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.

Leaving Cocos (Keeling) Islands

23 October 2011
We departed Cocos (Keeling) Islands after spending an idyllic four days there, and are now headed for the Mauritius Islands, some 2300 nautical miles WSW of us. This will be our longest remaining passage. The Cocos Islands are a group of 76 islands that form an atoll, the result of thousands of years of volcanic activity and coral buildup. The anchorage at Direction Island is beautiful and protected, with wonderful snorkeling and powder sand beaches, all under the orderly control of the Aussies. Some of our highlights included snorkeling "the Rip", a break in the reef through which ocean water flows at about 5 knots, allowing you to float along as the marine show unfolds. It's a bit light being weightless, as you can do somersaults in the current. We swam with local black and white tipped reef sharks every day, which are quite docile. We met a film crew, which is making a documentary on the WWI sinking of the German Warship Emden by the Australian Warship Sydney. The Emden had run rampant in the area and sunk a number of vessels. We had a fascinating conversation with the crew about the area, and they were very interested in our story. Before we knew it, they asked us if we would like to be interviewed for the documentary. We'll see if our interview makes it into the documentary or ends up on the cutting room floor. Eric caught a 5 pound Grunt, which gave a good fight, but we decided to release it as we weren't sure of whether it was good eating. We also met lots of interesting people, both from the local Malaysian population on Home Island, and cruisers on other boats, including Derek and Judy, an Aussie couple aboard Ginseng, and Thomas and Maggie, and German/Polish couple aboard SKOPE60. All of this made Cocos a great stopover, one that we could have extended had we had more time.
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