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Copper Center, AK Cruising the East Coast
About Me:
Singlehand cruiser aboard an Ontario 32 - Aria. Left Clear Lake, TX last April, going as far north as Annapolis, before heading back south for the winter and spending 3 months at Boot Key Harbor, FL. I'm just wandering with the seasons at this point, and only make plans beyond the next few days when there is a meeting of fellow sailors scheduled and within reach.

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Currently in New Bern, NC. May stay and work for the summer before heading back south.
Destinations visited:
Texas to Maryland, though much of it is done offshore.
Looking to:
Enjoy life.

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Cleaning out the files

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 1:27am 1 Comment

Going through some older files, I came across the little piece I wrote for Carolina Currents magazine a few years ago. It was the first time I was paid for writing ... though it wasn't all that much ;)  Anyway, I thought I'd share it, as it helps explain why I chose North Carolina as the place to stop and work.

Love at First Sail


     It had been a long day reaching the Beaufort Inlet from Wrightsville Beach. A naval exercise to go around, wind on the nose,…


Finally Back to Cruising

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 8:33am 2 Comments

After three and a half years tied to the big yellow umbilical cord, barring disaster, it will be back to cruising this April. I had hoped to head south for the winter, but it takes a while to turn a floating apartment back into a cruising boat, as well as the skipper. So I opted to stay over for the winter and head north in the spring.

The plan, such as it is, is to bounce around Carolina for a few weeks and make sure boat and skipper are functioning properly. Then it's north to the…


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At 11:41am on October 6, 2012, Amelia said…

Hello dear,I'm Amelia by name,I have something very important to discuss with you,please kindly email be back( will be waiting to hear from you soon.Thanks

At 11:40pm on September 16, 2009, Banana Wind said…
Hola Aria! Hope all is well out there on the water wherever you may be! Keep the sailing faith.... ;)=
At 12:57pm on May 18, 2009, sailorgirlca said…
......just wanted to say hello. Trust you spent a good winter & now making plans to head south if you haven't done so already. All the best for a wonderful sailing summer !! Dianne
At 9:56pm on February 17, 2009, Banana Wind said…
Just checkin in neighbor ...hope all is well on the East Coast ...if that is in fact where you still are...we are still lucky to have a coast down here ...
At 10:24am on December 31, 2008, sailorgirlca said…
Aria: are you still in New Bern and working? All the Best for a Wonderful 2009 of sailing.......regards Dianne
At 9:11am on July 14, 2008, Melissa Renee said…
One in a while I get lucky,, Chuck was gracious enough to give me his slip. My Hunter is a sweet boat. Thanks.
At 12:45pm on June 28, 2008, ___/)ances With Sails said…
Like your video. Did ye make that your self then add music? Listenin', I now want to write a personal song about my boat.
At 12:37pm on June 5, 2008, Christine Kling said…

Thanks for the comment about the used bookstore in New Bern. I've been having a tough time writing this morning so I just took the trash ashore, drained the dog, and came back to your comment. Now I'm rarin' to get to work.

Fair winds!
At 12:17am on June 4, 2008, Banana Wind said…
Well end up having to make more money to fill the travel kitty ..or did you decide to sail on? (which would be the natural temptation of course). Either way sure life is getting more and more interesting by the day ...
At 11:31am on May 24, 2008, LOLA said…
Beautiful Photos. I played the song Aria...while looking...soothing Welcome to our group...hope you can come back often. I like this site, but I have to get busy too...I'm hooked....Lola

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