Thursday, April 01, 2021

Buff Solves Hammersmith Bridge Problem

 G'day all! Buff Staysail here! Buff by name and Buff by nature!

Well like typical poms there's been a lot of whingeing in London about Hammersmith Bridge being closed! Doh! Like Buff would be afraid to cross a bridge just because it might fall down at any moment!!

And for like years nothing's been done - there's been talk of ferries, but do I see one? 

So Buff Enterprises has offered to come to the rescue of poor west Londoners with his solution - a zip wire!!!

It's brilliant, why hasn't anyone suggested it!!!???

All you need is to create two towers at either bank then thread a wire which travellers can zip across in seconds.

Imagine the fun for all! Children off to school! Parents doing their shopping! Grandparents off to see their GP! Make sure you don't drop your homework / shopping / glasses in the river!!

It wouldn't be the first time, either, that a zip wire has been used to cross the Thames. A couple of years ago one was set up to cross from St. Thomas's Hospital to Westminster - read about it here and watch the video here:

How awesome is that! Key quote: "fastest river crossing ever"!!!

So come on London Transport, invest in Buff Enterprise's latest venture: a zip wire across the Thames at Hammersmith! It would be Buff Brilliant!!

This is Buff Staysail, over and out!!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

America's Cup and New Zealand

So alas the Brits aka Team Multinational Chemicals Company won't be competing in the America's Cup.


However, to be honest, the Italian team aka fashion company did look more impressive.  But why?

These AC75s are incredibly advanced, including features that aren't on any yacht I've sailed, of which the foil is only the most visible. It can be hard to work out what is actually going on, where each team has an advantage, so I've been relying on those with more knowledge, in particular the Mozzy Sails YouTube channel.

Great analysis - thanks!

I'm looking forward to the America's Cup races starting - whenever. It was due to be next weekend but apparently its been delayed due to Covid.

Of course due to the time zones I won't be able to watch it live, which is a shame, though that is a double edged sword. During a telecon I was on last week I heard this plaintive comments from the New Zealand delegate: "Madam Chair, it is currently 3:40 in the morning here in New Zealand".


I'm ok with streaming it on YouTube: I can watch it over my morning coffee. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

The America's Cup is boring brilliant!

After the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) I had that familiar feeling of any sailor from the UK following the oldest sailing competition: disappointment. Yet again our entry was slow, losing every single race.

But recently things have changed and the score in the Prada Cup is currently:

I have been waking up and checking the interwebs for news and twice now been mind-blown by seeing the results. Then I stream the America's Cup YouTube videos of the races while waking up over a cup or two of coffee.

But I also remember this is just the beginning, and the other teams are also working equally hard to improve their performance. So don't get excited yet but enjoy the screenshots above.

BTW, for the commentators, a tip and plea: please remember that England is not the UK or Britain and not to confuse these terms! This is a rather sensitive point at the moment given that Brexit has put up trade barriers between Britain (which is England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland (which together with Britain makes the United Kingdom) and that the Nats in Scotland are always looking for excuses to feel angry with those south of the border.

Update: Today definitely wasn't boring. Hope American Magic are soon back in the water:

Monday, January 04, 2021

What are your 2021 Sailing Fantasies?

Not those sorts of fantasies! Doh! Go have a cold shower!

What I meant were holidays, vacations, escapes from the endless lock-down and Covid-19 restriction. In London we are in Tier 4 (complex, basically Stay-At-Home) and due to enter even more lockdown (really Stay-At-Home) so all that is left is dreaming.

But where would I go if there were no restrictions? Well three ideas come to mind:

1. Head North

As you might have spotted, I have the high-latitude bug and its intoxicating. Clear air and skies, stunning wildlife and scenery that is totally off the beaten tracks, like the photo above. Can't wait to go back.

2. Somewhere Photogenic

Another hobby of mine is photography and it would be great to combine this with sailing. I hear great things about the Lofoten Islands in Norway, but there are so many other places I'd like to visit.

3. Somewhere Warm

It is currently freezing in London and even though I'm a "head north" type, there a lot to be said for heading south until the butter melts. I once saw an article in Yachting World which had this image of a yacht sailing in Bora Bora and it seemed to be the stuff of dreams, clear blue seas and warming sun:

But of course that yacht is way outside my price bracket and there's no currently chance to leave London let along fly half way round the world. 


Time to be patient and wait for my turn to get the vaccine. Until then will just dream of better days while watching YouTube sailing channels:

What would be your sailing fantasies?