Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Friday, April 20, 2007

Platform Grace Race

All boats start at 11:00 Our next weekend race occurs just before the weekend, on Friday, 20 April, all boats starting at 11:00 A.M. It's an all-day affair, what with the sail down to Oil Platform Grace (off Ventura) and power-sailing return to Santa Barbara. This race is one of the year's most unique events, well worth giving up a Friday at the office. Because of the start time is earlier than normal, Dock Time is 10:00 a.m.

I'm really hoping the Hard Core (you know who I mean!) can make it. Please comment below! Thanks!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wet Wednesday Squall

Here's what happened to 2nd Wind. She may be out of commission for a month or more. But, Thank God, everyone is okay. This stalwart crew was bloodied but unbowed.

For the first time in her long and distinguished career, Psyché's Song, did not leave her slip. I have to confess that her skipper & crew elected to drink the afternoon away in boat and bar rather than set to sea and risk uncertain carnage in winds gusting in the 40's. I think it was good to set a precedent whereby there are known conditions in which we will not venture out in extreme conditions in pursuit of honors at the risk of life and limb. Still, it was difficult to watch. One of our closest competitors, Liz's Diamond, took line honors!

I love our super-light, super-roach, fully battened mainsail. But we have learned we can't reef without tearing it. So, I am wondering if Psyché's Song should also be equipped with a storm main:
  • ¾ hoist (because mast stability is not an issue)
  • No battens (for storage purposes)
  • Sail cloth as strong (almost) as sheet metal
  • Loose-footed (to deploy over regular main which is strapped down to the boom).
Other ideas?

Friday, April 6, 2007

A New Look

This revision of Psyché's Song's site is a work-in-progress. (Reactions and suggestions are welcome, but holding your breath won't work because blogging politics still weighs heavily on my time.)

You should also know that this new version protects our privacy: you have to login to your email, even to view it.