Baggy Wrinkles

Baggy Wrinkles
S/V Nautica, Hull #614, Built at Whitby Boatworks Ltd., Ontario, Canada 1977, one of the most recognizeable Carl Alberg designs. A masthead sloop displacing 9000 lbs, keel hull, Yanmar 15 hp diesel, LOA 30.27 Beam 8.75, Draft 4.29, roller furling headsail, tiller, berths for 4, interior teak bulkheads, teak cap rail and cockpit teak coamings, 12 volt lighting, aluminum mast support, Harken self tailing winches, in its day was designed for customers as a Cruiser-Racer, the Alberg 30 remains a Classic design of the large Alberg inventory.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

29 Minute Thanksgiving Adventure

Many people love an adventure.  But life doesn't always permit this, at least, that we take the adventure we wish to take.  All of life seems to be an adventure of some sort.  Looking at the tax bills coming in the mail, I wish that adventure would cease!  Other adventures, like the small ones we can enjoy, despite our limitations, add depth and conversation to our lives and enrich us.  They are worth taking!

Yet, if you're older, and life has limited your adventurous agenda, perhaps "getting away" for an adventure is limited to living parts of your life through others' adventures.  Like the Baggy Wrinkles for example!  And these sorts of shared experiences are even more available than ever with the our global connectedness.  As I see the World Map on this page populate with little red dots, it makes me wonder what the viewer in Madagascar, Indonesia, or Argentina, finds appealing in this little adventure?  Hopefully it adds a brief little repose apart from the hum-drum of life and enables them to "get away" for an adventure reading every few days or watching a video.  The translate feature should help too!

The other day I encountered a delightful adventure that was only 29 minutes long.  I rarely watch a video on YouTube for that long.  But I had an interest in the adventure of single-handed sailing, always have, the pirate in me I suppose.  And so I gave up a half-hour of my time to watch this journey of an older gentleman who sails from Los Angeles to Kaui and back. 

It starts routinely and then, different from other videos, the monologue is filled with humor and reflection, and insights about the routine difficulties at sea, and a great story of a sea passage that many of us would love to to but perhaps never have the resources or the capabilities, or the time, to take.  What makes this Skipper's video so remarkable is that it is so well produced in visual and in the way in which he verbally leads you across the Pacific, that once you complete it, you feel as if you were crewing aboard. 

Enjoy the passage of a skipper aboard a 32 foot Ericson sloop Thelonious, all alone in the vast Pacific, with someone who can articulate it with a well honed sense of expression and good humor.  It will leave you further enchanted with sailing and with a sense of adventure, even if you took your passage looking over his shoulder.  Great views, conversation and music.