Thursday, May 17, 2018

Small boat single handed race across the atlantic

If you like me, prefer small simpler good boats and seamanship, a challenge (not a race) about a week  ago (on May 7, 2018).




The challenge runs from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

The no entrance fee challenge is held bi-annually, is for boats under 30 feet. There is no time limit to complete the race, and that is it for the rules!

It is called, the Jester Challenge 2018. The first one was in 2016. In 2018, 7 competitors started, with one who may depart soon.

You can follow the progress on the Jester Challenge website.

How about a challenge the other way?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Chasing Coral documentary

Yesterday, I came across the "Chasing Coral" documentary on Netflix.

A Netflix documentary


We all have heard about coral bleaching, did you know how serious this is? It's actually until now an unseen tragedy. If you have not seen it, do watch it, its an eye-opener.

It's actually quite depressing to watch this documentary, however, it does give you more energy to want to fight climate change, as it shows how real it is.

I would say that if you know climate change deniers, and unfortunately I know too many. This would be a great movie to watch. The way to introduce it to them without sounding alarmist, or they will simply be turned off, might be to ask them "Do you like Oceans? Do you live fish and corals?", and simply tell them, if so, that they should really watch this informative documentary.

Ultimately, we need to get as many people to take notice and realize what is happening. That's our only chance, please watch and take action!

Cheers!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hawaii banning sunscreens


Hawaii passed a bill that will ban sunscreen with chermicals that are destructive to corals. These chemicals are used even in the Hawaiin Tropic brand.

Not so innocent


This is great and a step in the right direction. Bayer (maker of Coppertone) opposed the ban. So, I suggest to do like me and ban all Coppertone products, not just in Hawaii. Corporations have to get the message that the mighty dollar is not the only thing that matters, as the corporations have no scrupples obviously.

Now, I hope this ban will be reviewed and endorsed in more places.

Cheers!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Viola 14 Sailing Canoe


I'm not sure, but maybe it should be renamed "Voila"!

Fun sailing dinghy


Wow, what a great little boat, unfortunately, I dont need another project, or this would be top of list!

Check out the video here. It looks likes so much fun! Plans available here for $100.

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

YouTubers: Sailing Kittiwake


As I have mentioned, I do watch a lot of sailing youtube channels. Because, yes I still have a job that I need, so do live through these channels! Tho, I have a big ocean trip coming up, but more on that later.

No caption needed, really!


Anyways, like the sailing crowd, most of these channels seem to think the only way to do this is with big boats and big budgets. So, I do prefer the smaller, resourceful travellers that can still do it.

I gotta say, these guys have really become my favourite channel: Sailing Kittiwake.  First about their channel, yes they the usual travel videos, which I really enjoy. But, I would say, that they also give back to the community by discussion sticky topic, such as the loo as the Britons say, and somewhat reluctant subjects: budgeting, working while sailing.

Their blog is also quite useful and very well written, check the blog here.

They bought a boat, a small, older, catamaran (Heavenly Twins) for about 10K GPB and refurbished it.

Also read an article that Elena (I can call her just Elena, right? I feel like I know Ryan and Elena like friends! Hahaha!) just published about their coming to sailing.

If you cant tell, I'm a fan, so "chapeau", keep doing what you are doing! Also, their patron page is here should you wish to support them too.

Cheers!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Start 2.0 for couple who sank their dream

Well, all is well (I wont say end well yet), as the couple that sank their, and literally everything they owned a couple of weeks ago.

Happy family


So generous soul who
sold them his cherished 1985 Cheoy Lee Pedrick 36-foot sailboat the Odyssey for $1 after reading they’d come from Colorado, like he and his wife, and had a 2-year-old pug, which reminded them of their old pug, Chow.

All the details here. Interesting article that also details what happened with their GoFundMe and Facebook pages. Let's just say people can be mean.

I am happy for them, but hopefully they are more careful this time, and hopefully they take some sailing lessons.

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Blog: Boat Bits

Actually probably my favorite boating blog, the guy likes simple non-sense systems.



This goes against all the new crazy tech bits that everyone think they need to leave the dock. I am in total agreement with him.

Read and learn a few bit of boating wisdoms.

Cheers!
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