Monday, December 24, 2012

Silent Night

JR (Japan Rail) advertisement from 1988.



Translation:

Rain will change to snow on to late at night
Silent night, Holy night
Christmas Eve one-shot, and I'm sure you will not come
Silent night, Holy night

I feel like I always say, if tonight it is not likely to come true, the thoughts that I have hidden deep in my heart...
Silent night, Holy night

Silver glitter Christmas Tree is in the corner that lasted into the night,
feelings for you still
Silent night, Holy night 



Wherever you are for the holidays, we hope you can be with those you love.

Until next, sweet sailing and happy holidays.

Pandibonium, K, and Momo (the wonder dog).


No Rain No Gain

October 7, 2012

The sky looked heavy as we made our way to Lake Hinuma.  As we didn't get as many opportunities to sail this year, I was determined that whatever the weather, I was going sailing.

Along the way we were passed by a train -  a single car of the Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line which stops at Lake Hinuma - brightly painted with advertising for "Mentai Paku" (Pollock Park).  Mentai Paku is a company at Oarai Port, just a couple of miles northeast of the lake, where they pack marinated (read spicy) pollock roe.

By the time we reached the harbor, rain had started to fall.   We've sailed in the rain before, and I was not about to be deterred.  Happily, K was willing to brave the elements with me.  Don't know what the harbor operators were thinking about us as they launched Bluesette with umbrellas in hand.

Note the bird just left of the mast.


The rain was gentle, and not too cold.  Winds were light and variable, rising to five knots, but mostly less.  It was very peaceful in the quiet rain.  Quite a different experience. 



Surpisingly, we weren't the only ones on the water in the rain.

On the north shore, windsurfing class was in session.

A water skier was also enjoying the lake in spite of the rain.  Well, if you're going to get wet anyway, why not?

We were glad that we didn't let a little rain stop us from sailing.  The light winds allowed K to get in some tiller time and we both enjoyed the different sights and sounds of rain on the lake.

A hot shower and lunch at Mama's Kitchen brought a comfortable end to our  rainy day outing.



Until next, sweet sailing.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Changeable Weather

September 15, 2012

September weather is like a box of chocolates. Fattening.

Taking advantage of every free day with decent weather as fall approaches, we enjoy each sail and marvel at the beauty of the changing sky.

 Pandabonium readies the boat and raises the sails prior to K stepping aboard.As can be seen here, we have two painters.   A thicker, shorter one is for launching and tying up at the dock.  A long, thin one is used by K for casting off.  The extra length allows her to control it from inside the cockpit.

 Nice breeze picking up.

 K is happy that we're flying the jib again, giving her something important to do.

As always, we look forward to Mama's.   K had some sort of pasta dish, while I savored my plant-based teishoku tray featuring stuffed tomato, konnyaku with bamboo shoots, tofu, rice, spinanch with sesame, and miso soup.



Nothing dramatic to report.  "Just" another beautiful day of sailing fun and good food.

Until next, sweet sailing.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Number 9

No, I'm not referring to Revolution 9 by the Beatles. 

The fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is performed throughout Japan every December and was even featured at the Winter Olympics of 1998 in Nagano (see this post from two years ago).

WHY is this music such a hit with the Japanese?  Last year, CBS made this report:


Long time favorite of mine, too. In fact, maybe I'll name my next Lido "Ode to Joy".  (nah)

Happy Holidays.

Until next, sweet sailing.

Friday, December 21, 2012

One Sail Tied Behind My Back

August 24, 2012

It was another gorgeous day at Lake Hinuma with winds of around 10 knots. We launched without our jib.   We had never sailed Bluesette with just the main, and I wanted to see how she handled.   Would it be easier to sail solo with just the main?  The reason for the question was in an hypothetical instance when K didn't want to go sailing and I decided to take the train up to the lake and go out alone. (Doesn't really sound like much fun, actually, when I think about it.)

If there are any other pilots (aviators) out there, you will appreciate that a jib acts much like the leading edge slats which are deployed on airliners during the approach to landing phase.  (Some light planes have a similar feature built into the wing in the form of a slot).  Like the slats, the jib's purpose is to increase the amount of sail(wing) area,  but importantly slats and jib also direct and smooth the flow of air over the wing/mainsail's leading edge, increasing that wing/sail's "lift".   In the case of the airliner, it allows the plane to fly slower.   For a sailboat, it allows the boat go faster than if one had just increased the size of the main by the area of the jib.

  

Here's a diagram of jib and mainsail sailing into the wind:




Thanks to Sanscaper for this link to an exhaustive discussion of the physics of sails:

 http://syr.stanford.edu/SAILFLOW.HTM

Of course, the aerodynamics of wings and sails is much more complex than I have space to discuss here - or the expertise to do the topic justice. 
 

As expected, the asymmetry of the setup made the tiller pull hard as the boat tried to turn to windward.    It wasn't too difficult to overcome, but the added drag of the rudder being used to correct the weather helm slowed us down a bit.   Where the lack of a jib really proved to be a liability though was while coming about.   Without the jib to pull the bow around, she turned like an overloaded barge.   She'd come up initially all right, but then slow way down the middle of a turn.    In sum, my question about single handing the boat without the jib was answered: no, it would not be easier than single handing with both sails unless perhaps the wind was really howling, in which case I shouldn't be going out alone anyway.

Haul on the tiller, we sang that melody,
Like all tough sailors do, when they're far away at sea.
(apologies to Bob Dylan)


Uh, oh.  Without the jib, K has little to do except perhaps serve beverages on the down wind legs.  She's smiling now, but how long will that last?






The problem I had not foreseen, was boredom for the crew.    Without her jib duties, K became restless.  There were rumblings of mutiny on the forecastle.    ("rumble rumble rumble, mutiny, mutiny, mutiny").   I tried to keep her occupied taking pictures of the scenery, while keeping an eye out for signs of trouble.



This fishing boat, which ran aground during the tsunami surge of March 11, 2011, still sits on the rocks; its twin outboards mounted on the transom.  I'm surprised they haven't been pinched, though I guess it would be hard to do without the culprit being obvious.


Mt. Tsukuba was visible to our west - our miniature Fuji-san.

I thought about putting K to work swabbing the deck, like they always do in those old seafaring movies, but I thought I'd be pushing my luck.  Besides, there isn't much deck to swab on a Lido 14 and what there is is covered in gel-coat so very easy to clean.

Finally, I relented to the crew's demands and we ended the single sail experiment and went for lunch at Mama's Kitchen.  Any chance of mutiny was nipped in the bud and peace and order returned to Bluesette.


Until next, sweet sailing.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chill


There is ice on Momo's water bowl and the bird bath is frozen solid these mornings.    But there is also hope - the Winter Solstice is upon us, which means that the days will start getting longer from the 22nd on.

Some people get stressed out or depressed at this time of year, what with the lack of sunshine, and in some places from the hectic pace of the season's consumerist frenzy, or (more understandably) for lack of sailing.  I am not immune.

If you are in such a state - chill.  No, don't be cold. Just relax.  Take a break for a few minutes and enjoy some nice pictures while listening to Nobuo Tokunaga  on his harmonica playing, what else?  Bluesette...


additional credits: Emiko Tada - piano; Sasaki Kenta - bass

Until next, sweet sailing. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Attack of the Atomic Mullet

August 17, 2012...
Since the disastrous meltdowns at Fukushima Daiischi power plant last year, radioactive materials that were deposited on land have been washed away by rains and into streams, then rivers,  then lakes.   The lakes of Ibaraki-ken (our fair prefecture), including Lake Hinuma where we sail, have some of this material.  It has gotten into the shijimi clams that live at the bottom of the lakes and contaminated them such that they can no longer pass Japan's strict food safety inspection.

Also in the lake are a lot of striped mullet.  I haven't heard about any contamination of those fish, but they do eat things that they find on the bottom of the lake, so if I were a fisherman and caught one, I would certainly run it by my dosimeter before cooking it for dinner.  

It was a beautiful day on the lake.   The air temperature was around 31˚C  (about 78˚F) and the wind was about 5 knots when we started rising to  perhaps 8.  Just right for us.   The sky was clear above us, with tall build ups of cumulus to the west and north.    As it was Friday and still during the Obon holidays, we had the lake practically to ourselves.

Here are a couple of video clips to give you a feel for the conditions. As you can see, striped mullet were jumping a good deal as they are wont to do, and we were relaxed as we plied the east end of the lake.   Then came the attack of the atomic mullet!

  Striped mullet jump off the port at the beginning:


Attack of the Atomic Mullet 1 from Panda B

Kamikaze Mullet attacker flies across the transom (10 seconds in) - a miss!


Attack of the Atomic Mullet 2 from Panda B on Vimeo.


With a loud 'bang!', a striped mullet flew into the mainsail about five feet above the waterline and landed at my feet. A big one at at least twelve inches long, it flopped wildly about injuring itself on some piece of hardware or other and spattered blood, scales, and slime everywhere it went. As I was at the helm it was difficult for me to do much and it was K who finally ushered it over the side.

Whew! But even after cleaning up a bit, Bluesette started smelling fishy again. As K mentioned it to me, she glanced down to see that another mullet had jumped aboard. A much smaller fish, I had somehow unknowingly stepped on the poor creature, smashing its body. Yuck!

Leapin' lizards! What next?

Well, there is only one thing to do after a day of atomic mullet attacks - go to Mama's Kitchen, of course!


Until next, sweet sailing.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

More Than We Bargained For

We were looking forward to a leisurely mid-week sail and when we arrived at the yacht harbor it appeared we would get our way.   The wind at the dock was about 7 kph which translates to about 4.3 mph, with gusts a bit higher.     Once on the water, however, things picked up to double then triple that.   White caps were forming, K was getting soaked with spray on the beat to windward, and we occasionally took water over the lee rail.   Last summer I would have welcomed such conditions, but this was only our 2nd sail of the year and we are both out of shape - especially after my medically induced hiatus. 

Here's seven minutes of raw video from our sail.

Bluesette 1281 from Panda B on Vimeo.


The day was visually stunning, but the air was humid and hot at 36˚ C (97˚ F).   It didn't take long for us to become worn out. 


Mindful that dozens of people in Japan have died recently and thousands more have been hospitalized due to heat stroke, we stayed hydrated and tried to take it slow as we cleaned up Bluesette.
After we had showered and changed,  we relaxed with some iced tea in the new air conditioned clubhouse before heading to Mama's Kitchen for late lunch.

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Above - K's salad with sweet potato slices

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The special of the day was cream crab croquette. Mama and daughter prepared a special tray for me which was mostly veggies so I could pick and choose what to eat. I ate them all.

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It was a fun, if very tiring, day. K let me nap on the way home. I've got some sore muscles today, but looking forward to the next time.

Meanwhile, here's a samba to help you stay "cool" in this summer heat.


Until next, sweet sailing.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Short and Sweet

A Vanguard 15, a Laser, and a classic blue Lido 14 line up courtesy Sequim Bay Yacht Club, Washington.  Lovely.




Until next, sweet sailing.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Not Too "Shabby"

This Japanese jazz group is called "Onboro Trio Plus", which is a funny name because onboro can be translated as "shabby", "worn out", "dilapidated", etc.    

They have several video clips on YouTube.

Here's Bluesette.  Have fun...





Until next, sweet sailing.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dinkitten - Meow!

In April I wrote a post titled "Kitten" about my introduction to sailboats back in the 1950s - an 8 1/2 foot Glasspar Dinkitten. The Dinkitten was designed by Glasspar founder Bill Tritt and featured an unstayed hollow fiberglass mast - portending things to come in the way of glass and carbon fiber spinnaker poles and large unstayed masts such as the one on the 38 foot boat sailed by Doc Häagen-Dazs.
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Not a whole lot of Dinkittens were produced and I had been unable to find a photo of any. A Dinkitten owner in Newport, California happened upon this blog and offered to take some photos of his boat which he sails every summer. Mike is the original owner of DK 45 (my family had DK 58) which goes back to about 1954. He has had to repair the mast twice after broke in strong winds, and has refinished the boat a couple of times as well. Here is Mike's Dinkitten as it appears today, being sailed by Mike and his grandson.
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Mike says he has only seen one other Dinkitten, one without sail being used as a tender in Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island.
Thanks again, Mike. Nice boat. I like the paint job too. Those photos bring back happy memories for me. I hope you (and your family) continue to enjoy DK 45 for years to come.
Until next, sweet sailing.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Again

We're back on the water at last. Sunday's winds were more than forecast and just right for us and lots of other people. Hinuma Harbor has sprung back to life after a long slumber.

Thanks for the pic, Y-san!


A gaggle of Lasers/SeaHoppers practiced racing for the Japan Nationals, Y-san was out on his Com-Pac "Picnic" cat boat, even the 17 foot daysailer "Mark II" was sailing after a long hiatus. I-san, who plucked me out of the water and on to his SeaHopper a few years ago after we capsized, was there too, but not sailing. He was sharing the sight of SeaHoppers racing with his 8 month old baby boy - the proud father expressed his hopes for his sailor-to-be.

Y-san and his Com-Pac




After sailing we stopped by Mama's Kitchen. After salad, I had a sandwich and fruit - saved half for dinner - and K had curried chicken and a freshly made dessert.

Happy again...




We're gonna be alright now....

Until next, sweet sailing.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Bluesette Korea

Jazz quartet in Korea with an awesome performance of Bluesette.




Until next, sweet sailing.

My Ignore - ance

Wow, I opened blogger to find eight comments on previous posts awaiting moderation. I guess blogger has gone paranoid on me. My apologies to everyone who had to wait for their comment to appear. I'll be on top of the issue henceforth. (or hencefourth) Until next, sweet sailing.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Horseshoes

They say "almost" only counts in a game of horseshoes.   I disagree. 



We almost went sailing today, and it counted for me.  Had we stayed home and not even made the attempt, that would not have counted.  But we went to the lake, worked on Bluesette, checked out the conditions and decided not to sail - as much we have wanted to.   I walked out onto the dock, felt the air, observed the waves, the whitecaps beginning to form. The wind was just a tad too strong for us at this stage.    Had this day been our third or fourth outing this year, it would have been different.  But as I've been out of commission and K was not all that enthused today, I did not want to go out in winds that would have taken everything I had to cope with and put my crew ill at ease as well.   The idea for us is to have fun.  We'll wait for  the right conditions for our first sail of the year.

We enjoyed lunch at the clubhouse, bailed the water from Typhoon Guchol out of Bluesette and aired her, then put her cover back on with an added a rope that will hopefully keep the cover more taught and prevent water from getting in next time, so she'll be more ready for us when the chance arises. Next weekend is looking to be perfect.   

A part of sailing is sometimes having to decide not to go sailing. "Almost" most certainly does count.

While no other sailors went out on the lake today, the yacht harbor had its busiest day in two years thanks to fishermen and students who were taking the licensing course. A happy change from 2011.

Until next, sweet sailing.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

No Can Complain

It's rainy season in Japan.  (You know, one of the four seasons of Japan: Too Cold, Too Wet, Too Hot, Too Windy).    Still no sailing yet.   But 'no can complain'.   Maybe next week...

Meanwhile, here's IZ with "What A Wonderful World"





Until next, sweet sailing.

Monday, May 28, 2012

And Now Here's Something...

we hope you really like...* 
(Since there seems to be a problem watching my previous post if you live in the US.) 

No, not a band playing "Bluesette", rather, a big band called Bluesette. They are from Hamamatsu, Shizaouka Prefecture.   Nice sound - and at last someone recorded something live in a small venue and managed to get a good quality recording.

Here's "My Foolish Heart" ...
 

平野健次 (Kenji Hirano) on tenor trombone.

Until next, sweet sailing, food, music, and friendships.


*Rocket J Squirrel's line for commercial breaks.

Cockpit Cam


There is no info on YouTube about this video, but I am guessing that it was taken at the Harry Wood Memorial Regatta at Balboa Yacht Club on April 29, 2012. (Someone please correct me if I am wrong.) Sailing are Paul Makielski and Nell Fernando. Good fun. Until next, sweet sailing.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ygyzys

Definition: When things don't align. Opposite of syzygy.

The start of our sailing season was interrupted by an unexpected almost fully paid vacation of 19 days/18 nights with a beautiful view of lake Kitaura, excellent food, coached workouts twice a day, and an attentive staff waiting on me 24/7.   Unfortunately, the "resort" was a hospital and my "guide" was a doctor. On the bright side, I survived despite the odds, got a lot of reading done and lost 10 lbs - not that I recommend this kind of vacation.

So, last Sunday we were once again looking forward to sailing.  As my diet has been modified, we skipped Mama's Kitchen this time and brought some sushi to eat in the new clubhouse. (Don't worry, we will still visit Mama's for lunch from time to time.)


We hadn't been to the harbor in months and discovered that the bungie cords I had used to hold the ends of the boat cover had rotted and there was lots of rainwater in the boat. We pulled all the loose bits out and went about scooping out the water and cleaning everything. Then we raised the mast and jib and got the main ready to be raised after launch.  Meanwhile, a power boat named "Chico" was being launched and as it went over the hump of the ramp, the tension on the painter caused the stern to rise (in spite of the weight of its large outboard motor) and it became misaligned on the sendai (dolly).


Mr. Hakuta, the yacht harbor owner, got his forklift and tried to put things right, but a front wheel of the forklift got stuck in a pothole while a back wheel was dangerously on the edge of the steep bank of the lake's levy.  Ygyzys!


As luck(?) would have it, the levy around the lake is being repaired and new embankment installed, so there is a lot of heavy equipment around. Both the power boat and the forklift were blocking the levy road, so the workers had little choice but to help.

While we were waiting for help to arrive, Mr. Hakuta brought the electric lift, used for moving boats around the parking area, over to Bluesette with the intent of launching us from the #2 ramp usually used by hand launched boats. Would you believe one of the wheels of our dolly was rusted solid and refused to budge? While Mr. Hakuta went to get a replacement wheel, Kimie suggested we call it a day. Mr. Hakuta had a lot on his plate already and frankly, I had done enough exercise for the day.

Soon, a back hoe arrived with a cable attached which was used as a crane to lift first the forklift and then the power boat. Meanwhile we put Bluesette back to bed ready for a new adventure on another day.   Before leaving, I paid to have all four wheels replaced with new stainless steel ones.  No sailing this day, just expenses.  There is something to learn about sailing in there somewhere...


Once again here we are looking forward to the first sail of 2012. What could possibly go wrong?



Until next, sweet sailing.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Vanguard 15s

NWISA - Port Townsend Regatta. April 15 (I think). NWISA is the Northwest District of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska). In this clip, they are racing Vanguard 15s, a fast fifteen foot boat designed by Bob Ames. Lots of great race footage here - in the last minute there is a pile up as boats cluster rounding a marker buoy with a classic break out by boat 3 at the end. Enjoy!



Until next, sweet sailing.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Seasteading

We just received our "Seasteading" t-shirts from ClubOrlov.com featuring a graphic of the Orlov home on the sea - a 32 foot Sharpie built by Chris Morejohn.
That's Dmitri and his wife N hanging on to the mizzen as their cat Zoë watches from deck (yes, they have a sea-going cat that seems as home on the boat as Hazel doggy is with Baydog). So keep up with Pandabonium and K and get on over to ClubOrlov.com and get your very own t-shirt for just $12 with free shipping in North America.

I am looking forward to weather warm enough to sport just a t-shirt. Bring it on.

Until next, sweet sailing.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Getting Our Words Worth

What though the radiance that was once so bright
be now forever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
strength in what remains behind

- from "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" by William Wordsworth

These words seem appropriate for Japan at this time.

Wordsworth ( ワーズワス ) is also the name of our favorite haunt (aside from Mama's, of course).

As we wait for weather and our schedules to come into perfect alignment for our first sail of the year, we take a break now and then. Last month we tried to get into Wordsworth, but it was packed. Last week we had better luck.

I had a wonderful seafood pasta which included mussel, prawn, scallop, a dozen clams and slices of squid.


K had bread, sashimi appetizer, lasagna, and a desert of fruit and ice cream. How does she do it?



I hope we get out on the water soon. I'm on a diet. :)

Until next, sweet sailing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kitten

For quite a while, from time to time, I have searched in vain to find information about the family boat that was previous to Lido #443. Dad used to call it just "the kitten" and the sail logo was "DK". Ours was number 58. Until a few days ago, I had not known what the DK stood for.

It was a cat boat, 8 feet 6 inches long. The hull was fiberglass with wood rails and thwarts and was fitted with oarlocks. The unstayed hollow fiberglass mast was made in two pieces and could be stored in the boat. It fit through a hole in the forward thwart and was stepped on a fixture on the hull. A pocket sewn along the luff of the sail slid over the mast, and the boom, also fiberglass, was held up by the sail at the clew and the tack (like a Sabot), and had a fork that fit against the mast. The kitten was fast and very stable.

Searching for DK only led me to lots of Danish websites, Danish boats, and the "DK" book series. But in March, someone at Forgotten Fiberglass started writing about sailboat designer and founder of Glasspar Co., William Tritt (1917 - 2011) and my searches finally paid off. Glasspar Co. got it's name because much of their early business was the production of fiberglass masts and spinnaker poles. The posted articles - taking pages from the book "Heart of Glass" - mentioned two boats he produced in the late 1940s through the 1950s - the Dincat and the Dinkitten: "DK". Bingo.

The Dincat came first and was 12 feet 6 inches in length. Here is a picture of Bill Tritt with a Dincat that was published in the book "Heart of Glass : Fiberglass Boats and the Men Who Built Them":

The Dinkitten looked the same, just smaller. Sorry, I haven't yet found a photo of it.

I have fond memories of sailing in her, my father rowing it around Santa Barbara harbor, and of fishing from it. A 3 hp Evinrude outboard pushed us along well when we went fishing next to Stearns Wharf.

With four kids in the family, it was soon time for something larger and Dad sold the kitten and bought Lido 443. Although I welcomed the change, the kitten was my introduction to sailboats and even though I don't recall getting to take the helm of her myself (was 5 and 6 when we had the boat), I loved it. You might say I was smitten with the kitten.

Until next, sweet sailing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sail Power Reborn

Transporting Local Goods by Boat

"It's hard."



"Peak Moment 208: 'We are revitalizing an ancient form of transportation, using just the power of the wind and the tides to move goods and people,' says skipper Fulvio Casali. In their CSA (community supported agriculture), the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative uses nearly no petroleum to transport organic produce and other goods from the north Olympic Peninsula to northwest Seattle. By sea they use community volunteer sailboats, and by land an electric delivery truck. Come on board with cofounders Casali, Kathy Pelish, and Alex Tokar, who are patiently redeveloping the skills and infrastructure for the return of 'a whole fleet of sailboats blanketing Puget Sound' in the post-petroleum era."

Website: www.salishseatrading.com

About Fulvio Casali and Kathy Pelish:

Fulvio
Managing Skipper and Cofounder

At age 11, Fulvio learned to sail with his father; he won his first racing trophy a year later. Fulvio trained as a merchant marine deck officer in Genoa, Italy, and has an unlimited captain’s license issued from the Italian Coast Guard. He served as an officer in the Italian Navy, and was a sailing instructor at the naval academy in Livorno. Fulvio was also certified as a sailing instructor by the American Sailing Association.

Since 2000, Fulvio has been living on Soliton, a Catalina 34, at Ballard’s Stimson Marina. He is an avid community organizer with Sustainable Ballard and their former IT Director. Fulvio’s girlfriend, Noe Alexander, is one of the leaders in the urban farming movement, with her City Grown CSA.

Kathy
Managing Partner and Cofounder

Kathy grew up on the beautiful peninsula of New Jersey, among the rivers and lakes of the Highlands area and summer vacations at Barnegat Bay, close to America’s greatest Port city. She will be taking sailing classes for 40-footers, having passed Basic Cruising, and Navigation and Piloting.

She is the former Communications Director for Sustainable Ballard; former board member for Microsoft Green, the employee grassroots sustainability group; and recently taught her fourth Transition Town Community Resilience class at University Unitarian.

Kathy has lived in Ballard since 2000 and was one of the first to replace her parking strip with a garden, including a Beauty Plum tree and Asian Pear tree (grafted with 4 varieties). Her chicken coop was built by Seattle Urban Farm Company, with re-purposed materials from The RE-Store.

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Until next, sweet sailing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Know Your Sailboat Rigs

Here are few basics to start with:

Lateen Rig


Gaff Rig






Diana Rigg


Until next, sweet sailing.


Tip of the hat to Frogma and My Life In The Florida Keys and Beyond for their pics.