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August 3, 2006 - Issue 2
Welcome to Cruising Compass, the new weekly
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Weve been noticing an unfortunate anchorage trend across America and around the world. Either communities have outlawed extended anchoring (longer than 3 days), as in some Florida west coast cities, or there are wallet-draining mooring ball fees that will put a hurt on anyones cruising kitty. Waiting lists are now common for popular anchorages.
What have your experiences been? Do you feel that communities are justified in charging these fees and limiting where boats can anchor? Do you think that your community has the highest (or lowest) fees? Any suggestions for fellow cruisers?
The thought of yourself or a crewmate going overboard is perhaps the most harrowing of all that can go wrong. In the event of such a crisis, the crew needs to be prepared to do a rescue. The final report of the Crew Overboard Recovery Symposium, written by marine author John Rousmaniere, was recently released and is a must-read for all boaters. The symposium, held last year in San Francisco Bay, conducted about 400 tests using 40 items of gear, by 115 volunteers in 15 different boats, including popular brands of monohulls, multihulls and powerboats. The report features a discussion of each of the methods and devices used and an eye-opening lessons learned section at the end. Read the full report at www.boatus.com/foundation/findings/COBfinalreport/
The high cost of low slip fees
Popular with cruisers and liveaboards, Waikikis Ala Wai small boat harbor is losing another 200 slips in addition to the already more than 100 slips lost due to the marina falling into disrepair over the last 20 years. All transient slips have been lost, and many boaters who have kept their boats at Ala Wai for decades now need to find alternate berthing. Mismanagement and shockingly low slip fees can be blamed for the problems. This seems an absurd situation for Hawaii and a sad one for boaters. Slip closures here and at other Hawaiian marinas have significantly reduced the amount of boats visiting Oahu and owned by residents. For more details, visit The Star Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser.
Sailing for womens rights
War in Lebanon has scuppered a women's sailing race from Beirut to Tunisia but the boats will still set out, this time to carry a message of peace to Europe and call for an end to the conflict. The Route d'Elissa, launched last year to support Arab women's rights and bolster tourism in Lebanon and Tunisia, will leave from Carthage on August 13. The five JOD 35s will feature all-women captains and crew, and each boat will head to a different Mediterranean port Naples, Monaco, Versailles, Valence and Athens. Visit http://en.laroutedelissa.com/ for more info.
Western Australia wins the Clipper Round the World Race!
The 35,000-mile yacht race ended on Saturday with the final leg from Holyhead, in northern Wales, to the finish line in Liverpool, where the race started 10 months ago. Durban clipper captured the second place overall and New York, third. For full race results or to sign on for the next race, visit www.clipper-ventures.co.uk.
August 12 - Pre-Ha-Ha Gathering and Potluck Barbecue at Two Harbors, Catalina; 5 to 9 p.m at the band stand; no charge. This super casual event is simply a chance to meet other Ha-Ha'ers and organizers in advance. There will be a digital slide show, Q and A session and plenty of room on the barbie. Visit www.baja-haha.com for more info or to request your Ha-Ha entry pack.
Tall Ships Chicago
The City of Chicago is hosting Tall Ships Chicago 2006 August 3-9. The festival will celebrate the citys rich maritime history, and will include schooners, barques, brigs and Coast Guard vessels, among others. The free event will take place along the Chicago River, DuSable Harbor and Navy Pier. For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to board the ships, visit www.tallshipschicago.net
Downeast Race Week
Sailing Maine's Penobscot Bay in the summertime is one of lifes pleasures. Beginning August 12th is the 12th Annual Downeast Race Week. Featured this year are three social events: Opening Day BYO Raft-Up Party in Seal Bay, Vinalhaven on Sunday, The Nevin Cup Awards Dinner on Tuesday at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill and the Frenchboro Lobster Roll Picnic on Thursday. Everyone is invited to cruise in company or compete in the races. More info and an entry form can be found at www.downeastraceweek.com.
Build a Beer Can Boat Regatta
Saturday, August 5 - 5 until 9 p.m. Port
Annapolis Marina. Combining the arts of boatbuilding and beer drinking, competitors will use provided materials, including at least one beer can, to construct a model boat, which will be raced across a 25-foot pool. Rookie, Kids (eight to 12), Grand Prix and Maritime Industry classes. The $35 donation from competitors includes entry to the event and construction materials. A $20 donation from spectators includes an afternoon of racing, live music, food and beverages. Space is limited. The third annual Regatta, sponsored by Chesapeake Outdoor Group, raises funds for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. www.chesapeakeoutdoor.org
Nothing's better than a peaceful night in a beautiful anchorage aboard your boat. And few things are worse than waking up at 4 a.m. to find that the wind has shifted and the anchor is dragging. Getting the anchor to set so it will stick through a wind shift and a stronger breeze is part art and part science.
The science part first: you need the right anchor for the job. Fluke or Danforth anchors work best in mud and soft sand. Plow types are all-purpose but don't hold as well as a fluke in mud and soft sand. The new generation of plow types - Spade, Rocna, Delta - do work well over all bottom types. An old-fashioned fisherman anchor works well in rocky, kelp-y anchorages or over hard, grass covered sand (as in the Med). If you are venturing far from home, it's useful to carry three anchors of different types.
The art part of setting the anchor is all about getting the anchor to bite and
then dig in. Don't just hurl the anchor and rode over the side and pray. Instead, lower the anchor to the bottom and let out scope gradually while keeping light tension on the rode. When you have about 3 times the water depth of line or chain out, snub up the rode and feel for the anchor to pull and then dig in.
Once it has bitten the bottom, let out more scope 3 to 5 times the depth for chain and 5 to 7 times the depth for nylon. If you have an engine, throw it into reverse and back down until the rode stretches out straight and the boat has stopped moving backwards.
When the anchor is set and the rode has been made fast, take a bearing on a landmark as a quick reference so you'll know right away if you are dragging or not. Sweet dreams.
When preparing for a long cruise, one of the aspects that you need to consider is what you will do in the event of a medical emergency when there are no doctors around. A well-stocked medical kit (and a thorough guide) should be a part of any cruising boat. OceanMedix makes it easy for you to do this by offering a wide range of medical kits, supplies and books to choose from. Check them out at www.oceanmedix.com.
You're online and we're online. It's the future and it's happening now. That's why Blue Water Sailing--the world's best
cruising magazine--is now available in an electronic version that you simply download onto your computer. It's simple, easy and costs just the same as a regular subscription to the magazine. Plus, you can download each magazine to three separate computers so you can read it at work (we won't tell), read it at home, and take it with you on your laptop when you are traveling. To look at a free sample and to access the subscription form, log on to www.bwsailing.com and click on the Electronic Version.
One of the joys of cruising is all of the delicious fish and seafood you have access to. Since doing dishes is not a joy of
cruising, here is a simple, tasty and versatile way to cook your catch without making a mess.
Fish in a packet
Take two 12-inch pieces of aluminum foil, and place one on top of the other so it is double thickness. Drizzle the olive oil on one side not too much. Place 1 fish fillet along with your other ingredients (see below for ideas) on the oil and fold the foil over. Allow at least an inch or so on each side and fold the edges over twice to make a sealed packet. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15-20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillet). If you dont have an oven, this can be done on a grill, but close the cover and make sure the heat is very low.
Italian sun-dried tomatoes, onion, Italian seasonings
Greek red onion, feta cheese, black olives, oregano, lemon
Asian ginger, teriyaki sauce,
Get creative! Almost anything you have handy can go into this. This recipe also works great with chicken. Serve with rice or couscous and a salad for a healthy meal.
SailFlow.com is a very cool free weather site designed for sailors. It eliminates the need to check multiple sites for weather info by including the radar, satellite, wind speeds and predictions, weather bulletins and tide and current info all in one place.
Want to sail faster, and get there quicker and safer? Then why not invest in a Gori folding propeller? Did you know that on average a folding propeller will increase boat speed around 1 knot over a fixed propeller? You'll go faster to windward, reaching, running and in both light and heavy winds. Something a new sail cannot do for you. Just think of it, by sailing faster you'll be ahead of the others in your fleet... in fact you'll be in a class of your own. For more details go to www.AB-marine.com (North American distributors for Gori propellers).
You're in the Northern Hemisphere, a hundred miles offshore and headed for the islands. The weatherfax (or grib files) shows a curious curve in the isobars in your area but you know something else is going on. The barometer is falling. The wind is shifting. A long swell is beginning to run. It looks like a tropical or extra-tropical depression may be forming. You can't wait for tomorrow's faxes or grib files. You need to know where the depression is right now and where it is heading so you can shape a course
Standing on deck and using nothing but a hand-bearing compass, what's the simplest way to get a bearing on the depression's center and how can you track its course?
E-mail your answers by Monday, August 7th to comments@.... A winner - who will get a handsome Blue Water Sailing hat! - will be selected randomly from those submitting correct answers.
Thanks to everyone who submitted an answer to our mindbender last week. Many of you had the correct answer, and Cameron Simmons will be the envy of the marina as the lucky winner of our hat.
For those of you who are still stumped, here it is...
You are looking at a tug pushing a barge, and you should steer to starboard and pass port to port.
THANK YOU!!! Your newsletter is VERY GOOD.... I look forward to future copies!
We just received your first issue. Really enjoyed it! It's perfect timing for us as we just began cruising the east coast. We left from Thunderbolt, in Savannah, where Second Wind has been resting after a Gulf of Mexico crossing and a sail around Florida. I know this is no big deal to old salts; however, we are novices and are quite proud of our accomplishments.
Look forward to reading about Kate and her husband's adventures in a future issue of Cruising Compass!
What's going on in your sailing community? Do you have a great story or photo you'd like to share? Email us at comments@... and let us know!
In last week's newsletter, we featured the Anchor Buddy as a cool product for your boat, but we listed the website address incorrectly (which happened to be for a different product also called Anchor Buddy). Here's the website for the item we described www.anchorbuddy.co.nz. Sorry for the confusion!
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