Adela

During race 4 of the San Francisco America’s Cup the fog came in thick along with the beautiful super schooner Adela. The super yacht regatta will be happening the next few days so hopefully there will be some beautiful photos to be found. ManufacturerCanonModel NameCanon EOS-1Ds Mark IIExposure ProgramAperture PriorityExposure Time1/6400F Number2.8ISO100Focal Length200mmMetering ModeCenter weighted

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America’s Cup Redemption?

A little while back I wrote a post about how the America’s Cup was becoming a total bust. Well, after two days of watching the America’s Cup finals I may have to stubbornly amend my thoughts just a little bit about the racing. Throughout the entire Louis Vuitton series I’d hardly describe my attitude towards

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The perfect ceviche recipe?

I love fish. That’s one of my favorite things about living on a sailboat and the cruising life – the seemingly endless supply of the freshest most beautiful fish imaginable. While cruising the coast of Mexico a couple years ago aboard my friends Bob’s Tayana 37 Charisma, we’d reel in a yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi,

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Headland Colors above Fort Cronkhite

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Camping in China Camp

I am filthy. I stink and am absolutely filthy. Even for me. When I was hiking the John Muir Trail I stunk too. This was kind of like that, but not quite as bad. Our third and final provisioning stop along the JMT came after nine days of doing nothing but walking, eating, pooping in

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Cormorants on Bonita Cove Pier

Ever since rowing little Diva up to and under the Golden Gate Bridge a couple of months ago, there has been this image in my head that I’ve been struggling to figure out a way to capture. At the time I was getting sucked out into the ocean by the current in a little rowboat.

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An impulse to keep on looking

“The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.” – Brooks Atkinson As I briefly mentioned in this post from last week, I have found myself so busy with life the past couple of years that

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Goal: Conqour the 7 Marin bike rides

Alright. I know it’s not super sailing related but then again, this blog is about more than sailing. It’s about the crazy lifestyle that sailing affords you and to live on a sailboat in San Francisco without a thorough exploration of the earthy parts would be a straight up crime. I’ve been calling Sausalito’s Richardson

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Shanghaied to Yosemite by Couchsurfers

This week just does not want to end. It all started out with what was supposed to be a two day weekend raftup at Treasure Island. Pretty standard. Six days later we finally celebrated the parting ways of the final members of our raft-up turned flotilla with a house sized bonfire. Probably should have seen

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Yet another epic Treasure Island raft-up

Following on the heels of the spectacular Ephemerisle 2013 raft up extravaganza, we managed to round up another impressive fleet for July’s Treasure Island raft up. We still have yet to beat what seems to be the largest raft up of record at Treasure Island of 12 boats, but with a turnout of 10 big

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Homemade Yogurt = Awesomeness!

There are few breakfasts, if any, that beat a nice scoop of good creamy yogurt topped with a handful of crunchy granola. And if by chance you stumble across a forest of blackberry bushes ashore, forget it. Best. Meal in a bowl. Ever… ok. at least tied for the best. Being a person who will

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Herb & Sea Salt Roasted Almonds

Nuts are awesome. I probably eat way too many but as far as boat food goes, they’re kind of a staple. Sometimes I’ll toast them up to sprinkle atop a bowl of oatmeal or toss into a salad but most of the time I just eat them raw. I kind of enjoy having to work

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Here one second. Gone the next.

More and more frequently I have found myself feeling somewhat lost. Well lost may be the wrong word as I know where I am, but feeling as though I am in the wrong place. The past several days I have been sailing from anchorage to anchorage hoping to find something. I’m not sure what I

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China Camp Instagram Run

After two days of doing nothing but recovering from the weekend, cooking, eating, and nestled in the boat sitting on the computer writing, I felt like a blob. The winds been howling and the row to shore never seems to look inviting. Almost every day for the past year I have been itching to go

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Angel Island

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Bay Bridge

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Recipe for A Joyously Bad Idea

The raft up continued over at Jack London Square for several days after the official raft up from the previous weekend disbanded. When a friend came (we’ll leave names out of this one) at midnight and asked if I’d like to join in on burning his box truck FULL of scrap wood, I couldn’t say

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Captain Sunshine

I met Nate a couple of years ago when I was teaching sailing back in Berkeley. Living in Idaho at the time, he came to OCSC Sailing to learn how to sail with a dream of building a sailboat and retiring down in the Caribbean with the fam. I remember when I had Alchemy hauled

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Why I prefer rowboats to cars

Holy cow. What a whirlwind of a week. At the start of the week I was out sailing on a lesson and was pretty stoked. Life looked like it was all coming together. I had a busy couple of weeks of charters and had a significant (by sea gypsy standards) amount of cash that had just

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America’s Cup Bust?

I want to be excited about the fact that the America’s Cup is being held in San Francisco, I really do. But I can’t. I live at anchor in Sausalito where I can watch the races from every porthole – even while taking a leak. A quick 20 minute sail and I can have front

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Ephemerisle Raft Up

Wednesday evening I decided to rally a fleet of boats to ambush an unsuspecting ephemerisle, a floating city deep in the Delta which will exist for five days then vanish without a trace. I called the only person I knew who would be crazy enough to accompany me – my good friend Shawn Jonitz –

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Seth proposes to Marcella… on Alchemy!

I’ll be honest. When I was putting together my sailing charter website at sailalchemy.com website I included phrases such as “turning your dreams into reality” in large part because I didn’t know what else to write. Sure it seemed true enough and had a decent ring to it but it wasn’t until today that I

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Chocolatiers + Ukulele = Awesome

Ok. This charter was ridiculous… in the best way. The second these guys walked on the dock it was nothing but big smiles, rad hats, and huge hugs. It was evident that we were going to have a great time. Just a few seconds after everybody stepped on board a bottle of tequila was opened

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Angel Island Birthday Sail

Every sail aboard Alchemy tends to have a certain vibe to it depending on the people on board, the weather, the destination. It is never the same but always incredible. I suppose thats one of the reasons I can sail every day and it never seems to get old. Usually I can put my finger

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Baby Taj Goes Sailing

Meet the Lauduccis. Christian, Josie, Nina, Elamay, and the latest addition Taj. When people ask me if kids do well on boats, they’re one of the stories I tell. All five of them live on a forty foot sailboat in Sausalito. Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of getting to know them and

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Champagne Sail Encore

These photos are from an encore sail to our champagne sail a couple months ago. I never had time to post these pictures at the time but couldn’t resist posting them now. Just such a spectacularly gorgeous evening with some of my favorite people. We’ve managed to get this champagne sailing concept down pat. While

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Sailing + Swimming + Supermoon

I received a call from Karri a few days ago asking if I’d be available to take a group of his friends out for a sail. Of course! However, apparently word spread in Karri’s circle of friends that we were going sailing. Next thing you know Karri’s asking if we can find more boats. With

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Salmon Season has Arrived

Early this afternoon my friend Heather flagged me down as I was rowing into shore on Diva. She went fishing with her kids in the morning and came home with two big beautiful salmon and was trying to rally a dock BBQ party tonight. Score! Totally game. I decided to abandon any attempt at being

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Fireworks in Sausalito

When you have a boat and live in San Francisco it’s hard to not get out on the water. This 4th, my Aunt Ronna and Uncle Morgan had some friends coming into town and asked if they could charter Alchemy for a 4th of July sailing excursion. Stoked! There was no way this day could

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Green Ling Sashimi

This was a special day. Not for any reason in particular but the elements just seem to align (as they have a tendency to do) today. Nothing went as expected but our expectations were surpassed in every way. Well, at least mine were. We set out from Sausalito early in the morning on a mission

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The Creative Act

While sitting under a tree in the woods up the hill from Lake Tahoe one late afternoon last fall, I stumbled across this quote while reading Bernard Moitessier’s final book and autobiography “Tamata and the Alliance” and immediately scribbled it in my journal. Moitessier similarly copied this passage into his log while reading Roger Garaudy’s

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Voyaging

When living in the yard the previous month I befriended a Kiwi shipwright named David. He is a man on a mission. A voyager. He bought his teak ketch Fortune for a bottle of scotch and a promise — a promise not to cut her up. He has been working around the clock now for

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Point Reyes Bike Camping

Last year I spent New Years camping in Yosemite Valley. The snow was falling, the sun was rising. We were perched at tunnel view with our cameras perched atop tripods. We had mimosas and eggs on toast cooking. Of course it was snowing so hard we couldn’t see anything and I it was so cold my

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New Year’s Resolve for 2012

If the world is purportedly supposed to end this year, sounds like as good a time as any to make one hell of a new years resolution. Only problem is that I suck at sticking to New Year’s resolutions. As soon as I let it slip once or twice, I drop it. I tend to

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Where does time go? Seriously.

Seriously, where the hell does time go?! The last two and a half months have seriously vanished into thin air. Poof. Gone. Now we all have these times in our life but all too often I just dismiss it and say “oh well.” But that is time you’re not getting back! Ever. This will be

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Foggy Pongas

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Anchored at Isla Espiritu Santos

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Tacos?

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Afloat in Baja

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Bahia Santa Maria

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