September 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Day Skipper Practical

Well, just before winter fully arrives, I headed off to Chatham to do my Day Skipper Practical course. Again I opted for Elite Sailing School as I found them so good during the theory course with very competitive prices and a good reputation in the London sailing world.

As luck would have it (as with my Competent Crew course) again we were only 2 on the course, being one of the last courses for the season. It was me and a young guy who had just returned from working as an…


Added by Carien du Plooy on September 30, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Crunch Time!

Well, crunch time is nearing. Our Bahamas sailing trip is closer than ever, and we have been working at a fevered pitch to get everything ready to leave November first. The food is stowed, and Journey was listing comfortably to port. Adding the dingy in the quarterberth to starboard evened her out nicely though. Now we will add the finishing touches over the next couple of weeks. We will strap our jerry cans to the starboard rail (LEAN TO THE RIGHT!)… Continue

Added by MJ Warner on September 29, 2009 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Gee's been such a quiet hurricane season!


It is so nice to hear the weatherman say that the "tropics are quiet." This has been pretty much a quiet season. Florida used to get a lot of those, but this is the first time for a while that it has been so calm for so long. Gee, we are only up to Fred on the naming.

It means that O Town residents don't become complacent because there may be one just around the corner hiding, but we aren't so anxious...nervous....worried....or whatever! No fighting over flashlights… Continue

Added by Charlotte Wiggs on September 26, 2009 at 6:59am — 4 Comments

Mallorca in September weather

So far, passages in the Med have all been quite pleasant. Going from Sardinia to the Balearics was no exception. This time, we even had the opportunity to “buddy sail” with another boat going in the same direction.

Norbert’s “Mandula” is on its way to the starting line of the ARC, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers that takes over 200 yachts from the Canaries to the Caribbean in November.… Continue

Added by CAN DRAC on September 24, 2009 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Yay! Dink is named!!!

Thanks to everyone who voted at my different sites. A big thanks to Cassie, here at SeaKnots for coming up with the winning name, it got 63 votes out of a total of 78. And now the end is here.....

Added by MJ Warner on September 23, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Playing Hookey

Sunday, I had work to do. And what's the best thing to do when you have deadlines to meet? Well, in the words of Bluto:


Well, next best thing is to go sailing. So I did on Sunday.

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Added by Anne on September 22, 2009 at 9:34am — No Comments

Cruising Plans

September 21 2009, Shilshole Bay: Cruising Plans

Summer is over. Although it is bright and sunny, there is a definite Autumn nip in the air and the shadows are getting long as the sun's arc no longer crosses the top of the sky. Laura is coming down off the frenetic pace as business slows at the end of the season and we are looking forward to spending more time together as West Marine adopts shorter hours for the Winter.

Meanwhile we have been taking full advantage of the… Continue

Added by Orvil Newton on September 21, 2009 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

Connections in Miami, in November

My daughter and I decided to meet up in Miami in the middle of November for vacation. (We are both flying - gratuitous remarks about windward 747s go here...) We are arriving around the 14th. So we are looking to meet up with folks, hopefully find some gentle soul who would like to take us sailing for a day, or a few days, interesting places to stay, things to do, etc.

Added by Gary B on September 20, 2009 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Challenging Sail down to Rodriguez Key

Challenging Sail.

1.Today was the start of a few days down in the keys. The forecast wasn't the best with 40% chance of thunderstorms. I launched out at 6am from the slip with of course a cup of Joe in hand. It was a motor-sail the first 3 hours with winds 1-3 knots. There were thunderstorms all around and I had to thread a needle through them. At 7 am the boat got a washing. The weather was going to dictate which route down to Key Largo I was going to take: the inside route ICW or the… Continue

Added by Melissa Renee on September 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Dancing with Ferrys

We have an impressive ferry system here in North Carolina. Almost every place we sail to is crossed by a ferry path. Maybe it’s me, but I think they’re trying to mow me down. My first time in the death-zone of a ferry was my first time sailing Journey. The wind had decided to quit on us, and as we were getting close to the marina entrance, I cut the engine on. Little did I know the tank was full of sludge and the sailing I’d been doing had stirred up… Continue

Added by MJ Warner on September 18, 2009 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Where are the days going....

Wow, I can't believe it has been nearly ten days since my last entry. Most of the time is spent working as a school counselor, sailing Fast Lane, thinking about sailing my sunfish, working on SPRAY, sending e-mails, reading e-mails, polishing off my first big interview artiicle, and spending time with Sammi, swimming befoe dawn's early light, walking/jogging in the early evenings, sorting pictures, searching for my cell phone, keeping the house tidy, washing, ironing, driving, eating, cooking,… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on September 17, 2009 at 1:17am — 2 Comments

Between Italy and France: the Straits of Bonifacio

There are certain things we take for granted on Can Drac. The fridge is one of them. We figured that out when a defrosting session went wrong. You see, when you use sharp knives to chip away at the ice forming around the freezer plates you run the risk of breaking something. So that’s what happened to us. Of course, nothing breaks during business hours when you are at a marina next to an expert that can fix it before your beer goes cold. For us, it… Continue

Added by CAN DRAC on September 16, 2009 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

Help me name my dingy!!!! contest extended to 9/22

Seriously fellow sailors and sailorettes, I need your help. With all the preparations I've been making to provision and get Journey ready for our big Bahamas trip in November, I haven't been able to decide which name will be the "right" one to plaster on the side of the dink. Next week, Al and I will be inflating her in the living room to 5200-on the base mount for the forward nav light, so this will be my last chance to add the name before she gets rolled up and stored.

Here are… Continue

Added by MJ Warner on September 12, 2009 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

CT to Norfolk

I just returned from Norfolk by car after sailing the boat from CT to Norfolk this past weekend. We left from Westbrook,CT on Friday and arrived on Monday AM. It was a bit short on crew as I had to share my 3rd crew (I prefer at least 4) with a friend from Martha's Vineyard who was alone on his Hans Christian 48. We sailed down as a pair. On Friday, mid-day, we passed by the UN on the way down the East river. We spent a very enjoyable overnight in Sandy Hook then set off mid-day Sat for Norfolk… Continue

Added by Art Dufresne on September 9, 2009 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

RE: Off to the Med

Well, as far as assignments go, this one should be excellent! 10 days in the Western Med / Adriatic! And on a Clipper ship! Woohoo! We're sailing on the Royal Clipper from Venice to Rome with stops in Croatia, Greece, Sicily and more!

Hope to post more as time (and bandwidth) permit!

Added by CruisingEditor on September 8, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments


After a year of frustratingly trying to organize a slide show with the music of my choice I think i finally found a software program I can deal with. It is called Pinnacle. While I have many, many hours of work ahead to get it completed, at least I am confident this program will work. As with my blog, the theme will be sailing at sixty. Interestingly, it has prompted my talent as a photographer, as the storyboard is inspiring me to take pictures of things like the book which got me dreaming of… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on September 8, 2009 at 2:41am — 1 Comment

Rust on Rudder Post and keel

I slipped the boat this week and have spots of rust at the keel-hull join. The dealer tells me it is not from bolts but from the edge of keel. I also have rust coming from somewhere on the rudder shaft but cant see where without taking the rudder off. Any thoughts.

Added by stephen grainger on September 5, 2009 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Crossing our fingers and toes that Erika decides to visit elsewhere!

O Town has been pretty much rain city lately. Big storms and lots of lightening. Hey, there's a price you pay to live in the BEST SAILING STATE IN THE USA!!!

Looks like Erika may decide to party with Florida, but hoping not. If she stays organized, we could get some major rain. Like we need any more!!! It's rainy season now. Watching the grass grow actually means something here in Touristville.

I'm sure everyone out Bahamas way, and around there are feeling rain and… Continue

Added by Charlotte Wiggs on September 2, 2009 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

Spending time in Grenada

We have been in Grenada for over a month now and have had a chance to explore some of the bays that line the south coast. Each one has it's own personality and style. Some are very well protected and some are rolly. Some are handy to shopping and some are very isolated. If you are in the mood to get away from it all, you can find a place or if you like lots of action you can find that too. The people are very friendly and we feel very safe here. There was a burglary on a boat during Carnival… Continue

Added by Jim Jackson on September 1, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

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