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

THE OTHER SIDE

06 September 2011 | On the way to Mauritius
david
Its the day before departure and the winds are up. As I sit in this idyllic lagoon, with hardly more than a ripple as the only hint of things not seen - 'out there'. But, take a stroll to the other side of the island, the windward side, and its a different story - 'out there'. White caps and nasty looking waves as far as the eye can see - most unwelcoming indeed. Am I really going out in that tomorrow? Its that sort of disconnect between sitting on the protected side, peaceful and idyllic...waves gently lapping the side of the boat... and knowing that come tomorrow, I will purposefully head straight into that 'other side' where no peace exists. Why?

But its time to go. The computer has worked now for a few days and seems happy to wake up from its 'sleep' state - without punishment. Additionally, two boats have come to my aid - I am being lent an extra computer(if we can get it going) and... an extra screen. So, on the communications front we should be alright.

And as I look at the 20 days of sailing that lie ahead I am cognizant that, because of that southern ocean swell at cross purposes with the SE trade winds and waves, it will be an uncomfortable ride. Hence a few tweakings. In an effort to reduce the bone-jarring banging that goes on between the two hulls, as water meets fiberglass, I have redistributed the weight from the front of the boat to the back. This is an effort to raise the bow and let more water through. Additionally, as the seas will be from the southern side, I have put up screens on the outside of the railings on the port side ...a first line of defense against nasty rogue waves that are intent on bringing the bimini down.

On second thought... maybe I will wait another day...but...or...well..maybe I will wait for tomorrow and see - oh that 'other side'.

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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