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February 20th

BLACK SAILS: Pirates on TV

Posted by // February 20, 2015 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

Black Sails combat

One thing I particularly like about the age in which we live is that there are lots of great TV shows to watch. An astounding number, really, with gritty adult themes such as we never dreamed of back in the days of straight broadcast TV, well-written scripts with subtle, involved plots, and fantastic performances from actors and actresses who can now develop truly multi-dimensional characters over the course of protracted detailed story lines. It really is putting the film industry to shame, as cable TV shows (some of them, anyway) are now far superior to most of the pablum you see in cinemas.…

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February 19th

Serenety has arrived to Grenada!

Posted by // February 19, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Serenity arrived to Grenada last night around 1.30 am in the morning! When I spoke to Andy this morning I asked if they were having a good time and if everything was alright. His answer was ‘Oh yes it is great, Jake is cooking an omelette, I just went for a swim off the boat and we have rainbow above us’.  Sounds pretty nice to me!

I am sure Andy will post a blog himself here during their days in Grenada, this is just a quick update from me that they have arrived!

I spotted Serenity on the marinetraffic.com website via their AIS signal. 

I spotted Serenity on the marinetraffic.com website via their AIS signal. 

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February 19th

Passage making: Malaysia to Sri Lanka, part two

Posted by // February 19, 2015 // COMMENT (4 Comments)

Cruising,

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Coastal Cruising has dominated the last couple of years in Southeast Asia. Our passage making skills are rusty. Before we left, I wondered: what habits would we have to relearn? What would come back like muscle memory? Read about the first half of the passage here – this picks up with the back half.

Day 5

With less than 500 miles to Trincomalee, our halfway mileage mark, we celebrate at breakfast with a cherry coffee cake.

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Utopia on the horizon at dawn one morning

We left with Utopia, a Beneteau 50 with an Aussie family aboard. Incredibly, we’ve remained within visual range of our friends for the duration of the passage to date.…

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February 18th

Serenity update 2015.02.18

Posted by // February 18, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Hi everyone!

Once again I have an update from the Serenity crew. Andy called me around 10am, the wind had eased of a bit and they could raise full sail for the first time in two days. The night was a bit rough with up to 30 kt of wind, so the light wind was a nice break for them. They also spotted some dolphins just before they called!!

Position at 2018.02.18 10 am
13°04’N 62°16’W
12 kt of Wind

They were only about 65 miles from Grenada so they are expecting to arrive sometime tonight. They will have a few days in Grenada before heading back to the BVI again.…

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February 17th

Serenity update 2015.02.17

Posted by // February 17, 2015 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

Hi everyone!

Here is today’s update from the Serenity crew. Andy called me once again early in the morning, at 8 am this morning they were just west Dominica, so not too far to go to reach Grenada.

Position 2015.02.17, 8am local time/EST
15°00’N 62°53’W
Wind 15-20 kt

They had a wonderful sail yesterday with 15 kt of wind and full sails. The wind picked up a bit over night to about 25kt, but were back down to 15-20 again when i spoke to Andy.

Last night the enjoyed Spaghetti Bolognese with Garlic bread for dinner thanks to ‘Chef Tom’. Still no swimming but they were planning to slow the boat down and go for a swim today if the wind dropped a little.…

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February 17th

MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree

Posted by // February 17, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Written by Ben Ellison on Feb 17, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

MIBS2015_Ocean_Signal_James_Flynn_cPanbo.jpgIt’s often hard to organize the news from a busy event like the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), but this year a few of my photos stood out because they also portray the people behind the electronics. So say hello to Ocean Signal founder James Flynn, seen here showing off their latest ultra compact rescueME safety devices. The MOB1 personal AIS beacon with its added DSC alarm seems impressively simple to fit and use, and thanks to recent FCC approval, it’s now available here in the USA.…

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February 17th

Passage making: Malaysia to Sri Lanka

Posted by // February 17, 2015 // COMMENT (6 Comments)

Cruising,

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Coastal Cruising has dominated the last couple of years in Southeast Asia. Our passage making skills are rusty. Before we left, I wondered: what habits would we have to relearn? What would come back like muscle memory?

Day 0

When you take off for a voyage, sometimes, it’s best just to tuck around the corner instead of going directly into the event. The final weeks we spent in Langkawi, Malaysia, were so jammed with projects and shopping runs and goodbyes: our last hike to the waterfalls, our last evening with friends at Mare Blu, our last barbecue on the harbor islet.…

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February 17th

Drew Hardesty

Posted by // February 17, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

This one is for the sailors who are also skiers – Drew Hardesty is a forecaster with the Utah Avalanche Center. How does he relate to sailing? Drew is the definition of an outdoorsman, and the wilderness envrionment that is the backcountry in the mountains of Utah is strikingly similar, philosophically, to the wilderness that is the high seas, and both are blessed and cursed with the same adventure and the same problems.

Drew and Andy discuss his career as a rescue-climber and backcountry avalanche forecaster, as well as Drew’s ideas on how to manage the influx of people into the backcountry, how those same problems plague the ocean sailing community, his hopes and fears to the future of backcountry use, and what he thinks we can do about it.…

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February 16th

MID-BLIZZARD EVACUATION: Australians Rescued Off $10K eBay Boat

Posted by // February 16, 2015 // COMMENT (24 Comments)

Sedona hoist

Yet another mid-winter North Atlantic Coast Guard helicopter rescue. Not off a new boat this time, but off an old 43-foot Carroll Marine racing sled, Sedona (built in 1995), that an Australian, Jason McGlashan, age 37, bought on eBay for $10,000 US. Apparently the price was too low to resist, and Jason and his dad, Reg, age 66, flew into Rhode Island a while back to prep the boat for a delivery back to Oz. The eyebrow-raising bits are that a) they departed from Jamestown last Friday, right in front of the huge blizzard we endured this weekend, and b) apparently the Coast Guard, as well as someone who had worked on the boat, strongly warned the duo not to leave.…

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February 16th

Serenity update 2015.02.16 8am

Posted by // February 16, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Hi Everyone!

Position 2015.02.16 8am (13 local time in Sweden where I am at the moment):
17°00’N 63°45’W
15 kt of wind

I got a phone call from Andy today with their updated position. They are having a great time, had a lovely sail with 10kt of wind during the night and 15kt of wind when he called at eight in the morning. The night was pretty dark with no moon, but they all enjoyed it.

One of the crew got a little seasick (not sure who) over night but according to Andy recovered quickly. No swimming yet but I think that’s only a question on time, I am sure they will slow the boat down one of the days and go for a swim in the ocean!…

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