October 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Getting Ready for Winter

Someone else just posted a message asking for tips about winterizing. Here in Sunny Florida we winterize by changing our weekly night racing to Sunday afternoons, leave work early on Friday to sail down the river where we drop anchor and sleep late on Saturday morning. Around noon or 1 pm, we clean the bottom of the boat as our excuse to go for a refreshing swim with the dolphins in the continually shifting waters at Sebastian Inlet. Then, around 4 pm we pull up the anchor and drift over to a… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 31, 2009 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

getting ready for winter

Hey Mikey
Tina and I are going out tomorrow to take down the sails. this will be a first for us and we are wondering if there are any pointers you may have?
get ready for the winterizing questions next. LOL

Added by Michael Cioffi on October 31, 2009 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Sailing at Sixty

A sea knots friend recently asked where my writings are. A loyal crew on our women's sailing team reminded me to write. My calendar tells me that time is slipping away. All I want to do is sail and write and swim and work out and dance at parties and visit with friends and be with my family and be a good school counselor and produce interesting slide shows and snuggle up with my husband and enjoy my home and make money and buy things that catch my attention and eat frozen yogurt and learn to… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Explore. Dream. Discover.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain

Added by Jennifer S on October 29, 2009 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Sailing Shirts for sale

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Added by H. Christopher Sommerhoff on October 29, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mile 10,000 on our passage to Barcelona

It was as if the weather was trying to tell us something. After days of rain and gusty winds in Mallorca we started to listen. We figured it was time to move on so we decided to aim our bow towards Barcelona.

Our last stop in the Balearics was our favorite port: Andratx where we met Terry, a local diver that lives on a cat and owns a few mooring balls.

He was kind enough to… Continue

Added by CAN DRAC on October 26, 2009 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Perfect Teamwork

One of the best ways to quickly improve yourself as a sailor is to race. You commit yourself to a schedule, you learn alot about your boat and how to make it move well. You learn to coordinate the movements of a number of different people to achieve your goal.

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Added by Anne on October 25, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

The O town gets ready for a COLD front!

If the weather predictors are to be believed, in 2 days time, Touristtown will be getting 72 degree weather. This after a really hot 2 weeks. Hot even for us.

I guess we will all be getting our parkas out of, really. We JUST don't like cold weather. In fact, we HATE it. And cold to us is below 75 degrees. LOL This is why I will probably always sail in the south, especially because Florida is the BEST SAILING STATE IN THE US!!!

Got the Sea Owl out in the… Continue

Added by Charlotte Radford on October 16, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

My adventures with Valentina's engine (Part I)

It's funny how life knocks you around, sometimes to unexpected situations and places. A month ago, I thought Valentina was ready to go back on the water after two and a half years of refitting. It’s not finished, but not having to pay the boatyard fees and been able to use the boat would have been great. I did my last checks on all the systems, and among other things, I let the engine run for a good one hour so. Everything seemed to work fine. The engine started easy (after two years without… Continue

Added by Marco Garcia on October 14, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Born sailors

Strong finish this season with my 10 and 12 year old girls. I told them that they had to draw on everything that they'd learned in "all their years at sea" and sail from Deer Harbor to Friday Harbor, WA - I would be on board just to watch.

"Whaaaat?? We can't - "

"You've done everything, at one point or another," I said reassuringly. "Now you just have to put it all together in the right order."

The oldest was surprised how quickly the outboard pull started. They… Continue

Added by John Marston on October 13, 2009 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

And the Prevaling Wind is from What Direction?

Yesterday was the second race of the Frostbite series. I wasn't expecting any crew to show up; it's been difficult to get folks to commit to a weekend, since we really hadn't planned on racing this series in the first place. But I headed over to the boat, figured I could get the jib up at least. If anyone showed up, I'd go ahead and race. Otherwise, I'd just head home to do the homework I was avoiding.…


Added by Anne on October 12, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

HCOA website fluke! Bummer.

Well, it appears that the HC33 in Kemah listed on the HCOA website is NOT for sale. Apparently a glitch caused old classifieds from 2006 to appear one night and that was the night I happened to be searching the for sale area. I guess I have more time to plan and prepare so I can be ready to pounce on another great boat opportunity when my lease is close to done.

Dream. Plan. Plan Dream. I kind of miss my Catalina. Not meant to be right now I guess. The weather is significantly cooler… Continue

Added by Tim on October 11, 2009 at 11:47am — No Comments

My DREAM boat for sale....20 min up the road?!?!?

Well, it's sink or swim time.....a model of my DREAM boat has just listed on the HCOA website locally up the road in Kemah. There's no excuse not to somehow make my dream become a reality. I wouldn't need to pay shipping/freight costs, and I could move right in. Too bad my apartment contract isn't up until May....ughh.

Approximately 150 Hans Christian 33's were built starting in 1980 and the original production run ended in 1988. This model has just recently been resurrected for a… Continue

Added by Tim on October 8, 2009 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

If it sounds too good to be true. . .

Sitting in the last row in an auditorium designed to hold 500 people, I could barely make out the features on the face of my professor. His message, though rings as loud today as it did when he first spoke it. The course was a requirement, "Personal Finance." I debated whether to take basket weaving or flute lessons but decided to be smart and learn how to manage my money. Fast forward 33 years and I'm still making credit card mistakes. Although I am proud to say that for the past 13 years I… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 4, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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