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

A DIFFICULT NIGHT

15 November 2011 | closing in on Durban, 370 miles to go
david
All the weather forecasters were wrong! Yesterday evening came with the calm assurances that the front that was headed from the coast would not reach my position. Well, it was not to be. On the stroke of midnight the moderate wind out of the west transformed as the front approached. Before I knew it I was hit with 30 knot winds out of the south west....another SWester! but this time much bigger. For the next 7 hours, the wind ranged between 25 and 30+ knots. Unfortunately, the seas transformed as well until we had 20+ foot seas making this a maelstrom that will be difficult to forget. In order to slow down from the 15 knots Shearwater was reaching out went two warps, then a third. And finally, when she still was too fast, I braved the violently rocking boat and breaking waves and took down the main. By this time it was 4 AM. I rested until daylight to find an angry, nasty ocean that I had only seen the outlines of during the night.

It is interesting to note a difference between my monohull friends also in the same maelstrom, and Shearwater. When they become overwhelmed they 'heave-to' - means stop the boat and sit. Unfortunately, on a catamaran, one has to do the opposite....one has to 'run' with the storm - extremely tiring.

While Shearwater did very well, and sustained no damage, it has emphasized the vulnerability of the situation. This place down here next to the notorious southern ocean is...well powerful, wild and completely unpredictable.

Ah, to be sitting in an armchair in front of a crackling fire........

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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