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38' Island Packet cutter rigged sailboat - sailed 20,000 nautical miles from New England to the Bahamas. Now with new owners Tim & Susan Tiefenbach
Up the ditch
Randy - stormy
03/18/2012, South Santee River, SC

With thunderstorms in the forecast, we chose not to go outside as originally planned and headed north up the ICW. Since we started late, we were only able to go 50 NM today. That will add another day to the trip, and maybe two if we have issues with tides, bridges, and the like. As it turned out, we threaded the needle between nasty storm cells that produced a lot of lightning. They missed us by less than a mile and we were both glad about that.

Somewhere along the way, David was chewing some gun and managed to bite his tongue enough times that he was sucking his own blood. See the picture for proof ...

So as it turns out, we will be in the ditch now for the duration all the way to Norfolk, VA. David will be flying home from Richmond, VA on the 29th.

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03/20/2012 | Joe and Deb
In the House of Crumble he will be lucky if that's his only injury of the trip !! Take care you guys. Hope the trip goes well to Deltaville. Are you leaving the boat there this summer?
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Randy - Hi 70's, winds L&V
03/17/2012, Charleston, SC

After a bumpy night, we arrived at the entrance at 0600 and of course, it was pitch black out. I no more than lined up the heading for entrance into the inlet and the radio woke up with a call from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy, and they were closing fast. I moved over to the red (right) side and watched them pass in near total silence and only about 75 yards away. We saw each other and all was well, but it is easy to feel very small when right next to one of these huge ships.

Our excitement last night was dodging a thunderstorm that showed up just after sunset. LOTS of lightning! We talked to the USCG to find out the direction of the storm after changing course once (in the wrong direction) and managed to out run the storm cell. Actually, it pretty much dissipated by the time it passed astern of us, but it was exciting at the time. I REALLY hate lightning. Wind and waves I can deal with but lightning sucks.

We dropped the hook at 0730 and I took a 3 hour nap after being up most of the night with small cat naps. David and I went into town at 1300 and celebrated St Patrick's day in the old market area. I took some funny pictures and they are in the photo gallery of this site if you are interested.

The eats on board are much better with David doing the galley wench duties. We plan to leave here tomorrow morning around 1000 and sail offshore to Cape Fear, arriving somewhere around 0700 - 0800. Forecast is the same as the last couple of days, so we expect little help from the wind, but you never know. We might get lucky.

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03/17/2012 | Richard
Yeah, I hate the lightning too when at sea. You're so exposed with the big lightning rod... I'm gald that you made it in safe.
More later
03/17/2012, Charleston, SC

Arrived and dropped the hook here at 0730 as planned. All is good. Heading ashore to celebrate St Patrick's day. Will write more later.

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Continuing offshore
Randy - low 70's, clear, winds L&V to calm
03/16/2012, NE of Savannah, GA

Today's picture: this morning's sunrise

Good progress so far, having sailed 145 nm averaging 5.1 kts, we have 68 nm more to go and we will be in Charleston, SC tomorrow moring. We had about 4-5 hours of nice comfortable sailing yesterday and then the wind completely went calm thoughout the night and most of today until picking back up to about 10 kt around 1600 this afternoon. So the engine has been running a lot but it is shut back down again. We're hoping the winds hold for the duration, but we'll see.

Both David and I got a bit sea sick yesterday. No chumming over the rail, but enough to basically derail a good dinner until late. We're both OK today and looking forward to steaks on the grill tonight!

David spotted a huge sea turtle yesterday. I have seen a few, but none as big as this guy - in the 3'-4' range. Also in the wildlife category, we sailed through an area where a couple dozen dolphins were feeding and the sea birds were thick, picking up the scraps. Love that stuff ...

David had some minor surgery done on his arm before coming to the boat, so we worked together at taking the stitches out. Happy to report the patient is doing well. I gave him a lollipop for not crying.

Message from David: "He and I are patrolling the east coast diligently, keeping a sharp eye out, watching and protecting the country so you can all sleep comfortably tonight." My post scipt: David said he is protecting us all from Obama, but I exercised editorial control and left that part out ... ;-)

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03/16/2012 | Nicki
Give our gratitude to Uncle Dave for the look out, we are in agreement with him. LOL.
Sailing offshore
Randy - mid 70's, winds N10-15 kts
03/15/2012, 3.5 nm offshore from FL coast

We departed St Augustine at 1230 and are now motor sailing into light winds from the north, seas are 3' - 5' from the east with about a 9 second period. All is well, uncle Animal is at the helm and steady at that. Winds are forecasted to shift to the east and then SE by this evening. Total duration of the trip should about about 40 hours which will put us in Charleston, SC around sunrise on Saturday. If we need to, we can duck in at Savannah, GA which would be tomorrow morning. As of now, we are enjoying the slow motion of the swells and are hoping the winds shift enough and stay brisk enough to be able to shut down the engine and purely sail. We will likely be offshore far enough that we will lose cell coverage and therefore will write again when we can, but possibly not before Saturday.

Fair winds ...

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Getting ready to head offshore
Randy - gorgeous weather, mid to hi 70's, but no wind for sailing
03/14/2012, St Augustine, FL

I arrived here 11 March and picked up a mooring in the new mooring field the town installed. $20/night and you get access to all the shore amenities. No good places close to town to anchor anymore, which is the goal of many FL seaside communities as they are trying to eliminate the derelict boats the local "live-aboard's" bring out. I don't blame the towns for wanting to protect their vistas, but the unintended consequence is us cruisers get caught up in the net, so to speak.

I have spent the last couple of days preparing Kristinly to head offshore. Taking on fuel, reinstalling jack lines, doing laundry, adding water, working on minor repairs, and all that goes along with making a vessel seaworthy. Uncle Dave arrives today and we will head to the grocery store to do some final provisioning. He requires more than meat and potatoes (my typical fare). Conditions offshore are excellent for a long run outside and we will make for Charleston, SC tomorrow, which is about 200 nm and will require an overnight passage. I had considered going all the way to Beaufort, NC (over 400 nm), but that would have meant three nights at sea and I did not want to do that to Dave on his first few days on the boat. He and I sailed over night in 2009 from Cape Canaveral to West Palm Beach, FL so this would not be new to him, but I think it best to gradually reintroduce him to the boat. Charleston is my most favorite of all coastal cities along the Atlantic coast and David has never been there, so we will spend a day or so catching the sights. As of now, the long range forecast looks good to head back out offshore for the trip to at least Cape Fear, NC, if not all the way to Beaufort, and we will do that. Then it will be traveling the ICW through the rest of NC and VA to the Chesapeake Bay. As of now, the plan is to go to Deltaville, VA and lay up Kristinly so I can return to VT and get going on the new business. David says he will stay with me as long as the weather is nice. In his words, "David doesn't do cold ..." I get it!

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