaii fro Mexico.  They were fairly new to sailing and this was their first trip across an ocean.  What strikes me about this story is that nobody sails to Hawaii in the winter when storms are marching across the Pacific.  Summer is the correct time and when the trade winds blow, the sailing can be magical.  See vid.

Read the story of the rescue here.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Greetings from the Left Coast

First week of February here in Northern California and we have had the least amount of snow in the Lake Tahoe area that's ever been recorded for this date.  Days have mostly been sunny and in the mid 60's for most of the winter.  Today looks gorgeous so my best bud Dave and I are headed for the boat for a tour of the SF Bay.  Winds should be light at 10 knots which means perfect for a relaxing and rejuvenating sail aboard the Addiction.  Can't wait!  Kona will be there too.  Hope we get tons of rain the rest of the winter, but today, we are going to enjoy the hell out of this drought we are in!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

41 Knots on B. Populaire

Three and a half years after being launched in August 2008 and after her second attempt, the Maxi Banque Populaire V has entered records’ history by taking the Jules Verne Trophy at the end of a navigation of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds around the globe. Arrived in Brest this morning under the cheers of hundreds of supporters, Lo├»ck Peyron and his crew have just completed an unprecedented exploit, covering 29 002 miles at an average speed of 26.51 knots.