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    In the vernacular, CHANGABANG is "launched." ...

    In the vernacular, CHANGABANG is "launched." Under 4 hours from Golden Gate Bridge to abeam the Farallones, PJ is past shipping convergence and has borne off 15 degrees. Now averaging 10 knots,...
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    Winches R Us since age 9, when Dad mounted a used...

    Winches R Us since age 9, when Dad mounted a used bronze South Coast #2 on the family L/36 just forward of the aft deck lazarette hatch, where I was safely positioned during a race and stood hoping a...
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    The heavy blanket of fog under the Golden Gate...

    The heavy blanket of fog under the Golden Gate cleared shortly before 1 pm and our intrepid solo sailor, Philippe Jamotte, aka "PJ", aboard his CHANGABANG, passed under the Golden Gate at 1:15 pm,...
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    Though the tracker doesn't show it, DURA MATER...

    Though the tracker doesn't show it, DURA MATER reports a "raucous ride" 23 miles to Port San Luis Bay. Though I recommended picking up a mooring, she is anchored near Avila Pier, presumably trying...
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    Many sail solo for varying reasons... Good...

    Many sail solo for varying reasons...

    Good friend Charlie R. sails his Catalina 270 KAIMANA solo nearly every day out of Santa Cruz.

    Charlie has no aspirations of racing, cruising, anchoring,...
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    You'd be hard pressed to find a nicer live view...

    You'd be hard pressed to find a nicer live view of DURA MATER at Morro Bay with the Rock in the background. If you're lucky this afternoon, you may see Jackie ascend her mast to replace lazy...
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    The Ocean Cruising Club exists to encourage...

    The Ocean Cruising Club exists to encourage long-distance sailing in small boats, with members required to complete a continuous ocean passage of at least 1000 nautical miles in a vessel not more...
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    Last time I looked, as recent as last year,...

    Last time I looked, as recent as last year, Mercurys still raced out of Monterey and Stillwater. And the class had some real heavy weight competition. The Mercury is ideally suited to those...
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    The behemoth USS MACON, a LTA (Lighter Than Air)...

    The behemoth USS MACON, a LTA (Lighter Than Air) rigid dirigible was built in Ohio in 1933 and designed as a flying aircraft carrier, capable of carrying 5 Sparrowhawk scout planes inside its...
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    RIP RBG Respect.

    RIP RBG Respect.
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    Yes, Stillwater is a lovely spot. One must be...

    Yes, Stillwater is a lovely spot. One must be prepared to navigate and anchor in kelp. Apparently a buddy boat to DURA MATER from SSS Forum (ENCORE!, Cheryl and Brad) wrapped their prop in Stillwater...
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    On another SSS Forum thread DAZZLER mentions...

    On another SSS Forum thread DAZZLER mentions Schmieder Bank: [ ~3 nm West-Southwest of Point Sur is the relatively shallow Schmieder Bank, with the top at about 20 fathoms....
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    At 9:20 a.m., after 2 days local sojourn and...

    At 9:20 a.m., after 2 days local sojourn and under clear skies, Jackie on DURA MATER departed Santa Cruz Harbor for Monterey, San Simeon, Morro Bay, and points south. Fair winds, Jackie!

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    Racing in Bermuda in 1935, Corny Shields, then...

    Racing in Bermuda in 1935, Corny Shields, then commodore of the New York Yacht Club, saw the 6 meter SAGA and fell in love with the Bjarne Aas design. After some negotiations, Shields and Aas...
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    5804 My first boat was a Snowbird, a 12'...

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    My first boat was a Snowbird, a 12' catboat with a boom the length of the boat..It weighed near 400 pounds. The Egyptian duck cotton mainsail smelled delicious.

    In 1978 I upgraded to a...
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    I've written about this eye candy before, often...

    I've written about this eye candy before, often called the "prettiest boat in the world."

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    Said one well known yachtsman in 1935, "the minute I saw her, I fell in love with her. I thought...
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    While walking F-Dock at Santa Cruz Harbor...

    While walking F-Dock at Santa Cruz Harbor yesterday, I was invited aboard Coast Guard 45 footer #310.

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    A most impressive boat and after 20 minutes aboard, I concluded the right tool for the...
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    After recent Hurricane Laura, a new appreciation...

    After recent Hurricane Laura, a new appreciation for the enthusiasm of the Italian Beaufort Scale.

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    (A kilometer/hour of wind is ~ 2x a knot.)
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    Not every day a parrot and his custom winch...

    Not every day a parrot and his custom winch handle gain headlines. Check out Jim Donavan's "Robert" aboard the Newland's ex-PEGGY SUE XIV.
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    The PT-11, built by Ashlyn and Russell Brown of...

    The PT-11, built by Ashlyn and Russell Brown of Port Townsend, is just a beautiful and functional water craft.
    When they built the first PT-11, JZERRO and WILDFLOWER, a total of 3.5 hulls, were...
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    Why not this my next boat? ...

    Why not this my next boat? https://www.proboat.com/2018/04/stackable-packable-sailable/

    Err, maybe because it takes 2 to assemble, doesn't come with foils, and costs a mere $12,000 plus shipping...
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    Good news locally is the Santa Cruz area fire is...

    Good news locally is the Santa Cruz area fire is encircled with defensible containment lines and "fire fighting" has transitioned to ground crews and helos directing controlled burns to reduce...
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    5755 Sweet. As I walk almost daily along...

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    Sweet. As I walk almost daily along Santa Cruz Harbor's west breakwater, nothing makes me smile faster than to be passed by the commercial fish boat OLIVE B, outbound on her daily questing. ...
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