Friday, December 30, 2011

Marine Conservation Society: about mcs

Marine Conservation Society: about mcs: 88% of Europe’s fish stocks are overfished or depleted. Once common fish such as skate and cod are now rare. MCS works to reduce the overfishing which is devastating the life in our seas, and promotes sustainable seafood alternatives.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who Done it? Natalie Wood case reopens.

Aboard the Splendour 30 years ago today.
A thirty year old Hollywood murder puts this boat on the map. The 67 ft. Splendour where Natalie Wood was last seen with Christopher Walken and Robert Wagner while cruising with with Capt. Dennis Davern. Davern has recently come forward with a new statement.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

What's your story?

Proton: The boat is a Corsair F-27 trimaran. I'm a physicist. A proton is made up of 3 quarks: Two "up" quarks and a "down" quark. You should ask people for the names of their dinghies if they have them. I like to see interesting dinghy-name/boat-name combinations. For example, mine is called"electron". Toby Castellarin has a boat named"Rum and Tonic"and his dinghy is named "Twist of Lime". One could go on for a long time.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all you wild things out there.  There is always so much to be grateful for!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Robots Attempting Longest Ever Unmanned Sailing Voyage

Science News: BBC News reported last Friday that the four robots, which were created by an American company called Liquid Robotics, departed from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on November 17. At first they will travel together before pairing off into groups of two, one of which will head to Australia and the other embarking en route to Japan in order to support a Mariana Trench dive.

“During their 300-day journey, the surfboard-sized Wave Gliders… will collect vast amounts of real-time data on ocean conditions and beam it to the cloud where it will be made available free to researchers worldwide,” Todd Woody of Forbes said in an article Friday.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

AmericasCup's Channel - YouTube

AmericasCup's Channel - YouTube
Watch Live Racing from San Diego - Fleet Race Championship. Multi Camera Experience by AmericasCup streaming live

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh boating had me at ahoy.

Stephen Colbert Explains Why The Wealthy Need Yachts To Flee Hordes Of The Poor: And Colbert agrees: He couldn’t imagine fleeing the collapse of society if his boat doesn’t have an onboard infinity pool. The ad continues: “If you ever get discouraged and think nobody in the world cares about you and your dreams, trust me, the boating industry does.”

Friday, October 14, 2011

Get Paid To Recycle

Get Paid To Recycle: Rewards can be used at a whole host of stores such as Borders, Bed Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, Starbucks and 250 other national and local stores. In tests, the amount recycled per household lept from 5lbs per week to 35lbs. Let’s hope they just weren’t eating more

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sharks less aggressive while listening to AC/DC

I knew it!!: There’s no telling what might happen if you play Taylor Swift of Justin Bieber for a great white shark.

You might not want to find out.

But if you crank up AC/DC, you’ll likely notice your great white friend getting a little more docile.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Anglers Decreasing??

The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK: Fishermen are known to make excuses and so it was with why they did not go fishing. Thirty-one percent said it was too hot or cold to go fishing. Followed by 30 percent who said there was not enough vacation time and 25 percent blamed it on too much time spent at work. Spending time with the family was cited by 23 percent. Another 19 percent claimed they did not have the right gear and 17 percent said there was no one to go with. Being honest, I can say I have used some of these myself before.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Whale

Film Review - The Hollywood Reporter: The center of attention here is Luna, a young orca who, at age two, for some reason became separated from his large family, “like a child in a supermarket,” and was stranded in Nootka Sound, an ultra-scenic area more than halfway up the west coast of Vancouver Island. Backed up by images of the black-and-white “killer whale” cavorting, showing off and constantly begging for attention, Reynolds unassumingly informs that Orcas, who have about the same life spans as humans, are very social beings that spend their whole lives in extended family groups. In other words, unless he can somehow rejoin his pod, Luna will have to make do with human contact.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

PITCH2011 Regatta - Kelly O'Neill Cup

PITCH2011 Regatta 
Medevac to Bellingham, I'm waiting for news from the ICU as a friend from the islands is critical condition.  Meanwhile...I always wanted to be Kelly O'Neal.  I like dogs, photography and in the spirit of Kelly I got out there on the dinghy with the dog just like she did...but for my custom duct-taped telephoto mount and did one for the 'ol bucket list - life is short.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Apocalypse Bow-Wow

Cute Overload: "As the pilot steered us upriver, I reviewed Colonel Kats’ file. The Army had sent their finest dogs to chase him, but nothing had come back but rumors — whispers of a cult deep in the jungle, where dogs and mice alike worshipped Kats like a god."

Monday, August 15, 2011

Roman ship had on-board fish tank

Roman ship had on-board fish tank : Nature News: "A Roman ship found with a lead pipe piercing its hull has mystified archaeologists. Italian researchers now suggest that the pipe was part of an ingenious pumping system, designed to feed on-board fish tanks with a continuous supply of oxygenated water. Their analysis has been published"

We do transfer farmed salmon from the pens to the processor with large oxygenated tanks in the Puget Sound.  The fish are still alive when they reach the plant this way!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

'We don't know who he is, but we can know' | Crime | Tacoma News

BARNACLE BILL: "Twenty nine years later, a local oceanographer hopes to solve a maritime mystery spanning three states and thousands of miles of the Pacific."

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Swedish American in Swedish

Swedish Sailing and Insanity: "The sea was boiling. I never understood what that meant until this weekend. All of those literary descriptions meant nothing to me. Boiling? I thought it was just windy and wave-y. I was wrong. The rain was so powerful that the water falling from the skies was pushing the waves back down from the depths from which they originated. It was bubbling, but there were no whitecaps. The rain was too strong. Every description of a boiling sea that I have ever read suddenly made sense to me. In case you were wondering, boiling is an apt description. Just trust me."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Right whales return to New Zealand after 100 years

"More than a hundred years after it was hunted to local extinction, the playful, frolicking right whale is finally finding its way back to its ancestral calving grounds in New Zealand.

It's believed that once more than 30,000 right whales spent each winter in New Zealand's protected bays giving birth and raising their young."

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What's in a name?

Titanic Sinking | Titanic 2: "A boat named “Titanic 2” has lived up to its name by sinking on its maiden voyage in an English harbor, but there were no icebergs in sight."

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Stephen Colbert: Not the Greatest Sailor in the World

Stephen Colbert: Not the Greatest Sailor in the World: "Did sailing perhaps ignite his sub-meteoric rise on television, or was adding 'sailor' to his resume simply a ploy to impress some cable executive who never participated in organized sports?"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oracle designs a wing for all of us.

Several America’s Cup team members took the time to develop and test a wingsail that works with an Opti."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blind Sailing.

A blind man can ski and sail all by himself: "From the sea... to the slopes... Ed Gallagher is doing it all-blind!

He thought he would never sail again, until he came up with a remote guidance system.

Genoa, named after Ed's guide dog, is a camera mounted inside these glasses. It's hooked up to a computer that Ed carries with him. It has a microphone and ear piece...allowing Ed to use internet video call...and call someone to talk him through the process."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hold Fast, playing in the background.

Hold Fast: Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence. I enjoyed this show so much, it was worth watching again!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

'Jesus Boat' presents a rare first century find

'Jesus Boat' presents a rare first century find: "The boat appeared due to a great drought during which the waters of the lake receded and was discovered by fishermen from Kibbutz Ginosar. The men reported that when they found the boat, a double rainbow appeared in the sky."

Friday, February 25, 2011

The "Semi Sub"

the Bentley of glass-bottom boats?: "Made by South Korea's Raonhaje, the Ego Compact is more of a glass-bottom boat than a sub, but it's still pret

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Silent Evolution

400 sculptures underwater: "Located in the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Punta Nizuc, the environmentally friendly reef -- each of the sculptures is made from specialized materials used to promote coral life -- was constructed with the cooperation of marine park officials and the Cancun Nautical Assn. in an effort to promote the recovery of nearby natural reefs. The hope is to give visitors an alternative to the Cancun Marine Park, one of the most visited stretches of water in the world, with more than 750,000 visitors each year."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sea Shepherd Victory As Japan Loses Whale Wars

Inspiration to Action: "It’s official: The Japanese have halted their whaling season a month early, crediting—or blaming—harassment from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s rigorous anti-whaling campaign."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunken whaling ship of 'Moby Dick' captain found

Captain Pollard's "Two Brothers": "Remains of a whaling ship discovered on a remote coral reef nearly 600 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii are believed to be those of the second ship that inspired Herman Melville's classic 'Moby Dick.'"

The shipwreck was that of the Two Brothers, the second ship captained by George Pollard which went down after it struck a coral reef during a storm in 1823

Sunday, February 13, 2011

DEVO, not the

DEVO! OK this has nothing to do with boating but it DOES sort of apply if you like marine biology and think about the 80's when you're cruising: "Two groups of lowly marine worms are related to complex species including vertebrates (such as humans) and starfish, according to new research. Previously thought to be an evolutionary link between simple animals such as jellyfish and the rest of animal life -- the worms' surprising promotion implies that they have not always been as simple as they now appear."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

America's Cup Cineflex on Vimeo

America's Cup Cineflex from Marko Perendija on Vimeo.

"Red Line Films and Read Earth Studio where making a feature documentary for Larry Ellison following his Oracle team as they competed and eventually won the America's Cup in Valencia Spain."javascript:void(0)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Facebook friends! - Employer link in profile fix.

Facebook friends! - Employer link in profile fix.: "I finally figured this out. By default, facebook doesn't search for the employer, even if there is an existing facebook presence, so it adds a generic blank page for the employer with a 'like' button. I want that hyperlink to take my friends to my actual fb business page obviously, using a firefox webtools plugin I can access the employer_id field in the form and edit that by pasting in the correct number...voila! Please click 'like' at if you can appreciate this!"

Monday, January 31, 2011

Real Fast Powerboats

Reggie Fountain Powering Up New Boating Company: "Fountain says the name of his new boating company is RF or Real Fast Powerboats.

It was back in December that Fountain left the company he had owned for more than 30 years after it went bankrupt and Liberty Associates bought it.

Now he says he plans to continue his passion for the boating industry with this new company. Fountain says, 'What we've got is the latest great stuff. I want to re-do engineering and it's going to run faster, look better, be more modern.'"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

As far as boat names (esp. Navy warships) go...this is just wrong, sorry.

HMS Gay Viking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "HMS Gay Viking was a Motor Gun Boat of the Royal Navy, serving with Coastal Forces during the Second World War. Gay Viking was one of eight vessels that were ordered by the Turkish Navy, but were taken over by the Royal Navy during the Second World War to serve as a flotilla of blockade runners"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Flying Yacht Concept

I've always felt people relied too much on their cars: "The Fly Cruiser features wings with integrated jet engines. Wings extend outward from the body to accelerate the boat until it’s hydroplaning on a stability board, which it then retracts once it’s moving fast enough."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

An iPad-Controlled Yacht

Diddy Takes a Cruise: "We’ll be the first to admit that his album promotion antics can be a little over the top, but no one can deny that Diddy does lux like the best of them. For his current family vacation, the mogul is shelling out approximately $850,000 per week – you know, lunch money – for a cruise on an iPad-controlled super yacht. Yeah. Don’t even think about browsing Mac’s new App Store for access to this technology. The custom-made software from German luxury yacht company Lurssen allows privileged passengers to remotely customize and control everything on board, just short of the steering wheel."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Oracle leader wants to bring sailing to the people | San Francisco Examiner

Oracle leader wants to bring sailing to the people | San Francisco Examiner: "The America’s Cup has long been an elite regatta, but when framed by Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, it will become a sport for the masses.

That is the vision that billionaire Larry Ellison and the leaders of his yacht-racing team, Oracle Racing, articulated Wednesday to about 200 sailing aficionados and others at City Hall, celebrating his choice of San Francisco as the 2013 event’s venue."

48 days, seven hours and 45 minutes

Palo Alto's Honey named nation's top yachtsman: "U.S. Sailing has named Palo Alto's Stan Honey its 2010 Yachtsman of the Year. He beat out nine other finalists and will be honored Feb. 25 at a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club. He will receive a specially engraved Rolex timepiece.

He was cited as 'one of the most outstanding offshore sailors known worldwide' by a member of the award's selection panel.

Honey becomes the second American to receive the honor for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe, following Cam Lewis in 1993."

Friday, January 7, 2011

Moby Dick Marathon

New Bedford Whaling Museum: "There is no bad time to read Melville. For the past 15 years in early January, the New Bedford Whaling Museum has a held a Moby Dick Marathon, an event which includes a non-stop reading of the great American novel. This year’s festivities will be spread over three days starting Friday night, January 7th, running through Sunday, January 9th. From their website, it appears that there will be a live feed for anyone wishing to watch remotely."