September 18, 2013

crew training

Viaduct Harbour Marina, Auckland - NEW ZEALAND (September 2013)

Viaduct Harbour Marina, Auckland - NEW ZEALAND (September 2013)

September 15, 2013

motions creek

Kids in the sand at Motions Creek
Auckland - NEW ZEALAND (September 2013)

September 8, 2013

on the dock

The best toys you could imagine:  a bucket & a hose on the dock.
Viaduct Marina, Auckland - NEW ZEALAND (September 2013)
Tormentina & Raivo helping with the "chores" Khmer style.  We use a scrub brush, hose, and old fashioned Sunlight bar soap for our laundry.  When there is high pressure, we can wash & dry a few things on board.  Living without a washer/dryer means we have minimal clothing made of quick dry material.

September 6, 2013

afternoon sailing on anasazi girl

Pearl Sunburst & Rangitoto Island Reserve
En Route to Auckland from Waihaorangatahi Bay - NEW ZEALAND (September 2013)

September 4, 2013

new zealand fashion week 2013

T getting a kick out of the Resene pink high heel display for NZ Fashion Week 2013.
Auckland Events Center, Karanga Plaza - Wynyard Quarter
Waterfront Auckland - NEW ZEALAND (September 2013)

September 2, 2013

antal floating jib ring

by James Burwick

I finally busted a move and eliminated the jib tracks.
Sailing off the wind I wanted to open the leech of the head sails.
I was tired of looking at the clew hooking inboard.
Seems that the sweet spot was always right on the life-line.

The big Antal low friction rings fit the solent, trinquette and tormentina sheets.  The ring has an exterior groove that holds the bungee cord. This cord holds the ring away from the deck and cabin top.  It is held high on the lower shrouds with an adjustable rolling hitch. I wrap the cord end with sticky back sail repair cloth.

The system uses two pad eyes, two 2-1 purchase control lines, two rope clutches, and custom G10 Plates from C-Tech for load spreading backing pads.  The lines lead direct to winches if power is needed.

First sea trial yesterday proved the system.  Now I can approach the sweet spot and prevent the jib sheet from chafing the life line.

Lost:  weight, holes in the deck, & chafe worries.
Gained:  performance.

The addition of the two big ones makes 11 Antal rings aboard A. Girl.
Even after this many miles, I am still finding ways to make the boat cleaner.

Thanks to the countless sailors I spoke with:
JP Maquet, Garry Locke, Kevin Dibley. Michael Hennessy, Rob Windsor, Alex Vallings, Brett Burville... . .
One has to have a team to go offshore.