17 October 2012 | North Carolina
16 October 2012 | Near Elizabeth City, North Carolina
12 October 2012 | Dismal Swamp, VA-NC
07 October 2012 | Baltimore to Portsmouth, VA
29 August 2012 | Ptown to Edgartown
14 August 2012 | Portland, Maine
13 August 2012 | Freeport, Maine
09 August 2012 | Baltimore to Portsmouth, NH
05 July 2012
07 May 2012 | Cape Hatteras to Norfolk
04 May 2012 | East of Georgia?
03 May 2012 | Stuart, FL
06 January 2012
27 August 2011 | BWI Airport
21 August 2011 | Now in Delaware City
20 August 2011 | Long Island Sound
13 August 2011 | Newport to Cuttyhunk to Vineyard Haven
13 August 2011 | BI, RI
07 August 2011 | Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard

Newfound Harbor and No Name Pub

05 February 2011
Friday was another fabulous day on the water. You know the story by now: Comfortable temperatures, mostly sunny and favorable winds. We had just enough wind from the right direction to fly the code zero most of the way from Holiday Isle to Newfound Harbor. Along the way, David saw a 2-foot long fish jump 10 feet out of the water out of the corner of his eye and hollered. Julie turned to look just in time to see the same fish do it again, but she also saw what the wish was after: It was chasing a small fish that had also jumped 10 feet out of the water! That was the last jump we saw, so we assumed the small fish was toast. A couple of hours later, we had to put away the code zero and resort to the noisy diesel engine for the last two hours of the day's journey as the wind died down.

Anchoring is usually a breeze in Newfound Harbor. We have anchored there several times before, but never at low low tide. At 4 pm, we commenced running aground. We were able to successfully run aground three times over the next hour. We were having so much fun running aground, we almost forgot to anchor! The problem was that the water was a foot and a half lower than the charts indicated. We only need 4 ft. of water beneath us, so we stupidly figured that 5 ft. of water would be sufficient. Charts lie! Or the low low tide we had Friday night was abnormally low. We changed tactics and anchored in water that was supposed to be 7 ft. deep. That worked!

Options' next crew of Phil, Karl and Chris will be coming on board Monday in Key West when Brooke and Julie rent a car and drive back to Miami to fly home. As luck would have, they elected to fly out early and were driving down A1A en route to Bahia Honda State Park, a scant 7 miles from Newfound Harbor! We bribed them into picking us up and we all had a great dinner at No Name Pub.

There are other bars and restaurants with dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling, but No Name Pub takes the cake. They have layers upon layers of dollars, probably several hundred thousand dollars worth! If you look closely at the picture, you'll see thousands of dollars right behind us. They frown on patrons removing dollars from the wall in order to pay their bills. We asked, just to be sure.

Saturday we slept in and didn't get under way until well after 8 am, knowing it was a relatively short sail to Key West. Once again, the wind gods had blessed us. We enjoyed moderate winds from off of our port beam (sailor talk for wind coming directly from the left side, at 90 degrees to our heading). We sailed at a 6 to 7 knot clip almost all the way. When we turned north to head into Key West harbor, the wind moved to mostly behind us, so we slowed to about 4 knots. I still find it amazing that sails generate lift, like a sideways airplane wing. That allows the wind to make the boat go much faster when it's slicing into the wind at an angle as compared to going to the same direction as the wind. Trivia note: When we went to the Wright Brother's museum at Kitty Hawk a few years ago, we learned that their design for the airplane wing was inspired by sails!

Upon arrival at Galleon's, we had the pleasure of seeing Heather. When we last said goodbye in February of last year, she had been diagnosed with cancer, had limited insurance and was having trouble coming up with the cash needed to start chemo. We contributed to her cause before we left. We got an update that, after two rounds of chemo, the second round being three times as aggressive as the first, the outlook is good. She seemed happy and full of life.

Vessel Name: Options
Vessel Make/Model: Admiral 40
Hailing Port: St. Louis, MO
Crew: David and Brooke Atkinson
About: David and Brooke reside in St. Louis and enjoy sailing (duh!), music, history and traveling. Brooke is a wonderful cook and David is an adequate guitarist. They signed up for an Admiral 38 in 2005. By waiting until 2008 for delivery, they were upgraded to the new Admiral 40.
In May 2008, the Atkinsons journeyed to Cape Town, South Africa to work with Admiral Yachts on the finishing touches for Options. David returned in August to sail the completed boat back to North America. Options has been in Florida since October, 2008 and will head for the Bahamas and Caribbean [...]
Options's Photos - Main
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Sunset over Nassau
Atlantis main building
Eleuthera--stormy Atlantic on the left, calm bay on the right
Brooke, David, Sharon and Bob at the Beach House bar
David in the tunnel from hell
Green Turtle Cay
Sunrise leaving Little Harbour, Abacos
Brooke on Harbour Island beach
David on Spanish Wells beach
July - August, 2011
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Created 20 August 2011
Nassau, Bahamas
6 Photos
Created 17 January 2011
Eleuthera, Bahamas
8 Photos
Created 17 January 2011
Spanish Wells, Bahamas
8 Photos
Created 17 January 2011
Harbour Island/Dunmore Town, Bahamas
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Created 9 January 2011
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Created 7 January 2011
Summer 2009
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Created 9 August 2009
We arrived 3 a.m. on September 22 and left two and a half days later. We met up with the crew of the Moorings 47 that we beat to Fortaleza--we gave them a 24-hour head start from St. Helena and beat them by 4 hours. Good guys and good sailors but they had no spinnaker or code zero.
6 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 1 November 2008
We left St. Helena on September 9, 2008 and arrived in Fortaleza 12 and a half days later.
12 Photos
Created 31 October 2008
6 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 7 October 2008
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Created 7 October 2008
These were taken by a professional photographer for Admiral marketing materials
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Created 19 August 2008
In which Options beats Hula Girl's butt...
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Created 18 August 2008
August 6 - Options made it to the yacht club for launch, but no crane to lift her due to a strike. Hope to launch on August 7
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Created 6 August 2008
This was our last visit to the Admiral factory on Monday, June 9. Since our first look on May 23, a lot has been added: wiring, rudders, interior paint, shelves, and nav station frame.
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Created 15 June 2008
Here are some photos of Eclectic the night after its launch in response to a request for more interior shots of the Admiral 40
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Created 15 June 2008
On Memorial Day 2008, David and Brooke traveled to the Cape of Good Hope on a beautiful warm and sunny late fall day in South Africa.
6 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 26 May 2008
Table Mountain runs east to west through the heart of Cape Town, South Africa--the city wraps around it. It rises almost vertically to 3500 feet. The combination of this mountain, the city and the sea make Cape Town one of the most picturesque cities in the world. When the fog rolls in and drapes over and down the mountain, they say it is setting the table.
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Created 26 May 2008
Sailing Vessel Eclectic, the third Admiral 40 produced so far, was launched on May 22, 2008. Owned by Wayne and Donna Stone, it is a very good preview of what Options will look like when it is finished in a couple of months
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Created 24 May 2008
Sailing Vessel Options at the Admiral Factory, May 23, 2008, the day after we arrived
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Created 23 May 2008

Options - SA to Carib

Who: David and Brooke Atkinson
Port: St. Louis, MO