Saturday, March 29, 2014

Frost Bite season ends

Another season on winter sailing is over and done.

I have been racing in the winter with the Vancouver Rowing Club frost bite series, the Polar Bear.  Check it out here:

Here is a video from the Boston Sailing Center about why people sail in the winter.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Having local dolphins rocks!

This week there have been sitings of large pods of white sided Dolphins in Howe Sound and Vancouver Harbour.  We no longer live in a waterway devoid of marine life!


Last spring I had the privlidge of sailing with a pod of Dolls Porpuses off Point Grey.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sailing is spectacular

Sailing rocks because it can be spectacular.  In this example, the sport is very much a spectical

Alex Thompson, the skipper of the The Hugo Boss Open 60 has put on an an amazing stunt.

This stunt was immidiatly spoofed:

Incidentally, this is Hugo Boss's attempt to better their previous stunt:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sailing is a lifetime sport

Sailing rocks because it is a lifetime sport.

There are continually new things to learn.

Here is a link to a series of videos from Sail Magazine showing 5 esscential sailing skills.  How many of them have you mastered?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another Canadian ocean racer who rocks

The following text is coppied from the Globe and Mail Article linked here:
Globe and Mail article

Canadian skipper Eric Holden is the leader in a race around the world.
The 33-year-old Vancouver native and his Henri Lloyd team are in first place after Race 4 of the 16-race Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Holden finished the 5,000-mile race from Cape Town, South Africa, to Albany just 27 minutes behind the winners from Great Britain, but his second-place finish was good enough to secure first overall, three points clear of the Brits.

Here's some video:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Canadian ocean racers rock!

I bet you didn't know there were any Canadian ocean racers, much less Ocean racers that rock!

Right now is the season when many many ocean racers depart Europe and head south down the atlantic.  The goal is to get to cape horn in the southern hemisphere summer, when the winds only average 40knots and the waves are only 10 meters high or so.

I have been following Diane Reeds One Girl Ocean Challenge.  She is racing a mini in the mini transat race accross the atlantic.  The reason I think she rocks is that it is very long term challenge to get qualified for the race.  She started hunting for a boat in January 2010, purchased it and started working on the boat and then training for the event.  She sailed several East coast races such as the burmuda 1+2.  Then comes the qualification part.  You have to complete some Mini races which means racing in France.  Also a long single handed qualification sail that Diane sailed out from Florida and around the caribean and back.  Huge miles on a small boat sailed single handed.

Here is her 2012 schedule from her website:

The Schedule

March 2012 – Ship OGOC to France
April 14, 2012 – Demi-Cle 6.50, 150 miles double handed
April 21, 2012 – Pornichet Select, 300 miles single handed
May 13, 2012 – UK Mini Fastnet, 600 miles double handed
Feb / Mar 2013 – Training Bay of Biscay and the Solent
April 2013 – Demi Cle 6,50, 150 miles double handed
April 2013 – Pornichet Select, 300 miles single handed
May 2013 – UK Solent, single handed
May 2013 – UK Mini Fastnet, 600 miles double handed
2013 – The Transat Race, 4000 miles France to Guadeloupe

This October was the start of her race.  There were many weather delays, but finally they got off!
D├ępart de la Mini Transat - 29 octobre 2013, 09H19 by minitransat

The fleet was beaten up rather badly by the weather and the race was canceled.  The fleet sailed into Gijon Spain and restarted from there.  Diane restarted with the fleet.  After a technical stop for repairs she is once again on the way across the Atlantic to Guadalupe.

Links to follow the fleet in English are here:

Here she is starting for the second time:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Exciting low tech adventure

Sailing is a sport of extremes.  The opposite end of spectrum from the high tech adventure seekers are the low tec adventure seekers.

My favorite example of this is the recreation of Shackletons Antarctic voyage to get help for the men from his expedition.  The goal of the expedition had been to cross the Antarctic continent over land but turned into an epic voyage to save the men of his expedition.  Shackleton sailed 800 miles across the southern ocean in an open boat and then climbed over a mountain to reach the help he needed. 
The recreation voyage team used a replica boat and period correct gear and equipment.  Check out more at the expidition website at:


There is also a film on discovery channel and other places:

The age of sail was a full of spectacular adventures.  There are many other groups sailing tall ships around the world.  Some are designed as tourist experiences, others as leadership training programs. 

One such group close to my interest in sailing for disabled person is the jubilee trust.  They have three ships rigged for disabled people to sail.  Info here:

and here: