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Doppelgängers, Peanuts, Podcasts, & that conference in Portland

Posted by Bo | July 3rd, 2014

Bo and Travis Sherry

Remember last summer when you probably got sick of the WDS Conference I wrote so many posts about? Well, I go back to Portland next week for WDS 2014, so brace yourself.

But before then, I have a funny story. After I spoke last year, apparently lots of people walked up to this guy Travis Sherry wanting to talk to him about his dream of sailing. It turned out that they all thought he was me! So we met up at the closing party and continued to confuse everyone there.

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A shakedown cruise to Margaritaville, snapper on the grill, glowing water, and Horn Island.

Posted by Bo | July 1st, 2014

Docked at Margaritavlille Biloxi Marina

I’ve made good progress on several boat projects in the past few months. I’ll go into more detail soon, but for now I’ll just tell you the leaky faucet that snowballed into an extensive refit is no longer leaking.

After a few months of a lot of work and a little play, I decided it was time to plan a birthday week sailing trip to celebrate.

In 10 years of hanging around Orange Beach, Alabama, I’d never travelled by boat more than 6 miles west of the marina–we always go east–so Biloxi was chosen as a nice destination. It is about 80 miles west of OBA, on the other side of Mobile Bay, across Mississippi Sound. It also had the added benefit of a Margaritaville Casino & Marina, as well as a few nice spa options for my first ever massage.

With a crew of Randy, me, plus two lovely ladies, KD & Allison, we pulled out of Bear Point Marina under clear skies at 5pm on Monday. The forecast couldn’t have been better with a relatively stable summer pattern for the next 5 days.

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Life after Sochi: Moscow, London, Paris, & Amsterdam.

Posted by Bo | April 22nd, 2014

Bo in Red Square

After Sochi I went on a bit of a whirlwind tour of Europe. I should warn you–don’t ever invite me to come visit unless you mean it, especially if you live somewhere like Moscow, London or Paris. I’m quite likely to take you up on the offer, as a few of my friends recently learned.

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Sochi 2014: From Russia, with Love.

Posted by Bo | March 18th, 2014

RoseMarine_Adler

I’m sitting in Rose Marine, a bakery & coffee shop here in the Adler District of Sochi, Russia, on the banks of the Mzymta river. This is the first place we found a good cup of coffee within walking distance of our hotel back in February, a lifetime ago.

Walking around this town the past two days–after the Olympic & Paralympic torches have been extinguished–emotions are running high. There is the trill of success, the seemingly audible sigh of relief, a glow of pride, and fear of the impending crash.

Thrill that for a few weeks in 2014, this town on the Black Sea was one of the most important places on Earth. Relief that the games went as well as they did. Pride that these Russian people were able to be an integral part of something so successful on the world stage.

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Sochi 2014: Day 30. Ski jumping, train riding, priorities, and whole face smiles.

Posted by Bo | February 28th, 2014

Ruski Gorky Ski Jump Center

One morning during the last week of Olympic Games, I got up at 6:30am after the better part of 3 hours sleep to catch a ride back up the mountain to Ruski Gorki Ski Jump Center. I’d not yet had a chance to see an actual event at a venue other than my own, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Jumped. Hah.

Just before the competition began, I looked up to see Lucie, the flower ceremony coordinator for my venue walking my way. We both had to be back at the Iceberg Skating Palace for figure skating that evening, so we arranged to meet back up for the train ride down the mountain after lunch. A great surprise that meant I had a Russian translator if needed.

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