Anybody Out there Want a Good Laugh?
June 14 - San Francisco
We thought so. Then you've got to check out www.svsereia.com, which is the website of Peter and Antonia Murphy, who are in the early stages of what they plan to be a circumnavigation aboard their San Francisco-based Mariner 36 "brick shithouse" ketch. These folks are young, irreverent, and bring a fun-loving art school attitude toward cruising. If you're young, or still young enough at heart to view life as an art project, you'll want to hang with them.
If you visit their site, go to 'photos', then right at the top, 'Pimp My Ride'. It's not uncommon, of course, for people to pimp their cars or motorcycles, but this is the first ketch we've seen that has been pimped. Think "Sexy Morrocan Makeover", with bright contrasting colors and blinding stripes. If they ever make it to Jamaica, the locals will assume it's a local boat.
We were unable to download any of the 'pimping' video from their site, so you'll have to do that yourself. Meanwhile, say hello to Peter and Antonia of Rei-Rei.
Oh Mon Dieu! The Maxi-Multis Multiply!!!
June 14 - Vannes
Cammas and his crew will have to keep a close watch, for they'll likely be sharing the seas with not one, but two solo countrymen who hope to knock off Ellen MacArthur's singlehanded record of 71d, 14h, 18m, 33s at around the same time. Friends and rivals Francis Joyon and Thomas Colville have both commissioned maxi-trimarans of roughly 100-feet LOA designed by the team of Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret. But the similarity ends there. Young buck Colville wants a high-tech, no-holds-barred machine, while the rugged, seasoned Joyon - the Shaquille O'Neal of solo sailing - has asked for a more economical, minimalist approach that he can drive for hours and hours on end. Colville's tri, Sodebo, is currently under construction in Australia while Joyon's IDEC II is being built in Lorient, France.
Cammas' new trimaran is the sixth multihull in excess of 100 feet built by Multiplast in France. Perhaps these two photos will help you appreciate how big such boats are.
Who's right? It'll be fun to watch and
find out. But with more of the so-called G-Class maxis in the
works, it appears the French are ready and able to spend beaucoup
bucks to rule the record-setting waves.
Want to Cruise Across Indonesia?
June 14 - Indonesia
Boatyard Owners Murdered in Venezuela
June 14 - Venezuela
Neither Rain, nor Sleet, nor Sunny Weather . . .
June 14 - Mill Valley
But the work's just begun for him, as in just the last two days, another 12 requests for packets were received.