Cruising on Ondine

Sailing with Jim and Shawn

Vessel Name: Ondine
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 39 - 1968
Hailing Port: Wicomico Church, Virginia, USA
Crew: Jim Lamb, Shawn Lamb
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We waited at Hospital Point until the weather calmed down and it was safe to go. That was at 7:30 pm Sunday night. We had a 14 hour window between episodes of high winds. We used 11 of those hours.

10 April 2022

Hospital Point, VA

We traveled only about 12 miles from Great Bridge to Hospital Point. We are 0.2 miles from the termination of the Atlantic ICW. We have traveled 1019 miles on the ICW south and 1019 north, plus extensive travels in the Bahamas.

10 April 2022

Great Bridge, VA

We had a nice trip up the Currituck Sound and stopped at the free dock in Chesapeake, VA. The dock is next to the bridge and lock at Great Bridge. It is an excellent lace to get off the boat and walk in the park.

10 April 2022

Great Bridge, VA

We had a nice trip up the Currituck Sound and stopped at the free dock in Chesapeake, VA. The dock is next to the bridge and lock at Great Bridge. It is an excellent lace to get off the boat and walk in the park.

08 April 2022

Broad Creek

Another long day, over 12 hours from Dowry Creek, up the Pungo River, the Pungo River -Alligator River Canal, Alligator River and across the Albemarle Sound.

06 April 2022

Dowry Creek Marina near Belhaven

We left Beaufort at first light and motorsailed our way north. The day started calm and we fought the current up Adams Creek to the Neuse River. We passed Oriental, and kept on truckin'. The wind picked up a bit as we reached the mouth of the river. By the time we exited Goose Creek and entered the [...]

A Shoutout for Technology

22 December 2021
Jim Lamb
When we started this Odyssey I was a believer in hand signals between the anchor crew and the helmsman. Like many guys, I figured you could say what you needed to say with the wave of an arm or a hand or a finger! Look at the internet sites that talk about using headsets and you will see the macho attitude against the technology.

Well the Lambs bought a pair of headsets in St. Augustine. Some call them wifesavers and we agree completely. It was a perfect anniversary present.

Try a hand signal when setting an anchor in the dark, or while you are using two hands to attached a line to a chain. I guess you could use your feet! We use the headsets whenever we are doing anything where the wind or distance would require us to raise our voices. For example when raising and setting the anchor, when docking or when one of us is serving as lookout.

In an earlier post I described dodging a drifting trawler. Before running out on deck we grabbed our PFDs and our headsets. They were a great help in a stressful situation.


The headset lets me speak in a calm and normal tone of voice. It also lets me provide details on what I am doing with the anchor or give precise instructions to the helm. Try saying "turn the wheel 1/2 turn to the right and put her in forward for 3 secs at low speed" with your hands while holding on to the bow pulpit as a wake passes. Or try using your hands to warn some on the bow about a large wake while they are looking at the anchor with a strong wind. It does not work.

We love talking calmly and quietly with as much detail as we want. It gives us greater confidence as we perform challenging tasks.
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