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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
More Island time ...
Markus
22-Sep-2011, Block Island, RI

... this time on Block Island, RI. Got here yesterday after a nice short sail down from Newport and were happy to see our friends ob and Maggie aboard Decoy again moored in Block Island's Great Salt Pond. Feels very different from Peaks Island (our universal reference for islands in the US) - bigger but fewer people and rolling hills with green pastures that almost look like a piece of Ireland. The picture above was taken in front of the island's Southeast Lighthouse that started operation in 1873. In the 1990s it was jacked up and moved 300 feet inland from its original location to escape coastal errosion. Plan to continue sailing towards New York tomorrow (Friday).

06 - US East Coast Southbound
The windvane is up again!
Markus
20-Sep-2011, Newport, Rhode Island

Almost forgot to mention: The new Hydrovane seems to proof a worthy successor to our old Windpilot self-steering. Have used it on a close reach/close hauled towards Gloucester and down-wind and broad reaching towards Cuttyhunk and Newport. Very satisfied so far. Now we have to see how it copes with bigger seas (where the Windpilot struggled)...

While we're at it: A picture of Nicky relaxing with the Hydrovane at the helm...


06 - US East Coast Southbound
Small fry anomg the big fish...
Markus
20-Sep-2011, Newport, Rhode Island

In Newport, RI, for two days. Feeling a bit small among all those old 12m Americas Cup yachts and new mega yachts ;-). We went to The Newport Shipyard today where the average yacht's boom is bigger than Namani! Had a very surprise there with the people from Bluewater Technologies, who went out of their way to provide us with 15 feet of GTO15 cable for our SSB antenna connection. Made us feel not so small after all ;-).

Planning to sail to Block Island tomorrow and then on to New York on Friday for a Saturday morning arrival.

06 - US East Coast Southbound

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