Photo of the Day
August 11 - Why Yes, We'd Love To Be Boarded - Panama
Judging by the looks of this photo, the Coast Guard is issuing a new kit for its personnel in the tropics - which apparently consists of a rather heavy jacket and a lightweight transparent thong. If this is indeed the case, we'll not only have the most competent Coast Guard in the world, but the hippest looking, too.
The photo comes to us courtesy of the Winship Family aboard the Alameda-based Crowther 33 cat Chewbacca, who have been enjoying cruising Panama's San Blas Islands during rainy season. They report that the model, the lovely Ms. C., "is over 21, is hooked on cruising, and will be at the Ha-Ha Kick-Off Party in October looking for a berth." Don't despair Ms. C, for if none of the other 130 expected starters can find room for you on their boats, we'd probably be able to squeeze you aboard Profligate."
Ken Hellewell Completes Solo Circumnavigation
August 11 - The Sailing World
When the then 35-year old Ken Hellewell
of Seattle took off cruising with his girlfriend in October of
'99, he had no idea that he'd end up doing a solo circumnavigation
aboard his C&C 38 Topaz. But that's the way it turned
out. In the process, he wrote cruising guides to both Tonga and
to the Torres Strait. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of
his trip is that he spent the first 3.5 years in Mexico and the
South Pacific - which he loved. In the last year he sailed all
the way from Tonga to San Diego - about 5/6ths of the way around
the world - but didn't think it compared at all with Mexico and
the South Pacific. More in the September Latitude.
Capricorn Cat Back from South Pacific,
Another Witness to the Ship and Bridge Collision
August 11 - Loch Lomond
Front Row Seat for Coast Guard Training
August 11 - Strand Beach
From the looks of things, California Coasties hadn't yet been issued the 'thong' kit being used in Panama.
Photo Bob Fraik