Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stage 4 lung cancer and a mountain to climb

She Had Stage 4 Lung Cancer, and a Mountain to Climb

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Cousins, and siblings - Our new family - thanks to

Today my first cousins Curt and Karen met their sister (my first cousin) Donna for the first time.  Thanks to a DNA search Donna learned the identity of their father - my uncle Walter - by finding that Curt and Karen are her brother and sister.  Curt and Karen came in from Santa Barbara to meet Donna.   Taisy and I met our cousin and her family for the first time; and they all met Marilyn too!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Lending a hand at The Apprenticeshop - Launching Spirit

Russ and I stopped by The Apprenticeshop to check the progress of the mahogany planking on their current big project - building a 24 LWL Dublin Bay 24.  We were promptly shanghaied by owner Susan St. John into lending a hand for the launch of her 32 foot six oared pilot gig  - recently returned from the Australian Wooden Boat Show.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cleopatra - matriarch of Kenyan elephant herd dies at 54

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Full Story - Dr. Stanley Paris now home in St. Augustine after aborted 4th attempt to Solo Circumnavigate | Stanley Paris & Kiwi Spirit II

Sea trial 6 4-11-2017

A few years ago Kiwi spirit sat on the bank of the St. George river in the Lyman Morse lower yard in Thomaston, Maine.  It waited for its owner Stanley Paris to make his first stab at being the oldest person to complete a solo circumnavigation.  Now his 4th attempt - this time hoping to be the first octogenarian - has failed.

I feel about him the way I felt about Francis Chichester aboard Gypsy Moth.  He made it but I jumped ship in New Zealand.  There something annoying and much that's impressive about this guy.  I'll leave the allocation to you. 

- gwc

The Full Story - Dr. Stanley Paris now home in St. Augustine after aborted 4th attempt to Solo Circumnavigate | Stanley Paris & Kiwi Spirit II

The last blog contained the paragraph “Never in my over 100,000 sea miles have I had so much go wrong so soon. Major problems include loss of bilge pumps, loss of two starboard hydro genators, so necessary for power. In addition, diesel fuel leaks into bilges and fresh water system failure.”

I suppose that’s explanation enough to some, but for sailors like myself you just might to want to know a little more so that like me you learn each time something goes wrong and how it was fixed or accommodated – or why not fixed. If that should interest you then read on.

First to answer the question of what made me finally quit just north of Brazil after some 4,929 miles since the start. It was the calculation that somewhere soon after the half way mark, I would run out of sufficient means to generate electrical power so necessary for navigation, communications, cooking, pumps and most importantly to solo sailors – power for the auto pilots which steer the boat. It’s just not possible to physically sail a boat by having to steer it 24 hours a day, without an autopilot. They worked just fine but they consume electrical energy and I lost the ability to generate enough such energy.  Losing these critical functions at any time during the voyage would have been serious enough but to loose them in the Southern Ocean could be disastrous.

But let’s tell the story in the sequence of what happened including an issue or two not raised in the first paragraph above.

We Begin with Item One:
The departure was fine.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Robert Walker Lewis (1950-2019)

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Walker left us five days ago.  I remember his sly smile, and a cigarette between his lips, having just stepped off his boat Aeolus after a race.
His family - wife, sister, son, daughter, and crew movingly remembered him today.
It was a personal tribute - the 23rd Psalm the only vestige of Judeo-Christian ritual.
They began with a recording of  William Blake's hymn Jerusalem the heart of it the famous stanza:
Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

Walker's sister Chris sang a waveringly beautiful acapella rendition of `You've got to walk that lonesome valley.'  His son and daughter recalled their Dad, a teacher who once labeled everything in the house with its Latin name.  His longtime crew Trevor spoke of their voyages aboard Aeolus, named for the Greek wind god.  And the memorial closed with Stan Rogers Northwest Passage a Canadian anthem for which the chorus is:
Ah, for just one time
I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin
Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Tracing one warm line
Through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea

Friday, March 22, 2019

A Dublin Bay 24 framed - The Apprenticeshop

I first learned of the Dublin Bay 24 from  The Apprenticeshop leaflet above late last summer.  There was a time when a fleet of them raced on, of course, Dublin Bay.  The 24 refers to water line length.  Its long overhangs make it 37 feet length overall.  The unreferenced 13 feet beyond LWL become wetted surface dramatically increasing hull speed when she heels over and buries the leeward rail in the sea.  Doubtless a wet ride to windward. Now the boat has taken shape - literally.  They laid the laminated  keel plank (keelson) (see below), then steam bent the frames (ribs) that give the boat its lines and to which the planks will be fastened.  The parallel lateral strips you see are temporary - to hold the shape of the boat while it is planked.  There aren't any 36 foot strips of wood for that purpose so where one ends and the next starts they are joined by ribands. 
You can see that planking has begun.  Just above the keel are is a dark length of mahogany.  That is the first plank.  The standard first build  for students at the Apprenticeshop is a 10 foot row boat called a Susan Skiff.  This is a much more advanced project, one that I hope to be present for when it slides down the Apprenticeshop's launch ramp on Rockland  harbor.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lunar lows and loons at spring equinox

With the spring equinoctal moon nearing full as it approached its perigee we saw high tides and low lows.  It was a good time to be in Maine - a beautiful spring break. -gwc
The Loon's Cry - Howard Nemerov

Sunrise 6:47 Sunset 6:46

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A segregated Navy unit ~ lost photos ~Time

Friday, February 22, 2019

Herring cstch cut