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

Perhaps I Should Take a Pill?

21 March 2016 | Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
People ask me what it's like to sail offshore at night. I don't know about other sailors but here it is for me.

"Nightwatch offshore in Atlantic. Quarter moon bright overhead. Tammy below. I hope she is able to sleep. I doubt it. Seas big and sloppy, and Aria is hobby horsing on this deepening broad reach. I have a lot of worries, as usual. Biggest here is an accidental gybe. Preventer is on but still, in these seas, mainsail is really a liability. I ponder bringing it down and run the steps in my mind. In the dark. Alone. A lot of steps, actually. Better perhaps to center the main. Less to go wrong.

Lightening flashes to the west. Definitely getting closer. More to worry about. Wind keeps going aft. I am not even sure we are on the most favorable tack anymore . Heading is Greenland! Man, it is really rolly. What if i got sick? Could Tammy bring in the boat? Perhaps I should take a pill.

Tammy comes on watch at 2200. Can Tammy pilot Aria in these quartering seas? I need to devise a plan for her watch. OK, keep wind at 120 degrees apparent. Autopilot only. Forget about the mainsail. One instrument to watch - anemometer. But what if the wind dies? Wake me. What if the storm hits? Wake me. What if the wind continues to clock and our heading goes toward The Azores? Wake me. Not so simple after all.

Three freighters astern on AIS moving 14+kts. Busy shipping lane. Glad we passed through that before dark. I hailed three ships to alter course. At least they are not cruise ships. Those move at 20+ kts. I hate cruise ships.

Ach, it's driving me crazy to sit here with the wrong rig up. I want Genoa only, poled out. It would be perfect. No possibility of a gybe, and I could steer back to course. But, really, do i dare go forward to set the whisker pole in these seas, alone, at night? Good, bright moon. That helps. Perhaps. In my mind, I run the steps. Am i nuts? Way too many things could go wrong. And for what? Another knot of VMG? We will probably arrive at the inlet before dawn as it is and have to stand off for decent light. How should I stand off, anyway? Heave to, I guess. Main only, like usual, or should I use a little jib, just to keep the bow from coming over in these big seas? Oh, hell! I'll decide when we get there.

How much longer till Tammy comes on watch? Feeling sleepy. Perhaps I shouldn't have taken that pill.
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