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.

Flying Swimsuits

18 May 2012
You’ll recall my blog entry about flying fish, well this one’s about flying swimsuits. While cruising the British Virgin Islands, Eric and I stopped at Great Harbor, a well-protected harbor on the north side of Peter Island. Peter is one of the small islands in the chain that stretches from Virgin Gorda to the south of Tortola. When we arrived the wind was gusting into the high 20’s, and the holding for anchoring wasn’t great, so we picked up a mooring.
After a quick swim, we decided to take the dinghy in to a restaurant on shore to have a drink and see if we could pay for the mooring there. A short while later, we headed back to the boat. Along the way, we saw a woman on a sailboat waving a bathing suit, which looked a lot like Eric’s suit. As we approached our boat, we could see that Eric’s bathing suit, which he’d hung on the lifeline after the swim, was no longer there. We turned around and headed back to the boat with the lady waving the swimsuit. We arrived to find her holding Eric’s swimsuit. She and her husband had seen it floating by, and the husband had deftly snagged it with a well-placed cast from his fishing pole. The gusting winds must have blown it off the lifeline making for an interesting sight—a flying swimsuit.
In addition to the good luck in getting the swimsuit back, the folks who “fished” it out, are a wonderful couple from Charleston, SC. Stel and Berk Lee recently retired from the homebuilding business in the Charleston area and were chartering to see how they might like doing some longer term cruising. We invited them over to our boat for a drink later in the evening. They did so, and we had a great time talking with them about what it’s like to do long term cruising. It reminded us that one of the great parts of the trip has been meeting people, and how sometimes unusual circumstances can make for positive outcomes.
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