UUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGG, it's just too much camraderie with kids, friends, and neighbors. When will it end? I have a round the world cruise to plan. I have excess fat to remove. I have organizing that needs to be organized.I have a boat to spiff up, another boat to sell (boo hoo and bye bye Hobie 14) .... and cute little sunifsh is on her way out as well. I have a women's team that may default, a job I don't want to wake up for and I hate way too much candy.
Tomorrow will begin…Continue
Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 31, 2011 at 10:59pm — No Comments
This is both good and bad. How I mean this is the first initial question, "why are American's, all of us, paying over $2.00 in fuel cost. We should be like the Arabic countries of which pay only mear .25 - .75 cents per gallon since it comes from their own lands. This means the Americans should have the same luxeries, and please correct me if I am wrong.
The other issue concern, drill baby drill mentality, are we going to have health and safety issues? They are looking at 48,000 wells…Continue
Added by Sherry on October 30, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments
If your caught in a storm, FYI, you may be lie - to a riding sail and a para - anchor. As other ships approach you will not be able to move quickly without slipping your drogue. Therefore, you adorn a "white" light upon your mast while your hanking your sails back on. Most of the time, a choice of sail is a trysail, the suggestion is that it is a storm orange. This may help for safety reasons of other vessels seeing you at a distance and have time to adjust their heading. The color white…Continue
Added by Sherry on October 28, 2011 at 7:21pm — No Comments
Hoping to connect with other offshore cruisers, past present and future. What kind of boat have you? Where have you cruised? What is your favorite port? Where to next?
I was offshore nearly 15 years and lived aboard 21 years.Now, boatless and beached I am writing a book of anecdotes about those glory days.
Added by Elizabeth Pearce on October 27, 2011 at 5:39pm — No Comments
home from the sea and the hunter home from the hill! Cant remember who wrote that .. its from a poem that I learnt by heart a hundred years ago. I have always loved those lines. Arrived back last Sunday ...departed Corfu early in the morning ..flew to London Gatwick and then on to Cork in Ireland.There wasn't enough time in Greece to finish the blog so instead I am just going to mention a few highlights.
I travelled back in time while we were in Frikes on Ithaca island! In a little…Continue
After days of trying to get my blog log in correct I finally succeeded. What annoys me is that I finally succeeded after admitting my failed attempts to a fellow sailing friend and blogger. At least I answered her inquiry about writing up my adventure purchasing a Marples 35 foot tri in the Rio Dulce.
I guess with my log in back in order I'm ready to tell my story. Just to give you a taste, my journey actually culminated this afternoon while sailing with Jim Brown. If you…Continue
Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 24, 2011 at 9:15pm — No Comments
Force 6 quickly became Force 8 with higher gusts. We left Trizonia by 7.30am. All boats headed out together and went under the bridge in a line. After that ..the boats spead out and visibility quickly deteriorated. The wind rose to a strong Force 8 ..following ..so we were surfing down the waves with the rain whipping our backs as we went .. but what a ride! We needed the GPS to find the entrance channel to Messalongi ...2 boats experienced difficulties ..one engine failure and one sail…Continue
One of the last boats to arrive at the island we had a narrow berthing option ..so narrow ..that the tender pushed us on ..port-side-to ...all went well until someone came to tie alongside us and discovered that the yachts have no brakes! ...their anchor left a decorative mark along our bow! ..Have I drooled about the boat yet? a 44 Bavaria called 'Fanourios' ..a Greek Saint or a prayer or something ..very interesting story ..about St.Fanourios' mother ...seems she was a bit naughty but it…Continue
Added by Kate O Donovan on October 16, 2011 at 4:44am — No Comments
Lovely sunshine as we pulled up anchor in Galaxidi to head for Trizonia Island. Galaxidi was a favourite with all the crews and before we left we visited the local maritime museum. It gave a wonderful overview of the history of the area ...it was a ship- building town for many years ...if you are cruising in the locality ..its well worth a visit. The local food is hearty and wholesome but am a bit worried about my cholesterol levels after all the cheese and egg dishes! Managed a swim on a…Continue
Added by Kate O Donovan on October 16, 2011 at 4:29am — No Comments
Apologies retroactively and in advance for typos and bad grammar. All my posts are from Tavernas and obviously I cant just come in and use the wifi without ordering something! I have tried (unsuccessfully) to find a Greek beer that I like so I am forced to revert to my old staple of Heineken. Yesterday, we motored from Corinth to Galaxidi ..where I am now ..seated in a Taverna (where else?) looking across the road at all the flotilla boats. I have just discovered the 'joys' of flotilla…Continue
Having spent a more or less sleepless night in the Yotel in Gatwick airport ...( a great place to stay if leaving from the South Terminal in Gatwick) I caught my Easyjet flight to Athens. Luckily, the air- traffic controllers were not on strike in Greece and we arrived more or less on time. The previous day, there had been a 8 hour delay! We were met at Athens by our 'hosties' and immediately made our way to the coach. We headed straight for Epidavros with one stop on the way ...to…Continue
Heading to London tomorrow to start my Greek sailing trip. Arriving in Athens on Monday. I will be crewing one of 11 boats sailing from near Athens up through the Corinth Canal, island hopping en route to Corfu. Hoping the weather will be good and really looking forward to my first visit to Greece. Will keep you all posted if I get wifi along the way
Added by Kate O Donovan on October 8, 2011 at 7:46pm — No Comments