Posts tagged shore

Aug 15

Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 22º56’48″S 43º10'16″W

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jun 15


Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º20'37″N 5º20'32″E

Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNdM) is a ship repair yard with modern and well equipped facilities, a highly skilled workforce, a wide network of specialists and strong teamwork ethic .

Ferry / Passenger Ship Scandola at the Chantier Naval de Marseille.

Jan 14



Water, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.“If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in water.”

Loren Eiseley,
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Writer

Protect our water, our Future.




Sep 13

Loïck Peyron Moth Mach 2

Le Pouliguen, France 47º15’45″N 2º24’53″W

The legendary French multihull specialists, Loick Peyron at home. Time to go back training!
Loick Peyron at home in preparation for the 2013 Moth World Championships.

Jul 13

Summer Storm

Marseille, France 43º17’09″N 5º20’54″E

Marseille. France.

Mar 12

Marseille Marathon 2012

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º17’04″N 5º20’59″E

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever!”

The fourth Marseille Marathon under the sign of festivity and popularity since its first edition, with a new event this year the Marseille Marathon Ladies.

Mar 12

Treasures of Napoleon Beach

Napoleon Beach, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º20’37″N 4º52’10″E

The Earth Should Not Yield Plastic Alone

The earth yields treasures. As examples: the fruits we eat and, arguably, diamonds. On my daily ocean walks I have never seen either. I do see a lot of plastic though. So, too, does Christophe Launay, whose photographs from Napoleon Beach document similar findings. It is at this beach that the Rhone (Rhine) River meets the Mediterranean Sea.

Close to the ocean, where I live, I cultivate an annual vegetable garden, and am hopeful that last year’s raspberry plants will yield fruit again this year.

But back to France. French senators last July voted to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process that uses a mixture of chemicals, sand and water injected under high pressure to release oil and gas trapped in rock. As we know, the earth also yields natural gas and oil.

Earth Day approaches, and so I googled the phrase, “The earth yields.” Lo, the first few entries were Biblical quotes from Psalm 67 in the New American Standard Bible.

psalm 67:6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us.

67:7 God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

And in French: 67:6 La terre produira son fruit; Dieu, notre Dieu, nous bénira.

Fruits of the earth.


Ditto in Spanish, La tierra ha dado su fruto; Dios, nuestro Dios, nos bendice.

And in Hebrew, the word rendered “increase” can be interpreted to mean “properly produce,” or “that which the earth produces when properly cultivated.”

Who is ‘properly cultivating’ the earth, and what does this mean? I think we know, and best-selling authors like Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver have spelled it out pretty clearly for North America, where fracking is widely practiced.

As you’d expect, the usual green groups (those protecting the fruits of the earth) and some politicians who led protests quite effectively in France, saying fracking could cause environmental damage, like earthquakes and water pollution. Government ministers and industry representatives say it is the only method currently available to extract hydrocarbons from the rock. At what cost should we be extracting those hydrocarbons?

And because Google put God at the top of the search let’s drag Him into this one last time. Remember that bit about “fearing Him?”

We’ve heard He works in mysterious ways, but it’s not overly mysterious that if you inject chemicals underground to remove materials that are part of supporting materials on top of them, and deep wells are used to dispose of liquid wastes, then tremors will be on the rise. And about water pollution from the chemicals, like arsenic? Well, that hardly seems like we are properly cultivating the earth to yield anything other than a big mess. We should be afraid.

While protests are underway in North America, if you’re not the protesting type, but you are a bit afraid of what you see above the ground, and can’t yet take on what’s going on underground, or in Heaven for that matter, here’s a place to start. Easy, point-form facts and courses for action.

Look for the handy link to Take Back the Tap

We must keep our water clean and cut down on the plastic bottle waste so prevalent in these photos and the pollution at all levels on this fine earth, which when cultivated properly we know, yields the most wonderful fruits.

Oh, and here’s one more link to check out.

Words: Trixie B. Wadson is a freelance writer, independent publisher, graphic designer and photographer. The rest of the time she is busy collecting eggs from the family chickens while they cultivate the garden.

Jan 12


Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France 43º17’21″N 5º21’79″E

 Perched on rocks by the Mediterranean, with the Chateau d’If on view.

Dec 11

Orange II

Vannes, Brittany, France 47°38'56"N 2°45'39.78"W

Fade to Orange
Orange 2 was a battlewagon of a solution to the Jules Verne problem that turned out to be the right tool for a 50-day job in 2005, but the way the trimarans Groupama 3 and then BP5 shattered just about every record that Bruno Peyron’s big cat took brings up an obvious question: Will we ever see a new record-breaking maxi cat again? This study in geometry comes from earlier this year at the Multiplast yard in Vannes, Brittany.
Words: Alan Block

May 11

Golf Course Au Large • Le Proatype putter by Loïck Peyron and Fred Eagle

Le Pouliguen, Brittany, France 47º15’22″N 2º25’45″W

# English
In 2006 I was head of the graphic design department for a custom golf equipment manufacturer in the US, working from home and looking at putters all day. every day. My house is on the waterfront and so I also look at boats out the window while I am working. every day. So, I guess it was bound to happen. My creative subconscious mind naturally twisting my daily visuals and attempting to create something new with the information. While I was practicing my short game in my yard one afternoon, It hit me hard. A future-forward club design that would marry the sport of golf with the sport of sailing. Land with Sea. Fuse the two legendary pastimes into a lethal precision sporting device. Great. Seeking advice from the only expert I knew in the field, I asked the French multihull specialist Loïck Peyron: Hey, what do you think about a multihull putter, mate? Hmmm …A catamaran for the golf course? Yes. Ees good. Let’s do it dude.
We collaborated on design concepts, and Loïck nailed it with his conceptual renderings of his assymetrical catamaran or proa design. (prao in French). It was a perfect look, sexy and stealth, and a bit from left- field. After some nice CAD work from Loïck, and multiple hours of detailing in a tiny Northwest garage, the Proatype was born. A glamourous child of salt water, cigarettes, sweat and steel.
The Proatype is a one-of-a-kind prototype putter, hand milled from aluminum, german stainless steel, and tungsten. She is shafted on a Fujikura PT-110 prototype carbon putter shaft and gripped with a white suede Gripmaster Barramundi grip. Length is 34″ and weight is 370g. She is a true original. While multicultural; and a symbiotic puzzle of European innovation, Japanese technology, Australian experience, and California cool, with Monsieur Peyron sitting proudly at the helm of the drafting table, The Proatype is most definitely a French boat. And with just the right amount of Yankee crew much like other successful multihull campaigns in recent memory. Then perhaps we have a new French American multihull classic? For the golf bag? Well, sure. Put on your visor and spiked shoes. Let’s sail a round.
In 2009, Loïck showcased our putter concept for the BMW Modern Spirits event in Paris, a global celebration organized around the unveiling of the BMW Series 5 Gran Turismo. The iconic theme of Modern-Spirits being “When is the last time, you experienced something for the first time?”, Very fitting, no? The Proatype was the epitome of the theme that evening, and she reveled in her first taste of celebrity. Since that weekend in Paris, she has been known to dissappear, sailing into the night into the uncharted courses of Le Pouliguen without assistance, only to return when least expected, but most desired.
Our sexy and mysterious Proatype putter arrived front and center earlier this month when my good friend Christophe Launay and his bag of photo trickery spent the weekend with Loïck, his brother Bruno, and Shirley Robertson, tooling around La Baule on A Class catamarans. Here are some photos snapped at Loïck’s home of the little Master puttering around with the Proatype. And yes, I know. The incredible purple shoes, you ask? Those are Loïck Peyron Emling specials, of course.
A big thanks to Christophe and Lolo for launching the putter for the impromptu backyard photo session. We will see her again soon you know. I am ironing my plaid pants and argyle socks to wear in November. Bring your wide-angle lens.
Stay tuned for more from this little story, the multihull putter project which began in 2006, will see a dramatic rebirth in 2012. The LPFE multihull putter designs are each more striking than the next, exhibiting fluid abstract lines, a vision of artistic elegance that maintains it’s prime inherent utilitarian purpose: to sink putts.
Words: Fred Eagle

# Français
En 2006 j’étais en charge du département de design pour un équipementier de golf aux Etats Unis, travaillant à la maison et regardant des putters tous les jours.
Ma maison étant située en face d’une vaste étendue d’eau douce navigable, j’observais souvent les bateaux passer au loin tout en travaillant, je suppose que j’étais pré destiné à me rapprocher d’une manière ou d’une autre de la mer. Mon subconscient créatif utilisait naturellement mes visions quotidiennes et essayait de produire de nouvelles œuvres avec ces suggestions nautiques.
Alors que je m’entrainais à jouer au golf dans ma cour un après midi, l’idée m’est venue brutalement.
Un putter au design futuriste qui marierait élégamment la voile et le golf mais surtout la Terre et la Mer. Le résultat serait une fusion de ces deux légendaires passions dans un équipement sportif d’une précision inouïe. Génial et radical.
Cherchant l’avis de l’unique expert que je connaissais dans le domaine de la voile, j’ai demandé au spécialiste français du multicoque Loïck Peyron : Hé mec, que penses-tu d’un putter multicoque ? Hmmmm … un catamaran naviguant sur un terrain de golf ? Oui ! Excellente idée ! Commençons dès à présent mon gars !
Nous avons étroitement collaboré sur le design du concept, et Loïck l’a peaufiné de ces interprétations conceptuelles issues des catamarans asymétriques et des praos. C’était un look parfait, sexy et furtif, avec une pointe d’anticonformisme. Après de belles esquisses CAD de Loïck, et de nombreuses heures de travail minutieux dans le fond d’un garage du Nord Ouest US, le Proatype était né. Un merveilleux enfant conçu à base d’un doux mélange de sel, d’eau, de cigarettes, de sueur et de métal.
Le Proatype est un concept unique de putter, alliant aluminium poli à la main, acier inoxydable allemand et tungstène. Il est fixé sur un prototype de shaft carbone Fujikura PT-110 , avec un grip blanc suédois Gripmaster Barramundi. Long de 86 cms et pesant 370g, c’est une véritable œuvre d’art. Bien que multiculturel et symbiotique casse-tête mêlant savamment l’innovation européenne, la technologie japonaise, l’expérience australienne et le « cool » de la Californie, le Proatype est définitivement un navire français, avec Monsieur Peyron assis fièrement aux commandes de la table à dessin. Ayant juste le bon nombre d’équipiers Yankee tout comme d’autres campagnes récentes et fructueuses en multicoques, peut être avons-nous la recette d’un nouveau multicoque Franco-américain ? Prenez donc votre sac de golf ! Mettez donc votre visière, vos chaussures à crampons et allons naviguer !
En 2009 Loïck présentait notre concept de putter aux BMW Modern Spirits de Paris, un événement organisé autour de la présentation des Series 5 Gran Turismo de BMW. La question centrale de ces Modern-Spirits était « Quelle est la dernière fois que vous vécu quelque chose pour la première fois ? » plutôt approprié n’est ce pas ? Ce soir là, le Proatype était l’incarnation de cet axiome et se délectait de cet avant gout de célébrité. Il a ensuite disparu après son périple parisien, navigant sans assistance et de nuit dans les practices non cartographiés de la région du Pouliguen, ne revenant que pour satisfaire notre bonheur, alors que nous l’attendions plus.
Le mystérieux Proatype a réapparu au début du mois lorsque mon ami Christophe Launay et son sac de malices photographiques ont passé un weekend avec Loïck, son frère Bruno et Shirley Robertson qui naviguaient dans les eaux bauloises sur des catamarans Class A.
Voici quelques photos prises dans la maison de Loïck, ou l’on peut apercevoir le « little Master » maniant délicatement le Proatype. Quelles sont ses incroyables chaussures violettes ? Bien évidemment la collection de chaussures Emling signée … Loïck Peyron!
Un grand merci à Christophe et Lolo pour le lancement impromptu de ce putter et la session photo d’arrière cour. Nous allons le revoir bientôt et vous le savez bien ! Je suis en train de repasser mon pantalon à carreaux et les chaussettes jacquard que je porterais en Novembre ! N’oubliez pas de prendre votre objectif grand angle.
Restez en contact pour en savoir un peu plus sur cette petite histoire, sur le projet de putter multicoque et sa renaissance dramatique en 2012. Les designs de putter LPFE multicoques sont chacun plus époustouflants les uns que les autres, présentant des lignes fluides et abstraites, une vision de l’élégance artistique qui soutient le résultat inhérent a son but premier : faire couler des putters (to sink putts)
Mots: Fred Eagle