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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rome: First Impressions

So today almost totally sucked. Spent 80% of the day walking about 800 miles with a hundred pounds on my back, It’s hot, my legs hurt, I’m hungry, and could not find a place to say to save my life.  Coming from the land of Starbucks and free wifi on every corner I banked that

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Climbing mountains at Lake Garda

I like to walk. To tell you the truth, I don’t know that I can think of a time when I’ve actually been outwalked. Today Mauro definitely gave me a run for my money. Perhaps when you grow up in a small mountain town on a lake where all there is to do is sail,

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Couchsurfing at Mauros

Up in Lake Garda I stayed with Mauro whom I met through the website couchsurfing.org. What an awesome and fantastic human being. He hosted me for two days and showed me some of the most incredible sights you could imagine, amazing.   The first night in town he brought me into hos home and cooked

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Mama Della Rosa

After an incredible stay in Milano, the time has come to hit the road again. I can’t thank my hosts the Della Rosas enough for being the most gracious and incredible hosts anyone could ask for. Not only did they allow me to stay in their home in Sardegna for two weeks, or crash in

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Catso

Today started off well. A morning of espresso, writing, and reading. Lucia and Andrea woke up and recalled that I wanted to go jump off of the cliffs at the North end of Sardegna. Sounds like a plan. A beautiful (although a bit tiring and hot) hike around the headlands. However, while down climbing the

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Pesce

My birthday dinner kicked ass. It turned out to be an informal showdown of California/Mexican vs Italian. On the Mexican side we were having seared ahi tacos. Check out this hunk of tuna local caught from the med sea! ManufacturerCanonModel NameCanon EOS-1Ds Mark IIExposure ProgramAperture PriorityExposure Time1/160F Number2.2ISO1250Focal Length35mmMetering ModeCenter weighted average

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Happy Birthday to Me

Happy birthday to me! Yup, today marks 28 years of wandering. My birthday present to me is to keep life simple. Out comes the film camera, loaded with a roll of TriX-400 black and white film, mounted with an honest 50mm lens. The plan today is to spend some time writing then cook a Geoff

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May the Voyage Begin

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