Monday, December 15, 2014

Battery Park City’s Populist Sailing School May Lose Lease -

Battery Park City’s Populist Sailing School May Lose Lease -

by Anemona Hortecollis 

Dipping into the murky waters of the Hudson River was part of the fun when Diana Tandia’s 10-year-old son, Mohamed, learned to sail on a small boat within sight of Lower Manhattan.

“It’s a bonding thing, getting dirty in the water, eating lunch together,” Ms. Tandia said this week, as she recalled her son’s sailing camp at North Cove Marina, in Battery Park City.

For 20 years, a Battery Park resident, Michael Fortenbaugh, has been a presence at the marina, running an adult sailing school and yacht club with shared boats, and more recently the junior sailing camp that Ms. Tandia’s son attended, a rarity in New York City. Supporters call it a populist outpost, populist for Manhattan anyway, where children can learn to sail for about $400 a week during the summer.

But Mr. Fortenbaugh’s days at the marina may be over. His contract to run the marina expires Dec. 31, and he has been told by the Battery Park City Authority, the agency that controls the land the neighborhood sits on, that he can continue to keep his boats there for 60 more days, but must relinquish control of the marina, which he interprets as a sign that his contract will not be renewed.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Loss of “Team Vestas Wind” //Attainable Adventure Cruising

Twenty years of (mostly) good luck sailing and motoring on the Muscongus and the Penobscot Bay has taught me the luck component.  John Harries of Attainable Adventures, a great cruising blog, has a lot to say about the wreck of Team Vestas Wind on a reef in the Indian Ocean that is oh so easy to find via Google Earth.  - gwc

The Loss of “Team Vestas Wind”:

A huge amount of internet ink has been spilled about the shipwreck of the Volvo 65 Team Vestas Wind. But the significant news amongst all of that blather and second guessing is that the navigator Wouter Verbraak has taken complete responsibility for a terrible mistake.
There is also this useful piece [from Geo Garage Marine with charts, etc.]that postulates that Verbraak made the classic error of not examining his route at a large enough magnification, and thereby missed the shallow water in their path. In my opinion, that’s probably exactly what happened, particularly since Verbraak himself linked to it.
To me there are three things we can all learn from this accident:
  • There but for the grace of a higher power, or luck (depending on how you look at the world), go any of us.
  • The magnification error is a constant source of danger that can trap even the best navigators and we must all guard against it.
  • Electronic data representation has an intrinsic danger: all of us tend to ascribe a higher level of accuracy to the underlying data than is justified.
  • *** click through the headline for a long, smart discussion**

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Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground, Weatherbug and More -

Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground, Weatherbug and More -

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Marine miracle: Sailor lost at sea for 12 days rescued off coast of Hawaii - The Washington Post

Marine miracle: Sailor lost at sea for 12 days rescued off coast of Hawaii - The Washington Post:

By Elahe Izadi December 10 "The Coast Guard had called off the search nine days earlier.

The missing boater’s friends had planned his memorial service.

Then, on Tuesday, the unbelievable happened in the waters off the Hawaiian island of Oahu: Ron Ingraham was found alive — and adrift — in his 25-foot sailboat.

It was Thanksgiving Day when Ingraham set sail from his home on Molokai to Lanai, according to Hawaii News Now.

It was a routine trip for the experienced 67-year-old sailor, CNN reported.

But his boat, Malia, began taking on water, and Ingraham made a distress call for help, saying his vessel was in danger of sinking, according to the Coast Guard.

That initial distress call and a second one later in the day prompted a massive search that involved helicopters and planes and covered 12,000 square miles. But nothing turned up.

 A few days later, on Dec. 1, the Coast Guard called off the search.

“When the commanding officer for the Coast Guard told me he was going to call off the search, I said, ‘Man, I don’t think you should call off the search because I don’t think he’s gone,’ ” Ingraham’s son Zakary told Hawaii News Now.

Still, the suspension of the search seemed to signal the inevitable, and Ingraham’s friends began preparations for a memorial service. It was scheduled for this coming Saturday, they told KITV.

 But 12 days after Ingraham dropped off the map, another distress call came through.

“We got a mayday here. Mayday. This is the Malia,” Ingraham was heard saying Tuesday morning. “Anybody picking this up?”

The Coast Guard heard the call, which was made 64 miles south of Honolulu. The USS Paul Hamilton, a guided-missile destroyer, was just 14 miles away from Ingraham at the time, according to the Coast Guard. About an hour after his call for help, the Navy ship reported that Ingraham was “weak, hungry and dehydrated.” But he was alive, and without injuries."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Listen to the Lion - Van Morrison

I am reading David Burke's excellent A Sense of Wonder - Van Morrison's Ireland
Listen to the Lion is a song I don't know - it's on St. Dominic's Preview (1972) which I have on vinyl but never heeded.Great Vinyl on this is album cover photo of VAN MORRISON - Saint Dominic's Preview

Greil Marcus has written: "Listen to the Lion is the song of a beast that wants to be calmed, the man that wants to be loved, the traveler who wants to lay down his weary bones someplace where he belongs."

Caledonia is the ancient Roman name for Scotland but for Morrison it's a mystic home where 
...all my tears have flown
All my tears like water flown
And all my tears like water flown
All my tears like-a water flown

For the lion
For the lion
For the lion
For the lion
Inside of me

Listen to the lion 

- George

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vestas Wind hits the reef - video // Volvo Ocean Race

Team Vestas Wind on the reef.  Video below captures the moment of impact.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Faculty Lounge: Should Your Law Review Article Have an Abstract and a Table of Contents?

The Faculty Lounge: Should Your Law Review Article Have an Abstract and a Table of Contents?:

 "Should Your Law Review Article Have an Abstract and a Table of Contents?
Yes, say the authors of this article that surveys citation rates. 

The stronger impact on citation levels comes from having an abstract, but tables of contents also contribute, and the two together generate citation rates 70% higher than articles without either.

Their theory is that abstracts and tables of contents reduce cognitive burdens on other researchers, which makes sense."

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GCaptain: E-charts failed Team Vestas Wind when she struck reef

Cargados Carajos Shoals

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind Abandoned on Reef After Grounding - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News: 

"Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Team Dongfeng notes in comment,

“We are offshore in the middle of nowhere, and on the chart, if you don’t go on the maximum zoom you can’t see anything.”
The Volvo Ocean Race skippers are relying on electronic charts to make their way around the world and in this case, the limitations of such charts appear to have let them down.

“When I was looking at the navigation a few days ago, checking these things, it took a long time for me to find them,” adds Caudrelier.

His team narrowly missed the rocks thanks to a last-minute gybe."

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Vestas Wind wrecked on a reef in Indian Ocean - Volvo Ocean race

The crew of Volvo Ocean Race team Vestas Wind has abandoned ship after striking a reef in the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200nm northeast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.The Danish crew was evacuated by a local Coast Guard rib.
Things got worse - the keel bulb snapped off and the boat tilted more. With the stern section breaking off and the deck folding they took to the life rafts!
How could it happen?  Well, apparently they are invisible at night and the navigable software is not that good according to this report from Scuttlebutt.

“Vestas Wind navigator Wouter Verbraak is one of the best, and firmly falls into the category of a superb yachtsman and navigator. He is one who understands the strengths and limitations of digital tools more than most will ever do. And one of the nicest guys in the sport to boot.

“Mistakes happen. Just glad they are all safe and uninjured.”

High and Dry on the reef.
high and dry

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Loïck Peyron wins Route du Rhum in Record Time — America's Cup Experience

Loïck Peyron single-handing the monster trimaran Banque Populaire VII              PHOTO:  THIERRY MARTINEZ

Loïck Peyron wins Route du Rhum in Record Time — America's Cup Experience: "On 9 November 2014, Loïck Peyron crossed the finish line in Guadeloupe, 7 days and 15 hours after departing Saint Malo in Brittany. The maxi trimaran is longer, wider and has a taller mast than an AC72 catamaran and was originally built for a crew of 10.

Loïck is a member of the design team for Artemis Racing in their challenge for the 2017 America's Cup."

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