On SoZ with Bruce, & FUBAR
Darn, I was hoping to get a shot of Bruce Kessler in his wheelhouse departing the Camden Public Landing this morning, but got distracted by a contest idea (that you’ll find here this weekend). When I looked up, he and his all-ladies-of-a-certain-age crew were headed out into the haze. You may still be able to catch Spirit of Zopilote at Shine Micro’s Live AIS, which, as shown below, can now overlay on Google Earth (and shows Penobscot Bay thanks to the Penobscot Pilots). I really enjoyed meeting Bruce last summer, but my admiration is up a few notches further after a couple of coffee-sipping hours with him this morning.
Consider this: in the summer of 1957, when I was 10 and by far the the wildest thing in my rural Connecticut home town was the new Lime Rock Race Track, Bruce was the 21–year-old unknown from California who showed up and whupped the big boys in a Ferrari Spyder Scaglietti. A 50th reunion back at Lime Rock is going to cut this summer’s cruise a little short, but Bruce and Joan apparently have plenty of 9 knot cruising left in them. In fact, he showed me how he plans to upgrade SoZ’s all business helm this winter (hello Furuno black box radar). Bruce also seems to be the guiding spirit behind a rather phenomenal rally called the FUBAR Odyssey 2007. Theoretically, FUBAR stands for Fleet Underway to BAja Rally, but you don’t need to be as old as either of us to know the more general acronym. And no doubt there will be some issues when some 60 cruising power boats, many run by inexperienced owners, make their way from San Diego to La Paz. I’ve already helped a bit with the Ops Manual (the Optional Communications section), and may scheme my way onto part of the trip. I’m hoping that if I hang out with Bruce enough, I’ll be cruising in some fraction of his style one day.
PS. Those doubting AIS presence on Long Island Sound should check out Shine’s Google display, particularly Sag Harbor. For reasons unknown the LSI receivers don’t show on their regular display (harmless registration required for either).