This blog chronicles the adventures of the sailing vessel Moonraker. We just finished the second year of our cruising life. We explored the US East Coast from Maine to Florida, the Bahamas, Haiti, PR, and the Virgin Islands.

19 May 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
06 April 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
13 February 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
21 January 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
09 December 2015 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
05 November 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
22 October 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
01 October 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
14 August 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
15 July 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 June 2015 | Hillsmere Shores Marina, Annapolis, Maryland
26 May 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
14 May 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
09 March 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
17 February 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 January 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 December 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
31 October 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
20 October 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
04 October 2014 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, Maryland

Good News – But Still Cold!

08 January 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
Tuesday morning we experienced our first real snow storm in several years. We did not miss cold, or snow while we were out cruising. Our poor dinghy is sitting in the back yard, losing air and covered with snow. We both agree, that is not how we want to be seeing our dinghy!

We have been waiting for the past week for a while now. Bill had a new chest CT scan on Friday. We've been holding off on planning anything until we got the results from that. We knew it would determine the next steps we take in Bill’s cancer treatment. We could see that the targeted drug therapy Bill has been on for the past two months has been working great on his leg. His tumor is just about gone now. We assumed the same thing was happening on the tumors in his lung but we needed the CT scan to find out for sure. We didn't see the results until Monday morning, and then it was just a medical report. We had to wait for Wednesday to talk to the Johns Hopkins oncologist. The report looked good but there was enough “medical-eze” to freak us out.

Before we saw the oncologist he wanted us to go back to our original surgeon and get her current opinion on taking the lump out of Bill’s leg. Of course that appointment was on the morning that Annapolis got its 2 inch snowfall. It took us forty five minutes to get there when it would normally take ten minutes. No we really didn't miss cold and snow the last two winters when we were in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The surgeon doesn't have a lot of experience with the drugs Bill is taking since they are so new. She was amazed by his progress. She had never seen a cancer tumor disappear the way his has. She gave us her opinion and the next day we drove to Johns Hopkins and saw our oncologist. He told Bill that if a radiologist was reading his CT scan and didn't know about the previous tumors, he wouldn't see anything wrong. That was good news and bad news. All the tumors, large and small, seem to have disappeared, which means the small tumors they saw were cancer too. At least we know that Bill won’t be having any lung surgery.

The Johns Hopkins doctor decided he really wants the tumor on Bill’s leg to be removed, and soon. The surgeon wants to wait a month to see what more the targeted drugs can do. We don’t have a date yet but we figure Bill is having surgery the first or second week in February. We saw the plastic surgeon today too, hoping that with the great progress he is making there wouldn't have to be a skin graft to close up his leg. The plastic surgeon didn't think that would be possible though, he is still likely to need the skin graft because the surgery is on his calf and there isn't a lot of extra skin there.

Once the surgery is completed Bill will probably change from the oral chemotherapy he is currently on to an immunotherapy drug called Yervoy, that he will get by infusion. This is a twelve week process, one infusion every three weeks for twelve weeks. This drug works for 35% of people who use it but 25% have a long term remission (over 10 years). Of course 15% of the people have bad side effects from it. Our plan is to have no side effects and be one of those 25%. Moonraker is waiting patiently for us and we are anxious to go cruising again!
Vessel Name: Moonraker
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Bill & Donna Shuman
This blog will record our adventures as we continue our new cruising life. This summer (2013) we plan to head north and explore the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We will return to Annapolis in the fall for the SSCA GAM and then head south on the ICW to Florida. [...]
Moonraker was built in 1986 and had two owners before we bought her in 2005. After spending nearly two years on the hard making all the repairs and improvements that I had promised Donna we wouldn’t have to do if we bought her, we were finally ready to go sailing. For the next several years we [...]
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Who: Bill & Donna Shuman
Port: Annapolis, MD

Where in the World is Moonraker

Our Boat

Moonraker is a 1986 Bayfield 40 designed by the famous Ted Gozzard and built in Ontario, Canada. The rig is a cutter/ketch. Here are some of her specs:

LOA: 45 ft. 6 in.
LWL: 30 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 12 ft.
Draft: 4 ft. 11 in.
Displacement: 21,000 lbs.
Ballast: 8,200 lbs.
Sail Area: 1,009 sq. ft.

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