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Featured Blog Posts – December 2009 Archive (9)

Armchair Sailing is not my new year's resolution!

Well, it looks like winter has reached coastal Texas. With the mercury in the low 40's and the recent rains, it is almost like de ja vu of my last home in Boston. Nothing like overcast skies and some cold wet rain to make you feel alive, right? With holiday celebrations, visiting friends and family, and all the extra cleanup involved, I bet many like myself have been stuck to armchair sailing this month. Ok, I admit, I did have an opportunity to join a group on a 1/2 day charter after… Continue

Added by Tim on December 29, 2009 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Going North To St. Thomas

Well, hurricane season ended and now we are headed north with Wind Whisperer, Abasaroque, and Emerald Seas. We have had some great sails on the way north. Celebrated Thanksgiving at Saline Bay on Mayreau in the Tobago Cays. What a beautiful spot. The next day we sailed around to the Cays and snorkeled around the islands. We saw sea turtles, and lots of tropical fish on the reefs. The water was nice and clear and warm. The Cays are on the top of the list for must visit places if you like to… Continue

Added by Jim Jackson on December 24, 2009 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Now what, , ,

As I spend my days, two at least, cleaning out my home office, my hands are shaking. I have all this stuff. Stuff I don't know what to do with. Oh, I could spend money, rather borrow money, to buy some shelves to show off my life's collections, or toss, toss, toss, or sell on criag's list, donate to goodwill, or just sit here until as my mom would say until the cows come home.



I know I need to focus, to set a goal for the 2010 year, to plan for my finite future. Maybe it is the… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on December 21, 2009 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Sixteen Bells To Ring In The New Year

The practice of ringing bells at sea is as old as the bells themselves. On board ship it is important to observe some form of timekeeping to facilitate the smooth running of the ship. As clocks or watches were, at best, expensive and so out of the reach of the ordinary sailor, time was measured by using a sand glass.



It was left to one of the ship's boys or midshipmen to be responsible for turning the glass. The most common form came with a running time of half an hour. As periods of… Continue

Added by Terri on December 19, 2009 at 5:45pm — 6 Comments

Lats and Atts cruisers party Tortolla

Anyone here make it to the BVIs a week or so ago for the party in Tortolla? It was awesome!!! Grog and Painkillers seem like the staple drinks and we definately had our share. I found Catillo Gold rum for 2.69 a bottle....life is good....Capt Fish

Added by Steve Savell on December 15, 2009 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

Kemah Xmas light boat parade 2009

Just got back from Kemah xmas boat parade on a 56' pwr yacht in heavy fog... 2 electrical fires, almost t-boned a SAILBOAT anchored broadside in the fairway, came less than 10' from hitting rocks, and damn near ran down a game warden boat. I wasn't skippering but I was doing a lot of yelling.....now if only I can remember where the hot coco and mint schnapps is.....

Added by Tim on December 13, 2009 at 1:45am — 2 Comments

Autumn: Catching up

November 15th 2009, Shilshole Bay: The Gales of November



We didn't make it to Friday Harbor. Our trip to Port Townsend was uneventful. Light South Winds were not enough for us to sail, the Northward current pushing us faster than the wind. We had a quick trip under power to Point Hudson Marina where Bree and I stayed with the boat while Laura attended her "Team Building" activity ashore. By Wednesday Laura's meeting was over but the weather was closing in. With gale… Continue

Added by Orvil Newton on December 10, 2009 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Sailing in Thailand Network

I love this network as it is bringing sailors form all over the world together!! There might be people here though that want to know more or are sailing in Thailand. For those we have a separate network as well. www.sailingthailand.ning.com Just recently all news and pictures about the biggest sailing Regatta in Thailand the Kings Cup that all happened last week. We hope to see you there also, and if you have anything to add to… Continue

Added by Andaman Sea Club Sailing Charter on December 9, 2009 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Laser Pico sailing in Caldera

Fellow SeaKnots member Max Soto joined in plus sailing buddy Bruce Young. We had a great day of warm weather/warm water (both in the 80's), light air sailing. We are hoping to increase the sailing activity here in Costa Rica by magnitudes...especially our own! I will post a few photos after Max sends them to me



Here's a few photos



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Added by Art Dufresne on December 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Mike Brown commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
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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
"Well at least you’ve narrowed it down to the Genoa. I doubt here’s any issue with the hull or running gear. Nor do I think the slight list you have will have an impact either as many boats have the same based on how full the water and or…"
Oct 9
Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"In the meanwhile, I performed some sailing tests trying to be as impartial as possible. I was sailing close hauled on the starboard and port side. I used the autopilot steering the boat at 37 degrees to the apparent wind. Apparent wind was 12 to 19…"
Oct 9
James Taylor replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sounds like your rigging may be in need of tuning????? (Owned B43#19 for 10 years), Sailed from Mass to Tampa to Bahamas with it, great boat, no major issues at all. Boat has flat bottom basically so no need to put rails in water. I found it a very…"
Oct 9
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"
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