Video I took from the team RIB of "Acciona", as we escorted Spanish skipper Javier "Bubi" Sanso to the Vendee Gloibe start. More than 300,000 passionate sailing fans braved the weather to cheer on all 20 skippers in the race. Truly the greatest spectacle in all of sport.

After 13 days in France covering the Vendee Globe race as a journalist for the website Sailing Anarchy, I am headed home to California and then on to "Sirena Gorda" in Oregon. Wow, what can I say... the last two weeks have been incredible! If you know me, then you know that competing in this epic race is my life goal, so to get an in-depth look at the scene, the boats, the skipers was just incredible. By being a journalist with SA, I literally got to crawl around about half ot he boats with a GoPro and take video, ask questionsa and then write articles about the boats. And working with Alan Block (aka Mr Clean), we interviewed literally every single skipper in the race, so that was amazing as well, getting to meet all of the different characters who make this race so special; the heroes that we read about ascending masts at sea, setting jury-rigs in the lee of islands and sailing into storms to rescue their stricken competitors. After coming home from France, I'm more inspired than ever to work on putting together a campaign for the Vendee Globe and that's what I am making my next goal/ project. 

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Here's an article that I wroote for Sailing Anarchy (www.SailingAnarchy.com) about our recent wounded veteran's clinic in San Francisco, October 3-6. 

 

I remember the first time that I went sailing. It was on an overcast grey day in San Diego Bay in early 2008. Giddy with excitement upon arriving at the marina and boarding the boat, I quickly stowed my gear and took my place as crew in helping us disembark from the dock. As we left the protection of the harbor, we hoisted the sails and shut off the engine. A cool fresh breeze filled the sails, heeling the boat and silently pushing us toward open water. As I felt the boat power up for the first time, I was captivated by the serenity and raw power of a boat, under sail, purposefully accelerating to hull speed.

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Sorry for not updating the blog. I’m bad about that sometimes!! This blog is kind of long....

 

After returning from Newport, RI at the end of September, we shoved off from Neah Bay, WA and rounded Cape Flattery, headed south. Throwing up my new to me spinnaker, we kite-reached south until the breeze began dying again. The spinnaker was sort of collapsing and re-filling for a couple of hours and then bang it went! The halyard chafed through and failed, bringing the sail down on deck. 

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Pretty sweet Hope for the Warriors boom cover on the 12 Metre American Eagle/ Hope for the Warriors. Thanks to owner Herb for all of his amazing support of our vet's sialing program and Ted Turner and Gary Jobson for all of their hospitality.

 

A brilliant couple of days in Rhode Island! Now headed back to Washington State to grab Sirena Gorda and continue moving her to San Fran. I arrived in Newport on Thursday to sail on American Eagle/ Hope for the Warriors with Ted Turner and Gary Jobson on Thursday. The classic America’s Cup yacht was renamed for the weekend to benefit Hope for the Warriors and even sported a custom vinyl boom cover. Thursday night, it was Turner, Jobson and myself as the guest speakers at the regatta dinner for the 12 Metre North American Championship regatta, which was pretty neat, as there were about a dozen AC veterans, Dennis Conner, Tom Whidden, etc in the crowd. Friday I sailed with Dennis Conner and Tom Whidden on the 12 Metre “KZ-7 Kiwi Magic”, which was pretty awesome. In addition, Hope for the Warriors and I got some great press on the front page of the Newport Daily News on Friday and the Providence Newspaper on the same day. So hopefully this trip did some good in raising money and awareness for our wounded veteran’s sailing program. A busy couple days and i’m absolutely wiped from non-stop travel, meeting people, sailing, speaking, partying, etc. Headed back west!!

 

 

12 Metre "Kiwi Magic" next to this sick yacht I crashed on for a night, courtesy of the US Merchant Maritime Academy at Kings Point. 

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