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    Interesting observations from Whitall Stokes...

    Interesting observations from Whitall Stokes aboard SPARROW, who is currently less than 24 hours from Charleston, SC, his last port of call after Puerto Williams at the most southern tip of Chile.
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    At the right times of coincidence of wind,...

    At the right times of coincidence of wind, weather, and tide, the expansive back bay and estuaries of Morro Bay are a magical place.

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    Fortunately, we experienced this "window" for a 5 day/4...
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    Walking most mornings, being towed by one or two...

    Walking most mornings, being towed by one or two of Annie's dogs, along the Harbor, out the west breakwater, and across Seabright Beach is never dull duty. Just the birds are worth a paragraph:...
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    For what it's worth, below are current details on...

    For what it's worth, below are current details on the other Transpac (LA to Hono):

    March 3, 2021 - Los Angeles, CA - The Board of Directors of the Transpacific Yacht Club has confirmed the 2021...
  5. I am not one to dispute Spaulding Marine Center...

    I am not one to dispute Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito "which maintains a fleet of restored or newly built wooden sailboats and rowboats available to students at the Center and to the public....
  6. Hi Ian, In the dim past, the Star's common...

    Hi Ian,

    In the dim past, the Star's common ancestor was the New Haven Sharpie, which can be traced back to 1835. They had two masts with leg-of-mutton sails, but no jib. Next came the Nonpareil...
  7. 6281 This photo of POLARIS shows the "Mitchell...

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    This photo of POLARIS shows the "Mitchell Zap" sailmakers logo near the clews. Punky Mitchell was a very good Star sailor of the 60's and made his own sails. His small sail loft was upstairs...
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    Leave it to Hedgehog to slip in at the finish and...

    Leave it to Hedgehog to slip in at the finish and come away smelling like a rose. We have a winner!

    “Heaving to” (hove to) has many connotations. But basically means to stop or slow the boat's...
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    If nobody guesses the correct answer before 6 pm...

    If nobody guesses the correct answer before 6 pm PST this evening, all bets are off...and the winning bag of granola goes into the CBC larder and I begin the popcorn for Chuck Hawley's presentation...
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    Sorry, Philpott, but #6 is not correct. But you...

    Sorry, Philpott, but #6 is not correct. But you are correct that Star Market in Berkeley carries Tom's Best Ever.
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    Hi Eyrie I miss your smiling face and doggie...

    Hi Eyrie

    I miss your smiling face and doggie wags in these parts!

    Answer #3 would seem plausible. But is not correct. However, I'm still holding a bag of Tom's Best Ever from your previous...
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    Hi BobJ #6 is a good guess. But sorry,...

    Hi BobJ

    #6 is a good guess. But sorry, no granola for you at this time..Try again in 4 hours. I'm off to go paddling, and will check back shortly after noon.
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    Hi Ants, Greetings from Capitola! Chuck Hawley...

    Hi Ants, Greetings from Capitola! Chuck Hawley presenting tonight on an SSS webinar should be highly entertaining. He's raced 2 SHTP's, 1980 in a Moore 24. And 1982 in an Olson 30..Chuck's 6'3",...
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    Thank you Philpott. #1 seems a wise answer. ...

    Thank you Philpott. #1 seems a wise answer. Unfortunately for your granola fix, it is not the correct one.
    You can guess again at 12:15 pm if no one has answered correctly by then. PS: hint: do...
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    I'm only moderately familiar with skippering...

    I'm only moderately familiar with skippering Radio Controlled (RC) boats, the most recent being Dan Newlands in Port Townsend, WA. At Kawau Island in New Zealand I stepped off WILDFLOWER to...
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    6272 Mini-MAGIC's bronze turnbuckles, each...

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    Mini-MAGIC's bronze turnbuckles, each fully functional and about 2" long.

    AlanH, I knew you'd be an admirer of the new mini-MAGIC and posed some questions to Craig, who has owned, designed,...
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    6264 Hi Intermission A Cal 2-27 fixed...

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    Hi Intermission

    A Cal 2-27 fixed (solid) prop is well aft of the keel and there is little, if any, hydrodynamic "shadow," and no reason to mark and align shaft, which is especially...
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    Thanks, Philpott, I've committed to driving RUBY....

    Thanks, Philpott, I've committed to driving RUBY. If you'd consider swapping your 3 blade, solid prop, for a Martec, Max Prop, or equivalent, I'd be happy to crew in the future!
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    Capitola Boat Club does not discriminate in its...

    Capitola Boat Club does not discriminate in its fleet. Paddle, pedal, row, sail, power, surf, canoes, models, all are welcome, including MM's 47' ULDB powerboat SARISSA (IMHO coolest powerboat on SF...
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    Just texted w/ sailing friend in Austin, TX. 20...

    Just texted w/ sailing friend in Austin, TX. 20 degrees, no water, no power, and 40% of the city may not regain utilities until later this afternoon, earliest. The mayor of Austin can only...
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    Yesterday early morning I drove from Capitola to...

    Yesterday early morning I drove from Capitola to Morro Bay for the day, 170 miles, with intention of paddling the back bay at high tide and possibly crossing over to the sand spit on the south side...
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    At least 750 gallons of diesel leaked into SF...

    At least 750 gallons of diesel leaked into SF Bay from a Chevron Refinery pipe leading out to the Pt. Richmond Long Wharf. The leak continued Tuesday for 2 hours until someone noticed and found the...
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    Brad, et.al. Tom's Best Ever Granola is...

    Brad, et.al.

    Tom's Best Ever Granola is available at the following venues: (this current list supersedes the website's list http://tomsbestevergranola.com/

    Driver's Market — Sausalito,...
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    6238 The moon I saw two mornings ago was...

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    The moon I saw two mornings ago was waning gibbous, 53% illumination. A few hours later it had become a waning crescent moon which then continues about a week until it is a new moon.

    Once,...
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    Tom, Thanks for the lead to Henry Hudson's...

    Tom,
    Thanks for the lead to Henry Hudson's HALVE MAEN (Half Moon.) An interesting story and voyage for sure, especially for 1609. Sailing up the then as yet to be discovered Hudson River as...
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