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    Epic ! Now I just hope that the funding comes through quickly to get Capitola healthy and whole again.

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    Attempting Santa Cruz Harbor entrance at low tide might take 4WD. There's that mystery island in the background again. The yellow buoys in the sand bar mark the position of the dredge anchors about 6' under the sand.
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    WOW- The dredge is got some work in front of it to even get back to where it used to be ! So amazing to see the Monterey Peninsula as an island. It just goes to show how flat the Salinas Valley is. Probably the craziest sailing conditions today in SF bay that I have ever seen ! Ask anyone who raced in Corinthian Midwinters today !

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    A visit today to that wonderful place, Monterey Bay Aquarium. One goal was to meet "Red," the Giant Pacific Octopus, and evaluate her as a potential 110 crew. With 8 tapered arms, 16 foot reach, 2,300 suction cups, weighing 120 pounds, smart, strong, and wily, Red seems a good candidate. Imagine the ease with which she could reach eel grass hung up on the rudder while hiking on the trap, and being able to suction the blades clean while simultaneously sheeting the jib home, setting the pole, hoisting the chute, opening the bailers, easing the shrouds, outhaul, backstay, and turning a bright red to ward off interlopers.

    https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/...acific-octopus

    On the way to the octopus den I ran into the sardine version of the 3 Bridge Fiasco start.

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    And there in clear waters was the colorful aquatic version of the Inverness, 110 fleet.

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    Wonderful, playful descriptiions, Mr Allan. And visuals that made me laugh out loud! A slice of cheesecake for the sailor writer! And one for your Captain, just for having the prescience to be your friend.

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    Heads up, Cal-40 skippers. If your mast has never been replaced, it is reaching the end of its lifespan. In this regard, Ballenger Spars has just received a load of Cal-40 mast tubes. As Buzz has already built 15 Cal-40 replacement spars, this shipment will likely be spoken for in the near future. A word to the wise.

    And if you own any S.Cal. built fiberglass boat from the 50's, 60, and 70's and has wooden spreaders on it's aluminum mast, your mast also is on its last legs.

    How to tell if a mast is due for a downward bound visitation. 1) it has hair or moss growing on the underside of the spreaders. 2) Every screw into the mast is frozen with corrosion 3) Wire main and jib halyards have burrs and broken strands 4) The standing rigging marine swadges are dripping rust and haven't been replaced in >20 years. 5) The desiccated remains of a rat can be found on top of the mast head crane, where the Windex once was.

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    All Atlantic Salmon is farm raised, bad for the consumer, bad for the fish, and bad for the environment. Farm raised salmon contains dioxins, antibiotics, coloring agents and other bad stuff compared to more expensive, wild caught salmon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    A visit today to that wonderful place, Monterey Bay Aquarium. One goal was to meet "Red," the Giant Pacific Octopus, and evaluate her as a potential 110 crew. With 8 tapered arms, 16 foot reach, 2,300 suction cups, weighing 120 pounds, smart, strong, and wily, Red seems a good candidate. Imagine the ease with which she could reach eel grass hung up on the rudder while hiking on the trap, and being able to suction the blades clean while simultaneously sheeting the jib home, setting the pole, hoisting the chute, opening the bailers, easing the shrouds, outhaul, backstay, and turning a bright red to ward off interlopers.
    https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/...acific-octopus
    Thanks to DAZZLERS for alerting us to the release of another Giant Pacific Octopus, "Sylvia," off Port Townsend.
    Sylvia was raised from infancy for 3 years by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center until his release this past Sunday off Fort Worden pier. I've watched the 2 minute video several times. Sylvia is one lucky octopus! PS: Tom is one of the rare few who has encountered a Giant Pacific Octopus in the wild.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBbkGuGZnPs
    Last edited by sleddog; 01-25-2023 at 09:36 PM.

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