Mia and I just got back from a short run this morning (in the dark). I'm annoyed that the clocks won't change until the day of the start – November 4 – because otherwise the sun would be up when we're out carousing around Hampton.
We set off towards Hampton University, over the bridge and down the walkway onto campus grounds, around 6:30 and it was pitch black. Hurricane Sandy is on the way, and you could feel it in the air. It's extremely humid outside this morning, and windy – but the rain isn't here yet, and that's why ... Read More
I've made it a point lately to read the newspaper (or a book, or a magazine) in the morning with my coffee rather than jump straight onto the computer. I was up watching the Presidential debate on Monday while simultaneously working on the podcast website, and ended up staying up until 11:30. When I did finally go to bed, it was immediately after I'd turned off the laptop and brushed my teeth. My head was spinning when I laid down. I slept horribly, and was tired all day yesterday.
Mia has started tracking my good and bad days in her ... Read More
Note: unless otherwise noted, Mia Karlsson has taken all the photos.
We left Annapolis early and drove up to Sparrow's Point, to the Old Bay Marina where I'd been twice before to help Rodney do some work on his Tayana 37. The boat had been hauled out for over 3 years, Rodney doing the refit himself between sculpture projects. Two years ago I helped him step the mast, when the boat was on the hard. Earlier this summer, Mia and I joined him and his wife Narda (and their brown dog Brownie) on a sweltering day to help install his ... Read More
This podcast has been over a year in the making. Essentially, it's my best friend Ryan Briggs and I interviewing people who love their lives and live their dreams. A lot of our guests are sailors – not all of them – but I think you'll dig the people we talk to. Athletes, artists, adventurers, restauranteurs, farmers, horse trainers, photographers, you name it. The point is to discover that which makes people excited about life, what drives them to pursue their passion. It inspires us talking to them, and I think it will inspire you listening to them.
That said, ... Read More
I'm going to write a story about our day with Rodney Carroll (coming tomorrow)…for now, enjoy this awesome photo of the Pride of Baltimore II that Mia took today out sailing with our friend Rodney. And check out his sculptures sometime too. They're amazing. Story – and more photos – to follow tomorrow…
In the meantime, enjoy this Spinsheet
piece I wrote about our friend and six-time schooner race veteran Brian Duff
. This piece was about his race in 2009 on a 52-foot brigantine – but in 2010, Brian skippered the smallest-ever boat in the race, a tiny ...
This one has been a long time coming. For a while now I've thought about putting down in words another of my passions, beyond just the sailing thing. Since high school I've been more and more into endurance sports. I got really into endurance sports the first year I lived full-time in Annapolis, racing in three triathlons and a couple amateur cycling races over the course of one summer, and doing quite well in them. I lived in an apartment at the time, kept my road bike in the living room and went out often before work (I was crew ... Read More
This post was originally published in four parts on andyandmia.net. I got inspired to edit and publish it here after reading Pat and Ali Schulte's Weird Things Happen at Sea post today. Mia and I had some similar experiences in the North Sea earlier this summer, namely with a moving oil rig (or so I thought) and a rogue wave on an otherwise sunny evening. Here's our experience…
By August 8th, we were were back to sea, Inverness in our wake and Scandinavia just over the horizon! Arcturus was gliding along at 4-5 knots on ... Read More
Now I’m inspired. Took me some time. And a cheese sandwich.
I’m writing from a Norwegian Airlines flight, en route from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Stockholm, via Oslo. Mia is in the window seat next to me (asleep. She has a knack for dozing off before a flight ever leaves the terminal – once, in Australia, she slept for three full hours, awakening to a view of the tarmac outside her window and assuming they’d reached their destination. The plane, in fact, had never left the airport thanks to a delay. She was oblivious). I’m stuck in the middle ... Read More
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I had originally planned to post this immediately following the 'Realities of Yacht Delivery, Part 1,' which I published on April 29 on andyandmia.net. My mom died April 30. So there.
So, what happened to the Farr? the Vagabond? my mom and dad's Sojourner?
I called my dad in Delware City when it was apparent that the new prop we ordered for the Farr would be several days in the mail before it got to us. There was no point in Mia and I wasting our time – and the owner's money to ... Read More
A couple of months back, Mia and I had a boon of sorts with the boat delivery gig. Two promising phone calls in a row had us set up to for a delivery of a Vagabond 47 from Annapolis to Albany, NY, up the Hudson river, and another on a Farr 395 from Annapolis to Maine. The Vagabond was a week or two in the making until we sorted out an arrangement with the owner. The Farr, on the other hand, was last-minute, a phone call taken in the parking lot of the farmer's market in Pennsylvania. Mia was inside ... Read More