Daily Archives: February 6, 2007
Its name means “star of gladness” in Hawaiian, and the name refers to the star Arcturus, a guiding zenith star for Hawaiian navigators, which falls directly overhead at Hawai i’s latitude.
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Young New Zealand sailor Adam Minoprio again dominated match-racing in the ISAF Grade 3 Hardy Cup Under-25 regatta on Sydney Harbour today, completing the round-robin series with just one loss in 11 flights. The 21-year-old Auckland University mechanical engineering … Continue reading
Ocean racing is a lot to do with getting into a rhythm, getting into a pattern where you know and trust the boat sufficiently to let it do its own thing much of the time, getting into a way … Continue reading
Malaysia. Royal Langkawi International Regatta: 3 wins for Frank Pongs Jelik but Quantum Racing leads
Boat owners and skippers are often herd muttering this about their performance after the race. Today was no exception. Although the NE trade wind has moderated since last week, when literally the birds were being blown out of the … Continue reading
The ice cleared out of the anchorage at Flounder Island last night and we got going this morning at 4 A.M. with a very light northerly breeze under grey skies. Our route took us between many small islands where countless massive bergs had grounded in the shallower water, sometimes making it hard to even identify the islands. We had to pick a way around the bergs and in many places push through bands of brash ice. There was a sense of being in a true wilderness where the raw power of nature dominates all and we were aware of how alone we are down here – a good and humbling feeling. A stretch of open water followed where the mist rolled in and for a short time we could see neither land nor bergs. Then, as if we had crossed some invisible line, the curtain of cloud drew back and ahead bright sunshine bathed the mountains in golden light. Beautiful bergs in every form imaginable drifted in the navy blue sea – we saw a fairy castle complete with turrets and arched entrance, a sleeping dinosaur, a perfect swan, a dragon’s ridged spine and if possible the scenery was more awe inspiring than ever. At 66 33′ S we crossed the Antarctic Circle, a thrilling achievement – it has been an incredible and challenging adventure getting here. Our destination was Detaille Island, a tiny mound of rock cradled in a horseshoe of majestic mountains created between Adelaide Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. There was a lot of ice around the island with numerous bergs aground but once we had negotiated our way into a bay on the north of the island we found it was clear of ice. It took some time to get tied up properly as there were few suitable rocks on shore, but in the end it was done. We sat out in the cockpit, watching as last light turned the icecap a marvellous shade of pink and appreciating the special moment of arriving at our furthest south…. Continue reading