Winter in Pensacola, we've had some really cold, wet weather this winter. Not very good for sailing, and our channel is due to be dreged in January/February. It's a good thing since I can't get out in the bay during the winter low tides. But the dock time has been good for doing maintenance jobs that need to be done. I replaced the accumulator for the fresh water system, changed the oil in the engine, pulled up all the floor boards and cleaned out the bilges. We also removed the old mainsail… Continue
Added by Bob on January 31, 2010 at 9:56pm —
Sailing around the world or even around the lake has inherent dangers. There is the possibility of falling off the boat, being hit in the head with the boom, jamming your feet on the toe jammers that decorate the deck, getting your fingers caught in a cleat. While no one goes to sea wishing for an accident, sailing like all sports must be approached with a bail out plan.
Taking on the challenge of skippering a 28 foot monohull in our local women's series is a job I take seriously.… Continue
Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on January 31, 2010 at 8:26pm —
Splice the mainbrace
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Splicing the mainbrace aboard HMS Wren during World War IISplice the mainbrace is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with a drink. Originally an order for one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs aboard a sailing ship, it became a euphemism for authorized celebratory drinking afterward, and then the name of an order to grant the crew an extra ration of rum or… Continue
Added by Terri on January 23, 2010 at 7:47am —
Some would say that I should finish the "Across the Pacific" series before I start something new. OTOH, I have the opportunity to interview the local Boat US Vessel Assist Captain here in Seattle so I am going to go for it; hoping I will be able to spend a day on the water with him.
Do any of you have any questions you would like me to pose?
This promises to be a very entertaining and educational experience: Stay tuned.
Added by Orvil Newton on January 16, 2010 at 8:04pm —
Golly, another heroine takes my spot. Twenty something years ago I was in such awe when I saw Tania Aebi's pix on the cover of Cruising World. I wouldn't even tell my sailing friends or colleagues about her great adventure. Although I did cut the page off and framed it. Several years later I finally hung it in my office at work. Now, Jessica Watson at age 16 is passing Cape Horn. CAPE HORN, alone, on her million dollar 34 foot monohull. It does anger me that the headlines all say she is sailing… Continue
Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on January 12, 2010 at 10:00pm —
Met a bloke and his wife the other night on the dock. Did a few hours sailing early this morning 10-15 knot breeze. topping out around .6.7 knots on a Hunter '38. Easy breezy, too easy as they say in the coral sea. A bit chilly, sorta like NZ in summer...
Added by James Hyde on January 3, 2010 at 1:06am —