Sunday, July 31, 2022

SailGP 2022 July Racing

Another weekend of SailGP racing with New Zealand winning the weekend of racing for the first time and Australia still doing pretty good with 2nd place. Team USA did average with a 7th place finish out of 9 boats. Seems team USA needs to figure out something to improve their performance.

Watch all the racing in these videos...

 

 
 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Quick Boater Safety Note!

By Madison Harder, CdA Press and addition by Miles Moore, FunToSAIL.com

The CdA Press had a great article about boating safety, and I wanted to post part of the article here... Click here to read the full article.

"The biggest struggle I find is that there is no mandated (boating) education from the state. We are one of five states that don't mandate anything right now."

KCSO offers a free boater safety class every third Saturday of the month. An online boating course is also available at www.boat-ed.com/idaho/. FunToSAIL.com offers boaters safety classes gear toward sailors that are new and or not to sailing.

Deputy Miller said he, and the other deputies, would have considerably fewer calls if people paid better attention to three factors:

• Alcohol consumption (see the negative results of boating while under the influence via the video below)

• Education

• Life jackets"

In addition, I am sure Deputy Miller would agree that having all the required safety gear on board is a must. To learn what you need contact the Kootenai County Sheriff Marine division to set an appointment to get checked and receive a sticker to place on your boat proving you are current. Their goal in a safety check is to help you be safe not to give you a ticket.

Click here for to contact Kootenai County Sheriff Marine Division... https://www.kcsheriff.com/160/Recreation-Safety


 

Man fell overboard and drowned

I wanted to repost this story from last year to emphasize some safety items we need to remember every time before we go on and into the water.... See my summary at the end of this article.

"Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office finds body of man who fell off boat, drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho– After a day of searching, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said it found the body of a man who fell off a boat and into Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Investigators said Sunday afternoon they got a call saying there was somebody missing in the water. At first, members from the Kootenai County Dive Rescue Team and the Sonar Team

and Marine Patrols, as well as Coeur d’Alene Police Department and Coeur d’ Alene Fire and Rescue responded and started looking for the man. He was wearing a red shirt, sandals and was in his 40, the sheriff’s office said.

The search was eventually suspended because it got too dark to continue.

On Monday morning, the search was back on. The sheriff’s office said the man’s body was found at about 1:30 p.m. Monday in 11 feet of water about 200 yards from shore.

Deputies said the man fell off a boat and didn’t have a life jacket on. Other people on the boat tried to throw life jackets at him, but he wasn’t able to reach any of them. Investigators said wind and water conditions prevented him from being able to make it back onto the boat.

Deputies said the man had also been drinking and could have been drunk at the time."

August 24, 2021 7:30 AM by Tasha Cain-Gray, KXLY News

SUMMARY: As you can see, I highlighted areas of concern. The common denominator of drownings is of course not wearing a life jacket. It's one thing to not wear a life jacket when it's hot and environmental conditions are mild (kids 14 and under must always wear a life jacket), but far another when the conditions are rough. In hot conditions wearing an inflatable life jacket allows your body heat to escape better to help prevent heat exhaustion/heat stroke. Life jackets must always be readily accessible to put on immediately. The fact he did not have a life jacket on is a big problem but even worse is to add to the fact alcohol to the equation. A question beyond these errors is why they were flowing life jackets and not type 4 throwable floats. Try throwing a light life jacket in the wind is very hard to do as the wind will just throw it away like a kite. However, a type 4 is much easier to throw because it's designed to throw and throw it some distance. Have more than one as having several Type 4's to throw allows the person in the water the option of going for the one that is nearest and liters the water so boaters can see there is something going on in the water. Helps the person in the water from being ran over. It mentions the rough conditions, which should immediately make you put your life jackets on.

I highly recommend you have the Sheriff Marine division/Coast Guard do a safety check on your boat to ensure you have the right gear. They will give you a sticker to place on your boat to prove you are current. Honestly when I go boating with friends and they do not have the required gear I will not go boating with them until they do.

Also, if you have not taken a safe boating class yet, do so before you go boating. Knowing the rules of the road and learning about boating safety saves lives.

Hope this summary helps us be better prepared. It is sad to have examples like this person who lost his life when it could have been prevented.

MacDill Airmen Rescue 8

MacDill airmen rescue 8 civilians from sharks circling their capsized boat

MacDill airmen enacted the dramatic rescue of capsized boat passengers while performing a safety sweep of the waters

Service members assigned to MacDill Air Force Base likely saved the lives of eight people from their capsized boat in the Tampa Bay area after a shark was spotted circling the group.

Airmen from the base were completing a sweep of nearby stormy waters June 12 following an issued small craft advisory due to the weather.

Staff Sgt. William Au and Airman 1st Class Kade Jones, concerned about the danger for small boats, undertook the safety sweep despite the risks.

"It was really rough out. The waves were so tall it was hard to see where they were. The waves just kept coming up and down," said Rivera-Rodriguez.

Jones and Au immediately called for backup and began the impromptu rescue mission. The airmen spotted a bullshark, approximately 10 feet long, in the water near the small watercraft.

Jones and Au were soon joined by Airmen 1st Class Samari Rivera-Rodriguez and marine patrolmen Savin Venable.

The group of servicemen pulled all eight individuals out of the water and within 15 minutes had them back to the base safe.

"My biggest takeaway after getting everyone home safe was how well the marine patrol airmen did. These are young airmen, barely 20 years old," Au said. "Just watching them do their tasks while coordinating with other agencies, while simultaneously caring for the victims, showed how competent and well-trained they are."

MacDill Air Force Base celebrated the successful operation as a glowing reflection of service members' competency.

Article by Timothy Nerozzi, FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Spoktopia

Join FunToSAIL and other outdoor vendors at Spokatopia 2022, a 1-day outdoor adventure festival held Saturday, July 9 at Camp Sekani Park & Boulder Beach in Spokane, WA from 9 AM-6PM! Festival goers can try the latest new bikes, including mountain, road, gravel, and electric-assist demo bikes; chat with and shop from 7 local bike shops; try stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and Hobie Wave catamaran sailboat and Hobie Mirage Tandem Island sailing kayak/sail yak; catch a bike shuttle to the top of the Sekani MTB trails; join a 5k trail run or yoga class; listen to live music and watch a MTB jump show; drink craft beer, wine, and cider in support of local MTB trails and Evergreen East; play games and experience kids activities including kids’ bike demos (kids’ 12 and under are free!); check out the latest outdoor and camping gear in the Spokatopia Campground; join a group bike ride or skills clinic; score a free water bottle from Toyota; and more! Ride your bike to Spokatopia from one of our nearby park & bike locations and automatically enter to win some awesome outdoor adventure prizes! Tickets and more info at www.spokatopia.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Hobie 14 Memories and Cat lover

This video brings great memories back of me as a kid sailing and surfing my Hobie 14 on Grays Harbor WA USA and over the bar on the Pacific Ocean. The Hobie 14 is fabulous in the surf! Hope you enjoy this video.

Also, my friends know I am a Cat lover, catamarans and actual Cats versus dogs. I need to find a cat like the one in the following video.



 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

4th of July

Have an amazing 4th of July!
Hope you enjoy story of the Star Spangled Banner as most have never heard it, 
and two musical renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, 
which will reminds us all why this nation is so amazing.
(scroll down)!


 

For you Rockers! Here is an amazing song!


Sunday, June 26, 2022

Malbec 18 First Summer Sail

Saturday, June 25 was the second time I have sailed my Malbec 18, and first time in the summer. I had 1-5 knots of wind during my sailing class I was teaching from noon to about 3, but then after the class the wind piped up to 7-10 knots while sailing with my wife. I cannot express enough just how well this boat sails in very light to stronger winds. The boat will sail with a whisper of wind and handle stronger winds as well.

The boat is easy to rig, taking my time it only takes 20 minutes are so. Less rigging time means more sailing time.

Part of the plan is to use my boat as a RV for camping, a Recreational Vessel (RV). We will be doing several trips soon and will post those experience here. So, stay tuned for more.



 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Little Spokane River, Spokane County, Washington

ATTENTION: The St. George’s Put-in on the Little Spokane River is closed due to flooding. “Once the water recedes, we will reopen the area,” said Lara Gricar, a spokeswoman for Washington State Parks and Recreation. Kayakers and other river users can put-in at the Indian Painted Rock trailhead (see map below).


Little Spokane River
The Little Spokane River low access area is about 6 miles northwest of Spokane and is managed as a joint project between the Spokane County Parks and Riverside State Park.

The Little Spokane River Natural Area is a 1,993-acre preserve along a river and todays Rutter Parkway that would otherwise be off-limits to the public. In 1900, the Washington Supreme Court ruled the Little Spokane River to be non-navigable, giving property owners the right to stop public use of the river where it flows through their land. Former Spokane County Parks Director Sam Angove, along with the late river residents Morey and Margaret Haggin and others, secured the natural area for public use in 1985.

The navigate-able portion of Little Spokane River is approximately 7.3 miles long. This river is pretty much the same as it looked hundreds of years ago when the Native Americans used it for hunting and fishing. 

Popular activities on this river include kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The river is typically slow moving with a max river depth of about 40 feet at its deepest points. It is recommended that when paddling this river, one stays in the middle as there are many areas where branches, etc. hang just above the water (called sweepers) and can potentially sweep you off your craft. This is particularly important during spring runoff when the river is much swifter and colder. Other than during spring runoff or during flash floods and heavy rains the river is slow moving but can still be dangerous especially during the colder times of year.

Doing a paddle trip on this river is either an easy 3.5 mile or 7 mile paddle depending where you put in at. The unique freshwater marsh you will be passing through is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as moose, deer, elk, otter, muskrat, beaver, songbirds, woodpeckers, raptors, and waterfowl. This marsh is important as Great Blue Heron rookery within tall cottonwoods by the riverbanks.

When on a paddling trip here, you know you are coming to the end when you pass under a bridge then see some rapids for the first time. Just before these rapids, to your left is the take-out site. One could paddle through the rapids and follow the river down until it intersects with the Spokane River (do not go through the rapids during spring runoff or late summer or during heavy rains, etc.); then paddle up the Spokane River to the paved boat launch (this part of the Spokane River is considered part of Lake Spokane/Long Lake). The paved boat launch is just a short distance down the road from the Little Spokane River Take-Out-site. I don't try to paddle up the Spokane River to the boat launch during spring runoff or high-water times of the year because the Spokane River can be near impossible to paddle up during this time.

Fishing limits and restrictions apply as specified by current fish and game regulations. In addition, park rules don't allow fishing from the banks of the Little Spokane River so one can only fish from a non-motorized water craft such as a kayak, drift boat (without electric motor), canoe, or raft. No part of your body is allowed to be in the water so using float tubes with fins is not allowed. Fish species that make this river their home include salmon, trout, carp, catfish, bass, and perch.

Little Spokane River Rules
1. No swimming or any part of one's body can be in the water. No air mattresses or inner-tubes are allowed. Canoes, kayaks, and rafts.
ONLY.
2. No motorized craft are allowed including electric motors (an electric motor is obviously a motor).
3. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
4. No pets allowed.
6. No disturbing the wildlife!
7. No fishing from shore. Fishing allowed from non-motorized craft only.
8. No Littering! Pack it in, Pack it Out.
9. No hunting.
10. No Camp fires.
11. No horses.
12. No bicycles.
13. No off road vehicles...
14. Wear your life jacket at all times.
15. All Persons regardless of Age SHALL wear a Lifejacket while on moving water! Moving water shall be the Little Spokane River and Spokane River from the Washington/Idaho State Line to the Centennial Trail Bridge at Plants Ferry Park and the City of West Spokane west to the Nine Miles Public Launch. Per Spokane County Ordinance 6.03.020. If you do not know where these sections of the river are just wear a Lifejacket while on any part of the river, which is a good safe practice regardless.
16. A Washington Discover Pass is REQUIRED in vehicles parking at Little Spokane River access sites, including the St. George’s Put-in and the Highway 291 takeout.
17. Attention the Little Spokane River is legally a non-navigable river even though its technically totally navigable. This means the river above or upstream of the Little Spokane River Natural Area Preserve can not be legally accessed by the public unless the river passed through federal/state/county/public land.

Info: Contact Park Rangers (http://www.riversidestatepark.org) about any issue that may affect the park and safety of visitors. Visit River Side State Park for all info related to this river such as closures, sweepers, river flow, etc.
CAUTION: This river is often called a slow moving river. This is true in the summer, but during spring run off the river can move quite rapidly. Caution should be observed anytime you are on a river or stream. Be especially cautious during spring run off when rivers are much more swift and new fallen tress can block the river; low branches can sweep you off your craft (called sweepers), and cold water also presents potential danger.

Access the Little Spokane River/Directions:  From I-90 at Spokane, WA take the Division Street exit and drive north across the bridge and up the hill to Francis Ave. Turn left at Francis Ave. and follow it west until it ends and turns into Highway 291. Follow State Route 291 North past Rutter Parkway Road and Nine Mile Falls. A mile past Rutter Parkway Road is the turn off for the take-out-site area on N. Shoemaker Ln. (there will be a boat launch sign). Follow this road until you come to the park near a creek with rapids; this is the place. This take-out-site is before you get to the Spokane River paved boat launch area. Leave a car here and go back to Rutter Parkway Road. Follow Rutter Parkway Road east until it intersects Indian Trail Road, then turn left (north) onto this road. The first put-in site is just over the bridge. The second put-in site is past the next bridge up W St. Georges Road.

 RIVER ACCESS POINTS

1. St. George Put-In
The first access site is via the parking lot just after you cross the bridge. The portage trail to the river is out the back of the parking lot (If you start to drive up the hill after the bridge you've gone too far). There is an outhouse with some informative signs at this parking area. When launching from here it is about a 3.5 mile trip down the river to the take-out-site near the Spokane River.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... Wide grassy, dirt, sand path to water. Can be access by those using wheelchairs, etc. but at wet times of the year can be hard to navigate due to mud. Once at the river's edge beware of mud at access point and swift water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… One fully accessible restroom; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One non-motorized put-in/launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices at waters edge. See Paths/Trails info above; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. River currents can be swift and cold most of the year; Environmental Conditions: Hot temperatures in the summer. Watch out for sweep trees and bushes along the river bank; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in city of Spokane.


2. Indian Painted Rock Put-In
The 2nd and last put-in-site is after the next (2nd) bridge. As you come to this bridge the road changes names to Waikiki Road. After the bridge, turn right/west onto W St. Georges Road. Before the end of this road where the school is located you will see a sign and gravel road to the Little Spokane River put-in-site. The access site to the river is well defined and wide. There are restrooms and info signs here with no running water. Its about a 7 mile trip down the river to the take-out-site near the Spokane River.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot in same place as the trail to Indian Painted Rocks; PATHS/TRAILS... Narrow dirt and sand trail to water. Can not be accessed by those using wheelchairs, etc. Trail is real muddying during the wet times of the year. Once at the river's edge beware of mud at access point and swift water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… One fully accessible restroom; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One non-motorized put-in/launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. River currents can be swift and cold most of the year; Environmental Conditions: Hot temperatures in the summer. Watch out for sweep trees and bushes along the river bank; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in city of Spokane.


3. Take-Out and Put-In Site

ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... Wide grassy, dirt, sand path to water. Can be access by those using wheelchairs, etc. but at wet times of the year can be hard to navigate due to mud. Once at the river's edge beware of mud at access point and swift water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… One fully accessible restroom; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One non-motorized put-in/launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices at waters edge. See Paths/Trails info above; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. River currents can be swift and cold most of the year; Environmental Conditions: Hot temperatures in the summer. Watch out for sweep trees and bushes along the river bank; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in city of Spokane.