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Breezin' with Whimsy

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. ;) Sail On!


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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

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.

Ease Along
Another beautiful SW Florida winter day! A comfortable 72F, nice 8 knot breeze, clear sky, and everything else just perfect for Easing Along aboard Whimsy. Enjoy the ride! (Music: Toots Theilmanns / Bluesette)

Easy Breezy
Just another beauteous day sailing aboard the 1969 Morgan 30 Whimsy. Music: Ocean Breeze - Earl Klugh.

Whimsy Up & Away
The 40th anniversary of the 1969 Morgan 30, Whimsy.

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!

Until You Come Back To Me
A beautiful light air sailing day with just a touch of touch of fall in the air (..air temps in the low 70's) was ideal for enjoying an easy sail aboard Whimsy. Oh, I may have pulled the Bimini top off a week too early, but this was a pretty - and easy - day for just relaxing. I used the autopilot off the wind (..Whimsy is reluctant to self-steer with the wind aft of the beam), but upwind she displayed the well-mannered balance for which she has become most appreciated - even as I moved around the boat to get fun video angles. Upwind, I just locked the tiller and watched her go. I hope you can enjoy the ride - I sure did! Sail On!

Five Minute Sail
Five Minutes of "chillaxin'" sailing aboard Whimsy. No special effects or fancy editing - just plain ole' sailing to the gentle tunes of David Benoit. 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 On!

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!

One Tack One Take
It was a lot more breezy than the weather weasels predicted.! After watching my Genoa fall into the harbor immediately upon unfurling, I had to struggle a bit to get it back on board. (The #1 jib halyard snap shackle lived up to its name!) I quickly swapped over to the #2 jib halyard, re-hoisted, and resumed sailing - but I was Exhausted. So, no running around the decks gathering varied angles for this tired guy today! Instead, the camera is mounted on my swim ladder during one tack, for one take, with no edits. It's simply all I was up to. Enjoy the bouncing ride, and "Sail On!"

Sailing Serenata
August is a notoriously lousy month for sailing in Florida - no wind, thunderstorms and heat all conspire to make sailing tough. But today, I found a gap to get out there in early. Whimsy and I dodged the thunderstorms, there was just enough wind to make consistently good speed, and the cloud cover and breeze kept the heat down. A rare "pleasant" August sail was the happy result! I hope you can enjoy the video ride - it was a good day! Sail On! Music: Serenata - performed by Pete Jolly and Marty Paich.

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