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Old 14-05-2013, 21:17   #1
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The Zen of Blue Water Sailing

After an hour of following the bickering about monos vs multis vs heavy vs light vs coastal vs bluewater, I came across the following video



You will learn more about offshore sailing in 25 minutes of watching this video than you will in a month from the armchair sailors. He tells it like it is.

BTW, I did the same run in 29 days which took him 39, and took others 60, but our experiences are similar--Weather, waves, mechanical problems, electrical, communications, good days, bad days--fond memories.
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Old 15-05-2013, 07:48   #2
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

That is a fantastic "documentary" about a Pacific Ocean crossing. Doldrums, partial knockdown, mechanical repairs, rockin and rollin downwind, and peaceful cruising.

Thanks for posting it.

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Old 15-05-2013, 08:16   #3
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Yeah, thanks. Really great video.
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Old 15-05-2013, 08:31   #4
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Thanks for sharing!

One of the best "slices of passagemaking life" I have seen. Most try to make it look better or worse than it is - he instead makes it both exciting and boring at the same time. Pretty damn accurate.
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Old 15-05-2013, 08:35   #5
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

Great video. Thanks. I really like his cockpit hard frame and top bimini. I've been trying to describe that to my girlfriend, that I want to put on my boat. I'm just going to show her this video, now.
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Old 15-05-2013, 12:02   #6
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Great video. Thanks for sharing. I kept chuckling to myself though because he reminded me of Dr. Oz.
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

It's a good video, but I'm not sure about the 'zen' part.

His first comment is hilarious. All he asks for when he's sailing is a boat, water, and wind! I hope someone is taking notes...

But I think it sums it up pretty well. Not sure I'd want to single hand that trip.
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

Ha ha...Ya...I didn't get the Zen of it either. What kind of boat was it?
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

Good Day Everyone,

My name is Curtis Ciszek. I am the one who made and posted this video to youtube. I am glad that the majority of viewers have enjoyed it. In answer to some FAQs; the boat is a Ted Brewer Designed Pacific 43. I believe it is the only one built in fiberglass as a one off from a plug.

The hard bimini (light frp)with its solar panels and side curtains has been a God-send and a highly recommended feature for just about any vessel. The talk around the beach fire, among aging cruisers these days is skin cancer and those who have not had some form of it, seem to be the exception. It is a pain to see the mainsail with this bimini but I am happy to trade the inconveniences of it for the cool, dry cockpit it affords.

I brought on my sister Ginna Ciszek, another circumnavigator and my nephew an aspiring long-distance sailor for the voyage from Hawaii to the Columbia River. Two out of three weeks of this last voyage in early May were sailed in dense fog with a tremendous amount of tsunami debris, including a 25' upturned panga.

I didn't document that last voyage as much as I wish I had in hindsight.

My intentions are to set sail for Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands in a few weeks and then back to Hawaii for the winter. I will make a point of sharing these voyages in video.

If anyone has the least questions, I would be happy to answer them.

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Welcome aboard, and I enjoyed your video.
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

Thanks Don.

Good view(s).
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

at 17:17 " ...would have been a good day for water skiing..."

No wind, 350 miles to destination, and still have a great sense of humor...wtg...
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

Thanks for the videos, please keep making more. They're very entertaining.
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Re: The Zen of Blue Water sailing

I enjoyed it as well.

It clearly captured the essence of voyaging.
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Thanks for sharing! That's a great video.

And that's all I've got to say about that!
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