Cool Boats I saw in the Solent

During my trip to England to get my Yachtmaster qualification I saw so many cool boats it wasn't funny.  The Solent really is the home of Yachting.

Here's some pictures:

2 Mini's

An Artemis 20 Adaptive keel boat.

A passenger hovercraft

"T2" the British AC 45

"M33", "Victory", and "Warrior" at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A DUCK WW2 landing craft

"Cutty Sark", the fastest tea clipper ever.

A Mod 70 trimaran

"Avenger".  The first planing dinghy ever

Cool huh?

Getting ready for Southern Straights Yacht race

I am getting ready for Southern Straights yacht race.  Southern Straights is a keel boat distance race hosted by the West Vancouver yacht Club.

I am racing on the medium course, which starts at Dunderave Pier on the north shore.  We then race up to the Sisters Island light, about 50 Miles West and then back to finish off Point Atkinson. I am sailing on a Beneteau 36.7 called "ClaraALEGRO".  The start is the morning of Friday the 27th at 1030 and we expect to finish Saturday before lunch.

The race can be followed from the following link:

Here is a time lapse of our practice sail on Tuesday the 22nd.

New Hugo Boss Stunt

Alex Thomson and the Hugo Boss team have done a spectacular new stunt.

This year they have pulled Alex, on his kite board behind the boat.  Using the combined kite and open 60 they have pulled him up to twice the mast height.

Here's some video:

and behind the scenes:

And the two previous stunts:

Uk Trip 2015

It's been quite a while since I wrote a blog post.  I've had a couple of cool adventures that I can share.

The big one is that I decided to go get my RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail), Commercial qualifications, and RYA Cruising Instructor.  I went to the Solent and sailed with a company called Flying Fish for Yachtmaster.  I really enjoyed sailing out of Cowes.  Fantastic place to sail!

Here's a video of my trip.

Crew overboard with spin up

I have done lots of Crew overboard exersizes as part of basic and intermediate cruising courses.  Something I don't get to practice is COB with a spin up.

Here is Yachting Monthly's take on it.

They seem to be advocating for cutting the spin away and saving your friend.

Here's another video of a full crew doing a recovery.  They have lots of hands so they pull the spin in by brute force.

Any other opinions?  I have heard of a method of getting the spin down and then using the engine to return upwind to the crew.  Couldn't find a video though

Race Q's App

I have been playing with an app called Race Q's lately.

It produces a track of your sail boat race.  When multiple boats upload a track in the same area at the same time it assume you are all in the same race.  This allows you to analyze your performance against others and help you improve.  Here's their promotional video:

I am also enjoying the raceq's podcast.  It has some really good learn to race material.  Find it here:

Here is a link to the rest of the podcasts in itunes.

When you go to replay a regatta using the app consider using an alternative browser to Firefox.  Firefox seems to have some issues with the Google earth imagery used in the app.

Sail boat racing on you tube.

I have been especially spoiled for choice for sailing video to watch this winter.

The racing in the Volvo Ocean race has been very tight.  Check it out here bellow.  There is also a daily video report and loads of other information at:

I have also been enjoying the last two events of the extreem 40 catamara series.  It's on Youtube here:

Earlier this year I also watched the medal race coverage of the Olympic Classes regatta in Abu Dhabi.  I did watch all of this 6hr video, but I didn't do it in one sitting.  Work and such got in the way.

The Barelona World race is on right now with double handed teams racing non stop around the world in open 60's.  Hugo Boss was doing great!  Until they lost their rig and now their out.  That only leaves one English speaking boat, Conrad Colman on "Spirit of Hungary"  It's quite a good story how he came to be on the boat and they are producing some interesting content, but unfortunately they are in last place. Check out the race here:

I have neglected this blog a bit since last summer.  I would like to get back on track and produce a weekly post again.  Watch this space!

Pro sailors did not clean up at the Moth worlds

The International foiling moth has just completed their world championship at Hayling Island, U.K.

Its a pretty cool little boat.  What I thought was interesting was that there are a bunch of pro sailors at the event, and some of them didn't make the top 10.  Amateur sailors with a day job beat them out.

Go amateurs!

Here's the vids

and also, because Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA deserves to be embarased, here's a vid about his SI shoot sailing a moth naked.

random sailing news

It seems that several interesting pro sailing events are reaching out and expanding their coverage.  Just this week an English speaking sailor won a race from New York to Barcelona Spain in Open 60 mono hulls.  There's a good series of videos on You Tube about the event, but here is the final one.

The production foiling catamaran is ripping up some race courses in Europe.  I wonder if one would if one would survive hitting one of the logs that litter our part of the straight of georgia?  Anyway here's a video :