HBYC's NEXT EVENT...
The annual Ugly Sweater Party is right around the corner.
This year it's going to be extra special. (Invite only please.)
For a little inspiration from last years party, check out this merriment...
The 2019 Pirate Sail Has come and gone
Thanks to those who came out to plunder!
Some images have been posted here: PIRATE SAIL
SO WTH IS THE HONEY BADGER YACHT CLUB?
The Honey Badger Yacht Club (HBYC) is a sailing collective of pirates and scalawags who sail the globe in search of adventure, merriment, and boat drinks.
Often, we invite people to join us... (READ MORE)....
HBYC is also the home of the Annual PIRATE SAIL on the Hudson - always a good time for the REAL PIRATES!
CROATIA SAILING ADVENTURE COMPLETE
The Honey Badger Yacht Club came, saw, ate, drank, and sailed the Dalmatian Coast.
Some pics and vids are up on the Croatia Trip page and more good stuff is soon to come!
SAIL GP - A wild Weekend of HIGH INTENSITY SAILING
New York Harbor provided for a breathtakingly scenic view for the awe-insirping SailGP F50 catamarans.
Plenty of spectators came out to see the newest iteration of yacht racing. These boats aren't merely boats, they're planes on the water.
Australian Skipper Tom Slingsby summed it up best when he said "I've never sailed in conditions like this in my life". With wind speeds from zero knots to 25 knots, and a very narrow race course, the main job of every team was to stay safe.
Especially after watching Great Britain capsize prior to the first race on Friday.
I spent a little time with team France prior to the race and there were concerns that they race committee would even allow the races to take place, as these boats quickly become overpowered with winds over 20 knots.
I couldn't help but laugh, because our old wooden sailboat Gitana doesn't do well in conditions UNDER 20 knots!
New York SailGP Results
1 // Japan // 49pts
2 // Australia // 45pts
3 // United States // 37pts
4 // China // 33pts
5 // France // 32pts
6 // Great Britain // 27pts
In the end, Team Japan was the big winner in NYC.
They walk away with first place and 49 points, Team Australia is not far behind in second with 45 points.
Even though NYC is done, there are two future events: August 10th and 11th the teams will race in Cowes, England and then September 20. 21 and 22 in Marseille.
SAIL GP iS ON
The Grand Prix of sailing, aka Formula One of boating - like America's Cup, on crack!
Sail GP had their first day of racing in New York waters yesterday on the Hudson River.
Today will be day 2 of high-intensity, performance, flight, and athleticism.
Yesterday, prior to the race, Great Britain capsized in the pre-race practice run. Their mainsail was torn near the head of the sail, but reports from the team is that they're back at it and we'll see them on the water today.
(Photos of the GB capsize below from Bob Finkelstein)
Yesterday there were three total races.
Australia won the first, and Japan took the second two.
Be sure to check out all the action from day two here: SailGP.com - DUBER
Photo by: Bob Finkelstein
FLEET WEEK NYC
Welcome Sailors! And thank you for your service to all military personnel this Memorial Day Weekend!
Fleet Week in NYC is a seven-day celebration to honor the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
Honey Badgers Todd and Malisa hosted LtCmdr/CapC Drew Foran and some of his crew from HMCS ships Oriole and Glacé Bay for a sail around New York Harbor.
HMCS Oriole is the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a sailing ketch, currently the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, and also the longest serving commissioned ship.
The Commander and his Coxn had such a nice time sailing the NY Harbor that they invited Todd and Malisa on a private tour of the HMCS Oriole and Glacé Bay.
All Photos Ctsy: Todd and Malisa Neville
(Click on any of the round thumbnails to see photos larger.)
AMERICA'S CUP LATEST
Simeon Tienpont (two time winner with Team Oracle USA, three time Volvo Ocean Race) is developing DutchSail, the sailing team competing in the America's Cup challenge.
HBYC called this news mid-December... Ahem. ;)
Also, more good news: Carolijn Brouwer will become the first female at the helm of an America's Cup challenger, when she leads Team The Netherlands at the 2021 America's Cup regatta in Auckland.
Brouwer, a 45-year-old from the Netherlands, is a two-time World Sailor of the Year, three-time Olympian and winner of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The team has put together quite an exciting promotional video
check it out on the SAILING NEWS PAGE.
The Dutchies are in
- AMERICA'S CUP
The Dutchies are in! According to the the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - They have accepted the Netherlands as the 6th challenger for the 336th America's Cup.
So who will the skipper be? HBYC is betting on Simeon Tienpont. Tienpont has participated in past AC races and also led the Akzonobel team in the Volvo Ocean race.
Quick nap costly for Thomson
Alex Thomson struggles with a fisher net from his Hugo Boss sailboat off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, while racing in Route du Rhum solo sailing race.
Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts, couldn't get enough catamaran sailing in the America's Cup competitions, so they've put together their own little racing league.
FULL STORIES ON THE SAILING NEWS PAGE
Draken Harald Hårfagre the world's largest Viking ship invited us along a sail from the North Cove up the East River as they did their return trip back to the Mystic Seaport.
Draken is a unique look into the past world of Vikings. The ship itself
is a Viking longship, built in Norway and named after King Harald Hårfagre. Her stats:
111' LOA, 26' Wide, with an 80' mast and 260 square meters of silk sail.
In 2016, Draken and her crew sailed from Norway across the Atlantic to North America to relive the "Viking discovery" the way Leif Eriksson would have.
Check out the video to experience a little taste of Viking life on Draken.
Draken Harald Hårfagre is always seeking crew to help with her various excursions. So if you're interested in being crew or for other info check them out: www.drakenhh.com
And now, from Vikings to PIRATES!
Photos by Todd Neville
The Annual Pirate Sail was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thanks to all of those who came out to plunder! There are a few photos up as well as the tale on the Pirate Sail Page.
Saturday, September 15th - anyone who dared to venture near the Hudson River would have heard a reverberation of contagious laughter, mixed with a chorus of raucous “Yarrrr”s parroting across the water.
Those were the sounds of the Annual Honey Badger Pirate Sail in full force in lower Manhattan.
At the end of the day, those sporting jolly rogers on their vessels would certainly need to dry-off — fellow pirates brought their A-game in the water-cannon department and the pirate attacks ensued! ...
Above: S/V Arcadia under sail whilst Pirating the Hudson River
Photo Credit: Todd Neville
HBYC now has a user forum! Check it out!
This is interactive - so you can use it to sound off! Talk about sailing, get info on the pirate sail, share stories, rant... WHATEVER!
It's NATIONAL RUM DAY!
Yes! The holy grail of PIRATE HOLIDAYS!
There are so many great boat drinks that you can make with rum! And for this occasion Honey Badger has included a special recipe for GROG as well as a few other classic rum drinks on the BOAT DRINKS PAGE!
We also dive into a little bit of the history of rum and some interesting stories of rum around the world!
Whilst in Tahiti, Honey Badger Kerry made her own rum concoction by filling a coconut with rum and a few other goodies.
Now that's the Honey Badger way!
☠️ RUM JOKE:
Man: "I love you so much, I could never live without you."
Woman: "Is that you or the rum talking?"
Man: "It's me talking to the rum."
National Lighthouse Day
Honoring the beacon of light that for hundreds of years has added safety and security for ships at sea,
The first lighthouse in our spotlight is Execution Rocks Lighthouse. It's located in between New Rochelle and Sands Point. Since we sail out of New Rochelle, we see this lighthouse every time we're in the sound.
It stands 55 feet (17 m) tall, with a white light flashing every 10 seconds.
This island on which this lighthouse sits got its name from colonial New York, when prisoners sentenced to death were chained to the rocks during low tide. Given that history - there are lots of tales of hauntings and paranormal experiences. Travel Channel even did a bit on the haunting of Execution Rocks. You can watch a clip here.
Little Red Lighthouse
The Little Red Lighthouse, officially Jeffrey's Hook Light is a small lighthouse located in Fort Washington Park on the Hudson River in NYC.
It is dwarfed in comparison to the ginormous GW Bridge that it sits below. The lighthouse is no longer used, and was doomed to be dismantled by the Coast Guard since the GW Bridge has it's own navigation lights. Alas, the community loved the little red light house and a children's book by Hildegarde Swift "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" helped to draw public awareness about it's fate.
The lighthouse was given to NYC by the coast guard and it is now on the register of Historic Places.
You can go give it a visit yourself!
Seguin Island Lighthouse
Here's another fun story of a potentially haunted lighthouse.
This desolate lighthouse, which is Maine's tallest and second oldest, is the site of a gruesome story. A keeper who had recently married moved to the island 3 miles off the coast to tend the light with his wife. To help with his wife's boredom in the winter, the keeper bought her a piano. It only came with the sheet music for one song. Unable to get new sheet music since the island was locked in ice, the wife played the same song over and over again eventually driving the keeper insane. He took an axe to the piano, and then to his wife. Afterwards he took his own life. The ghost of the keeper has been spotted in the house, and sometimes on quiet night you can hear the tinkling of a piano.
World Naked Sailing Day!
It's WORLD NAKED SAILING DAY! Honey Badger Don't Care! You can sail nude, nekkid, clothed, whatever... as long as you're SAILING! Just always, always make sure you wear SUNSCREEN. You don't want to burn the parts that they sun usually don't shine upon.
For a little backstory, (ahem) World Naked Sailing Day started last year on August 1st in Buffalo.
I have a buddy from Buffalo (yes, you Sam!) who said they do this because August is the time of the year when it finally warms up enough to be able to go bare. OK! To each their own. Just be careful when pulling lines and grinding the wenches. :P
Further info on Scuttlebutt (link).
If you do find yourself out celebrating Naked Sailing Day - be sure to tag HBYC on instagram @HoneyBadgerYachtClub! Enjoy!
Gitana in Mystic
UPDATE FROM CAP' FLORIAN:
Gitana went to Mystic Connecticut to participate in the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous.
This year the show featured vessels designed by John Alden and, guess what? Gitana was designed by John Alden!
Gitana made the trip to Mystic from her home port in New Rochelle and participated in the yacht parade. This trip helmed by Cap. Florian - the man, the myth, the everything!
HB on INSTA
Nat'l TEQUILA DAY
July 24th - National Tequila Day - Honey Badger has picked a delicious and easy cocktail to make on a boat. (Nope! Not a margarita).
It's a PDT recipe and can be found on the BOAT DRINKS page.
Nat'L DAIQUIRI DAY
July 19th - National Daiquiri Day and Honey Badger did partake!
But do you know what a REAL Daiquiri tastes like? Or have you been doing it wrong all these years?
If you're thinking of some fruity-ass, pssified, jolly rancher tasting pink rum thing
⚓ IA ORANA
The Honey Badgers have completed another fantastic voyage - our second sail around French Polynesia!
We first sailed Tahiti in 2013 with the mindset that it would be a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity. But when the trip was over we thought "why would we only do this just once?!" Thus, the Honey Badgers have been having Tahitian dreams ever since.
I have to admit - anyone who goes to Tahiti is lucky, anyone who sails there is really lucky. And to go there and sail twice?! - I could die a Happy Honey Badger.
A fair warning to anyone thinking of taking this trip in the future: Visiting Tahiti will ruin any other vacation you can possibly take. Her beauty is unmatched by anywhere else in the world.Here are just a few photos of the trip to whet your appetite... more photos and tales coming soon.
Anchored in Taha'a. Dropped anchor in ~15 meters of water, with our stern in ~1.4 meters.
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