Posts Tagged ‘islands’

Regatta de Blanc: White People + Annual THREE BRIDGE FIASCO = ??? (Also, MOTHERBOY is a Real Thing)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

(Not to be confused with Reggatta de Blanc, back when Sting did “White Reggae,” and that was the way we liked it!)

No, this was the annual Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco, which certainly lived up to its name in 2018.

Of course, things started out OK last Sunday. (Can you see the building on the highest point of South East Farallon?)

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But then, look at this:

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It was a total FIRE SALE what needed attention from the Coasties:

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And then I was like, “Please don’t let this be white people, please don’t let this be white people,” and well, you know:

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So you had vessels going backwards under the bridge, going out with the tide. NTTAWWT, but I’m sure our local Bar Pilots aboard massive container ships Straight Outta Pusan didn’t appreciate all this foofarah.

Now look, it’s a tow, from MATER, get it? It’s Sir Tow Mater, KBE?

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Aint never seen this –  a sailboat towing a sailboat:

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Now this guy got all upset after I started giving him the business with my DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Plus II, you know, for like five minutes – geez what a sore loser!

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No no, actually, the shot above is yet another one from the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk and actually, dude looked totally competent, why not.

And these ppl too, they did fine – I guess they just got caught up with the TBF:

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But here’s how things ended, for some:

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Sad!

Oh well.

Anyway, here at the racing results for 2018, with just a 1% completion rate.

Oh, and fans of Arrested Development will be gratified to learn that MOTHERBOY is a real thing, at least it is at the St. Francis Yacht Club. See?

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(I came across this when I was trying to find out about the recent fiasco. You’re welcome.)

In closing, you beat me to the punch, yes, it was a “fiasco.” But I am therefore disarmed, if this affair was basically what was intended. And, unlike the America’s Cup, it didn’t cost John and Joan Q Taxpayer eight(!) figures in subsidy. So carry on, Fiascoers, but let’s be careful out there…

Your View of the Farallon Islands from Inside the 3.5-Starred Charlie Sava Pool Way Out There in the Sunset

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On a clear day, you can see the world’s most mouse-infested island from 19th Avenue:

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I was there at Sava during its kickoff back in aught-nine – this place was a money-no-object kind of thing, so I’m kind of surprised it’s only rated 3.5 on the Yelp scale.

Our Farallon Islands on a Somewhat Clear Day

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Westernmost Frisco, usually obscured from view:

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Frisco’s Very Own Sunken Radioactive Aircraft Carrier – See the USS Independence Courtesy of Dr Robert Ballard

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Here’s the history of the USS Independence wreck, down 2600 feet, near the Farallon Islands, and here’s the video feed live, like right now, or a little delayed, but good enough.

Before Bikini Atoll:

And after:

And now live video…

Your View of the South Farallon Islands as You Climb Out from SFO – Can You See Frisco’s Biggest Mouse Infestation?

Friday, August 5th, 2016

No, you cannot, but they’re still there.

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You can read up to learn how we can Restore the Farallones.

Basically, the Feds would pay some company to place poison all over, prolly from a chopper.

Someday we’ll get this done…

Top Three Reasons Why It’s Improper for Writer CW Nevius to Take Such Umbrage Over Larry Ellison Flying the Bermuda Flag in SF

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

All aboard:

“#rubbingitin Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup”

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So I can confirm – yes, this is Larry Ellison’s big yacht, the Musashi.*

CW Nevius should know that as she was the only real “superyacht”** that showed up for the America’s Cup race that CW Nevius, a recent East Bay transplant who arrived here in 2010, started promoting in 2010. Let’s remember who was the number one cheerleader for our Failed America’s Cup:

Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area and revitalize the southern waterfront.”

So let’s see here, a sailor died, right? Could that be considered a possible downside? And it turned out to be a win-lose, right? San Francisco certainly lost. And the “cargo bags of cash” were taken from us, right – we lost eight figures, right? And mind you, this was Larry Ellison’s first offer, the one with 99 year leases for waterfront land simply given to … Larry Ellison.

So that’s your background.

And here are a few reasons why CWNevius shouldn’t have taken umbrage.

1. IT”S OK IF PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE TOWN, RIGHT? 

If George Lucas doesn’t want to deal with SF, it’s OK if he builds his museum in Chicago or Oakland, right? You know, for example. But CW Nevius took umbrage. And if horrible romance novel writer Danielle Steel wants to spend most of her time in France these days, that’s OK too, right? But CW Nevius seemed to feel spurned by her. So yeah, Larry Ellison is taking his little boat race to Bermuda, but that’s OK, right? It won’t cost us any tax and fee payer money at all right? Isn’t that a good thing?

2. WE CAN’T REALLY EXPECT LARRY ELLISON TO CHANGE THE REGISTRATION OF HIS YACHT SO AS TO NOT OFFEND ELEMENTS OF THE MSM, RIGHT? 

One supposes he could have an American flag on the back, but that would cost him bank, right? The “use tax” could cost him far more than what we lost hosting the 34th America’s Cup, right? So it’s not like he’s flying the flag of Bermuda to “rub it in,” not at all.

3. THAT YACHT WASN’T FLYING THE MARITIME FLAG OF BERMUDA ANYWAY, RIGHT?

Larry’s big actually flies the ensign, the maritime flag of the Cayman Islands. So he’s not rubbing anything in anyway, right? It’s just your imagination/ running away with you, CW Nevius.

So, for all those reasons, it was improper for Chuck to so umbrage-take.

Perhaps he feels emotional due to guilt over his responsibility.

I’ll tell you, for whatever reason, it seems about half of the mistakes coming from Chron writers come from just one writer.

Oh well.

ODE TO #CWNEVIUS, THE 62*** YEAR OLD CUB REPORTER, THE 62*** YEAR OLD ROOKIE:

It’s alright, just wait and see
Your string of lights is still bright to me
Oh, who you are is not what you’ve been
You’re still an innocent
It’s okay, life is a tough crowd
62, and still growin’ up now
Who you are is not what you did.
You’re still an innocent.

*Oddly named after a sunken battleship made to keep the US Navy in check – it was discovered by Paul Allen just a few weeks back.

**A “fleet of superyachts” was supposed to arrive in SF, you know, after motoring through the Panama Canal and we were supposed to make bank selling fuel to the owners, and polishing the decks for minimum wage, that kind of thing. The Eurotrash stayed home

***Just a guess – it rhymes with “32,” sort of.

Word on the Street: “Paracel Islands & Spratly Islands Belong to Viet-Nam”

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Well, I get your point, taxi driver, even though I sort of have to disagree, sort of.

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(Let’s hope Chinatown power-broker and New Year’s Parade money-skimmer/consultant and Chinese Consulate consultant/protest organizer Rose Pak doesn’t have any say about your life in the future.)

The last time an ambitious imperial power tried to take over the entire South China Sea, our US Navy put a stop to it, back in the 20th century.

I’m not sure who’ll put a stop to it this go-around, in the 21st century…

San Francisco Opposes the Feds Killing Off Mice on the Farallon Islands? Fear of Dead Seagulls Scaring Tourists?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Well, this is news to me.

All the Feds want to do is kill off the mice of the Farallones and San Francisco is standing in the way?

Check out how our Federales scored a “rip-roaring conservation success” exterminating vermin up in Alaska at Hawadex Island, which was known for centuries as “Rat Island.”

I’ll tell you, I can’t name any of the “visionary policies and innovative programs” created by SF Environment that Director Deborah Raphael boasts of.

Can you, Gentle Reader?

One down, a million to go – here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

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On a Clear Day You Can See the Farallon Islands from the Sunset District – But on a Foggy Day, Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The biggest of the Farallones is in this shot, if you can spot it, 25 miles away…

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This was a much better than average day for looking for the Farallones…