Log of Calypso

26 February 2017 | Oriental, NC
18 February 2017
03 February 2017
01 January 2017
31 October 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point by way of Oriental, NC
20 May 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point
09 May 2016
20 March 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point (Slip A-1)
01 March 2016 | Hancock Marina
29 February 2016 | Spooners Creek (ICW Mile 211)
26 February 2016 | South Harbor Village Marina (ICW Mile 311)
24 February 2016 | Waccamaw Oxbow
21 February 2016 | Waccamaw Oxbow (ICW Mile 375)
04 February 2016 | Lady's Island Marina (ICW Mile 535)
01 February 2016 | Bull Creek (ICW Mile 565)
31 January 2016

NC Weather

26 February 2017 | Oriental, NC
Yesterday, departed Cherry Point @ 0935. The previous weeks temps had been warm, shorts weather, and the winds light. The forecast of similar temperatures and winds that would build from the SW during the morning would give us a pleasant sail to Oriental.

Here we planned to pick up a spot at one of the Oriental Harbor Free Docks. This would allow us to stage ourselves before our scheduled Monday morning haul at Sailcraft. This haul is part of our final preparations to ensure Calypso's safety while we galavant across the U.K. in the months to come.

NC weather being as it is, our sailing trip turned into a motorboat journey with ultra light winds, 2-3 knots, on the nose all the way. After docking, at 1225, winds began to build gusting to 30 knots. Overnight, as forecasted, the wind shifted to the North and the temps dropped into the 40's. This was the more seasonal February weather we had hoped to avoid.

For now, this chilly North wind is keeping us at the dock, huddled below with a warm mug of tea. We are looking at an early afternoon underway which should give us warmer temperatures & lighter winds for maneuvering this small area of the harbor. It will also give us plenty of water under the keel as we travel Whittaker Creek, to Sailcraft.

More later,
Jeff & Wendy

Feel the Burn

18 February 2017
Seconds after the incendiary device left the hands of the circling helicopter crewmen, the ground burst into flames! Sounds like the opening to a David Baldacci mystery novel. Ok, maybe a bit more drama implied but what the heck, it got you reading...;)

Today was a controlled burn day, or better yet controlled smoldering day, at MCCS Cherry Point. Unannounced & unpublished, with the dry wind blowing from the SW @ 10-12 knots the wooded area just SW of Calypso was torched.

According to a US Forestry Officer monitoring the evolution from the ground, the forest service helicopter which circled overhead would drop a ball containing water and phosphorus. On impact the two combined creating intense heat and igniting the forest brush.



Controlled burns happen infrequently and are good for the overall health of the forest. If the wind had been blowing from another direction it would have been pretty interesting to hang around and watch. However, the smoke fell over the marina, as thick as any fog, making it hard to breath. So, we packed up and headed out for a drive, up wind.

More later,
Jeff & Wendy

Short Visit to Florida

03 February 2017
No matter were we go there is nothing like a walk along the beach to make us smile. During this morning's early stroll along Clearwater Beach we found this basket sponge.



Last nights festivities at Flanagan's Irish Pub in Dunedin



Lunch before leaving was at Pierogi Grill & Deli in Clearwater

Happy New Year

01 January 2017
Arrg!
Here is hoping that a grand Holiday Season was had by all!
Jeff & Wendy

Test

31 October 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point by way of Oriental, NC
No we haven't fallen off the face of the earth...;)
Update on the way,
Jeff & Wendy

Oops!

20 May 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point
As we have said before, you never know what you will see living aboard a military installation.

We are not sure what caused this to happen, and probably never will, but we started our day with the view of this. It came along with a lot of shouting and a flurry of activity to rig oil booms.

This retired 110’ USCG Cutter has been tied up at the Navy Docks were Hancock Creek meets the Neuse River. For the past several years it, along with it’s sister ship, have been undergoing extensive work to allow it to complete some unknown future mission.

Weather it was destined to be a bombing target or some other training aid, it is now resting with it’s keel in 15-20’ of water. Bet someone is in trouble!

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy
Vessel Name: Calypso
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32
Hailing Port: Clearwater, Fla
Calypso's Photos - Main
Repair to Calypso's foredeck, mast step, rudder, & Seacock replacement
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Created 3 November 2016