Archive for February, 2008 Page 2 of 2

How to dock a small boat under sail

Bad even by my standards.

Mermaids of Weymouth

Bobbie and Heather as mermaids in Weymouth.

Sirens on Sunday


For the handfull of you that don’t read tugster, he has heard the siren’s song and is publishing a series of Sirens on Sundays.  NSL applauds the effort, and pics like those above, taken by tugster, himself, and encourages other bloggers to listen to the call and do their own siren posts!

Norseboat Mississippi adventure featured on Furled Sails

 Gary and Connie Hoffman were recently interviewed on the FurledSails podcast, in which they discuss their 1200+ mile voyage by Norseboat down the Mississippi River.  Great stuff!

Furled Sails

Photos and story on Norseboat Owners Site

Gisele Bundchen upgrade


How do you improve on a classic?

Mermaids on Mars?


Better than the Man in the Moon…

Some claim it is Bigfoot, others insist it is just a rock, but now a new theory for the mysterious “Martian” photograph is gaining popularity on the Internet.

The figure captured by a the Nasa explorer Spirit in 2004 is actually a mermaid statue, and is proof that aliens established Denmark, so the theory goes.

The logic for this outlandish explanation comes from striking similarities between the figure and a sculpture in Copenhagen known as the Little Mermaid.

The resemblance has been pointed out on Internet message boards and appears to be one of the many tongue-in-cheek explanations circling cyberspace with the most support.

Full story 

Thanks to Michael of Proafile for the find!

Outrigger paddle-buddy of the week


Tahitian/Abydonian beauty Vaitiare Bandera  shows good form.

Underwater olympics


A Chinese aquarium is staging an underwater olympics to mark Chinese New Year.  The event, at Underwater World in Qingdao city, will feature sports including fencing, shooting, cycling and gymnastics, reports Qingdao Morning Post.  All of the competitors will all be qualified divers and the sports have been adapted to take account of the ‘conditions’.

full story w/ more pics

I don’t like Mondays

More pics and (Swedish) text at BLUR.

Surf kitty


The surf kitty pics have been all over the Interweb, you can see the original story here.  Our own cats, Avery and Capt. Blood, are not to be found doing watersports.

Velalonga Raid


In conjunction with the Velalonga Venezia, Circolo Velico Casanova is hosting the second edition of the Velalonga Raid.  Boats from all over Italy and beyond are invited to race each other on a route spanning almost 60 nautical miles, using all forms of natural propulsion (sail, oar, the power of thought…motoring is an absolute no-no, except in case of emergency). In 5 days, we will sail in the most beautiful areas in the North and South Venice Lagoon. Murano, Torcello, Treporti, Casone Montiron, S.Erasmo, Alberoni, Giare, Casone Zappa, Valle Millecampi, Casone Fogolana e Chioggia are just a few on the many spots that the Velalonga Raid will touch on its long voyage.

The Velalonga Raid is part of an international circuit of raids that includes Raid Finland, Raid Caledonian, and Raid France. The event will include visits to monuments, museums and exploration of the lagoon.


Thanks to SIMBA for the find! 

Wave of the day

Look closely…


Tiki dreadnaughts

There is a class of craft that can only be described as tiki dreadnaughts — super-sized, super-stylin’ booze-cruise catamarans!


Captain Beans’ Dinner Cruise is Kona’s original. Let the majestic “Tamure” show you the Kona sunset on an ocean excursion like no other. Your two-hour cruise starts out with tropical cocktails from the full-service bar and plenty of aloha from members of the crew. Indulge in a bountiful island feast and live music with a mix of Hawaiian songs and popular favorites. Then, a hula show featuring modern and traditional hula livens things up even more. Beautiful hula dancers tell stories through dance, and eventually inspire you to join in. Before you know it, you’ll be singing, dancing and creating memories to last a lifetime.

 Below,  Captain Beans former vessel, undated photo:

And in Florida:



TIKKI BEACH BOAT CHARTER   Rent our party yacht today! Boarding from all of South Florida!!!

Mendocino outrigger paddling opportunity


Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, too!

Big River is protected and the only major undeveloped navigable estuary remaining in Northern California. Unlike the undeveloped portions of other rivers Big River is accessible. Here you find no need for rubber rafts or special paddling talents to experience Big River’s forested canyons, swimming holes and wildlife. Paddling through Big River’s forested canyon is a wonderful experience and working with weather and tides will add to your enjoyment. You are connected to the river and its environment.


If you’ve not had the pleasure of paddling a lightweight performance craft, be prepared for a delightful experience. We feature boats from WENONAH, Ocean Kayak, Necky, Dagger and Secret Harbor Boat Works. Choose our outrigger redwood canoes by Secret Harbor Boat Works. These highly stable, fast boats for one to 12 people. Outfitted with a rudder they are easy to control.


Fish on Fridays: Sea captains’ logbooks reveal secrets of New England’s fishing culture

new-england.jpgIn the hamlets and modest seaports that dot the coastal counties of New England, Bill Leavenworth trolls for the lost bounty of the Gulf of Maine. His prey: the bound, handwritten logs kept by the captains of virtually every fishing boat that plied those rich waters between 1852 and 1866.

The logs were once held in the region’s customs houses, but over time were scattered to the four winds. Some landed in basements and attics, some were donated to local libraries and museums, and others returned to fishermen. On Nantucket Island, a number were stuffed between the walls of a public building as insulation against the winter cold, and were only recently found during a renovation. Others were undoubtledly used to start the fires of fish-house stoves or simply thrown away.

In the yellowing pages of these surviving logbooks lie the secrets of the ocean fisheries’ past – and perhaps lessons for its troubled present. The books contain daily entries on the vessels’ movements, the weather, unusual occurrences, and careful tallies of the number of fish caught by each man aboard. The numbers and words have yielded some bracing revelations about just how many cod there once were in New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

Full story at Christian Science Monitor