Blue Heron

Vessel Name: Blue Heron
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 43
Hailing Port: Delaware City, DE
Crew: Bob & Eric Frantz
About: Bob retired in January, 2011 from a career as an environmental attorney and manager, and Eric earned his Bachelor's Degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC in December, 2010. They began their circumnavigation February 6, 2011.
Extra: In the words of that great American author, Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
19 June 2012
13 June 2012 | Fishing Bay Harbor Marina, Deltaville, VA
12 June 2012
09 June 2012
05 June 2012 | Cannonsport Marina, Palm Beach Shores, Florida
01 June 2012 | in passage to Bahamas
25 May 2012 | Sapodilla Bay
21 May 2012 | Jost van Dyke
18 May 2012
17 May 2012 | BVI
14 May 2012
07 May 2012 | Simpson Bay
03 May 2012 | Charlestown Harbour
01 May 2012
15 April 2012 | St. Lucia
13 April 2012
11 April 2012
06 April 2012
Recent Blog Posts
19 June 2012

The Blue Heron did it!

Today is the 500th day since we began our adventure around the world. We did it! We've completed our circumnavigation! We have not only crossed our wake but have passed the point from which we originally set sail on February 6, 2011. All that remains is to get us and the Blue Heron home. She has [...]

13 June 2012 | Fishing Bay Harbor Marina, Deltaville, VA

Waiting to get back on our way

We passed Little Creek Marina in Norfolk, VA during the middle of the night last night -- that's where our dream voyage began 16 months ago. We then made our way to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where we were greeted with a howling hello in the form of 30+ knot winds on the nose. Making any headway was almost impossible so, we have diverted for safe harbor once more to wait for this weather system to pass. If anything, the North Atlantic lives up to it's reputation as being predictably unpredictable. Now, we wait (impatiently) for another weather window so that we can make our way home.

12 June 2012

Big Fish - take a look

Our steady progress and, generally, uneventful passage thusfar was punctuated with excitement yesterday afternoon when Eric called out, "I've got one!" He caught a White Marlin in the late afternoon. The fish fought hard and we had quite a time getting the fish on board. The fish measured 6'4" and [...]

09 June 2012

on our way north

This morning we left West Palm Beach at 8:15AM and are making our way north. We're hopeful that weather will be in our favor the entire final passage home -- we'll see. We've started with the benefit of both the gulf stream and favorable winds and are moving along at about 9 knots.

05 June 2012 | Cannonsport Marina, Palm Beach Shores, Florida

weather detour

We're stopping in Palm Beach for a day or so to wait out some weather due to come offshore from the Carolinas. Then we'll continue our northbound journey for home.

Vava'u Islands, Tonga UPDATED!!

01 July 2011 | Nieafu Harbor
We have arrived in the Vava'u Islands, one of Tonga's three main island groups and the most northern group. Tonga is 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and the first to see the light of each day.
From the Vava'u tourism site: "Vava'u is made up of about 50 islands with lush tropical landscapes to explore and enjoy, famed for their white sand beaches, coral reefs, crystal clear blue waters and ideal sailing conditions. The main village of the Vava'u group is Neiafu, with a population of approximately 10,000."
As we waited at the wharf for the customs officials to come, people of all ages walked by looking at the boat. One guy even asked if our Yamaha outboard was for sale--not a comforting sign. The engines are found all over the world and are often the targets of dinghy thefts. After check in was completed, we made our way over to the mooring field.
We are moored on the east side of the main island near two cruising friends we have made over the last couple of months, S/V Jacana with Dan and Yolanda (Aussies) and S/V Kailani with John and Marina (Canadians).
From Tonga
Tonga is poor. That was the first impression I got when we took a walk through Neiafu. It's depressingly tired looking and many of the buildings are falling apart. But somehow, people are as happy as ever and seem pretty content with life. After a few days of sightseeing and taking care of some chores, we were ready to move on. We spent one night at an anchorage away from Neiafu, which gave us the chance to take in Tonga's natural features. We took our dinghy into Swallow's Cave. The cave used to be a place for entertaining the Who's Who of Tonga back in the day. It is now, unfortunately, littered with graffiti, but still shows the striking blue hues in the deep water below.
From Tonga
We went back to Neiafu the following day planning to check out one day later after refueling and checking out. The next morning, Bob went over to Jacana to see if Dan needed any fuel. Dan, who's always on top of the weather, informed us that there was a Tsunami warning in effect and that an earthquake occurred near islands about 1000 miles south of Tonga. Needless to say, we decided not to take the boat into the fuel dock and instead waited, only to hear that the warning canceled an hour later.
With our plans sufficiently delayed, we stayed another night and had dinner at the Aquarium Café. They were having an island feast night with dancers and delicious food. I got a chance to try kava, which is like wringing a used mop into a cup and then drinking it. We left the next morning for Fiji, a three-day sail a way.

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