Sailing Ithaka

"May your road be long and full of adventure" - C.P. Cavafy

Southwest Harbor to Sorrento and Back - September 2020

In the interregnum between now and when we can get to Sweden, we are trying to get sailing in where we can. To that end, we chartered a 30 foot Catalina out of Southwest Harbor Maine for a week at the end of September. My brother Chip joined Kitty and I for...

Sweden Ban Extended to October 31 - our trip postponed until Spring 2021

Today Sweden decided to continue the ban on non-essential travel from countries outside of the EU until October 31st, so it is now clear that we will not travel to our boat in Sweden until next year. We hope to begin our sailing trip in April 2021, one year...

Reopening?

Well, we got some great sailing in this weekend, but unfortunately it was on a 13' Laser on our lake in Maine instead of Ithaka (although the water temperature did feel quite Scandanavian). EU restrictions against non-essential overseas travel...

Our Original Departure Date – April 8

Well, today was our originally scheduled flight to Sweden to pick up our boat and start our sailing adventure. Like so many others plans, ours have been put on hold as we wait out the Covid crisis; we rebooked our flight for June 1 and are keeping our fingers...

Diesel class; Corona World Tour is on schedule, ours may be postponed

We squeezed in a marine diesel engine seminar last week at Mack Boring in NJ. It was a great class...I am happy to say that my favorite shipmate is now both an excellent cook and can bleed diesel injectors and swap out a blown alternator.

On a...

BVI , and Montclair... one month to go

Spent the last week on Isbjorn on a delightful sail through the British Virgin Islands. We got some excellent coaching from Sean Westoby there, as well a a chance to sail and catch up with our good buddies Mark and Caroline Jablow. Being on Isbjorn was a...

Preparations and anticipations

Three months to go before we are sleeping on our new boat in Ellos Sweden! Busy ordering and shipping spare parts, negotiating with insurers, and reading about Swedish harbors while at the same time trying to organize our departure from our home in Montclair....

Hallberg Rassy Open Yard

Our first chance to see the boat, 1/2 way through construction. Woo hoo!