Sunday, February 28, 2010

Egypt Resources

Long ago, I once spent a month living in desert west of Cairo...and had a chance to visit the city as well as the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx

I hope to return some day to visit Egypt again.

Today I came across a very interesting web site that has some great information for tourists visiting the country:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sailing Adventure Opportunities in Thailand?

I'm interested in chartering a sailboat in Thailand later this year. This blog posting will be my research notes as I look into different options:

Sailing Thailand Yacht Charter, Sailing Courses - Island Cruises Co,. Ltd.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

S/V Concordia Lost

West Island College International of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, which operates the Class Afloat program for students in the final two years of high school and the first year of college.

The Concordia Sank Last Wednesday - 188-foot-long (57.5-meter-long) Concordia was built in 1992...offered a Semester At Sea program...

Captain: Downdraft knocked ship over in 15 seconds - Yahoo! News

I noted these bits of information:

"The storm hit in the early afternoon at a time when most of the students were studying in protected structures on deck — which made it easier for them to scramble to life rafts."

"Two rafts got tangled in the rigging — but the ship's cook had rushed so quickly from her chores that she was still clutching a kitchen knife, which was used to slice through the ropes and free the rafts."

"...the school that operates the ship outfitted it with twice as many life rafts as actually needed for 64 people"

An earlier version of the article quoted the captain saying that the windows gave way - and that is what caused the ship to sink in the knock-down.

First rescued Canadians dock in Rio

Monday, February 15, 2010

2010 Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race

The 2010 Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race will start this year on June 19th at the Corinthian Yacht Club in San Francisco.

History of the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race

The years continue to slip by...obligations, financial reversals, client in general - getting in the way of pursuing my dream to do this race.

Tonight I am sitting in my study - in my apartment in Phoenix Arizona - where I am working for the present on a client project. If things go as planned, I will be wrapping up my work here in January 2011 - and will then take a long break - and do a bit of traveling and sailing. If things take an unexpected turn - well, I guess I'll do that traveling a bit earlier than planned.

Either way, I will be returning to the ocean in less than 12 months.

I will have to see how things go - perhaps the 2012 Singlehanded TransPac will be a possibility...