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S/V Catharpin Blue
Island Packet 420-62
Joe nabs a Mahi
11/05/2009, Atlantic Ocean

Again we caught fish - this time it was two mahi mahi. Joe was the fisherman. We ate one and froze the other for great Island eating.

2009 Caribbean 1500
900 Miles to go
11/04/2009, At sea in the Atlantic

Two days out in the afternoon.

2009 Caribbean 1500
Damage !!!
11/03/2009, At Sea (taken in Tortola)

We were lucky that the boom did not sustain damage - just the "gooseneck". We realized that it probably is a "single point of failure" on purpose. The replacement cost less than $50.00. Every sailor needs to carry a (several!!!) spare goosenecks. It saved the boom from damage. Here is the damage.

2009 Caribbean 1500
Lost the Boom !!!
11/03/2009, First Day into Atlantic Ocean (across Gulf Stream)

The good news is that the winds were from behind and we could sail most of the way (much different from our "great trawler" race with no wind the last time). The bad news was that "jibes" were on the agenda. The big event of the trip was our last "jibe" and a broken "gooseneck". The winds were not too strong when it happened on the second day -- after the Gulf Stream incalm water. The crew was able to get on deck and lower the boom to the rail and secure it. We almost did not miss the boom - and the mainsail. We sailed the rest of the trip with the Genoa and Staysail (and Spinnaker in light winds). What a sad boom on the rail.

2009 Caribbean 1500
Catharpin Blue again sails to the Caribbean on the 1500
11/02/2009, Atlantic Ocean

In November 2009, Catharpin Blue sailed again on the Caribbean 1500. We sailed with a crew of 5 -- Sam, Marilyn, Stan Sowers (of Atlantic Cup fame), Joe and Bob Voyt.

Maps of our Adventures

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