After growing up in the Western Med and taking the time to cruise the area extensively, I realized I always end up recommending the same favorite waypoints to fellow cruisers. Most of them are not even on guides but were recommended to us by others. Others we simply stumbled upon. Now I am sharing my list with you below (click on the coordinates for a map view). If you are in the…Continue
Is the iPad the future of marine electronics? Well, now I'm convinced it is.
When I heard that the folks at Outback Marine Australia had come up with a way to transform Apple's iPad into an integral helm panel instrument I realized that we're only a couple of steps away from turning it into the actual…
I know, I know, you read this headline and you immediately think about masked robbers on an open boat with machine guns causing trouble by the Statue Liberty. Well, not so fast, my Captain! The pirate we encountered in the NY Harbor may not fit that description but if it wasn't for some quick and clever detective work it could have cost us hundreds of dollars anyway. Here's the story:
A few weeks ago we were due for maintenance on our engine and since it's still under warranty we… Continue
Added by Franc on August 17, 2008 at 7:30am —
Last weekend we finally went sailing again. Between our vacation in Turkey (a week and two weekends) and the weekend we spent doing chores we hadn't had a chance to get out on the water for almost a month!
This time, we sailed down to the Raritan Yacht Club where Thad and Kristi of City Bumpkin were hosting the Summer Equator. We had a fantastic sail with Dan and Patrice as crew. We had drinks at the yacht club bar overlooking the harbor with live jazz and great… Continue
Added by Franc on July 27, 2008 at 10:30am —
This past weekend we did our first trip since the Maiden Voyage. With our official crew on board (Patrice and Dan) we left the Marina just after seven and thanks to the current and Can Drac's great "iron jib" we reached Throgs Neck in just over 90 minutes. After that it was all "smooth sailing" because we decided to stop the engine and set the sails. We slowly ghosted along until the entrance of Manhasset bay enjoying the sunset and the silence… Continue
Added by Franc on June 25, 2008 at 10:30am —
As we finally prepare for our first weekend in the Long Island Sound, it's good to reflect on all the fantastic daysails we've had in the harbor this month. We've had lots of friends and family join us for our usual visits to the Statue of Liberty and even the George Washington Bridge!…
If you read our previous blog post about our plans for Can Drac's Maiden Voyage you'll know that we were planning a slow and uneventful cruise down the Delaware river and up the coast of Jersey over three long days with a fantastic weather forecast.
Well, that was not to be.
After averting a fire in the middle of a champagne toast and participating in a sea rescue in the middle of 30 knot gusts, Can Drac in its new home on… Continue
The current sail plan for Can Drac's Maiden Voyage scheduled for this coming Memorial Day weekend.
As you can see on the chart, this trip is divided into 3 legs, one for each day:
LEG 1: The plan is to depart from Riverside marina in New Jersey at 5 am on Saturday morning for a 100 mile passage to Cape May. At that time the tide will be at its highest ensuring maximum depth through the narrow and shallow channel into the… Continue
Added by Franc on May 21, 2008 at 11:00am —
'Deep Water' is the stunning true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race, and the psychological toll it took on its competitors. Sponsored by the Sunday Times of London, the much-ballyhooed event attracted a field of nine, including amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set out to circumnavigate the globe in late 1968. Battling treacherous seas and his own demons,…
Just 22 days after the magnificent outcome of the 32nd America’s Cup, with Alinghi’s victory in Valencia, the Swiss Defender led by Ernesto Bertarelli, together with the Société Nautique de Genève and ACM, have made public most of the details for the 33rd edition of the oldest trophy in the world of sport.
Following a new agreement with the Spanish state, the Valencia Regional Government and the Valencia Municipality, the Host City for the 33rd America’s Cup will be Valencia. The…