By Diana Doyle
Today the Rally fleet was welcomed by the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club. If you’ve visited Beaufort, you may not have noticed this club because it isn’t located in town. But from the town waterfront, if you look across the Beaufort River and to the southeast, you can see the club’s mooring field along the western shore of Lady’s Island.
Because BYSC is a couple of miles from Downtown Marina of Beaufort, club members kindly volunteered to carpool the fleet over. We started the afternoon with our usual 100-mile navigation briefing. This was our fifth (of six) briefing.… Read More
|Frank Cammas in the Beagle Channel getting ready for his rounding of Cape Horn
I have been lucky enough to round Cape Horn twice under sail. The first time was in a full gale and we actually ended up capsizing right at Cape Horn. We were about a quarter mile off the famous landmark when the helmsman turned the wheel the wrong way and over we went. It’s a long story. The second time; light headwinds… Cape Horn has been a huge part of my life from when I was a kid reading all the stories about famous sailors getting pounded by gale force winds to the whole lure of Tierra del Fuego, the land of fire and the voyage of Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle.… Read More
Note: Lee & Rachel Cumberland quit their jobs, sold their house and cars and moved aboard Satori, their Tayana 37. Mia and I spent nearly a month rafted up with them in Back Creek, Annapolis, as we both finished the refits to our respective boats. They’ve just made landfall in Marsh Harbor as part of the ARC Bahamas fleet, and are embarking on an indefinite cruise to wherever the wind may take them. They are the youngest couple in the rally fleet this year by far – in their late 20’s, Lee & Rachel just got married this fall. Here they answer some common questions from friends and family back home about their plans.… Read More
We dreamed about the iconic wildlife we’d have the chance to see in South Africa. But when we sketched out our plans to sail across the Indian Ocean, seeing them for ourselves in the vast parklands of South Africa felt dubious. Safari prices, at first blush, were well out of our reach. We’d be there in peak season, where choice lodging in choice parks are booked many, many months in advance. I wondered if we’d experience this facet of Africa.
Happily, I was mistaken about the cost and accessibility. Thanks to helpful insights from our friend Sue (of Ocelot fame- there’s a pile of info on their site) and a cockpit briefing from the Delos crew of places they’d visited, and within days of our arrival we were road-tripping our way to unforgettable encounters with wildlife.… Read More
By Diana Doyle
Today was a busy day, with all day set aside for the Rally fleet to tour Beaufort and experience Lowcountry culture, history, and cuisine. Thank goodness it was a glorious fall day – seventy degrees and sunny, and with a good breeze coming in over the sea islands! This panoramic shot of the fleet at the Downtown Marina of Beaufort was taken early this morning from the old Whitehall Plantation site across the Beaufort River.
The morning started with the option of a movie history tour. We had two vans for our fleet — at the luxuriously late hours of 1000 and 1100 hrs!… Read More
Episode 130 is John Kretschmer, one of my all-time heroes and a mentor of mine. John’s motto is ‘never lost, just hard to find,’ and it’s a pretty good summation of how it was tracking him down for the podcast. I finally got in touch with him over Skype, me in Annapolis and he at home in Ft Lauderdale getting ready for another passage on his boat Quetzal. John and I talked a bit about how he’s inspired me to follow this career, how he got into it in the first place, about rounding Cape Horn in a 32’ boat going to wrong way, his career as a delivery skipper, Hurricane Lenny and much, much more.… Read More
By Diana Doyle
A day without dolphins is like a day without sunshine! You can expect to see dolphins every day south of about Carteret County in North Carolina. This shot was captured by s/v Kinship during today’s run down to Beaufort, South Carolina.
But today is a bittersweet day. We’ll say goodbye to Janet Boettcher on s/v Foreign Affair, who has been crewing for her brother-in-law, Dwayne Boettcher, but we’re looking forward to meeting and welcoming Carla Meister, Dwayne’s wife, who has been away helping out with a family emergency for the past several weeks.
Here’s Janet at the helm.… Read More
By Diana Doyle
Thanks to Cristina Sison on co-leader boat m/v Tadhana and Melba Covert on s/v Il Nostro Sogno for being guest contributors for this post!
Getting into Charleston Harbor Marina can be tricky with the strong current in the Cooper River, but the Rally boats managed to get themselves situated in their slips with little trouble, coming in one after the other and keeping the dockhands busy. Once tied up and settled and with time to look around, everyone’s first impression was “What a view!” The views got even better at night, with Charleston’s city lights across the water and the nearby USS Yorktown and Ravenel Bridge all lit up.… Read More
“Popped the chute” at 1400hrs and have been blazin’ ever since! All hands on deck for the set in 15 knots of breeze … managed a full hoist to the top of the rig, bashed knuckles and all.
It’s now post-sunset and were broad reaching under spinnaker in amazing conditions that rarely present themselves offshore for a such a lengthy period. For the past six hours the boat speed has not dropped below 7.5 knots, induced by 10-13kts of apparent windspeed! Everyone is taking a stretch at the helm and learning the nuances of spinnaker-sailing a thorough-bred offshore machine. I managed one stretch of helming that took Isbjorn to a sustained groove of 8.5 knots lasting several minutes.… Read More
By Diana Doyle
Cruisers help other cruisers. We are a pay-it-forward community maybe because we’re all far from home, in unfamiliar places, and typically without a car. So, we help one another, knowing that some days you provide the help, and on other days, you must rely on others. “Cruising community” is not an empty phrase.
It all started with our own cruising community connection. Last winter, we shared a dock in Stuart, Florida, with Richard and Jan Massey on Soul Sauce, who owned the same PDQ model as ours. It turned out that their home base was Charleston, and that they were members of the Cruising Club of Charleston.… Read More