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June 13th

Oh Dark Thirty

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Saturday 2015.06.13
osition: 35° 28’N, 067° 50W

Photo by: Jen Lawinski

Photo by: Jen Lawinski

‘I went down to Captain Tony’s
To get out of the heat.
I heard a voice call out to me
Son come have a seat.
I had to search my memory
As I looked into those eyes.
Our lives change like the weather
But a legend never dies…’

That’s of course from Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Last Mango in Paris’ song. There’s a line later in there about ‘It was somewhere past dark-thirty…’, the inspiration for my coffee brand of course. And as I write this, the actual time of day (or night I suppose).…

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June 12th

Nighttime

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2015.06.11, 11.18PM
Position: 33° 19’ N  65° 33’ W

11:18pm. We’re back on NYC time since departing Bermuda this morning. After only one full day ashore, we’re back to sea again on Blue Heron for the return journey to the USA mainland. The short respite was pretty nice actually – not enough time to get fully acclimated to land life again, so we still have our sea-legs.

Jen left us in Bermuda to be replaced by her friend Alyce, who flew out on Monday and met us on arrival. Both girls went to college together and met Doug & Tasha, Blue’s owners, at a sailing class they all took together a few years back in NYC.…

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June 11th

PROVINCETOWN MA TO PORTLAND ME: Doublehanded With Underpants

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Bear front

Lunacy at last, as of early Tuesday morning, is all the way home. I brought along crew for this last mini-leg of the voyage not because it felt necessary, but rather because an old friend, a fellow sailor, Frank “Bear” Gibney, has suddenly reappeared in my life and it seemed the perfect way to reconnect. As you can see in that photo up there, Bear quickly got the hang of Lunacy‘s helm and became adroit at steering with his (well-underpanted) groin.

We blasted over to P-town from Boston on the early morning ferry and dropped the mooring there at noon on Monday.…

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June 11th

Some sailing trivia

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                    All About Sails blogger Brian Hancock at the helm of his own boat Great Circle.

With summer here (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) sailors are out sailing rather than reading blogs about sailing and for that reason I am going to take a break from excerpting my book Maximum Sail Power into blog size chunks and write some lighter, less technical pieces. Here are some lesser known bits of sailmaking trivia to get things started.


Have you ever wondered where the name Nylon came from? Me neither until I found out and it’s actually quite interesting.
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June 9th

How cruisers live differently

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Cruising,

We’’re in our third week at the remote Chagos archipelago. It’’s hard not to compare what living in an uninhabited tropical island paradise is like in comparison to our prior land-based home life…it’s very, very different.

Groceries

Home: last minute ingredients needed for dinner? Jump in the car, the store is only minutes away!

Cruiser style: Grab the fishing gear and get to it. The problem isn’’t catching a fish; it’’s landing one before the sharks eat it off your line. Otherwise, if you didn’’t bring it with you (you know, a few weeks ago) or the sharks win, you’’ll have to make it: fresh bread (allow half a day for rising + baking), yogurt (8+ hours to ferment, then chilling time), sprouts (2-5 days, depending on the seeds), turtle soup (kidding!

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June 9th

Land Ho!

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Tuesday June 9th, 2015. 06.00

Less than ten miles to Town Cut now and St George’s harbor. It’s the first real calm morning we’ve had the entire trip, or at least since turning the corner off Hatteras and aiming for Bermuda. We’re unfortunately motor boating this last home stretch. There is a boat behind us under spinnaker, part of the Bermuda 1-2 Race. He’s putting us to shame, and he’s sailing solo!

Yesterday the wind began to ease in the late afternoon. We hoisted our own spinnaker, yet another ‘simulation’ that went off without a hitch. The wind was a bit too strong and a bit too far forward to really sail it.…

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June 8th

Hank Schmitt

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Hank and Andy go back several years, having continually bumped into each other in various landfalls around the US and Caribbean. Those of us who work in sailing full-time are few and far between, so it’s a small world. Andy sat down with Hank in Bermuda during the ARC Europe stopover and chatted for almost an hour and a half! Hank talked about his career working on offshore oil rigs, how he got into racing as a teenager (and lived a sailing bums life in the 70s), & how he started OPO and the NARC Rally. Towards the second half of the episode, Hank discusses candidly some scary stuff – the loss of a crew member in the NARC Rally in 2010, and the abandonment of the Alpha catamaran during an ill-fated delivery last January.…

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June 8th

Hank Schmitt

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Hank and Andy go back several years, having continually bumped into each other in various landfalls around the US and Caribbean. Those of us who work in sailing full-time are few and far between, so it’s a small world. Andy sat down with Hank in Bermuda during the ARC Europe stopover and chatted for almost an hour and a half! Hank talked about his career working on offshore oil rigs, how he got into racing as a teenager (and lived a sailing bums life in the 70s), & how he started OPO and the NARC Rally. Towards the second half of the episode, Hank discusses candidly some scary stuff – the loss of a crew member in the NARC Rally in 2010, and the abandonment of the Alpha catamaran during an ill-fated delivery last January.…

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June 8th

Blue Heron – 2015.06.08

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Monday morning 2015.06.08:
33° 34’N, 067° 08’ W

 

Last night was ROUGH! We’d expected the wind to clock more to the east and increase as the low moving offshore is interacting with the high behind it. Well, it did!

Yesterday afternoon Doug, Blue Heron’s owner, wanted to practice putting up the inner forestay and hoisting the staysail. A ‘simulation’ as he jokingly likes to call it (he’s already had several of these with the generator which has been acting up. It’s a 12-year old Panda model with over 16,000 hours on it! Yesterday it nearly caught fire, but that’s another story…).…

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June 8th

Blue Heron 2015.06.07 Update

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Quick email from Andy this morning:

“We’re at 35° 08’N, 070° 00’ W as of 0400 Sunday morning. Flying along on a nice smooth reach at 7 knots, with another lightning show behind us. Really fantastic sailing since we turned towards Bermuda. -Andy”

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