Commotion on Comocean

20 January 2017 | Hope Town
02 January 2017
31 December 2016 | Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach
26 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach
26 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach
25 December 2016
22 December 2016 | Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas
22 December 2016 | Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas
14 November 2016
09 November 2016
08 November 2016
06 November 2016
06 November 2016
05 November 2016
04 November 2016 | Beaufort, N.Caroline
01 November 2016

Sue finds her seat

20 January 2017 | Hope Town
Toby Hynes
Joining Joanne and I for probably our 7th couples trip Sue and John Hoffman quickly settled in. Sue found "her" seat..Joanne beside her catching up on family. Tonight, we celebrate someone's 70th.

And, The Sign Get's hung

02 January 2017
After debate about where the arrow should point, Success proved to PaPa that he was correct. The boys point to their work with pride.

Getting the "Mill Valley 2074 miles Sign Reday

01 January 2017 | Hope Town
Toby Hynes
PaPa brought out the charts and showed the boys how far there home was in Mill Valley. Tomorrows flight will be a long one. After "googling" the distance, the sign gets painted.

Hope Town to Great Guana Cay

31 December 2016 | Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas
Toby
Exciting times with the Grand Kids in the Bahamas for Christmas.
Drone work and editing by Seth Hynes:

Kite Boarding Tahiti Beach

26 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach
Toby Hynes
Tahiti Beach at low tide is special. It's also become a great spot for the growing sport of Kite Boarding. Seth, of course, is one of them. It was also a great beach for the kids. After screams of, "I don,t want to go", they had arrived and screamed, "I don't want to leave!".

Kite Boarding Tahiti Beach

26 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach
Toby Hynes
Tahiti Beach at low tide is special. It's also become a great spot for the growing sport of Kite Boarding. Seth, of course, is one of them. It was also a great beach for the kids. After screams of, "I don,t want to go", they had arrived and screamed, "I don't want to leave!".

Kite Boarding Tahiti Beach

26 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach
Toby Hynes
Tahiti Beach at low tide is special. It's also become a great spot for the growing sport of Kite Boarding. Seth, of course, is one of them. It was also a great beach for the kids. After screams of, "I don,t want to go", they had arrived and screamed, "I don't want to leave!".

Christmas in Hope Town

25 December 2016
There is nothing more fun than a childs Christmas. One photo says it all. The best "drone" Christmas ever!

Kids arrive at the Hope Town Inn and Marina (CHRISATMAS!)

22 December 2016 | Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas
Toby Hynes
After a great time in Telluride with Adam, Joanne and Toby make a mad dash from Telluride with a 8 hour stop over in Houston to arrive ahead of Seth, E, Hale (6), Rhys(5) and Pierce (3). It did not take long for them to find the pool that adjoined their cottage.

Kids arrive at the Hope Town Inn and Marina (CHRISATMAS!)

22 December 2016 | Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas
Toby Hynes
After a great time in Telluride with Adam, Joanne and Toby make a mad dash from Telluride with a 8 hour stop over in Houston to arrive ahead of Seth, E, Hale (6), Rhys(5) and Pierce (3). It did not take long for them to find the pool that adjoined their cottage.

Perfect lunch on Man-O-War

14 November 2016
After a night on Great Guana, beach walk and Rum drinks, we headed for a day stop on Man-O-War. After walking gthrough the all closed for Sunday business section (Half Block), we walked out to the West end and had lunch in a perfect spot, where the Atlantic and Sea of Abaco are separated by fifty feet.

Gael and Tom enjoy Green Turtle

11 November 2016
One of the joy's of the Islands is having friends to share them with. Hope Town may have been our destination, But, Green Turtle was our savior. Waiting for seas to subside we enjoyed the Island by Golf cart and foot. CoCo Bay, lunch on the beach, Greg drinks in the Green Turtle Bar and dinner at the screened in porch. perfect day.

Completing the Crossing

09 November 2016
Our final night saw perfect seas at our stern. Easily 10 feet at times but lengthy period. We headed for Memory Rock. At midnight I took my four hour shift. The team had us three miles off Memory Rock. The entry was easy, with very small seas. We proceeded toward Sale Cay in the dark and at sunrise found ourselves closing in on Abaco Island. The seas were all flat until we crossed between Manjack and Green Turtle. Norm. Was at the helm. Toby on the Fordeck cleaning things up. Tom calls out, "look at those rollers"! Toby yells, "turn into them". Then, a series of perfect waves, one after another, makes their way across the bank. Norm motors us to safety. Another lesson! We arrived at 2:30, cleared customs, cleaned up (that is a real joy after four days), and made a dinner celebration at The Green Turtle Lodge. Girls arrive tomorrow.

FINALLY!

08 November 2016
Toby
Well, the commotion started about Four PM yesterday. We were moving fast enough to have to burn off time to enter the strong current cuts in daylight. Toby pulled down data showing very high seas heading our way from a large storm near Bermuda. What will the seas be like? Everyone said 8-10 foot seas from northeast. No way to get in. Two options. Sail south 60 miles to Eluthera and hide. Or, go right 30 degrees and enter the west end of the Bahama Bank at Memory Rock.

So, course change. We sailed through the night at now sit 90 miles from our entry point on the West End. New landing sight. Going to one of my favorites...Green Turtle Cay Club and Marina. Best lobster Benedict in the Bahamas. The best lobster Ravioli in the world.

The crew finally caught a fish. Third one on, first landed. Mahi-Mahi for dinner tonight. We will sail the bank this evening and in daylight tomorrow. It is a beautiful experience. John was screaming fish on, Bill backing up the haul. Tom tore himself out of bed. Norm hid...it's a real mess with six in the cockpit. Toby brought up the tequila, then filleted the fish. Don't worry JoAnne, I'll clean the deck in Green Turtle.

UPDATE

06 November 2016
Toby
In case any of you didn't get earlier messages, Toby Hynes, Bill Cyphers, Norm WEILL and Tom Bittenbender are moving the sailing vessel, Comocean south to the Bahamas. Norfolk and Beaufort NC are well behind. So are the Gale Force winds of Friday and Saturday that took us to Beaufort. Leaving our hiding place at the Beaufort town docks at four we traveled through the night and are now in the middle of the Gulf Stream. As I right this, we are surrounded by a pod of large Dolphins. The crew is excited. It may not be as exciting as the Pats, Texans or Eagles, but it's all we have! Norms on the Ham Radio. Everyone has books out.

The saying is "never cross the Gulf Stream with an N in the wind direction. Our wind is ten to twelve out of the north. Wind against current can be ugly. Seth gave us great coordinates and our crossing has light current, so we are running smooth in three foot seas. I think if we live by that saying we will still be in Beaufort in January.

We are now 360 miles from Bahamas. We need light winds when we enter so there is no "Rage". The forecast for our probable Wednesday morning arrival is light seas. GREAT NEWS,

ALL IS WELL

06 November 2016
Seth Hynes
Hello all.

Just spoke to my dad via satellite phone. All is well onboard. They are currently in the middle of the gulf-stream with fairly calm seas and 10 kn of wind from the north. The crew are in "incredibly good health and have even started growing hair again," says my dad. It's just not on their heads, it's on their faces. Aside from no fish, it couldn't be going better.

They should exit the Gulfstream in the next couple of hours and then receive a favorable eddy current all the way to their destination. Winds are ideal between 15 and 20 kn from the Northeast. And then dying on Wednesday morning as they arrive in the Bahamas.

The only concern is a strong 50 kn weather system east of Delaware causing 1 to 2 m swells. Although the winds will be ideal, there could be too much swell to enter their preferred waypoint on Wednesday. We will keep an eye on it and they will have to evaluate at the time of entry.

That's it for now.
Seth

JUST LEFT BEAUFORT

05 November 2016
Toby
After a day and a half enjoying a great Town, Beaufort N.C., Comocean and crew pulled out of the docks at 4:30 for the GulfStream crossing and Bahamas. The Gale force winds passed. The Gulf Stream will still be a challenge with a north wind against north current but still very doable. Then a nearly due south run to Marsh Harbor Abacos. Dinners in town were great. Flounder, Crab Cakes, Crab dip...oh yea, and someone ordered Buffalo chicken legs. Great museum. However the important news is that the windlass, which pulls up the Anchor, has been dismantled. And, the wind instrument is now working. We put on quite a show at the docks for the tourists. Tom and Bill are holding the new wind instrument. It just needs to get 59 feet up the mast. Photo
About four more days with much better winds ahead of us.

Stop in Beaufort

04 November 2016 | Beaufort, N.Caroline
Toby

The crew of Comocean have put 150 miles behind us...BUT, ducked into Beaufort after a night at anchor in Cape Lookout, 12 miles north of Beaufort. Dropping the anchor proved a challenge. No cutlass. (That's the electric motor to haul the fifty pound anchor and 80 pounds of chain). That's a great surprise at 8PM! However dinner was great, the red wines excellent and sleeping sound.

In the morning, We motored over to Beaufort and are on the docks with about twenty other south bound boats who avoided the gale force winds Friday and Saturday. Beaufort is a great little town. We have a technician arranged to repair the Windlass. John arranged a walking tour for the crew. The free car at the docks...a Buick road master woody...allowed us to get more groceries. The plan now is go south either late Friday, or , more likely, Saturday morning early.

WE'RE AT IT AGAIN!

01 November 2016
Toby
South Bound 11/2016

Hey friends, we're at it again. It is hard to believe Joanne and I will be starting our sixth year post retirement on our sailboat Comocean enjoying the Caribbean and Bahamas. But, first we have to get he boat from Virginia to The Abacos, Bahamas. This letter, and the few updates that will follow, is for crew members families, past crew, friends of crew and my friends who have shown interest in our progress. Always remember, you control the delete key if you loose interest.

To get to the land of Blackened Mahi-Mahi, Rum Tonics and warm weather we will exit, the always busy Chesapeake (think war ships, tankers and 140 or so sailboats all leaving about the same time), cross the 3 knot northern currents of the Gulf Stream and then travel 700 miles south to the entrance to the Abacos. That entrance by the way, can't itself be exciting thanks to the occasional "rage" conditions which can exist.

The crew includes friends who have in the past helped move Comocean North. Perennial crew mate Norm Weill manages all of our communications. This includes daily chats on SSB with the other sailboats making these years voyage south. Backing me up on sailing knowledge and experience is John Hoffman, survivor of the first two 1500 mile endeavors to the British Virgins, and numerous others efforts helping bring Comocean back and forth to Osterville, including one stint to Bermuda. sailing. Tom Bittenbender, a friend and past work associate from Ford and Toyota, is making his third crossing and has become well skilled in managing the boat systems. Another friend from the automotive realms on board is Bill Cyphers. He has completed a number of Mackinaw races and helped Joanne and I bring the boat south from Osterville to Norfolk in September. My son, Seth, is our onshore hand, checking weather, helping with routing (especially Gulf Stream crossing points) and safety counselor.

Well, the weather looks good, so we're taking off within a few hours. HOWEVER...Friday and Saturday have major cold front. SO, headed for two day stop in Beaufort, NC. You can follow us on the following link:

Now what to do with all this fish??

12 May 2016
Toby Hynes
So you braggarts caught a fish...a pretty good sized fish. Now What Ollie!
Well, we had a great dinner. We had fish Taco's for lunch. We had fish appetizers with Lasagna. We still have fish...plus leftover lobster. We need to stay at sea at least another day. But, all things, good and bad, come to an end. Our ending has seen us dodging one giant lightning laden thunderstorm, a second pattern of storms developing around us and many chances to try to dodge them. Tom Bittenbender had his first experiences at the helm using radar to dodge the storms. He had the chance to talk to Freighters about course issues. YES ISSUES. Norm and Ron worked on similar dodging opportunities. And John and Toby, with Tom's help, reefed, in the dark, for strong winds. All, just to get around Cape Hatteras. That's just north, I might add, of Cape Fear. Now, off the Carolina Bank, we close in on the Chesapeake. Customs meets us tomorrow at the dock at 6 AM. All is well. Toby
Vessel Name: Comocean
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 426
Hailing Port: Osterville, Ma
Crew: JoAnne and Toby Hynes
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JoAnne and Toby are enjoying their early retirement years following in the footsteps of their children. Seth at 32 led the way when he and his new bride, Elizabeth, sailed their Lagoon 380 from Hampton, Va. to Sydney, Australia. [...]
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Comocean's Photos - Main
Here are a few shots from the past of the Hynes family enjoying their boats.
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Created 6 November 2011
Here are some of the first pictures of Toby and JoAnne on their new boat, Comocean. Seth, Elizabeth and Hale joined them!
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Created 6 November 2011