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Minerva Reefs – Surfer’s Path

Posted: July 29, 2016 at 3:17 am

Lat: 23 deg 38S

Long: 178 deg 39W

We are sitting in the middle of the largest contrast any of us have ever experienced. There is no land in sight from horizon to horizon. In fact we had our last sight of land 3 days ago as we sailed away from Tongpatapu, the southernmost port in the kingdom on Tonga. The cabin of Khulula is filled with the sound of wavelets gently lapping against her side, juxtaposed against the muted roar of the Pacific Swell crashing on the reef around us. 3 miles in diameter, Minerva Reef is one of the most remarkable and stunningly beautiful places I have ever seen.

We are 25% of the way to New Zealand, partway through a passage that does not act kindly towards those who dawdle. We had no intention to stop at this place, but are compelled to as gales rage below us (further south). We have 780 miles to go, a mere hop skip and a jump compared to our distance traveled so far (over 6000miles), but this passage demands attention to detail weather and timing details. A daily analysis of the weather systems moving around us, and the careful positioning of our boat in relation to these systems will be the difference between a windy, stormy passage and a cruisy sunny one. Well take the latter, please!

Yesterday morning saw all four of us in the cockpit, watching the distance to Minerva field on the GPS slowly clock down. With nine miles to go, all we could see was deep blue Pacific Ocean. At seven miles to go, we could make out the mast of a boat seemingly sitting among the waves, but with no sail to be seen. At three miles to go we could make out the breakers around the reef and could see a slightly smaller mast next to the original one, also seemingly bobbing up and down on the waves with no sail up. At one mile to go we could see the turquoise center of Minerva Reef, as its associated flat water and perfect sandbank anchorage. The colour of the water was so vivid it looked like it had been Photoshopped.

Approaching a navigational hazard such as Minerva, we are reminded of a realization that we have had on multiple occasions during this voyage. We are WIMPS compared to the seafarers of old. Historically, during the days of wooden ships iron men there were no charts, no weather outlooks, and the sailor were in a boat that does not sail upwind. On many occasions we have adjusted our course in the middle of the night to avoid a reef or shoal, who to us only exists on a paper and electronic chart. We know exactly where we are, and know EXACLTY where the shoal is, as well as how large the shoal is and the best course of action to avoid it. The iron men on those wooden ships would have no idea! Spare a thought for the watch boy, sitting high up in the Crows Nest of a wooden galleon, trying to stay awake on night shift as strains his eyes searching and searching for breakers in the night. If he spots them (assuming no rain, no mist), the captain would have no idea whether it was a small reef, a 50-mile long reef (like Fakarava), or the lee shore of another continent for that matter! Had he come across Minerva Reef, and seen it in time, Captain Cook would not have known whether it was one of hundreds of atolls (like the Tuamotus) or the reality that is is just one of a pair of tiny reefs in the middle of millions of square miles of featureless Pacific Ocean. It is incredible.

We have decided that the seafarers of old were completely and utterly nuts! Here we were, glancing over the bow with trepidation, searching for a reef that we know is directly ahead, and less than 5 miles away! Our GPS gives us our position to within 3 feet, and there is no confusion as to what it what. The historical captain would maybe know his position to within 150 miles, and that is if the sun had been shining recently.

At two miles to go, everything happened at once: We were furling in our headsail (the forwardmost sail on the boat) to slow down and prepare for the transit of the reef pass. In the middle of this job there are sheets and lines (ropes) everywhere, a NZ airforce plane buzzes the atoll and starts demanding that everyone check in over the radio: This is the New Zealand Air Force, please state the name of your vessel, your intended destination, your ETA (if NZ), name of your skipper, number and names of crew, and declare any firearms or pets aboard. Just as other boats started answering, our fishing line got hit by a 30lb yellow fin Tuna WHAM! So here we are, trying to reduce sail, shoot a reef pass in the middle of nowhere, steer the boat, reel in a fantastic Tuna, and answer the call from a large aircraft doing passes just above our head demanding our attention on the VHF radio! Um, sorry for the delay, but we are a LITTLE busy here!! Needless to say, they did not hear a response back from s/v Khulula. All the other boats did check in though, I emailed NZ customs in the evening to file our report!

So, Minerva! Wow, anyone that gets a chance to visit this place should NOT miss out on it. Granted, it is a little out of the way, being 400 miles away from anything with an airport, having no dry land and all that, but IF you find yourself in a sailboat in this area, STOP, it is incredible. With no continents and associated alluvial runoff around, the water is completely absent of fines translation, CRYSTAL CLEAR! Looking over the bow of Khulula, we can see a giant sandbank all around us, 12m down. Sitting in the lagoon in flat water, watching waves explode on the reef around us, with not a scrap of land in sight is an experience none of us will ever forget. Also, as you can imagine, the reef is teeming with life such is the nature of a reef inaccessible to significant amounts of human population.

In the evening we went for a snorkel and scored a wonderful Minerva lobster. Last night we watched an amazing sunset while feasting on Yellow Fin sashimi and garlic steamed lobster tail. We are planning on leaving Minerva tomorrow morning (14th November 2007), and beeline it for NZ. It is time to take the jump. As wonderful as this place is, there are harrowing reminders in the lagoon (in the form of a couple of wrecked sailboats) of the perils of being anchored inside a submerged atoll during a storm. This ocean us unpredictable, and it is prudent to briefly enjoy the wonders of this remote place, and then move on. So, after a weather check in the early am, we begin out 780 mile passage to New Zealand and the end of the 1st year of the OceanGybe expedition. We have a HUGE amount of data to compile, and presentations to prepare, in line with our quest to continue to bring awareness to oceanic garbage.


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Destin Fishing Charters. Catch’em – 5th Amendment Deep Sea …

Posted: September 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Go Deep Sea Fishing in Destin the The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village on Fifth Amendments Destin Charters Welcome to the Fifth Amendment Charters website, home of the best Destin fishing charters and deep sea fishing trips. We catch many saltwater fish species including, Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Tuna, Mackerel, Vermillion Snapper, Triggerfish, Cobia, Shark, Marlin, & more! The Fifth Ammendment charter boat is docked and departs from the harbor in Destin, Florida. We are family oriented and have been locally owned and operated since 1996. Experience the beauty of our emerald coast while charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep sea fishing charters are not only fun and exciting, but a great way for a family to spend the day together.

We offer a variety of Destin fishing charters and fishing trips, ranging from a 4 hour family cruises, to 48 hour, overnight fishing marathons! Our overnight fishing charter offers an awesome fishing experience for the experienced fisherman and novice alike. During 48 hour charter fishing trips we travel much farther into the Gulf of Mexico, and are able to catch more fish. Our 6-8 hour fishing charters are great for anyone interested in catching a lot of fish in a days time. On six to eight hour charter trips you might expect to catch, Red Snapper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, White Snapper (Red Porgy), Triggerfish, Amberjack, King Mackerel, and even the occasional tuna or dolphin fish (Mahi-Mahi).

We use only the best fishing equipment available. We provide fishing rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Captain Chuck has been fishing the Gulf of Mexico all his life and has been at the helm of the Fifth Amendment charter boat for 19 years! He has the necessary skill and knowledge to ensure you leave with an amazing catch. We pride ourselves on service and we strive to offer a fun filled, and memorable fishing trip. Our crew is well trained, and our captain is Coast Guard licensed and certified. We keep the boat clean, inspected, well maintained and we are Coast Guard Approved. Charter a fishing trip with us and have an adventure of a lifetime!

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Tomorrow is Now–Futurist Jack Uldrich to Keynote the American Sportfishing Summit

Posted: October 16, 2014 at 2:40 am

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) October 16, 2014

This year, the 2014 American Sportfishing Summit is being held October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas and Jack Uldrich, renowned global futurist, and best-selling author will be a featured keynote speaker, along with political pundit Charlie Cook.

Uldrich will be delivering his talk, “The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof the Sports Fishing Industry.” As the son of John Uldrich, one of the founders of Vexilar, a sonar detection system for fish and game forecasting, Jack Uldrich grew up in a world surrounded by sportfishing. Jack’s father along with Robert Knutson, both avid hunters and fishermen, founded Vexilar Engineering Inc. in 1960. Their first product in the fishing arena was Deptherm – a unique and simple tool for finding depth and temperature. In 1965 they acquired an electronic temperature sensing device from Honeywell Inc. which also served as a depth finder. Although no longer in production, it did put Vexilar into the marine electronics sector relating to fishing and opened the door to sonar equipment which they first imported from Japan.

Jack Uldrich is the founder and Chief Unlearning Officer of The School of Unlearningan international consultancy designed to assist organizations in succeeding tomorrow by unlearning today. He speaks around the world on a variety of topics pertaining to future trends and his specialty of “unlearning.” He will address the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industrys trade association, on how they can begin future-proofing the industry of marine electronics, and live into their 2014 Mission of “Today was Then,Tomorrow is Now.”

As the nations recreational fishing trade association, ASA supports the interests of hundreds of businesses, agencies and organizations and is the champion for the sportfishing industry. ASAs members include sportfishing and boating manufacturers and their representatives, allied manufacturers, independent and chain outdoor retail stores, state fish and wildlife agencies, conservation organizations, federal land and water management agencies, angler advocacy groups, outdoor media groups and journalists all of whom will be audience members for Uldrich’s talk on “The Big AHA.”

“The pace and scale of tomorrows change begs the obvious question: How does a business leader prepare for a constantly changing future?” Jack Uldrich says, “The answer can be found in a simple acronym: AHA. It stands for Awareness, Humility and Action.” He goes on to say, “Leaders must become aware of the extraordinary changes taking place across todays global landscape. For example, advances in nanotechnology are leading to the creation of new materials that can out-compete copper in terms of conductivity and steel in terms of strength. And soon, some of these exotic nanomaterials will even compete on price.”

But Uldrich goes beyond simple trend forecasting and extends his keynote into helping his clients learn, or rather unlearn, in order to embrace all the new trends coming their way. “Once a leader is aware that the only ‘constant’ in todays world is change, and is humble enough to accept that unlearning will be as important as learning, in the future what is he or she to do?” In order to find out, go hear Uldrich speak, or take a look at one of his best selling books, like “Foresight 20/20” which will see its second publication with new editions in the coming weeks.

Uldrichs work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek,Forbes, The Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, the Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. Jack is also a recurrent guest of worldwide media, having appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio on numerous occasions and he is featured as a guest commentator on James Woods “Futurescape.”

Parties interested in learning more about Jack Uldrich, his books, his daily blog, or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website. Media wishing to know more about this event or are interested in interviewing Jack can contact Amy Tomczyk at (612)343-0660.

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India: Fishing For Freedom – Video

Posted: November 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

India: Fishing For Freedom
For most of their lives, every one of the 1200 fishermen in this village in the south of India described themselves as slaves. They were in debt to money-len…


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Monster Hunter Freedom: Village quest walkthrough Ep 4 – Video

Posted: September 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

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Hello everyone, welcome to my new channel and my new Monster Hunter series Today's Quests Basics: Fishing Mushroom Picking.

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Mitt Romney Tries to Prove He Is Human by Telling Sad Stories

Posted: October 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Ever since his post-debate turnaroundon his 47 percent comments, Mitt Romney (or a “spirited fellow claiming to be Mitt Romney”) has been employing a novel campaigning strategy: Trying to convince voters that he is human. (Ann can’t do all the work herself.) Of course, Romney’s not super experienced when it comes to this sort of thing, so his efforts have been a little awkward. Mostly, he’s been talking about dead people.

Romney spent the weekend in Florida where he debuted a new version of his stump speech containing three”revealing and personal” stories about deaths that impacted his life. The firstwas about an old friend from graduate school Bill Hulse, aquadriplegic as a result of an accident who recently attended a campaign event:

“It’s not easy for Billy to get around. Quadriplegiche can’t move, of course, his arms and his legs, and he can barely speak,” Romney said. “I reached down and I put my hand on Billy’s shoulder and I whispered into his ear, and I said ‘Billy, God bless you, I love ya.’ And he whispered right back to me and I couldn’t quite hear what he said. He tried to speak loud enough for me to hear.”

Hulse died the day after the encounter. “Its rare that you get the chance to tell someone how much you love them while you still can,” Romney added.

Next up was a tribute to a 14-year-old Mormon church member who Romneycounseled during the boy’s battle withleukemia. At one point, he asked “Brother Romney” to help him draft his will: “So I went to the hospital and got my legal pad to make it look official,” Romney recalled. “[David] said, I want my fishing rod to go to one friend, and I want my skateboard to go to another friend, and I want my rifle to go to my brother.'” For extra human appeal, he concluded the story with a Friday Night Lights reference:I thought of that wonderful slogan some years later: clear eyes, full heart, cant lose. David passed away, but Ill always remember never forget his courage, his clear eyes, full heart. He wont lose.”

Finally, he talked about meeting a woman at the Republican National Convention whose husband had been killed inAfghanistan. Anti-war protesters had picketed the funeral. When asked “What do you think of these people?” she told Romney: “Chris died for them to be able to protest.” The lesson? “This is quite a nation we live in.”

The response to this new, sad Romney seems to be mostly positive. As one woman who saw him speak in Florida told Politico,”Everyone has him on this pedestal, thinks that hes untouchable, but stories like this make him more human.” Her friend, however, found the address to be a little morbid: “There was one too many. After the second one, I thought, ‘Please, no more dead people.'”

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Liberty finds economy in a post-dated Fourth

Posted: June 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

LIBERTY — With a name like Liberty, youd expect a town to shine the fire engines for the Fourth of July parade, trot out the mayor in an Uncle Sam hat and blow the sky apart with more fireworks than they set off at Disney World.

But they wont. Not on Wednesday, anyway. This Randolph County town, with the states most patriotic name, will throw its America party on Saturday three days late.

You can get half-off on fireworks, explained Roger Davis, town manager.

The thinking goes like this: With a population of some 2,800, Liberty would have a hard time luring people away from holiday fireworks shows in Raleigh and Greensboro or even the fishing booth at nearby Randleman.

But by waiting each year until the Saturday after the Fourth, when rockets red glare sells at a 50-percent discount, Liberty can throw a wingding that lures 80 percent of the towns residents, draws curious out-of-town visitors, brings 60 vendors, 10 food trucks and an all-day lineup of bands, including Rough Cut, The Shell-Tones and Lightnin.

That can push the holiday as far back as July 11 in years when Independence Day actually falls on Saturday. But Liberty figures, correctly so far, that party-goers will save up some of their flag-waving oomph for the weekend.

Its probably the only time all year we have traffic, Davis said.

Five years ago, Liberty had no Independence Day party at all, and the holiday passed as quietly as the public library on a Tuesday afternoon. The chance to create something special hung like a piata, waiting for Liberty to swing.

Even though the town is named for an antebellum plantation, its too colorful to sit out the spectacle of July Fourth. Liberty is home to Craig Kirkman, world skeet champion. The Chamber of Commerce is housed inside a red caboose. Theres an ocean mural painted on the back of Hurricane Janes restaurant, which also boasts fake palm trees.

Even in June, flags hung from every telephone pole downtown, not to mention the tricolor bunting on the cupcake shop or the plywood Old Glory hanging in the guitar store window. Carol Walls thrift store, Awesome Finds, sells a flag-themed teddy bear. Carolyn Vickrey decorates the mannequin in her dress shop window in Betsy Ross attire.

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