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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
10:10 pm
Royal National Lifeboat Institute
Hello all fans of the RNLI!
Please support me & help me to save lives! I am running in the ING New York Marathon this year on November 1st for the
Lifeboats It will be my first marathon (and probably my last!)
I would be extremely grateful to anyone who has some fundraising ideas to help me reach my target
of £1,800.-- Anything legal will be considered! ;0)


Many thanks in anticipation of your help!

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, January 12th, 2009
12:35 pm
Hello & Crewing Question

My name is Sassy. Let me first start by saying hello (Hello!)  before I ask a question:

I've been sailing recreationally for a few years now in Long Beach, CA. And would like to increase my knowledge by becoming part of a crew.

How does someone like me, with limited experience, become a crew member? Does anyone know of places that offer sailing jobs, or jobs at marinas? Any tips, pointers, suggestions about beginning a career at sea?

I've read on here a few places that offer seasonal jobs and plan to check them out. I was wondering if anyone had any new news on sailing opportunities.

My dream would be to make a living, crewing full time on a ship. But I wouldn't mind working part time or maybe volunteering. (Shoot, I wouldn't even mind getting a job on a cruise ship for a spell.) Working at a marina, in the office or even at a maritime museum would be nice, too. And I don't mind traveling. I've got my passport ready!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008
7:16 pm
please check this out
To: America's Cup Management (ACM); Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the defending club and current club Trustee of the America's Cup; and the Alinghi Sailing Team, the "Defender" of the America's Cup

For the first time in the America's Cup's illustrious 160-year history, the United States may not be represented in the competition for the world's oldest sporting trophy.

We, the members of the Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club (SAYC), the host club of the "Anarchy Challenge" sailing team and a bona fide Yacht Club, and our supporters in the global sailing community, are mystified as to ACM's apparent rejection of SAYC's entry for the 33rd America's Cup.

As the lone entry from the United States of America – the nation with the most prominent part in the history of the America's Cup - we are disappointed with the lack of respect and due process afforded our entry. While we have yet to see a single official response to our submitted entry, we are aware that a number of other teams have received assistance and extensions of their incomplete entries. We do not understand this, and believe that this inaction casts a significant cloud on competitive sailing around the world and the advancement of grass roots support of our the sport that we are so passionate about.

SAYC's nearly 1000 members come from across the globe. We are modest sailors and experienced professionals. We are Optimist families and 18-foot skiffies. We are the sailing industry and the most conservative of cruisers. We are people just learning to sail, and circumnavigators. Our fans and supporters include the 20,000 members of the online sailing community, as well as many of the one million monthly readers of Sailing Anarchy, the website that led to the founding of SAYC.

We hereby petition ACM, SNG, and Alinghi on the following points:

1.We request that ACM, SNG and Alinghi commit to open and fair discussions with SAYC on its inclusion in the 33rd America's Cup and associated events – just as ACM, SNG, and Alinghi have done with other challengers.

2.If ACM, SNG, and Alinghi stand by their rejection of SAYC's bond fide entry, we request that SAYC be immediately provided with a formal rejection of SAYC's bona fide entry, including the specific reasons for the rejection, as well as the terms of the extensions and agreements furnished to other prospective challengers for the 33rd America's Cup.

3.We request that ACM, SNG, and Alinghi respect the traditions of The America's Cup Deed of Gift and the "Basic Principle" of sailing by conducting a fair and transparent process to all challengers so that the America's Cup and competitive sailing can be regarded as a fair sport that embraces people from all walks of life.


The Undersigned

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
9:32 am
"You generator! You brought her!" -OR- "Deck prism?! It darn near killed him!"
There are a few things that although mildly amusing to any lubber(normal person) only a true sailor will find absolutely hilarious.
"Captain Ron" is one of them.
Another is this list:
How to Simulate the Life of a SailorCollapse )

Current Mood: Why is that Captain Ron?
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
1:40 pm
Help Needed
Hi all,

I am after a little help and am spreading my net far and wide in the hope of finding out exactly what I need.

I am after some pointers to resources/websites/companies that may be able to help me,

In July, my house contract ends as does my current job, after travelling last year I seriously want to get out and try something new, at least while I am young (well 25 now), to see what else is out there.

I have always had an interest in the sea and want to now develop that into maybe a career or maybe a career break doing some sailing (looking at areas such as private charter yachts, delivery, day trip boats/diving boats)

I have always had an interest in the sea, coming from a naval family in a coastal town, I have very little experience in sailing but I have the qualifications listed below. I understand that what I really need to do is get some work on a yacht as a deckhand to build up some experience before maybe getting longer cruises. I believe, and happy to, work for bed and board to start with but obviously need some money to get me between potential jobs. I am also happy to work anywhere in the world as come July I wont have any commitments tying me to anything.

Any advice/pointers/links/criticism etc will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading this,

Paul (Currently in Southampton UK)

BSc (Hons) Marine Sciences
R.Y.A. Start Sailing (Keelboat)
R.Y.A. Powerboat Lvl 2 (Coastal/Planing Endorsement)
P.A.D.I Open Water Diver
B.S.A.C. Sports Diver
B.S.A.C. Assistant Diving Instructor

Courses Booked
R.Y.A. Basic Skills Level 2 (Keelboat)
R.Y.A. Day Skipper Theory
Thursday, October 4th, 2007
12:16 am
Wanted to say hi.

I just joined the group. I live aboard my sailboat, (granted she's rigless right now). I have been out of touch with other sailors too long, living on the Delaware River. We're planning on moving back to the FL Keys soon.

I just started a blog about living on the boat too. http://www.SchoonerBoudicca.com

Looking forward to getting to know everyone.
Monday, September 10th, 2007
10:20 am
Real Sailing
Hey, I just joined this group for information and hanging loose sorta thang.
I don't actually own a regatta quality boat as of now, though I do in the future. I'm looking for information on the details on upgrading various boats into regatta ready racing. I have sailed boats up to 38 feet on the James river. I'm also looking for information on engine repair and winterizing. I am seriously interested in sailing. I am also lookinf for a potential crew of a 38 foot Ericson Sloop. The same guy who I went out sailing with on the James has given me usage of his boats. (Based in Virginia Beach.) I'm looking at the summer of 2010 for a potential ocean voyage. I would greatly appreciate details on what I would need in order to outfit the boat in preparation for this. I would also like to know the navigation process and details, as well as what charts I would need (looking at setting out from the Outer Banks and putting in Hampton, Virgina/Atlantic city, New Jersey/Dover, Delaware.

If anyone's interested (it is a long-term plan as of now), you can give me a holler. I am looking for guys 18-24 with at least 4 years of sailing experience. (As of 2010). The boat we will probably be using is a 38 footer with an onboard.

If anyone can provide me with resources such that I can learn ocean navigation, I would greatly appreciate it.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
7:35 am
Not quite the daily grind - here's what America's Cup grinders do for leisure [especially since arm-wrestling's been out for grinders since Fremantle '87 when a hapless competitor got his forearm broken]:

Thursday, April 5th, 2007
1:04 am
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
1:26 pm
Superb sailing sim software?
I'm looking for a good PC-based sailing simulator. (I'm a way-rusty dinghy racer looking to recover some of my skills and knowledge before I dive back in to sailing next spring.)

By "good", I mean high attention to the kinds of details that would matter to a small boat racer. For example, I care way more about being able to adjust a cunningham (and get realistic results) than I care about being able to model a submarine or the exact layout of the Aegean or combat or whatever. Smart AI competition would be a big plus, as would an active online community that held regattas, etc.

I haven't tried any sailing sims in years. What's the best thing out there right now?
Saturday, September 30th, 2006
2:49 pm
French term for "circuit board."
My family bought a boat made in France; something went wrong with the circuit board and now we're trying to get a schematic drawing for the circuit board that they used on the boat. I don't know how to say "circuit" board in French. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Monday, September 25th, 2006
8:25 pm
My life with sailing
Hello everyone.

I go sailing at Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club (WLSC) the website is www.wlsc.org.uk feel free to log onto there and learn more about the club. Anyway getting back to me. I sail a laser with a 4.7 rig at the moment. I plan to get a XD kit for my boats and next season go into the laser open. But they are mearly goals at the moment. For now I will work on not losting parts of my boat...

Current Mood: busy
Monday, July 31st, 2006
11:31 pm
Hi, I just joined this comm (I'm on a sailing-comm-joining streak right now) and thought I'd introduce myself: I'm Petra. I sail dinghies, to be honest I'm not comfortable on keelboats because I don't have enough control in them I suppose. I've been sailing for about 8 years. I'm on a race team at my yacht club in Canada (Byte standard/CII rig) and sail on my high school team in the US (420s). Are there any other Canadian sailors here? Was anyone at Sail East in NB?
12:43 am
Crossing the Bay of Biscay... or not.
The plan was to sail from Northern Spain to Brest in Brittany.

Things didn't quite go according to plan...
Friday, July 28th, 2006
8:04 pm
I'm currently looking for a seasonal job doing either winter maintenance or some sort of excursions between this coming mid-November and the end of February. I've checked out ASTA's website, but are there any other good resources for crew needed?

I have four years experience doing historical interpretation on the ships at Jamestown, VA (Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery) and the USS Constellation in Baltimore, MD, and am looking to further myself by doing more than simply speaking about shipboard life, and would like to garner a position aboard a tallship.

Any info/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

(Cross-posted to tallshipgeeks)
Monday, July 24th, 2006
4:06 pm
Best way to stay cool on a hot day?

Go windsurfing when you don't know how to windsurf.

Current Mood: satisfied
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
11:05 pm
Power Trip
My power setup is this:
House bank: 2ea. 4D batteries. Standard flooded cell. 320 Amp Hrs (total)
Starting bank: 1ea Group 27 battery, Standard flooded cell.

Charging source: Standard 55 amp alternator on the Yanmar 3GM30 engine.

Power consumption:
Radios: VHF, Car CD player, Ham (Icom-706)
Navigation Lights: total of 6 amps
Interior lights: 9 amps if everything is on
Refrigeration (none)
Watermaker (none)
Auto pilot (none)
Misc instruments: GPS, Depth Sounder
Computer charger: 8 amps

I needed a little power.
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10:37 pm
Reaching deep into the “for what it’s worth” bin.
Almost two years ago I installed a composting head in my 32-ft sailboat.
You all know the story: I had rebuilt the head twice and it was acting up again already. And pumpouts were a pain (and in some places not cheap). And some of the pumpout stations were not accessible to deep-draft sailboats. And after two years the odor had started to permeate the plumbing (and replacing the tubing is a horrible job; hey I should have called that “Dirty Jobs” guy)

Back in 2004 I cruised the Bahamas with a buddy boat. They had a composting head. Theirs was the first (old) boat I’d been on where there was absolutely no head odor. None. They gave it a glowing review.

It wasn’t cheap. But removing the old holding tank and all the plumbing freed up two lockers. Plus there are those two through-hulls that I can glass over now.

With two adults living on board the solid tank has to be dumped only once a month. The liquid tank, daily. (The model I bought separates the two.) With more than two live-aboards it may not be practical.

If you’re in the market for a new head, or if you’re fitting out a new boat this might be worth looking into.
The model I have is called the Air Head. But there are three or four other manufacturers around and theirs are probably just as good.
Saturday, June 24th, 2006
9:53 pm
a GPS of one's own
Hey there all. I have been eyeing one of these:

Several guys on the boat I crew on got them recently.

My main requirements are that I want something small, water resistant, inexpensive and that will show bearing, heading and
The ones I am usually loaned are older, bulkier (harder to deal with when I'm scrambling into tacking positions, etc)
and *don't* show the differential, which is something I need quicker and more frequently than my brain will produce. :O

Also I found a wide range of prices, anyone have a favorite web site (or real store) to check out for one?
Monday, June 5th, 2006
11:29 pm
of special interest to those young enough
Morning Light, a real-life adventure feature film recorded as it happens, whatever happens, will be part of next year's 44th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii in a project led by race veteran Roy E. Disney. Based on the premise of "the youngest crew ever to sail Transpac," the film will chronicle the recruitment, training and performance of sailors as young as 18 through the next race in July of 2007. On their own, they will sail a Transpac 52 called Morning Light---the working title of the film. None will be actors. There will be no script and no preconceived outcome. Disney said, "If we do our job right, I don't care as much whether they win or lose as how they come together as a group and wind up a team in the end. However they do is how they do. But we're giving them the equipment to win."

More on this and how to apply can be found here.
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