Sunday, October 21, 2018

In the Golden age of Ocean Racing.

-Last night at the Harbour Court New York Yacht Club in Newport Rhode Island, we had a special evening with a guest speaker who had an extreme influence as a Yacht Designer for the rest of my life. Notably, Richard E. Carter known as Dick Carter who came to shake the world of Yacht Design, Offshore Racing and Yachting Rules.

- Starting in 1965 when he startled the sailing world by winning the Fastnet Race in England with a boat of his design, the first one ever, had her built and skippered to this stupendous victory.

-The promotion was for the Introduction of his book; "Dick carter Yacht Designer. In the Golden Age of Offshore Racing". I am glad that a couple of years ago, I suggested for him to write a book about that unique area covering a period of 10 years, where the world discovered his talent, his boats and the legacy of it to all of us at the time, and now in the future through literature about his own life time.

Friday, July 20, 2018

In Time.

-C'est l'histoire de mon bureau a Newport R.I , USA.
I had offices in town before, but...

-Everything has an end, and in this case a new beginning. After almost 40 years, President Carter and myself are parting away. By this I mean I moved inside the Main Post Office at Newport for my new office to be, when President Jimmy Carter moved into the Whitehouse; that is a long time!

-This corner of America's Cup, Thames street and the Memorial Boulevard is the location of a beautiful building from 1916. A small plaque acknowledges the dedication.
William McAdoo. Secretary of the Treasury. (sounds like a commercial for E-Trade 2018, but I digress).
-James A. Wetmore.
Acting Supervising Architect 1916.
Maybe it was mean to be for another Architect of a different kind.

-For me the way to move into there happened when the Founder of the Yachting Museum mentioned that he was moving out of the building to relocate at the Museum site at Fort Adams.
People had no idea that rental spaces were available. So I moved in. At first sharing with another Frenchman, Bertrand Dumont a large space on the third floor. Then moved downstairs, on my own to the vacant office left by T. Benson.

- My neighbors at the time, in this fully Federal Building where the location of NOOA; F.B.I, I think C.I.A and US. Customs handled by Mr. Monk. A legend in himself. I have stories about all the above.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bermuda Race (1978) 2018.

-Ubiquitous title.
But tomorrow is the start of the Newport -Bermuda race.
Only to remember a unique moment in the Bermuda Race History, and a long story at that.
Forty years ago, the first I.O.R,  U.L.D.B on the East coast wrote the new era of lighter boats, more sail area, less displacement and at the time lighter on the budget. Rated at 69.9, just under the maximum. First to finish.

-Rambler 88 at the start.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race.

Newport Stop over. 2018.

- Breathtaking finish by Mapfre nudging Brunel by1mn and 2 seconds after the 7000 Miles distance from Itajai Brazil to Newport.
-The inshore short course event of today showed more gap between the boats at the finish. Brunel won this one, followed by Mapfre and the local Vestas.

-Tomorrow is the Start for the Atlantic crossing to Cardiff.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Long Flying Wings.

-Yes, it has been a long time. Even though on this Blog I have written many different captions about Magie Noire and for good reasons being of my Design and the vision of Christian Quoniam way back when in 1983. To read more Search on this Blog: "From JR to Elia".
But, there is new News. The boat, the wings will fly again under the hospice of an Association dedicated to re-build the boat within a 3 years time frame.

-Yes, she was in a field and literally abandoned. I am not about to tell you why, because I do not know the details. The object of this post is to celebrate a postmortem and a resurrection. Well, I am a little ahead of myself, so let me explain.

This the way I like to remember her. (to be continued).

Friday, February 2, 2018

Detour to History.

Newport News.
-From Florida to Newport R. I
I drove 1800 Miles. This is USA for you! It takes a notion of distances to realize how big this Country is. Glad I came trough in a car rather than on a Cattle Wagon. The detour is about going to Norfolk to Newport News. Clearly, I am attracted to the word Newport; from Nieuwport in Belgium to Newport Beach California, to Newport Vermont, Newport Beach CA. etc. The list is long for a remembering sailor.
My interest into the detour was partly dictated by my daughter; Daddy you have to go to see the Maritime Museum. She is the same, when as a very young child and driving along the harbor shore of Newport R. I to the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and while strapped into her chair in the back of the car, she would say in a loud voice;
" Daddy look, look Daddy. Boats. Look Daddy boats! " So dutifully, I inclined my direction to Newport News giving the opportunity.

Well, it ended to be a quick Tour. Running out of time, I had to go around rather fast to be on the road again. But very worthwhile for the one hour spent there. The exhibits are super class, the extent attributed to Maritime History, Technology and the Future are shown in very well balanced and distributed Rooms.
In particular, I retain for the sake of remembrance to show you a couple of things that struck to my attention. Maybe you know, maybe you do not, but I am always attracted to reduce time to build anything. Maybe spending to much of my own time to figure it out. Anyway the caption "100 days to Build a warship". was intriguing. Only to be followed by the building of a Liberty Ship; the Lego boat. I read somewhere that the record for building one of those was 17 days. Man, we cannot do anything anymore in seventeen days!

Now fast forward. I was surprised because not aware that the Catamaran Oracle, winner of the America's Cup is part of a very large display. Of course the sheer size of the boat takes some space to accommodate. Being interested in foiling, looking straight at the appendages brought to me a few conclusions: they are there to stay, and stay indeed in our future on and in the water.