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The September 2017 Uganda team

Ready and excited for my sail to San Francisco aboard S/V Silver Wings!

Over a year ago Risto, another Footloose Disabled Sailing volunteer, invited me aboard his boat for a delivery run to San Francisco. The time has come!

I write this post while sitting in the cockpit watching the sunset. We shove off tomorrow morning around 3-4am to go with the tide.

S/V Silver Wings is a Pearson 367C. A stout cruising sailboat. Risto and his wife Liz have spent the last several years prepping the boat so that after retiring they could cast off the lines and go sailing into new adventures.

I am excited and honored to be a part of the delivery. This will be my first blue water (open ocean) sail. For many a year I have dreamt of sailing across the Pacific ocean and down into the South Pacific islands. Coming from Seattle most sailors head down to San Francisco before jumping off. This experience will provide me with the first half of the journey.

I will be keeping daily logs and post them when I return to land.

Follow along with us on Marine Traffic.

Fair Winds!

Introducing sailing to a new friend

My good buddy Chad came for a visit from Kansas City with his girlfriend. She had never been sailing before so we took her out to get the experience. She loved every minute of it, even when we were over 30 degrees with the rail in the water.

A hairy situation

Penny has an 1100 gallon per hour bilge pump that slowed down to a dribble when it should have pushed out a river. This could be a big problem if the boat were ever to take on water!

I took it apart and found a TON of hair inside! I am impressed that it continued to work even a little. Pulled the hair out, reconnected everything, and it is happily pumping away at full power again.

The pump is an Attwood Sahara S1100 GPH and I highly recommend it.

Quickly list all hosts in your ssh config

I try to be a good citizen and create unique ssh keys for each service I ssh into. I setup all sorts of fun config items and one of my favorites is host aliases. I have accumulated dozens of hosts in my config file and remembering the names of each can be problematic. I tend to open the config file a couple times a day to find a host. This morning I whipped up a quick command that will dump a list of all my hosts into the terminal with one command. No more opening the config file with an editor and scrolling through it. Hopefully this will be something you can enjoy also!

The command is:

grep -w -i "Host" ~/.ssh/config | sed 's/Host//'

It uses grep to search through the ssh config file and sed to clean up the output.

But wait! That is a lot to type and this was supposed to make life easier. Add this as a shell alias and simply type sshhosts to get the list!

alias sshhosts="grep -w -i "Host" ~/.ssh/config | sed 's/Host//'"

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