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    Below is solely my impression. I haven't talked...

    Below is solely my impression. I haven't talked with PJ about his motivations. They are in his blog.

    We know PJ has the "Explorer's Gene," a vital component of his adventure/dream.
    PJ also...
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    Though smoke, heavy at times, covered the state...

    Though smoke, heavy at times, covered the state from Capitola to the High Sierra, we were fortunate to catch a break Monday when the skies cleared and we cruised Tenaya Lake, 8,150', on our SUP's. ...
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    Correct. Due to budget, PJ does not have a full...

    Correct. Due to budget, PJ does not have a full time router, but is doing his own with Predict Wind. He's on the steep side of the learning curve. But aren't we all.

    Off to Yosemite. Depending...
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    More good news for PJ, despite his lack of sleep,...

    More good news for PJ, despite his lack of sleep, is that he ran 222 miles, 9.3 knot average, in the last 24 hours (1:15 pm to 1:15 pm). Winds have averaged 14-15 knots. from the north

    PJ's...
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    Except for some big swells from the south, I...

    Except for some big swells from the south, I don't think CHUBBY, making about 25 miles/day, has much to worry about regards Hurricane Marie, currently 1,300 miles south, moving west,northwest at 15...
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    PJ ran a respectable 226 miles in his first 24...

    PJ ran a respectable 226 miles in his first 24 hours, 9.4 knots, under plain sail in winds 15-20. He's nearing the western edge of Windy Lane, north/south along 127 west longitude, beyond which...
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    Jackie asked if I knew anything about the small...

    Jackie asked if I knew anything about the small plane crash near Goleta that had recently happened near her position as she passed Goleta. Here it is: ...
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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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