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Mildwind week 1


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Wildwind 31, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. This Hobie Fox with me at the helm is beam reaching with spinnaker, chasing down a Laser Vago, and without trapezing too. This should not be possible — beam reaching with spinnaker that is — because there should be more wind and it is a powerful boat. Wildwind? This week it has been “Mildwind”, but fun nonetheless with a good crowd of sailors. The one cross-shore blast of 20-25 knots was exciting in the […]

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The weather is a cruel mistress


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Vassiliki Bay Panorama, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Too little wind this morning and a storm this afternoon, so we took a stroll, discovering this magnificent grasshopper (cricket?). Grasshopper, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker.

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Wildwind photos


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Photos from Wildwind, 21 Jun – 5 Jul may be found here.

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Wildwind day 2


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Good breeze this morning and another good sail in the Fox. Still no heroic photos: maybe tomorrow. Wildwind 135, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker.

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Wildwind day 1 (yesterday)


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Wildwind 47, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Shortly after this photo was taken, the wind picked up to a gentle force 3, enabling a brisk sail in a Hobie Fox, a fast Formula 20 catamaran. We achieved some hull-out broad reaching with spinnaker and the crew on the trapeze, which was ideal. Sadly, circumstances have spared you a photo of these heroics, so I’ll have to ask you to make do with this stock image of a close-hauled Fox: A superb […]

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Wildwind, Vassiliki, Greece


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Wildwind, Vassiliki, Greece, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Plenty of boats: just need the wind…

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“Charisma”


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"Charisma", originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. An old fishing boat in Padstow

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Missing sailing


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How I miss sailing: exciting and no fuel burnt. Must investigate carbon offsetting against skydives… Update: Clear Offset expressed an interest. I’m collecting data from UK dropzones. We’ll see where it goes.

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Wildwind day 6: “Sail away”


The “sail away” is a mini adventure: picnic on the boats around the end of the western headland, out in the shipping lane. The cross-shore arrived early so we had quite an exciting beat out in a Pacific. Some of the lulls in the lee of the headland were extra exciting as we sat there, motionless, with the cross-shore marching in across the water. We just about managed to avoid unexpected gybes. The initial run back was pretty exciting too. […]

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Wildwind day 5: Hobie 14


Waited for the cross-shore; Hobie 14; Pacific as crew; Hobie 14. The Hobie 14 is a witch that should be burnt. It only wishes to be in irons or upside down. Therefore, when you do extract a screaming reach, it is highly satisfying. Gratifyingly, I sailed it without a capsize. Agreed to crew a Pacific in the last race of the day. Poor start, having misjudged the sequence, but a glorious sail. Tim and I managed some highly efficient mark […]

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