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Very popular in Sweden

We think this says –

The crew is incredibly talented, knowledgeable and remarkably handsome.

At least that’s our take on this article that was recently published in Sweden about sailing the Channel Islands with us.

We're famous ... at least among Swedish sailors who read BATNYTT
We’re famous … at least among Swedish sailors who read BATNYTT

Photographer Par Olson and reporter Sam Victorin spent the day with me aboard Wiley and we explored the waters between Port Hueneme and Anacapa Island. The wind was very light and Par decided he wanted to get a shot of us underway, so we launched the kayak in the separation zone and he got this picture. If you click on the graphic, you’ll see the rest of the story. (And, if you know Swedish, let me know what it says … unless it’s not complimentary. In that case, make something up.)

Since my Swedish doesn’t go beyond SkolI can only assume that he wrote about the humpback whale that came close aboard just after he returned from kayaking.

Both Par and Sam were excellent sailors and taught me a thing or two about sailing in Sweden. Mostly I learned that it’s mostly too cold for a southern Californian. I mostly stay close to home.

Painted Cave – a great kayak adventure

We’ve updated our Painted Cave page, but the main thing that’s new there is our latest video shot last November. You’ll be relieved to know that the original video ran on for about an hour, but I’ve excised all the under exposed (we’re talking totally black…. it’s a cave and it is very dark)  and now the video runs just a shade over four minutes.

If you’re thinking of heading into Painted Cave any time soon, check out the page in our cruising guide and if that doesn’t give you enough info, give me, Capt. Dan, a call at 805.750.7828. I’m happy to discuss sailing and cave exploring in the Channel Islands just about any time.

Google Street View Vessel lurks the Channel Islands

Street view of the Channel Islands
Street view of the Channel Islands

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted a blog. But this encounter jolted me out of indolence.

Google Street View?

Frankly, we’re not sure, but what else could this be but a mission to detail our favorite coastline? It certainly is one of the oddest vessels we’ve encountered out there, this enormous catamaran.  On the other hand, it’s no quirkier than the Google cars we’ve seen on the road.

Only a few crew were visible, but it’s unlikely that this operation takes many folks.

I’m hoping Google will allow us to use the pictures in our cruising guide. We’ve got our own, but I’m sure they’ll have much more than we can do with our Brownie.

Apparently Google has been doing watery street views for several years and launched a boat for Amazon, the river not the store, exploration in 2011 as well as an unmanned boat that mapped San Francisco Bay last February.

The boat we encountered is apparently only one of a fleet. For more info, go to the source: Google.

Wiley and crew new honor: proclaimed gemütlich

A gentle day in the Santa Barbara Channel
A gentle day in the Santa Barbara Channel

Summer is the best time of the year in our business for meeting folks from other parts of the world. Germans, Dutch, Spanish and Canadian tourists make for some of our best experiences.

I sailed this week with a family from Köln, Germany. Cologne is easier for the English tongue, but the family worked with me until I could handle the umlaut fairly respectably.  At least for one day.

They – mom, dad and a 10-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl – were a delight. Fortunately, they all spoke excellent English, which is good as my German is limited to being able to order a beer. (Bier, bitte?)

Here’s why I like to sail with Europeans: their kids are always interested in learning about sailing and about our area.  And they are  always excited about being on the boat.  And if they ever get bored, they never say so.

And why I like to sail with Germans, in particular: They don’t get seasick or do anything messy, they hang up their lifejackets more neatly than they found them and they are full of laughter and fun.

And particularly in particular, these Germans deemed the time, the place, the whole experience gemütlich.

Their explanation of the word went far beyond the dictionary’s “comfortable.”  Apparently the umlaut is loaded with expression that we just can’t apprehend with an English ear.

And another thing, when the parents translated technical sailing stuff that I was trying to pass on to their young son, well, I sounded much more intelligent and knowledgeable in German. I guess something was lost in the original.

If I ever have another boat, I think I’ll have to name her Gemütlich. Or, perhaps, Gemülichkeit, though a Mayday call would inevitably bring severe consternation to the Coast Guard with either one of those.