|Rogue waves revealed by ESA satellites|
|"In December 2000 the European Union initiated a scientific project called MaxWave to confirm the widespread occurrence of rogue waves, model how they occur and consider their implications for ship and offshore structure design criteria. And as part of MaxWave, data from ESA's ERS radar satellites were first used to carry out a global rogue wave census. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Rogue waves revealed by ESA satellites Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 23, 2004 )
|"With some planning, these problems can be easily avoided. One solution is to have a small loop tied in the tether line, about a foot away from the tether's bitter end. This will provide an easy attachment point for a halyard, and it will let you cut the tether if it is under load. Another solution is to have a dedicated "halyard ring" spliced into the end of the tether. A third idea is to use a snatch block. Attach the snatch block to the taught tether line, then attach the halyard to the snatch block. You can raise the halyard without having to cut the tether line, and the snatch block will double your lifting purchase." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Crew Overboard Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 23, 2004 )
|The Do-It-Yourself Plan|
|"We chose not to install refrigeration on DRIVER, or even an simple ice box, because of left-over attitudes we'd preserved from our days aboard DIRECTION. On a small boat, a well insulated ice box devours valuable space better allocated to water and food storage. Although our previous cruising grounds had been in the tropics, we'd learned to lead a well adjusted existence without suffering ice addiction or refrigeration mania. By keeping in mind what a reliable chilling system can cost, we decided we could buy cold drinks in restaurants for the rest of our lives. On hot days, when we longed for something cold, we just imagined we had refrigeration then pretended it was already broken." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Do-It-Yourself Plan Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 23, 2004 )
|"In an effort to prepare for an emergency, I force myself to imagine what would happen if DRIVER, while rolling along at hull speed, slammed into a shipping container, or a log, or the debris from a fallen satellite. What if a giant rent is opened up in the hull, and water begins streaming in? What would we do first? Take the sails down? Bail? Find the extent of the damage? Launch the life raft? Have a shot of Cognac?" |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Life Rafts Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 23, 2004 )
|"The broker was in high spirits; he had our bank check in his briefcase. "Young man," he said, shaking my hand, "you are the first person I've ever met who has bought a boat BEFORE a hurricane. Where'd you tell me you wanted to take this boat? Down to the Islands someday?"
I shook my head. I had already told the broker that Jaja and I wanted a cruising ground that was remote, somewhere free from the clutch of mass-market tourism, somewhere off the beaten track." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Purchase Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 23, 2004 )
|"One second I was on my feet--and the next second I was falling head first towards the water. What startled me most about my first (and only) falling-overboard experience was the absence of a noticeable transition between walking and falling. I did not pinwheel my arms and have time to think, "Hey, Dave, you knucklehead, grab something! You're falling overboard!" No. All I remember is seeing upside-down lifelines fly past me. I reflexively reached out, grabbed the lifeline wire, and held tight. This action stopped my inertia. My feet swung around and slapped the cold ocean. At the instant when my two fingers began to lose their grip on the slippery lifeline wire, my safety harness took up the slack and squashed my nose. I climbed back aboard.
I have a high opinion of wearing safety harnesses."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Safety Harnesses Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 22, 2004 )
|Jan Mayen Island|
|"When DRIVER's keel first slammed into the sea floor, my psyche was drenched by a wave of utter incomprehension. The thought "This isn't happening!!!" was followed by a long string of words I shouldn't have been saying within earshot of the kids. Jaja has nerves of steel, and it takes significant doings to rattle her. For the first time in a long while, however, her eyes went round and she gave me a look that meant: "This isn't happening!!!"
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Jan Mayen Island Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 22, 2004 )
|Exploring the Outer Boundaries|
|"That said, some people are happy to live vicariously, especially in high latitudes, and Into the Light is written so compellingly and with such intimacy that the reader is brought aboard Driver as a sixth crewmemeber. From this privileged position (we don't have to clean up when Teiga gets seasick, for instance), we experience everything with the Martins: their trepidation heading north from Bermuda, their building confidence after wintering in iceland and Norway, and their heady euphoria as they creep toward the penultimate goal; 80 degrees north. But more than just adventure on a grand scale, which it undoubtedly is, Into the Light is testament to the power of a family that believes in itself." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Exploring the Outer Boundaries Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 22, 2004 )