Saturday, June 24, 2017

US Coast Guard Eagle


Note that there are women as well as men in the crew!




5 comments:

  1. USCGC Eagle (WIX-327), ex Horst Wessel [Click] Note the spars are steel rather than wood.

    --Alan

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  2. Got us a cold snap goin' here; today's high temperature was only 102F. The river looks like it might have risen another two or three feet in recent days.
    Now I need read about tinder.
    --Alan

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  3. Hmmmm....the Tinder stuff was a bit murky to me, being from another time and place. But maybe there's something to it, I suppose. But here is another Trumpian idiocy:

    Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House [Click] Stars & Stripes

    --Alan

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  4. My husband as Captain and Root*Center*Son as First Mate were in a sailing race at the Sailing School on Saturday. It's the annual race though the Inner Bay, the Outer Bay, then through the Cut in the Causeway (bike path; former railroad track), out across the broad lake of Lake Champlain to and around Valcour Island on the NY side of the Lake, then back again. It's over 22 miles, so usually takes about 4 hours. Well, today it took 9 hours, due to light, flaky, shifty winds which represented nearly every point on the compass before the day was done. Our heroes were on one of the two Solings, which are cabinless and motorless boats, along with a bunch of cruising boats with cabins and motors. Apparently all the Cruisers gave up at some point. The two Solings vied for first all along the route, with our heroes first of all the boats going through the Cut on the way out. But the wind blows where it will and much depends on exactly where you are when it shifts or gusts or quits altogether. And much depends on the condition of your boat and it's sails. So I find it remarkable that the two Solings finished just two boat lengths apart. Our heroes came in second. I would feel happy for their nemesis, it being his first time ever winning this race, while our heroes have won many times...but for the fact that their nemesis arrived extra early and took all the new sails, then asked that instead of the usual method of drawing lots for who gets which boat, they could see who could bail out their rowboat first and get to pick their Soling first. Our heroes, being sporting, agreed. Turned out the nemesis' crew member had his private rowboat waiting that didn't need bailing. so they got out first and took the best (classroom) boat. I call that cheating. No doubt they will get some sort of award for it. Like the year the guy who gave my family the finger during a race won the Sportsmanship award that year. (Somehow I found myself incapable of applauding.) I am super proud of my guys who sail honorably!

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