Commotion on Comocean

24 October 2017 | View of Hatteras weather
02 May 2017 | Ft. Pierce, FL
26 April 2017 | Great Guana
23 March 2017 | Hope Town Inn and Marina
23 March 2017 | Hope Town Inn and Marina
17 February 2017 | Spanish Wells
17 February 2017 | Entering Eluthera
14 February 2017
12 February 2017 | Staniel Cay
25 January 2017 | Little Harbor, Abacos
22 January 2017 | Hope Town
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

Why we went down ICW

24 October 2017 | View of Hatteras weather
Toby Hynes
Photo says it all

Norfolk...passing the Aircraft Carrier Gerald Ford

24 October 2017 | Norfolk
Toby Hynes
The stage is set for our seventh southbound trip. Crew mates Norm Weill (trip 7), Mark Peters, Rick Baker and Tom Bittenbender and I have decided to avoid the Gale off Hatteras, the 13 foot south pointing seas and travel instead on the 200 miles of the Intercoastal Waterway from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC. We are now passing the Gerald R Ford and the rest of the Norfolk fleet. VERY impressive. Closing in on mile marker 0...zero.

And the Winner IS????

02 May 2017 | Ft. Pierce, FL
Toby
Time with Rick and Kate was great. Friends from the early days of Gross Pointe and working for Ford, Raising similar aged children in a great community, occasionally hearing from each other as we moved all over the country (and, in their case Asia Andy Africa), IT IS GREAT TO STILL BE FRIENDS. After a tough crossing, with unexpected higher winds, and learning about the transition into the Gulf Stream north of Great Sale Cay, we arrived Fort Pierce. For a final night aboard, wer needed to complete the heated Mexican Train contest. And the winner....Rick Baker

Great Guana Cay with Rick and Kate Baker

26 April 2017 | Great Guana
Toby Hynes
Open Ocean Crew mate Rick Baker and his wife Kate joined us to bring Comocean back to the U.S. The plan included time to shop in Hope Town, play in Great Guana, cross the Whale. Dinner at Green Turtle Inn and Marina then out to Spanish Cay to prepare for “the crossing’. Shown here, the group on Great Guana beach.

Not a gust

23 March 2017 | Hope Town Inn and Marina
Toby
Weather in Hope Town at the dock

Bittenbenders arrive to brave the weather

23 March 2017 | Hope Town Inn and Marina
Toby Hynes
Tom and Gael Bittenbender joined us once more to enjoy the Abacos. They are even our idol for retirement and enjoying life. Gael, having had a little hip issue from the last boat trip never stopped. They are just back from skiing in Colorado. They arrive to great weather. The strongest North winds of the season. Here, we see the girls prepared for the weather. Is this really the Abacos in March?

Bill and Joanne...Cyphers last boat meal

17 February 2017 | Spanish Wells
Toby Hynes
Bill had shown JoAnne how to cook Lobster. In Spanish wells, the home source for lobster for Red Lobster restaurants, we of course finished off our trip with a Lobster dinner. Halve the Lobster tail with a knife. Pan sear with Butter, 5 minutes and then you remove the Lobster from the Tail. Finish in the butter until perfect. Whooola!

Highbourne to Spanish Wells with Cyphers

17 February 2017 | Entering Eluthera
Toby Hynes
One of our favorites, Highbourne Cay, gives us access to Nassau or Spanish Wells. Bill and Martha have opted to fly out of Nassau but lined up rooms to vacation at Harbor Island. Highbourne is the easy way to hide from weather and position yourself for the 60 mile leg to Spanish Wells and then North. We get a great weather window and head north. Along the way, Bill tries a little fishing. Barracuda of course! Hard not to catch one.

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 Ready

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!
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. [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/comoceanadventure/
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