Wednesday, March 22, 2017


The Schooner Virginia's anchors are on the pier next to the tall ship.  Lots of work going on onboard, sanding, varnishing, painting.  The season is not too far away.

I've been watching Webb take a couple of jogs west on his way to the Windward Islands.  As OBX friend Jim suggests, it could well be that Webb doesn't want the wind directly on GANNET'S stern with the main blanketing the foresail.  Once he gets past the doldrums he should have wind on the beam.  That's the approximate position of his last YB track below.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

at least the hull was green

I couldn't figure out why there weren't any other boats at the ramp yesterday morning.  It couldn't have been the clear blue sky that kept them away, nor the forecast of steady winds out of the north swinging to WNW early afternoon.  Could it have been the 40 degree temperature?  Maybe.  But with a good set of thermals....

I was out on the river sailing when a text reminded me it was St. Patrick's Day.  Wearing nothing green I took solace in the fact that Spartina's hull is green, Interlux Sea Green to be specific.

Much thanks to Eddie who forwarded these photographs from his brother who works in one of the tall buildings downtown. 

I do believe I saw my first snow birds of the year, two large powerboats heading north.  The full migration should be underway in a few weeks as all the boats that went south last fall make the return trip.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

the storm

As of a couple of hours ago the eye of the storm seemed to be just a little to the north of Onancock on the Eastern Shore.  Down at the bottom of the bay we will get wind and rain, maybe some local flooding at high tide.  DC north to Boston on the I-95 Corridor will get the worst of the blizzard conditions.

Monday, March 13, 2017

a fine passage

1900  Even here only seventeen and a half degrees from the Equator, the after sunset wind is cool against my skin. 


I pop up and down from sitting on the pipe berth to standing in the companionway.  Our days are numbered.  I’ve always known that.  And my numbers must be short.  I don’t know how many times I’ve watched the sun sink below the western horizon.  Thousands.  I’ve spent nine or ten years out here.  I don't now how many more I will know.  I cherish these remaining ocean days and nights.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

at the finish line, updated with info from Paul

Some photos from Paul at the finish line.  There's the borrowed
EC 22 South Skimmer above, no hint of the broken mast.

from Paul:This was our second broken main mast, 
so we were practiced in dealing with that drill.

There were harrowing wind conditions at first, but also beautiful 

sailing at night under the moon and stars in a clear sky.  Great adventure.

And tandem paddlers Kristen and Dawn.

I wonder if they will be paddling together
again next year.

from Paul:  Dawn says this EC was here best ever.
She and Kristen paddled 12 hours a day, camped 12 hours,
and had two beers at each checkpoint.
They plan to use the double-kayak single-blade-paddles
approach repeatedly in the future.
The loved it.

And in these photos I see Graham, Alan and Dawn, Paul
apparently hiding behind the camera.  
Looks like everybody is having fun.  

Friday, March 10, 2017


Looking very happy Dawn and Kristen enjoy a cold one in Flamingo yesterday.  They got off to an early start today and are heading into Key Largo.  Light wind is either behind them or on the beam, sunny and from the looks of it they have had their share of sunshine.  Work and family have kept me busy so I have not followed the EC as closely as I would have liked.  Paul and Alan have finished, the broken mast not holding them back.  

Cold and too windy here to sail this weekend but the EC always marks a change in the seasons for me, spring is not too far away.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

just leaving? / passage log

It looks like Paul and Alan, above, have passed through Checkpoint 3, and Dawn and Kristen, below, have left Checkpoint 2.  

I'm wondering if the tandem paddlers will enter the Nightmare, also known as the Wilderness Waterway, something they have done in past races as solo paddlers.

Weather looks good with wind out of the east and clear skies, but I suspect if the east wind continues it will make for a difficult crossing of Florida Bay.


Webb has posted his passage log to his journal, which should make for some enjoyable reading this evening.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

that broken mast

Nomad sent a link to this video that explains the broken mast that sent Paul and Alan back to Checkpoint 1 for repairs.   They are now south of Marco Island sailing off the Ten Thousand Islands. Thanks, Nomad.

According to the tracking page Dawn and Kristen are in the same spot as yesterday evening on a beach north of Marco Island.  Not sure of what is going on there.