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Craig Russell
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I have been a waterman since the age of three. I grew up swimming on a swim team on the east coast. My Dad had a small boat when I was a kid and we spent many a day on the Chesepeake Bay. For college, I moved west on a scholarship for swimming at UNLV. I had a great 4 years in Vegas and had a wonderful college experience with lots of travel and fun. Moved to Carmel after college and continued my surfing career in Carmel, Big Sur and Santa Cruz. Worked for Hyatt and hit the water every chance I could. Transferred to Palo Alto and continued surfing in Santa Cruz. Got hooked on windsurfing in 84 and started a windsurfing club called Windpower. Sailed like crazy on the SF bay until my son Connor arrived in 96. Slowed down and started sailing a Sunfish in Redwood Shores. Moved up to a sailing dory in 1999. The Hunky Dory took me all over and I mastered her on the lakes and sloughs of Fremont. Took her on the bay too. In late 2000, two friends and I purchased Addiction, a 1981 Newport 30 sailboat. We have sailed all over the bay over the last ten years and love this boat. One of my great pleasures in life is spending a day on the water. My dream is to sail to New Zealand with friends.
I have been a waterman since the age of three. I grew up swimming on a swim team on the east coast. My Dad had a small boat when I was a kid and we spent many a day on the Chesepeake Bay. For college, I moved west on a scholarship for swimming at UNLV. I had a great 4 years in Vegas and had a wonderful college experience with lots of travel and fun. Moved to Carmel after college and continued my surfing career in Carmel, Big Sur and Santa Cruz. Worked for Hyatt and hit the water every chance I could. Transferred to Palo Alto and continued surfing in Santa Cruz. Got hooked on windsurfing in 84 and started a windsurfing club called Windpower. Sailed like crazy on the SF bay until my son Connor arrived in 96. Slowed down and started sailing a Sunfish in Redwood Shores. Moved up to a sailing dory in 1999. The Hunky Dory took me all over and I mastered her on the lakes and sloughs of Fremont. Took her on the bay too. In late 2000, two friends and I purchased Addiction, a 1981 Newport 30 sailboat. We have sailed all over the bay over the last ten years and love this boat. One of my great pleasures in life is spending a day on the water. My dream is to sail to New Zealand with friends.

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Sail Around The Planet in 5 Minutes


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Weekend Pics


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The Perfect Sail
My buddy John is visiting from Ashland.  We have done a lot of sailing together, including two Baja Haha's.  We hit the docks about 2:30 on brilliantly sunny day.  The winds were in the low teens as we headed out the harbor.   The sails went up quickly as t...

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Awesome Music Software
It's pretty cool that you can throw music from iTunes to your Apple TV.  But what if you want to share some music from the web or another source on your sound system.  It's not that easy.  Yes, you could run a wire to the system.  But that is so 1998!  I ha...

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Picks of the Week


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San Diego Memories
We are in San Diego visiting my son for the holiday weekend.  Staying at the hotel that I normally stay at when participating in the Baja Haha.  In my quest for sea miles and learning all I can about cruising, I have been on six Haha's.  Being here brings b...

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Thalassophiles Unite
There is a very good chance we will be headed to the Caribbean in April for a crewed yacht charter.  We are looking at the St. Thomas/St. John area on a brand new 58' cat.  I put the idea out to my friend Frank and at first they turned me down.  The more he...

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Satuday Sail
I posted a Meet Up on Got Wind and Water and took out 4 great sailors on Saturday.  The morning was windy and we took off with hopes high.  As we came out of the harbor, I was able to raise the sails due to the northerly component.  We sailed out the channe...

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Pics of the Week
Here is an easy way to pick up crew and share your passion.  Since we have lots of sailing enthusiasts in the Bay Area, there are several Meet Up Groups that have up to 1000 folks looking to go sailing on someone's boat.  I put out an invite on Thursday for...

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My Bonehead Move of the Year!
One of the editorial caveats I have is I never mention my own bonehead
moves.  We all have them once in a while.  And if we learn from our
mistakes, we are ahead of the game.  Here is what happened:  My sailing
buddy Tex and I were up in the Delta for a ...
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