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One for Capo

I saw this and instantly thought of Capo, but I am sure others will appreciate the beauty of a timeless classic:

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Those lines are so gorgeous and just shout "speed" - a real thoroughbred. If Ferrari had built a yacht in 1935, surely this would have been it!

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I'm not really into boats, but that one is spectacular.
I can see Capo in it, racing around the Tyrrhenian.

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Thanks!!

A Lage Eklund designed skerry cruiser with sleek lines, built for speed at low winds and in waters protected by the skerries. These are still popular in the Swedish Baltic archipelago, where you'll find large protected waters where these boats are raced or just cruised. A huge sail plan and extremely sleek lines make for great speed at hardly any wind. They're like ghosts, silently making good headway whilst heavy weather sail boats are standing still, with their thick sails hanging and slowly flapping like elephants' ears, as the boat wriggles from a wake.

I miss my boat...

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The skerry cruiser would not hold up in this kind of weather, out on the high seas.
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The skerry cruiser would not hold up in this kind of weather, out on the high seas.
True, but it might be fun trying. About 35 years ago I was one of a crew of 5 who sailed an unconverted 12-metre (full racing rig, open cockpits, no engine) from La Rochelle to Brighton for the 1979 12 metre world championships (a sort of dry run for the 1981 America's Cup series). Apart from a few worrying hours when we lost the main backstay in the the shipping lanes of Ushant in the middle of the night (no navigation lights either), it was a pleasant run. The best part was a broad reach most of the way up the English Channel with a good wind and all sails set - she positively flew!

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Sent you a PM John.

Wetpet and I have a buddy with an old wooden 41' yawl here in Annapolis. She's a beauty.

The pic you sent reminded me of a horrible sail I did from Bermuda to Annapolis - 20' seas, storms on a 34' boat 800 miles offshore. That was around the same time that we lost a tall ship and 4 of 12 crew aboard the Pride of Baltimore.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_of_Baltimore

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The best part was a broad reach most of the way up the English Channel with a good wind and all sails set - she positively flew!
Wow, a 12 in full action!!

Mine, from the picture below, is not as agile as a pilot cutter but extremely seaworthy. She has a 200m2 sail plan and I've done a steady 10,6 knots on the high sea, which is mind blowingly fast for this type of hull. 51' and a feathering prop helps a lot.

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In that kind of weather, I prefer to be in a more substantial boat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cWyHLup7FY

For reference, the flight deck/bow is 90 feet above the waterline.

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Woah!

No action on flight deck, understandably.

Here's what ruled the oceans a thousand years ago.
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In that kind of weather, I prefer to be in a more substantial boat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cWyHLup7FY

For reference, the flight deck/bow is 90 feet above the waterline.

Very cool David
Which carrier?
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Kitty Hawk
But was on Nimitz in the same WX.
Had seat belts on our racks!

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An American air craft carrier is an amazing ship! I can't wait to see the next generation. For peace keeping, nothing works better than an air craft carrier on the horizon.

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Capo, if you're ever in the states, I'll take you aboard one!!!

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Capo, if you're ever in the states, I'll take you aboard one!!!
Oooooh, yes!!

I would very much enjoy boarding such a masterpiece. My professional life is all about ships, since generations way back. My free time also completely evolves around ships - and of course Ferraris, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, skirt chasing, etc.

I've seen them occasionally at different locations on the planet and I always stand in awe. Every technical detail about them is extreme, exotic yet completely and utterly reliable. Spear head technology is what carries technology forward. Oh aye!

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Sent you a PM John.

Wetpet and I have a buddy with an old wooden 41' yawl here in Annapolis. She's a beauty.

The pic you sent reminded me of a horrible sail I did from Bermuda to Annapolis - 20' seas, storms on a 34' boat 800 miles offshore. That was around the same time that we lost a tall ship and 4 of 12 crew aboard the Pride of Baltimore.

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Ouch!!

34' of boat on the high seas is a stretch. When it gets close to storm force winds and beyond, that's when equipment starts failing and breaking and the crew risk limbs and lives. I dislike storms for that. Any weather which makes cooking and eating onboard too difficult, is avoided on my boat, if possible.

The loss of the crew on the Pride of Baltimore is very sad.

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What a nice thread this is, my shiverin' laddies! Glad to hear there are some other sailors out here. Miss my boat badly, wanted to go back to Sardinia but work is scuppering my plans. It will have to be in 4 weeks time.

And David, I would sincerely like to join Capo if you can organise a visit on an aircraft carrier!


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34' of boat on the high seas is a stretch. When it gets close to storm force winds and beyond, that's when equipment starts failing and breaking and the crew risk limbs and lives. I dislike storms for that. Any weather which makes cooking and eating onboard too difficult, is avoided on my boat, if possible.
We spent around 4 weeks close haul last June. Mostly daytrips, but when crossing the Bay of Biscay we had BF7 with gusts of 8 after 3 days of close hauling, and that was certainly character - and bruises - building... Our '38 footer plied herself very well, though, except for a leaking anchor locker that let water into the bilge. Just a glitch with a classic (well modern classic), she handled the wind and waves very well.

It's hard to explain close hauling in high seas. It wears you down slowly by building irritation without reprieve. Unless they've experienced it, I don't think anyone will quite understand.

And I have to add - what I've experienced is quite mild to the things that happen out there. The oceans demand respect.


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Onno, close hauling in such weather sure is torture. I avoid it at any cost. I have promised myself not to go against the wind. I normally find something else to do and calmly await the right winds in port.

It's a nice action picture of your well built Baltic. That's the kind of boat you want for such weather.

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I can't help myself. I need to show my awarded Viking dingy Lillebror again. This is the heavy weather sail being tried out in calm waters. It's made from a thicker silk cloth. The boat is 17', double ended for seaworthiness and with traditional open layout. It's very special to sail it, particularly for a pure Viking descendant like myself.
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This is my boat on its home island's designated spot.
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