Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
This very peaceful harbor scene is about to change. Hurricane Irene is 36 hours away. The media has not had this much weather related energy since the last blizzard. The breaking news is all about Irene, her scary windy numbers and changing "cat" status (as in Cat 3 or Cat2). I have learned "cat" is weather-person speak for "category". Soon images of weather battered and wet reporters will fill our TV screens! I wonder what "Brownie" is doing since Katrina....
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The New London Lighthouse has a rather non-nautical appearance. Built in 1909 the proposed light was an early example of NIMBY-ism. The wealthy residents living along the coastline objected to the fact that their view would include an "ugly" lighthouse. Today's lighthouse, Long Island Sound's most eastern beacon, is a result of good old American politics. It was agreed that the light should reflect the grandeur of the area, it was constructed in the "second empire" French style of architecture in 1909. BTW: most of the elegant homes that lined the shore were lost in the hurricane of 1938, the light remains.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
AKA the "Coffee Pot", the lighthouse at Orient Point is a familiar site to any Long Islander who has used the popular Cross Sound Ferry. For many Islanders the first sight of the light is filled with optimism as they head over to the casinos of Connecticut. It's a good bet that the return trip is less upbeat with more losers than winners.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Ever notice that just about every town everywhere is "famous" for something? The Town Of Southold on Long Island's north fork has more lighthouses than any other town in the United States. Southold's nautical trivia includes eight of the beacons, seven of which are offshore. This image is of the Little Gull Lighthouse which evidently is a favorite of the ladies. (best seen in larger view)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Time for some basic navigation review: 1) always try to stay between the rock jetties when returning to port. 2) Cruising through the inlet is always a much better option than cruising over the inlet. 3) While Life is Good, some basic knowledge can be very helpful.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
All boats, regardless of length, deserve a name. Unlike "vanity plates" on cars, naming a boat gives it character and personality. As a student of vessel names I am always intrigued as to the motivation behind the naming process which is often creative and frequently just plain corny. I was impressed when this narrow green rowboat flew past us recently. Naturally it was named appropriately "Flying Zucchini". (seen in large view)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Inseparable four legged buddies invaded my yard three days ago. Despite attempts by the local police and the investigators from the county SPCA, our farm friends remained ensconced in the confines of my back lawn. Hibiscus, petunias and geraniums were the food of choice as local animal advocates searched in vain for the owners of our new found goat and lamb. At a loss for a "safe placement" SPCA officials seemed to shrug and avoid our repeated phone calls.
At long last, after watching my flowers being recycled into animal droppings, a friend suggested the DD Bar farm rescue group from eastern LI. The folks from DD Bar Farm arrived promptly and after some impressive "animal whispering" they had one goat in hand. Mr. Lamb was another story and required several neighbors running in circles as he dodged and sprinted to avoid capture until all parties concerned were exhausted. Eventually we waved farewell as Mr. Goat and his best friend Mr. Lamb headed to their new home.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Where everyone is a winner...Thursday night is Flying Scott races off Sayville, LI. These speedy 19 foot day sailers cause more than a twinge of nostalgia for me. Many youthful hours were spent hauling jib sheets aboard a Flying Scott with a rather low production number. (Mainsail numbers indicate the boats age by it's place in the production line).