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Dan Prochaska
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My son Leo and I standing watch during a drive
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Autumnal Equinox Races, with a little time to play between races. Gusty winds sent us down wind over 10 knots while flying the asymmetrical. could have used a little more sun and I,m defiantly missing the the warmer temps.
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Taking full advantage of what warm weather we have left.
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2013-10-09
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Out on an absolutely beautiful evening sail with Tommy and Gabriel. Down wind flying the old red spinnaker. Once the clouds broke the sky was huge, and Gabriel is a little monkey.
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We have just brought our love of boating to a whole new level of environmentally friendly by installing a non water polluting propane burning auxiliary motor on our sailboat. My personal feeling is that some of these ridiculously huge multiple engine boats, especially any of the ones burning gallons of fuel per mile, are unfairly polluting these precious water resources that are there for all of us to first respect, and then enjoy. I would like to personally challenge all boaters to do more and to do as much as they can to keep our waterways clean, not just for us but also for generations to come. I also firmly believe that as mercury and other pollutant levels continue to reach all time highs that these cleaner alternative motors may someday become mandatory on all new boats as they replace and phase out older less eco-friendly engine models.
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Even in the lighter winds, we find ourselves moving along. A couple new faces on Salacia last night as we took her out for an evening into night sail.

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Paddling with my son on Willow Lake, I'm reminded that sometimes, its all about the journey.
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So I took the family out for a 3 hour cruise last Sunday and while flying a kite a friend happened to get a few of pics of us during an accidental broach. Lots of squirrely wind out on last Fathers Day, Veered the boat around, and then it knocked us down These pics don't show the whole 360' we pulled off only the last few moments, and then the recovery. We ended up putting a small tear in the spinnaker just above the clew and we broke a pulley attached to the bow spirit. At times like this it really puts the meaning family rocket ship into perspective. the J/80 is light and responds well in almost any wind conditions. Crazy and exciting, As far as the crew (my wife and kids) it was all three of theirs first broach. And although a little dangerous I'm glad it was with me on our boat. Most memorable Fathers Day ever.
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