Monday, December 31, 2012
A poem is made of the daily log
Since new years day is tommrrow
2012 a year of some sailing sorrow
Hurricane Sandy took Wabridge and Christian to the swell
The HMS Bounty sunk as well
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race aboard Cuchulain
We lost a man.
On the note more cheerful
Some sailing news we had a year full
Sailrocket 2 really sailed some speed
59.23 knots put them in the fastest all time lead
Oracle's AC72 got really banged up
Capsized practicing for the Cup
Wednesdays sailing for me
Skipper bought us a new number 3
Best in region one CBYRA
Some good races on the bay
With DSC I did not race
Fun sailing with friends regardless of pace
Fathers day weekend had Sailibration
1812 celebrated in Baltimore and the Nation
Blue Angels and navy whites
Tall ships and parties most the nights
Ships from different countries and states
For the repeat in 2014 I can not wait
Well 2013 is soon to arrive
Enjoy tonight just do not drink and drive.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
a)Strength in short bursts of energy.Often you will have one long tack and all at once need to get that sail in.
For this I plan on doing plyometric from P90X. I have done P90X in the past and love the concept but 90 min every day is a bit much but I intend to do two days a week of plyometrics from P90X. I am going to sub this in in place of my running.
b)Flexibility and balance.!It is also flexibility in weird positions for long periods of time being off kilter and off balance. Yoga and Pilates are great for this. I intend to do two days a week of these videos or classes.
c) Strong just darn strong to be able to get that sail in the last bit to be able to haul and heave and physically move stuff. Weight, push ups , pull ups ect are the way to go for this. I intend to continue doing The New Rules of Lifting for Women twice a week to help me with this.
2. Get better at sail trim.
Yikes this is a hard one. On some level I think this is mainly just sailing more. But some of it is theory and I will admit I am weak on the theory. How I intend to deal with this is to read one book a month on sail trim until spring.
My reading list is
January : The Best of Sail Trim
Febuary: Mainsail Trimming:An Illustrated Guide
March: I am not sure recomend a good trim book in the comments please.
3.Sail more big boats. This summer I want to sail more big boats. I already have a regular Wednesday ride and many of the weekend races but I hope to get another weekday ride and a few days of open ocean time. Mainly hoping to do this by volunteering to do delivery for some boats to gain some open ocean time.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
If you are free today at 1pm. Consider going to see Water ski Santa at the National Harbor Every year it is like The Griswalds went boating in a wonderful thing of Santa waterskiing, Reindeer wake board, elves flying, the Grinch of course is on a jet ski.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I've been very good this year. Sailing , helping out with Sailibration here in Baltimore, overall a really good girl. I have a Christmas list of items I would love for Christmas but are much too expensive to ask my family for. So below the Sailing Savor Single Santa list. Perhaps you want to spoil some sailor gal in your life.
1.Musto HPX Gor Tex Ocean Trousers in Red
Yup they are $635 but Santa you fly through all sorts of weather you understand that there is not such thing a bad weather just badly dressed for the weather.
2. Camet Wahine Shorts
At $78 for a pair of shorts I want them but that is a lot for a pair of shorts. The old womens camet shorts XL sizing was way way off and fit someone who wore a size 6 normally so I am hesitant to buy the new design until I can try them on in the store.
3. Mustang Inflatable Harness PFD
This fall I sailed the Chesapeake bay great schooner race and a man on another boat died when he got knocked overboard and his shipmates could not get him back in for several minutes. This drove home the importance of a PFD and of tethering in to me. So $241.45 or not I am getting myself this in red before next season. Kinda hoping it goes on sail before then or Santa?!?
4. Sperry SeaRacer GripX3 Sailing Sneakers
New race sneakers would be excellent. I've tried these on and very grippy and friends who own them love them.
I really like the chain design seabag. The pink with the industrial chain is such a nice contrast. My other sailbag is white with a red stripe and I use it all the time. For $165 they are expensive but super durable bags.
Santa if you are really nice this would be great!
|This is the finished gingerbread sailboat.|
|This is the sailboat before I added the spinnaker|
|Another view of the final product|
|Close up of Santa. Hat is supposed to look like a Mt Gay Red Hat.|
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Now the best gloves for you will depend on three things 1. What position you are on the boat? 2. What shape hand do you have? 3. Temperature 4. Do you like your finger tips out?
Regarding these issues
1. Generally you will use your gloves the most when you are a trimmer. Line sliding in and out of gloves causes tons of wear and tear. Better wear and tear on your gloves then on your hands. Helmswomen often do not even need gloves unless it is for cold metal helms or if the helm is slick. Fordeck it depends on your own preference and grip. Generally, fordeck can get away with less rugged gloves. The most durable gloves are the Gil Pro racers. However they start very stiff and are a lot harder to move your hands in.
2. They sell women's gloves. Sometimes in pretty colors. For those with small and narrow hands this can be a great option. However for women who have large or wide hands this will not fit. Women generally have longer fingers compared to width of hands then men and this causes an issue with gloves. Since the women's size gloves are only a good fit for women with small hands if you wear a medium or large gloves in the men's sizes( large women's gloves in women's winter gloves really anything over glove size 7) women's sailing gloves will not fit. Men's full fingered gloves will also not fit as the ratio of width to height is perpetually off. The best solution is to wear the smaller size in 3/4th fingered gloves.
My favorite sailing gloves are Gil's Championship gloves. I've been wearing versions of these gloves for years. they seem to tweak them every year from blue to black to slightly other designed but they seem to always be the best fit on the market for me.
3. Temperature! Well it is probably obvious that on a 110 degree day in August and a January Frostbite race -10 degree day you want different gloves. The Gil Championship gloves I recommended in the previous section have been black for the last few years and make your hands sweat something fierce. I miss when they used to be blue and and not cause as much hand sweat. During that time of the year I recommend Ronstan gloves as they are a lighter color and your hands will not sweat as much. During the mid summer I know a lot of people just cut the tips off of latex coated cotton gloves that you buy at the hardware store. They only last a race but they are very cheap and not nearly as hot and sweaty as other gloves due to being white. Mid January when it is snowing and cold you need warm warm warm gloves. If you are at the helm or in a position where you do not have as much wear on your gloves any waterproof winter gloves can work and good ski gloves are great.However, if you are a trimmer and near lots of wear the best option are the full fingered extreme sailing gloves by Gil. I wear silk glove liners inside my gloves when it gets really cold. This also helps with the fit of the full fingered winter gloves.
4. Finger tips out. My general preference is for finger tips out and this results in better grip for me. However friends of mine have said the opposite. So at the marine store try on the gloves both with full finger and 3/4 and go over to the line and see which works best for you.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
|Butter mix melting|
|Sugar just as it starts cooking|
|Bubbling up as the butter mix was added|
|At firm ball stage caramel looks thick and is steaming less like this.|