Imagine tossing a chicken carcass into a cage of hungry wolves, I think that’s a good idea of what feeding time looks like on a lot of offshore racers and delivery boats. As cook, on a sea going racer, you need not worry about comparisons to the finer restaurants in town. The ingredients for success are simple; two large deep pots, garlic and onions, a little planning, and variety, and watch your fingers at feeding time.
Mia and Andy will be heading to St. Lucia on Sunday for the finish of the ARC. But the first boat's have already gotten there! Sailing the 3,000+ mile route from the Canaries to St. Lucia in just over 8 days, Leopard of Finland smashed the course record by more than 2 days. Here's the official story from St. Lucia.
Despite several boats still at sea when the awards got underway, it was a very festive atmosphere on the beachside deck at Nanny Cay Marina. Crews that had been sweaty and salty for nearly two weeks at sea showed up in their shoreside best, with matching crew shirts and tropical island colors. After the crowd gathered round the bar for a quick beer or rum punch, the awards got going in earnest just before 5pm, as the sun was disappearing behind the hillsides in the west, offering up a much needed respite from the brutal afternoon heat.
Lee Cumberland, crew member aboard the catamaran 'Tandem II' in the 2014 Caribbean 1500 rally, write about what he's learned over the past year sailing on offshore deliveries. How to pack, where to sleep, how to act and what to do if you're new to the offshore sailing game. Lee sailed with Andy last spring on a few deliveries to and from New England.
Andy Schell reviews the new documentary about the life of Matt Rutherford and how he went from troubled teenager to legendary solo sailor. In short - watch it. It's an inspirational tale and an absolutely riveting recounting of what will go down in history as one of the greatest small boat voyages of all time. The fact that Matt nearly ended up spending his life in prison only makes it more interesting. Truly moving. The movie makes it's theatrical debut this Friday in New York City at the Quad Cinema. Click for tickets.
Watch the official trailer of the Matt Rutherford story about his epic voyage around the america's and his unbelievable childhood that put him on the path to become one of the greatest sailors of the modern world. Red Dot on the Ocean premiere's this Friday, October 24, at the Quad Cinema in New York City. Look for Andy Schell's full review later today, Tuesday October 21.
Paul Exner returns with another intimate and thoughtful story written in his unique stream-of-consciousness style. It's Part 2 of his adventures with a cranky diesel engine and boisterous Caribbean conditions on a recent Modern Geographic Expedition. If you missed Part 1, click here.
Paul Exner of Modern Geographic Expeditions makes his 59º North debut and gives an intimate and realistic look at what it's like dealing with a diesel engine repair in the West Indies. Exner's style is thoughtful and reflective, and gives a rare glimpse into the mind of an expedition leader on a nervous deadline. Part 1 of 2.
Mario Vittone, retired USCG rescue swimmer and noted expert on ocean wilderness survival, recounts the dramatic rescue of the sailing yacht Mirage in 1995, and how not to end up in the same situation. "The three sailors that he put in the back of the helicopter with me don’t know that we don’t have enough gas to get back. Not into this headwind. Pilot Jay Balda is thinking that his crew might be dead soon and its all his fault."
Originally published here on mariovittone.com. Click to see the comments chain, just as interesting as the article itself.
I was very excited to see my newest article, "Don Street is not Dead" out in the May 2014 issue of SAIL magazine, which just got delivered yesterday. Normally writers cringe when their editors get a hold of their work, but I was very pleased with the work that Peter, Charlie and Meredith did on this piece, which was over a year in the making. The left my 'voice' intact.
That said, we had to cut a lot! The published piece is something like 1,500-2,000 words. My first draft, on the other hand, was over 5,000! The podcast I did with Don, which gave me a lot of material for the article, ran at nearly 90 minutes. So in a series of posts here now, I'd like to share some of the stories that didn't make the print article, but that shine more light on one of my sailing heroes. Read on.