By Diana Doyle
Today was one of our trickiest days. Georgia has about eight feet of tide so that translates into some serious current at the docks. Obviously, it’s best to extricate yourself from your slip, and turn in a narrow fairway, at slack current. Georgia also has the most troublesome of the shoaled trouble spots, most notably Little Mud River. It is best to transit those pinch-points with some extra water—in fact, most sailboats can’t get through without tidal help. Add to our wish-list a rising tide, just in case you draw 6 feet and try to go through when it’s only 5 ½ feet deep.…
By Diana Doyle
|Doing a fly-by.|
Isbjorn’s Caribbean 1500 Crew, from Left: Tom Harkin, Lisa Jodensvi, Capt. Paul Exner, Rik van der Vaart (top), Walter Rush & Dennis Schell.
Good landfall and homecoming to all:
It was a pleasure to sail with each and every one of you aboard Isbjorn during our Atlantic Ocean passage. As a team, we pulled together when required, cared for each other, encouraged each other, and to the best of our individual abilities sailed selflessly as one aboard the sailing yacht Isbjorn.
As sailors, we chide ourselves if we believe we go to sea to satisfy a personal itch or goal … for all that truly matters is the yacht that took us there.…Read More
By Diana Doyle
Today was set aside for touring Savannah’s historic district. Since most ICW travelers stay in the village of Thunderbolt, transportation into downtown Savannah takes some planning. You can take the public transit system, but that involves a fairly long walk along a busy service road and then a long bus ride. It’s cheap, but it’s an excursion. Or you can take a cab or Uber ride, which takes 30 minutes and costs about $25 one-way.
For the Rally, we chartered one of the trolleys with Old Savannah Trolley Tours, cheaper per person than a one-way cab ride.…Read More
By Bruce Niederer
I hear it said increasingly often in the last couple years as I meet people during my travels “Who will be the next generation of tradesmen? Who is going to work on our cars, boats and homes?” This is a serious lament posed by today’s tradesmen, potential employers who have a very hard time finding apprentices and workers to learn their trade. The U.S. is in dire need of men and women willing to work with their hands and develop the skills necessary to build and repair all our…stuff.
Our stay here at Savannah Bend Marina reminds us of how tricky it is to fit 20 boats into a single facility during peak southbound fall season. And catamarans, with beams of 18 to 22 feet, make it all the tougher. But cats are no longer just charter boats in tropical islands—they are commonplace now among any cruising fleet. Here we introduce some of our catamaran crews.
Jere & Kathy Lahey on s/v Do Wah Diddy Diddy
You started to hum the tune, didn’t you? That’s part of why Jere and Kathy chose the name for their Lagoon 380.…Read More
For a long time we have looked forward to visiting Jamie’s aunt and uncle in South Africa. They moved to Johannesburg as expats in the 70s, and have made this country their home. In the 23 years Jamie and I have been together, we’d only seen Barb and Clyde once, on a visit back to Rhode Island that the kids were too young to remember.
After some incredible wildlife reserve and park visits with Ty and Nita, we hopped into a little Chevy rental and headed up to Johannesburg to meet up with family. We knew this would be a fun visit, and they told us we’d take a holiday trip to their timeshare.…Read More
We say this until we’re red in the face, but a passage south from the US East Coast can be brutal. The weather challenges in the fall – with late season hurricanes and early season winter gales – are mighty, and choosing a weather window is a mix of both skill and luck. You’ve got to know what to look for to make a break for it crossing the Gulf Stream. Beyond three or four days though, the forecast accuracy breaks down and it’s somewhat of a crapshoot.
This year was an interesting one weather wise, and highlights a few lessons that any cruiser can take away – some new, some as old as the hills.…Read More
Isbjörn and crew made landfall yesterday morning, sighting land off Anegada and Paul Exner and crew coaxed the most out of the boat in the light airs of the past few days.
“Paul is the boat whisperer,” joked Rik & Walter, two of Isbjörn’s crew members. “Every time we’d think we had her dialed in, and Paul would pop his head up and start pulling the sheets and Isbjörn would speed up by half a knot! It was incredible!”
At the moment, aside from the Gunboat 60 ‘Moonwave’, who sailed the entire route without motoring at all, Isbjörn has the fewest engine hours of the fleet, recording only 12 for the duration of the 8-day and some-odd hour passage.…Read More
There’s nothing like sailing your new boat for the first time. Especially if that means sailing it home on a long delivery. Some of our new Leopard 48 owners have shared their stories and through them, their excitement. For one owner, it was sailing under the Code 0 for the first time; for another, taking on a 750-mile leg without ever having done an overnight. Our owners sounded off on their experiences, their boats, and how they chose the Leopard 48. Read the owner reviews.
You can download this blog as a pdf here.
|Local sail lofts are getting replaced by giant sail production facilities in Asia and elsewhere|
By Diana Doyle
Today was forecast for 100% rain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean rain ALL day. So we took our odds and left Beaufort before sunrise. Everyone was ready for a potentially soggy day, but it never happened. It was hazy and overcast but the rain never came and it ended up being a balmy and pleasant transit. And, with the light winds, Port Royal Sound was an easy crossing over long low swells, rather than its usual raucous beam chop. Here are s/v Hakuna Matata and s/v Minuet ghosting along:
We were headed for Thunderbolt, a small shrimping town on the outskirts of Savannah, just south of Savannah River.…Read More