Commotion on Comocean

12 May 2016
10 May 2016
09 May 2016
12 April 2016 | Hope Town
06 April 2016 | Marsh Harbor
05 April 2016 | Coco Beach
04 April 2016 | Hope Town
29 January 2016 | Spanish Wells
26 January 2016 | Harbor Island...down by the beach
26 January 2016 | Preachers Cave, Eluthera
24 January 2016
22 January 2016 | Harbor Island
16 January 2016 | On Da Beach
14 January 2016 | Hope Town
08 November 2015
07 November 2015

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

Who says we can't fish!

12 May 2016
Toby Hynes
It's 2:29 and I see madness on the deck. John and Tom Bittenbender are for the second time today going for the line. A good fight ensues on a hook baited by Ron Campbell, hauled in By Tom Bittenbender, Assisted (which includes moving the new cushions...Joanne) by John Driscoll and grafted by Toby. Once again, it was not Norm's shift. What a surprise he will have when we have dinner tonight. He thinks it's going to be Lasagne. Toby

What fish?

12 May 2016
Toby Hynes
Minutes ago we had our first real hit on the fishing hand lines, yes hand lines. We have a crew bet on the timing of the first fish. It's been too long. I felt the slam inside the cockpit. The crew exploded to their feet ... Whoops, nothing. Closest we have come to a fish is the pilot whales who swam with us.

We sailed most of the night with up to 20 knots of apparent wind. Dinner was flat enough to cook the Lobster so the wind at night was not as expected. But, it saves on fuel. We think that we will once again arrive in the Chesapeake in the dark. We have had as much as 4 knots of positive current thanks to the Gulf Stream. Norm WEILL has successfully been on the SSB radio with Ham operators from all over. John Driscoll just broke out his "hidden" stash of midnight treats. Ron Campbell ran a weather program called Weather 4D that plotted a optimized course. We are right on top of the plan. Tonight is Lasagna night thanks to chef Stouffer! Everyone is excited. Toby, out for Comocean and crew

Second day

10 May 2016
So, this is a the second note to friends and family of Comocean crew members Toby Hynes, Norm Weill, John Driscoll, Ron Campbell and Tom BIttenbender. The chronicle of our five day and night trip aboard Comocean continues. We are 107 Nautical Miles from closest land at Beaufort, SC. So far, 207 miles from our start in West End Bahamas.

While it's been fairly calm for the first day's, last night at 7:25 winds filled in the engine was shut off. That's 75 less decibels of noise. The sailing is beautiful. We had enjoyed Beef Tenderloin (Costco) and a LITTLE Red Wine for dinner in very flat conditions. Sunset was classic over the water good. NO GREEN FLASH (I am still waiting for me first after 69 years..but who is counting). I saw a very large Sailfish fly out of the water. A good sign that there are fish around. STILL NO FISH IN THE FREEZER!

The Stars were gorgeous. Temperatures around 70 degrees made for a pleasant evening for the crew. While waves have built up to about five feet, everyone has acclimated and feel well.

The engine went on around 9:45 this morning and we were met instantly by very large Dolphins. OR, was it pilot whales. Photos will tell. Tonight flattens out and we will cook Lobster Tails. If it's flat there may even be Chardonnay.

Joanne say's I need to work on my spelling. There is no spell check on this program. We are rocking like hell, so I am just going to apologize. I may try to send a few pictures if I can, but not sure the Satellite Phone can handle it. Tob

They're off again!

09 May 2016
Toby Hynes
Many of you have received these E-mails in the past. For the fifth time North Toby Hynes is Joanne and My taking hips 42 foot sailboat north. 24/7 Literally! Great friends as crew. The bonding maY BE TOO CLOSE. HOWEVER THERE ARE LIMITS WHEN YOU DON'T SHOWER FOR DAYS. This year, West End Bahamas to Norfolk. Hope you enjoy our daily updates

The Gulf Stream is a bit like the Jet Stream. It can be your friend. Or, it can be vicious. While the crew was in the air flying to Freeport, I put extra energy into being ready to go. My Son, Seth, put onshore weather guide, says that the weather is great for the foreseeable future. North wind against the Gulf Stream is like a Canadian cold front. Everything gets cold and chaotic. Nothing from the north until Saturday night. So, we took off after the 2 hour late Silver Airlines plane landed! Sun had set 20 minutes earlier. Into the waining moons light. But, motoring in flat seas.

We have seen 10 knots, thanks to the current. Tom Bittenbender, new crew, has assimilated well. Ron had cooked the Pork Loin before arrival. Three crew fed. Norm and John had theirs ready to warm up. I started the warming, a little too hot. Ron took over. That's an important management technique to refuse your work. Or friend Mark Peters insists that is his teenage son's strategy! Management skills come early in development.

So far: NO FISH; NO SEASICKNESS; No freighter crossings, No vessels in sight, No other sailing fools within VHF, and, NO more Oreo's ... and almost out of Diet Coke. Beef Tenderloin tonight. The Coors Light remains untouched.

We have a visitor. It seems another Sparrow needs a ride north. He sat on John Driscolls shoulder for a short while. He seems to be a stowaway. We will keep you advised., NO FISH!

Mammals in Abacos....Manatee's

12 April 2016 | Hope Town
Toby Hynes
We are spending a few lazy days in Hope Town. Relaxing, reading and watching the manatee crowds on the docks. What a great spices. I hear there are just 20 in all the Bahamas. The second one arrived today. They monitor them, name them, report on their condition. THEY LOVE WATER...SEEN IN PHOTO. DO NOT DO THIS!!! They get plenty from rains. It bloats them and they get buoyant ... Not a good thing around propellers. They all have scars.

They love people. Don't touch them. They need to be at sea, not chasing attention from propellers. But, they are fun to see!

Dominoes

06 April 2016 | Marsh Harbor
Toby
Mexican train dominoes is always a blast with friends. Here, Joanne seems to be taking on the whole crew...hard for any of us to score

Off to Treasure Cay

05 April 2016 | Coco Beach
Toby Hynes
Next morning, off to Treasure Cay. We left about 8:00 AM as tide just started to drop. Joanne got us out nicely and Tom took the helm. At first 10 knots made for a great sail…then 16 and we were off! Got to Treasure well before low tide and burned off some time having lunch and dodging small rain clouds. After a walk on CoCo beach (Photo annotated by Gael’s Ap), we opted for dinner at CoCo Beach Club. Good Mahi-Mahi!

Gael and Joanne enjoying Great Guana Beach

05 April 2016 | Nippers
Toby hynes
After a nice sail from Treasure Cay to Great Guana, single reefed and sailing in 18 plus knots of wind, we headed for a walk on the beautiful Guana beach. Joanne, having this seasons newly broken toe joined us and did well. After the excursion and before lunch at Snappers, we had a libation at Nippers. You could sense Gael,s love for music as Nippers is loud and always rocking.

Gael and Joanne enjoying Great Guana Beach

05 April 2016 | Nippers
Toby hynes
After a nice sail from Treasure Cay to Great Guana, single reefed and sailing in 18 plus knots of wind, we headed for a walk on the beautiful Guana beach. Joanne, having this seasons newly broken toe joined us and did well. After the excursion and before lunch at Snappers, we had a libation at Nippers. You could sense Gael,s love for music as Nippers is loud and always rocking.

Bittenbenders join us in Abaco

04 April 2016 | Hope Town
Toby Hynes
Having arrived back at Hope Town after a Easter leave of absence from the ABACOS, we were met by our friends Tom and Gael Bittenbender. They had just spent a week fishing and beaching south of Little Harbor and ready to sail. Of course Weather determines everything in the ABACOS. Westerlies tied us up in Hope Town. However, the HT conditions cleared just before sunset, for at least one great meal at Fire Fly.

Last night in Spanish Wells

29 January 2016 | Spanish Wells
Toby Hynes
We decide to go out to the end of the island and dine for the last night. As we begin eating, a huge table settles in. Their from Lubbers Landing, ABACOS. A woman comes up to Joanne...are you Joanne Hynes. Yes (deadly emptiness), l am. I'm Elizabeth (from the Chescas Gallery in Edgartown. We're with friends from Lubbers. We're with Mark Gonzales of Cruise Abaco. No way. The man whose light we followed under distress to get back to the ABACOS almost one year ago.

Another Sip-Sip

26 January 2016 | Harbor Island...down by the beach
Toby hynes
We spent the day on a golf cart tooling around Harbor Island. Interesting place. Not a grand as we had heard, but up scale from Spanish Wells. Tons of docks. It must be fun in season. Joel, Joanne and I happened upon a great restaurant out by the beach. Our favorite in Hope Town being Sip Sip, it was a great surprise to see another one so close. NO, not a chain. Lobster Casadias.....wow.

Preachers Cave with Gurney Pinder

26 January 2016 | Preachers Cave, Eluthera
Toby Hynes
Pinder this, Pinder that, Pinder everything in Spanish Wells. At the Pinder store we ask Gurney Pinder how to get to Harbor Island. By, Pinder Ferry of course. So we arrange it. Pinder picks us up in his cab. We ferry to an Island. It's where the Elutheran Adventurers, escaping religious persecution, wash ashore in 1647. They live first in a giant cave, where all sleep and the conduct their religious services for over 8 years. Photo of Pinder in the cave.

Great Day in Spanish Wells

24 January 2016
Walked the beach withMichael and Sherry from Pura Vida and Andrew from Andante. Beautiful beach. Dinner at Shipyard. Five star.

Harbor Island ... Sip Sip

22 January 2016 | Harbor Island
Toby
We had a great ferry service from Spanish Wells to Harbor Island. Heavy chance of rain for two days, starting in the afternoon. We ran into fellow boater Chris on Southern Bell, and invited her to tag along on our golf cart. Cute island...pink sand beaches, great restaurant. Called Sip Sip, we add it to our collection of other Sip Sips.

On Da Beach

16 January 2016 | On Da Beach
Toby
One mile up and one mile back from Hope Town center is a great lithe place to eat lunch. High tide prevented a walk back along the beach. Great fish sandwiches.

Back In Hope Town

14 January 2016 | Hope Town
Toby Hynes
After a great Christmas with the kids, we are back On Comocean. Weather is going to hold us in for some time then off to EXUMAS. Joel Stavana is with us for a few weeks. Well cross when the weather breaks. Oh Well, we'll just have to enjoy Hope Town. We hear it's snowing up north.

Land Ho

08 November 2015
We are closingin on our last day on the water. The night shift has gone well. I know that we should approach land in a few hours.Off to the right I see a light. No, a blinking light. I yell Land Ho...what won't I do to win four bucks out of the betting pool. I ask Norm to check the chart, I count the time the light goes on and off...five seconds. Norm confirms. I am a rich man...at least in bragging rights.

It turns out John Driscoll guessed the time. Jack then wins on the best guess for entry (6:14 AM), and we are on the dock at 8:14. We are having eggs ala Driscoll with the left over sausage, when the S/V Sargo, pulls up behind us. They went out, across the Gulf Stream, dead into the thirty knot winds, when we turned south along the coast. Lory said...it was so rough that at one point she just cried. Thank you for a better route Seth!

Photo ... successful finish (going thru the cut at Whale Cay)

Fish On

07 November 2015
I'm down below takling it easy and getting ready for my next watch when Norm yells, Fish On. I grab for the Tequila that is going to go down the gills of this probable Mahi-Mahi. When I reach the top, everyone is clustered around watching John pull the fish in by hand. The hand lines are brought in on a plastic reel which can be a little tiresome. Jack and John have diligently kept the lines in the water!

What is it, is exclaimed, as it starts to get closer. A pointed nose, long fin down it's back.. I exclaim, sailfish.

easily five plus feet long and fairly skinny.

Photo

Post Script: We are sitting in the restaurant at Treasure Cay. Jack has a local magazine. It describes fish of the area....low and behold, it was a Blue Marlin. Small one. But, still a Blue Marlin
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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