10 November 2017 | Majuro, The Marshall Islands
25 October 2017 | Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
07 October 2017 | Port Denarau, Fiji
05 October 2017 | Denerau, Fiji
23 September 2017 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
15 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
06 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
14 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas
11 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas

Aria Back Home After "Frostbite Cruise"

04 February 2013
With highs in the low 50s and lows in the 20s, what else could we call these last three days on the water but "The Frostbite Cruise?" The real superstar of the cruise was my Espar heater, which kept us TOO hot at times.

The cruise began Saturday morning, when Gary Callsen and I cast off from Little River for Southport, NC. Winds were light and on the nose, so we motored offshore, arriving just before dark. We met Ben Edkins for dinner and, later, enjoyed cigars aboard his boat, Winds of Freedom.

Strong westerlies were forecast for Sunday, so the plan was to depart early in Aria and sail around Frying Pan Shoals, through the 12-mile slue, to Wrightsville Beach, NC - 50nm of ocean sailing. Neptune, however, had other plans. Seas were 4-5 feet, winds were 25kts, and both would surely be worse on the shoals. So instead, we motored to Bald Head Island and rented a golf cart. We spent the day exploring land and came across a flock of Ibis feeding in a puddle (pictured). That evening, we watched the superbowl at Mojo's.

Monday morning, after breakfast aboard Aria and a walk on the beach, we cast off for our trip back to Little River. Winds were 6-8kts out of the south, and we sailed nicely on a beam reach for several hours before looming darkness forced us to start the engine and make haste for home. We dragged a line, trolling for that Blue Fin that I know is inhabiting Long Bay, but alas, this was not to be the day.

There was a moment, on the sail back, with the engine off, the water sliding nicely past the hull, I reflected that we had watched last year's Superbowl game outdoors in our shorts at Nipper's on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos. Nipper's was a mere four-day sail due south. The boat was provisioned and in great working order. Why not just keep sailing?

When we reached the Little River Sea Buoy I turned and headed for shore, but I love that we could have kept going.
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
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Album: Main | So This Happened
Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
54 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
33 Photos
Created 22 April 2016
65 Photos
Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
73 Photos
Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
53 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
28 Photos
Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
33 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
26 Photos
Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
9 Photos
Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
18 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
25 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
Tammy and I sailed to Cape Lookout Bight, then returned via Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island, where the kids and dog joined us. Lovely family vacation!
27 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
25 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
5 Photos
Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
21 Photos
Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
32 Photos
Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
9 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
17 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012