So, after six years, let me acknowledge those bloggers I follow. They are an incredibly talented group. And let me give a tip-of-the-hat to the small cadre of "Earwigoagin" readers out there. Thanks for tuning in.
2 days ago
"A short film from my first month sailing and rowing through the French canals in a 3m sailing dinghy. I was given the boat in the town of Rouen, 150km west of Paris. After some repairs I began my adventure, sailing and rowing up the River Siene. After about 100 km I hitched a lift on a barge and three days, two nights in the cargo hold and 200km later I was past Paris and beyond. I began to row again in the town of St Mammes and soon after turned down the River Yonne. I have travelled 100km since then and have arrived at the beginning of the Canal du Nivernais in the Burgundy region of France.
"The boat was very balanced, the sail was wrong and the tiller was too long, not allowing me to sit far back, I still need to learn how to sail but was very surprised to launch and sail within minutes for 1st time in over 30 yrs. The boat pointed OK in 20 knt's with chop, it liked the center board up a bit and I did not load the orig[inal] rig very much ;). but down wind WOW, it's a surf board and loves to have the nose even with the water, but if you get it wrong it buries the nose to the trunk in a heart beat.This photo, lifted from the Internet, courtesy of Rufus Van Gruisen.
"We have a small camp on Megunticook Lake, Camden, ME. that we call Polly's ( my wife) Folly. We have been doing the Fall Regatta for 10 years and we get anywhere from 10 to 20 boats of various types from single shells, kayaks, Blue Jays and usually a good fleet of Lasers. Since we began, the Laser fleet has taken on a life of its own. ... But that was never the intent with Polly's Folly, we just wanted to get more people out in small boats to end the sailing season with a bang and a barbeque, the more diverse the better."More Polly Saltonstall photos from the regatta named after her. Tweezer, heading for the barn despite the calm, being paddled with the daggerboard.
"Mike Albert won the Nats in 1997 sailing the ex-Bill Schill Cates, Pegasus, over Joe Bousquet's Mistral (Joe failed to attend the skipper's meeting and was dsq'ed for passing through the start/finish line on a critical race. This faux pas cost Joe B. the regatta). This was before we had the Gen I and II divisions and shows that a Cates in the right hands could be competitive against the best boats of that era. Jeff Linton also was able to almost beat Mark Saunders and co. the first time he raced a Moth down at St. Pete, sailing an old beat up Fletcher-Cates he borrowed from Ken Willus."
|Gary Gowans||5,5,5,,5,4,4,4||Gowans-Cates (Gen 1)|
|John Pugh||6,,8,9,4,6,7,7||Olympic Europe (Gen 1)|
|Victor Stango||7,7,7,,6,8,6,6||Lindenberg (Gen 1)|
|Rutledge Young||[DNF],6,6,5,9,5,5,12||Olympic Europe (Gen 1)|
|Walt Collins||8,8,[DNC],DNC,7,9,8,9||Dorr Willey (Vintage)|
|Greg Duncan||11,,11,7,8,11,9,11||Connecticut (Vintage)|
|George Albaugh||9,11,9,11,10,,12,10||Connecticut (Vintage)|
|Ed Salva||13,,12,8,12,10,11,8||Olympic Europe (Gen 1)|
|Zach Balluzzo||10,9,10,10,[DNC],DNC,DNC,DNC||Maser (Gen 1)|
|Dan Mallott||14,DNF,[DNC],DNC,13,13,14,13||Shelley (Gen 1)|
|Don January||15,[DNF],DNC,DNC,DNC,14,13,14||Ventnor (Vintage)|
|Bill Boyle||12,12,[DNF],DNC,DNC,DNC,DNC,DNC||Abbot (Vintage)|
"The month, of August in the Adirondacks opens with all the camps occupied, with possibly a few exceptions, and in those instances preparations are hastened to have everything in readiness for the coming in the near future of those who are to occupy them. Of camp life in the Adirondacks this season it may be said that it is the most fashionable of years, for the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, the Reids, the Morgans, the Blaines, the McCormicks, the Stokeses, the Mortons, and many others are in their camps, some of which are new and others of which were enlarged and extended In anticipation of entertaining many friends during August and September. This, together with the number and class of the applicants who have reserved apartments at Paul Smith's for August and September indicates that the St. Regis Chain of Lakes will he the rendezvous of many persons distinguished in the financial and business worlds; as well as the social world.