Shana Bagley, OCSC Alum, has been selected to race for California in the Clipper Round the World Race

The Crews for the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Race

The Crews for the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Race

Congratulations to Shana Bagley, OCSC Alum, on her selection to race aboard California for the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Race. Keep an eye on the Clipper website for crew biographies coming soon. Shana has been kind enough to keep us in the loop on all the Clipper news including putting on an event at the club last fall.  We’ll keep you posted with more from Shana and the Clipper Round the World Race.

California team announced for Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

31 May 2009

 

The team who will be racing onboard California in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has been announced during a special crew allocation event at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard in the UK.

 

On Saturday 30 May, more than 300 Clipper crew members from around the world descended upon England ’s south coast, eager to find out which of the ten internationally sponsored 68-foot yachts they would be racing onboard and who their skipper would be in the Clipper 09-10 Race. The only event of its kind for non-professional sailors, the crew come from all walks of life, representing 33 nationalities and 225 professions ranging from train drivers to lawyers, vets to housewives. Amongst them were those bestowed with the honour of representing California, the entry endorsed by Governor Schwarzenegger, in the gruelling 35,000-mile race around the world.

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Stories from the Galapagos

The Galapagos travelers pose on the bow of the schooner.

The Galapagos travelers pose on the bow of the schooner.

Dear Friends:

It’s been over a month since I returned from the Galapagos Islands, and I am still  having fun with photographs, videos and memories of this incredible and amazing trip.   We had excellent company, a magnificent yacht & crew, and the natural world at our feet, pristine and engaging as very few places on earth still are.  Where else an you swim and play with turtles and sea lions in warm clear waters? Or watch magnificent sunsets and sunrises with a drink on hand, sharing stories of penguins and pelicans?  We took walks along sandy beaches festooned with nesting frigate birds in full mating colors, or along trails where courting blue footed boobies were dancing, one foot at a time in the air;  Or watched the arrival of the first dozen albatrosses, coming in for landing after a year at sea, wobbly and awkward, but eager to nest.  We celebrated our midway point at Cape Berkeley on the west coast of Isabella Island, right on the equator, with the GPS stuck at 00:00:00 – a remarkable set of numbers for a memorable cocktail hour.

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“Big Oceans, Tiny Boat” Presentation

Nick Jaffe aboard Constellation

Nick Jaffe aboard Constellation

Nick Jaffe is a 27 year old Australian, currently sailing singlehanded from Holland to Melbourne, Australia on a 26ft British sailing vessel named ‘Constellation‘.  Nick is currently docked in the Berkeley Marina as he seeks to continue his journey down under.  Nick officially departed  on the September 17th, 2007, from Monnikendam, Holland, after a passage from Southampton, England.

Nick will be coming to OCSC Clubroom to give a presentation on his voyage on Wednesday, May 27th at 8:30pm. The presentation will be going on immediately following the Wednesday Night Sails.  The event will be FREE for members and non-members alike. Bring your friends!

I’ll let Nick introduce himself…

My name is Nick, I am currently sailing singlehanded back home, to Melbourne, Australia. I first sailed a Tazer dinghy in 2003, before crewing in Melbourne, and taking a sailing course in Gibraltar in 2007. I then went on to crew, sail, and refit my own vessel (Constellation), in one of the world’s greatest training grounds: The Solent, UK. I’ve been living on my boat since May, 2007.

The voyage so far
I officially departed singlehanded, on the 17th of September, from Monnikendam, Holland, after a passage from Southampton, England with friends sharing portions of the trip in August, 2007. I sailed north from Vlissingen through the Dutch canal system into Amsterdam, and further on to Monnikendam.

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Personal Submarine in the Bay

Have you ever wondered what is going on in the depths of the Bay, been curious how does the wildlife behaves below the surface, or just dreamed of cruising in a submarine? Well, it’s closer than you think.  In fact, a personal submarine has already been cruising in the Bay.  Graham Hawkes showed off the  Deep Flight Super Falcon, a small battery-powered submarine, at the California Academy of Sciences on May 13th, 2009.

Deep Flight Super Falcon

Deep Flight Super Falcon

The 20 ft winged submarine, Super Falcon,  is set to fly around Monterey Bay from June 19th to July 17th, and will be on display to the public when not in use.

The curious craft with its 10-foot wingspread looks like a sleek jet plane, not what it really is: a small submarine capable of flying deep beneath the ocean’s surface to survey whatever’s there.

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Junkraft – Sailing Garbage Across the Pacific

A few weeks ago we brought you the story of the Plastiki, a catamaran being constructed out of plastic bottles with aspirations of crossing the Pacific.  Turns out, the Plastiki isn’t a totally original idea.

The Junkraft has already completed the trip from California to Hawaii aboard thier plastic bottle-constructed vessel.  Two eco-mariners,  Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal, sailed a raft built of junk to help call attention to a major oceanic environmental problem – the accumulation of plastic trash in the seas. Their vessel was built from 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna 310.

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