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Orcas outside the Gate


Great news story broadcast just two days ago about a pod of killer whales (orcas), about 10 nm outside the Golden Gate.

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The Coastal Cup

The Coastal Cup is an annual race from San Francisco to either Santa Barbara or Catalina, depending on the year.  From the website:

This year the Coastal Cup finishes at Santa Catalina Island, located 22 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles, California. Santa Catalina is a part of the Channel Islands of California archipelago. The town of Avalon and Avalon Bay is the most populus part of the island. Avalon has a very mild subtropical climate with warm temperatures year-round and is a favorite destination for local and out of town tourist.

I’m trying to decide if I should do this race or the LongPac (more on that later).  Or could I do both?  The big issues are crew availablity, time off work, the return delivery (many days of bashing upwind or else hire a delivery skipper), and to some extent cost.  The one-way distance is about 365 nm depending on the routing.

The Coastal Cup at Encinal Yacht Club.

Lifeboat


Lifeboat 1998 • Oil on Linen • 80 x 100 by Bo Bartlett

In my mind this is what it is like.   All alone.  Just the sea and the boat and the feeling of my arm, back, and leg muscles working the oars.   No observers, no one talking, no one thinking.   Lifeboat, life, boat.

Thank you, Mr. Bartlett.

www.bobartlett.com via Monkeyfist, sort of.

Mermaid Monday

Better two days late than never.   A marvelous Mermaid Monday over at The Scuttlefish, brought to you by the ever-lovely Monkeyfist.

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Birgus latro ripped my flesh

I have a large tattoo of a coconut crab, Birgus latro, climbing up my left calf. Somehow it seems I never posted about this on NSL.   I had it done in Kailua right after the Pacific Cup last year, the artist is Laura Naylor.

The picture above is from when the tattoo was only a day or so old, it has lightened considerably since then.  There is a long story about me and coconut crabs that comes from when I was a little boy and we lived for a time on Kwajalein Atoll.    The pic below, which I stumbled on just  today,  is worth a thousand words.

Thanks to Grottu for the find, the original post is here.

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