Commotion on Comocean

05 November 2013 | Off Cheaspeake
08 October 2013 | Sandy Hook, New Jersey
06 October 2013 | New York, New York
03 October 2013 | Mamaroneck, New York
02 October 2013 | Huntington Harbor
01 October 2013 | Port Jeff Marina, New York
30 September 2013 | Greensport, New York
30 September 2013 | Greensport, North Fork, Long Island
30 September 2013 | En-route Block Island
30 September 2013 | Manistees Restaurant, Block Island
28 September 2013 | Greensport, North Fork Long Island
28 September 2013 | Osterville, Ma
18 May 2013 | Savannah, Ga
17 May 2013 | Savannah, Ga
06 May 2013 | Titusville, Florida
18 April 2013 | Harbor Town marina Fort Pierce
17 April 2013 | Florida Intercoastal
16 April 2013 | Delray Beach, Florida
15 April 2013 | Fort Lauderdale North
12 April 2013 | Florida

Dinner off Wardrick Wells

14 February 2017
Having enjoyed a great sail up the islands on the Exuma's Bank, Joanne put us on the mooring in one pass in the "fishhook" or Wardrick Wells North Harbor. A sailboat from St Marteen, having taken our assigned mooring, we picked up another and cleared in with the park ranger. Over VHF 9, we heard the Quattro between the Ranger and the boat on our Ball. That vessel will never get another mooring in WW. We walked the island, climbed the hill, took pictures and walked the beach. Dinner was great, with sunset on the water behind us.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club

12 February 2017 | Staniel Cay
Toby Hynes
After a great crossing to Eluthera, Super Bowl at Highbourne Cay for the third year (GO PATS!!!), and a short trip down the Exuma's to Staniel Cay, we met our friends Bill and Martha Cyphers in Staniel Cay after their Flamingo airlines flight. Martha commented on the facts she had not seen an ashtray in an airplane in quite a few years. Sounded like a need for a drink, we went for Mud Slides and Umbrella drinks at the best bar in the Exuma's.

Little Harbor...Pete's Pub

25 January 2017 | Little Harbor, Abacos
Toby Hynes
We had our first experience going down to Pete's Pub. The entry is a high tide only entrance. After a great sail, Sue, John, Joanne and I dinged into the channel. The sculpture garden is fabulous, the Bar, a real beach bar. Up the hill is the old lighthouse site. Deserted ruin, but great view of the Abacos (photo)

Bochi Ball

22 January 2017 | Hope Town
Toby Hynes
Locked in to Hope Town for weather and fun, john was introduced to the game of Jungle Bochi Ball. Minus 3 points for breaking a light bulb, minus 2 for hitting the furniture, stand on one leg and don't go over the line. Toss the Pea Ball where no one can see it. The game is close to playing the basketball game "HORSE", of our youth. Old, unemployed, men seem to revert to their youth.

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
Vessel Name: Comocean
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 426
Hailing Port: Osterville, Ma
Crew: JoAnne and Toby Hynes
About:
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