A History of Sailing in 100 Objects
Have you ever wondered about the history of sailing equipment that we use every time we go sailing?
Well fear not, “A History of Sailing in 100 Objects” by Barry Pickthall will fill in some of the gaps, starting with the earliest known picture of a sail from about 3,500 BC on the Naqada II Pot to the GoPro camera in 2006.
Yes a bit eclectic in many ways but a nice read. The book has the object explained with text on the left side and a picture of the object on the right side. This bite size method makes the book easy to read and digest in short bits.
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HADS Home page showing over 16,000 NOAA weather sites
Most sailors in the Seattle area are familiar with the West Point and Seattle NOAA weather sites on the internet. But did you know that those sites are only the tip of the iceberg so to speak of the over 16,000 NOAA weather observation sites. There is one at the Alki Lighthouse in West Seattle for example.
Finding the station closest to your location from the over 16,000 weather observation stations in the United States and Canada can be a bit of a challenge even if you have the secret handshake on where to start. But lets give it a whirl.
This is a short video on Maritime Law. The video is a short overview of Maritime Law for non-lawyers. It covers things like what country is a baby born a citizen of, short hint, in some cases the baby is a citizen of the country the ship they on is registered in!
Why the South China Sea is so confusing and difficult to fathom is also covered.
Life-Jackets Float, You don’t
Last Saturday as we were putting out the fenders at the end of the sail, I heard a splash followed by a couple of expletive deleted words, a quick look around the boat indicated we were short one crew member.
One of the crew had dropped a fender overboard and dove in after it, well actually made a lunge for the dropped fender and slid out under the lifelines about mid-ship and into the water.
French Lighthouse in a Storm
An amazing Four and a Half minute video showing the power and terror of the ocean and the lighthouses that stand to protect mariners.
The Lighthouses in the video are identified as being in the Iroise Sea in Brittany on the West coast of France. Wikipedia describes this area as one of the most dangerous seas in Europe. Looking at the video I can understand why the area got it’s reputation for rough and dangerous.
Several years ago I traveled through the area on a 62 foot former Swedish Coast Guard Auxiliary Icebreaker Patrol boat (see Not a Sailing Trip ), I am quite glad that the weather was nicer and the seas much better than in the video.