Archive for January, 2010

Solo, non-stop around the world — in a Mini 6.5!


Is there anything that can’t be done in Minis?  Answer: no.

After the Atlantic in December 2002 (First single-handed transatlantic in the “20 feet sport” category (less than 20 feet sport catamaran without cabin), non stop, not assisted, approved by WSSRC/ISAF ) and the Pacific in August 2006 (World Record – North Pacific Ocean Crossing, single-handed, non stop, not assisted in the “20 feet sport” category, approved by WSSRC/ISAF) Alessandro Di Benedetto, a Franco-Italian geologist ,39 years old, decided to sail “around the world”.

He’s doing great so far, it would be good to get some more coverage of his effort, which is currently being overshadowed by today’s teenybopper brigade.


Thanks to Estar on S/A for the find!

Three Bridge Fiasco 2010



Well, some tactical mistakes were made, but we finished, and I felt we had sailed the boat well.

I was lucky this year to sail the 3BF with my friend Tom Warren, a.k.a. War Dog, and we had a great time.

Here is the report I filed on S/A.  More pics after the break.

Skipper/mixologist – pogen
Fordeck/color commentary – War Dog

Course: CW dry.gif


Start. Managed to get through OK and on course to BH, despite lack of good timing and disorientation as to location of the X-mark. Wind from S. Set the spin early.

BH. We had overtaken a good number of Moores and E-27 who had started before us, and so were feeling pretty good. Finessed our way around BH w/o scraping any paint.

BH to Raccoon, Phase 1. Sucky suck suck. Along with one or two other boats, got stuck in a patch of dead air, hopelessly corkscrewing around with no steerage way at all. Lots of boats passed us just a few dozen yards to the E. WTF?

BH to Raccoon, Phase 2. While the bulk of the CW fleet swung way left up towards Richardson Bay, presumably looking for some better wind off the Gulch, or who knows what, we proceeded straight across, which worked out great as we beat most of them to the entrance.

Raccoon. The ebb had started, so we thought that we would do better on the shallower, Tiburon side of the channel than over by the Angel Is. shore, where it is deeper. Big mistake, we got smoked by many many boats. By now it was 13:45, we knew we were in for a long day.

Raccoon to RR. Made up a lot of time here, boatspeed very good against fleet.

RR. Stayed to the outside, detouring the parking lot of boats being set toward the beach by the current. Set the #1 jib and took off on a close reach towards TI. It was now 16:00, and a great many boats near us that are based in Richmond retired at this point — they were just too close to home!

Long haul south. Made very good time against remaing boats until we got behind TI shore, where a lot of boats further from the shore than we passed us.

At this point, there was a brief waver in our resolve to finish, but we asked ourselves and important question and received an affirmative answer. Getting dark!

And so on, finishing around 18:14, followed by a chilly and all too brief 2hr motor home!

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