4th Year At This Helm...

Welcome aboard, I'm Foster Fanning owner and skipper of the sailing vessel AQUILA. My mate, Catherine Brown and I are currently based in the Pacific Northwest. We spend about 70 days a year aboard, sailing as much as possible.

As this sailing blog enters it's 4th year I'm hove-to with a back injury that has kept me off the boat for a few months. Looking forward to more time at the helm as soon as possible...
Hope you enjoy...

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Flotsam and Jetsam
02.27.2014 HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching through a storm for a man who is sailing alone from Hawaii to San Francisco.
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02.09.2014 Anchor found off Whidbey Island may solve 200-year-old mystery
Commercial diver Kenny Woodside examines the approximately 900-pound anchor found by Doug Monk in 2008 off the northwest side of Whidbey Island.

Some believe it’s the lost anchor of the HMS Chatham, the tender to Capt. George Vancouver’s HMS Discovery.

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I haven't posted anything from DISCOVER BOATING prior to this. I checked out and liked their site. You might too.
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02.07.2014 The Dreadnought Hoax, 1910
On February 7, 1910 the Prince of Abyssinia and his entourage were received with full ceremonial pomp on the deck of the H.M.S. Dreadnought, the British Navy's most powerful battleship. Although the Commander-in-Chief of the Dreadnought had only received a last-minute warning of the Prince's arrival, he had the sailors standing at attention when the Prince arrived. The Abyssinian party acknowledged the greeting with bows as they shuffled onto the ship, dressed in their long, flowing robes, and for the next forty minutes the Commander gave them a guided tour of the vessel. The Abyssinians paused at each new marvel while murmuring the appreciative phrase "Bunga, Bunga!" in their native tongue. Finally the royal visitors departed as "God Save the King!" played in the background.

The next day the Navy was mortified to learn that the party they had escorted around the warship had not been Abyssinian dignitaries at all. Instead it had been a group of young, upper class pranksters who had blackened their faces, donned elaborate theatrical costumes, and then forged an official telegram in order to gain access to the ship. Their ringleader was a man named Horace de Vere Cole, but the entourage also included a young woman called Virginia Stephen who would later be better known as the writer Virginia Woolf

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Just for the fun of it...
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