North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii

20 October 2018 | Cape May, New Jersey
17 October 2018 | St. Michaels, Maryland
11 October 2018 | Rock Hall, Maryland
11 October 2018 | Rock Hall, Maryland
11 October 2018 | Rock Hall, Maryland
01 October 2018 | Oxford, Maryland
28 September 2018 | St. Michael, Maryland
25 September 2018 | Rock Hall, Maryland
20 September 2018 | Chestertown, Maryland
18 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
18 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
16 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
14 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
13 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
10 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
10 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
09 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
07 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
06 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
02 September 2018 | Cheaspeake Bay, Maryland

Royal Treatment

12 August 2018 | Newport, Rhode Island
George Stonecliffe
As we motored into Newport, RI, we focused on finding a mooring ball in Old Port Marina waters. The harbor master had us come up to a buoy for Tall Ship #9 which was empty for the three days we were staying! We were in the front row at the middle of downtown Newport along with all the mega yachts and tall sailing ships. We were dwarfed! So the weather is overcast and constantly threatening rain. But our My Radar app shows that we will dodge getting wet.... We quickly went and bought some souvenirs: dish towel, 2 books, Christmas ornament, nautical tie, etc. Had a great dinner ashore. Today we are off sightseeing: The Breakers, the Cliff Walk (3.5 miles), and other places. Particularly, in a book '1421' by Gavin Menzies, there is an 'enigmatic structure' in a city park in Newport that Gavin says was built as a lighthouse by the Chinese in 1421. There are a few other explanations, but what convinces me is that there is an identical structure in existence today in China. It has a second story window (opening) that looks out to sea, and could display light from a fire to guide ships at sea. Gavin's story says one of the Chinese treasure fleet left people there because of shipwrecks and no capacity to carry them further. With the promise to come back and pick them up in the next year, those left behind built this 'lighthouse' so that the rescue fleet could find them. What a romantic idea!
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Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 12/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; Hawaii 7/2019; home 10/2019
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