|Spring break sailing trip|
|The following is a desciption of a sailing trip I took in the Florida Panhandle area between Shell Point, St. Marks, and the Aucilla river during my son's spring break in 2005.|
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Spring break sailing trip Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 16, 2005 )
|Coastal British Columbia is very high on my list of places to go and this spot (Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound Marine Park) is unbelievable gorgeous. (Here is another page on the area).
Was our next stop. It's an area made up of several coves and islands, absolutely beautiful, and great for gunkholing in the dinghy. It is also very crowded, but we were able to find a spot to anchor in the middle, which meant we didn't need to practice our non-existent mountaineering skills in running a stern tie to shore (we arrived at low tide, and it was a looong way up to any trees we could have tied to)."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Prideaux Haven Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 15, 2005 )
|Cruising is all about the people you meet|
|I don't know about you but when a read a story like this, it makes me want to travel to exotic lands, meet interesting people, and get to know them. People make the world go around, all this other stuff is just distractions.
"Jose’ is officially retired, but at the age of 73 he is still doing what he loves- he is a stringed instrument maker. He makes mandolins, all sorts of guitars, banjos, violins, and some smaller forms of banjo’s that are popular in Portugese music. It’s hard to imagine, but Jose’ lives in the rural town of Costa de Lajedo, with a total population of 45 odd people. Jose’ is the only person in town not occupied in farming, although he raises phesants, chickens, and has a garden as well."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Cruising is all about the people you meet Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 10, 2005 )
|Very nice tutorial on tides from the University of Strathclyde.|
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Tidal Tutorial Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 8, 2005 )
|Godforsaken Sea by Derek Lundy|
|The Vendee Globe could be described as a single handed around the world sailboat race. But this would not do it justice. The skippers sail from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France and circle the earth without any stops or outside assistance. During the circumvention they traverse the southern ocean: well known for its bad weather, dangerous waves, ice bergs, and the incredible distance their vessel will be from rescue. The skippers not only have to sail and repair a large sailboat without assistance but they are required to do so with amazingly little sleep.|
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Godforsaken Sea by Derek Lundy Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 21, 2005 )
|An Insider's ICW|
|A delivery captain and cruising sailor spills his guts about diversifying the Intracoastal Waterway experience, countering disturbing cruising trends, and spending more time actually sailing|
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: An Insider's ICW Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 19, 2005 )
|Transpac's 2-man crews gain ground|
|News article about the Transpac race.
"Of course, that is an exaggeration, but with four-hour shifts divvied up so one man sails while another sleeps, it has some truth. Double-handed sailors also must be well-versed in all sailor's duties, from navigating to cooking, to make it possible to sail. Because the weight is much less than a full crew, they typically have slow starts until the boats reach heavier wind."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Transpac's 2-man crews gain ground Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 19, 2005 )
|Northstar 69, electronics easter egg|
|... but I just learned last week about pushing star69 on a Northstar. Apparently back in the Loran days, the key combo would display the message, “Help we’re prisoners in a Loran factory.” On the 6000i above, you get a full screen photo of the Northstar staff with a similar message taped to the factory windows.|
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Northstar 69, electronics easter egg Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 19, 2005 )