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MetroMPG 08-29-2008 02:17 PM

I'm going on an international diesel hybrid race (OK... tall ship race)
I'm leaving on a several week adventure to take part in a diesel hybrid competition... where we'll be disqualified if we use the diesel propulsion during the race event itself... :)

This is the schooner Mist of Avalon - 100 tons, 100 feet tall, 100 feet long. I've crewed on it a bunch of times (that's me sitting in the middle of the bow sprit):

The Schooner Mist of Avalon

Tall ships from 3 countries - Canada, the US, and Bermuda - will be racing around the Canadian island province of Prince Edward Island for a healthy purse:

MBS Radio Tall Ships “Race Around the Island” Ahoy Mates

On Monday morning, we're departing from the heart of the 1000 Islands - Ivy Lea, Ontario - down the Saint Lawrence River toward the race course about 780 nautical miles (1,450 km / 900 mi) away in PEI.

I hope to be able to post updates as we go.

YouTube - Schooner Mist of Avalon & sloop Yary, Northumberland Strait

tasdrouille 08-29-2008 04:08 PM

That's a beautiful ship. Best of luck with the race!

groar 08-29-2008 04:15 PM

This is so beautiful :thumbup:

French version of "Best of luck" : "M....".


Concrete 08-31-2008 12:07 AM

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Ye be a scurvy dog
sailin... while the rest of us be slavin away!

hope you have fun
sailing is truly the ultimate FE transport - & soothing to the soul as well
hope to sail a bit my self this weekend - but not on a schooner... Arrrghh!

if ye be race-un...
Take what you can git, give nuthin back

MetroMPG 08-31-2008 07:25 AM


Originally Posted by groar (Post 57196)
French version of "Best of luck": "M....".

"M...."? Ce n'est pas "Bonne chance?"


Originally Posted by Concrete (Post 57609)
sailing is truly the ultimate fuel efficient transport

It is when you're not on a deadline! Unfortunately we need to be in PEI on the 10th. The wind forecast looks weak for the early part of the week, and if it's right we'll be using the iron jib quite a bit. ;)

Where & what do you sail, concrete?

groar 08-31-2008 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 57632)
"M...."? Ce n'est pas "Bonne chance?"

Yes it's, but saying it loud can be considered as bad luck, so we say "Merde" (some just articulate it) which is "Sh1t".


MetroMPG 08-31-2008 11:05 AM

Didn't know that one! Maybe an old French custom? (Your countrymen were sailing long before Canada was even a country...)

SuperTrooper 08-31-2008 01:04 PM

Bon voyage!

Will 08-31-2008 01:57 PM

Incredible... Just totally incredible. Have a great ride!

Concrete 08-31-2008 02:22 PM


Where & what do you sail, concrete?
Cheney lake in Kansas on dingys mostly - tonight will be on a Catalina 21
fire works display on the water and hopefully some starlight sailing:thumbup:
it is a great sailing lake - Kansas has what it takes - Wind
but not quite the adventure you are on though

sorry about the poor wind outlook
but don't despair - the wind doesn't listen to the forecast ;)

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