by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


The story behind this chateau is one of hubris. Constructed while Versailles was underway. He invited the king to visit; Louis, the sun king, was not blind to the beauty of the Chateau and promptly imprisoned his host.














Interestingly these photos all relate to offshore sailing…on “Carina”.  I sailed two transatlantics, two admirals cups, 2 fastnet races, 2 channel races, one bermuda race and many other races on the 48 foot McCurdy and Rhodes design.

I still contend we had more fun in that era. There were so many characters with so many stories.


Whale towing yacht out to sea by the anchor line  .. .

The quirkiest story of the week happened just off Fraser Island in Queensland: A whale picked up an anchor line and towed a yacht and its two crew 1.5nm out to sea. The whale, no doubt, was just as alarmed as the crew – with the rope in his mouth, dragging an anchor on one side and a yacht on the other. They finally cut the line and lost both whale and anchor. Can you imagine filling out the insurance claim form for the loss of that anchor? Or the reaction of the insurance assessor?


I had intended to post about the america’s cup, but this event in Cowes is worth seeing. Honestly, it is surprising that more collisions don’t occur during cowes week. I have been amazed how well ships and boats seem to co-mingle on the solent. Obviously this is one time where things did not go so smoothly. No blame should be put on the ship.