We are in the early process of roughing out the spring trip. (I need to talk about spring right now as it has been snowing all day here, I need something to look forward to.) Bruce and I agreed on sailing the middle part of Chesapeake Bay from Tangier Sound in the south to Tilghman Island in the north (or possibly higher on the bay).
This would be some of the same area that we covered on the Crab House 150, and also some of the same area I visited on a solo sail last September on the Bay Days 220. On the Crab House we were on a tight schedule heading up the bay and just sailed north on open water, bypassing a lot of interesting creeks, rivers and bays. This time we'll meander up the coast, checking out those places along the way.
Starting places could be either Onancock (in Virginia) or Rumbley (in Maryland). Possible ending points could be Cambridge, St. Michaels or, if the wind favors us, as far north as Chestertown on the Chester River. All three of those possible stopping places have what we need to complete the trip - a nearby car rental spot so we can rent a car to retrieve my jeep and trailer for the drive home.
I came across an interesting camera the other day that I briefly considered as a replacement camera. It is the GoPro HD Hero, a camera designed for adventure photography (both stills and video). It is a video/still camera that comes in a housing with a variety of mounts. They are available to mount on cars, surfboards, bikes and helmets. The one I looked at, without mounting attachments, is called the "Naked" version.
Pluses of the camera are....
- designed for the wear and tear of the outdoors
- impact resistant housing good to 180 feet
- 170 degree view (and from their sample photos there is little distortion)
- presets for interval shooting of still images
- hd video
- that very wide angle lens is a fixed lens, no zooming
- no preview window
- very few controls
- no flash
- no close-up feature
It is a pretty cool camera, take a look at this clip. (Keep in mind that is a low-rez stream, go to their home page for higher resolution.) It might be perfect for adventure racing (I wonder what the EC crowd would think of this - maybe mounted on the nose of a kayak or a multihull sailboat??). And it might be nice to have one of these as a second camera to mount somewhere - on the mast, on the end of the boom, on the bow - and forget about. But I don't think it has the flexibility that I would like for a primary camera on cruises. So right now the Pentax Optio W90 is the frontrunner, but I'm still doing some research.