The adventures of POV 2, a Lagoon 42 catamaran, crossing the Atlantic.

18 December 2018 | Off the boat
14 December 2018 | St. Lucia
13 December 2018 | 200 miles to go
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | . 300 Miles from St Lucia
10 December 2018 | 600 miles from St. Lucia
10 December 2018 | a dark night
09 December 2018 | 650 miles from the Caribbean
09 December 2018 | 19 Degrees North, 48 Degrees West
07 December 2018 | 20 Degrees North, 45 Degrees West
06 December 2018 | Westing along the 20th Parallel near the 43rd meridian
06 December 2018 | pasthalf
05 December 2018 | Top of the Hump
05 December 2018 | Oval Office
05 December 2018 | Middle of the Atlantic
04 December 2018 | middle of the world
04 December 2018 | Area 51
04 December 2018 | atlantic ocean

POV 2, the Upcoming Adventure

28 August 2018
Welcome to POV 2, a blog about our upcoming adventure to cross the Atlantic.

The story actually begins in January when Pam and I are spending the month at my brother Tim's place in Palm Springs. I'm bored and I do what I often do in such situations, I start reading sailing magazines and websites. Since Pam and I began sailing in 2002 with once a year bare boat charters in exotic but always warm locations, I've also dreamed of doing more sailing. And what better way to do that than to own your own boat, thus the February purchase of POV 2, a Lagoon 42 catamaran, with Pam's full support. (You'll have to ask her why?)

It's a beautiful boat with a master suite and head in one hull and two cabins and two heads in the other hull. I've posted a stock picture of the boat above.

Forward to the present and after many months of planning, I will be departing for La Rochelle, France in just over two weeks to pick up POV 2 and get her ready for two journeys. The first, from La Rochelle to the Canary Islands, and the second in the company of over 200 other boats in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, from the Canary Islands in late November to the Caribbean for arrival in mid December.

For this trip I've recruited two wonderful friends who also live in Sonoma County and a long time friend of one of them. The four of us will all do the journey together from the Canary Islands and two of them will join me for the first leg departing from La Rochelle.

This blog will document this journey. Once we are out of range of cell towers, the posts will become a bit more rudimentary as we will be using satellite communications. Hopefully, some images will get through but they may not. In any case, you will be able to follow our crossing on a map as we make our way across 4000 nautical miles.
Vessel Name: POV 2
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 42
Crew: Mark, Cy, Chris & Dave
About: Old enough to know better, just not wise enough.
POV 2's Photos - Main
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Created 26 September 2018
There's so much to do to get a boat ready to make her uniquely yours. Zach is raising the France country flag, which is flown as a courtesy to your host country. Here's also a picture of putting the name of the boat actually on the boat. Why the name POV 2? As many of you know, Pam named our Sonoma county home, Point of View. It only seemed fitting to use the name again for our home on the water.
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Created 20 September 2018
These are pictures from our two hour test sail. First time I've ever launched a Code Zero sail (well, I had a lot of help). The boat handles amazingly well.
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Created 20 September 2018
Pictures include moving the boat from the basin/canal to La Rochelle's main marina. You can see the medieval fortresses of La Rochelle. Between the two towers is the city's old harbor. They used to hang a large chain across this harbor entrance at night to prevent ships from entering.
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Created 20 September 2018
Here are some pictures of the galley items in the cabinets. Look good, Pam?
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Created 20 September 2018
Zach and I spent most of Sunday unpacking the 50+ boxes from Amazon and Amazon France. Furnishing a boat is like furnishing a condo including items for the cabins (sheets, blankets, pillows), the heads (towels, floor rugs) and the galley (plates, silverware, glasses, pots, pans, cooking utensils), as well as numerous safety items (liferaft, EPIRB, rescue sling).
4 Photos
Created 17 September 2018
This album includes some pictures of other boats before they are placed in the water. A huge semi literally moves the catamaran on its side from the factory (60+ miles away) to La Rochelle. It is then put on the ground where it is fitted with its mast and rigging. A large crane then envelops the boat and attaches two large straps around its bottom lifting it up and crawling to the dockside where it is lowered into the water.
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Created 17 September 2018