Saturday, February 28, 2009
14 days out of Qingdao the fleet is 20 South 179 West. They just split tacks passing Fiji and are about 400 miles above the north Island of New Zealand. They are cruising at 14 knots, at magnetic headings between 179 - 185 to the real wind in the 40's where they'll catch the westerlies and head east to Cape Horn at 54 South.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Bowsprite paints water colors and listens and watches the traffic in New York Harbor. As the pictures here show and the dialog below demonstates, she has a good eye and ear. The pictures are the John J. Harvey (heroes of 9/11/2001), the W.O.Decker (So. St. Seaport historic tug), and the Bremerhavn (container ship). So check out Bowsprite - a New York harbor sketchbook
(Indian accent, proper and polite): “British Lines, to the Dela rosa…British Lines, Dela Rosa.“
(American accent): “Dela Rosa.”
(Indian accent): “Uh, what are your intentions, sir? are you angry?”
(American): “Yes, we’re anchoring.”
(Indian accent): “Oh, well, could you please give us some room?”
(American): “Will do.”
(Indian): “Thank you, sir…”
Beautiful accents…”dulcet” is how Towmasters describes the lyrical southern and cajun accents.
It’s not just voices one hears. One midnight, a captain announced his plans to go to sea. In the background was a quick whiff of Jimi Hendrix.
Another time, some poor captain shared his wheelhouse with some very noisy machinery, so that whenever he spoke on the radio, he seemed to be accompanied by a bagpipe quartet.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Reid Stowe really is an original. Behind his airy ruminations is one hell of a sailor and worker. One could hope that after rounding Cape Horn - in a nightmarish gale - easy street would be right around the corner. Hope yes. But little ease so far.
The fleet (5 of 8 remain) is a few hundred miles north of the Coral Sea angling toward Cape Horn, with an average speed of 16 - 19 knots with 2o knots of wind and six foot swells. Highway speed. Next stop Rio. DTF 9,842 nm for Ericsson 4, the leader.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
We went up to Maine for the weekend - to check the work done on the house, buy stuff for when we take posession in May, have dinner with friends. And, of course, shop for a seaworthy craft for man and dog to explore the Back River, Meduncook River and the other waters of Friendship and Cushing. Found a Monhegan skiff. Hope to clinch the deal soon.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Khachik Bozoghlian works in bronze. His K.B. Gallery is down the block and around the corner from us on 181 and Riverside Drive. I stopped by today 30 minutes before sunset, and got some good images using the midwinter light that Andrew Wyeth loved. For the whole sequence go to my picasa webpage .
K.B. Gallery at West 181 St. and Riverside Drive features the oil painting of Bennett Vadnais.
Over the years we have come to tolerate the polite blather of what passes for policy debate on the Lehrer News Hour, putting the appalling up against the ordinary or the modestly challenging.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Rich Wilson's horrifying knockdown in the Vendee Globe prompted Shira Arnow to search out some technical information on canting keel systems.
The Times used to cover sailing. When I was a kid the paper listedthe results for one design racing on Manhasset Bay. I followed enviously from the South Shore. Until a few years ago Herb McCormick, editor of Cruising World, covered the Whitbread/Volvo and Vendee races.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Sunday - February 1. Beautiful day - hit 50 F, wind south at 8-10.