WaterTribe Everglades Challenge 2012 Start

Kayak and sailing fleets depart from Fort Desoto Park beach Beach at Daybreak Daybreak at Fort Desoto Park looked rather ominous for adventurous racers setting off on the 2012 WaterTribe Everglades Challenge and concurrent events. Low … [Read more...]

Sailing the Edge of Hurricane Irene in Hobie Adventure Island

Sailing Shell Creek to Punta Gorda On the Winds of Irene Launching In Shell Creek A nearby tropical weather system that is not a threat always causes great sailing weather, and today was no exception. After a morning look at Hurricane … [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...]

Adventure Island Mast Furler Drum Epoxy Repair

Click any picture to enlarge Repairing Hobie Adventure Island Mast Furler Drum In the course of routine maintenance, I noticed that the furling drum on my Hobie Adventure Island had slipped a short distance up the carbon fiber mast, exposing the … [Read more...]

Multi 23 Sport Racing Trimaran Review

The Multi 23 trimaran reaching under mainsail and "screacher" in light winds. A sailboat for families with a serious need for speed In 2009, my friend Don bought his new Multi 23 trimaran. I had heard of the French-designed and Chinese-built … [Read more...]

Adding A Jib to the Hobie Adventure Island Kayak

My old storm sail from a previous sailboat was the right size to use as a jib for my Adventure Island. There's a reason I save everything.Sailors throughout history have always wanted to find ways to fly more sails and make our boats go faster, and I … [Read more...]

The Short History of My Life With My F-27 Trimaran #162, Surrender

Racing Surrender in Charlotte Harbor I first saw a Corsair F-27 trimaran at the Miami Boat Show not long after the boat was introduced to the market. I thought it was sheer genius, and unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was incredible … [Read more...]

Hobie Mirage Adventure Island: His Review

Sailing / Paddling / Pedaling the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island The akas attach to crossbeams with a single pin His and Hers Reviews — His Review See Her Review Sailing the Hobie Adventure Island trimaran "Sail/Yak" is a pure sailing … [Read more...]

Spring Sailboat Races With the Punta Gorda Sailing Club

Sailboat racing in January in Florida means putting on a long-sleeved shirt, and perhaps a hat for protection from the sun. The Sunfish Nationals competition was taking place in Charlotte Harbor during our third race. Race three saw the arrival … [Read more...]

Hobie Mirage Adventure Island: Her Review

Sailing / Paddling / Pedaling the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island The Hobie Mirage Adventure Island — the kayak that sails, paddles, and pedals. His and Hers Reviews — Her Review See His Review Hobie calls it a 16' trimaran … [Read more...]