28 April 2011

Veritas CXLIX

Today's Truth: Want a new fantasy series to read?  I discovered Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars last year:

The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss' parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

27 April 2011


Today's Truth:  You are more likely to see a tornado than win the lottery, but not by much.  This truth sponsored today by our local Tornado Watch.

26 April 2011

Veritas CXLVII

Today's Truth:  Fòrum Marítim Català crossed the finish line at 21 17 24 hrs this Friday evening to finish in a creditable eighth place, a good result for a duo which had never met prior to their qualifying sail and which arrived into the race with very different background, ages and cultures.

The young Catalan Gerard Marin and Ludovic Aglaor completed their race in 112 days, 07 hrs 24 mins secs at an average speed of  9,35 kts for the theoeretical course of 25,200 miles. Over the course that they sailed of 28.662 miles they averaged 10,62 kts.

25 April 2011

Veritas CXLVI

Today's Truth:  Very proud of my Honor Roll student!

Veritas CXLV

Today's Truth:  Hugo Boss has taken 7th, crossing the line at Barcelona.

23 April 2011

Veritas CXLIV


Veritas CXLIII

Today's Truth:  We get to host my brother and his buddy for a couple days ... can't wait for them to get here later today!

19 April 2011

Veritas CXLII

Today's Truth:  Children's Museums are always fun!

17 April 2011

11 April 2011

Veritas CXL

Today's Truth:  For Dee Caffari (GBR) and Anna Corbella (ESP) the remaining 220 miles to Barcelona are all that stand in their way before both chalk up another record in their respective careers and the second edition of the Barcelona World Race.

When Dee Caffari arrives in Barcelona this will be the fourth time she has successfully sailed around the globe – twice against the prevailing winds and currents, twice solo, three times non-stop, and once doublehanded – the only female sailor to have done so. Meanwhile for Anna Corbella, the local homecoming reception is expected to be especially welcoming, as she will become the first Spanish woman to have ever sailed around the world non-stop.

For GAES Centros Auditivos, currently around 25 miles off Alicante, it looks like a relatively strong northerly and north-westerly Mediterranean outflow will create upwind conditions for the last section of their race between Cartagena and Barcelona. With an easterly Levant breeze in the Alboran Sea, and north-westerly Tramontana breeze from the Gulf of Lyons, things could get very light for the sixth-placed duo as they cross the Gulf of Valencia around the latitude of Ibiza, although they may be able to pick up some extra breeze from the Ebro valley, as Neutrogena did, to reach along the coastline. Given the localized conditions, their ETA could yet vary from Tuesday evening through to mid-Wednesday.

10 April 2011

Veritas CXXXIX

Today's Truth:  Had a great time at a birthday party for my nephew and his son (and his father-in-law and brother-in-law).  Happy Birthday!!!

09 April 2011


Today's Truth:  I love a Saturday full of yard sales and flea markets.  Especially when combined with 4/$1 books!

05 April 2011


Today's Truth:  When Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernadez crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race at 0917hrs (UTC) today, the Spanish Olympic champions of 2004 took second place, having completed the 25,200 miles course in an elapsed time of 94 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds.

04 April 2011

Veritas CXXXVI

Today's Truth:  Breaking the finish line this Monday morning at 10hrs 20mins 36 seconds (UTC) Jean-Pierre Dick (45) and Loïck Peyron (51) have won the second edition of the Barcelona World Race on Virbac-Paprec 3, completing the 25,200 miles round the world race in 93 days, 22 hours, 20 mins and 36 seconds at an average speed of 11.18 knots.  Congrats, guys!

01 April 2011

Veritas CXXXV

Today's Truth:  This evening race leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 are just 40 miles from Tangier, at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar.

Currently heading on a north, slightly westerly course as they tack through light airs off the Moroccan coast, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron (FRA) have the Rock of Gibraltar in their sights, with MAPFRE 281 miles behind.

In third place Renault Z.E. have crept 70 miles closer to the leader over the past 24 hours, and at 14 knots this evening seem to have crossed the front into better pressure. Behind them in fourth Estrella Damm are also making good speeds, but less confident that they will be able to capitalize on the better pressure.