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Sailing School - What to look for

Sail Training: Part I Choosing a sailing school.

This is the first article in a series about learning to sail. I will attempt to pass on some of the information and lessons I've learned from taking sailing classes and researching various sailing schools. The focus will be on larger (greater than 20 ft) keelboats, because that's what I have experience with. In this article, I'll describe how to find and choose a sailing school.

Solar Sail Spacecraft Crashes

The Solar Sail Spacecraft launched yesterday has crashed due to a rocket booster failure.

Solo Sail Across The Atlantic

Solo Sail Across The Atlantic

This is an inspirational story of a man who sailed his Hans Christian 33 foot sailboat solo across the Atlantic from Bermuda to the Azores and into the Mediterranean.

I liked this story because the author made this journey seem attainable for anyone the desire and will to see it through. I also liked the way he describes how he fits his adventure in with his professional life.

Extreme Hiking

Extreme Hiking?

Seems like an oxymoron, but that's the motto of http://www.dayhiker.com - a website about long, challenging dayhikes. There is a happy egalitarian spirit on this web site that makes you smile. They promote finding adventure wherever you are at a level that is appropriate for you.

From the home page: The Day Hiker philosophy is a minimalist approach to clothing, food, and equipment so the hiker can: go early, go light, go fast, go far, go high, and achieve a personal best in one day, returning to a hot shower, a gourmet meal, a fine wine, and a comfortable bed.

Sailing and Mountaineering Books

I read a lot. I always have. I read fast too and that means I always have piles of books overflowing my bookshelves. Here are some good ones I'm looking at on my bookshelf right now.


Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing, New Edition

by John Rousmaniere.

Sailboat Dufour 38 Review

My review of the Dufour classic 38 sailboat.

I've been sailing on this 2003 Dufour 38 regularly for about a year now through the Windworks sailing club in Seattle. It is easily one of the finest boats in the club's fleet and I always prefer sailing on it when I have a choice. Read on for the rest of the review.

BMW Motorcycles and life

Why I ride a BMW motorcycle to work everyday.

Sailing Race: Sailboat Sinks: Interview with Owner

Below is an interview I conducted via email with Brian Nagle, the owner of the J24 sailboat "Magic Hat" that sank during the J24 Nationals held in Seattle. I would like to thank Brian for taking time to share his experience with the sailing community. There is some good stuff here.

/paul

Note: Some of the questions below are from members of the Sailing Anarchy forum.

Helicopter lands on top of Mt Everest

I can't believe this hasn't gotten more press.

A French helicopter piloted by Didier Delsalle has landed on the top of Mt Everest. This is an incredible feat and sets a new world record for the highest helicopter landing/takeoff. Coverage of the story seems to have been supressed somewhat due to the fact that the French expedition team did not actually have a permit to land on Everest and so did not announce their feat until safely back in France. In fact, according to this (report from nepalnews.com) it looks like the Nepalese government is denying the landing at all and there was some controversy over whether the helicopter actually landed on the summit. However, eyewitness accounts from several expeditions on the mountain at the time and a compelling video shot from the helicopter seems to have dispelled all doubts.

What do people think of this? I think it's amazing. Definitely one of the most impressive exploration feats this year. I would have thought it would have been more widely reported, even in the main stream press. Somehow it changes the way you think about Mt. Everest. I mean if a helicopter can land up there...

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my favorite site

Web Site review: www.fieldtouring.com

Here is a climbing link I found on the net. http://www.fieldtouring.com It's the company website for a mountaineering and trekking guide service based out of Australia, and is of much higher quality than most of these types of sites that I've seen. They have a fun-to-browse upcoming trip catalog filled with a lot of beautiful expedition and travel pictures as well as interesting stories and pictures from previous expeditions and information on various documentary films they have produced. There are live dispatches from mountaineering expeditions, though I've never been a huge fan of these realtime journals. I prefer reading the more refined post-trip reflections. I suppose they are good for friends and family. Overall the site has good content and reasonable navigation (though too many of the links pop open new windows). It's worth checking out.

Yacht sinks in the Irish Sea

Incredibly another sailboat has sunk.

Two yacht races and boat sinks in Seattle

J24 going down in Seattle. News: Interview with owner coming (see comments below for details).

That is a bad day...

Points Unknown: A Century of Great Exploration

Title Points Unknown: A Century of Great Exploration
Editor David Roberts
Publisher Norton (2000)
ISBN 0393050009
Reviewer Paul Farrall

Points Unknown is an anthology of 41 of the greatest adventure stories from the 20th Century. The stories cover a broad range of topics from exploration in the jungles of Borneo to ascents of Mount Everest to solo sailing circumnavigations. The stories are all excerpted from the original works. Read on for the rest of the review.

Anderson on Cousteau

National Geographic interviews Wes Anderson . What does that have to do with Adventure? Turns out that Wes is a big Jacques Cousteau fan and Jacques Cousteau is the ultimate scientific adventurer. That Anderson is a Cousteau fan should come as no surprise to anyone who's seen Anderson's latest movie, "The Life Aquatic". It is a thinly veiled, but good natured spoof on Cousteau.

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