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Still too far north
10/15/2009, Rain soaked Annapolis

If I have to wear socks, I am too far north.
Yesterday Martin stopped by to check out the boat (and me) as we've never met. By way of initiation I had him help me pick up the anchor and we went over to the fuel dock to top off the tank (53 gallons) and get some water.
We got along just fine and I believe he will be great crew for our offshore passage to Bermuda.
Instead of going back out and anchor, I got a mooring for a days thinking that the weather was supposed to suck for the weekend. I am moored right off the boat show. For those of you watching at home on live feed - I am in the middle on the left hand side of your screen.
Well, let me tell you, it started getting cold last night, the wind came up and it started raining and has not let up all day. I have WOOL socks and my arctic clothes on....Glad I took the mooring.
Too bad for the PB show. Not a lot of movement over there.
Bob and Sue H. - All the big ocean trawlers are here.... NICE!

I guess if I want to get these socks off, I'll have to keep moving south.

10/15/2009 | Captn Ron
Looks like low 80's in Bermuda. Little chilly.
Ringside Seat
10/13/2009, Still in Annapolis

The last of the company left on Sunday Morning. Jamie (the captian I sailed to St Martin with last year) stayed over Sat. night along with Paul and Joanne (from Ottawa - more offshore crew). Don and Deb stopped by with their Annapolis friends (they brought brunch). So all in all it was "busy" here. But, now I've been alone since Sunday. Working on the boat again. I am trying to get things ready for the offshore trip.
Yesterday I got the generator running. It's not hooked up to anything yet, but it starts and it has cooling water to it.
The Sailboat show broke up yesterday. If you've never seen that, it's worth the trip to stay on Monday to see it. Within an hour, everyone was gone. Cannons and a "Gentleman - start your engines" signals the start of the exodus.
Of course I have a ring side seat here, so everyone had to past within 50 feet of me on the way out.
Two hours later all the powerboats started in. Their show does not appear to be as big as the sailboat show.
Martin (another of the offshore crew) comes tomorrow to check out the boat. We've never met, but we both come with strong recommendations.
I have two weeks before I have to be in Norfolk to meet Beckie, so there is no hurry to leave here. I am doing that part by myself. It's about a 120 nm from here. I am looking forward to it.
Of course not having a car is a challenge.
I miss my Beckie ...and Oh BTW... I missed MNF, that's two weeks in a row.

10/14/2009 | mom
10/15/2009 | your daughter
Hi Daddy!! This is a cool blog....keep it coming. Have you started reading any of those books?
Would you like salt with that?
10/07/2009, Annapolis

I've only been in salt water a few days and the boat is encrusted with salt. Everywhere I look, everything I touch, has a film of crusted salt on it. I feel like a power boater walking around with a rag in my hand. UNABATED will never look the same. I am actually looking forward to a heavy downpour so I can get out there and scrub the boat.
Would you like salt with that?

10/07/2009 | Phil Dery
I just heard from Jim VanValkenbergh that you finally made the big trip and are moving Southeast later on. I'll be in Annapolis for the show so maybe we'll hoist one. Old Pecheur is still chugging along. Can't wait to smell the salt again myself being from Boston. Al Cummins lives in Williamsburg and sails a 34 Sabre in the Chessy. Best of Luck. Phil
10/08/2009 | Ellen Gauthier
There was heavy wind through PA all day on the 8th which had me thinking about you and the boat. I'm enjoying following your progress. We're so happy you have this chance for adventure!
10/08/2009 | Captn Ron
Concerning your observation of the wonders of salt water...wait until you start adding subtropical sunshine! I've often said, Illuminata went to Florida looking like a piece of furniture and came back looking like a piece of...

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