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. ;)
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
Sun Cats Rock
A Well-Sailed Sun Cat Dancing on Charlotte Harbor.
Winds were about 16-18 knots. It was a little bumpy on camera boat Whimsy- so the camera shakes a bit at points. :-(
But, it was great winter day for sailing in SW Florida!! (Jan 08, 2011)
heavy weather sailing Catalina 22 C22 extreme sail on Courageous Cat Sailboat C 22
heavy weather sailing Catalina 22 C22 extreme sail on Courageous Cat Sailboat up you enjoy brief clip of our Father day sail through a summer storm
the wind was blowing hard from the South west as the rain pour down on us
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Immediately following a frontal passage this morning, I jumped aboard Whimsy and rushed out to the harbor. The winds were big, and the waves were small - perfect for ripping along on my old Morgan 30. This is likely my last "big wind" sail of the season. By May, the cold fronts seldom reach down to SW Florida, and the strong winds I've enjoyed the past few months won't quite won't reach down here either. The calms of summer are near. But, summer promises a daily seabreeze that will frequently lure me back out onto Charlotte Harbor in the afternoon, as well as steady easterlies in the comparatively cooler morning hours. I'll just have to work around the calms between 10:00AM and 3:00PM. Sail On!
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!
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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 Netherlands
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"