Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Allaire's New Land Boat

San Anselmo, California

When I finally landed in Naples Florida back in 2009 (click here to read that blog post) after my seagoing voyage of discovery thru El Carib I was car-less and needed some transportation. I ended up purchasing the "Green Hornet" my 2001 Honda Accord with 64k on the odometer. She served me well and true.....I piloted her across the United States from Florida to my current home in California.

Well, things move on and this blog has definitely become more Land than Sea....especially evidenced by my new Land Rig.

After graduation I took a job as a Mortgage Banker & Broker at Equitable Mortgage Group and have been working on that business now for about  a year and a half. It really is a business where everything communicates including what you drive. 

Not long after I sold Christa I was doing my job.....engaging realtors and checking out some Open Houses to see what's on the market thinking maybe I could provide some financing. Well I pulled up to an 8 million dollar home in Ross CA looking very sharp with the exception of the Green Hornet which looked tired with more than a 100k on the odometer. Right or wrong good or bad, a car transmit messages of success or failure. I felt embarrassed. 

So I bought a Mercedes Benz......poor baby has to drive a Benz. I've not had a moment of regret. What a magnificent piece of engineering and pure pleasure to drive. 

All good in the hood!

Capt C (ret)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Christa is Sold. An End of an Era

San Rafael, CA

It happened as quick as a Caribbean squall.....she's sold. The new owners Jon & Sara having been cruising and sailing aboard a Catalina 36 and felt they needed something more robust before crossing the Pacific.

My last time aboard

So it is with a sense of relief and heavy emotion that I parted company with Christa yesterday. She will be hauled out of the water and trucked up to Bellingham Washington where the new owners plan on cruising the San Juans for the winter. Then they will head south.

I think I'm still a bit in shock that I don't own Christa anymore. Need time to process. I will reiterate that my sailing days are not necessarily over. I think at some point in my life I will return to the sailing life. I'm still a relatively young person and continue to improve my health. Plenty of time.

Meanwhile, this blog was created specifically for sailing but will continue to evolve as my many interest in this world evolve. Please stay on!


Capt Chris (ret)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GoPro Hero 3.....Incredible!

San Anselmo, CA

This is possibly the best video capture I've ever seen. Such art.


Capt C

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Puerta Vallarta Mexico Visit

Puerta Vallarta Mexico

My girlfriend and I jumped aboard a plane and headed to Mexico to rest and celebrate a birthday. Mexico has such charm to it ALL deriving from the gracious nature of its people. They honestly enjoy presenting an experience.

Of course a trip to Mexico presents a opportunity to work on my photography skills. I present some of my photos!

And there you have it......a little slice of Mexico from the lens of Christian Allaire!

Capt C

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Christian Allaire is Selling his Beloved Christa

San Anselmo, CA

My odyssey years are truly coming to an end....well maybe not coming to an end....the wanderlust is simply latent. I'm so happy and content in my life here in Marin County California. Click on the hyper-link and read a great article from the'll start to understand why I've decided to grow my roots. I am awfully grateful for my time aboard Christa, the incredible experiences, character building and deep satisfaction I feel when I take a look at my video's on Youtube.

I am convinced that my sea going days are not over. I'm still a young man at 46 years old with plenty of wind left to sail.

At the dock In San Rafael August 2013
Christa is a terrific boat that does need some TLC....nearly all electrical as I am the worst electrician....not patience to string cable correctly. Sigh. But she will make someone a very happy boat owner. Click on the above image and contact Bob, or contact myself. 

Fair Winds,

Capt C

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Asana Task Management Software

San Anselmo, CA

I've always had a bit of a fetish for task management software and prior to the ubiquitous computer  with paper day planners. It all really started for me as a wee child emulating my father who always carried his Daytimer in the pocket of his suit jacket.

This really started to ramp up for me when my CO aboard CGC Washington sent the crew to a Franklin Quest, the original Franklin Covey seminar regarding life management tied into the Franklin system. Of course the original master planner was Benjamin Franklin himself. Here is a great link to Ben's daily schedule. Click here.

I've spent....can't say I've wasted $365 on Franklin Covey's cloud task management, however it can not even come close to competing with the free Asana Task Management Software.

This is the way I manage a very busy life across three distinct areas. My mortgage loan officer business at Equitable Mortgage Group, my personal tasks as it relates to my rental, my boat ect...and now a very busy yoga life that is starting to expand into workshops, private lessons and retreats.

I use it as a solo enterprise, however the real juice of the system is it's built specifically for collaboration with teams of people. Even better, the value the company places on constant improvement is significant. They are always adding new tested features. I simply cannot rave enough about it! Please click here to read about some history and how asana flowed from the creators of Facebook as they experienced frustration with building out complex, fast growing companies.

Check it out!

Christian Allaire

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yoga Retreat in Hawaii

San Anselmo, CA

Ahoy all. I recently spent 13 days on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands for a yoga retreat. What an unbelievable experience it was and it convinced me that I'm ready to lead my own yoga retreats. More to follow on that score.

I practice with 15 other yogi's at a super resort call Lumeria near the northshore town called Paia. Check out the website.

I leave you with some photos's shot on my Canon or GoPro Hero 3. Check it out!

The Pool at Lumeria
GoPro Hero in Action


Yogi C.....the former Capt C

Monday, August 12, 2013

Christian Allaire Acroyoga

San Anselmo, CA

This is a practice flow of Crystal and I for a video clip that was shot shortly after this to be posted on Kentfield Fitness's website.


Louis Vitton Cup....America's Cup to Follow

San Francisco, Ca

I blazed a trail across the Golden Gate Bridge from my home in Marin County to watch The Italians and Swedes battle it out for privilege to challenge the Americans for the cup in September.

Team Oracle Downwind at 35 knots approaching Alcatraz
These cats are truly watch these machines jibe around a windward mark at 35 knots on hydrofoils is just crazy talk!

Jibing around the windward mark 30 knots

Italian Team Prada beating to windward at 20 knots
From the Grandstands using my wideangle

Christian Allaire, USCG (ret)
Currently a Mortgage Banker

Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 30th, 2013
San Anselmo, California

Christa in her slip San Rafael CA
It is true that I still own Christa, and it is true that she is up for sale. Since I returned to California in 2010 I've not sailed her....not once. Weird huh? For some reason I simply lost my desire to sail. Kind of a "been there done that" type of feeling. So here I am 2 plus years later, and I've had some inner rumblings starting to manifest desiring an adventure. However, the amount of effort and expense to go cruising again just stop me in my tracks. I can say I will go sailing again one day, just not aboard Christa. Right now I am laser focused on building my mortgage loan business and continuing to practice yoga. 


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Kid....February 2013

San Anselmo, California

I suppose I needed a break from blogging during my time in college. The demands of writing to earn my humanities degree was extreme. So, I simply stopped blogging. I graduated in May of 2012 and now I find myself 10 months post graduation in a position to start again. Wahoo!

This begs the question as to what I begin to write about. My life has changed so drastically since I first started my blog on sailblogs in the spring of 2007. Truthfully, I'm a little confused as to whether I abandon this blog, let it sit amongst the inner webs or start a new project all together. This question is one of the reason I've not begun blogging again. So I've decided that starting a new blog would be a royal pain in the ass. Thus I will just start to write again, post pictures and write about my life. And that is all!

If you were a loyal follower of my blog and found yourself bummed out I just stopped blogging, I'm sorry about that. Things get busy!

Capt Chris

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Blogging Again

San Anselmo California

After taking off 14 months from the I think I'll restart.... I wonder if anyone will listen?

Christian Allaire