Featured Sailing Travel

Weekend Visit: Bayfield, Wisconsin

On the waterfront, Bayfield
On the waterfront, Bayfield

Bayfield, Wisconsin: I spent the weekend looking over my schedule trying to make sure that the various calls of duty don’t manage to fully crowd out opportunities for fun and leisure.

For The Observer, those opportunities come in the form of sailing weekends and the best ones take place in the Apostles Islands, that beautiful cluster of islands lying scattered just off the coast of Bayfield. read more »

Featured Food | Drink Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review: Bin Wine Bar

The view towards Mears Park in Bin Wine Bar | Photo via Yelp.com
The view towards Mears Park in Bin Wine Bar | Photo via Yelp.com

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Bin Wine Bar is in a great spot, nicely decorated, comfortably furnished and serves exquisitely delicious morsels of food that complement an intriguing wine list.

Set on the northwest corner of Mears Park, Bin is perfectly situated in the heart of a resurgent section of downtown, an area that has sprung to life over just the last few years.  The room is perched on Sibley Street and offers a relaxing setting with pillowed benches, decent space between tables, and a noise level that makes it easy to have conversation with your friends. read more »

Worth Reading

Presidential Election, Benghazi, and Power Shift in China

The Election – Michael Barone sums up the 2012 Presidential Election and predicts a Romney win. Agree or disagree, Barone is the undisputed authority on the American electoral system and has total command of its minutiae. “Barone: Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily

Benghazi – Posted a few weeks ago in National Review, this Mark Steyn piece picks apart the underlying issues – both political and geostrategical – surrounding the Benghazi attack and its consequences.

“Diplomatic facilities are U.S. sovereign territory — no different de jure from Fifth Avenue or Mount Rushmore. So defending them is one of the core responsibilities of the state. But that’s the funny thing about Big Government: The bigger it gets, the more of life it swallows up, the worse it gets at those very few things it’s supposed to be doing.” read more »

Featured Sailing Sport

Guide to the 2012 Autumn and Winter Sailing Season

2012 Sailing Season
Fleet after the start, Gaeta in the background, 2011 Maxi Volcano Race – © Rolex / Daniel Forster

Saint Paul, MN: We’ve just wrapped up a fantastic set of racing this summer. Bayfield Race Week saw terrific weather and great competition.  Chicago-Mackinac saw 350 boats compete in the 104th running of the race. The highlight, for us though, was the fast pace set by Team Shockwave in the Newport-Bermuda, whose finish two minutes ahead of Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente doesn’t immediately indicate the excellent sailing required for the achievement that its corrected time reveals. read more »

Featured Food | Drink Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review: The Happy Gnome

The patio at the Happy Gnome
The patio at the Happy Gnome

Saint Paul, MN: The LSW and and I were driving through one of our old neighborhoods on a recent weekend in that happy quadrant that encompasses the University Club, WA Frost, Whole Foods and F Scott’s old townhouse on Summit.


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Observations Worth Reading

FT on ‘Nanny Regulation’

The Weekend FT had a lovely morsel on the confusion and inconsistency in government regulation [subscription required]. While their disdain is aimed at the UK Financial Services Authority, their argument applies to much of what the State chooses to do.  Here’s the key sentence:

Many protections are not stupid in isolation, but fail consistency tests. Why clamp down on unregulated investments (which may lose money) yet allow gambling (where losses are guaranteed)?…Nanny is confused.

So are we all.  Worth reading.

Sailing Sport

Guide to the 2012 Summer Sailing Season

Saint Paul, MN: Fans of big boat racing have four major events to keep track of this year – the Volvo Ocean Race, the Global Ocean Race, Newport to Bermuda, and the hotly-contested (legal and otherwise) series-racing portion of the America’s Cup with final match racing to be held September 2013 in San Francisco.

In addition to these spectacular and challenging contests, this summer is packed with a schedule of really terrific races: read more »

Worth Reading

Worth Reading: ‘Lars Man Standing’

Mark Steyn (@MarkSteynOnline) updates us on the free speech case of Lars Hedegaard, head of the Danish Free Speech Society and his recent acquittal. read more »

Featured Sailing Sport

Luna Rossa Wins America’s Cup World Series Naples

Naples, Italy – After extraordinarily high winds and rough seas caused a suspension of racing yesterday, competition resumed in Naples this morning with Luna Rossa, skippered by Chris Draper, winning the fleet championship.

The next competition in the AC Word Series begins in Venice in May.

More here.


Musings Worth Reading

Chrystia Freeland on ‘Apple Authoritarianism’

Saint Paul, MN – Chrystia Freeland has an excellent piece on Reuters.com this morning highlighting the “paradox” of “catch up development” in the modern age.

Citing Daron Acemoglu, an economist at MIT, she argues that “[G]lobalization and the technology revolution mean that China’s authoritarian rulers have been able to deliver strong economic growth without read more »