We arrived on Saturday morning, just before noon. Saudade made a faster passage than I’d expected, averaging about 7 knots for the duration of the 850 miles or so. In perfect weather.
We left St. Thomas on a Monday morning, having to pawn off the bananas to a big schooner that was our neighbor at the dock. Casey and Lindsey had not heard that particular superstition (“It’s not a superstition, it’s real!,” said Billy at dinner the night before we left. He and I enlightened them with many others, including the no shaving rule, no clipping of fingernails, no leaving on a Friday, etc etc.), so the schooner guys benefited from a bag full of bananas.… Read More
Saudade coming in to Bermuda.
Saudade got in to Bermuda yesterday around lunchtime. A very happy crowd :)
The first stop was custom dock and they are now in that small marina next to the customs dock. I assume it is a bit early in the season for boats to travel north because Andy mentioned St. George’s harbor is almost empty. It will not be in a few weeks when our Atlantic Cup and ARC Europe fleet will arrive! :)
On arrival, David and his wife greeted the boat on arrival. A big surprise for Lindsey who did not expect her mum the be there :) Austin, the new crew member showed up and they all went off to lunch.
Billy has some friends living in Bermuda so Andy and Austin went to visit them for dinner last night.… Read More
We got our first pet today. Ali and I have never gotten a dog of our own because of the responsibility. I mean, who wants to saddle themselves with something that could possibly be dependent on you for like eighteen years? Not us. But then today Ali and the kids went off to the Saturday market and came home with…
…a Betta. Yep. We’re looking at up to four weeks of daily feeding and attention. As if we didn’t have enough on our plates—now a fish too. I know, right?
We all sat at the kitchen table and dumped it out of the bag into its bowl where it swam—on edge—darting this way and that to avoid the tiny fingers that kept dipping in the bowl.… Read More
Andy called me this morning at 07,30 my time (EST). He was all excited, they were about 25 miles from Bermuda. Only 10 kt of wind from behind, so not enough to push the Tayana forward. The motor was on.
Bermuda will be a great stop for them, and I am very jealous I have to admit. I also want to go to Bermuda!
In Bermuda, they will change crew. Lindsey and Casey will fly home, and Lindsey’s dad David will jump on the boat. He is currently in Bermuda and will greet them at the dock on arrival :) Also, a guy named Austin Moon will join Saudade in Bermuda.… Read More
Yesterday we picked up a 2-ton gas jack at Wal-Mart and today I went about making some progress on the mounts. First thing was to remove the prop shaft. Four bolts, done. Next up was to cut a big pile of 2 x 4s to stack up and rest the jack where it could reach the engine. Pump, pump, pump, slide the new mount in, drop the jack, done. I would have gotten the other front mount done as well but I couldn’t get the bolt to budge. Looks like I’ll be borrowing my friend’s angle grinder again. When I knock that one out I can start figuring out just how in the hell I’m going to get at the rear mounts.… Read More
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen; this is your captain speaking. We have turned on the seat belt sign as we are experiencing light turbulence at the moment. We currently have a 101 knot tailwind up here in the jetstream…
I nearly fell out of my seat. One hundred and one knots? What!? And this sleek bit of aluminum we were riding hadn’t crumpled into a useless ball? And I used to think that picking up an extra knot or two of current was a pretty big achievement. Read More
The shocks kept coming. I took Indy to the restroom, and noticed myself looking around in approval and thinking, “roomy!” I took a closer look. Yes, it’s true. The aft head on a 777 is larger than the main head on Papillon.…
Late last month, at the start of a race in Banderas Bay, Mexico, there was a collision between two boats Blue and Camelot (see above), with a pretty horrific outcome. Latitude 38 had the details:
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Banderas Bay sailmaker Mike Danielson suffered two broken legs in an incident during the Class A start of race two yesterday in the Banderas Bay Regatta. Craig Shaw, driving his father Howard Shaw's Portland-based Hunter 54 Camelotwas literally in the middle of it, and gives this report:
"We — my mom, dad, sister Trudy, girlfriend Jane, and crew Jim and Laura Campbell — had a perfect start today.
Here comes the today update from Saudade.
29˚ 35′ W 064˚ 43′ W
The wind is very light, about 5kt from behind so the engine is turned on and they are heading for Bermuda.
Andy told me a fun story from yesterday. They were sailing along, great wind and the boat was moving fast but only making 6kt. It seamed slow so the conclusion was either a current against them or something maybe caught on the boat. They used it as an excuse to go swimming, hove to and jumped in one at the time. Of course nothing was wrong and a few hours later the boat speed was up to 7-8 kt again.… Read More
HERE’S A HOT STORY from the Where Are They Now Department that blew my mind a bit while I was cruising around in the Spanish Virgins last week. Spotted a feature in All At Sea, a local Caribbean sailing comic, by a young blonde rasta-looking dude about sailing 2,000 miles to windward from Vieques to Brazil in a converted wooden fishing smack with a pregnant wife and young son. Byline: Thomas Tangvald.
Yes, THAT Thomas Tangvald. Last known whereabouts (in my own mind, at least) was a reef on the east coast of Bonaire in 1991, where, at age 15, he eyewitnessed from a surfboard in the dark of night the crunchy death and destruction of his famous cruising dad, Peter Tangvald, and his little half-sister Carmen.… Read More
My next post was supposed to be about my six days in the boat yard (fascinating!) but something way more interesting intervened.
I was motoring back from the boatyard, in as bad weather as I’ve ever seen on San Francisco Bay, when a can of Pepsi fell of the galley bench and exploded on the carpet. When I docked I hosed out the carpets and laid them on deck to dry. I was ready for a break from the boat after six days in the boatyard, but the next day decided to nip down to the boat, just to put the carpets inside before the evening dew.… Read More