MangoandMe

14 December 2012
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
04 June 2012
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
23 May 2012 | Riviera Marina, Riviera Beach FL
23 May 2012 | Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

TANGLED DEPARTURE FROM FIJI

08 September 2010 | SUVA,FIJI
david
well, quite a departure from Fiji.....never needed my energy more on a departure than this one. arrived at the boat and slowly got all ready. approached the mooring in the dinghy to undo one of the little safety lines. unfortunately, through all the turns of 2 weeks there was a very tight knot at the bottom of the buoy where I couldnt get to it. dreading a swim for I have little energy after my week in bed not to mention the murky dirty water etc I tried everything to undo it....no good...finally donned a mask and snorkel and spent the next hour undoing this horrible tangle. meanwhile, engines going and anchor down for I knew that the moment i untangled the mooring the boat would drift away....or probably would.....and I would be in the water not on the boat! well, thats exactly what happened, it parted and I swam like hell for the now drifting boat while the anchor tried to dig in. raced to the back and hopped on, pulled up the anchor and off we went, much less planned than I had wanted. put up the main as I exited. a little later up goes the jib but before I know whats happened big wind hits us and the figure eight knot that holds the jib sheet in its tunnel in place under the boat gave way and now the whole jib sheet is like a whip and unalterably tangled and out of its runner in the front of the boat hopelessly knotted with the jibe preventer. down comes the jib, tackle it to the ground and bungee it. Now I have no jib.....so after a little rest went back up front...famous fiji winds, waves washing over me, untangled the second tangle of the afternoon and now its jury-rigged to a tiny cleat that I am praying will hold the night until I can find calmer seas and more energy.....so all in all just the kind of departure I was hoping not to have....I feel ok but cant afford any relapses. the night is coming and my goal is to simply get through it. Shearwater very fast at 10-11 knots and rough seas. have now turned a little more west so the battering from the breaking seas on my beam has lessened. I bid all a goodnight and wonder if its thats damn whiskey still irritating the gods - hoped they would forget! And I lost my favorite hat!
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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida