AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 DAYS

IDEC completed the route around the world in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds; besting the previous record by 4 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 DAYS
THE RECORD

MODEL TESTING WITH A GO PRO

Winter in Sonoma is a time of heavy rain; especially this year. With my son and grandson we have made and modified several shapes of boat to send down the swollen creek with a go pro mounted.

The experiments have led to changes in shape and stability.

Video of the event will follow.

WITHOUT THE GO PRO
SKEG
GO PRO MOUNTED ON CANOE

THE RAPIDS

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

The changes in sailing had been on the horizon for a while. The turning point we can all point to was the last America’s Cup with foiling catamarans.In the Vendee Globe, the boats which have foils are clearly faster.

I believe I read that Joyon cut the jig down on Idec for this attempt; making it an easier boat to handle. Just look at the numbers he is putting up.

THOMAS COVILLE
FRANCIS JOYON

WILD KINGDOM

Today at Point Reyes, we were witness to a most extraordinary event. We had gone to see the Elephant Seals. Then by the side of the road a wolf which was stalking a herd of deer had the tables turned. The deer attacked the wolf; chasing it away from the herd. The standoff lasted a while; long enough for me to take these photographs.

We often think of deer like bambi. Here was proof that it is not the case.

ELEPHANT SEAL YAWN
DEER CHASES WOLF 2
DEER CHASES WOLF

POINT REYES

THE SALTON SEA

THE SALTON SEA is reputedly 230 feet below sea level. Death valley is 279 feet below sea level. It is a curious place that shares some quirks with Mono lake. It was created in 1907 when the Colorado river overflowed; and  dying a slow death ever since. Still a resting place for many migrating birds.

SAND HILL CRANES
BLUE HERON
SNOW GEESE
BEACHES OF DEAD BARNACLES
POWER LINES
SAND HILL CRANES