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Vessel Name: Inspired Insanity
Vessel Make/Model: Southern Cross 28
Hailing Port: Virgin Islands
Extra: First American Woman to Solo Sail Nonstop Around the World
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10 July 2016 | Bristol RI
15 June 2016 | 35 00'N:75 05'W, Another wild few days ahead... deja vu.
13 June 2016 | 30 00'N:79 35'W, in the Gulf Stream off Jacksonville Fl
01 June 2016 | 41 24'N:71 25'W, Just arriving in Lake Worth... leaving again tomorrow in my car back to RI
29 May 2016 | 41 24'N:71 25'W, Bristol RI: Herreshoff Museum Dock
26 May 2016 | 41 24'N:71 25'W, a day to tidy up...
25 May 2016 | 40 54'N:71 52'W, starry night sky, farewell dance for now...
25 May 2016 | 40 28'N:72 30'W, ?? Arrival to bay tomorrow afternoon: 2 days to events
25 May 2016 | 40 28'N:72 30'W, ?? Arrival to bay tomorrow afternoon: 2 days to events
24 May 2016 | 39 47'N:73 16'W, 4 days to arrival..incredible to imagine...
23 May 2016 | 39 11'N:74 00'W, 4 days to arrival..incredible to imagine...
22 May 2016 | 38 10'N:73 30-'W, 4 days to arrival..incredible to imagine...
21 May 2016 | 36 37'N:74 03'W, 5 days to arrive... made 157nm yesterday..only 300nm to go
21 May 2016 | 36 37'N:74 03'W, 5 days to arrive... made 157nm yesterday..only 300nm to go
20 May 2016 | 35 15'N:74 45'W, 6 days to arriving!!!
20 May 2016 | 34 27'N:75 19'W, 7 days to arriving!!!
18 May 2016 | 32 12'N:77 32'W, 8 days to my arrival... keep an eye on the tracker!!
17 May 2016 | 30 26'N:79 01'W, 9 days to my arrival... keep an eye on the tracker!!
16 May 2016 | 27 45'N:79 48'W, 11 days to my arrival... keep an eye on the tracker!!
16 May 2016 | 26 'N:79 48'W, 11 days to my arrival... keep an eye on the tracker!!
Recent Blog Posts
10 July 2016 | Bristol RI

Journeying On

The summer has barely begun in Rhode Island and the mornings already seem to be cool, almost a scent of autumn air… How is that possible? There is so much to do. Each day seems to begin and end with a sense of having been floating on air, my feet barely touching the ground. “What is it like now, [...]

15 June 2016 | 35 00'N:75 05'W, Another wild few days ahead... deja vu.

Passing Diamond Shoals off Cape Hatteras!!!

There was no warning¬... the day touting varying winds from the SE to SW, the sails trimmed in and let back out over and over to keep us moving as fast as we could, the engine called upon when we weren¬'t moving fast enough. I was making breakfast when Bob went up on deck responding to a sound¬... next [...]

13 June 2016 | 30 00'N:79 35'W, in the Gulf Stream off Jacksonville Fl

Offshore once more: SV Calyspo is heading north!

It seems endless, the need to keep pressing, keep moving, from one point to another, the whole world of details needing to be dealt with upon returning after so long offshore, after having completely detached from the world system. Yet, there is a dream state that wants to believe I would not reattach¬... [...]

01 June 2016 | 41 24'N:71 25'W, Just arriving in Lake Worth... leaving again tomorrow in my car back to RI

the MISSING BLOGS: are coming

Hang in there... I am enroute to Florida to get my car... a busy week. I am getting the 'missing blogs' going. I just realized that I didn't write any blog the days I was knocked down...though Bob did an incredible job of keeping you updated and with the details...He was totally accurate and you all [...]

29 May 2016 | 41 24'N:71 25'W, Bristol RI: Herreshoff Museum Dock

Magnificent Welcome Home

PHOTO: after knockdowns at Cape Horn and heading for Panama WATCH FOR NEW BLOGS : FROM FEB.14- MAR 28¬... HANDWRITTEN UNDERWAY AFTER MY COMPUTER BROKE, TO BE TRANSCRIBED AND POSTED OVER THE NEXT SIX WEEKS¬... STAY TUNED!!!

fast track ... passing by friends in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Inlet...

16 May 2016 | 27 45'N:79 48'W, 11 days to my arrival... keep an eye on the tracker!!
Donna
Photo: La Playita anchorsage off Islas Flamenco, near Panama City... my first time at anchor in 8 months...

It was a sad today... to be out of contact with Bob as I was so close... He is captaining a yacht in the Bahamas and has no phone use... to not be able to share the day with him, at least by texting¬... I have sailed on by where he is¬... flying along at 10kts¬... Yet... once he returns on Wednesday... we can catch up... but then he will take off as soon as possible on the same motor yacht... heading toward RI... We will be moving up the coast at the same time. I will have a 3-4 day head start...and moving quite quickly in the stream... but then he will make way ahead of me as I slow down to our 'normal pace' and encounter challenges offshore of having to make my way by the wind... He should be there well before me.

But It is so incredible that I can go 10 kts ...fast¬... The Calypso doesn¬'t go that much faster¬... It is as if we are a glider on the wind¬... when the seas and swells are in rhythm¬...

Yet even as I type away¬... there is some counter current tossing us around much more¬... then again, the larger Atlantic Ocean swells are now interacting with the ENE winds¬... there is the tide¬... All the forces of the larger world now heaping up from their own direction¬... Celestial horses must be clomping along the ocean surface ¬... we are jumping up and down with the water¬... but still managing to go 9kts¬...

Earlier, as I passed by the Lake Worth Pier, I sent out text hellos and hugs to Kate W and all I have numbers for (having lost my phone, I am missing lots of numbers) ¬... our neighbors¬... and friends. I am sending HUGE hellos to all at Rudy¬'s Saloon¬...Hi Mary and Rose, Jason and Kim and endless names from the Pickers in the round¬...the open sessions, the amazing community of Rudy¬'s¬... Wally, and all those at the PB sailing club¬... John and Karen¬... and on and on¬... please forgive my brains omissions¬...

Thinking of you Jim Grey..as my beautiful Sextant¬... is resting from its hard work along my way¬... I am glad to have a GPS aboard at this point and let it do the work of finding my way¬... but what a journey I have had¬... and experience Celestial navigating along the way.

Then as I was passing Palm Beach Inlet, the towers along the beach, the telltale landmark of the port inside¬... I texted Cal and Marty¬... Linda and Jim. Dindy and Matt¬...

I am suddenly so lonely as I pass by you all, not able to stop for a tune, a beer, a hug¬... but Bob and I will be heading to Florida not long after my return to get Calypso ready for her trip north to be our home for the summer in Bristol¬... We will be stopping in while home¬...though it will only be for a couple days for now.

It has been a fast sailing day though the winds are not steady¬... each little cloud seems to have its own idea of where the winds should blow from¬... It is interesting. Sometimes, the winds just blow steady regardless of the clouds and at other times¬...each cloud drags us all over the place¬...

Now I am no longer in view of the coastliine... I am a bit farther to the east than usual...having come up from Miami...I stayed out from shore and then just came up the GS axis... so... I will see how this goes... I got an email from Joan...She says the stream really dies off at Charleston... then gets loopy with back currents. I may plan to head more on a rum line to Hatteras... east of the normal route we take... more along 79*30¬'W and then stay more east...it will give me more room to work with when the winds go NE and then I can tack back into the GS, instead of away from it...

The real gale coming is later on the 21st..I will be south of it I think...enough that I will get SW winds first... it should be perfect to get me out of the GS and north a bit ... I will have some sea room, again, when the winds go NE and ... but it will be a beat to RI.. until the winds swap around...

Sailing is sailing... One day at a time.. my capacity for it is thin... I am exhausted from being so near to land for the last few weeks, and truthfully, the winds are so varying now... I am all over the place...but at some point...I am going to have to find a way to get some rest.

I won¬'t be able to nap on the deck tonight¬... it is too wet, with the seastate that is rising¬... The winds meandering all day requiring a constant hand to the sails and steering vane¬... Today it is a challenge to stay on any real course¬...I seem to be sway to east and west as the winds vary¬... no matter how I try to watch the compass and make adjustments¬... And now¬... well¬... who knows what odd swell is making for this chomping along¬...

I am storing the warmth and sunshine in my bones for the upcoming shift in weather to the New England style spring and summer ¬... my long pants await me once again, to layer myself to keep warm¬... It is hard to imagine the change that will take place over the next 2-3 days¬... Yet¬... for now, there is a perfect coolness in the night air that is falling as the sun is making its way to the horizon¬...my first night, once again in the good ¬'ole US of A waters¬... I can¬'t quite work up a sense of joy or any lightheartedness¬... I need a good visitation of a pod of dolphins to add a chuckle to my day¬... I have to say, that I will never be so glad to complete a passage safely as I will when I arrive into Narragansett Bay late next week¬...

Sail on Sail on¬... Keepin On Caring¬... please Keep on Prayin¬... My capacity for the seas, the chomping, even midst this amazing great progress I am making is rice paper thin¬... 11 more days¬... hopefully I will be nearing the bay on the 26th¬... At least I am nearing a place with a little elbow room¬... a few real hours of sleep would do wonders¬... I am dreaming¬...

Fairest of winds and the love of the oceans Only Gratitude Donna
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Inspired Insanity's Photos - Main
It was an incredible adventure crossing the canal, and having read David McCullough's book, the Pathway Between the Seas, I took as many photos as I could of this amazing feat of engineering and charismatic vision.
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