Log of Calypso

27 January 2018
04 January 2018 | Cherry Point NC
09 December 2017 | Cherry Point NC
23 November 2017 | Anchored in Hampton, Va
09 November 2017 | Bonaire
08 November 2017 | Harbor Village Bonaire
07 November 2017 | Kralendijk, Bonaire
29 July 2017 | Wilton Creek
09 July 2017 | Great Bridge, Va
07 July 2017 | Anchored in Blackwater Creek, Va
04 July 2017 | Anchored off North River
29 June 2017
31 May 2017 | Bunratty Castle, Ireland
27 May 2017 | Dingle Ireland
24 May 2017 | Foynes, Ireland
21 May 2017 | Limerick, Ireland
21 May 2017 | Aran Islands, Ireland
18 May 2017 | Aran Islands, Ireland
17 May 2017 | Doolin, Ireland
15 May 2017 | Doolin, Ireland

Ragged Islands Update

27 January 2018
Below is a repost from Donna Luh​​ and Jerry Luh​​ on the restoration efforts in the Ragged Islands, Bahamas. https://www.facebook.com/restorationraggedisland/

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy
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Friday, January 24, 2018
Good morning,

Many of our friends have asked how the people on Ragged Island are doing and how they can best be helped. We are hoping you can assist in getting this information out over any nets you can think of...Caribbean Weather Center, Cruiseheimers Net/blog, the Waterway Cruising Net, The Boat Galley/Newsletter, personal facebooks/blogs,... plus any other means you can imagine.

Unlike in the United States, there is no FEMA in the Bahamas and the Bahamian government has given no indication of forthcoming assistance for the badly damaged Ragged Islands. Time passes and people forget those in need.
SO...2 ways to help financially:

1. GoFundMe account. https://www.gofundme.com/raggedisland

2. Restoration Ragged Island Association (a nonprofit) is accepting donations thru:

Scotiabank Bahamas Limited
Telephone #: 242-502-3161
Bay Street East
Nassau, Bahamas
Branch #50385/3334292

Wire transfers thru:
JP Morgan/Chase Bank NY
Swift Code: ChaseUS 33
ABA: 021000021

For the Scotiabank Bahamas Limited
NOSC BSNS
Branch: 50385
Beneficary: Restoration Ragged Island Association
Account #: 3334292


First hand knowledge for those who know Ragged Island:
Jerry and I took a tour of the entire island with Maxine (the boaters emissary on the island) and talked with many of the remaining residents. No building on the island was unscathed by Hurricane Irma and the accompanying 3 tornadoes that cut thru the island taking everything in their path on September 8, 2017 .

Many homes were totally destroyed, roofs blown away, windows blown out, and sections of houses demolished by flying debris. All the heavy equipment remaining on the island for construction of the defense force docks was turned over and flooded. Only one fishing boat was damaged due to the islanders’ forward thinking of trailering the boats and hiding them in the brush. The hurricane came in from the northeast and breached thru the island on the north end bringing ocean water into the salt ponds. After the eye went over, the winds returned from the southeast and took sand and water high onto the island with devastation of plant life and shoreline. The school, police station, and administrative buildings are uninhabitable. The island is being patrolled by the defense force who has set up operations in the one remaining church...the Baptist church is gone. All but 17 residents were evacuated during the hurricane but those who have anything to return to are slowly trickling back in and restoration has begun. Everyone is upbeat and doing the best they can with what they have.

Electricity and cell phone service have been restored and parts for the RO (reverse osmosis) water plant are expected to be installed soon. The Captain C is making regular visits to the island with supplies but mail service has not resumed therefore making it difficult to get mail to the islanders.

What the people need most is financial aid. Individuals can no longer bring supplies in duty free except thru the Restoration Ragged Island Association. By using one of the two methods listed above, we can help our Ragged Island friends.

Check out https:b-m.facebook.com/RestorationRaggedIsland plus these three sites for more current pictures and information about Duncantown:
www.persephonesail.blogspot.com (Life Aboard Persephone)
www.sailblogs.com (search for: Scheherazade)
www.facebook.com/CruisingOnReach/posts/80292722322598

Thank each and every one of you who have taken time to read and consider the plight of these people. Your help will be appreciated.

Your friends,

Donna and Jerry Luh
sv Bluejacket

Bump

04 January 2018 | Cherry Point NC
After years of living aboard and cruising Calypso the slightest abnormal thump, clump, or bump, gets investigated. Such was the case this morning in the wake of the “Cold Bomb”.

The wind driven tide on the Neuse River was blown out by 22 knot of NW wind. Calypso settled softly under the dock, waking us with a bump!


After putting on several layers of clothes and dealing with a frozen companionway hatch, Jeff went topside. It seemed the forecast 3-5” of snow with ice beneath it was correct. After adjusting the frozen dock lines we took a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of Hancock Creek before hibernating back below into the warmth of Calypso’s cabin.

Fair Winds and Quiet Anchorages,
Wendy & Jeff

Dodger

09 December 2017 | Cherry Point NC
After transiting through Norfolk we stopped in Great Bridge at the Atlantic Yacht Basin. The past four full days of motoring had taken its toll and we needed a pit stop to refuel.

Originally, we hoped to be one of the first boats to go through the Dismal Swamp Canal. It was closed after damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, over a year ago. The Canal is always a favorite stretch and we hope to travel it again, on the way north.

Departing AYB, in the early morning fog we travelled nearly 50 miles and anchored , in settled conditions, just north of the Albemarle Sound. The next morning we were underway early to cross the sound and anchor at the bottom of the Alligator River, another long day. From here were were just two days from MCAS Cherry Point.

Our planed day or two visit with members of the Hancock Yacht Club seemed to take on a life of its own after we discovered cracks in our dodger windows.


This would be the second time, in a year, that the rigid “High Tech” material used for our new dodgers’ windows, had failed.


After a call to the builder, Brake Marine Canvas we had a new plan. This stop for warranty work meant we needed to remove the dodger, rent a car, and drive it to Morehead City. When we were told the window replacement might take a week, we felt our off shore weather window close.

We took advantage of the time pierside, we washed down top sides, loaded fuel, and changed oil & fuel filters. We were even able to get our mail. We also were able to spend time with friends and even help decorate the Hancock Yacht Club for the holidays.


Now, after several cold rainy days the job is finished, the dodger is installed, and we are ready to depart and head south in the ICW. Through it all we are thankful to have been able to avoid the snow and sleet the rest of the Southeast has experienced.


Fair Winds and Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy

Happy Thanksgiving

23 November 2017 | Anchored in Hampton, Va
Greetings,

We hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.

Calypso is underway heading south looking for warm.

Cheers,
Jeff & Wendy

Vitamin Sea

09 November 2017 | Bonaire
Vitamin C is an essential, water soluble, nutrient necessary for a healthy life.

We have been snorkeling at least once every day. The nearby swim area, with depths to 60’ well beyond our range, is full of life. On our first day here within 15 minutes of getting wet we saw eel, tropical fish, and a small dinner plate sized Green Sea Turtle. Don’t get any ideas by the comparison, they are highly protected & well watched.

We have also made two trips by boat to Klein Bonaire, a small island which is part of the Marine Park, only a half mile away.


These dives gave us a look at the wonderful underwater coral gardens surrounding the island.


It was time to explore more, our first stop, Lac Bay . Located on the east coast it’s shoreline takes a constant beating from the prevailing trade winds. The bay itself, is protected by a huge coral reef that surrounds the entrance. It’s common to see large waves send geysers of spray into the air as they crash only a few hundred meters away.

With it’s sand bottom and large sea grass beds we went looking for the marine life that makes this habitat, home. With any luck we expected to see both conch & turtles and although protected they would be great subjects for Jeff’s brother, David, to photograph.

We entered the water at a near deserted beach site to find a very strong incoming current, which gave us choppy conditions and poor visibility. We drifted over the grass beds into deeper water only to find that the bay made a perfect location for windsurfers. So, after about 30 minutes we decided to try another spot.


Driving south, David, stopped at the southern tip of the island by one of the five lighthouses that guard this islands rocky coast.


As we “ turned the corner” and headed north along the islands east coast we passed a giant system of ponds. Operated by the Global Corporation, Cargill, this is Bonaire Solar Salt Works.

Using the traditional Dutch, Dike & Windmill System, seawater is pumped into the ponds using windmills. In the hot sun, the water evaporates, concentrating the salinity of the water, until all moisture is removed. Finally, the salt is collected, washed, and stored in huge piles. Bonaire produces and ships 400,000 tons of industrial grade salt, yearly.

This pond system also serves as its own ecosystem. It provides a natural habitat for brine shrimp which feed other fish and birds including Pink Flamingos.

We were most interested in the pier complex where salt is loaded onto ships. Cargill allows diving & snorkeling around their loading pier, as long as a ship is not there, and we were in luck!

Immediately after entering the water we found ourselves surrounded by tropical fish of every size. The numbers grew as we swam closer to the steel pilings that make up the supports of the football field long pier.


Although we were warned about the dangers of stepping on spiney sea urchins, this was the first time we had seen them. This one, at 15” was one of many that dotted the bottom.


This was a great dive with calm clear water and plenty of marine life. The star of the show was a small Green Sea Turtle. Afraid of scaring the turtle off, David filmed, and the three of us circled from a safe distance. His interest was in eating the short grass growing from the hard bottom.


Leaving the water refreshed, invigorated, and renewed proved our dose of
Vitamin SEA “is” an essential, water soluble, nutrient necessary for a healthy life.

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
J & W

A Special Place

08 November 2017 | Harbor Village Bonaire
Monday, the Trade Winds which are usually forecast at 15-18 knots were blowing hard. We looked at our options; a very bumpy boat ride to a snorkel site or a very cloudy shore entry, we opted for neither.

Setting out on foot we went for the road less travelled following the roads through a nearby neighborhood. Colorful homes, each personalized with colorful gardens, and accessories displaying the interest of the owners. It was not surprising to see this SCUBA Tank mail box in several styles & colors!


On this arid rocky island there aren’t any plush lawns. Water comes at a premium either made at the island desalinization plant or caught in above ground tanks during the morning rains that seem to come & go like clockwork.


Despite a lack of irrigation, gardening using the Caribbean’s native plants has become an art form unto itself.



One of our destination stops was The Bonaire Sea Turtle Conservation Center Not looking like much from the outside but after 15 minutes talking with Ki, a director, we soon found this to be the “nerve center” for the organization. Ki works with volunteers who track, and sometimes even protect, over 125 Sea Turtle nests on Bonaire. Some of these species are listed as Extremely Endangered and it’s impressive how the Bonaire Sea Turtle Conservation Center works with other organizations in other nations, including Cuba and the United States, to help protect these last of a kind majestic creatures.

Turtles aren’t the only species that make Bonaire their home. From Flamingoes,



to Parrots,


to Great Frigate Birds, with their distinguishing red chest feathers, Bonaire hosts a healthy bird population.



Cactus, too, is plentiful and seems to easily grow wild in the rocky limestone soil.


The enterprising Bonairian people found a use for excess cactus....;)



Later, at the waters edge, as the parrots sang the sun to sleep, the wind blew a tune through the coconut palms. We looked out over the horizon with the unspoken thoughts of, “this is a special place”.


Fair Winds and Quiet anchorages,
Wendy & Jeff
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