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.