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.

Blues & Jazz in Bequia

13 April 2012
We often celebrate by going out to dinner our last night on an island, and we followed our tradition in Bequia. We�'d heard via the cruiser�'s net that a Jazz/Blues pianist was playing at a restaurant called the Fig Tree on Friday night. Although the restaurant wasn�'t reviewed in our guidebook, we thought we�'d give it a try, given the live music. We arrived right around 7PM, as the Jazz pianist was getting ready to begin playing. As he began, it was clear that this guy was a very accomplished jazz pianist. He was so good, that another patron at the restaurant called his friend from Philadelphia on his cell phone to tell him about the pianist, and then let his friend experience it by holding his cell phone close to the piano so his friend could hear him playing. We learned that his name is David Maxwell and he�'s an outstanding blues and jazz pianist who�'s played in a lot of great bands, including Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton and Muddy Waters. His own recent album, �"You Got to Move�" was winner of 2010 Blues Music Awards Acoustic Album of the Year. Eric and I took our time through dinner so that we could stay through his entire show. Unfortunately, he only played for two hours. After he finished, I went up to tell him how much I enjoyed his music, and I asked him whether Chuck Leavell had been influenced by his playing. He kind of chuckled and, after noting that he knows and respects Chuck, said that he didn�'t think either of them copied anything from one another. Dinner, by the way, was outstanding as well. Cheryl, the owner of the restaurant, was a gracious and wonderful hostess. She has only had the restaurant there for about a year and a half (which is why it wasn�'t mentioned in the guidebook), but it�'s been doing well and growing through word of mouth. We were lucky to have been able to experience David Maxwell and the Fig Tree, leaving us with a memorable last night in Bequia.
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