If you're going to steal a sailboat, at least know how to sail it. Imagine sitting down to a nice cup of coffee, you turn on the TV to watch the morning news and flashing before your eyes is your yacht bouncing off the shore down the coast. That's what happened to the owner who promptly called the police when she realized that her boat was the one on the screen.
Two quotes from the great C. A. Marchaj have just popped into my brain."To be seaworthy, a vessel must be able to defend herself against the incursion and peril of the sea."and"A competitive approach to sailing: above all, speed. Relatively small, overcanvassed and overpowered boats, suffering notorious lack of stability, dominate the contemporary racing scene."
Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely sailed across the Pacific on a Clairefontaine 25 foot beach cat from South America to Australia. The journey started in September 2007 from Vina del Mar, Chile and ended at Bundaberg, Australia in November 2008. This is one of many videos chronicling their journey. Mais videos. It's funny, I didn't know that I could understand Portuguese.
The choice of the Middle East emirate of Ras al Khaimah for the next America’s Cup has been vetoed in the latest in a barrage of law suits lodged by the challenger BMW Oracle in the New York Supreme Court.
Judge Shirley Kornreich ruled that, under the terms of the rules governing the event, drawn up in 1887, the match scheduled for February next year, must either be staged in Valencia or in the southern hemisphere.
Her decision was based on the stipulation in the 1887 Deed of Gift that the America's Cup cannot be sailed in the Northern Hemisphere between Nov. 1 and May 1, not on concerns by the Americans that RAK was unsafe due to its proximity to Iran.
"I don't believe that I have the ability to deviate from the Deed of Gift," Kornreich said.
"BMW Oracle should clean up their unsportsmanlike behavior with a dose of saltwater and sunshine and challenge for the Cup on the water. Otherwise they should stand aside and let other teams compete," he said.Boo hoo, Larry Ellison is a big meany.
What a joke this race has become......well, it's always been a joke. One design is the closest we get to real racing.
"J'ai envie d'y aller, j'attends ça depuis des années!" déclarait Thomas Coville peu avant d'enjamber le ponton et d'embarquer sur le maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O. Ce mercredi, à 13h47, heure française, le solitaire a doublé le phare d'Ambrose, au large de New York.
Thomas Coville et Sodeb'O sont partis "tout schuss" pour une tentative de traversée de l'Atlantique à un tempo d'enfer. Un seul objectif: faire mieux que Francis Joyon, sur Idec, en 2005, soit 6 jours, 4 heures, 1 minute et 37 secondes pour rallier le Cap Lizard. Au moment du départ, le vent soufflait du Sud-Ouest et il devrait rapidement monter à une vingtaine de noeuds. Française | English
Zac Sunderland, a 16 year old high school sophomore, is leaving Saturday from his Southern California home to sail around the world alone. I'm amazed by his poise and self confidence, it's something I didn't have when I was 16. I wish him fair winds and following seas.
My favorite long distance loopy rower turned sailor, Maud Fontenoy (she talks to smurfs) has been dismasted. Will she continue? Will she have another smurfy day? Will the whales sing to her? Only time will tell. More at Le Monde. Listen to Maude's tale.