Sailing, around the world – photos

>>> Sailing, around the world – photos

Boston.com had a great set of sailing pictures recently… I really liked the juxtaposition of the classic sailing ship with the modern windmills in the first shot.

Last December the maxi yacht "Wild Oats XI" won the 2008 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, sailing 630 nautical miles (1,170 km) in one day, 20 hours and 34 minutes. The Volvo Ocean Race, a 10-leg round-the-world race started in October and will continue until June. The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 will start in April, and training sessions are now underway. Sailing as a modern and historic undertaking is alive and well around the world, here are a few photos of sailing events from the past year.

Wooden toy ferry

>>> Wooden toy ferry

Tim, over at Chine bLog, recently built his son a toy ferry boat… designed to fit in with a wooden railroad set. Given that my son was really big in the Thomas the Tank Engine train world for a good while, I wish I had thought of it.

Of course I don’t know that mine would have been as nice… good job Tim!

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Hail damage?

Between being out of town, having to work, and inclement weather part of the time, I had only looked at the boat a little bit in the daylight. Didn’t see a problem with it (other than being full of water).

Melanie wound up talking to one of the neighbors and found out at least two of them are having roofs replaced due to damage from the hail that apparently came with the storm that filled the boat. She filled me in on this at the church, which led to a long drive home (it’s about 10 miles) wondering if there was some damage I had missed.

Went out and checked (by flashlight of course, but…) and all seems well. That roof is a bit tougher than I thought I guess. The bedliner material is totally unmarked… that stuff is tough.

How do you spell relief? No dents 🙂

Continental Divide

>>> Continental Divide

Not our usual type of link for Craft A Craft, but given that I’m both a "boat guy" and a "computer guy" I found this of lots of interest. Its a "dissertation" with lots of pictures and the like on how to compulationally find the actual continental divide (i.e. the point where water will either flow to the Atlantic or the Pacific if in the United States).

One piece of trivia mentioned was that at one point in South America, the continental divide is actually under water and you can sail over it.

Urban Ocean Observatory at the Center for Maritime Systems

>>> Urban Ocean Observatory at the Center for Maritime Systems

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This is a slick set of web pages provided by the Stevens Institute of Technology. Wind speed, currents, water levels… all kinds of stuff.

The New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS) was established to permit an assessment of ocean, weather, environmental, and vessel traffic conditions throughout the New York Harbor and New Jersey Coast regions. The system is designed to provide a knowledge of meteorological and oceanographic conditions both in real-time and forecasted out to 48 hours in the Hudson River, the East River, NY/NJ Estuary, Raritan Bay, Long Island Sound and the coastal waters of New Jersey. In this web site you will see graphic images of: water level; surface and bottom temperature; surface and bottom salinity; surface and bottom currents; NOAA winds; coastal waves – height, period and direction; CDOM (Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter). Newly added is Acoustic Tranmission Loss

Oil rig vacation?

>>> Oil rig vacation?

For those of us that really enjoy sitting and watching the water, and maybe having some various entertainment around, this actually sounds like a neat idea. A company is proposing that instead of destroying "retired" U.S. Gulf Coast oil platforms, they be converted into hotel and "resort" areas.

Some neat artists’ renderings included.