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September 2010 Blog Posts (10)

Spanked by Mother Nature

Neah Bay



We departed Port Angeles at 07:20 on Tuesday, September 22 under overcast skies with good visibility. The forecast was for wind 15 to 25 knots from the SW off Cape Flattery. We neglected to consult the long range forecast. Our mistake, and, later, we paid for it.



We reached the red J buoy at the entrance to the strait at sundown, shut down the engine, hoisted the genoa and mainsail, and sailed on a course of 240 degrees true, making as much southing as we could in the… Continue

Added by Orvil Newton on September 28, 2010 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

WESTSAIL 28 Back in the water after THREE YEARS!

The weekend finally came. The appointed time that all powers would converge to put "Neptune's Toy" in the water for the first time in over three years had arrived. It was early morning when they got started and we had Family and Friends there with us to watch the spectacle and celebrate the "Re Naming" ceremony and festivities. What a great day! Poor Brother Wayne though......he had no idea when he drove over from Tampa with the Captain's Sister, Sharon and Mom Brissont that he was going to do… Continue

Added by Lady Orca on September 20, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Fog

After picking up our crew for the trip down the coast in Friday Harbor we returned to Port Townsend for final provisioning. Generally foggy conditions in the strait deteriorated into very low visibility and kept us in Port Townsend an extra day.



We left Port Townsend at 12:20 on Wednesday as the fog lifted but as we motored westward in the Strait of Juan de Fuca the fog closed in again and we found ourselves proceeding in one mile visibility for most of the thirty six miles to Port… Continue

Added by Orvil Newton on September 17, 2010 at 11:21am — No Comments

I really hope this is a sign that we "The Little People" are banding together ....

I feel that it is absolutely imperative that the Congress and Senate needs new, young blood to be seated as our governing body and their terms should be the same as that of the presidency. The way I see it, this could result in disbanding of all those lobbyist being sent to Washington by Big Businesses.

As far as I am concerned President Obama's ideals are correct and will take time to succeed with the help of we, "The Little People".

By the way, when you…

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Added by Capt. John on September 15, 2010 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Even James bond knows how to sail!!!

Even James bond knows how to sail!!! Casino Royale sailing scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVzDcsp-rVE

Added by Jim Malone on September 8, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

SAILING INTO FOUL WEATHER- LABOR DAY HOLIDAY! 2010

This was a cruise that we have been looking forward to for months! John,II has leave from the Army for 30 days home and the plan was to get to Little Bahama Island for his first Ocean trip and our first real journey in "S/V Neptune's Toy".



So, we planned everything, charted our course, had Port fees ready, documents retrieved and the Sailboat was ready with a brand new jib furler we were really looking forward to using since the bow of that 28 footer tends to bounce around really bad… Continue

Added by Lady Orca on September 8, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Rebuilding a 1979 Columbia 8.3 sailboat/August 3

Since I had to be in Deltaville anyway, to secure my Columbia 8.7 for Hurricane Earl, I decided to take a couple of hours to take some measurements, and shovel out some trash, mostly delaminated plywood.About a 30 gallon trash bag full. Also managed to remove a short wall enclosing the head/shower. Earl, by the way, passed us by with no issues.

Added by Larry Wilson on September 3, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

NJ/NY SAILING GROUP

Sailors who are interested in sailing or learning to sail in the New Jersey/NYC/Westchester/Fairfield Ct...You may want to look into our group...There are plenty of opportunities to sail since we have four Chapters of SEAS: Bergen, Westchester, Monmouth, and Morris. We keep a 27 foot Catalina In Haverstraw, a 28 foot O'Day at Perth Amboy, and a Rhodes 22 on the Navasink.

www.sailseas.com…

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Added by Jim Malone on September 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Have you heard any good ones lately? The six TV conglomerates aren't telling these stories any longer. Why?



This Makes Sense To Me!

I am not one to speak publicly, or voice my opinions at the local gin mill, or write down my personal views, feelings or opinions but I have finally reached my end. I am tired of the way we, "The Little People", have been, are being and appears will be treated…

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Added by Capt. John on September 1, 2010 at 10:21pm — 3 Comments

Always the Weather



If there is one thing certain about cruising, it is that one becomes very connected to the weather and less concerned with any arbitrary

schedule.



As Laura wrote, we love Port Townsend; especially, the Boat Haven. Having said that, we are once again spending more time than

we had planned because of adverse weather conditions: Gale warnings to

the north, small craft advisories to the south, rain and contrary winds

here in the port.



We had intended to… Continue

Added by Orvil Newton on September 1, 2010 at 2:10pm — No Comments

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"Robert glad to hear you go the problem solved. mike"
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Robert & Sandy commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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James Taylor replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I’d also do a test using only the main. The more testing you do the more likely you’ll find the problem. I’d also check to see how much the leeward shrouds sag during all the tests. Let us know what you find. Good luck Mike"
Sep 27
Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"It is only when sailing close-hauled. Unfortunately, this is the only course, where performance really matters. I‘m going to perform two tests: - Sailing with genoa only (track cars on the same position). In this case any (unequal) trim…"
Sep 27
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Our 43 had a shaft drive. Depending on how much water or fuel that was in her she would sometimes have a very small imbalance. Nothing that would cause her to sail unevenly. Do you have the problem on all points of sail? Is it more on any particular…"
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