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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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    Sunday, 8/23/20 11 a.m. This morning's Santa...

    Sunday, 8/23/20 11 a.m.

    This morning's Santa Cruz fire briefing, (9 minutes) is positive with 8% containment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsfBln5-Xak

    However, more dry lightning strikes...
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    5736 Despite heavy smoke, ash, and hazardous...

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    Despite heavy smoke, ash, and hazardous air quality of the Santa Cruz and San Mateo county fires, there are positive developments for the 77,000 evacuees who have flooded into Santa Cruz....
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    The two part wood oars were not "durable." As a...

    The two part wood oars were not "durable." As a teenager I was courting my first girlfriend and we borrowed her family's AVON Redcrest for a row around Howland's Cove at Catalina. As her parents...
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    Thanks, Sis, for the sweet words Speaking of...

    Thanks, Sis, for the sweet words

    Speaking of next generations in the same Avon raft, here is Kali Rose, age 1, with me aboard the Avon in British Columbia in 1989. Kali and her folks, Nancy and...
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    In a different year, WILDFLOWER would be in the...

    In a different year, WILDFLOWER would be in the San Juan Islands about now.

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    photo by Capt. Bob

    Times a changing, and visitors are not always being welcomed. One fallout from...
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    Having slept aboard in front of Magic Schooner...

    Having slept aboard in front of Magic Schooner and Cat House in Los Osos, I was up well before dawn the next morning and underway by 0500. Fortunately, traffic south on Highway 101 and the 405...
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    5701 Another generation, grand nephew (1) and...

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    Another generation, grand nephew (1) and grand niece (3) take command.

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    Doublehanding in place as Leila sings "Row, row, row your boat...." Our Avon Redcrest, more than 40 years...
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    5695 On July 8th a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules...

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    On July 8th a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules located the trimaran THIRD TRY, and the crew of Matson containership MAHI MAHI diverted and removed three sailors from the 50 foot trimaran 825 miles...
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    At 0800 this morning, Tuesday, 8/11, Brendan on...

    At 0800 this morning, Tuesday, 8/11, Brendan on SIREN is less than 20 miles from finishing his Qualifier. Currently reaching at 6.5 knots in 10 knots of wind, his time of 72 hours, or a little less,...
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    Tho not in communication with SIREN and I don't...

    Tho not in communication with SIREN and I don't know if he is running a tracker, here is what I know 24 hours after Brendan started his Qualifier by monitoring AIS: Unofficially, SIREN passed near...
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    Early this morning, under the radar, Brendan...

    Early this morning, under the radar, Brendan aboard the Santa Cruz 33 SIREN has slipped his mooring at MDR, got himself to Pt Dume, and embarked offshore on his 400 miler Qualifier for the 2021 SHTP....
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    Good news for Oahu and Kauai. Contrary to...

    Good news for Oahu and Kauai. Contrary to National Hurricane Center forecast tracks, Hurricane Douglas passed to the north, never made landfall, and little damage was reported.

    As a kid I grew up...
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    Hurricane Douglas, currently Category 2, is 36...

    Hurricane Douglas, currently Category 2, is 36 hours from making landfall Sunday night, likely along the north shore of Oahu. By then his winds will have reduced to Cat. 1/Tropical Storm force.
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    Hurricane Douglas is currently 700 miles SE of...

    Hurricane Douglas is currently 700 miles SE of the Hawaiian chain, tracking WNW at 16 knots with 100 knot winds. Intensity will began to drop as he passes over cooler waters and may diminish to...
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