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


We just received our "Seasteading" t-shirts from 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 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


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."


About Fulvio Casali and Kathy Pelish:

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.

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.


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.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Courage is the price that
Life exacts for granting peace.

The soul that knows it not
Knows no release from little things:
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear the sound of wings.

Nor can life grant us boon of living, compensate
For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare
The soul's dominion.
Each time we make a choice, we pay
With courage to behold the resistless day,
And count it fair.

~An unfinished poem by Amelia Earhart

Until next, sweet sailing.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Bicycles and sailboats - a formula for health and happiness?

Humber was a British bicycle which was produced from 1890 to 1972 - the latter 40 of those years by Raleigh.

It is interesting to me that 1957 was the year of "peak happiness" in the USA - a time when Americans consumed half as much "stuff" as they do today. Infinite growth on a finite planet is an obvious oxymoron. Happily, economic growth is not a requirement for health or happiness.

Until next, sweet sailing (and bicycling).

Tip of the hat for the picture to Don Speden of the blog Three Speed Touring In Japan