Friday, February 02, 2007

Sea Too Vast for Man, Machine

Rough day at work and the little girl has been up with a bad cold two nights in a row...excuses for the brevity of today's post.

After covering more than 40,000 square miles of California coastal waters - the U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for 63-year-old Jim Gray...who left on a solo sail last week to scatter the ashes of his 97-year old mother.

And here's something that might be better suited for Propercourse...news of a new sportboat, the Laser SB3. Says the article, "The new Laser SB3 is a fast and exhilarating three man Sportsboat with a powerful modern rig. The boat has amazing stability and a clean uncluttered cockpit that gives the three crew members enthusiastic racing in comfort, without the aches of highly physical sailing."

Without the aches? Now that's innovation!

4 comments:

Tillerman said...

Hmmm, let's see... hull weight 265kg, bulb weight 330kg, no-hiking rule, extremely dry, comfortable...

What fun is that?

Maybe something to try when I'm too old to sail a real Laser. Say when I'm 80?

Turinas said...

Zeph: Great article in nytimes.com about James Gray. I blogged it. The coasties have understandably called off the search but his friends havent

Zephyr (Sail) said...

Thanks guys...

Pewit said...

I've had 2 seasons in SB3s and they ain't dry! - at least not for the guy/girl(s) at the front. Comfortable? to a point - since there is a rail to prevent hiking that can dig into your back in a bad chop.

The fun is in having a boat that you don't have to be an athlete to sail but is seriously quick (lots of sail area) and can be towed behind a normal car and being able to compete with equal kit in a huge fleet without spending a fortune.