I am probably one of a zillion to blog this site - earth wind map - but I find this obsessively fascinating. From what I can tell, the site processes GRIBS from NOAA, overlaid onto an interactive globe to create a model of surface winds. It's mesmerizing especially during big storm activity.
I guess the title of this post is a little ironic as it has been a year since my last post. No excuses and no dramas, I have been all consumed by starting a business.Will try a little harder to keep this puppy going despite other distractions.
I received an email today from Paul Gelder, the former editor of Yachting Monthly that inspired me to get off my provervial and start posting again.
Since his retirment he has been all consumed by the refit of a 1978 trimaran. This video shows Paul enjoying the fruits of his labor and an awe-inspiring refit sequence.
In his own words:
This was my biggest DIY project ever! I guessed it might take me 1,000-hours-plus, at least. It turned out to be nearly 1,500 hours. Phoenix is a 1978 Mark II Telstar trimaran, which I've owned for 21 years.
Designed by Tony Smith, she was built in 1978 in Sandwich, Kent, before Tony moved to America to build Gemini catamarans. I first saw Phoenix wrecked in the 1990 Burns night storm off Emsworth Marina, in Chichester Harbour, Hampshire, UK. She was rescued as an insurance write-off, rebuilt and re-engineered by custom boat-builder David Kay, who sold her to me in 1994.
In 2000 Phoenix was 'stretched' from 8m to 9m (30ft) in 2000, when David added a sugar scoop stern with a new rudder and skeg. But last year, after more than 20 years, Phoenix needed major makeover -- new windows, new electronics a new switch panel, new navigation lights, new headlining and running and standing rigging. The work began in February 2013, and seven months' later she was re-launched in September in fabulous sunshine and 30 degrees C.
Refit statistics: I got through what seemed a mile of sandpaper (using three different sanding machines -- wet & dry done by hand), 15 litres of paint, 120 paint rollers, 25 paint brushes, 150 pairs of disposable rubber gloves, five rolls of masking tape. The paint was International's epoxy primer, plus Perfection undercoat and two-pack gloss, with Interdeck non-slip deck paint and Woodskin varnish.
I fitted -- with thanks to David Kay, again -- new Raymarine electronics (including i70 cockpit instrument displays, a touch-screen chart plotter; X-5 Smart autopilot, with fluxgate compass, new Aqua Signal nav lights, new Harken radial deck winch, new genoa and blade jib deck blocks, new standing and running rigging and lifelines, and new Blue Seas switch panel. I also fitted FlexiTeek to the cockpit floor and sugar-scoop and had the stainless steel pulpit shortened and re-welded. I added two 10-watt solar deck panels. The interior was stripped for 18 new panels of foam-backed vinyl headlining to be fitted, plus new smoked Lexan windows.
US Sailing and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky recently announced its top six finalists for the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. The award sought out unsung heroes in sailing communities across the country making a significant contribution to the sport.
Each finalist was nominated by another member of their sailing community based on their charitable and selfless efforts. The top nominees were then carefully selected by Old Pulteney and US Sailing representatives. The finalists draw from different backgrounds as well as experiences and are as follows:
Bruce Bertucci – Perth Amboy, NJ -- Bruce created the Perth Amboy High School Sailing Team and implemented the summer program which is open to all aspiring sailors regardless of their ability to pay.
Chris German – Ashford, CT -- Chris founded Connecticut Community Boating in 2007 which gives inner-city and underprivileged children a chance to experience the sea
Donald Backe – Annapolis, MD -- Donald created the o, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating organization and inspires the disabled to sail
Marcus Asante – Baltimore, MD--Marcus brings the sport of sailing to the African American community and founded the Universal Sailing Club, bringing history and sailing education to African Americans
John O’Flaherty – Portsmouth, RI--John brings the sport of sailing to children of all socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience the sport.
Rachael Miller – Granville, VT--Rachael connects and educates people of all ages on the importance of locating and removing marine debris in order to maintain a clean, safe sailing environment.
There are only a few days left to vote for the finalists! The voting period ends on Sunday, December 16th at 12:00 AM EST. The 2012 Maritime Hero will be recognized for their humanitarian efforts at an award ceremony in January during US Sailing’s 2013 National Sailing Programs Symposium in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
US Sailing and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky announced its six finalists for the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their sailing community. A public vote is now being held at www.maritimeheroes.com and is open until December 16, 2012. One winner will be honored at a gala event on January 23rd during US Sailing’s National Symposium in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
I stronlgy suggest you vote for Bruce Bertucci. Bruce created the Perth Amboy High School Sailing Team and implemented the summer program which is open to all aspiring sailors. It makes a huge difference for these kids.
Bruce in his own way is saving sailing.
Full disclosure, Bruce is good friend and crew-mate.
We are running a watch system at RYC to keep looters away. I was there from 1600-2000 yesterday and took these up close in the yard. It's staggering seeing what Sandy did to our club. From what we hear, we were lucky compared to Richmond County YC in Great Kills and Keyport Yacht Club.
So what happened to Cadence? I got very lucky. As you can see below, Cadence is still upright on stands. I am not exactly sure what happened but I think, the boat to port washed up from the dock as the storm came in and jammed in against her side. The boat to starboard fell off her stands as the water retreated and pinned Cadence from the other side.
I was told by Joel, my contractor, that he found with only two stands and put six additional ones back. There is damage but I think (hope) it's superficial.
The second near escape, is my old boat fka Messing About, now Genesis. She was on the dock but as you can in this shot washed up on to the deck 4-5 feet above and stuck there with a dock tied to her starbaoard and a boat tied to her port.
Five minutes after I took this shot, I heard an allmighty crash and turned round to see that Genesis had slid back and was now floating with dock and other boat still attached. She seemed fine. Hopefully the damage is repairable. She's a good old boat.
The last lucky escape is even more extraordinary. On Saturday, I helped my friend Ed move his boat up river to Brown's. This marina is not as far up the creek as Morgan and pretty open to the elements. Ed was not able to get his boat hauled out, so we tied and sprung her well (we hoped).
The photo below shows Brown's Boatyard today. Al the boats in the front part of yard and all the boats in slips were washed away. Except one that is. Ed's boat which you can still tied up to the slip.
Bloody miracle. Ed claims it was my knot-tying.
Apparently I missed the irony in my friend Ed's email. When he said my knots were good as his boat was tied to the dock what he didn't mention was that the dock was not actually tied to anything else.
His boat ended up in Morgan Marina. Still, he's optimistic that she will be OK.
I spent a lot of last night and this morning trying to find out what had happened at Morgan Marina, where my boat, Cadence was hauled out and on the hard. Given her location, I assumed she would be safe.
Morgan is up Cheesequake Creek, a small river off the Southwest of Raritan Bay. The marina is about half a mile from the Bay past two bridges: One, the Rte 35 road bridge where Rte 35 acts as a seawall except under the bridge. The other is a low rail road bridge. To the East is a very large wetland, presumably plenty of place for the water to go. The South is Garden State Parkway. To the immediate North are Brown's and Lockwoods' marinas and yards.
There is a dock holding 50-80 boats and a large yard about 4 feet about the water level with 100 or so boats on jackstands. I have kept my boat here for several years and know the folks who work there well. Nice bunch of hard-working people.
All morning I heard mixed information: The dock had washed away but boats on stands were OK, my boat was in "decent shape" (a statement that is relative), but nothing specific. None of this prepared me for what I saw.
As I drove up, on the left hand side of the road were several boats and this iron dock, several hundred yards across wetland beyond Lockwoods Boatworks.
The entrance to the yard was blocked by half a dozen yachts. To the left and right as far as I could see where yachts off their stands, tangled up like this.
Once you entered the yard, boat were everywhere, rolled, smashed up, tied up in each other's rigging. Boats had washed down from the other yards or washed up from the destroed dock. It was chaos.
These two shots were taken by fellow RYC clubmember, Alan Uminski this morning.
You can see the full extent of what happened here. Watch in Slideshow mode. It may me weep.
Yesterday, there 30-40 boats standing there. Great boats like Sinn Fein, multiple winner of Newport-Bermuda; great boats I crewed on like Bellefaster; great boats like Why Knot,a daysailer clubmate George inherited from his uncle and took loving care of so that he could take his family sailing; great boats like Forbidden, Slice, Poppy, For Sail, Mad Cow and Magic who would race multiple times a week come rain or shine
Boats are inanimate objects and it's so much more important that their crews and owners are safe but boats have souls. We lost a lot of souls last night.