John’s Thoughts and Photos

It’s been a while since we did a this and that post, so here goes. An Accidental Purchase The photo above is the shop window at Arthur Beale, a chandlery (yacht shop) in London. Earlier this year our friend Alasdair Flint, who we originally met on a dark and foggy night when we talked him into a [...]

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Let’s Go Sailing!

OK, enough with all this talk of motorboats, let’s go sailing in a bit of breeze on Morgan’s Cloud. We made the video below a few days ago in a solid Force 7 blow (near gale, 28-33 knots). John With Egg On Face By the way, look for a timely reminder from Phyllis at the halfway mark [...]

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It’s amazing how often we see this: an otherwise substantial anchoring set up totally compromised by one small detail. Can you spot it? Please leave a comment. Just to keep things simple, I’m only talking about the starboard anchor. Wave Action Has a New Web Site Colin, AAC European Correspondent, and Louise, Colin’s partner in sailing, [...]

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A Race For Real Sailors I’m thinking that some of you might be interested in learning more about the series of races that the original Bluenose was built to win. A series that was inspired by the desire of working schooner fishermen to go out and show a bunch of effete yachtsmen racing expensive, silly [...]

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“Fun Tax” I got an email from yacht designer Ed Joy, about something else, to which he added the following: I agree with the sentiments in your hull form article. Racers having great fun scampering downwind on their sleds are dreading the “fun tax” that must be paid when it’s time to harden up the [...]

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A great piece by Charley Doane over at Wavetrain on the folly of carrying jerry jugs of fuel on deck and how to make it unnecessary with smart motor-sailing. More Long Thin Boats Click on photographs to enlarge. I can’t get enough of these long thin boats. I came across this one in the paint [...]

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From time to time our readers point us toward, or we stumble upon, something published on the internet that we learn from and that makes us better offshore sailors. This is the first of a series of posts that we will publish every month or so to share those great resources, as well as the [...]

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