AN UPDATE ON FRANCOIS GABART AND “MACIF” 2 DAYS AHEAD OF THE RECORD FOR SINGLEHANDED AROUND THE WORLD.
I lot of speculation has been circulating about the future design for the 36th america’s cup. Now we know. It is brilliant. For some it will not be what they had hoped it would be; however this design incorporates the design progress made over the last events with a monohull.
ANOTHER NOTE: Francois Gabart is holding a lead over the record around the world singlehanded. Setting a 24 hour record of 851 miles in the process.
A presentation produced by a friend and researcher Kyuson Yun, who is working hard to find a cure for cancer.
This past weekend was the fortieth reunion of the “Courageous”/ “Independence” crews from 1977. It was genuinely nice to see people with whom I had shared so much. None of us are getting any younger, which puts particular emphasis on this event.
Ted Turner has been so good about re-uniting the teams.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is currently showing an exhibit about Clifford Ashley, painter, historian, knot tyer. He was so much more, but one has to pay attention to understand him.
I grew up reading “Ashley’s book of knots”, I learned most the the knots show. I still tie knots. I have read all his books and have many photographs of the later whale ships of New Bedford.
New Bedford at the height of the whaling industry was a rich and prosperous city. The architecture of the city still reflects it’s grandeur.
THE 12 METER NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ARE/WERE SCHEDULED FOR 9/21-24. HOWEVER HURRICANE JOSÉ IS PARKED OFF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST AND DISRUPTING PLANS. YESTERDAY WE HAD GUSTS OF 42+ KNOTS; RACING IS CANCELLED FOR FRIDAY AND A DETERMINATION WILL BE MADE ON SATURDAY MORNING; ALL WEATHER DEPENDENT.
IN NEWPORT WE HAVE THE EXTRAORDINARY PRIVILEGE OF NARRAGANSETT BAY.
THIS PAST SUMMER HAS BEEN FULL A EXCITING EVENTS IF YOU LOVE BOATS; AND THE SEASON IS NOT DONE.
THE TWELVE METER CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING UP SOON.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the launching and first successful defense by the 12 meter “Intrepid”. It also marks the second successful defense by the 12 meter “Courageous”. Each boat successfully defended the America’s Cup twice. Only one other boat can lay claim to that fact. That was “Columbia” 1899 & 1901. She is no longer with us.