2013 Spring Cruise – Photo Gallery

And the winners are... The cruisers who took off to explore more of Mexico after the 2013 spring regatta had an amazing time. Enjoy these pictures, courtesy of Karin. They may make you want to join the group next time! :) See the pictures...

Mulege or Bust!

The 2011 Tucson Sailing Club Fall Cruise ended up being a small and intimate affair after several boats bowed out due to mechanical problems or concerns about the weather forecast. Nonetheless, the crews of Half Cat and Caliente headed out Monday afternoon in a brisk breeze. Caliente promptly returned to San Carlos...

Jellyfish Medusas

It appears that there are no blue bubbles around San Carlos, yet, this year. Of course, before going in the water check the beach to see if there are any blue bubbles "agua male". If you find any, it is a good idea to skip swimming that day!!! If stung by these jelly fish, douse the area with vinegar...

A Different Kind of Racing

On a recent trip to PDX (Portland) I was invited to experience sailboat racing as it is done on the Columbia River. Oh what a difference!! Since it is the season of snow melt and this has been a banner year for that sort of thing there was about a 3 to 5 knot current blasting its way toward the ocean...

Gastronomic San Carlos

On a recent trip to San Carlos, Rex and I had the usual discussions every day about where we were going to eat for each meal. This ritual involves surprises and wishful thinking but primarily it is about the mood of the day. Some places I am about to bring up are places I won’t go back to (as you will see) but I keep them in the lexicon because it's part of the art form to, "Never say never". At the top of the list...

The Adventures of Sarken

We arrived at San Carlos Marina on Wednesday afternoon after trailering "Sarken", my Catalina 25 from Tucson. Larry started the preliminary boat preparation, and believing that we needed to check in with the Marina, I headed to the office. A polite young Mexican male was filling out my particulars...

Three Weeks before the Mast

The bark Europa With tears welling in my eyes, I strolled down the dock toward my ship, with my sea bag over my shoulder, just as sailors have done for hundreds of years. Of course, mine were tears of excitement and anticipation, whereas most of theirs were of fear and regret. I was joining the Europa, a 185-foot square-rigged bark as a passenger trainee for a sailing delivery from the Canary Islands to Brazil...

Phenomenon

Here’s a bit of curious behavior that I have both observed and fallen into at times, but do not exactly understand. We use a GPS to navigate more easily than the old days of sun sights and sextants. Thishas led to a strange sense, for some, that there is more certainty in the world than is truly warranted...

A Safety List, of Sorts

Ask anyone who has lived on a boat and put a few miles under the keel a question like, "What sort of safety precautions do you take?" and you will start a long conversation. The problem is that almost everything on the boat, even those things that bring comfort, are contributing to the safety issues...

Projects – A Study in Safety

In the last two years I bought another sailboat. The purchase was not about finding a boat in perfect condition where everything worked already. What I wanted was a project. This project needed some elements of difficulty that I had not yet tackled in the upkeep of a boat, but it could not be a ground-up build...