Monday, April 30, 2012

Brooklyn is back - welcome the Brooklyn Nets

I'm switching teams.  Farewell to the horrors of the Dolan pigpen, the world's worst arena.
I'm a Brooklyn Nets fan now.  Brooklyn.  Born & bred at the Brooklyn Preparatory School, a/k/a Schola Preparatoria Brooklynensis.  The Brooklyn Eagles.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

On James Meadow

how James got there
how I got there

looking downriver to James Meadow at sunset

Friday, April 27, 2012

Enterprise from the 36th floor

Taken from the offices of Standard Charter Bank, 1095 Avenue of the Americas; 36th Floor, New York, NY 10036 April 27, 2012 (left click on image to enlarge)

Jon Gelman: Machu Picchu - "Lost City of the Incas"

Jon Gelman Photography: Machu Picchu - "Lost City of the Incas":

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Corona | Sitka Nature

Corona | Sitka Nature:
Sun Corona

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Unloading herring - Sitka, Alaska

Solo around the Americas - Matt Rutherford reaches homeport

I sailed 27,077 miles in 309 days, 18 hours and 38 minutes.
Matt Rutherford - solo the Americas
When it comes to sailing it’s difficult to say who is the first person to do what because so many people have sailed so many places. In the case of this trip it becomes easier because of the Northwest Passage element. Not that many boats have sailed through the Northwest Passage and every boat that has, is listed on the Polar Scott Institutes’ (Cambridge University) web site along with the number on crew. Out of these boats very few were taken through the Northwest Passage singlehanded and out of those few only a couple boats did it both single handed and non-stop. The very very few that have, did not continue non-stop to Cape Horn and then back to their original starting point. So – long story short I’m the first person in history to have completed a non-stop singlehanded circumnavigation of the Americas.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Amundsen's North West Passage - not just a difficult sail

Northwest Passage 2012 dot com: Amundsen's North West Passage - not just a difficult sail: "With the sea ice receding at a rapid rate more and more adventurous cruising sailors are heading for the North West Passage to take their chances. But at least they have GPS and Gore-tex.
First explorer Roald Amundsen's team did not only have to find a way without such technology or charts, they were sailing a 21 metre square-sterned, gaff-rigged sloop, which had once been a herring fishing boat.
They wore woolen clothes which were not water-proof and they were tough men. They were also pretty mean scientists. Science writer Ned Rozell explains.

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Twenty years from now - Mark Twain

'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.'
- Mark Twain

Ambrose Lightship back at South Street Seaport

In the good old days lightships marked the shoals from Nantucket to Delaware Bay.  (Well maybe not so good if your were on duty in a short steep chop).  One of them was the Ambrose Lightship which marked the entrance to the Ambrose channel into New York harbor.  The Ambrose has gotten a new coat of paint and is now back on station at South Street Seaport to fascinate tourists and schoolchildren. h/t Save Our Seaport

Friday, April 6, 2012

Two surviving boats neck and neck near Brazil port

dismasted 60 miles off Uruguay, Groupama is in port for repairs, planning to finish the last 600 miles

Groupama, the French boat held a two mile lead over the American Puma when the carbon fiber mast snapped at the first spreader 10 meters above the deck.  Sixty miles off the coast of Uruguay at the time they headed to Punta del Este.  They'll shorten the rig and head for Itajai Brazil for a hir pace finish.  
Meanwhile Puma leads Telefonica by a mile after 6500 miles!  Two boats have called it quits, and Camper is in port in Puerto Montt, Chile.  They'll head south to Cape Horn in hope of finishing the leg before the Brazil to Miami leg starts!
Race Director and VOR veteran Knut Frostad is concerned about the breakage - an issue for the designers and rule-makers next time around.
UPDATE: Groupama back in the hunt!