Foster's Sailing Blog archives April thru November 2011

PHUKET: Strong onshore winds last night left a three-time class champion in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta stranded on the sand at Kata Beach.

Matt Allen’s 44-foot Ichi Ban, on which he won the IRC 1 class at the Phuket King’s Cup last year, was left standing vertically in the sand after the tide ran out this morning.

“It looks like the boat has not suffered any damage. It is pointing out to sea and should be able to safely sail way at high tide at about 3pm this afternoon,” a regatta organizer at the scene told the Phuket

A good note by Tom Lochhass with a link to a more detailed article: "As the heat builds in the summer sailing season, so does the risk of being caught by a thunderstorm or squall. With sudden or unexpected high winds and building waves, the results can be catastrophic - especially if the boat and/or crew is not ready."

07.20.11 A good weekend under sail... Had the opportunity to hang out with two harty sailing gals and caught just the right amount of breeze, quiet anchorage and exploration time. You can check out some additional pics at:

07.11.11 Rickey Point Sail Club 29th Regatta:

See link to right of page...
07.05.11 Catherine Brown sailing solo and putting the '87, S-2, 9.2C sailing vessel AQUILA through the paces as a warm up for the upcoming 29th Annual Rickey Point Sail Club Regatta to be held on Lake Roosevelt July 9th and 10th, 2011. Catherine has rounded up an all girl crew and will skipper AQUILA for part of the triangle races.
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07.02.11  Bottle with Mass. sailor tribute found in Scotland

A glass bottle, cast into the Gulf Stream off New England one year ago as a farewell gesture to a departed sailor, turned up last week on a beach in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland after an improbable, 3,000-mile transatlantic voyage.
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The first start of the Transatlantic Race 2011 gets underway ...
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06.22.11Sailor Matt Rutherford has now been a week into his solo, nonstop cruise around all of North and South America in a 27-foot sailboat.

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"Life is what happens when we're busy making other plans" John Lennon; and that's just what has kept me from posting on this blog for the last month. And here's another reason to save those "sundowners" until well anchored or tied in port: 

Funniest Sailor Rescue Story of the Year

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06.10.11 Looks like some useful info here: How to Buy a Used Sailboat
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05.13.11 Sailboat hit by whale off Columbia River
The 38-foot L'Orca was sailing off the mouth of the Columbia River when a grey whale breached the water and crashed onto the boat.
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05.10.11 Man goes overboard after tangle with sea lion
A much happier ending than the last entry.
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Authorities say a man was killed and four people were rescued from the Puget Sound near Camano Head after a small boat overturned on Saturday morning. A distress call went out at about 7:30 a.m. A family member says all five were from one family. "They were out shrimping, there was a lot of other boats in the vicinity," said Rob Johnson, Deputy Chief, Snohomish Fire District
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Rather than wreaking havoc on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean -- as alien species can sometimes do -- a giant tortoise appears to be helping to restore the native ecosystem.
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David Crosby's yacht, the Mayan, was docked Saturday afternoon at Dana Point Harbor before sailing to Santa Barbara, according to representatives at the Ocean Institute.
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As a sailor I'm given to occasionally ponder the realms of early homo sapiens and our dependant relationship to water. It is not hard to picture a shoreside village under an overhanging escarpment carved out by vanished glaciers. A wisp of smoke drifting idly out from the shadows under the cliff face, it’s source the fire that is never allowed to go out. People working hides, sharpening stones, and hanging fish to dry in the hot sun.
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04.24.11 We just marked the 41st Earth Day passage but still we have new generation of kids grown to adults within the culture of "its OK to litter" and the plastic trash of marring our waterfront world wide continues to grow. Picked this 1st part up off of SAILING ANARCHY

“Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.” Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944) No matter what, plastic will be part of our world for as long as any of us are around. The only path open to us is to agree that plastic or any non-native debris left in natural spaces is wrong and, if unchecked, will compound as global populations grow.

This next image fits the spirit of the above. The guy is a cop frined of mine who has "adpoted-a-road" near his home. His message is short and sweet.
I love a poet with a cause...

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Two firefighters threw a floating rescue rope to a boater who was stranded on a rock — while wearing hip-waders — in deep water in the East Fork of the Lewis River on Wednesday evening, likely saving his life. The man reportedly became separated from a small pontoon boat. "He was standing in the middle of the river in chest-high water, on a rock," said Battalion Chief Abe Rommel with Clark County Fire & Rescue. "He was in deep water and somehow he found a rock he could stand on and be stable."
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04.20.11 After thirty four years on the fireline I conned this saying that appears to fit quite nicely with boating too ~ "Everythings okay, until it isn't." Sort of pertains to this story as well... 

Boat Lost Because of Fouled Dinghy Tow Line

This is a topic I have some experience in ~ let me clarify, the experience is with fouled props, not losing a 38' vessel.
Reaching back to 1973 and I'm part of a crew taking the 38 foot fishing trawler HOPE from Port Angles, Washington to Meyers Chuck, Alaska. During our night crossing of Queen Charlotte Sound about halfway through the trip, we picked up some fishing net that wrapped tightly around the prop. Didn't notice it at first but the small, tough net cords fouling the prop began to work their way up the shaft and a vibration started. Looking oversides into the clear, cold Inside Passage water that next morning we could see some of the errant net floating near the prop and knew more was hidden from our view. We found a small, quiet cove and anchored the HOPE. No dive gear on board - not even a snorkel, yet we had no choice. The foul lines had to go.
The Pacific Northwest coastal waters of upper British Columbia, Canada, especially in the early spring, are cold waters. Skipper Rick McMullen made the first dive with a knife we had sharpened for the occasion knowing how critical time was going to be. Three or four deep breaths later Captain Rick had all of the 40* water he could stand but reported there was plenty more work to go before the prop was to be declared net-free. Helen and my wife Peggy had the diesel stove burning brightly warming the cabin against the very real potential of hypothermia. I was a stout and solid athlete back in those days and no novice to cold water emersion but I’m certain my duration was no greater than the captain's. In the end it took three plunges each with longer and longer recovery time between before the prop and shaft were cleared. We stayed anchored in that small cove that evening and shivered in the warm cabin, in our snug berths as the gals fed us hot soup, fresh baked bread and slowly warmed our cool-blue bodies back to health.
An experience I certainly don’t want to repeat…
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