Photo of The Day
April 12 - St. Barth
'Someone Always Has One That's Bigger' could be the title of today's Photo of The Day.
On Good Friday, the port captain in St. Barth allowed the very large private yacht Reverie to side-tie to the Charles de Gaulle Quay in little Gustavia Harbor. This is something we'd never seen before. At 230 feet and with seven decks and a one-time asking price of $65 million, Reverie is certainly a very large yacht. But locals weren't all that impressed, because they know that, as is the case at St. Tropez, if your yacht can fit into the harbor, she can't be all that big. For example, when Paul Allen's Octopus shows up at St. Barth, she's got to anchor out, because at 419 feet - some 189 feet longer than Reverie! - she won't even fit along the quay. And who knows how long Larry Ellison's new motoryacht will be. Certainly she'll be a foot or two longer than Allen's, because Ellison won't want Microsoft's boat to be bigger than Oracle's boat.
Just to prove that you don't have to own
a software company to own a big yacht, Reverie is reportedly
owned by Norwegian Kjell Inge Røkke, chairman of engineering
and construction giant Aker Kvaerner Group. He's said to be just
44 years old. This is according to Power and Motoryacht,
which says Reverie is the 35th largest private yacht in
the world. Allen's is the largest until Ellison's is launched.
Briela Out Of Mexico
April 12 - Central America
Michael and Catherine, fourth and third from the right,
enjoying a late night burger with cruising friends in Zihua back in 2003.
Photo Courtesy Breila
"By the way, cruisers Murray and Collette of Terazed have five acres of waterfront land in El Salvador where they are developing a boatyard. The rumor is that their 35-ton Travel-Lift should arrive any day."
When in Mexico with Profligate, we employ a similar avoid-places-with-port captains strategy. It's partly the money, it's partly the principle, but also it can prevent people from moving around freely enough to make plane reservations. Mexico is a great place to cruise, but they're giving their country a bad reputation with the foolish clearance procedures.
Wanderlust Makes It Back In Time For SAIL EXPO
April 12 - Jack London Square, Oakland
Sail Expo will be from Wednesday to Sunday of this week at Jack London Square. Stop by and say hello to Mike, a guy who has gone from novice sailor to very active long distance sailor in a very short time.
Photos Latitude/John Arndt
Sweeney Sees The Glass As Half-Full
April 12 - Sausalito
Singlehanded Farallones Results
April 12 - Pacific Ocean