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Peggy, weather: great
07/06/2012, Lake Montauk

We had a great motor sail from Fire Island inlet to Montauk. 6:am to 6pm. Our friends Flori and Claudio are sailing with us on their boat a 42 foot Kantor. They came in last night to the boat basin. Bob's back was hurting so I volunteered to "hop off" our boat and help them tie up. When I maneuvered myself over the bow pulpit the dock was much lower and I wound up falling onto a concrete sidewalk. Hurt my left hip, left elbow, and tbe back of my head.
Today was not a good day. Besides being achy, queasy in the morning, fly bitten(When I questioned Bob about flies in the ocean. He said, "Oh the north wind is blowing them from the shore to our boat.") and sleepy from the anti-seasickness medication, Bob was in a bad state with his back. He took a Flexeril which made him groggy.(Not good having a groggy captain in the ocean.) So we alternated napping in the cockpit for the whole 12 hour trip. But we made it.

07/09/2012 | T Hackett
Sorry to hear all that. Also, do you proof read these or is it just because of the Bonine?
07/10/2012 | Peggy Van Tassel
It is because I was doing it from my cell phone. Anyway I think I fixed the typos now.
Are we having fun yet?
Peggy, weather Mad hot
07/05/2012, Robert Moses boat basin

We have arrived. Our first destination. After loading the boat in 90+ heat I was looking forward to Sore Thumb. Bob and I both planned to go for a swim. Too bad. Sore thumb was shoaled in. The power boaters and their families were all enjoying the Sore Thumb beach. We found another cove on the north side of the bay. By now the small black flies were biting so I doused myself with OFF. I had my bathing suit on (use which is rare because usually I am too cold) and we anchored in this cove directly opposite Sore Thumb. Let out 150 feet of anchor and once again I was thinking we would be swimming soon. "Too much current," Bob advised. We had to move again. I volunteered to work the wIndlass because I was still getting bitten in the cockpit snd I thought the breeze on the bow would deter the pesky critters. Wrong. I had to stop and go down below and put on long pants and a windbreaker (90┬░use heat) to avoid the fly bites. So off we went to the boat basin for the night.

Almost ready
Peggy / weather hot and sunny
07/04/2012, Still in Babylon

Day before cruise. it was so hot and muggy, 90ish degrees. Packing the boat was extra hot. Must have felt like 98 degrees. When Bob saw all my "packing," he said maybe we need a 55 foot boat.(ours is 46 feet.). It was rough weather to be running around in hot humid weather readying the boat for a two plus week cruise. This is what I learned from today. Bob has more stamina than me but he complains about aches and pains. I don't have his stamina but I am pain free. I also know why we need a bigger boat. At one point today Bob asked me to hand him a hanger from our standing locker. I removed a long sleeve flannel shirt from the hanger and said to him, " you won't be needing this. Use this hanger and I will bring this shirt back to the house.".

He said, " Oh no, that is my emergency shirt. Keep that on board. One year on cruise it was 100 degrees on Block Island and then it was 45 degrees in Newport."

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07/04/2012, Babylon

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07/04/2012, Home

I am still trying to excel at blogging. However, I need a lot of help. I am desperate to get good at this. Help!



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