Category Archives: Sailing

Three C-130 Deployed to Find Commercial Submarine Lost at Sea

Harrowing news as a tourist submarine with just a half-dozen seats allegedly costing $250K each has gone missing in a remote part of the Atlantic.

The Coast Guard has sent two C-130 Hercules aircraft to search for the submersible on the surface of the water, and has been joined by a Canadian C-130, and a P8 aircraft equipped with underwater sonar capability. Sonar buoys are also being deployed in the area.

Rear Adm John Mauger of the US Coast Guard said it would need additional expertise to rescue the vessel if it was found underwater and he was reaching out for help, including to the US Navy and the private sector.

Canada’s defence department said that, along with the aircraft, the Canadian coast guard vessel Kopit Hopson was assisting in the search.

The immediate call for additional expertise suggests the owner did not present public servants much of a disaster plan to follow, despite the nature of a very high risk commercial business.

Update June 23: it has been revealed the US Navy picked up an implosion sound and knew immediately the sub was destroyed killing everyone.

Some are now asking if the millions of dollars spent “searching” for survivors can be explained, if experts had high certainty there wouldn’t be any.

It also has been revealed the commercial company was run by an American man who refused expert assessments, ignored staff concerns and didn’t believe in safety regulations.

He even gave an interview in 2021 comparing himself to the disgraced overconfident General MacArthur, saying they both ignored rules to make things appear easy.

I just couldn’t understand why things appeared to be easy to MacArthur.

Clearly sending a sub to 3800 meters is NOT easy. MacArthur was fired and was a terrible military leader.

Blind Tesla on Freeway Crashes Into Boat Trailer

It’s clear from this video that the Tesla doesn’t detect the boat at all, and doesn’t understand the turn signal.

It encroaches dangerously from far behind, a predictably dumb move as if asleep at the wheel.

Perhaps the most important detail here is the Tesla doesn’t hit the brakes until it crashes into a car clearly in front of it and then the boat.

Watching this video I hope very much that your own instinct to hit the brakes kicked in a long time before this Tesla’s brake lights turn on. The obvious failure to slow indicates to me yet another vehicular assault by the Tesla. Arrest the driver for driving under the influence.

Radar? What radar?

Tesla cut costs by downgrading to the least costly and least capable sensor technology, as demanded by the CEO over engineering safety objections.

Former Tesla employees say the decision to remove radar immediately caused problems. Complaints filed with regulators reveal that vehicles were allegedly “stopping for imaginary hazards, misinterpreting street signs, and failing to detect obstacles” including emergency vehicles.

Add boats to the list.

Rise in “Ghost” Tankers Delivering Russian Oil to Asia

Someone is buying up old decrepit tankers, turning off any tracking electronics, and pushing huge amounts of Russian oil into Asia.

Industry insiders estimate the size of that “shadow” fleet at roughly 600 vessels, or about 10% of the global number of large tankers. And numbers continue to climb. …an estimated 25 to 35 vessels are being sold per month into the shadow fleet, according to another senior executive at an oil trading firm. Global Witness, a nonprofit, estimates that a quarter of oil tanker sales between late February 2022 and January this year involved unknown buyers, roughly double the proportion the previous year.

While allegedly hard to identify by modern standards, at the same time the age of the vessel and the fact that it is dedicated to carrying Russian oil makes it classically simple to find, track and… disrupt or disable.

An American Finally Finished Dakar Malle: Focus Was Slow and Steady, Not Speed

The Motorcycles and Misfits podcast from Santa Cruz, California has put together a fantastic interview with local sailor Mo Hart, first American-born rider to finish the Dakar Malle.

This week on our motorcycle podcast we are joined by Mo Hart, fresh back from completing the Dakar Rally. This is no small feat, especially in the Malle category, which is the most challenging for competitors. This is where you have no support and have to maintain your own bike after a long day of riding. And taking the expense and skill it takes to compete, it’s no surprise that this is the first year that any American finished the race in the Malle category. Way to go Mo! We’ve got so many questions for Mo, including Emma’s probe into how you handle bodily functions out in the abyss of the Arabian desert.

Source: ASO Dakar 2023 Route
  • 14 legs
  • 16 days
  • 8,549 km
  • 4,706 km of “special legs”

And of course everyone knows the turtle and hare legend (slow is smooth, smooth is fast), which comes through in his description of finishing, keeping both his machine and body functional. It’s a race where almost anything can interfere and change everything in a split second.

Mo’s ride: KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA with American Rally Originals performance tuning

I found it very satisfying to listen to a real-world version of the turtle getting a medal, especially in contrast to all the flaccid-sounding noise that comes from “free speed extremists” who optimize for disposable lives and throwaway cages.

And on top of that you get insights into the mental and physical challenges for one of the hardest races in the world since 1979.

Dakar 2023 Malle Moto Team ARO

It’s a great interview for all the race-specific details, for sure, including safety of riding across extreme environmental, social and political conditions in Saudi Arabia.

Mo points out many times he started racing bikes only in 2015, which seems unbelievable, and that’s because his stamina and determination is linked directly to his long time on the US Sailing Team on campaigns to go to the Olympics.

The part about having to be primarily self-funded and going into heavy debt (Raised $1,885 from 12 donations while spending over $100K) to finance a race that makes him into a quiet legend is quintessentially on brand for American sailors.

It was one of the toughest Dakar events ever. Our goal was to get one American across the finish in the unassisted Malle Moto (Original by Motul) class. Mo Hart was able to do that for us.

It’s better than the Olympics, even on an old wave-pushing bathtub called the Finn.

Finn drag profile. Source: SailRaceWin

There might be a hint towards Mo’s training mindset there, not to mention when he reveals he grew up riding basic motobikes and was often left in the dust by “faster” riders.

Congratulations Mo and Team ARO. The only thing missing is an electric bike.