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.

The Wild Coast- Updated

13 January 2012
We left Durban in the same way that we arrived--in the rain. The wind was beginning to turn around to the south and eventually southeast, opening up a weather window long enough for us to make the trip down the "Wild Coast" of South Africa. The unforgiving coastline acts as a guide for the strong Agulhas Current, which runs up to 5 knots in some places. Weather can change quickly and getting caught out in the current with an opposing wind has resulted in a number of tragedies. Fortunately for us, it was relatively calm after the first day. So calm that we motored much of the way, receiving a big push from the current and allowing us to reach Knysna in just three days.
From Durban to Cape Town
Knysna is a picturesque town near the southern tip of Africa. It sits on a lagoon that is protected by two rock heads that make for a bit of tricky entrance. Waiting for the right tide and wind are crucial to avoiding breaking waves that can cause the boat to broach and lose control.
From Durban to Cape Town
After seeing a local boat head through, we went for it without a problem. Once through the heads, we made our way to the Knysna Yacht Club and a well-deserved lunch.
We've spent the last several days exploring the area and enjoying the scenery. Knysna is a thriving town with a busy waterfront area. It is noticeably different from Durban in that there isn't quite as much of a security presence. Many homes do not have electric fences lining their walls and some don't have walls at all. It makes it feel more like a neighborhood and less like a prison. Given its scenery, it's not surprising that Knysna is dotted with golf courses. We decided to go play 18 holes on a whim yesterday. Let's just say we got a lot of exercise.
From Durban to Cape Town
With another weather window opening up, we leave on this beautiful morning for Cape Town. On the way, we'll pass Cape Aghulas, leaving the Indian Ocean and entering the Atlantic.
From Durban to Cape Town
Blue Heron's Photos - Main
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