Archive for July, 2007 Page 2 of 6

Superyacht grounding


PBO reader Chris Boulter witnessed this alarming piece of coming alongside in Varazze on the Italian Riviera. He wrote:

‘While staying in Varazze, moored next to the Baglietto ship yard, a newly launched super yacht left the docks. I was watching with my daughter, when it promptly rammed the bridge that had opened to let it out and then ran up the dockside wall at speed.

‘It had only left the dock 30 seconds earlier – one of the crew jumped off the foredeck into the harbour as it hit the harbour wall. It appears that no one was physically hurt (amazing with all sorts of people around on a sunny Saturday) only the skipper’s pride and I imagine his paycheck!’

Powerboaters.  Link with more pics, via Fark.

Scandinavian Achipelago Raid starts today


Teams from 10 countries have today been gathering in Stockholm, Sweden in preparation for the 7th Archipelago Raid that starts with a prologue race from Stockholm on Sunday, 29 July, and will take teams through the unique and spectacular Swedish, Åland and Finnish archipelago.

full story at Sail World, via Boing Boing

We need this kind of sailing in California!

Hydrofoils II: Monohull sailboat


Pininfarina, better known as an Italian design firm in the motor vehicle industry, has awarded a first prize to the design of a Hydrofoil sailing yacht.

The eXplorius Sailing Yacht is an exciting and innovative transportation concept, as yet only that – a concept, but if the theory is right, then it could revolutionise sailing as we know it.

As a progressive mobility concept, the sailing yacht ‘eXplorius’ introduces the Hydro-Foil technology to the sailing yacht class and takes an innovative approach to the traditional sailing yacht field.

With wind speeds exceeding 10 knots, the underwater wings lift the hull of the eXplorius yacht out of water, reducing friction and displacement to a minimum.

eXplorius claim that gliding over the waves at sailing speeds of up to 32 knots, this yacht will make transatlantic trips for two to six ‘maritime jetsetters’ possible.

 [link] via Dark Roasted Blend

Hydrofoils I: Italian concept boat


Guillermo Sureda-Burgos is a world-renowned stylist and designer, who creates new concepts for underwater transportation devices, as well as some striking furniture & appliance designs. He also teaches advanced computer graphics in the Industrial Design department of the Art Institute Fort Lauderdale, and the Canary Islands, Spain.

[link]   from Dark Roasted Blend

Cold: submarine icebreaking


Hot: wahine ventral cooling, observed


If you could be any animal, what would you be?


Many people say ‘a dolphin’.

Beached whale


A beached whale is a whale which has become stranded on land, usually on a beach. Beaching is often fatal for whales, as they become dehydrated and die. Some die when their lungs are suffocated under their own weight or drown when high tides cover their blowholes. Humans sometimes try to save beached whales; however, such efforts are not always successful.


Tee time


Fish on Friday


Top that, Joe.

Crew of the week


MM rows a dinghy.

Today’s mermaid


Outrigger pr0n


Swimming with stingrays


The Great Blue Hole


[from Wikipedia] 

The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off of the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 60 miles from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is almost perfectly circular, over 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed.

This site was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. In 1971 he brought his ship, the Calypso to the hole to chart its depths.

[much more info at Dive Belize]