Archive for November, 2009
S/V Momentum aground on Waikiki reef. Story here.
Final day of 49er worlds, Riva del Garda, Italy.
I’m thinking about getting a small 2 person boat (like a JY15) that I can handle with my daughter. The club I’ve just joined has 420’s, so we might fool around with those first. Either way, I talked to my wife about this, and she made a valid point – My daughter likes sailing because she’s sailing with me. I’m not distracted by cell phones, etc. She has my undivided attention (along with mother nature, but you know what I mean) while we’re on the boat. At some point she’ll want to steer, and like my dad did with me, I’ll pass the tiller on. I’ll let her try her hand at racing (with me as crew) when she’s ready. I feel that if she chooses to sail in high school, experience sailing a two person dingy will trump pram experience. Plus, we’ll have a lot more fun.
full story at Saving Sailing
Somali pirates free Spanish boat
Somali pirates have released a Spanish fishing boat and its crew after holding it for six weeks, Spain’s prime minister has confirmed. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the pirates had abandoned the Alakrana tuna boat and that all 36 crew on board were “safe and sound”. The pirates earlier told reporters they were leaving the ship after being promised a ransom of $3.5m (£2.1m). full story
NSL supports the policy of summary execution at sea for those caught in the act of piracy.