20 May 2008 | Vigo, Spain
19 May 2008 | 40mi South of Cabo Finisterre
19 May 2008 | Vigo, Spain
19 May 2008 | 47 0.0'N:008 47.00'W
19 May 2008 | Rio De Vigo, Spain
18 May 2008 | 43 10.0'N:009 31.00'W
15 May 2008 | En Route to Azores, 47 24.0'N:008 47.00'W
14 May 2008 | 48 0.2'N:009 2.2'W
14 May 2008 | 47 59.9'N:008 43.2'W
13 May 2008 | En Route to Azores, 48 12.8'N:008 04.1'W
13 May 2008 | 48 34.9'N:005 17.2'W
12 May 2008 | Departing L'Aber Wrac'h
12 May 2008 | Departing L'Aber Wrac'h
12 May 2008 | 48 39.9'N:004 52.2'W
11 May 2008 | 48 35.98'N:004 33.69'W
11 May 2008 | 48 35.98'N:004 33.69'W
11 May 2008
09 May 2008

Sheet-to-tiller self-steering video

05 August 2018
I made a 15minute video about sheet-to-tiller self-steering, and put it on my Schooner Issuma YouTube Channel.

I find sheet-to-tiller steering is a good backup for the windvane, which works better in light winds than my windvane, and a great method of getting self-steering on a boat without a windvane or autopilot.

The direct link to the video itself is .

Presentation video

29 April 2018
I have a video of my To Patagonia presentation on my Schooner Issuma YouTube channel. The video was shot in February, when I gave this presentation to the American Schooner Association in Mystic, CT. It has taken me a while to get the editing of the video sorted out :).

The video is in two parts, and is at:
Part 1
Part 2

Winter Sailing

24 March 2018 | Pickering, Ontario, Canada
After putting Issuma ashore in Newfoundland in September, I flew to Toronto and bought a Grampian 26, fibreglass sloop, which I've been living aboard for the winter.

As 26 foot sailboats go, this is a big one, with 6' headroom, so comfortable enough to live aboard in. I insulated it with closed cell foam and extruded polystyrene.

Of course, the real reason to live aboard a boat is to go sailing more often :). The ice during the winter does get annoying, as this boat doesn't have a strong, steel hull that I'd feel comfortable breaking much ice with.

So, when the ice was thin enough to chop a path out of the marina, we were able to go sailing, which was great.


24 March 2018 | Pickering, Ontario, Canada
My Grampian 26 has an 8HP Mariner outboard motor, which propels the boat well. The harbor where I keep the boat has a long, narrow entrance channel (about 200m), which is too narrow to tack up.

One fine December afternoon, as the wind died, I sailed close to the entrance, to start the motor, lower sails, and motor to the marina. The engine would not start. So we anchored outside the harbor entrance.

I had one canoe paddle aboard, but moving the boat with it really wasn't feasible--it was very difficult to get in a position to paddle, and with only one paddle, it was hard to avoid turning the boat. So, we re-anchored and waited for wind.

After about five hours, a light crosswind came up and we sailed thru the narrow harbor entrance channel and back to the dock, using the canoe paddle to add power.

The stator of the magneto in the outboard motor is being replaced.

I wanted a more reliable method of propulsion in calms, so cut a pair of oars from a pair of 14' 2x6s. The oars are tied to cleats in the cockpit--not ideal, but adequate. With no wind, the oars are quite capable of moving the boat, as you can see in the above picture.

Against a wind, one can't develop enough power with the oars to drive the boat. A friend in the marina who comes sailing with me has a dinghy with an outboard that works, which we tow when going sailing if we expect there will be a headwind going through the narrow harbor entrance channel. In a harbor without the 200m long entrance too narrow to tack up, it would be quite feasible to sail with just the oars for auxiliary propulsion.

Issuma's Winter Home

24 March 2018 | Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada
Issuma is ashore in Twillingate, Newfoundland.

Cape Bauld

25 July 2017
The northeast tip of Newfoundland.

Unloading Fish

25 July 2017
Some cod are back in Newfoundland waters, and they have a limited cod fishery going again.

We anchored near this dock, in Garden Cove, near the northern tip of Newfoundland for a couple of days. We walked and hitchiked (hitchhiking is usually easy in Newfoundland) from there to visit the restored Viking settlement at L'Anse Aux Meadows.


23 July 2017
After visiting Red Bay, we sailed north out of the Strait of Belle Isle, then around the northern tip of Newfoundland.

Penney Island, Red Bay

21 July 2017
Red Bay is a town with an excellent harbor that was a Basque whaling station hundreds of years ago. Three Basque galleons and four smaller boats were discovered in the harbor, and there is an interesting museum explaining it.

Red Bay

21 July 2017
We anchored in The Basin, a well-protected spot in Red Bay, Labrador. I've anchored here before--during a strong gale several years ago (when I put out two anchors, both of which snagged debris on the bottom and dragged slowly).

We shared the anchorage with a couple of pieces of ice, which gave us no problems.
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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