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April 5th

Sojourner trip north – Day 3

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Andy called me (Mia) this morning around 9.30 am. It is a bit too rough to sit at the computer and type. Andy is not going to write a blog himself, so I’ll try to summarize what he said over the sat phone instead..

Position: 5 April 9.30 am: 31° 03’N / 075° 44’W
Wind: NE 30kt, sunny
Boat speed: 5 kt

The expected cold front came through last night on Jim’s watch, the sails were reefed but quickly the boat was overpowered and eventually took all sails down. The moon was hiding behind the clouds but was still bright enough that they didn’t need headlamps when they were working up on the fore-deck. As you can tell on their position, they didn’t make any progress over night. At 8am this morning they got a reefed main up and were sailing along on 5kt.…

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April 4th

Sojourner trip north – Day 2 blog from at sea

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3:05 am, April 4. I’m sitting in the cockpit, facing aft. The full moon is lighting up the boat from the port stern quarter – you can easily do any deck work without a flashlight and could probably read a book by the moonlight. There are some puffy clouds scattered about. There were none earlier tonight when the moon first rose. It was hard to choose between watching the moonrise in the east or the sunset in the west. I mostly watched the spaghetti I was shoveling into my mouth at dinner time, which came a little late tonight, but was delightful thanks to Les, today’s chef de cuisine.…

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April 3rd

Jordan and boat

Lots of buzz right now on the InterWeb about this story: Louis Jordan, age 36 (or 7?), who was airlifted to shore by the Coast Guard yesterday off a German-flagged container ship, M/V Houston Express, that found him adrift some 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras. Many of the stories you find online state he was found atop his boat’s overturned hull, but this seems highly unlikely. No way could you cling to an upside-down full-keeled Pearson Alberg 35 for two months. No way could such a heavily ballasted boat with so little beam and so much deadrise in its hull stay inverted for very long.…

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April 3rd

Sojourner trip north – Day 1

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Andy called me today around 10 am to give me their position. They had been downloading the gribs and also received the weather from NOAA I had sent them. 

Their position April 3, 10am
28° 48’N / 076° 40’W
Wind: Light from the N
Confused sea

They had a beautiful sail since they left Guana Cay in the Bahamas yesterday morning.  Beam reaching with 10-12 knots of wind. Around 7am this morning the wind got very light and the motor was turned on. Right when they left the Bahamas they spotted a whale! 

The plan is to sail straight to Annapolis if the weather is cooperating. 

Check back here on the blog for tomorrows’ update!…

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April 3rd

Navigating with Google Earth

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Moving south from Uligan, we used Google Earth in conjunction with our primary chart plotter (OpenCPN) to help navigate to our second anchorage in the Maldives. Google Earth a great tool for cruisers, helping when chart accuracy is in question, or to benefit from the different kind of information provided by satellite images. The big picture route was set up shown above.

Some places don’t have dependable nautical charts. We don’t assume ours are correct and always look go compare data from multiple sources- not least of which is our eyeballs, especially around these atolls and reefs. It’s not a question of one or the other set of digi charts we’re using being “better” than the other, but which one happens to be more accurate for the place we find ourselves- it’s not consistent.…

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April 2nd

GetMyBoat and SailSFBay Partner in Life Jacket Exchange at Strictly Sail Pacific

Gear up for summer with a brand new life jacket!

Go ahead, make waves — with a brand new life jacket! GetMyBoat is thrilled to partner with SailSFBay and Summer Sailstice to host a life jacket drive at Strictly Sail Pacific on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Boaters need only to bring their used life jackets to exchange for a new, Type III personal floatation device (PFD).

“This life jacket drive is a great opportunity to help boaters get the resources they need to have a great, safe day on the water,” says Bryan Petro, CIO of GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat-rental marketplace with 28,000 watercraft listed in 135 countries.…

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April 2nd

Zero hour – Sojourner trip north!

Posted by // April 2, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

The red dot is showing where the trip will start from.

The red dot is showing where the trip will start from.

 

It’s zero hour here on Sojourner. We’re anchored off Guana Cay, only about 5-6 miles from where we started yesterday in Marsh Harbor. In a few hours well be offshore and bound, nonstop, towards Annapolis.

Given the weather that I talked about yesterday we decided to just get the heck out of the marina and stage on anchor a little ways to the north. We left HarbourviewMarin yesterday around 3pm and set full sail in a light westerly breeze and close-reached to the northwest towards Guana. The plan originally was going to be to get through Whale Cay passage, a notoriously dangerous reef cut.…

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April 1st

Over the River and into the Woods

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By Kimball Livingston Posted April 1, 2015

Does Russell get his catamaran circuit or not?

That is the question.

I mean, the catamaran circuit he really wants, in the long run, even if it has to drag the America’s Cup with it.

It’s a question underlying all the chatter and all the undercurrents and all the dissension surrounding the outlook for America’s Cup 35 at this stage of the AC potboiler du jour. And, of course, the vote to move to smaller boats closer to the familiar AC45 model, and to keep all of the America’s Cup eliminations in Bermuda.

And you thought the Golden Gate Yacht Club, sixth trustee of the America’s Cup, was part of that conversation?…

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April 1st

ON PASSAGE WITH JIMMY CORNELL: Panama Canal Transit

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Transit celebration

I’ll be honest, folks. When Jimmy Cornell shot me an e-mail after his new Garcia Exploration 45 debuted at the Annapolis show last fall and asked if I could carve two weeks out of my schedule in March to join him on a passage from Florida to Panama and on through the canal, I was skeptical. Not about the bluewater bit. I was sure we could pull that off inside two weeks. But I wasn’t so sure about having time to make it through the canal. I’d heard wait times for yachts seeking transits can run from one to six weeks, so when Jimmy assured me he had connections in Panama and could get us through with the quickness, I took all that with the proverbial grain of salt.…

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April 1st

Chatting with Senator Harkin in Hope Town

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Andy & Tom on his deck overlooking the Atlantic, just outside Hope Town in the Abacos.

Andy & Tom on his deck overlooking the Atlantic, just outside Hope Town in the Abacos.

Les and Jim arrived late Monday night, the two crew that will help bring Sojourner north and back to Annapolis. We’re in Marsh Harbor now, waiting out a strong cold front that is predicted to bring gale force winds off the coast of Hatteras by Saturday. The plan is to depart late tomorrow night – we’re going to have a frontal passage at sea, but the longer we wait, the further south we’ll be, and the weaker the front. Still, it’s predicted to blow 20-25 from the SSW ahead of the font (with probably thunderstorms and squalls), and then 20-25 from the NNE behind the front.…

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