Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bad News from Brick House

Sailing far away lands during the pandemic has left many cruisers in limbo.  No swimming, snorkeling, visiting other boats are all forbidden.  But what if you catch the virus while cruising and sheltering in place?  Here is the saddest story I have run across so far.  It shows how serious and sad this new reality is.  I hope Rebecca recovers from this and finds whatever she is hoping for.  My heart goes out to her.  They were getting close to closing the loop of their decade plus circumnavigation.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Laurel Canyon

Just watched this 2 part documentary with a huge smile on my face (and a few tears of joy!).  These are some of my favorite bands and performers that lived within 10 minutes from each other near LA in the 60's & 70's.  Joni, CSN&Y, Moma's and the Papa's, Doors, Eagles, Jackson Brown and many more.  I love this film and if you remember the 60's, you weren't really there!

Monday, June 08, 2020

Go Fast Go North

I watched a great documentary about some young guys with an Olson 30 who sailed the 2016 R2AK.  They were in it to place near the top.  Their competitors were on fast cats and trimarans that did well in light as well as heavy air.  The key to the race is having a way to move the boat when there is no wind.  And here is where innovation plays a big role.  The team that was the focus of the film was called Hot Mess.  They missed getting in the top 10 because of their lack of an efficient way to move the boat when the wind dies.  It's a beautiful movie and you get a feel for how difficult this 750 mile race is.  They finished the race in 6 days and change.