2005 Race Schedule
The Beneteau 40.7 skippered by Rick Shaheen
Sail # 25007 Hull # 243 Home Port: RYC
Lake Ontario Rochester, New York USA
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43.62 N 77.41 W (43°37'09" N 77°24'18" W)
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Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up."Henry David Thoreau
"The chance of mistakes are about equal to the number of crew squared"
"Sailing is a good sport. You don't have to beat up the other guy like you do in boxing and football; you just try to outsmart him, and then you go out and have a beer with him"
"We don't just want the Cup, we want the whole damn island!"
on retrieving the Americas Cup from
"Sailboat racing becomes a game of chance only when you are not prepared".
"We won the race by twenty three seconds, and two seconds after we had crossed the line, the mast snapped. Which solved the problem of stopping anyway".
"The Americas Cup is a race of management, money, technology, teamwork and, last and incidently, sailing."
Here's some thoughts on Philosophy of sailing....
"For whatever we lose, It's always ourselves we find in the sea".
"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm".
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails".
-William Arthur Ward
"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea".
"Without patience, a sailor I would never be".
On the Sea:
sea finds out everything you did wrong".
who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave
out there at sea that you are really yourself"
your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and
finds the problems".
A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is
part of the local scene from the moment he arrives".
in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking
young men contemplating a voyage I'd say go."
sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much."
sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind".
with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should
really be running the world".
of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that
is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a
sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the
best in him, but a sailing ship does."
perfection of a yachts beauty is that nothing should be there for only
are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool
would paint a boat black".
one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the
wind-and the boat made three".
you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait
until dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for- to
is but a plank between a sailor and eternity".
small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship".
ocean passages usually don't require engines; it's the ports and
headlands at each end that may demand some expert sailing".
last, the god-damned engine is quiet!"
was now convinced that the most valuable sail on board was the diesel".
are sore vexations and the more passengers the sorer."
a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be
against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the
same time both humbling and exalting".
once knew a writer who, after saying beautiful things about the sea,
passed through a Pacific hurricane, and he became a changed man".
is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes".
loved cruising the coast of
hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know"
50 degrees south there is no law. Below 60 degrees south there is
hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits".
scary to have a 30 foot wave chasing you. If you are steering, you
don't look back. The crew looks back for you, and you watch their
faces. When they look straight up, then get ready!"
is to us what money is to life on shore".
don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them.
They should have named them awfuls".
remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the
maddening frustrations of shore living".
More on Boats:
like whiskey, are all good".
ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep
her in paint and powder".
want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2".
looks like frozen snot".
a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as
anything, perhaps a bit better than most".
have no right to own a yacht if you ask that question".
are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made".
you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board."
cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing; not only will
it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it
is a safe retreat."
More on Sailors:
cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things
the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious
answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out".
a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land".
wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor".
fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time".
art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance".
damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor
to do it drunk".
isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better".
only way to get a good crew is to marry one".
sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where
you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail."
know who you are, but you'll have to wipe your feet".
two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port
and the other was an atrocious liar."
On the Sea:
sea hates a coward".
ocean is an object of no small terror".
sea drives truth into a man like salt".
wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea".
are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of
ocean has always been a salve to my soul...the best thing for a cut or
abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life,
I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental
abrasions one inevitably aquires on land".
be successful at sea we must keep things simple".
of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness".
thing I realized this last few days is that the earth is a big place".
was created to provide a place for boats to visit".
has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered
place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters".
voyage hade commenced, and at last we were away, gliding through the
clean water, past the reeds. Care was lifted from our shoulders, for we
were free from advice, pessimism, officialism, heat and hot air."
There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
There was a great difference in boats, of course. For a long time I was on a boat that was so slow we used to forget what year it was we left port in.
Raise your sail one foot, and you get ten feet of wind. - Chinese Proverb
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
Give me a spirit that on this life's rough sea
There isn't no call to go talking of pushing and pulling. Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble.
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail,
A strong nor’-wester ’s blowing, Bill!
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Freedom exists only with power.