Friday, June 22, 2012

Voyager 1 - first to leave the solar system

byArtist's rendering of Voyager 1.
by Carl Franzen, Talking Points Memo  Voyager first to leave solar system 

NASA’s unmanned Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has become the first vessel in history to reach the edge of the solar system, NASA announced in mid-June.

It’s hard to overstate the milestone: At some point in the near future — it could be days or months, possibly, but not likely even a few years — Voyager is expected to break away from the bubble of particles emitted by the Sun encasing our solar system and enter the totally new, completely unexplored region of interstellar space, the black void separating us from the other star systems in our Milky Way Galaxy.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Longest day of the year

at New York
 Length of day Solar noon
DateSunriseSunsetThis dayDifferenceTimeAltitudeDistance
(106 km)
Jun 21, 20125:25 AM8:31 PM15h 05m 39s< 1s12:58 PM72.7°152.034

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hazards of spear fishing: harpoon through the skull

The doctors say no vital structures were damaged.

Monday, June 18, 2012

North River 2 on the mooring and at the dock - City Island Y.C.

a Buzzards Bay 14 - L. Francis Herreshoff - designer

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What I Miss Most About My Father - George Vecsey

What I Miss Most About My Father - George Vecsey:

Recollections of his father by the great Times writer - the sports columnist and Brooklynite George Vecsey.

'via Blog this'

Novice crew for Father's Day

Friday, June 15, 2012

Nik Wallenda at Niagara = Philippe Petit at the Twin Towers

Man on Wire - the Philippe Petit story told in an Oscar winning movie in 2008 (trailer below)
Philippe Petit - 1974 - at the World Trade Center
no TV, no tether, no permit, no crowds, no sponsors
Nik Wallenda - 2012 - media circus, tethered, permitted, sponsored

Hell is the Bay of Biscay

Thursday, June 14, 2012

565 nm - 24 hour distance record - Volvo Ocean Race

Camper set a 24 hour distance record yesterday during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race - a sprint from Lisbon to L'Orient - 565.8 nautical miles.

North River 2 - splashdown

floating floorboards
Launch June 11, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Issuma: Journey's End

From Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C.  Richard writes from aboard Issuma:
The Future:
I have had a fantastic time sailing Issuma the last few years. Now I want to do something different, and go back to working (I do computer work for a living). So I don’t expect to be sailing far from here in the near future. I don’t expect to be making frequent blog entries until my next adventure (which has not been decided on), so if you’re interested in following along, you may want use the Subscribe menu at the top of the blog so you will be emailed whenever there is a new entry.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Golden Eye - St. Maarten to Bermuda

from WoodenBoat forum - all other pix Jesse Fradkin
Golden Eye and crew made the 900 mile journey from St. Maarten to St. George, Bermuda in six days of smooth sailing.  Two of the crew answered the call posted HERE on Voyages.
at sea

entering St. George, Bermuda

Captain Emmert & crew

on the hook in Bermuda

at anchor in St. Maarten

Issuma - Sitka to Vancouver Island

Petroglyph Cove

Issuma has made its way from Sitka down the inside passage to Vancouver Island these past few weeks.  More beauty and good weather.  A trip I've dreamed of making since I read Jonathan Raban's Passage to Juneau.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Monet's Garden - in the Bronx

Jon Gelman captured the beauty at the Monet's Garden show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Johan Santana pitches first no-hitter in Mets history

I was a Dodger fan - and stayed a fan until the Negro League and Dodger great Jim Gilliam died in 1978.  I switched to the Mets and was a loyal fan for the 1986 World Series, jumping for joy when Bill Buckner watched a dribbler bounce through his legs.  But in the lean years I switched to the Americnan League Cleveland Indians - because Washington Heights's Manny Ramirez was playing for them.  I followed Manny to the Red Sox who were making themselves attractive by winning.  I am still a Sox fan but I'm happy for Santana and the Mets that Johan Santana has pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history.