The process of rehabbing my father's Thistle may soon include a trip to the dentist.
I'm not sure if it's even possible, but I think I varnished my teeth.
Yesterday afternoon, I tuned in the Cleveland Browns game on the radio, wrapped my foam block with 320-grit paper, and continued sanding away at the Sled, the wooden Thistle I'm in the process of varnishing. Last weekend, I worked through all the nooks and crannies of the bow and mast-step areas; the back of the boat is less intricate, so yesterday's sanding went relatively quickly.
Don't bother getting philosophical about sanding. Just get started.
I'm stuck in an infinite loop of surface preparation. The first stage of revarnishing the Sled, my father's Thistle, involves sanding off the top coat of old varnish to achieve uniform smoothness. Right about now, it feels like I've been sanding for weeks, getting nowhere, with no end in sight.
Roz Savage didn't set out to set ocean rowing records, but 5 million strokes later she's become an inspiration and an advocate.
I’ve always admired Roz Savage. Bored to death as a management consultant, at the age of 33 the British adventurer pulled the plug on her conventional life and went to sea—in a rowing boat. She started with the Atlantic, in 2005, and then kept rowing.
The 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre started two days late due to very strong winds and rough seas.
Nasty weather in France delayed the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, but now the fleet is speeding for Costa Rica.
The weather report was ugly. With less than 48 hours before the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, sailors were looking at heading into the Atlantic from Le Havre, France, in steady, 40-knot side winds with 60-knot gusts and confused seas of well over 30 feet. There was a chance the fleet of Multi 50s, IMOCA Open 60s, and Class 40s could've slogged through the nastiness and made its way across the ocean to Costa Rica, but that was far from certain.
I spent Saturday sanding the Sled in a classic rock-induced trance, and I learned a little more about the boat's legacy.
It was "double-shot weekend" on 98.5 WNCX, Cleveland's Classic Rock—perfect music for sanding. I turned the Panasonic to loud, grabbed a few sheets of 240 grit and a foam sanding block, slipped on my Musto kneepads, and crawled into the bow of the Sled, my dad's Thistle, which I'm in the process of rehabbing in his garage.
Teams from the United States and Brazil battled in the final race for the gold medal in the J/24 class at the 2011 Pan Am Games. Brazil was able to sneak away on a foul and pass one boat to secure the gold.
The Pan Am Games didn't end exactly the way the author wanted, but it was still an incredible experience
I mentioned in my last post that the points were shaping up such that we could see some interesting scenarios, and that was certainly the case. On Thursday, we went after Brazil in the prestart in race 8. Since we had a better drop race than them, we could extend our lead if we forced them into another bad race. We had a great start to windward of them and were able to pin them out to the un-favored side.
Patrick Rynne coaches sailing at Florida's Lauderdale YC.
Ask yourself these three simple questions. Your answers could lend a new, stress-free focus to your racing.
Everybody called him “Sully.” In retrospect, it wasn't a particularly creative nickname for a Massachusetts sailor, but with him it really fit. Sully raced J/24s at my local club, drank tons of beer, always laughed, and was the coolest sailor I knew. Nearly 20 years later, I can still picture how Floridays, the name on his boat's transom, stood out to me from my Optimist-level vantage point. But Sully's words, passed down to him from his father, struck me the most. I was about 10 years old, had just won one of my first regattas, and he yanked me aside.
It looks like champagne sailing, but it's mighty hot on the water at the Pan Am Games. And the pressure in only increasing as the medal race approaches.
An off day gives the U.S. sailors a chance to spend some time in the one place hotter than a J/24 deck on a light downwind run.
We were rewarded with a day off on Thursday because the regatta is on schedule with six races completed. Wednesday was the lightest breeze of the regatta. The puffs were very narrow, making for some challenging racing. With the breeze so light, the heat felt even more extreme. Puerto Vallarta travel tip: no need to bring sailing gear here. If I wore a spray top, I would be unconscious by the leeward gate. We pulled a horizon job the first race and managed a 3rd in the next race.
The home team heads into the lay day in medal position in five classes.
NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico (October 19, 2011) – Heading into the scheduled “lay day,” Team USA leads in the Lightning and the J/24 classes and stands in medal position in three others through six races of the Pan American Games sailing regatta at the Vallarta Yacht Club.
In addition to the two leaders, the U.S. stands second in the Snipe and Sunfish classes and third in the RS:X Women’s (Windsurfer) class.