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Sailing Off to Wild Places

A video record of Ashlyn and Russell Brown’s sailing trip on JZERRO to Haida Gwaii and the west coast of Vancouver Island along with Alex Spear on VITA DUMAS. Well worth heading over to the PT Watercraft site to read the entire post.

This last June and July, Russell and I sailed our multi-hull from Port Townsend to Haida Gwaii/Gwaii Haanas park (also known as Queen Charlotte Islands) and back down the west coast of Vancouver Island.

There is really no way to accurately describe what it was like for me, or the feeling that we dropped off into another world for a wonderful but all too brief period of time. “What does one do in absolute wilderness?” This was a question asked by my adult daughter. “It’s more about being there.” I finally said, but I lacked for words and still do.

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By |2016-01-01T14:24:24-08:00January 1st, 2016|On the Water|0 Comments

From Timber To Tide

From Timber To Tide from Pixillion on Vimeo.

This film documents Ben Harris’ love of wood work and boat building, how he acquired his skills, and how incredible it is to be able to take something that you’ve built with your own hands out onto the water and sail it across the sea.

Who is Ben Harris?

Ben has always loved wood. His mother said that his first word was ‘log’. He has been working with wood throughout the UK since the age of 15. First as an assistant to a cabinet maker, where he started by sharpening the tools and clearing up. He then developed his skills in furniture making and his passion for wood and forestry by working in broadleaf woodlands. Later he tuned his skills in bespoke oak-framed carpentry and went on to establish a sawmill and oak framing business in Scotland, sourcing timber from the local estates. In 2005 Ben moved to Cornwall to study boatbuilding. He has been building boats and sailing them ever since.

Thanks, Jak, for the tip.

By |2015-12-28T12:49:08-08:00December 29th, 2015|In the Yard|0 Comments

Castaway Accused of Eating Crewmate

Sometimes racing seems all consuming. From the Daily Beast.

hungry-sailor

A man who spent 438 days at sea after his boat was overpowered by a strong storm is being sued by his crewmate’s family—who accuse him of eating the junior sailor to stay alive. Salvador Alvarenga has said that crewmate Ezequiel Cordoba, 22, died on their vessel after he gave up, and that he kept Cordoba’s body aboard for six days for company. But days after Alvarenga’s new memoir was published, Cordoba’s family said Alvarenga was only able to survive by eating their son. “I believe that this demand is part of the pressure from this family to divide the proceeds of royalties,” Alvarenga’s lawyer said. “Many believe the book is making my client a rich man, but what he will earn is much less than people think.”

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By |2015-12-15T10:01:03-08:00December 15th, 2015|On the Water|0 Comments

How to Store Your Sails for Winter

A post from Quantum Sails

Sails need to be stored where they are safe from moisture, temperature extremes, and pests. Any combination of these can ruin a good sail.

Sails need to be stored where they are safe from moisture, temperature extremes, and pests. Any combination of these can ruin a good sail.

Fall is a beautiful time of year, but for many the change in colors signals the end of the sailing season. Many owners take great care in making sure their boats are properly “winterized” and stored, but their sails are not always given the same care. Here are our expert tips to make sure your sails are ready to go with the first sign of spring!

When you’re ready to store your boat for the winter, make sure you take care of your sails too. There are three main factors to consider when planning what to do with or where to store your sails at the end of the sailing season.

  1. What is the general condition of your sails?
  2. Are there any modifications you’d like to make?
  3. Where will you store your sails?

1. Sail Condition

Off season is the time to get your sails checked and maintained so they’re ready to go in the spring.  A large percentage of repairs that we see during the sailing season can be avoided by a thorough winter check and service.

Dirt, stains, and salt are not only unsightly, they can shorten the life of your sail. Grit and salt crystals can – and will – chafe fibers in the sail cloth. This damage is small and slow acting, but it can add up over time and make a difference in how long a sail lasts.

Salt also attracts moisture. Moisture and warm temperatures lead to mildew. Mildew won’t necessarily shorten the life of your sail, but who wants to unroll their genoa and see a Jackson Pollack?

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By |2015-11-13T17:29:16-08:00November 13th, 2015|Racing Skills|0 Comments

POINT WILSON, The Greeter Light

A post from Saltwater People Historical Society by way of Three Sheets NW.

Point Wilson Lighthouse, Port Townsend, Washington. From the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

“There was much fanfare when Point Wilson Lighthouse was established at the west side entrance to Admiralty Inlet and Puget Sound in 1879. Its strategic location was near the bustling seaport town of Port Townsend, which was in those years targeted for the major shipping center for that corner of the world. Sailing vessels and steamers ran in and out of the port with regularity, and next to San Francisco, no port had a more boisterous and sinful waterfront that did old Port Townsend. Houses of ill repute were numerous and the shanghaiing of sailors and drifters was a day to day occupation for both runners and grog shop owners.

Every navigator entering or departing Puget Sound had to take Pt. Wilson into his reckoning if he didn’t want to strike an obstruction lurking under the salty brine. When the weather was clear one could properly give the point a wide berth, but the culprit was fog, and when it settled over the local waters, sailor beware. Unfortunately, for three decades after settlement of the area, mariners rounded Pt. Wilson without the assistance of either a guiding light or fog signal, rather incredulous when one considers the importance of the major turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet.

Pressure of the most determined variety finally got action from the Lighthouse Board to press Congress for funds, and on 15 December 1879, the beacon became a reality. It was a light of the fourth order, and to alert ships in foggy periods, a 12-inch steam whistle was installed.”

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By |2015-10-19T14:29:22-07:00October 19th, 2015|On the Water, Port Townsend|0 Comments

5 Tips: Getting a Good Start – and the 60 Seconds After That

If a good start is the key to good race, the last tack into the start and the first 60 seconds out of it are crucial, explains top America’s Cup sailor Terry Hutchinson. From Yachting World.

Photo from Yachting World

The subtleties of a good start are more complicated than identifying a good spot to leeward and starting next to someone who is going to give space and be happy to be rolled – although they both seem to help.

For me, consistent starting comes from repetition of the process and having a team that is working together without the need for constant communication. Simple buzzwords such as ‘kill high, aggressive turn here’, or ‘smooth tack to upwind’ are just a few things that help to get the point across succinctly.

But a good start is as much about boat positioning before the start as it is about the 60 seconds after the start. For this piece we are going with the concept that a nice hole has been carved out for the slingshot.

Within this scenario I want to focus on a port approach and the 60 seconds after the start.

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By |2015-10-12T12:07:41-07:00October 12th, 2015|Racing Skills|0 Comments