Blog

Join us as we sail around the world - share our joy, experiences, trials and tribulations as we proceed.
It's lonely out here! So please comment as we love to hear from you.

OCT
29
0

The Life and Death of Flying Fish

FlyingFish

This could possibly be the best footage ever captured of mahi mahi and frigate birds hunting cooperatively for flying fish. Flying fish can be seen jumping out of warm ocean waters worldwide. Their streamlined torpedo shape helps them gather enough underwater speed to break the surface, and their large, wing-like pectoral fins get them airborne.

Flying fish are thought to have evolved this remarkable gliding ability to escape predators, of which they have many. Their pursuers include mackerel, tuna, swordfish, marlin, and other larger fish. For their sustenance, flying fish feed on a variety of foods, including plankton. There are about 40 known species of flying fish. Beyond their useful pectoral fins, all have unevenly forked tails, with the lower lobe longer than the upper lobe. Many species have enlarged pelvic fins as well and are known as four-winged flying fish.

The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins by gaining great velocity underwater, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour. Angling upward, the four-winged flying fish breaks the surface and begins to taxi by rapidly beating its tail while it is still beneath the surface. It then takes to the air, sometimes reaching heights over 4 feet (1.2 meters) and gliding long distances, up to 655 feet (200 meters). Once it nears the surface again, it can flap its tail and taxi without fully returning to the water. Capable of continuing its flight in such a manner, flying fish have been recorded stretching out their flights with consecutive glides spanning distances up to 1,312 feet (400 meters).

  2100 Hits
Tags:
2100 Hits
JUL
03
0

Caveman video intro/logo

I found this After Effects video template, thought it was funny and quite descriptive of us "Flintstones" trying to sail around the world. Hahaha ....

  840 Hits
Tags:
840 Hits
JUN
03
0

Graffiti video

I recently made this video in Adobe After Effects. But there is something not quite right with this video! Can you tell what is wrong?

  790 Hits
Tags:
790 Hits
MAY
20
0

Video spray painting job

Here is a video received today from Garth Walker, Trinidad (taken on his cell phone) of the Awlgrip marine paint spray painted on Revelations. Although the picture quality is not fantastic nor high definition, it certainly gives one an idea of what the end result will look like. Check that paint gloss!

  789 Hits
Tags:
789 Hits
MAY
20
0

Sailing to Recife video

This is a short video of Revelations sailing to Recife, Brazil.

  587 Hits
587 Hits
MAR
08
0

The Mast

TheMast

Some of the places we intend visiting have high bridges spanning the waters under which we will have to pass, so it is imperative to know our mast height to ensure we have adequate clearance. So Joe hoisted me up the mast and I lowered a long piece of string from the top of the mast down to the deck. Pulling the string tight, he then made a mark on the string which we measured later and found that the mast was 19 meters in length. We then measured 1.7 meters from the base of the mast to the waterline - this give us a total mast height of 20.7 meters. The means we can effectively pass under bridges with a height clearance of 21 meters and above. Bridge height clearances are indicated on navigation charts but one has to be mindful that the heights specified are at low water datums - one therefor have to subtract the height of the tide to work out the actual clearance. Failing this, there is a risk that the top of the mast will collide with the bridge probably causing extensive damage to the mast. So here I am hanging from a rope at the top of the mast some 20 meters up in the air. So whilst I was up there, I took some pictures and video.

  1258 Hits
1258 Hits
MAR
07
0

Good times

A week or two back, we sailed to Ilha de Itaparica here in Salvador to go and checked out a sandbank as a possible place for the yacht Entheos to be beached for much needed repairs to her sail drive. On the way there, we took a couple of pictures and some video footage - we have now compiled this into a short movie for you all to see. Hope you enjoy as much as we had a good time.

  1313 Hits
1313 Hits
FEB
14
3

Mid Atlantic Diveboarding

We did not sail non-stop to Salvador, Brazil - we also had lots of fun along the way. We deployed the dive boards, made a rope bridle which we attached to the yacht, cruising at around 5 knots - we went dive boarding. We video recorded several of these episodes - this one, the camera (GoPro) was turned upside down and we think the video result is quite unusual. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  1205 Hits
Recent Comments
Hey Wiets, this video won't go beyond 8 seconds.
Monday, 16 February 2015 12:22
Thought it was just my old machine, think Wiets is tearing his hair out with the connection...or lack there of
Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:45
I think I found the problem - it was video codecs used by some software I'm using to compress the video. Using other software, I h... Read More
Sunday, 08 March 2015 09:45
1205 Hits
FEB
13
4

Revelations in mid Atlantic

The internet speed here is Salvador is beyond slow! It takes more than 30 minutes to download a simple text email of around 200 words! So whilst the marina's wifi is down, it is an uphill struggle to get anything done on the website. So although we have stuff to share with you all, it takes forever to get it posted - for example, this video took no less than 7 hours to upload. Then during this time, we had to start over afresh a number of times as the connection was broken.

Anyway, enough bitching! Here is a video of Revelations sailing in the mid Atlantic ocean. The wind was around 8 knots, the sun was shining, the ocean was an amazing blue and the visibility in excess of 50 meters under water. Hope you enjoy! (Near the end of the video, on the upper right side of the video, look for the small fish swimming along with Revelations) 

  1305 Hits
Recent Comments
Hey Wiets and you thought the radio email was SLOOOOwww.... Seems there are worse things than a slow radio connection in mid Atla... Read More
Friday, 13 February 2015 19:53
Thanks Wiets!!
Friday, 13 February 2015 20:37
Yes ... in the end, the radio email was actually quite good, especially through your station and with WinLink. Just got to get the... Read More
Saturday, 14 February 2015 07:10
You would have loved it!!! Barring for a few days of little wind, the trip to Salvador was really good with consistent wind (betwe... Read More
Saturday, 14 February 2015 07:29
1305 Hits
OCT
08
0

Makes you think ...

Yeah, rap style and all. But, kinda makes sense what this guy is saying. These are the very reasons why one would want to go on a world cruise - to get away from all this shit.

  1072 Hits
1072 Hits
MAR
13
0

1700 Movies and counting

This has been a boring and tedious task, so far we converted more than 1700 DVD's into MP4 format movies. However, there is about another 400 to 500 DVD's to go! One 3 TB hard drive is full and the second 3 TB hard drive is at about 30% capacity. We now do not have to carry the DVD's onboard and the hard work in converting everything is worth it as it saves quite a bit of weight. This is one shit load of movies and should keep any movie fanatic busy for a couple of years. Time to take a break from this monotonous job, go away for awhile and relax. Cheers, catch you later.

Movies

  1840 Hits
Tags:
1840 Hits
MAR
10
0

Soft Shackles

I have been looking at buying some soft shackles for Revelations as they always come in handy. As a bonus, because they are soft, there is no chance of it banging about or knocking against the paintwork. Then I found this video on YouTube on how to make them yourself. Next time I'm around a rope supplier, I will be buying a variety of braided Dyneema rope thicknesses and get stuck in. I can think of a number of places where this will come in useful. So here is the video showing how it is done.

  1496 Hits
1496 Hits