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.


15 December 2011
Durban is a bustling and colorful city, with brightly painted buses and throngs of people on the streets. Slightly larger than Los Angeles, it has everything thing we need, which is important given our extensive to do list. Of our most important to do's were the primary and secondary autopilots and the new battens for the main sail. We got on those right away and were able to find service professionals quickly. Fortunately, the primary autopilot was covered under warranty, and the fix was installed when we received the new part about a week after arrival. We were able to get the secondary autopilot addressed quickly as well, and new battens cut for the mainsail. This left us with plenty of time to enjoy the city and its surroundings.
The timing of our arrival in Durban on November 27th couldn't have been better, since the COP 17 Climate Change Conference was here from November 28th until December 9th. In addition to the meetings and negotiations, there were numerous exhibits and events open to the public. We went to the main exhibition area, which was filled with interesting companies, organizations, and government displays, all eager to show their commitment to stopping climate change. We also saw a rooftop garden built by an architecture firm committed to revitalization of urban centers. The garden, in addition to providing thermal insulation for the building, serves as a small farming area to provide food to some of the local population. The Durban Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens also held interesting exhibitions for the COP17 conference.
The day after we arrived we met a fascinating Swiss couple, Dario and Sabine Schwörer, who are leading an expedition around the world to demonstrate how humans and nature can live in harmony. Their organization, called the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition, is the 1st expedition over the Seven Seas to the Seven Summits that will be achieved by human and nature's power alone.

COP17 also brought large numbers of police. The safety issues in Durban are obvious, with fences, barbed wire, and armed response security warnings everywhere. When we checked in at the marina, we were given a mini-security briefing which advised us not to walk in the city at night, not to show cameras or cell phones, and to otherwise guard our valuables. We met a former Commodore at the Point Yacht Club, Bob Fraser, who was kind enough to take us for a drive one day into the suburbs of Durban. Unlike the city, the suburbs are clean and filled with trees, whereas downtown Durban is littered with trash. While a very different look and feel compared to downtown Durban, the safety issue was still noticeable. Nearly every house was surrounded by tall walls garnished with electric or razor wire.
Standing in stark contrast to the walls and wire, was our visit to Essenwood Craft Market, in the suburb of Essenwood. Dynamic displays of artwork and crafts, live music, and a sampling of local foods, made this a fascinating and fun way to spend a Saturday morning. The concept of the Rainbow Nation was clearly evident here, with blacks, whites, Indians and Asians enjoying themselves.
We'll spend the next few days finishing up some projects and seeing a bit more of Durban. Then, we're off to Kruger National Park for a safari and hopefully sightings of the Big 5 (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).
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COP17, TOPtoTOP, and Essenwood Market
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