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July 3, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Whims, waves, and fleshy things

You know that small child that won’t get in the water because it’s just too weird? It’s like that.

Sailboat up on foils with one raised (Screenshot: the Sailing Show)

“Oh, come on. It is not too cold. Quit foiling around.” (Screenshot: the Sailing Show)

Sailboat sailing up on foils (Screenshot The Sailing Show)

“OK, that’s better. Flying with splash now.”(Screenshot.The Sailing Show)

Crew on racing sailboat deck. (Image: Screenshot The Sailing Show)

Maybe not smart to put all your eggs in one basket, but the crew of this racer look like a bunch of good eggs.(Screenshot.The Sailing Show)

Summer is the time for water play, but these teams preparing for the America’s Cup are taking racing sailboat design to whole new heights.

Watch some really making waves: The World Sailing Show (Jan 2019) or The World Sailing Show (June 2019)

Race between sailboat on fails and motor boat (Screenshot, The Sailing Show)

“Hey ahoy over there, skipper. Want to race?”  (Screenshot.The Sailing Show)

Honestly considering the recent incidents of a rare flesh-eating bacteria in the waters off the East coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, you can hardly blame these flighty beauties for trying to stay above it all.

You can contract the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria by wade fishing or eating raw or uncooked seafoods,  just splashing around in the water, getting snagged by a fish hook, or even having a new tattoo.

Yet Summer Olympic sailors worried Brazil’s coastal waters were dangerous?

And another team's version of sailing on foils (Screenshot The Sailing Show)

“Wait. Wait. Let me wade in and get used to it before a full body splash in.” (Another team’s racing contender. Screenshot.The Sailing Show)

This is all really weird. 

Especially considering when we were kids, people thought sloshing in salt water was healthy and healing.

Hey, alligators still think that. Gators with skin problems frequently float downstream and wallow around at the Gulf Spa for a bit.

Bacteria levels in the Gulf are always higher with the summer temperatures, but we’ve had extreme summers before – like over 22 consecutive days of 100F temps, yet there wasn’t a local epidemic of flesh-eating bacteria incidents.

Actually don’t remember ever hearing about people getting this stuff then. With a name like “flesh-eating bacteria” – well, it’s just too SciFi be overlooked and not to make the news.

So what’s changed? Probably much more complex than just climate change.

Some balance of nature is upset; something that normally keeps this bacteria in check can’t keep up or has stopped working.

Might be the consequences of all the plastic particles bleeding into the water, all the meds/hormones being flushed, or all the lawn chemicals washing into watersheds down to the Gulf?

All possibilities need to be explored before jumping on one and assuming that’s the complete answer.

First the sharks, then the flesh-eating bacteria. Think the ocean is putting out “No trespassing signs”?

Hope water play doesn’t become only a memory of the past.

Take care sailing through your summer vacation.

(Oh, the water’s fine. Really. Just when you though it was safe…)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Sailboat flying full speed up on foils practicing for America's Cup (Screenshot The Sailing Show)

It’s got sails; it’s over water. Guess it qualifies as a sailboat even though calling it a SciFi flyer isn’t too far fetched….Maybe they know something we don’t? Future of sailing without getting in the deadly water? (Screenshot The Sailing Show)


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  1. Kate Crimmins / Jul 3 2019 7:02 am

    OK, now I’m terrified of taking a shower! Stay safe!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2019 8:05 am

      As long as it’s not an open air outdoor public shower? HaHa
      Real life is stranger than fiction. Hey, you’re lucky – you can enjoy waterfront safely at your pond!(That fish isn’t narrowing his eyes funny at you is he?….insert Rtwlight Zone music here)
      Thanks for splashing down here for a while

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jul 3 2019 9:45 am

        It’s been a long time since I went into the ocean higher than my ankles. Unlike when I was a child and was always getting the whistle blown to come in.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2019 9:54 am

          No whistles here at that time – but lots of parents yelling – the continental shelf is shallow here, you can wade deceptively safely out and slosh from sand bar to sand bar – the problem is the deep hole between sandbars and the rip tides. Most parents then stayed within arm’s reach…and were constantly cautioning “get caught in that current and it’ll take you to Cuba”
          There are life guards on some beaches now and you can’t drive on those beaches.
          But the water just isn’t as much of a lure now – besides it’s as warm as a bathtub – so not refreshing. Molly is right. Short walks wary of that moving liquid, then hit the car and AC.

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  2. shoreacres / Jul 3 2019 7:03 am

    I listen to the early morning outdoor show on radio regularly, and both recreational and commerial fishermen and shrimpers are talking about vibrio more. There are less dramatic experiences that don’t get news coverage, even though they’re becoming more frequent. I don’t think it’s warming temperatures, per se. I’d be more willing to bet on something like the amount of antibiotics washing into the bays and an evolution of the bacteria themselves.

    In any case, I think of it often. I’m sure I encountered the bacteria (or at least some bacteria) the last time I fell into the water. I went in between a dock and a bulkhead at Lakewood, and went straight down into the mud, up to my knees. Where I’d been in contact with the mud, a red rash appeared, and it took three months for it to go away. Staying out of the water’s one answer, but keeping that ol’ immune system up to snuff is important, too.

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  3. Pix Under the Palm Fronds / Jul 3 2019 7:48 am

    Geez, just walked Venice Beach, Florida last night and of course waded barefoot in the water. If I survive last nights wading I think I will pass from now on. Man, pretty soon there won’t be any reason to stay in Florida… no sun exposure, no wading in the ocean, don’t eat the fish, stay away from breathing air with red tide, stay off the roads when the oldsters are out driving. Wait!… I am an oldster driving a vehicle!!! On the lighter side… love the sailing pictures!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2019 8:08 am

      Hey, you know what they say, the tough ones live forever…with years of street immunity we’re probably safe HaHa
      Those boats just seemed hilariously like kids learning to walk with swim fins – glad you enjoyed them
      Thanks for sailing by to chat

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  4. marina kanavaki / Jul 3 2019 10:46 am

    Wow! I’m glad I’ve got the Mediterranean, but then you never know…. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2019 12:19 pm

      Whew – those sunlight bright white buildings and intensely blue waters are so fabulous. Worrisome is that the currents are interconnected as are cultural changes that affect everything. A positive outlook, being able to laugh at yourself as well as others, and a strong immune system should carry you through just about anything. Cheers and thanks for adding splashy remark

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  5. jacqueslebec / Jul 3 2019 11:05 am

    It’s not isolated to the East and the Gulf, I live on the California Delta, my Doctors have told me to stay out of all public water. Swimming in the River is out for me due to my very weak immune system, I’ve known two people infected by the flesh-eating disease, our water is cold snow melt. It affects my diet as well, no shellfish at all.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 4:47 pm

      See you’re confirming what I suspected.(Enjoyed your post, but the way) Some are singling out one possible cause (climate warming) when the facts may prove to be different- this stuff can be found in cold waters..and even in gold fish ponds(see comment below). I really dislike people using part of information or misinformation to persuade people about something. Really distorts the science.
      Take care and thanks for adding a splashy remark


      • jacqueslebec / Jul 5 2019 10:29 am

        This makes me wonder if that is the reason (I’m not sure if this is 100% true, but I’ll repeat it anyway.) People in Saudi Arabia believe washing in still water versus running water is taboo.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2019 10:51 am

          I’ll have to check on that – could be cultural/religious reasons? Or because water may be scarce and wasting – using more than necessary running water is frowned on – you use less if it’s contained? Hmmm. curious now.
          Old wisdom here said running water was healthier and more pure as this is coastal marsh/swamp area. Geography shapes our world and habits more than people want to think.
          Thanks for the running addition


  6. colonialist / Jul 3 2019 1:48 pm

    I haven’t been sailing for ages and I miss it. But less now, with munching creepies possibly to be found.
    That one yacht looks like a lizard in the desert holding a leg up to cool it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2019 4:46 pm

      You are totally right about that boat looking like a giant lizard. I know they are machines, but some seem to have their own personality.
      When we sailed, I always came home with “boat bites” – even on the monohull – never thought anything about it – or hopping in and out of water when we raced catamarans or sailed on the wind surfers. Now, I’m not so sure about that. Hope your internet chills out and lets you get back up soon. Thanks for drifting over here to chat


  7. Pied Type / Jul 3 2019 5:24 pm

    I haven’t been sailing since I was a kid, but I loved it. Of course in those days, sailboats operated IN the water, not above it.

    My former boss got a vibrio infection in his leg back in the ’90s from working in and around his goldfish pond. He was hospitalized for quite a while and lost a big chunk of tissue on his leg. Probably started from just a minor scratch in dirty water.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 4:50 pm

      These boats do fascinate me as they are such strange creatures – like myths or ones from movies. They seem to have personalities…wonder if they are moody and some days just want to be let alone – like race horses can be.
      Whoa – that’s scary about the fish pond scratch. Shiver.
      Thanks for risking a splash down here


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 8 2019 11:30 pm

    That flesh eating stuff even made the news here, must have been a slow news day, trump was probably playing golf


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2019 10:38 am

      Like we have said with previous presidents and Sec. of States, “At least they aren’t in Washington causing yet another mess….”
      Thanks for taking a shot here!



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