2009 is here an I would like to redirect you to a website that I have been working on! The site is www.fleet207.hobieclass.com
I am not sure how interactive the blog and fleet website will be, but for now most of my time is spent on the website. Perhaps the future will provide me with a Fleet Member willing to use the blog as a newsletter or for posting pics and such.
Please visit the website, and please consider joining Maine Hobie Cat Fleet 207!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Started of the year with a bang heading out from Maine to sail in the Sea of Cortez from San Felipe Mexico. For late March the weather was quite nice and Erika and I had a lot of fun with the West Coasters at Mid Winters West. We received a couple of really nice coffee mugs for having travelled the furthest! I have to give a shout out to Gordon Bagley "Gordo" who brought down an extra boat from Nevada for Erika and I to race with. Gordo really came through for us...Thanks Gordo!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Jim and I had a great time in Fiji even though we missed the first Open cut by only 6 boats. We were 55 out of about 104 Open contenders after 4 races, and ultimately the top 49 went on the the Semi's. Crap! We were sceduled to race on the 3rd day, but all races were called due to unpredictable winds which had flipped a few boats on the beach in the late morning. About one minute after calling it, 4 consecutive hours of perfect conditions followed (about 15kts) and knowing the current overall standing would stick made me feel like barfing all over the race comittee. In hindsight it was a terrible decision of them to do this, as the wind died the next day delaying the start of the Semis. When there's wind, send them out man...especially if they traveled thousands of miles for the challenge!
Here's a cool photo from a local flyer present the day of the CRANNE distance Race at Pine Point Beach. There were two races that day and this pic is after the second race around an offshore Island. The Nacras were flying spinakers and went a further distance...a few Hobies packed up after the first race which was 2-3 hours of sailing. What a great day...I learned that cutting it close around the islands had the consequence of navigating lobster trap fields...with the current running fast by the shore the ropes were at an angle so you couldn't just avoid the buoy, you had to avoid the rope too! Twice I had to come off the wire to pop my one of my rudders back down!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I looked at the GPS tracks and the highest speed I recorded was just over 24mph, not bad for a 30 year old design! There were multiple times where the speeds exceeded 15mph often for a decent distance. I think Doug Baker hit slightly higher speeds probably around 26-27mph for a short distance. I have attached a screen shot of my GPS software showing the tracks we sailed in the afternoon. Feel free to post it on the blog. Thanks again for your hard work organizing the fleet.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
It's something to see a beach full of Hobies, and even more to know your boat is right there among them ready to go! Sailing can be a solo thing, or a thing to do with a friend, but when you get together with a huge group of people who love to do what you do, it really is awesome. Just down the beach is the Wildwood amusement park...but right here is your very own amusement park with your favorite ride...no lines to stand in, only lines to pull in and fly!!! BW