14 December 2012
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


14 September 2011 | On the way to RODRIGUEZ
My good friend and sailor, Stuart, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Runaway Bay, Australia, wrote to me today and mentioned that there were some very nice comments on the blog. For that Im deeply grateful, especially out here. Unfortunately, I cannot access them from the boat-as I need actual internet. So, the trek to land, to the internet, to the blog and finally reading the comments is like waiting and waiting to finally open a package full of wonderful surprises-I cant wait.

An update. We are now 1100 miles from first landfall, Rodriquez Island. After that it is a short hop to Mauritius. We are doing approx 150 miles a day although yesterday was up to 200. We have been dealing with an extremely uncomfortable ocean for while the winds are up today, generally they have not been extraordinarily high. The waves have been at times 20-25 feet but even more to the point, completely disorganized coming at one from all sorts of directions. Today we were supposed to ease up to 30 knots of wind. But last night it hit early and suddenly - we spent the night battling 25-35 knots of wind into this afore mentioned sea.

A boat is a finely tuned machine and when its hit, banged, high winded, strained... for too long, it will eventually give way. And that is at the core, to be frank, of my unease and stress on this leg of the trip, a leg I want to see end.

Perfect example: most of the swells and waves are coming from the SE but as I was writing this, a wave hit us squarely on the side from the SW at the height of the bimini top. Had I not installed protections the bimini could well have been breached - for how long can that go on? Nature always has more to dish out.

Issues such as a hydraulic leak in the steering, the banging of the underbelly, the bimini and some other things all lead to a state of unease aboard Shearwater as we plow through.

Only 7 days more until Rodriquez - so Im going carefully and with hope.
Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
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 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

Port: West Palm Beach Florida