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!
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.
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!
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!
Dana 24 New Design Review
Latitudes & Attitudes reviews the "new" Dana 24, now being built by
Seacraft Yacht Sales in Seattle, WA. More marine product demos, boat
reviews, and entertainment available as free streaming video at
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!
Baja Single-Handed Sailing
Sailing my 43' Spindrift sailboat from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
single-handed. 1150 miles in 11 days with a blown out mainsail on the
second night and a busted transmission coupling just north of Cabo.
Whimsy on Charlotte Harbor, 2011
A collection of still photographic shots of Whimsy taken on Charlotte
Harbor. Thanks go out to all the photographers who took these photos: Tom
Ray, Charlie McLemore, Isabelle Lussier-McLemore, Bill Dolan, Tim Sharpe,
Ray Bradford, Jeff Hawley, Bill Bisceglia, and Tom Scott.
Music by Frank Chacksfield.
Here's a brief Friday afternoon sail aboard Whimsy. We're dancing across
Charlotte Harbor and watching all the boats go by. The date is Friday
Jan 28, 2011 - and the weather was perfect! Whimsy was a well-behaved
lady this day, and she self-steered very nicely in the fresh breeze
(..reefed main and slightly rolled-up jib) so I could play around with the
camera. Enjoy the ride!
Seabreeze Sailing On The Briny Green.
After a morning of near calms, the reliable summer's afternoon Sea-breeze
allows Whimsy and I to get out on Charlotte Harbor and dance across the
water later in the day. Enjoy the ride!
Fishing Vessel hits large Sailing Vessel in Good Visibility 20/8/2010
Here is the press release from this incident.
At a hearing 30/05/2011 at Southampton Magistrates the Officer of the Watch
of a fishing vessel pleaded guilty to one safety charge brought under
Section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. He was fined £1,700 plus
costs of £6,435.
On the 20th August 2010 the Andrea had finished fishing and was returning
to port in the Netherlands. The skipper and rest of the crew were below
leaving Jan Baarssen alone on the bridge in sole charge of the vessel. The
Andrea is a 36.5 metre beam trawler registered in the UK but is based in
The Alexander von Humboldt was returning to Germany after a training voyage
with a crew of fifty nine (59) consisting of thirty three (33) trainees and
twenty six (26) full time crew. She is a large three masted sail training
vessel registered in Germany.
The visibility on the day was good (10 Km +), wind was southerly force 5-6
with weather being grey and overcast.
During the afternoon of the 20th August 2011 the Alexander von Humboldt
detected the Andrea on a steady bearing on its port side. The Andrea was
not fishing and was the give way vessel. The Alexander von Humboldt
started sounding its whistle. The Andrea failed to give way. The Alexander
von Humboldt also tried to contact the Andrea by VHF radio but had no
response. The Andrea claims to have gone hard to starboard and when within
15-20 metres of the Alex von Humboldt, the Andrea was seen to go full
astern. The Andrea struck the port quarter of the Alexander von Humboldt.
It was a fairly low speed collision.
Apart from some scratched paintwork, the Andrea was undamaged.
The Alexander von Humboldt was lucky to suffer only some dented shell
plating with associated damage to internal wooden bulkheads and deck
planking together with bent or buckled handrails. It was very fortunate
that no harm came to the crew of the Alexander von Humboldt and that its
rigging and watertight integrity remained intact.
Mr Jan Baarssen, 51, of Urk, Netherlands pleaded guilty for conduct
endangering ships or persons. He was finerd£1,700 plus costs of £6,435
In passing sentence the Magistrates stated that it was fortunate that they
were no injuries especially among the sail training crew.
Mr David Fuller O.B.E., Principal Fishing Vessel Surveyor for the Eastern
Region of the MCA stated:"This is yet another incident occurring on the
return of a fishing vessel to harbour. Fishermen are reminded of the
requirement to keep a good lookout at all times. Also that that the trip
is not over until the vessel is safely tied up in port.
We would like to thank the German and Netherlands Police for their
assistance in this matter"