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 is known as Dick Carter who came to shake the world of Yacht Design, Offshore Racing, and Yachting Rules.

Friday, July 20, 2018

In Time; my office for 40 years.

- 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 I 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

Magie Noire, with the 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 a 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 the 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.