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.

British Virgin Islands

21 May 2012 | Jost van Dyke
The British Virgin Islands were some of the most crowded cruising waters that we've stopped at and there is good reason for it. The islands hold true to their name, with beautiful green peaks and crystal clear waters. Much of the area is protected land and water that fosters a healthy ecosystem and makes for an incredible playground.
After the swimsuit incident on Peter Island, we sailed just a short way to Norman Island. The Virgin Islands are all grouped fairly close together, which makes for generally pleasant day sails from one stop to another. Norman Island was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and silver bullion was found in a cave as recently as the early 1900's. We picked up a mooring outside some caves and were getting ready to go snorkeling when a boat pulled up next to us, chock full of no less than 50 eager souls looking to do the same thing. Quickly, we jumped in the water and swam to get ahead of them. We managed to avoid the crowd for the first 30 minutes but made the mistake of putting ourselves in between the mass of swimmers and their boat. A foghorn signaled that it was time for them to get back on the boat and they turned in unison, swimming towards the boat--and us. There was nothing we could do. We were both hit multiple times by people rushing to get back, but in the end I think we all had a good time so no worries.
Peter Island and Norman Island lay across the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Tortola, our next stop. It is the most populous island in the BVI's, and we used the opportunity to stop in Rhode Town to provision. We then headed around the western tip of the island to Cane Garden Bay. Cane Garden is a sleepy little town but is proud of its local rum distillery, which is the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Caribbean. It looks as old as it is. In fact, you probably wouldn't be able to tell that it was still in operation if there weren't people there. Despite the rustic looks, the rum was great and we picked up a bottle to bring home.From 2012-05-28 St Maarten- BVIsFrom 2012-05-28 St Maarten- BVIsFrom 2012-05-28 St Maarten- BVIs
We weighed anchor the next day and sailed to Jost van Dyke, named after the pirate who used it as a hideout. It's also home to the renowned Soggy Dollar Bar, a beachside bar that is the birthplace of the Painkiller drink. We sailed into White Bay that, though protected, was extremely shallow. There was just a foot or two below the keel at low tideFrom 2012-05-28 St Maarten- BVIs. White Bay is a big tourist stop that fills up with boats and people during the day, easily doubling or tripling the islands year round population of around 200 people. It can get a bit rowdy, but was the perfect place for our last stop in the BVI's. We checked out the next day and sailed northwest for the Turks and Caicos.
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