Pathfinder to the Sea

... Go east older couple!

29 May 2023 | Champlain canal and Lake
24 May 2023 | Hudson River
23 May 2023 | New York City
21 May 2023 | Jersey coast
17 May 2023 | Chesapeake Bay
15 May 2023
30 April 2023 | Charleston, SC
23 April 2023 | Beaufort, SC
14 April 2023 | Cumberland and Jekyll Islands
08 April 2023 | Florida
06 April 2023 | Gulf Stream
05 April 2023 | Powell Cay
02 April 2023 | Manjack Cay
01 April 2023 | Green Turtle Cay
29 March 2023 | Marsh Harbor
26 March 2023
26 March 2023 | Hopetown

Breakthroughs

05 February 2023 | Rocky Duindas, Exumas
Susan DeSimone | Very Nice
One of the things I love the most about sailing is the opportunity to combine physical, mental and emotional learning. When I first learned to sail, I found deep reaches and dead downwind sailing very difficult and, in that way, emotionally uncomfortable and less fun. (For my non-sailing friends that means if you think of the boat as a clock with the wheel/stern at 6, then the wind is coming from somewhere between 5 and 7). I am grateful to Mindy Donnelley’s advice to feel the wind on my body and let that guide my helming instead of compass or instruments. What a huge difference her wisdom made for me in both my skill and enjoyment!

That said, I find sometimes I end up in an oscillation place with waves and can have a difficult time settling the boat. I usually get there, but get frustrated when it happens again and again. Roger will often coach me with the words “try to be quiet on the helm”. This brings me to one of the other things I love about sailing; it forces us to grow as a couple in our ability to communicate better. So, today I confessed that I really don’t find that advice useful and worse yet, it annoys me. Similarly, Roger confessed that he was frustrated by the need to offer the advice time and again. A few moments later, he asked if he could offer a different suggestion and I said yes. He suggested that I loosen my stance and let my lower body move more with the boat. OMG that was it! It was the same when I was learning to roll a kayak, it is all about my hips for me. I finally got over a learning hump and we resolved a mutual point of frustration. Of course, I was inspired to haiku.
Downwind sail with waves
Steady wheel, hips ride the waves
Almost like dancing!

I was rock steady on the course and point of sail, settled the boat quickly after gybes and I got to do a little helm dancing to boot, what a great day!
Comments
Vessel Name: Pathfinder
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Kingsland Bay, VT, USA
Crew: Roger & Susan
About:
We met paddling whitewater kayaks. Now, after raising two wonderful adults, we are excited for the next water based phase of our lives together. [...]
Extra:
Pathfinder is a Bristol 38.8, which is an excellent bluewater sailboat. Our search for an trans-oceanic boat started with a spreadsheet containing data on dozens of boats. The Bristol 38.8, and her sister vessels, were at the top of the list "by the numbers." Pathfinder has proven to be a joy to [...]
Pathfinder's Photos - Main
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Created 18 April 2023
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Created 15 April 2023
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Created 10 April 2023
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Created 10 April 2023
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Created 10 April 2023
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Created 26 March 2023
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Created 18 March 2023
These are photos taken on our walk out to the preserve (2 miles from the harbor) and as we explored the preserve. It is part of the Bahamanian National Trust holdings that opened 10 years ago. The paths are beautiful and it was wonderful to get into the local forest and understand a bit about the various plants that have been important in the culture and landscape here.
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Created 18 March 2023
This is a beautiful national park, uninhabited and so beautiful! Pictures of the beaches, ruins and sky views.
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Created 12 March 2023
Photos of our time in Georgetown. Hike to the monument on Stocking Iland, exploring an old Canal, ruins and a defunct resort on Crab Island and race awards.
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Created 12 March 2023
Pictures from Bill Bagg's and environs
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Created 12 January 2023