SOUTHBOUND LUNACY: Down Chesapeake Bay and Through the ICW

30 Nov

Phil & John

For many years now my semi-regular aquatic flights from winter have involved offshore passages from New England to the West Indies by way of Bermuda. This year, however, what with new Lunacy already ensconced in Annapolis in the aftermath of her appearance in the boat show in October, I thought I would try an even older trick. It has been more than 20 years since I took a boat down Chesapeake Bay in the fall, and thence down the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, North Carolina. So though I had no clear idea of where I might end up, ...

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Easing it Out of the Trades

30 Nov

Day 32 Noon Position: 22 47S 126 38W Course/Speed: SE 6+ Wind: ENE 10 – 15 Sail: Full Bar: 1024 (wow) Sea: SE 6; E 4 Sky: Clear Cabin Temp: 83 Water Temp: 77 (finally trending down consistently) Miles last 24-hours: 146 Miles since departure: 4196 Gray cloud filled in last evening and went, Read More...

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Trailer Out for Donald Crowhurst Biopic, The Mercy

29 Nov

I’m still in.

I’ve been long awaiting this film’s release, here and here, and now it looks like it is being rolled out:

“THE MERCY has a running time of c2 hours. It will be released in Portugal on November 23rd, in the Netherlands on December 14th, in Australia on February 8th, in the UK on February 9th, in Poland on March 2nd, in France on March 7th, in New Zealand on March 8th and in Germany on March 29th.”

United States? Hello? What are we, chopped liver? It says elsewhere it’s coming out in 2017, but there ain’t ...

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Open Letter to the Volvo Ocean Race

29 Nov

Millions of us watched enthralled as the boats in this current Volvo Ocean Race hurtled down the Atlantic from Portugal to South Africa. The racing was intense and  extremely close and we were able to follow the onboard action daily though a stream of excellent reports from the onboard reporters. Much of it was of water cascading down the deck, crew hanging on despite being pummeled, and occasionally there was the stunning sunset. There was also a video that disturbed not only me, but many who saw it. That video was shot on board the Hong Kong entry Sun ...
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A Personal Best

29 Nov

Day 31 Noon Position: 20 30.15S 127 12.03W Course/Speed: S 7 Wind: E 15+ and steady Sail: Heavily reefed, only because I’m working on a project with the tiller Bar: 1022 (highest to date) Sea: E 3 – 6 Sky: Clear Cabin Temp: 85  Water Temp: 78 (going down slowly)  Miles last 24-hours: 159, Read More...

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Variable Trades, More of Same

27 Nov

Day 30 Noon Position: 17 54.92S 127 11 22W Course/Speed: SSW 5 Wind: E 15 Sail: Working jib, full Bar: 1020 Sea: E 10 Sky: Squalls Cabin Temp: 85  Water Temp: 80  Miles last 24-hours: 139  Miles since departure: 3891 Difficult few days. Giant squalls, one after the other, still the norm, making wind, Read More...

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Holiday gifts that cruisers want

27 Nov

Paddling in Guadeloupe

As avowed minimalists, this feels slightly awkward putting a post of holiday gifts together. But the reality is that there are useful needs to meet in a life afloat. This peek into what works hopefully aids those anticipating a similar path: a personal look what’s worked for us, and what’s on our wish list, as idea fodder for gifts to the the sailors in your life. It’s organized into four angles:

  1. Best additions to Totem this year
  2. Wish list: functional gifts
  3. Wish list: what the crew really wants!
  4. Especially for kids 

I. Best additions to Totem this year

This is ...

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Lightning

26 Nov

Day 29 Noon Position: 15 43.97S  126 58.95 Course/Speed: S 6 Wind: E 10 – 20+ Sail: You name it; I done it. Bar: 1019 Sea: E to 11 Sky: Squalls Cabin Temp: 86 Water Temp: 80 Miles last 24-hours: 154 Miles since departure: 3752 Frustrating bit of ocean, this. Inconsistency in wind and, Read More...

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