May 21, 22 - Texas - 2nd anual Duckworks
June 12, 13 - Illinois - 15th anual Midwest
July 10& 11 - Washington - 2004
Small Boat Rendezvous
July 22-25 - Maryland - BYYB Multi-Fleet
Hey Chuck, sorry for the giant pictures, I'm at
work and don't have a photo editor. I'm half done restoring an
old Boston Whaler and was on their forum trying to find out how
to secure the front hatch when I spied these photos. There was
some history with the photos: When one of the trim tabs failed
in a high speed turn the operator and passenger were both thrown
clear (he was not wearing his kill-switch lanyard) . The boat
continued on its merry way became air born and finally impaled
on the tree as you can see. Nobody was hurt! The conversation
also focused on the undamaged tree and the apparent strength of
wood vs. fiberglass!
Today my old Archimedes Penta once again started. It had not been
running since a misty night 1980. In the following storm the boat
it was mounted on was smashed against a skerry and the motor itself
took some beating and waves. Later the Coast Guard retrieved the
motor and it went down into my Mums basement. Until yesterday.
It had of course jamed. But after apropriate treatment, including
gentle care from my large forging hammer, it turned around. With
newly brushed sparkplugs, a sip of motoroil in the cylinder (for
compressions sake), a splash of petrol in the tank, a new starter
coil and best wishes it did start, with some smoking effects,
at the third jerk. How much nicer it run compared with newver
engines. The low compression ratio, heavy flywheel, and low rpm
give such a gentle sound. Fuel and ignition is to be constantly
monitored and manually adjusted for best performans. It´s
Opening day of trout season is always a zoo in
this part of the country. Like a National Holiday to some. I
certainly didn't expect this one! A few guys caught some 2 or
3 inches longer than this big brooder.......a 23 inch Rainbow.
Caught a White Crappie too about 8 " long. I took my Ultra
Light rod with 4 pound test line just for trout and when a bruiser
this size latches on you do have your hands full! This one weigh
a fuzz over 4 pounds. Most of the trout here average about 10
to 14 inches. Fishing wasn't all that great but did get better
in the afternoon and will get even better as it warms up. I
didn't limit out this time but plan to today or later this week.
But sometimes one fish is enough! It was 80 degrees but very
windy. Water is still right nippy so they were hanging out on
the bottom. The lake is still very crowded so I think I'll do
the creeks today. later, Richard
Last weekend was the third annual April
Tools boatbuilding challenge in Pender Harbour. We
had 10 teams entered. As I mentioned before, teams had 3 hours
to build a boat, with hand tools, from two sheets of plywood,
twelve 1 by 2's. and two 2 by 2's.
The first picture
is of the first heat of 5 boats, just before the start,
shows them cutting around the corner under the ramp just before
the finish. The two boats in the second photo finished 2nd and
3rd overall. As usual we had a perfect sunny day on Saturday,
and great crowds for both the building and the race.
The Fireflies... members of the
Garden Bay volunteer Fire Dept. won the race for the second year
running. Last years boat had a curved bottom tortured ply, remember
these boats are 3/8" sheathing grade plywood held together
with drywall screws.
Barbados (AP) -- Two British women attempting to become the first
mother-daughter team to row across the Atlantic Ocean were just
hours away from the finish line Tuesday, officials said.
Sarah and Sally Kettle were expected to row into the Caribbean
Sea at about 6 p.m. local time after spending 106 days at sea,
said Kenneth Crutchlow, executive director of the Ocean Rowing
The Kettles set off in a 23-foot plywood boat, the Calderdale,
from the Canary Islands on January 20, along with 13 other boats
racing in the Ocean Rowing Society's Atlantic Rowing Regatta.
They were expected to arrive early Wednesday in Port St. Charles,
Barbados, after a 2,907-mile (4,677-kilometer) journey, Crutchlow
Steve Kettle, who was waiting for his wife and daughter in Port
St. Charles, said the women could already see Barbados.
"I feel very, very proud to have a daughter and a wife who
are rowing an ocean," he said. "It's absolutely fantastic.
Sally, 27, and Sarah, 45, from Northhampton, England, are trying
to raise $1.7 million for epilepsy research at King's College
They trained for more than a year. The women, who rowed through
storms and 50-foot waves, ate about 6,000 calories a day for stamina,
according to their Web
Japan Coast Guard rescues
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 Posted: 10:05 AM EDT (1405
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- Japan's Coast Guard rescued a Japanese
adventurer trying to become the first person to cross the Pacific
in a single-oared rowboat after he sent distress signals, Kyodo
news agency reported.
Ikuo Tateo, 62, was plucked from the ocean late Tuesday by a
Coast Guard vessel that had been sent to find him about 870 miles
southeast of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Kyodo quoted officials as saying Tateo appeared to have hurt
his lower back, but could walk without assistance.
Tateo began sending distress signals Sunday evening, 17 days
after he left a port in northern Japan on his 23 foot boat. Its
sole source of power was a 16-foot oar.
He had planned to reach San Francisco, a journey of some 5,600
miles, in February.
Earlier Tuesday the lone sailor was spotted by the pilot of a
Maritime Self-Defense Force plane sent to search for him.
Tateo became the oldest Japanese to sail solo nonstop around
the world in a yacht three years ago, Kyodo news agency said.
Before his departure, he was quoted by Kyodo as saying that while
people had crossed the Pacific in rowboats before, his would be
the first such attempt in a boat with a single oar in the stern.
Chuck--This from my friend David Hamilton who owns
the most beautiful schooner I"ve ever seen. He was on a J-Class
boat in Antigua. If he says these boats cost lots of money, I
can only imagine what that means....Bruce Armstrong
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