Team Dolce

27 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
26 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
24 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
22 May 2011 | Sea of Abaco
19 May 2011 | Sea of Abaco
17 May 2011 | Sea of Abaco
01 May 2011 | Lubbers Quarters
30 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
30 April 2011 | Cracker P's
29 April 2011 | Aunt Pats Bay
28 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
28 April 2011 | Aunt Pats Bay
27 April 2011 | Marsh Harbour
27 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
26 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
25 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
25 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
25 April 2011 | Sea of Abaco
24 April 2011 | Fishers Bay

"Last Atlantic Sunset"

27 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
Team Dolce
We continue to benefit from great breeze/weather and now have NYC just 51nm off our bow. We're traveling at 8-8.5kts w/ a heading of 15degrees, surfing downwind in 18-22kts of breeze! Its amazing that just four nights ago we slipped the lines at Marsh Harbour, barreled through North Man-O-War Channel, hung a "left" and haven't deviated more than 15 degrees from that original heading.

We anticipate arriving to Ambrose lighthouse early Saturday morning (ETA 3am), then slowly making our way under the Verrazano Bridge to the tip of Manhattan, guided by the rising sun. We anticipate an early afternoon arrival back to SCYC. Should be a fun arrival party...my understanding is that when a Commodore returns from sea there is always much fanfare...just think what that means for Dolce w/ TWO Commodores.

Updated fishing report: we continue to game-fish w/ a great green/white lure shaped like a squid. At about 6:45am, we hooked a gigantic fish off the transom....it just took the line and took the line...spinning loudly...the whole spool emptied before the "Fish On" team could roll out of their bunks and man their fishing stations! What an experience...we guessed it was either a big TUNA or a dolphin. This evening we caught a real nice Blue but it was part of the "gaff-and-release" program.

Great ride today w/ minor boat maintenance including 1) changing of a Racor fuel filter, 2) adding oil to the engine and 3) diagnosing/fixing a loose wire that was preventing us from stopping the engine- otherwise everything is operating well. Only shortage right now is that Capt Pop appears to be low on his cigars, hence yesterday he started rationing himself to 1 a day.

Its been a fantastic ride but everyone is looking forward to arriving ahead of schedule and being back w/ family/friends!

"Sport Fisher"

26 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
Team Dolce
We had a fantastic ride through the Gulf-stream last night as we approached Cape Hatteras. Dolce surfed much of the evening in 20-25kt breeze from abeam pushing us at an avg speed of 10-11kts w/ a hi of 14.6kts. With the help of the gulf-stream, we had a 225+ nm day!

We then celebrated Gage's b-day early this morning by yelling the much anticipated "FISH ON!" After trolling 500 nm w/ nothing to show, its only fitting that we hit it big today b/c Gage is such a fishing nut!

From the log...written by Charlie at 07:00
"...the fishing reel was heard to spin madly. "Fish On!" brought the entire "Dolce" crew tumbling on deck. Mike reeled in madly and the rest made ready to welcome a scaly guest: sails in, gaff & bucket out, speed reduced. Mike got a complete workout hauling against a 48" Mahi Mahi, which broke surface a number of times on its way to our dinner table."

It was impressive to watch all 6 crew members work together in this 30 minute period to change Dolce from an ocean sailing sloop into a "Hatteras" sport fisher, including someone on the transom w/ a gaff! The whole episode ended once we brought the fish on board and Capt Pop came into the cockpit w/ a bottle of rum. I thought it was to cheer our promotion to "hunters" but soon learned the rum was to be put into the gills of the fish to euthanize it! We filet'd the fish under the watchful eyes/guidence of the "Dr.". Mike prepared a great meal w/ the MAHI MAHI tonite...putting it in the oven w/ lime, red pepper, yellow pepper and a little butter and black pepper for seasoning. Very tasty.

Gage's b-day celebration didn't end there....later this morning we spotted a 3 foot turtle lounging in the surf of the waves, then Charlie caught a "little tunny"/false albacore and then at sunset we were entertained by a 75+/- circus troop of dolphins. We all ejoyed front row seats as they did their acrobatics all around the boat for 15 minutes!

We're currently traveling at 8.5kts, in a 18-20kt Southerly, off of Norfolk, VA w/ 220 NM between us and NYC. We're making great time and barring any unforseen difficulties, anticipate arrival at SCYC on Saturday late afternoon/early evening.

As we enter this "northern corridor" we have seen a significant increase in boat traffic, as i write there are 4 freighters (500+ft) w/in 5 nm of us.

p.s. Listening to channel 16- there has been a "securite" by the Coast Guard the last 36 hrs regarding a missing 32 foot blue sail boat which has been reported late for arrival to Chester Town from Guadaloupe! Asking mariners to be on the look-out for this steel vessel which is piloted by a 40 year old woman.


"Traffic Jam"

25 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
Team Dolce
This is the Atlatic Oceans version of a traffic jam off Cape Hatteras! We traveled the first 250nm seeing less than 5 boats until we hit Hatteras and all its commercial activity!

"Hitch-Hiking"

24 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
Team Dolce
We just closed out our first 24hr period at 5:30pm tonite w/ a total mileage tally of 190nm! The boat is running great and the crew have settled into their daily routines (which for one crew member means never missing out on a nap or a cigar).

Once we charged through North Man-O-War channel yesterday (which involved a few nice breaking waves over the bow) we had a fantastic first 8hr leg of sailing w/ 15-18kts of breeze shooting us North! We started to motorsail this a.m. driving a good pace of 8.8-9.2kts.

Surprisingly we've only spotted 4 boats along the 200nm journey including 2 commercial fishing boats, a freighter and one sailing ketch which we have been overtaking for the last hour.

Flying fish have entertained the crew all day. These incredible fish will jump out of the water, flap their side fins and glide through the air effortlessly for 50-70 feet. We have also been trawling two fishing lines but unfortunately haven't had a hit yet...but don't count us out yet b/c we have 800 miles still to find something. Until we legitamize ourselves as "hunters", we enjoyed a great chicken parm for dinner.

The last two hours the wind has shifted 90 degrees to S SW and has sat down. The sea has settled down with it and if you didn't know any better you would think we're rolling down Long Island Sound its so tranquil! So calm that at one point late this afternoon Jim and Leland took naps (a common theme among the crew) on the deck of the bow.

Provisions are holding up although we could already use another "drop-shipment" of Suzanne's famous crumb cake!






"Rhumb Line to the Rum Line"

22 May 2011 | Sea of Abaco
Team Dolce
Rhumb Line:
Now that the 21st is passed and we’ve cleared “world ending” shoals, we’re going to live a little. Assembled a great team to join me aboard Dolce for a 6 day sprint North! Team includes two Commodores, an Iron Man, a Black Belt, a Dr and a pencil pusher (thats me!). It almost has the makings of a Fox reality show. Plan on departing through North Man-O-War Channel by 4pm into the face of a decent high pressure system. We’re charting a Rhumb Line North which will allow us to enter the Gulf Stream near 33 30N/76 10W, then exit near 35N/75W, just off Hatteras. Weather looks “benign” until we reach a pressure system on Thursday w/ winds expected to hit 25+/- out of the SE. I like to do a simple watch system of 2 hrs on w/ 4 hrs off and the crew working in teams of two. Stay tuned…expect to hit the RUM line in Oyster Bay by Sunday!

"Safety at Sea"

19 May 2011 | Sea of Abaco
Team Dolce
Have been extremely focused on making sure our safety gear/procedures are all in place for the trip "north".
Key items i've focused on last few days:
1) EPIRBS: updating crew/trip info on my EPIRB account w/ NOAA
2) VHF "MAY DAY": placards (see pic) posted above the VHF and in the Head...I got this idea from a Cruising World magazine "Safety at Sea article"- think its a smart way to make sure you can communicate a clear/concise message in an emergency. I actually looked up the origins of "May Day"...according to Origins of Hamspeak, "May Day" is an anglicized version of the French m'aidez (help me) or m'aider (to render help to me)
3) Coast Guard: I even tried to log our trip w the Coast Guard...funny...they called down to "command" at Cape Hatteras and called back to say that they don't take "trip logs"..."just make sure your loved ones know what u r up too!"
4) Gear: Two key things we will do w/in 24hrs of departure 1) put a hose into the bilge and confirm that the bilge pumps are working properly (I learned this the hard way) and 2) get into the rear lazarette to make sure all the machinery is secure (including autopilot and steering gear)
Vessel Name: Dolce
Vessel Make/Model: Little Harbor 50
Hailing Port: Oyster Bay, NY
Crew: Mark, Lisa, Jack (11), Gage (8) and Nick (5)
About:
Dolce (fka Waianiwa) is an aft cockpit Ted Hood design. We (w/ much help from our ace broker, Bill Titus) located her in Harpswell, ME, after three years of searching for the perfect family cruiser. I wanted a Carver, Lisa eyed a Macgregor and the boyz wished for a "cigar" boat... [...]
Extra: Key Operating Specs: Length: 50'9" Width: 15'1" Depth: 5'6" (Board Up) 11'8" (Board Down) Displacement: 43,200 lbs Ballast: 18,000lbs Sail Area: 1,249 sf Fuel Capacity: 225 gallons Water Capacity: 330 gallons
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Here is the team that worked to get Dolce back in the water for her ocean trip to the Bahamas
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Dolce

Who: Mark, Lisa, Jack (11), Gage (8) and Nick (5)
Port: Oyster Bay, NY