Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!
11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3
10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go
09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place
07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson
06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park
06 June 2015 | The Freedom Tower, NYC, built on the site of the twin towers
05 June 2015 | Meeting up with Nick in NYC
04 June 2015 | Moby tightening the leech line on our staysail en route from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ
03 June 2015 | Leaving C&D Canal in the fog
02 June 2015 | Jenna and her Dad en route up Delaware Bay
01 June 2015 | Jenna, sailing through the C&D Canal
01 June 2015 | Corn Hole Court
01 June 2015 | side deck of the pool
01 June 2015 | Nick giving Tyler a trim next to Bubba's backyard pool
01 June 2015 | Nick, Bubba, Missy, Caroline, Moby and Tyler in a family selfie
25 May 2015 | Aunt Eleanor & my cousin Dave, sailing out of Gibson Island
22 May 2015 | Kim and Hank, Island Creek
21 May 2015 | Chesapeake Bay frostbite sailing
20 May 2015 | Reedville, off Great Wicomico River
Recent Blog Posts
12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!

“The Great Loop”

Imagine doing “the Great Loop”down the Mississippi, to the Gulf of Mexico… to the West coast of Florida, around Key West. North up the Keys to the intercoastal; up to the Atlantic Coast and the intercoastal to NYC and up the Hudson to the Great Lakes…..BY CANOE!

11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3

“Going through the Locks”

To even get into the locks, you are dodging floating logs, small trees, dead fish. Then, once in, the water comes shooting into the canal lock as powerful gates close behind you. Hook your pole onto one of the hanging ropes at the bow and another at the stern and hang on for the ride. The idea is [...]

10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go

“Moby Goes Bionic”

Before we could set off on our next adventure, we needed to de-step the mast. In preparation, Moby and I had already removed the boom and removed and folded up our mainsail and jib, which is no trivial exercise.

09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place

“Phil Saves the Day”

Phil saved the day. We decided that we really needed a third pair of hands to make it through the 30 locks of the Erie Canal system. When Moby broached the subject with Phil Dery and told him it would probably require a week of his time, Phil’s immediate response was “Sure! I can do that. Sounds [...]

07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson

Sailing past Lady Liberty

Starting on the home stretch.

06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park

A Walk in the Park

Central Park much prettier than I'd imagined

Tyler's Graduation

12 May 2012 | LA at last!
Caroline
I was heading off to my youngest son, Tyler’s, college graduation. It was one of the biggest events of my life, long anticipated from the day he was born, and one that no mother would miss. However, thanks to a four-hour delay by American Airlines, I missed it.

I had managed to retrieve my checked luggage, got my seat moved up to be in position to be the first person off the plane. (Due to lack of storage space on Sapphire, no rolling suitcases are allowed on our boat.) So I then had to sprint two miles, lugging a heavy duffle and carryon. Zipped my way through security to find that my connecting flight had left six minutes earlier. It was the last flight out Thursday night, which meant there would be no possible way that I could make it to Tyler’s 8 AM graduation.
Tyler’s 2nd ceremony, for the USC Engineering School, was due to begin at 10:45 AM and the replacement flight that American Airlines had stuck me on, was due to land at 11 AM. En route, I noticed on the flight path screen that our plane was making all sorts of extreme detours.

“We apologize for the delay” our Captain announced. “Our President is at the LAX Airport saying goodbye to George Clooney, who has just made a significant campaign contribution. Anyway, the detour that you have undoubtably noticed, is due to the fact that there are about 100 planes out here, trying to avoid colliding. We will be back on course as soon as we are given the word that the coast is clear.”

I was still hoping beyond hope that I could somehow make it to USC before Tyler’s name was called to cross the stage. When we at last landed, there was still another delay, due to the malfunction of the flight bridge.

Despite all of the drama, my oldest son, Nick, saved the day. He had borrowed a car from Tyler’s roommate, picked me up and dropped me off at USC not 5 minutes before Ty’s name was called to cross the stage.  I was absolutely ecstatic.

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