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.

Mauritius

17 November 2011
Port Louis, Mauritius is a beautiful city. Its waterfront has been redeveloped and is lined with shops and restaurants. Mauritius has a rich history dating to the 1600�'s beginning with the Dutch, later taken over by the French in the 1700�'s, and then the English in the 1800�'s. This diverse history resulted in an equally diverse population of Asians, Africans, and Europeans. While tourism is today the number one industry, sugar cane was extremely important and made Mauritius Britain�'s biggest sugar cane producer. Much of the island is covered with cane fields and cargo vessels frequently arrive to take on bulk sugar. We arrived on Wednesday, November 9 at about 8:30AM and spent 3 hours meeting with customs, immigration, and health department officials to obtain our entry permissions. Then it was off to Caudan Marina in the heart of Port Louis, where we tucked into one of the last remaining spots inside the marina. While the facilities at the marina were good, we were constantly reminded to lock our boat and be careful of pickpockets. We were told of a theft of a camera from one boat that was left unattended for just a few minutes, and a computer from another. We spent much of our time over the next few days provisioning, cleaning the boat, and making small repairs. On Sunday, however, we decided to take a tour of the island with a cab driver. For 3000 rupees (about $100), we spent the day seeing many of the sights on the island. Some of the highlights of the tour included: · Grand Baie. A lovely bay, home of the Grand Baie Yacht Club, and a place where many yachts stay while in Mauritius. The bay is surrounded by a bustling area of shops, restuarants and bars, making it a top tourist destination. · Sugar Refinery and Plantation. An interesting tour of the process of making sugar, and the opportunity to taste many different kinds of sugars. · Port Louis Fort. Remnants of the Port Louis defensive fort, with a commanding view of harbor and town of Port Louis. · Remains of Dutch Settlement in Grand Port. Location where the Dutch first landed in the mid-1600�'s. · Point Natural. Beautiful seaside overlook with natural arch carved by the ocean, blowhole and spectacular sea vistas. We had planned to leave on Monday, but the weather didn�'t look good, and so we decided to wait a couple of days. On Thursday, November 17 the weather looked promising, so we�'re off now, en route to South Africa. We�'ll update this with some pictures after our arrival in South Africa.
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