Sailing

I've sailed boats ranging from my Klepper foldable kayak and my Hobie Adventure Island to 40-foot and 50-foot cruising sailboats. If it has to do with sailing, you'll find it here.

Caught By Another Thunderstorm

Launching At Ponce Park Afternoon Sail Ends With Thunderstorm It started out so nice! Our plan for the afternoon of August 6, 2011, was to take an evening sail on Charlotte Harbor from 5 pm until about 7, leaving plenty of time to get the boat … [Read more...]

Installing a Boomkicker® K0750 on a Com-Pac Sun Cat

Sun Cat Cattitude Catboat Willie and I went over to Laishley Park Marina to help our friend Craig put his new Boomkicker® K0750 on his Com-Pac Sun Cat, Cattitude. I had previously installed a couple of Boomkicker 400s on Precision 185 sailboats, so … [Read more...]

Watertribe Everglades Challenge 2011 Start

Kayak and sailing fleets depart from Fort Desoto Park beach Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn The Everglades Challenge is an annual event in which kayaks, canoes and small sailboats race from Fort Desoto Park at the mouth of Tampa Bay down to Key … [Read more...]

Remote-Control Sailing

What Sailors Do When They Can't Sail A Real Boat You can see the hole the keel is digging in the water as the boat tries to accelerate on her side. Lots of wasted energy. The sailboat is funny going downwind Here the boat is trimmed in … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Regatta 2011: Small Sailboat Fleets

Class Races with Flying Scots, Lasers, Sunfish and more! Small Sailboat Fleets I volunteered to help out on the water for the 2011 Charlotte Harbor Regatta, where we had quite a flotilla of signal boats, mark set boats, and safety boats organized … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Regatta 2011: Multihull Fleet Racing

Dawdling through swarms of multihull sailboats in a slow catboat Fleets of multihulls in the race starting area Went out with a friend on his Com-Pac Sun Cat to watch Friday's sailing action in the 2011 Charlotte Harbor regatta, and typical of … [Read more...]

Useppa Catboat Rendezvous Regatta 2010: Sailing on Island Time

Herding catboats and relaxing island style Catboats tacking near the starting line buoy. As owners of a Com-Pac Sun Cat catboat, we wanted to participate in the 2010 Useppa Catboat Rendezvous, a biennial gathering of catboats and owners … [Read more...]

Punta Gorda Sailing Club Holiday Regatta 2010

Sailboats start to appear out of the fog near marker 2 just after 10 am SaturdayDay One Saturday started out very foggy. As Pete and I departed the boat ramp at Ponce Park, I could see the channel markers right by the fishing pier, but not the next … [Read more...]

Sunfish Regional Championship Regatta 2010: Charlotte Harbor Sailing Races

Sunfishers ain't right! Sunfish Regionals fleet starting upwind in the distance Driving over to the Laishley Park boat ramp on Saturday morning, I was hoping the ramp would not be crowded due to a fishing tournament, and maybe I could … [Read more...]

Kids Sailing Camp

Future Sailors Gather for Instruction (click to enlarge) Teaching Kids To Sail — A Learning Experience I volunteered to help out at the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center July 2010 Kids Summer Sailing Camp. I am not an experienced Sunfish … [Read more...]