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Cruising Compass #14- the Newsletter for Sailors and Cruisers

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  • Bill Scanlon
    Oct. 26, 2006 - Issue 14 Welcome to Cruising Compass—your weekly dose of cruising news, notes and fun. Cruising is all about stories; submit yours here and
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      Blue Water Sailing presents Cruising Compass: The Weekly Newsletter for Sailors & Cruisers
      Oct. 26, 2006 - Issue 14
      Welcome to Cruising Compass—your weekly dose of cruising news, notes and fun. Cruising is all about stories; submit yours here and share it with the rest of the Cruising Compass community!.

      Know someone who's into the cruising lifestyle (or just dreams about it!)? Send them Cruising Compass by clicking on Forward Email at the bottom of the page.Click here to view the Cruising Shot of the Week! Have a great shot of your own? Email it to us.Galapagos restrictions

      Yachtsmen visiting the Galapagos Islands will be limited to a 5-day maximum stay under new rules imposed by the new Port Captain at Wreck Bay. For several years, permission to stay up to 20 days has been granted and is still being given in Academy Bay on Santa Cruz. Learn more about the Galapagos at www.Galapagos-Islands.net and for updated Galapagos cruising info, visit www.noonsite.com

      Rough start for solo sailors

      The Velux 5 Oceans (formerly the BOC and Around Alone) solo round-the-world race has been plagued with bad weather since the start last Sunday. So bad in fact that four of the boats have had to head back to shore for repairs after experiencing near hurricane conditions, including sailing celeb Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Knox-Johnston’s Open 60, SAGA Insurance, has a damaged mast resulting from a rollover in the Bay of Biscay. Everyone should be racing again by this weekend. Follow the race at www.Velux5Oceans.com.

      Caribbean security solutions

      The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) tourism ministers met in Puerto Rico earlier this month to discuss, among other things, the current safety and security issues facing visiting boaters. This is in response to recent cases where cruisers have been victims of crimes in the Grenadines and other places. Recognizing that cruisers are important to the economies of the member islands, the OECS is recommending a 24-hour VHF Safety and Security net in each member state. Read more at www.oecs.org

      No fish for you!

      Put your pole spear away. In an effort to increase the supply of Nassau grouper, Bahamian officials have extended the ban on the fish by two, and in some places three months. Fishing for the Nassau grouper will be prohibited from December 1, 2006 to February 28, 2007 in all areas of the Bahamas except for the High Cay area of Andros, where the ban will begin November 1st. Read more at www.thenassauguardian.com

      Strictly Sail St. Petersburg

      Head on down to St. Pete, Fla., next weekend for the only all-sail show on the Gulf coast. You will find new products and boats galore and even an opportunity for newcomers to Discover Sailing. Check it out at www.strictlysail.com

      Haunted Harbor

      Oct. 28th Jack London Square, Oakland, Calif. Celebrate Halloween at Jack London Square. There will be costume contests, entertainment and a haunted lighted boat parade. Visit www.oaklandnet.com for more info.

      Celestial Navigation Course

      October 28 - 29—9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship. Class taught by captains Doug Tyson and John Martino. Students will receive lecture and hands-on instruction using a scientific calculator, a sextant and a Nautical Almanac. Pre-registration is required. $395. (410) 263-8848, www.AnnapolisSchoolofSeamanship.com

      Beer, Boats and Ballads

      November 3, 2006—Du Claw Brewing Company in Baltimore. An annual fundraiser to benefit Sail Baltimore. Includes food, drink, live band, silent and live auctions. To learn more, visit www.sailbaltimore.org

      Beautiful anchorages around the country and around the world... real stories from real cruisers... valuable cruising advice from experts... the technical information you need to equip your boat for safe and fun sailing... and the best and most in-depth boat reviews... that's what you'll find in every issue of Blue Water Sailing magazine – the only sailing magazine published by circumnavigators. Get two issues FREE with no obligation by clicking on www.bwsailing.com.
      Taking a great shot of your boat under sail

      It's funny how few of us have great sailing shots of our own boat taken from off the boat. We all have tons of shots of family and friends enjoying themselves in the cockpit, trimming sails, working on the foredeck, and swimming off the stern. And, most of us have a ton of shots of our boats swinging at anchor before a magnificent sunset or glistening in the early light of dawn.

      These are all great reminders of our happy days on the water. But there's nothing quite like having a well framed, well lit shot of you own boat under sail that is good enough to hang on the wall.

      You can hire a pro to photograph your boat and that's probably the surest way to get a frameable picture. But you don’t have to go to the expense since you can do it yourself. All you need is a reasonably good camera and a friend with his or her own boat. (Taking shots of your cruising boat from your dinghy doesn't work well; you are too low in the water to get a good angle and you normally have to drive the dinghy and shoot at the same time, which is easier said than done.)

      The plan is to head out together, sailing in an area with an attractive background, so you can make repeated passes. Don't try to take photos of both boats simultaneously since it looks odd to have a photographer pointing his camera at you in the portrait of your boat. Shoot one boat first, then the other.

      Use a good camera. Modern digital cameras with 3.5 megapixel or higher resolution will allow you to print up to an 8 by 10 image. If you want to go larger, you will need to shoot with 6 megapixels or more to get a really sharp image.

      The best time to shoot the portraits will be in the hour and half before sunset when the angle of the sun is low and the light and shadows are soft. Shooting at midday gives you hot whites and dark shadows that don't print all that well.

      Like people, all boats have their best and worst angles for taking portraits. But, in general, photos taken from the leeward stern quarter, with the sun at the photographer's back, will render a good action shot that includes the people and the cockpit, some spray on the leeward side and the fullest and neatest angle on the sails. The same shot taken from the forward quarter as the boat passes works well too, but often the view of the crew in the cockpit is blocked by the sails.

      If you and your friends don't mind climbing to the spreaders, shots taken from that height often have a dramatic effect. Again, look for the light to be behind the camera and try to avoid taking the windward side profile, especially if the boat you are shooting is heeled over. If you can get an elevated shot of the boat from the stern sailing wing and wing or with the spinnaker up, you will have a picture to really savor.

      A couple of hours out photographing your boat and that of a good friend is time well spent when, sometime later, you sit back in your chair, gaze at the portrait on the wall and remember just how good it was to head off on your own boat.

      Photo: Cruising Compass community members Ken and Anne Nigel approaching Bequia on the way to Trindad from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Sea Ya II

      If you have a great shot of your boat under sail, send it along with a note on who, what when and where to comments@.... You just may see it in a future issue.

      Mango salsa is one of our favorite accompaniments to grilled fish or chicken. It has the power to make us feel like we are in the tropics—even when we are not. If fresh mangos aren’t available, try frozen.

      From the Store to Shore Cookbook by Jan Robinson

      Mango Salsa
      • 1 Mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
      • 1 Red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
      • 1/4 cup Thinly sliced green onion
      • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
      • 2 Tbsp Lime juice
      • 1 Tbsp White vinegar
      • Salt and pepper to taste
      Combine all ingredients and let chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

      At Grog & Gruel Provisioning, fine dining and boating are our passions, and our meticulous process of combining these two are second to none. With delicious menu choices like chicken marsala, beef stir fry, filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and ham and spinach quiche, there is no need to crack open another can of beef stew. Breakfasts, desserts and even low carb offerings as well. Each meal comes flash-frozen in a vacuum sealed bag and is prepared by boiling it right in the bag. Delivered where you want it, when you want it. Visit www.grogandgruel.com to learn more.
      The Museum of Underwater Archeology

      This is a very cool online “museum” where you can explore the research and findings of underwater archeologists. You will find in-depth looks at the history of featured shipwrecks and pictures of retrieved artifacts. Check it out at www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/MUA.htm

      No one was born knowing how to handle a cruising boat in all weather conditions, how to navigate, provision for passages and use advanced high-seas communications. But you can learn. The best way is to get hands on experience on an ocean passage with teachers who have more than 200,000 ocean miles under their keels. That's John Neal and Amanda Swan-Neal. They run Mahina Expeditions aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46 and have taught cruising skills to hundreds of sailors - many of whom are out cruising the world on their own boats. You can do it, too. Visit Mahina Expeditions at www.mahina.com.
      Fog bound landfall

      The good news is that the batteries have gone dead and with them the engine and all electronics. The bad news is that you are five miles off a rugged, rock strewn landfall in pea soup fog so thick you could cut it with a knife. Somewhere out there lies a sea buoy that marks the harbor you want to enter. The nav tools you can use are a compass, a paper chart and a lead line. How do you find you way home? (Not fair to call for a tow...)

      Send your answers to comments@.... A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from all of the correct answers.
        Last week’s Mindbender asked for a way to make an emergency rudder with only the items you have onboard while 200 miles offshore. We received so many answers—some of them quite creative—that we chose three winners this week who will each receive a Blue Water Sailing hat. Here are their answers:
      • “While in the process of fashioning a rudder, creating weather or lee helm through fore/main sail loading will allow for crude directional control.

        Most everyone can imagine that a spinnaker pole and an interior door can be fashioned into a rudder-looking assembly, with the pole lashed vertically at the stern. The trick, in practice, is to be able to create adequate force on the door for steerage. The solution is simpler than you could imagine. Consider that the spinnaker pole has the sole purpose of keeping the door vertical and submerged behind the boat - ask no more of your door-to-pole lashing job than just that. Lateral stability for the leading edge of the door can be provided with lines from the submerged portion of the leading edge of the door to port and starboard aft dockline cleats. Lateral force for steerage can be provided with a second pair of lines from the trailing edge of the door around a forward rail of the pushpit assembly on each side, and can be joined with a knot in the middle of the cockpit, as a "handle" to control the new rudder. The deluxe version would see a boathook pole connected as a tiller between the rear of the cockpit and the knot of the control lines just forward in the cockpit. ...Take me home...”

        -Greg Crowley
      • “Since you are sailing 200 miles offshore, we have to assume that you have at least two anchor lines, and a sea chute or drogue.

        Rig the drogue to one end of both of the anchor lines. Trail the drogue astern, with one anchor line around the port sheet winch and forward to a midships cleat. Do the same with the other anchor line on the starboard side.

        Depending on which way you need to turn, shorten the anchor line on that side, using the sheet winch to shorten the line.

        The closer you get to land, the closer the drogue should be to the boat.”

        -Bob Dutton
      • “I used a spinnaker pole tied to the stern rail and swim step hand holds. I lashed a broken door to the pole to twist with lines from the peak of the 'rudder' door to small pulleys at each side of the stern rail.

        The door de-laminated after 200 miles. I cut then lashed a 4' x 4' marine plywood piece in it's place and continued for a total of 12 days and nights and over 600 sea miles back to Nuku Hiva, where my new rudder was waiting for me to install. It had been shipped from the manufacturer in Florida and arrived before I did.”

        -Mike Harker

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    • Bill Scanlon
      Hi, 20 of us from WYC off to the BVI s on a 9:25 AM flight .... 8 days on a 2 Lagoon 440 s and 1 33 foot Beneteau ending with 2 nights at the Bitter End YC in
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        20 of us from WYC off to the BVI's on a 9:25 AM flight ....
        8 days on a 2 Lagoon 440's and 1 33 foot Beneteau
        ending with 2 nights at the Bitter End YC in Virgin Gorda ...
        See ya on the 8th !!

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