Sailing At Last

This is the tale of our journey to fulfill a passion of learning to sail and a dream to circumnavigate. Welcome Aboard At Last!

Profile of At Last and the Gorrell's

Who: Mark & Janet Gorrell
Port: Wickford, RI USA
19 December 2013 | Westerly, RI
17 July 2013 | Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT
14 June 2013 | Summit North Marina, Bear, Delaware
04 June 2013 | Point Lookout Marina, Ridge, Maryland
21 May 2013 | Dunedin Municipal Marina, Dunedin, Florida
05 May 2013 | Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
27 April 2013 | 22 56.8'N:073 02.0'W, Nearing the Exumas & Bahamas
23 April 2013 | 18 25'N:064 50'W, The BVI
13 April 2013 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
08 April 2013 | Admiralty Bay, Port Elizabeth, Bequia
04 April 2013 | Tobago Cays and Mustique, Grenadines
29 March 2013 | Port Louis Marina, St. George, Grenada
15 March 2013 | Port Louis Marina, St. George, Grenada
06 March 2013 | Between Salvador, Brazil and St. George, Grenada
05 March 2013 | Port Louis Marina, St. George's Harbor, Grenada
17 February 2013 | Terminal Nautico, Salvador, Brazil
04 February 2013 | 153 miles from Salvador Brazil, Atlantic Ocean
30 January 2013 | Island of St. Helena, Atlantic Ocean
29 January 2013 | 14 36.9'S:22 37.3'W, On the way to Brazil
20 January 2013 | 15 55.55'S:005 43.58'W, Jamestown, St. Helena

Home At Last

17 July 2013 | Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT
We arrived in Mystic at 2:00 am on June 17th after a short and, gratefully, uneventful sail from the C and D Canal. As I am typing up this blog all I can think of is how quickly the past month has gone by! Arriving home has been a whirlwind of activity. We are sorry that it has taken a month to update the blog. It is a bit embarrassing.

Although we arrived in Mystic at 2:00 am we did not get into our slip until the next morning. We were having engine trouble. We chose to land the boat on a fuel dock at a nearby marina instead of trying to find our marina and slip in the middle of the night. It was a good choice but unfortunately the marina who owned the fuel dock charged us for a full night of berthing despite us being there for only seven hours and never using any electricity or water. A bit disappointing!

Our arrival at Mystic Shipyard was a completely different experience. The very talented Kenny was waiting for us at our slip ready to help us get tied up. He is the type of dock hand that every marina needs. We just followed his instructions to get into the slip then he secured our boat perfectly. He helped us with our electrical cords and hooked up our water hose. As we finished, I commented to Mark that it would be alright with me if we didn't move the boat for the rest of the summer.

Not only have we not moved the boat for the past month, we have done almost nothing to it. I think after all of the times we have needed to rush to get everything done before leaving again, we subconsciously decided that since we aren't going anywhere we didn't need to do anything right away. So one month later, we haven't cleaned the inside or the outside of the boat. Luckily, we had good rain shortly after we arrived which did clean off the salt. We haven't changed the fuel filters or oil in the engine which needs to be completed. The hatches are still caked in salt. Suddenly, we have all the time in the world to get things done and the motivation to do it has dwindled exponentially.

We were greeted shortly after arriving in our slip by Rick and Kimberly Dieterich who own Springline Yacht Sales which is located in a building at the end of the dock. Rick sold us our boat six years ago and he is now Mark's new boss. Yes, Mark accepted a job with Rick as a yacht broker. Thus, many of you now understand why we returned back to New England earlier than expected - because Mark needed to start work. By the way, if anyone wants to buy or sell a boat, you know who to contact.

Click here for Springline Yacht Sales

The day after we arrived in Mystic, Mark went to work. This entailed him getting ready at about 8:45 am (for work at 9:00 am), dressing in shorts and a polo shirt, and walking to his office in a building at the end of the dock. On the first day he came back to the boat at 3:00 pm because he had yet to have lunch. Then he took a nap for the rest of the day. He has spent one afternoon cleaning a boat for a showing, driving to Falmouth, MA to check out a boat, photographing a boat he listed, taking our dinghy to the morning field to check out another boat. It seems like he never knows where the day will take him. I am thrilled that he decided not to return to his earlier career path. He is so lucky to be doing what he loves and working with such great people. In addition to Rick and Kimberly, Mark is also working with Andy Baker who joined us on the first leg of our trip from Virginia to the Caribbean. We met he and his wife Linda right after we bought At Last and have been great friends ever since.

The docks of Mystic Shipyard from Springline Yacht Sales

Mark has been working a lot since we got back, working 6 days a week and studying about the yacht brokerage business in the off hours. I have been trying to take care of all of the details in getting back on land. My original list had about forty items on it and it seems like whenever I cross something off Mark and I find something else to put on the list. We did get cell phones the day we arrived. We now have a PO Box in West Mystic. My parents arrived the first day with my car which I am thrilled to have back. They had it detailed for us and I can honestly say it has never been so clean. We are trying to survive with one car for now but we have decided that it will be impossible once I get a job. I have been working hard at searching for a job. I have applied for about ten positions and had an interview last week. I am hopeful but don't want to jinx it so I will wait until everything is finalized to make an announcement.

We have had a wonderful time visiting everyone. I went back to Baystate to attend a party for my previous boss who is moving to Florida. It was great to see everyone again and I left with a wish that I could return to my work as a transplant social worker. I loved the job and the people I worked with. I also spent a weekend with my girlfriends back in Springfield. Mark and I have both been amazed at how quickly it all feels so normal again. Whether it is family or friends, after a few hours it feels like we never left. The relationships just keep falling back into place. It is so comforting.

We have already met some great people at the marina. The first night we arrived we were invited onto another boat for drinks with a group of people. We had a great time as we shared stories of our great adventure. People had so many questions about what we did and what it was like. At this point you might think that we are getting tired of telling the same stories. We are not. We love that people are so curious and interested in what we accomplished.

Things feel like they are falling into place quite nicely. We love Mystic and feel very comfortable calling it home. We both seem to be very content with living on the boat for the summer and fall. We hope to find a place to rent over the winter or even house sit for someone. We have also talked about renting an apartment where we can keep all of our stuff (it is all still in storage) and then live in it over the winter time. At this point we are trying to take one thing at a time and not rush any of the bigger decisions.

I continue to be amazed with going grocery shopping. Although the galley is still small on the boat, at least it is stationery which makes cooking much more fun. We have been enjoying the idea that if we have cravings for certain foods we can just go out and get whatever it is. The down side of this is that it is going to be really easy to gain the weight back that we lost. I think Mark has gained about 10 lbs. since he got back to the US. Luckily, he still has the pony tail. I am encouraging him to keep it but he is getting tired of the upkeep of long hair and the lack of good pony tail holders for men.

I will end this blog with another great story of just how small the world is. A little over a week ago I got a phone call from Mark while I was out running errands telling me to get home because I wouldn't believe who just pulled into our marina. It was Michael from s/v Finnish Line. If you go back to the blog which I wrote in Cairns, Australia you will discover that he is the man who was in our slip in Wickford, RI the season before we rented it. He left the slip to sail around the world in 2010 and we left a year later to do the same. We first ran into him in Cairns, Australia and then saw him intermittently a couple of more times along our circumnavigation. You can imagine our surprise when he pulled into Mystic Shipyard into a slip right down from ours. It felt like we had come full circle, having both our boats in Mystic together after both finishing our circumnavigations. Amazing!!

In addition selling boats, Mark wants to help others prepare for a circumnavigation. He welcomes any requests for information and support. He also is preparing a list of items that we needed for the trip but that we will be selling now that we are back. So if anyone is interested in spares, safety gear, etc. send us an email.

We are so appreciative of all the emails we have received remarking about the end of our journey. We understand that many will miss all of the stories. We cannot begin to express how touched we have been by all of the support and how many people have enjoyed reading the blog. Although we are happy to be home, Mark and I also feel a great sadness that this adventure is ending. But a new adventure has begun and we will continue to let everyone know how we adjust to firmer ground. Mark says that this adventure may be more difficult than our last. But maybe the rainbow we saw our first day here is a good omen. We will keep updating the blog so stay tuned...

Vessel Name: At Last
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 465-02
Hailing Port: Wickford, RI USA
Crew: Mark & Janet Gorrell
Hi, We have been sailing for more than twelve years, chartering in the BVI, Leeward Islands, Chesapeake, and Florida. We completed many US Sailing certifications. We have been saling At Last for the last four years in New England between Nantucket and NYC. Mark has crewed on deliveries to St. [...]
For those of you who know Mark, you would agree that he is a very conservative and risk adverse person and one who suffers terribly from motion sickness. So, you must be wondering how he could give up the security of a wonderful job to sail around the world, especially in this economy. Well, [...]
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At Last's Photos - Main
Back in the US and heading home
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2013
Our time in Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay and other photo albums commemorating our trip
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 19 April 2013
Stops in Grenada and the Grenadines
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 28 March 2013
Carnival and Old Town in Salvador
25 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 17 February 2013
Photos of this unique and friendly island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
18 Photos
Created 16 February 2013
The pictures from our stops in Richard's Bay, Durban, St. Francis and Cape Town.
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 14 December 2012
Halloween party and a visit to a volcano
21 Photos
Created 23 November 2012
Our time in Mauritius
46 Photos
Created 23 November 2012
Our visit to the atoll of Cocos Keeling, Australia
23 Photos
Created 21 October 2012
35 Photos
Created 18 September 2012
Our time in Mackay, Cairns and Darwin Australia
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 5 September 2012
Our time in Port Resolution, Dillon's Bay and Port Vila
43 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Our time in Denarau and Musket Cove, Fiji
20 Photos
Created 6 July 2012
Our visit to Vava'u Tonga
56 Photos
Created 21 June 2012
The Islands of Suwarrow and American Samoa
27 Photos
Created 8 June 2012
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 29 April 2012
26 Photos
Created 29 April 2012
This gallery include the passage from the Galapagos and photos from Hiva-Oa, Oa-Pou and Nuku Hiva
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 11 April 2012
These are pictures of the passage to the Galapagos and our experience on the islands of San Cristobal, Isabella and Santa Cruz
2 Photos | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 2 March 2012
Here are photos of the passage to Panama, the San Blas Islands, the transit through the canal and events yet to come.
11 Photos | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 22 January 2012
A compendium of pix of our various excursions around St Lucia
5 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 6 January 2012
These are pictures from the last of the Leeward Islands.
25 Photos
Created 19 December 2011
Photos of Terre-De-Haut, an island part of Les Saintes southeast of Guadeloupe.
13 Photos
Created 18 December 2011
Here are more photos of English Harbour taken form At Last as we left Antigua for Guadeloupe
10 Photos
Created 16 December 2011
These are the pictures of our passage from Antigua through our stay on Guadeloupe
28 Photos
Created 16 December 2011
These are photos of Admiral Nelson's Dockyard and our trek to the top of Shirley Heights overlooking English Harbor
42 Photos
Created 13 December 2011
Here are some photos of the islands as we were leaving Nevis, passing Montserrat and arriving at Antigua. A pleasant 50 mile motor sail into 10 knot head winds. I took a nap for 90 minutes. Blogging keeps me up late at night.
15 Photos
Created 13 December 2011
Pictures of Nevis
14 Photos
Created 11 December 2011
These are pix of Saba, Statia and St Kitts as we passed by them to sail to Nevis
18 Photos
Created 11 December 2011
Pictures of his homes and yacht on the island as we passed headed for Anguilla
11 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
7 Photos
Created 2 December 2011
Some of the photos of the passage that hit the cutting room floor
27 Photos
Created 22 November 2011
These are pictures of some of the results of the recent outfitting for the trip
8 Photos
Created 19 October 2011
These were taken last year sailing in Long Island Sound by Yacht-Shots. My colleagues at Baystate Health were kind enough to have three copies of one these photos printed and framed for me as a going away gift. A large one for home, one for the boat and one for my desk. Very Special!
7 Photos
Created 19 October 2011
This is a compilation of photos taken over the first four years of cruising on At Last in Naragansett Bay and Long Island Sound with close friends, family and the Cruising Club of New England, a wonderful group of sailors.
55 Photos
Created 1 October 2011
At Last is painted in January of 2008
4 Photos
Created 1 October 2011
At last is delivered, commissioned and has its maiden voyage just in time to be in the 2007 Newport Boat Show
6 Photos
Created 1 October 2011
These are pictures of the layout of the IP 465 and the interior of At Last
12 Photos
Created 1 October 2011

Profile of At Last and the Gorrell's

Who: Mark & Janet Gorrell
Port: Wickford, RI USA