Sailboat Swarm in Netherlands


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This is kind of crazy. A timelapse of boats swarming into Amsterdam for a sail festival.

from Colossal

Billed as the largest free nautical event in the world, Sail Amsterdam is aquinquennial (every five years) gathering of 600+ boats and tall ships that sail in a circuit in the Netherland’s North Sea Canal before mooring in Amsterdam. The 2015 event was held just last week and according to the NL Times a record-breaking 2.7 million people arrived to watch the maritime spectable that included at least 50 tall ships and hundreds of smaller watercraft. This aerial photo and a timelapse filmed by Boyd Baptist really captures the enormity of the event. (via Jeroen Apers)





Freeport Landing

Eddie and his sons in the Sooty Tern Una


We first attempted to get together like three years ago. Maybe four. He said he wanted to build something, a boat, and wondered if I thought he could build a Melonseed. That’s a funny question, like someone asking if you think they can dance. When I learned he had built a kayak, I was like “Oh sure, no problem. If you can do that . . .” He lives in Richmond, only 90 minutes away, did a lot of sailing, and we said on several occasions by email we’d get together, it just never happened.

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Good Gear: Navigation & Weather Apps for Small Boats

Navionics Boating USA HD, showing Tides, Currents, Navigation Aids, and marinas. 


One of the benefits of sailing with other small boat people is sharing information. Small boaters are resourceful and inventive by choice and necessity, so any trip with others always sends me home with new ideas or info. Everything from camping gear, to boat maintenance and building tips, to tricks for doing even basic things you’ve always done one way. The trip around Gwynn’s Island was a good example. Curt has fitted out Annie with many small details that make life easier aboard, especially for single-handing. A home-made roller reefing system for his jib, a folding boarding ladder is another, bungie cord mounted on the cabin bulkhead to hold charts, etc.. Steve shared the pros and cons of using his new GoPro camera. I still use an inexpensive LED lantern he recommended, for both a general purpose camping and anchor light.

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Curt looking for The Hole in the Wall


This is going to be fun.

It is true that I should have left 15 minutes ago. Yes, it’s still dark, and the mountains to the west are a deep cold blue like waves crashing on a beach of stars; but the horizon in the east is glowing embers. Fifteen minutes is easy to make up. Normally not a problem when driving 2 1/2 hours east, to the Chesapeake.

But crews have been replacing two of the old steel truss bridges on the River Road along the James. In the semi-dark I sit at temporary stop lights blinking on deserted roads, deep in the woods – no work crews around, no other cars, just me sitting in the dark, alone, listening to the car idle and the katydids and the tree frogs and the fish jumping in the Hardware River below, dutifully waiting tor some imaginary line of cars to pass so the light will turn green and let me safely pass. Is that a police cruiser in the weeds on the other side? A ticket would make me really late. I have to do it all again at the Rivanna. I love these old bridges, and will miss them when they’re gone. I miss the one they took down a few years ago on the road north from town. A double insult to be delayed by their funeral.


deadrises at Gwynn’s Island


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