Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sailing a C27 on Lake Coeur d'Alene

On October 1st Mitch, Myself (Miles), and my wife Corine sailed his newly purchased Catalina 27 on Lake Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Wind was 10 to 15 knots, and with top boat speeds between 4 to 6+ knots, which is darn good for an old heavy boat like this... must have been the sailors ;)  Wonderful day of sailing!

Land Sailing

Arrived Friday about noon, emptied the trailer somewhat furiously, as the wind was building. Assembled the Rocket first, and blasted off on another gleeful cruise over my favorite piece of real estate on the planet.

This ride heralds the beginning of a week of non stop breeze that would please most any sailor. The rigs keep rolling onto the playa, and eventually we have a record turnout. All the regulars appear, and a few new as well. The boats roll out and back in, adjustments are made, repairs when necessary.

Saturday breeze builds throughout the day, til I'm running the smallest sail on Scooter, making careening dives downwind, with a white knuckled, terror induced tension, that's interspersed with burst of giggling. Hanging on in those conditions is the stuff of my dreams, and I'm living 'em! By sunset the gps reads a top speed of 62.8 mph, and I roll back into camp just in time to dine with my compadres, another in a series of gourmet meals miraculously produced here in the wilderness.

Sunday has everyone fully geared up, and the course flags are up. Boats are on and off the playa all day, with the big boats off to tour the entire lakebed. Glenn finds the biggest ruts on the playa, and his rear axel succumbs. Phil's wing malfunctions and finds it's way to the dirt. Rescue vehicles are dispatched, and all are returned safely, if the boats have suffered. Spirits remain high, and evening life around the fire still sparkles. Ah, what a fine group of crazies I am blessed to be a part of!

Starting to get partially satiated on sailing, so we start to explore the basin on bikes. Will brought his new WR250, and I drug along a couple more, one to share with my motorhead buddies. We find a loop over a pass north of Micky Hot Springs, a road that runs up the east side of the lake, a few two tracks into the bluffs on the other side of the lake. Maybe an evening blast to the hills just above the playa for the sunset. A perfect compliment for landsailing, certainly for a guy who needs fairly constant fun input.

Midweek the turning block in Johnny's Rocket's mainsheet system tears free of the bulkhead, I do a dirty repair, which also fails, so the big boat is down for the count. But the Mini Skeeter is finally getting dialed in, and we're beginning to get some friendly competition going, with a strong six boat fleet. Turns out it's a real gas to run a course with,craft so closely matched, and we chase each other around for hours at a time.

Eventually everyone's filled their cups, and the last of us pack up Thursday morning, and some of us head for the other side of the Steens, for some more exploring and a bit of fish wrangling. Will and I run the Steens Mountain Loop, and brave some snow cover near the top. Spectacular views of the playa, and numerous deep gorges carving westard into the high country, are on tap.,

I saddle up Friday morning for a leisurely drive northward thru the Great Basin, back to my cozy home in TumTum, with a bagfull of sweet memeories.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Towing Correctly

So important when pulling your boat or anything your pulling to have the weight balanced right. Here is an example of why.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bridge safety

Was out on the water this last Sat. doing US Coast Gaurd aux work. Went to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene Bridge to make sure all the boat navigation lights work. Last year not all the lights were working but this year they are working. Also was a beautiful day on the water.

Friday, September 23, 2016

September Keelboat Class

On September 9th 2016 I sailed with two of my sailing students taking the Keelboat class on Hayden Lake. It was a beautiful day of sailing! Light winds of 3-7 knots. If you want to learn to sail a small boat such as a Hobie Cat or Lasar, etc. or Keelboat take my US Sailing/Safe Boating Course... learn more by visiting the Lesson tab above.
Me/Instructor hard at work on the office :)
Me/Instructor hard at work

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 30 Smith Lake Project

Attention access to outdoor enthusiasts! This July 30th starting at 8:AM we are doing an access project in Boundary County at Smith Lake to restore access to this lake, primarily by adding dirt/gravel back to ramps and a path. We sure could use more volunteers to get this project done efficiently.

If you would like to join us contact me (Miles Moore) via text at 208-704-4454 or email for more details, etc.

For directions and lake info visit this link...

Trapseat America's Cup

The America’s Cup” of Disabled Sailing
~Notice of Race~
Come and Get It!!!!!

November 7-11, 2016

Hosted by:
Mission Bay Yacht Club
San Diego, California USA

1.1 1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 No national authority prescriptions will apply.
1.3 Appendix C will apply during racing.
1.4 The following racing rules have been modified:
1.4.1  Rule 26 will apply to all starts.

2.1 Advertising will be Category C.

3.1 All skippers must have some kind of disability but will not be required to provide proof.
3.2 All skippers will be required to abide by ISAF Trapseat Class Recommendations.
3.3 All skippers must represent a yacht club.
3.4 Registration forms are enclosed.

4.1 See registration forms enclosed.  All registration will be through Mission Bay Yacht Club

Boats:  Trapseat equipped boats will be provided. Racers may NOT bring their own boat/sails.

5.0 Practice sailing will be Monday November 7th at the Mission Bay Yacht Club. 
5.1 Four days of Round-Robin Fleet racing will start on Tuesday, and end on Friday the 11th 
5.2 Championship Awards Presentation Dinner Friday November 11th, 2016 after racing at MBYC.  Cocktails @ 6:00pm, Prime-Rib Dinner to follow @ 6:30pm.
5.3 No races will be started after 15:30 each day.

6.1 Sailing instructions will be given at registration. 

7.1 The venue will be at Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego CA. USA.

8.1 Courses will be windward, leeward, windward, Downwind finish.

9.1  The low scoring team will win the Championship.  No throw-out races.  The winner takes the Cup home/or it stays in America.  The Cup has never left America, YET!!!!!!!!!!!

2016 International Trapseat Cup

Event Activity Schedule

Monday: Registration 10:00am – 6:30pm.  Free sailing practice starting @ 12:00 noon (Welcome Dinner @ 6:30pm; cocktails @ 6:00pm)

Tuesday: Skippers Meeting @ 11:00am;  Fleet Racing to follow, First Race:  12:00 noon (two races back to back, per team)

Wednesday: 11:00am Skippers Meeting;  First Race:  12:00 noon (two races back to back, per team)

Thursday: 11:00am Skippers Meeting;  First Race:  12:00 noon (two races back to back, per team)

Friday: 11:00am Skippers Meeting;  First Race:  12:00 noon (two races back to back, per team)  Awards Dinner @ 6:30pm.  

Event Entry Fee Break Down
Cost Description Cost Per Team 
Event MBYC Registration fee $55 per team $55
Monday night Steak or Fish/two dinners $22 ea $44 
Friday Awards Prime-Rib Dinner/two dinners $31 ea $62
Lunches for Skipper & Crew $8 ea per day $64
Extra Guest dinner/lunch ticket   ADD $86         $______
(includes two dinners/4 lunches)     Total Minimum Entry Fee Per Team $225.00  

Estimated Number of Teams is 8 to 12 Registration Deadline October 28th, 2016 
Event Hotel:  Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego, CA 
Reservations:  When making reservations mention “Trapseat Cup” Call: 858-488-0551