Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Mainsail replacement

Last season our new (newish) Aramid from China Sail Factory mainsail started to self destruct. In the photo below you can see the wiggly threads, which should be straight to bear the load, where the laminate is failing. CSF paid to have the sail shipped back to China for inspection and they are covering it under warranty.

Aramid Mainsail self destructing

It has taken many months to get to this point but now we've agreed with CSF that we'll order a new main and pay a reduced price, prorated for the actual usage we got out of the old one and in consideration that it was near the end of it's warranty. We're happy with that decision and now are designing the new sail. You can see some of the drawings we've made in the next photo (below).

Mainsail drawings

The new sail will be bigger.


Thai Dancers

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Thai Figurine

A couple of days ago Judy used this figurine (lapel pin) from Thailand at her Mexican Train dominos game. I remembered going to a dinner in Bangkok where dancers had costumes and masks like this.

Thai Dancer


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If you are in Bangkok, check out the Piman Theater Restaurant



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bird Fighting Man

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Frigate Bird on wind instruments

This is not our mast or our instruments. When one of these birds lands on our mast we only want to get it off right away, and we've never delayed long enough to take a photo. This is on another boat. But notice how it is sitting exactly on the wind direction indicator?

Frigate Bird on windex

They will grab anything. Here the bird is on the windex.

Rake, used as bird Protection

Fred up on Wings' mast fixing the problem


Our instruments with a wire attached


Satisfied with that job

Marina Rivieria Nayarit

Let me down Judy

Three Trees on the Malecon

Exercise Girl Rests

Work of a Mad Stacker

Two Trees

Where the Bird belongs

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Doug Peterson and His Boats

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Doug Peterson

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Ganbare, 1973 boat winning Class B in Italy in 2017, 44 years old

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1979 Serendipity 43, winning in Mexico 2017

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1995 Black Magic, NZL 32

The "Black Magic" NZL 32, so magical, so fast that Team New Zealand kept it hidden through the Louis Vuitton series, using instead NZL 38, and only pulled it out for the cup, where it ran 5-0 against Dennis Conner's Young America Team

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Black Magic

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Black Magic

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Be Happy

In 2000 the Swiss brought this boat, with a radical double keel, to New Zealand, where it did poorly. Doug told me that he really liked this boat,(designed by Philippe Briand and Peter van Oossanen) so I decided it would be a good cruising boat. If Doug Peterson liked it, so did I. Alinghi bought it instead and used it as a training boat.

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Azzura

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Atlantic

The schooner Atlantic, a William Gardner design, was launched in 1903 and won the 1905 Kaiser's Cup transatlantic race in record time of 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds. This record for monohull sailboats stood for 100 years. The vessel was scrapped after deteriorating and sinking an 1982. Ed Kastelein commissioned a full size replica, and hired Doug Peterson as consulting engineer. The replica was finished in 2008.

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New Atlantic-Doug Peterson:consulting engineer

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Jongert 104ft, 2015 Peterson design

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Doug Peterson, Going Sailing

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Louis Vuitton Cup, 2000 AC

We went to New Zealand to be there for the America's Cup. I worked in the city for a year but when the Louis Vuitton Media Center opened I was first in line for press credentials, which I was immediately issued. I quit my job in the city and hung out down at the docks, taking photos and writing stories for the next six months. I photographed 70 races, shot 700 rolls of film (no digital back then) and wrote a heap of stories.

I can tell you that it was exciting, from start to finish.

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Bow Man, America One

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Spanish Endessa

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Japan

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Circling on a windy day

Most of the other photographers hoped for sunny days but I liked the stormy ones better.

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Dawn Riley's America True

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Setting the kite

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Chaos on the foredeck

We've all been there; when it is a windy day and there's chaos on the foredeck even the owner heads forward to help out.

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The waves were breaking over the boats on this day, Tom Kolius on Abracadaba

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Calm days, someone always went up to look for breeze

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On this wave Young America, USA 53, Broke

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Everyone abandoned ship

We raced over and the water was filled with swimming sailors, but Young America didn't sink, and soon the crew went back on, put pumps aboard and took down the sails. After this the crew used the second boat, (after they strengthened it) but they were still, justifiably, a little spooked. The designer, Farr, blamed the break on the crew.

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Bad Rounding

On the starboard side of the boat the kite is going into the water and on the port side, a crewman is retrieved. Prada looked rough at the beginning but they got better, much better.

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Big waves in the Hauraki Gulf

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America One (US61)
Big Kites, small foredeck, no lifelines, real sailors.

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Eye to Eye

Notice Cayard (helm on America One) locked eyeball to eyeball with de Angelis on Prada.

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Classic Match Racing

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Prada Attacking

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Winners

Prada won the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the right to challenge, but New Zealand beat them 5-0 for the cup.

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Kiwi NZL62 Practicing

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sailing to La Cruz

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Sailing

Selfie
Try holding a big Nikon out on the end of your arm!

On Watch

Wind is building

Making Speed

Shoreline to Leeward

Actually objects may be closer than they appear. Because this shot is done with a wide angle lens the beach looks a long ways off. In reality, it is close. Ask Judy.

Tacking

Solar to the Day's End

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