Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tom: Yes, going with the wind has been great.
Shawn: Yes, out for a while now, and out for a while more. Enjoying the trip very much.
Enrico: Agreed, life on the water can feel like a miracle. Hope you had a great sail with Lorenzo and the rest of the crew.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
I hope I have got the SPOT tracking map set right. They changed the process for creating a shared page about two weeks ago. If I did it correctly you will be able to find it here, or copy and paste the line below.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Dried strawberries, pineapple, papaya.
Almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds.
Disturbance two continues to be a concern. My instinct is to head up to Cambridge as planned as I don't think we'll have any valid track forecast. And I don't want to sit around and wait.
Or copy and paste this below.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Six items to track on the hurricane map. The two red x marks are of concern, but mostly the red x at the right is the one to watch. We'll see.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
I have always heard that September 10 is the peak day for hurricanes and this seems to be proving itself true. Paulette and Rene should be no problem, they will turn north, according to predictions, and not both the coast. The yellow marks have just a small chance of turning into tropical storms. It is the orange 'X" that has a high probability of becoming a tropical depression. Here is the latest from Hurricane.gov.
3. A tropical wave is located a few hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands and is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development of this system is forecast, and a tropical depression is expected to form by this weekend or early next week while the system moves generally westward across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.
Food is packed, clothes too. I think I have the SPOT issue resolved. Now we just need to see that the storm situation is like next week. That 90% gets my attention.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
I've started watching the weather. We've got about a week to go.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
As I said, the wind built through the morning, requiring a reef just about lunchtime (try tucking in a reef while putting mayo on a store bought submarine sandwich). I was glad to have the practice of tying in the reef and pleased with the mainsail set that resulted. The sandwich was pretty good.
Back at the ramp a woman, who had stopped to ask for directions, told me SPARTINA was "cute." I thanked her but said I really don't like the boat being called cute, it has a connotation that does not fit a boat that at time does some hard sailing. So we continued our conversation about other things. As she turned to leave she stopped, looked at me and said "How about handsome?" Confused I said "What?" She said "Can I call your boat handsome?" I told here "that works!" and thanked her.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
I have read TownDock for years, particularly the Shipping News section. They have written about a lot of interesting sailors there. It is an honor that SPARTINA and I are included. Oriental is a great place. Excellent harbor and dock, great restaurants and provision shops and really fine people. I can't wait to get back there.