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It is the most famous sailing event in the world and the oldest competition in international sport.

The best sailors race in the fastest boats. These AC45 catamarans are different.

They are faster, lighter and they fly on the sea---the boat's foils are out of the water, so things get very fast very quickly. There's very little of the CAT in the water. It's about aerodynamics.It's about control systems. It's about hydraulic systems. It's not Brain Surgery, it's Rocket Science---reminds me of Formula 1. In fact, Red Bull had one of their open-wheel cars next to their bar concession on full display-Zoom.

I broadcasted a few live video feeds using Twitter's new app Periscope. It was cool to get all the views and have people from Europe and in fact all over the planet see my world through my lens (Samsung S5).

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It was like Formula 1 on water

The America's Cup World Series is in The UK this week-and what do you call 2 days of rain in England---a Weekend!  Conditions were shifty, gusty and all-round demanding ,but that helped the teams  get the pressure they needed as those AC45 sails turned into engines and got speed. BAR and Oracle USA  were neck and neck competitively and it just proved how close the races will be tomorrow and Sunday.
Avec Philippe Presti, the French Olympian and coach of the America's Cup champions ORACLE TEAM USA

If Britain can rule the waves then I can wave the rules and get closer to the boat's before the crowds show up for today's practice runs.  See Video Below:

Race Official Martin Stephens

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When I landed in Rome, things started to take off. I was on a different plane. Avi-Navi-gation seems as natural to me as sending an e mail or going to Starbucks.I fold up my self and carry "me"around as if I were a gym bag. FCO Airport is is no exception.
Travelling well is an important part of living well. If you travel well, your trip becomes more memorable and more rewarding. I haven't been everywhere-but it is on my  list--and so is being a multinational soul, an AmeriCAN, not an AmeriCANT.

I couldn't do it on land alone. NYC or L.A., London and Tokyo were what I call "making the right mistakes" These adventures were nothing more than bad planning but useful nonetheless.  I needed to get consecrated @sea and that is what I have been doing for the last 7 years---Turning the slogan "Just Do it, to JUST DONE-ONCE AROUND WITHOUT LEAVING THE GROUND. 

I Myth You-Joseph Campbell

The AWE in Awesome was put back into May and June, and more importantly, I put the HE in Hero-as I continue on what Joseph Campbell articulates in The Power of Myth, as actually feeling the rapture of being alive. I have never sailed to The Arctic Circle- and now I can say "Just Done It!" Swish

Don’t RENT your life, OWN it. Live Your Dream(s) Now, not your Back-Up Plan

They call it Planet Earth but it's mostly covered in blue ocean. I took a 1hr train ride  to Civitavecchia,  the port of call for Holland America's Prinsendam, I was about to start on the first of Two Grand Voyages.

"Every day is a journey," wrote Basho, "and the journey itself is home." If the Zen poet hadn't said that more than 300 years ago, I would have. I am Basho on a frequent flyer pass, with complimentary mojo on take off.

Don't Just Read My Words: See My May-June 2015 Videos:

The English Riviera-Cornwall

Have You Driven A Fjord Lately? H2 0MG

Portland,UK ROCKS

How Swede It Is- Stockholm Marathon

Ready,Set, North Cape-Arctic Circle

Nordic Track-Waterfalls Everywhere

▼  June 2015 (37)

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Took a bit of video and some great photos of not only Oracle's Rig, but also Emirates Team NZ, Softbank Team Japan and The Swedish Team Artemis out in The windy Solent.

Out at historic Portsmouth Naval Dockyard and met up with 2x America's Cup Champion, Skipper Jim Spithill, from Oracle Team USA, going for #3 next Sunday

Capturing a bit of The SPIRIT of Racing-With Land Rover BAR

I managed to hitch a ride on Charles and Annie's Ballistic Inflatable (Zodiac) and the 500HP  was no match for Mothers Nature and The Land Rover BAR crew. Last July, while we were on The QM2, an Oceanliner, we reached 22 nautical mph, nearly getting blown off the deck, and these guys can throttle it to 50, in the tiny spaces of a 20 meter trampoline. 
Even though it was a sea trial,the boat's foils are out of the water and things get very fast very quickly. There's very little of the boat in the water. It's about aerodynamics, it's about control systems, hydraulic systems. It's not Brain Surgery, it' Rocket Science---reminds me of Open-Wheel Racing technology and Life in the Fast Lane, at the Indy 500.

Chasing Ben Ainsley's Landrover BAR On The Solent

Back to Today's Photos:

Oracle Team USA

Softbank Team Japan
Emirates  Team  NZ New Zealand

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I'm winning at this life thing. I'm well-travelled. I have strong opinions on every subject imaginable from linguistic to time travel,  a curriculum vitae of impressive life hacks and street cred I picked up while in the badlands of The Far East AND The Not-So-Far East, and yet there are people so much cooler than me: Extreme Sailors. Toucheé!

Launching at the apron at 10AM, it was teamwork again in action, making it look easy - smooth is fast, and the fitter they are, the faster they are, and Ben Ainslie's team looked solid and  in the water and sailing through The Solent in no time. 

Capturing a bit of The SPIRIT of Racing-

I managed to hitch a ride on Charles and Annie's Ballistic Inflatable (Zodiac) and the 500HP  was no match for Mothers Nature and The Land Rover BAR crew. Last July, while we were on The QM2, an Oceanliner, we reached 22 nautical mph, nearly getting blown off the deck, and these guys can throttle it to 50, in the tiny spaces of a 20 meter trampoline. 
Even though it was a sea trial,the boat's foils are out of the water and things get very fast very quickly. There's very little of the boat in the water. It's about aerodynamics, it's about control systems, hydraulic systems. It's not Brain Surgery, it' Rocket Science---reminds me of Open-Wheel Racing technology and Life in the Fast Lane, at the Indy 500.

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When we docked back at The Camber, my face was full of sea salt and my pants and jacket saturated from the mist of the wakes we left behind. I didn't care at all.This was so cool! A week ago, I was elated to be in the Western Fjords of Norway, Land of a 1000 Waterfalls.
Today, math was hard, but it was easy to count my blessings. 

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“hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...”

If Paul Elvström is the patron saint of Yachting, then Van Morrison should be his apostle. His lyrics sum up getting "caught" by the sea. "Do you know a cure for me?" you may ask. YES, I do: SALT.

I know of a cure for everything: salt one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.'  --Out of Africa  Karen Blixen 

Extreme Racing returns to British waters

I stopped by Ben Ainslie Land Rover BAR HQ

As special as it was to be in the hanger, the AC45F was meant to sail in blue ocean, and all that kinetic energy and the need for speed needed to be translated on the blue ocean.


On my World Cruise in 2011, in Auckland, NZ,
 took this shot-who woulda
thought I'd be so close to the action today, 

Everything you could ever learn at The B School MBA comes from managing a world that's less than 20 metres long. There is probably a better ROI if you buy a boat instead of gettinga traditional EDUMACATION: Weather it is sail boats or cruise ships, you think about life quite a lot. After being out at sea for weeks or months at a time, you return home having solved the question of what you want to do in five years!

If you live a make-believe fantasy life, your life isn't worth anything, but do something that challenges  your reality, like traveling around the world out of your comfort zones, learning a new culture or language, or sailing the open ocean---those life or death situations--now that's AFFIRMING!

Ben Ainslie Land Rover BAR HQ in The Camber, Portsmouth

Dubai Or Not Dubai

Dubai, with Burj Khalifa as a backdrop
The sea is one of the most magical places on Earth. It gets into your blood. Last time Sarah and I sailed was with the Dubai Offshore Club and she was the Skipper. I was merely crew.
It's so simple to rely on GPS positioning, so it's really important to learn to navigate by the sun, the moon and the stars. Sarah Kennedy, my wife, is an amazing Sailor. You want her on your life boat when things go wrong like losing power. . She has both old and new skillsets, and can even navigate by sextant. 

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Cunard's Queen Mary 2 :NYC to New England
with calling on Halifax, and  Boston Harbor on July 4 2014-
 and a stopover at UMass JFK Library, a trip highlight.
More Americans died in the D Day invasion then the whole Iraq war

Cruiseships Come True

Freedom is, not WHAT you do to what has been done to you, freedom is  nothing but a chance TO BE BETTER

But freedom isn't free. 3 weeks ago, I visited the beaches of Normandy, and had awe and gratitude for the sacrifices made so that I could have a future, and  live the AmeriCAN dream- traveling  freely around the world.

Impossible Is Nothing-Traveling is an activity not an accomplishment, but what an active run I have had!

Geography is the topography of ignorance, a finite disappointment not only  when the map becomes the territory, but when you actually visit these hole in the wall places. In most cases, it's a lot better to transcend reality with imagination, re-framing the conversation. "Melbourne was awesome", "Ghana? Amazing!" India? a magical delight".   
The future just isn't what it used to be. Nevertheless, there is not one ship that doesn't sail to a port where life is not uncomfortable.  Yet, you don't quit countries, you quit people, and you can ONLY quit once- and I have to say the best ships are friendships, and I have met some amazing people while sailing around the world, and I have not given up on the inherent goodness of people.
Because it makes me happy-May 5, 2015 Rome, the start of
 my latest and greatest grand  voyage

So what if hell is other people! Go to hell for the company and heaven for the climate Liking many people spontaneously and without effort is probably my greatest of all sources of personal happiness.

The gravity of travel is that you need these three things to fo it: time, money and opportunities. The zeto Gravity thinkingvthst runs mu show is not about these finite resources. It is about resourcefulness and being clever enough to get what I want. Afterall, living on earth and doing nothing still gets each of us a round trip around the sun. You might as well do what you like regardless of the naysayers,because the Earth school kills all of its students, and procrastination is just suicide on the installment plan. When you life flashes before your eyes, don't you want to see a movie worth watching. 

There is no time like the present.

If it wasn't for the last minute, however, nothing would ever get done. No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it, especially, living and working on a cruise ship. Some people will say it is a "dream world". I love sleep and dreaming. It's dreaming with eyes wide open. And I can see the future, and it works!

H2 OMG-Enriched by A  Wonderful Osmosis in Flåm 6 days ago
Going out to sea is  the infinity of hope, the preview of life's coming attractions where you have final cut in your own movie.  You can lose yourself in the ocean's food for thought. Its  menu is the meal,  and itineraries are full of promises. It gives you a  sense of destination and the energy to get started again.
Yet, when I think of all the places I've been, and the stories I have told and heard, life at sea is a Constant preparation for something that never happens, and when you realize that, you have no fear of the unknown, and you live blissfully in a kind of fuzzy ambiguity. 

Call it faith!  A passion for the possible. I am full of it, and shooting from the hip that is to say,   having an adventure is something more but nothing less than bad planning.  When I cold-called for my first ship job, and got it after a 12 minute elevator pitch, I began to trust myself, and ONLY  when you trust yourself can you truly begin to live it up.


Intoxicating - but I swear to drunk I'm not God.On our way to Norway's
most famous waterfalls-Vøringsfossen 
But I'm not a sailor . Maybe a sailor  with a small s. 

Living on a ship,  however, might be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria. It's not real life but an alibi. 

It  is like going out of your mind everyday- in order to come to your senses; and a fool who persists in his folly becomes wise. Afterall this foreign travel, I no longer want to cast doubt on perfection-America.  The Sea calls me saying “I can help you lose your baggage without going to the airport. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. I can see again!

Vøringsfossen (Video)

The mommy party (Democrats) "How can I help" verses the Daddy Party (Republicans)_ DIY-Do It yourself

There's nothing I wouldn't do for my country , and there's nothing it  wouldn't do for me. And that's the way we go through life - doing nothing for each other.  That's me ascribing to the Daddy Party.

Embracing the (expat)life I choose, .so much of it is about non-doing I have had  nothing to do and all day to do it. An accident of birth, being born in the USA,  I won the geographically-desirable-places-to-live-on-the-planet lottery, and have squandered my inheritance in the United States of Unconsciousness, a shared hallucination of "any place but here" and " the grass is greener". 

 I can truely have lived through direct experience this T S Eliot quote: "We shall not cease from exploration, / and the end of all our exploring / will be to arrive where we started / and know the place for the first time.”

The grass actually  is greener where you water it. Right now I am drinking from a Fire Hose!

Running On the rainy  chalk headlands in Southern England, in November.
 England has such amazing Coastline.Thegrass is pretty green HERE.

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