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  1. There was that time when I screwed up...

    Rats. I had successfully repressed this memory up until now.... Trying to teach myself to sail with a Hobie 16... the nearest place to put in was a state park boat ramp at the end of a Z-shaped lagoon, just downwind from a 1000-foot high cliff. On a good day, one can escape from the lagoon with four tacks. The "beaches" such as they were, were just basalt rubble - no sand. NOW, I know that the wind slides around that cliff and makes eddies and turbulence, so the wind direction in that lagoon spins around 360° every few minutes. So on a bad day, it takes about fourteen tacks to get out. So, on this day, there was just a little more wind than I had ever sailed in before and of course, a H16 has just a little more horsepower than a noob should probably be riding... Waited for an auspicious breeze... Pushed off from the dock... Started accelerating... turned up into the channel... continued accelerating... uncontrolled gybe...really started accelerating... right into the "beach" !! Scraped across the top of the rocks !!!!! Ended up sitting in the empty parking spot right next to my truck. This whole voyage took somewhere between fifteen and thirty seconds. As I took down the sails, turned the truck around, and heaved the boat back onto the trailer, (After of course, recovering from shock and changing my wetsuit...) I seem to recall trying to act nonchalant, as if this were just a normal decision to abort a voyage due to adverse conditions... Of course, I couldn't do that on purpose in a zillion years. Had to add a little strip of fiberglass along the bottom of both hulls, where they'd scraped over the rocks.
  2. Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    I'm pretty sure I saw a couple different kinds of stem ball compression fittings on the rigging only site. Although, I learned that not everything in the catalog is still available... These things?
  3. Rimas is alive

    I'm betting on the West Pacific Garbage Patch. Either that or North Korea.
  4. Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    Oh, yeah, I have a dedicated halyard stowed with the ATN mast climber.
  5. October in the PNW

    One time I was driving North on Whidbey Island and saw what appeared to be some kind of crazy searchlight playing across the clouds, just ahead. You know, like for some carnival type event. When I came around the bend, suddenly there was four inches of hailstones piled all over the road for about a quarter mile. The "searchlights" were the headlights of cars, spinning out and going in the ditch. Just in that one spot. Can't imagine what it would like to be walking along when all that came dumping down. Oh, but that was in the middle of the summer.
  6. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Sadly, I played the dockside interview vid and I believe there was some nonsense thrown out about a live webcam (or still cam?) on board for the next drift "to Japan." The thought did occur to me that Rimas might be working for Trump, executing an extremely slow-motion stealth "insertion" into North Korea. At least that's what the Koreans will assume if he drifts that way...
  7. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Seems like one could make the case here that he's made a false mayday call. With obvious premeditation. A federal offense. Even if one couldn't get a conviction, it might serve to get the cockroach shipped off of your island to a federal facility elsewhere.
  8. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Meh. I haven't seen any evidence for any feats that couldn't have been done by a hermit crab in a half-empty 2L soda bottle. Except hailing the coastguard. The current flushed him in to those reefs in Fiji, and it could just as easily flush him back out. There was a tide change just after the last DeLorme ping that could easily have reversed things. Speculation, of course, but I think William of Occam is on my side.
  9. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Looks like the Coast Guard is trying to keep more large pieces of plastic debris from drifting into the Garbage Patch. Wait... now I'm getting this image of Rimas starting some sort of "Waterworld" cult in the Garbage Patch... Too bad Maraschino Cherries don't float.
  10. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    If you go back to the beginning of the Delos blogs, it starts with cruising the PNW, en route to their wedding, with a furry cat on board. Apparently Brady later assumed the role of the cat.
  11. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I seem to recall an episode where they had worked out the cruising budget in terms of dollars per person per boat month and everyone was required to pony up that amount. But their finances may have changed significantly since then. Also, there are accumulated a year's worth of dreadful, long, self-absorbed blog posts on the Delos web site, from one of the current "new" girls. I skimmed a few of them and IIRC there is some agonizing about whether she will "make the cut" for the next leg. I didn't/couldn't read any of them in detail. I sort of had the impression that these people come on board for a pre-defined fixed term, unlike the departing semi-permanent GF you mention from years past. Speaking of personnel changes, I find it a little odd that, even when they tell stories about "the early days," there is never, ever any mention of the First Wife. Or the cat, for that matter. All of the laundry is not aired. For which, I suppose, we should be thankful.
  12. October in the PNW

    Well it's certainly close to dark after my work - you know, during those hours that I was using to go sailing, just a few days ago, it seems.
  13. Actually not... as it happens they have manual Bowling Alley Pinsetters at McMurdo and South Pole Stations. Usually cafeteria workers earning a few extra bucks. Yet warming is greater in the arctic. Go figure.
  14. From the "WTF" files

    Didn't Moxie Marlinspike hint a few times that you don't get caught if you steal zombie sailboats? Nobody notices. Nobody cares. It seems possible that there are a few smart dirtbags out there... Oh, but that kid who was stealing airplanes got caught eventually too (on a boat). At least he was smart enough to steal something that goes faster than 5 mph.