a short video of Lonegull at sea.
Lonegull and Sea Monsters
Lonegull deck and kell repairs
Highlight the Youtube address, right click and select " go to " the link will open the Youtube video
07/13/2012, Clarion, PA.
well, we left NYC yesterday afternoon around 2:00pm after saying our good byes to the wonderful crew at Great Kills Marina and headed West on route I80. I spent a couple of years in Clarion PA during my junior high school years and have fond memories so I decided to spend the night there and take a quick look in he morning before getting back on the road.
I've been thinking about the meaning of success and failure and how I feel about not having achieved my goal of an Atlantic crossing. I have no feeling of failure in his adventure. I applied all my energy and resources to the project holding back nothing. That I was optimistic about the length of time it would take to outfitt Lonegull and the distance I would make good once I was sailing is what it took to get as far as I did whit he adventure. What I mean is that if I lacked the magical thinking of compressing time to fit my needs then I would never have worked as hard or achieved what I did. More on this later.
Not many people dive head first into the deep end of the pool he way I did. I dove in, had a great swim, learned an incredible amount about Lonegull, the ocean and myself and made it back to the edge of the pool with out any major incidents . It helps to know there were many people saying prayers for me , I'm sure I needed them and was protected by them.
07/12/2012, Statten Island
Just added an album of photos from Dad and Rebecca. They're all of taking the boat out of the water. Sounds like they'll be on the road this afternoon.
07/12/2012, Ramada Inn, Staten Island NYC
Need to change the name of this blog to Lonegull on The Atlantic instead Across The Atlantic. I had a vacation style sailing day down the length of Long Island passing mile after mile of unbroken sand beach under perfect blue skies, with following winds of 12kts, sailing wing on wing with the 180% jenny poled out to starboard and the full main to port making 6.5 kts of boat speed directly toward New York City and Great Kills Marina. Needed to keep awake the entire night because of the vast amount of shipping and fishing vessels I was sharing the approach to NYC with so at midnight I brewed a pot of great Intelligentsia coffee complements of David Somski and settled in for the 5hr wait until day break and the turning of the tide to make my way across New York Harbor's Lower Bay.
Crossing the Ambrose Channel took perfect timing as I had to pass in front of an inbound container ship, close behind a tug towing a barge, just in front a military tug all the while trying to film a 120' sloop making its way up the channel and worrying if the wind would and if the tide would set me into the sand waves on Romer shoal and Flynns Knoll.
The folks at Nichol's Great Kills Marina were wonderful and pulled Lonegull out of the water with the travel Lift and set her on the trailer. Now she is all packed up and strapped down for the tow home.
Keep reading over the next few days as I process my adventure and post excerpts from my log and video of the trip.
Thank you all for your involment in my blog and my trip.
Looks like he has arrived! Just got this spot ...
So 4 1/2 miles to go. Or an hour to the marina. No sleep last night. Changing sails but still moving. Lots of boat activity, especially more around 7am.
The other boats are lined up 25 miles out.
Kevin called the marina and was warmly welcomed back!
Waiting for a call when he is tied up.