Sunday, April 25, 2010

Just in time for Father's Day-- a mega-yacht with missile defence

WOW: "Built at an estimated cost of $500 million to $1.2 billion Cdn, the Eclipse is reported to have two helipads, a three-man submarine, multiple hot tubs, a discotheque, a pool, a missile-detection system and a laser shield to deter the paparazzi. The vessel is believed to be 164 metres long (or more), making it the longest private yacht in the world"

Repairs end Abby Sunderland's shot at record nonstop sail - LA Daily News

That's too bad - I was pulling for her: "'I gave it my best shot and made it almost half way around the world. I will definitely keep going, and whether or not I will make any more stops after this I don't know yet,' Sunderland wrote on her blog Saturday."

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sail Canada!

This year its Sailing the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands for us!

Congressional resolution

Promote recreational fishing & boating: "So all over the nation, if the resolution passes, the House will want us to get out our power boats, fishing boats, yachts, houseboats and others. We'll get an official blessing for sport fishing, walleye fishing, fly fishing, salmon fishing, saltwater fishing, trout fishing, lake fishing, etc. Get out your fishing reels, lures and tackle! Earth Day can mean Ocean Day too."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Charter in the Galapagos Islands

Eco-luxury Tour of Galapagos Islands on 210-foot Yacht: "Luxury Cruising: Island hopping the Galapagos Islands is a unique way to put nature and luxury on the same map in equal measures. Thinking big, we selected the Eclipse as our yacht charter of choice. This 210-foot Eclipse accommodates up to 48 passengers with 26 cabins and has a crew of 35."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

World marine debris totals 10 mln pieces in 1-day cleanup

Reuters: "'We saw flip-flops washing ashore on these islands in far northern Norway near the Arctic Circle,' Cousteau, a conservationist and grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, said in a telephone interview.

Cousteau was commenting on marine debris statistics released Tuesday by the Ocean Conservancy group.

'People don't wear flip-flops in the Arctic, at least not if they're sane,' Cousteau said. 'I think people are starting ... to realize that this is a global problem.'"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Nature-Inspired Yachts

Rivers and Waterfalls on my boat? "The Aliz Yacht would feature a deck to deck waterfall. The top deck would have a river running through it. The hydraulic lift surrounded by gardens. The gardens change deck to deck, giving you a foresty feel even when you’re out at sea. I think I’d rather walk around the Aliz Yacht than walk around an actual forest. Sorry forest."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sail Timer now for iPhone, iPod or iPad AND with a waterproof bag

I remember when windows apps were always leading the charge, now I've got to get an iphone, to keep up with the Jones': "The SailTimer app - a quick and simple way to get your Tacking Time to Destination - from iTunes can now be used on the new iPad tablets, in addition to iPhone and iPod, and currently comes at a marked-down price of US$3.99.

Ordinary GPS units do not account for the fact that sailboats zig-zag, when calculating ETA. The SailTimer app does, and can also show you the optimal tacking angles."

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Remote Controlled Fishing Boat

Delivers the bait right to the fish: "Most fishers know that the best spot is always beyond the casting range of an average person, so normally you need to have a boat to be able to fish further. Well not anymore! Our RC Fishing Boat can help increase your casting range to drop your bait at any spot of your choice. Why spend days in frustration while trying to cast to the best spot when you can simply get a RC Fishing Boat that does all that hard work for you …"

Friday, April 2, 2010

Teen sailor clears hurdle in voyage

Go Abby! “I rounded Cape Horn today!!” a Thousand Oaks teen wrote in her blog Wednesday, sharing news of a feat that she and her supporters say is a record.

Rounding Cape Horn makes Abby Sunderland the youngest person in history to sail through one of the most treacherous places in the ocean, Abby and her supporters believe.

Located at the tip of South America, “Cape Horn is considered by some the Mount Everest of sailing and I believe I am the youngest person to ever sail around it alone,” Abby Sunderland wrote."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ellison's goal to market the America's Cup to the U.S. - CNN Money

Oracle's Larry Ellison talks about winning the America's Cup: "Oh yeah. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch. Quite frankly when I'm watching the Olympics I watch downhill racing. My kids watch the snowboarders. Okay. We've got to pay attention to that.

I kind of like monohulls. All my racing experience is on monohulls. But if what the kids want to watch is multihulls because it's more exciting, we'll go multihulls. We've got to make this a great sport from the point of view of the participant, especially the kid who's just getting into the sport, and from the point of view of the viewer on television."

New round the world record.

The Jules Verne Trophy: "French skipper, Franck Cammas and his nine-men crew onboard their 105 ft trimaran, Groupama 3, has broken the around-the-world sailing record by finishing in 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds late Saturday afternoon, March 20 in Brest, France. With achieving this they took the Jules Verne Trophy."