Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In Our Own Backyard–Shelter Cove


by Phyllis // Attainable Adventure Cruising

In Our Own Backyard–Shelter Cove: "It seems that the weather gods are blessing our fall mini-cruise of the Nova Scotia Eastern Shore: brilliant sunshine, enough wind to keep us hopping—but not so much that the sailing becomes uncomfortable—and, so far, it’s blowing in the right direction for heading east—we’ll see what happens when we want to head back west, into the prevailing winds.

One of the nicest things about this cruise is that we are taking the time to explore a part of the coast that we have sailed along for over 20 years but usually when we are in a hurry to get north or in even more of a hurry to get south!

The first place we have chosen to explore in-depth on this cruise is Shelter Cove, an aptly named anchorage on a non-road-served Nova Scotia Nature Trust protected peninsula about 50 nautical miles east of Halifax."

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wrong way at the boat ramp


Star North Americans - champions regatta

A Star at the 2011 Centennial Regatta, Larchmont, NY

No purist, I loved the outrageous speeds and athleticism of the Americas Cup catamarans - once they got the rigs under decent control.  But I strongly disapprove of the Olympic Committee's rejection of the Star Class after a hundred years.  As Paul Cayard explains, check out the lineup for this weekend's North Americans in Oxford, Maryland.  The world's best sailors races Stars. Shouldn't they be in the Olympics?

As we have come to expect of International Star Class Championships, this event will be attended by a uniquely elite and diverse group of sailors with several of the top athletes not only in the Star Class, but in each of their respective regions and in the sport of Sailing in general. Among the competitors this week are 2 WINNING Volvo Ocean Race Skippers, 3 Former Americas Cup Participants, 7 Olympic Champions in the Star including 2 Olympic Medalists, 3 International Star Class World Champions, 10 International Star Class Silver Star Champions, as well as 15 International Star Class District Champions, just to name a few although this barely covers 1/4 of the Fleet's full list of cumulative achievements.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ron Terner

Ron Terner: "Rock Memorial by Ron Terner
Updated about a month ago
I came to City Island in 1974; a small town where New England history meets up with the Bronx.
I decided this was where Focal Point Gallery and I would live. Shortly I found my way to an abandoned boat yard called Nevins. This was the favorite fishing and swimming hole for the local kids.

My dog Pandora loved retrieving sticks from the bay while I photographed the kids playing in remnants of the boat yard.

Nevins grounds also turned out to be a rich resource of materials left from it's past famous and thriving days. My back wall in the gallery is made of planks from the docks that used to be out there.
Many years have gone by since then, the space has turned into a park and the local school. P.S.175. The Little league field is there and behind it is still a remnant of what it use to be.

My son Rajeev now 35 and his sister Ruby 10 and current dog Monita all sneak behind the ball field fence to get down to where Nevins once was. This is still our play ground and place of peace

Soon I will be celebrating 40 years of Focal Point Gallery on City Island and August 23 is the third City Island reunion. Looking at the rocks of Nevins and reflecting on a community that has embraced me, I thought I would pay tribute to the people I have photographed and have died since."

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Richard Hudson Underway - Southbound

Hauling the 4,000 lb centerboard, holding 400 gallons
of fuel required a crane
As readers of this blog know Richard Hudson is an intrepid voyager.  After a long stretch in Argentina he headed north and - shorthanded as usual - on his second attempt did the Northwest Passage in 2011.  Traveling via Greenland's west coast, over Baffin Island, down through the archipelago, across the arctic ocean to the Chukchi Sea, and the Bering Sea, then to Dutch Harbor at the west end of the Alaskan Peninsula, about 1,000 miles SW of Anchorage.

After a two year spell for repairs, R&R and replenishment of funds (working in Vancouver), Richard is underway again.  He has landed in San Francisco - heading south.  Far south, I'm sure.  You can follow him HERE.
The Ocean Cruising Club branch in B.C. just gave him the Rambler Award for an outstanding short voyage.  I guess that was Sitka to Vancouver - singlehanded.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cape Horn Cairu Tercero - Wanderbird 933

This Tilting Lock Could Solve Traffic Problems Caused By Movable Bridges - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News

This Tilting Lock Could Solve Traffic Problems Caused By Movable Bridges - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News:

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