Here's a nice demolition-derby video: a cement-carrying freighter named Cyprus Cement (creative name that) lost control of itself and wiped out 10 to 15 recreational vessels (none of them sailboats, fortunately) in the Levanger marina in Trondheim, Norway, earlier this week. Word has it this was the result of a bow-thruster failure, though you'll note the freighter does have a tugboat strapped uselessly to its side.
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CHECK IT OUT, PEOPLE. WaveTrain rider Michael Geagan dropped a comment on my original post about the abandoned Swan 48 Wolfhound, ex-Bella Luna, to the effect that he located the boat about 600 miles east of Bermuda and boarded it on June 29. He reports the rig is still standing, but the boat has taken on a fair amount of water and that damage is likely extensive. She's still out there, but Michael describes her as "a marginal salvage case."
GET OUT YOUR CALENDARS, sports fans, and mark down this date: Saturday, August 10, 2013. The third annual Round Island Regatta, held in the historic South End in Portsmouth, NH, promises (per usual) to be more fun than humans should be allowed to have without breaking the law. Anyone with a small trailerable sailboat or a small paddle or rowing craft is welcome to participate. Or you can come and just watch the madness and join in the pig roast feast afterwards.
Unlike last year, when we were beset with fog entering the Kennebec River on our annual Independence Day cruise to Popham Beach, this year we had good visibility and even some wind to carry us across Casco Bay from Portland. It was just me and Lucy aboard Lunacy, as Clare was plagued with work and had to drive up from New Hampshire later in the day. Though the wind was relatively light, the screecher made the most of it and we made good time, taking just five hours in all from mooring to mooring.
The Lunacy Report
Great video here! A midshipman at the naval academy in Annapolis gets sent out on a sailboat offshore for the first time and has a little trouble with the motion. The camera is perfectly stabilized, which creates an interesting effect. Great soundtrack, too. Tip of the hat to my old buddy Elizabeth Wrightson, a.k.a. E-Woman, who is now a flack at the academy, for bringing this masterpiece to my attention.
Nearly 10 years ago SAIL magazine asked me to write a speculative story on what cruising sailboats might be like in the year 2040. In response I created a boat I called the DreamAway 408, which was equipped with, among other things, a mooring and anchoring exploratory probe named MAX. This was a little remote-controlled submarine robot that could roam into a harbor or anchorage ahead of its mothership to hunt for vacant moorings and anchoring spots--a critical function, I figured, in a future world with a much more crowded coastline. Once MAX found you a likely place to park, it would save the spot by surfacing there and flashing a strobe light on its back until retrieved.
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