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Sailing

It has been several years since Arden Anderson set me straight regarding my understanding of how inviscid accleration generates lift around a thin foil (sail). Recently, Doug Neal gave me a brief refresher. Now, over a decade later, I find this article. An excellent summary of how the foils work.

The Physics of Sailing (1.7 Mb PDF file)

by Bryon D Anderson from Physics Today

Paddling

So when the NOAA Marine forecasts reads like this:

.SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS DECREASING TO
15 TO 20 KNOTS
EARLY AFTERNOON. CLOUDY. WAVES 7 TO 10 FEET.

One has little choice but to do some of this:

(Be aware that the thumbs link to full res images)

This is the clever system we built to store our kayaks in the basement (image links to gallery):

Cooking

After years of hard work, long hours, and sacrifice, I have perfected the art of making the best pizza ever. Just look at the joy on Bob's face as he extracts one of my signature 'zas from the oven. Click on Bob to read my thesis on pizza.

Motor Yachting

After years of hard work, long hours, and sacrifice, Leslie and I decided to buy ourselves a luxury motor yacht. We admit to it being a little decadent, consumeristic and materialistic, but we have to keep up with the Joneses.