I tried out a bungee cord dampener on my home-made pivoting camera mount. It did a good job of dampening, but it also prevents the camera from staying level. So, more tweaking is needed! In the meantime, enjoy the ride as I work Whimsy in a bit of breeze. Apologies for some rather unflattering camera angles as I bumble about the cockpit during manuvers, but I was busy. ;)
Working Whimsy 2
Some of you have asked about what is involved in single-handing the Morgan
30, Here's a real time (no edits) look at what is involved in getting
Whimsy's sails hoisted, and then getting everything back down and put away
again. She is very easy to single-hand ...I mean if I can do it, ANYBODY
Music By: Earl Klugh
Many have contacted me and said that while the videos of Whimsy
self-steering along - or me just kicked-back at the helm - are nice, they
are really curious about working the boat alone. Is it a lot of work?
So, this video shows Whimsy going through two tacks, a jibe, sailing along
a bit, and docking. Unfortunately, the camera angle that allows you to see
all the "goings on" also ends up show-casing my rather fat butt. :-( My
apologies - but hopefully the video will answer your questions! Oh, I
left the video sound up so you can hear all the "clanks and clunks" going
on while the boat sails, and the old Atomic 4 while docking. ;-) Sail On!
The Weather Weasels said the winds were going to be 14 knots today. They
weren't even HALF right! So, with my 130% high-cut cruising genoa rolled
up to about 85%, and the mainsail lashed to the boom, I went out and bashed
around the harbor. The winds were fairly steady, but the infamous
Charlotte Harbor Chop was just relentless. Whimsy carried me through it
all, but by the time I got back to the dock it looked more like I had been
swimming than sailing. At least I was warm. I hope you can enjoy the ride
from the comfort of your own computer - and if you want it all to feel more
realistic, spill a drink in your lap. Sail On!
Music: Sail / AWOLNATION
The Whimsy Riff
The late great Stan Kenton recorded the "Intermission Riff" back in 1946.
This is a bouncy little tune that has crawled into my head in recent days.
So, there was only one way to get it out - and that was to pass it along to
Today was a great day for sailing and listening to Stan Kenton - and I even
chimed in as an uninvited guest with my old trombone! (..out on the boat
and alone is my wife's favorite place for me to play my trombone!) Enjoy
the tune - and the sail! I sure did!
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Whimsical Light Air Canal Sailing
On a warm summer morning with little air out on the harbor, Whimsy and I
find breeze enough to sail within the canals of Punta Gorda Isles. Music:
"Sunrise", performed by Chet Atkins & George Benson.
Stroll In The Sun
A warm light sailing day amounted to little more than a stroll in the sun.
Whimsy made the best of the light breeze and managed to squeak out 4 knots
of boat speed in the flat conditions. I had fun running onto the boat from
the house with the camera, and noticed it may be time to get a new camera
too! You may notice a "U" shaped blurb on the left side of the screen.
Well, that is INSIDE the camera (..in as much as cleaning the lens can't
remove it.) It's not too distracting (compared to some of my other movies
where I have the lens completely fouled), but it is enough to drive me
nuts(er) since I can't remove it. Anyway, it was a fair day - a little
warm, a little light in the wind department, but better than just about
anything else I would be doing on a Saturday morning! - Whimsy and I made
the best of it! So, enjoy the ride, and Sail On!
Music: AC Jobim / Estrada do Sol
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Short Sail On The Long Day
A short sail on the longest day of the year turned out to be great fun!
Unlike every day for the past two weeks, the wind was perfect, the
temperature was below 90F, and there were no thunderstorms nearby! Whimsy
and I took advantage of the near ideal conditions, and enjoyed some really
great sailing on the first day of summer - which is rare. Hope you can
enjoy the ride!
Day By Day
The best way to have a great start to the long holiday weekend is ..to go
sailing! So, after work, I ran down to the dock, splashed Whimsy,. threw
my cooler and camera aboard, and made my way out to the harbor where a nice
15+ knot breeze was waiting. It was a long day at work, so I took it easy
and just unrolled the genoa - leaving the mainsail stowed on the boom.
Whimsy was fine with the "lazy" rig configuration, and she still managed 6+
knots. Tom Ray came out to join in the fun aboard his Adventure Island
Trimaran, and he was having a blast! Unbeknownst to me, he had called
shortly after I left to see if I wanted to go sailing, and of course Wendy
gave him the best possible reason why I couldn't join him ...because I was
already sailing!!! We had a great time, and I hope you all can too! I
hope you all can enjoy the 4th of July weekend wherever you are, and Sail
A little more breeze than I expected met Whimsy and I out on the harbor
today. I had the wrong headsail up, but reefed it to a manageable size -
although the shape was horrid. Whimsy and I bashed around a for a few
hours, and enjoyed the day with temperatures in the low 80's and winds
around 20 knots. The stem head repair got a REAL work out, and it held!
The sailing was great, and you are all invited to come along for a few
minutes. Music by: Oscar Castro Neves / Ipanema Afternoon.
Just another beauteous day sailing aboard the 1969 Morgan 30 Whimsy.
Music: Ocean Breeze - Earl Klugh.
Summer Breeze Aboard Whimsy
Whimsy being single-handed on Charlotte Harbor the day after TS Bonnie blew
by, resulting in a rare decent summer breeze!
A Whimsical Interlude
A collection of pictures taken of Whimsy, A 1969 Morgan 30. Thanks To Tom
Ray, Butch Erny, and a few others who have taken so many good pictures of
Whimsy being sailed on Charlotte Harbor!