Thursday, January 28, 2010
Alinghi says it will forfeit America's Cup if BMW Oracle wins court challenge to disqualify its sails - ESPN
'We have been clear: If BMW Oracle succeeds in disqualifying the Defender's sails then there will be no Match,' Meyer said. 'Russell Coutts will have won the America's Cup for Larry Ellison without sailing.'"
Lopez Island / Fishermans Bay / Sailor extraordinaire: "This is the meandering story of my search for a modern day Knockabout Sloop. A type of sailboat that was common in the early 1900's. These were classic daysailers, weekenders and club racers. Few amenities below, no standing headroom and no auxiliary engine. They were all about the sailing"
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I learned this tidbit recently after happening upon the obituary of a man named Don Duso. In the 1940s Duso helped rescue Einstein after he capsized his sailboat on Saranac Lake in upstate New York. I hadn't even known Einstein sailed. But it only stands to reason that the man who discovered relativity by reveling in "thought experiments" would enjoy sailing--and that he might push a small sailboat to its limit while contemplating the complex interactions of energy and mass relative to the speed of wind. E=mw2?
It's cool to think about this as your boat heels to the wind and the bow wave sings along your hull and you slip along the space-time continuum. Sailing is as close to the alternative universes of contemporary physics as many of us will ever experience. And imagine having a beer with Ol' Al back in the clubhouse after a fine day on the water and shooting the breeze about what it all means. Heavens!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunderland's boat-builder dad, Laurence, broke down in tears while talking with reporters and well-wishers at the Del Rey Yacht Club, and family and neighbors cheered as they watched the 40-foot craft called Wild Eyes chug out through the marina's main channel.
But the Thousand Oaks girl wore only her usual determined expression as she gave a quick hug to Laurence and nary a wave or a glance back at land before beginning her 24,500-mile adventure with a quiet nudge of the tiller."
Conventional fabric sails are unreliable. “Wind speed and direction change by the second,” says Mike Drummond, the design director for the BMW Oracle Racing team. “The crew must constantly maneuver the mainsail to maintain maximum speed.” A sail’s leading edge often ripples, particularly when tacking into the wind, increasing drag and causing the sail to lose the airfoil shape that helps propel the boat. In contrast, it takes just one sailor a few clicks on a computer to immediately swing the 190-foot-tall carbon-fiber-and-Kevlar wing into position, where it will hold its shape regardless of conditions. With the wing, Drummond says the 90-foot trimaran can sail up to 5 percent, or about one knot, faster."
Monday, January 25, 2010
The second knockdown was the most severe, with Jessica’s boat completely upside down – its mast slammed a full 180 degrees into the water.
As her parents, Roger and Julie, held their breath back home in Buderim, the teenager battled fierce conditions and later wrote on her website that there were times she wondered just what she was doing."
Monday, January 18, 2010
Alinghi has said the sails are made in Switzerland.
But Coutts told AFP in a telephone interview that they were 'molded and constructed' in the US state of Nevada."
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We think Roman Abramovich should buy it, on account of his passion for big boats. Right now, Roman's busy putting the finishing touches on his new 540-foot yacht Eclipse (rumored to be complete with missile defense system), which means he'll soon be in the market for something bigger. The 990-foot United States seems perfect.
But Roman hasn't expressed interest yet. So a group calling itself the SS United States Conservancy is suggesting that the boat be towed from Philadelphia to New York and made into a floating hotel. Patrick McGeehan has the details."
Monday, January 11, 2010
More than 12,000 plants form landscape both wild and manicured between upscale shops, an art gallery (instead of the ubiquitous auction), and three of the ship's best restaurants. I lounged for a while on a park bench, inhaling the salt air without the sea breeze and trying to identify the tunes wafting from a half-dozen venues nearby."
Friday, January 8, 2010
To save the whales, first you have to save the people trying to save the whales...before they sink:
"The Japanese whaling fleet is 'more aggressive and more violent than ever before,' Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson has said following a damaging collision between a whaling vessel and a protest boat.
The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the clash, in which Sea Shepherd's $2 million protest trimaran Ady Gil had its bow sheared off in the collision with the whaling ship Shonan Maru No. 2.
Speaking to radio 3AW today, Captain Watson accused the Japanese whaling fleet of endangering lives, but said the collision wouldn’t halt Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling activities."
The Ellen MacArthur Trust helps young people to recover from life-threatening illnesses by taking them sailing. If you get an hour's worth of enjoyment from watching Blue Water please make a contribution, however small, to the Trust."
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
The Magical Water Maker & Its Uses Worldwide
Though oft considered ‘high-tech’ in the cruising world, current technology that allows us to produce potable water from the ocean has been around for some 40 years. And it’s not just us “yachtsman” that benefit from it. Around the world, watermakers are used to produce drinkable water in small hotels, on commercial ships, in beachside houses and communities, and in emergency relief scenarios, with industrial units capable of producing upwards of 10,000 gallons per day.
Watermakers also appear on virtually every ocean-going racing yacht, from the Volvo Open 70s to the single-handed Open 60s of the Vendee Globe. A Spectra watermaker was even installed in an ocean-going rowboat piloted by Stuart Boreham, who cheerfully stated, “It worked like a dream and never let me down!”"
A few years back, Kim Carver was working on commercial ships and looking for a way to finance the publication of her fledgling maritime magazine.
Though she worked in the traditionally male-dominated maritime industry, the Northwest native realized she was routinely crewing alongside women who were not just strong and accomplished, but downright sexy.
Taking a cue from the countless steamy calendars of firefighters, cheerleaders and other objects of desire, Carver rounded up some of her female friends working in the maritime industry around Seattle and photographed them in various stages of undress, on ships and in other locations.
And soon, the Sexy Women of Maritime Calendar was born.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Jessica is currently heading for Cape Horn in her attempt to be the youngest solo non-stop unassisted sailor to complete a circumnavigation.
Jessica was a dinghy instructor for Mooloolaba sailing academy, Sunshine Sailing Australia, and has long admired her one-time boss, John Bankart.
Bankart's own voyage from South America to Antarctica will take 26 days and take him, he hopes, within waving distance of the teen solo sailor. It will also involve his first rounding of the famously dreaded Cape Horn.
'Jess is up and she’s going and she’s doing a great job. Our aim is to see her in the flesh and speak to her via the radio,' John told the Sunshine Coast Daily."
Friday, January 1, 2010
Starting today, anyone looking to renew their Florida driver's licenses or identification card will have to provide additional documentation other than their old license. You will now need to provide one form of proof of residential address and one proof of social security number.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday he will ask Boston’s lawyers to see whether the city can block Yemeni tankers from delivering liquefied natural gas into Boston Harbor, calling such deliveries “wrong.’’“We’re in extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our city,’’ the mayor said in an interview. “They cannot be coming into a harbor like Boston, where there is less than 50 feet between the tankers and residential areas.’’
Menino and several other public officials said they would press for the tankers’ cargo - destined for an LNG terminal in Everett as soon as next month - to instead be unloaded away from the city, in light of the failed Christmas Day attempt by a Nigerian man, who trained in Yemen, to blow up a US airliner over Detroit.
Looks to us like the laser is mostly for warning and intimidation, which probably works considering they're zooming around in a ferocious-looking 1080-horsepower, 78-foot trimaran. The crew manning the EarthRace is the Sea Shepherd society, which you might know from Whale Wars, where they're usually getting outwitted and outgunned in a boat nowhere near as cool as this one. The MV Steve Irwin, which is the ship followed by Whale Wars, travels a maximum of 16.5 knots—this EarthRace hits 50, which actually lets them chase down and intercept whalers."