Monday, April 28, 2008
Yesterday, Sue and I went down to Plymouth to give moral support to the Allspars racing raft team who were competing in a charity raft race.
As you can see from the pictures, it was more like a sailing submarine !!
As I am not an employee of Allspars, only a sub contractor, I was happily not in the team, although I did the bouyancy calculations for them ( 55% / 45% bouyancy / immersion factor).
I had everyone on the weighing scales after some obvious discrepancies with their DECLARED weights !! ( The original factors were 60% / 40% )
The Offshore and Inshore lifeboats must have been short of business..........even trying to sink a few with fire hoses and their prop wash !!!
After a celebratory drink with the team for third place, the weather cleared up and we then drove to WQB to put the sails onboard Rebel.
Two spinnakers, one genniker, No.1, No.2, No.3, No4, and Storm Jib, headsails...... plus the mainsail.
Nigel & Sue.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
On my way South on I94 from Milwaukee to Winthrop Harbor yesterday I happened to notice a sailboat with a winter cover (and a big sign that said "WINTER COVER") on the right hand side of the road. On my way back North I got off in Racine and headed back to Boat Tailors. Walking in who did I find at the sewing machine but John Verbraken who I sail against in the MAST races on Friday nights. I remembered that I had seen John at Strictly Sail Chicago and that he had mentioned he had gone back to work for Rick DeYoung.
Boat Tailors does custom canvas products for boats. (They do not do sails.) They have two trucks for service work and build each product from a template that they create for the specific boat. For more information see their web site at http://canvasforboats.com/
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This takes us down the river to the Outer Harbor. The opening directly in front of the boat is the "center gap" of the breakwall. Beyond is Lake Michigan. But not today, today we turn left again, heading North again until:
The Entrance to McKinley Marina. The lights on both the Port and Starboard marks are powered by photocells and are out about 50% of the time. The center red light on the breakwall visable through the gap always works. Makes it fun sometimes! Its great there is a red light. Too bad its the wrong one!
Heading down the lane between "F" dock and "E" dock. Our slip is on the left, just this side of the powerboat.
Dock crew was waiting, here Trevor helps put the boat away as the weather is turning overcast and rainy.
Success. Lots of cleaning, polishing, wiring, rigging and tuning still to do but WE ARE IN THE WATER! YEA!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
A couple of days ago I ran into David Johnsen. He is the current Flotilla Commander of the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 5-17 in Waukesha. We chatted a bit about the local Coast Guard Flotillas and David dropped that 5-17 is actively looking for new members. Also on their agenda for the summer is to get more visibility on the inland Wisconsin lakes rather than just focusing on Lake Michigan. I was also told that it didn't matter that I didn't own a powerboat, I was still welcome.
The Flotilla maintains a web site at: http://a0950517.uscgaux.info/ and has an extensive list of activities, classes, and opportunities available. Perhaps I will see you at one of them!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The USNA is cutting back its sailing program for midshipment. The new Superintendent feels that spending the time with the fleet is better training. Two contrarian views (three, it you count me.) After thirty years in the Navy I know that an extra few weeks during college (which is what the Naval Academy really is first and foremost) isn't going to make a hill of beans of a difference to the fleet, but it will rob the Midshipment of some great lessons and memories.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Why do you care? Because they monitor the lake levels in the Great Lakes!
Lots of other interesting stuff on their web site too.
Powerboater? I found another Milwaukee (OK, Waukesha) Yacht Club while killing time at the 76th Street Milwaukee West Marine. This is the burgee for the Waukesha Cruise Fleet. Their web site is at http://www.waukeshacruisefleet.com/ They have been in existence for over 50 years. Interested in membership? The requirements, from their web site are:
"To be a member of the Waukesha Cruise Fleet, you must...- Have a desire to have fun- Have a boat equipped to pass club requirements- Have a boat equipped to pass Coast Guard requirements- Have a desire to learn- Have a desire to participate in Waukesha Cruise Fleet activities- Have a desire to explore new boating horizons"
Give them a look. Tell them I sent you!
I think I am pretty good at this stuff but I am always reminded that having a checklist doesn't hurt.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Do we have the place for you: http://www.sailblogs.com! Sailblogs.com uses the X-Journal engine created as the expedition support arm of http://webexpeditions.net. Web Expeditions was created by Tim Harincar as a leading site featuring science and adventure expeditions.
Sailbogs is run by Tim Harincar Internet Engineering and we think it is really cool.
One of the fun forms of "gear" at MyBoatsGear is boating oriented web sites including the Boating Websites: Website of the Week.
Mosey on over: http://www.myboatsgear.com/
Wow - I bet that hurt!
More information including some video can be found here: http://www.alinghi.com/en/news/news/index.php?idIndex=200&idContent=15333
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