Re-posted, thanks to the wonderful whoopkat...
1. The Nina needs crew
Posted by: 'Kris Wood' sfbaybreezes@ yahoo.com sfbaybreezes
Sun Aug 3, 2008 9:30 pm (PDT)
If any of you can make a 30 day commitment, the Nina is looking for 2 crew now, and also in the coming months. She is currently sailing up the Delta to Sacramento.
To apply, go to thenina.com, and select the Nina from the home page.
The next window that comes up has a crew application.
I don't know if any of you were able to see her at the Festival of sail -- she is a fascinating vessel. The most exact replica of Columbus' flagship.
The current crew seem like great folks. I talked with them at some length at the Festival.
So if any of you are interested, or know others who may be, go ahead and contact them.
2. Crew wanted for Hawaii to SF
Posted by: 'Paul Kamen' fishmeal@sonic. net call_me_fishmeal
Mon Aug 4, 2008 1:33 am (PDT)
Anyone interested in sailing from Hawaii to SF?
There are at least two boats seriously looking for crew for the trip back to California. They are among the 60 boats that just completed the Pacific Cup race from SF to Kaneohe, in Oahu.
The first boat is named Valis, a Pacific Seacraft 44. Paul Eliot is the owner/skipper, and plans to leave Kaneohe on or about Thursday August 7. Photo and other boat info at
http://pacificcup. org/08/entries/ pc08-yacht_ bio.php?yacht_ id=58
This is a particularly attractive deal for someone with a little bit of big boat or offshore experience because the owner will pay airfare to Hawaii.
If anyone is interested I can provide cell phone contact number (and a good reference if I know you) and you can take it from there.
The other boat is No Ka Oi, the Moorings 43 that I raced on this year. They need two more crew for a total of four, but you have to get yourself to Hawaii first. Plan is to leave on or about September
7. The owner will be back in the Bay Area for a few weeks before then, so you can meet him first.
Both boats are very well managed and about as safe as an offshore cruiser can be, and there are no observably psychoses afflicting either of the two skippers.
http://pacificcup. org/08/entries/ pc08-yacht_ bio.php?yacht_ id=37
The trip generally takes a little under three weeks for boats of that type, but it can also take longer so it's best if it's not a disaster if the crossing goes over 21 days. You will need good foulies and warm inner layers, and a sleeping bag. Ask about harnesses, strobe lights and other safety gear. The boats might or might not have extras for you if you don't already own these things. Delivery crew are generally not asked to share cost of provisionins or other consumbables, but it's always best to make sure of this up front.
I think you could also fax a 'crew available' notice to Kaneohe Yacht Club for posting on their bulletin board if you want to see what other boats might be looking for crew, and under what terms.
I only sailed the return from Hawaii once, in my Merit 25, and it was a great trip, highly recommended. and it's a great way to get that first offshore passage experience.
Paul Kamen, Naval Architect
www.SurfaceP ropulsion. com
510-540-7968 510-540-6324 (fax)
3. Bahia Info - unclassifed
Posted by: 'Carl Caven' ccaven4@sbcglobal. net carl_caven
Mon Aug 4, 2008 7:22 am (PDT)
Since we own the largest Bahia fleet in the world, many of the more subtle operating tidbits have been on a top secret, need to know basis only. I have now been authorized to share some of them with you on the condition you continue to keep them secret.
Complaint: The mainsheet does not run freely through the blocks when I release it
Response: There is a little red lever on the main block which turns the pulley ratchet on and off. Try turning it off.
2. Jib sheet
Complaint: The jibsheet does not run freely through the blocks when I release it
Response: One of our members thinks the sheet diameter is too thick; another thinks the blocks are too small. I agree. One Bahia is now fitted with a white, smaller diameter line. Try it.
Complaint: Centerboard rides up when I am going fast downwind
Response: Some like the instability running downwind caused when the centerboard decides to retract itself. Others would like a more predictable ride. Two Bahia's have been fitted with a centerboard hold down(thank you Gunter). It is located on the left gnav(boomvang) pulley and cleat. Try it
4. Inspection covers
Complaint: When I capsize the boat and remove one of the inspection covers, the boat tries to sink.
Response: Not capsizing or capsizing with tight inspection covers prevents the boat from sinking. Try it. Also, CSC engineering has a team working on the inspection cover issue.
5. Hiking Stick
Complaint: The hiking stick gets in the way when I am sailing
Response: Mattias has fitted all Bahias with a hiking stick holder in place thing. It is the bungee and ball set-up on the tiller.
6. Main Halyard
Complaint: The main halyard cleat slips
Response: All Bahias have been fitted with horn cleats for the main halyard. Please cleat the main halyard directly and do not use the hoisting pulley as part of the cleating arrangement. It will break.
Complaint: The anchor gets in the way
Response: Three anchor stowing techiniques are under evaluation. So far the anchor bag fitted on one of the Bahia is winning.
I expect we will fan out anchor bags, centerboard hold downs and maybe smaller jibsheets (or larger blocks) to all Bahias in the near future.
4. DESPERATELY NEED SKIPPERS/CREW THIS WEEK!!
Posted by: 'Humberto T Reyes' htreyes@earthlink. net
Mon Aug 4, 2008 9:18 am (PDT)
Greetings to all,
This is your friendly neighborhood Youth Ride Coordinator once more looking for a volunteers for our Youth Rides but I have only heard back from a couple of Jrs and no skippers yet, so it looks like we MAY HAVE TO CANCEL some of these rides. If I do not hear from any
skippers before the end of the day I will go ahead and CANCEL these rides.
I know it is difficult for so many to volunteer during the weekdays but this is such an AWESOME way to give back to the community. If there is any way you can help out I know the kids would really appreciate it!
Berkeley Youth Alternative (I have 0 skippers and 1 Junior, I need 2
skippers and 1 more Junior to crew)
Tuesday, 08/05 @ 10:00am
Albany YMCA (I have 0 skippers and 1 Junior, I need 3 skippers and 2
Juniors to crew)
Wednesday, 08/06 @ 11:00am
Again if you are able to help out please provide me with your additional contact information (off the list), ideally a phone number in case I need to contact you.
Thank you so much for your willingness to help!
See you on the water,