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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
Home Page: www.donnalange.com
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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!!!

Celestial Horses; winds finally shift

20 May 2016 | 35 15'N:74 45'W, 6 days to arriving!!!
Donna
Full moon coming: remember these guys..the southern and northern face of the 'man in the moon'

The Gulf Stream and northerly winds are a definite oil and water combination and we have been at it for the last 3 days... tacking or edging close hauled to make the angles. It has been an incredible day, as the winds have built from 10-15kts yesterday to 20 gusting to 25+ over night and today, they have stayed up, squalling with each passing squall cloud.

But the approaching front and front that just went through are all sending off waves from every point of the compass rose, colliding, leaving huge troughs that IS falls 10 feet into, landing as if on concrete... but IS keeps taking the abuse. Sea water crushing over the port rail and deck as she careens over one huge wave to climb into another, but the angles are varying...no rhythm to the seas... I call it Celestial Horses... the way the hoof lands in the water and the water blows up around the hoof then all falls back into the crater left behind.

But there is an end in sight to the immediate northeasterly winds. The blessing is the front coming, the center north enough that I will be in the southern quadrant enjoying SW winds; Brisk, but off the stern...and tonight the winds should begin to clock fully to SE, though still 20kts and gusting to 25...We are at the latitude of Diamond Shoals, the SE point of Cape Hatteras, still enjoying 7-8kt speeds in the Gulf Stream, and we should continue through the night. But by early morning, we will have stayed on a northerly course while the GS heads off to the NE/ENE on its way to Ireland. The approaching front will be diminished for me if I can bare a tad to the west and avoid the added seas from the Stream.

But by Sunday, the good ole' northerlies will be back again. The 'mystery gale' is going to be a very weak front but it will come from south of me leaving me in the north quadrant with lots of northerly winds for two days... it will be a slow-down, but I will be well ahead of schedule... and the turn-around from that front is going to bring westerly breezes that build to SW winds by the 24 thru the 26th ...so if I am not home by then, I will have a fast track to finish the passage.

And likewise, the forecast is looking favorable for Bob's delivery up the coast...he will also be caught by the second gale winds near Hatteras, but will tuck into the Intercoastal Waterway, and by the time he reaches Norfolk and heads back offshore, he will have light winds up the coast...at least that is the way it is stacking up to... it is a speculative as we know. You never know... Bob and I may pass each other yet on the way.

I am well 'tenderized' by the G forces against the hard places below... so I should be nice and palatable by the time I arrive in RI... all those northerly winds and tacking finally behind me. It is looking like it will be a nice SW breeze that ushers the Welcome Flotilla up the Narragansett Bay for my arrival. I am so excited for my family to be treated by Halsey Herreshoff to a sail on Sv Rugosa to join me on the Bay. The kids will have stories to tell of having slept over on the amazing yacht. Oh, I can hear their voices, their laughter; each vying to tell the next part of the story. I can't wait to hug them all, looking into their eyes to tell them how very much I love them and have missed their childlike wonderful energy and love they share with their Noni... We have a whole summer ahead to 'play'...

I so hope that as many as want to be able to join us will be able to... I just have to trust for the timing. And for any who will not be able to join us, Bob and I will be heading to Florida to bring Bob's SV Calypso to Bristol where we will spend the rest of the summer. We are looking forward to catching up with everyone, meeting many each of you who have shared in the blogs all these months, becoming dear dear friends and comrades, so many faces to attach to your names...

Keepin On Sailin On Caring... As I am typing...the winds are shifting. The magic of the sunset and changing temperatures which tend to usher in new patterns... I can finally fall off the wind a bit and hope that we will have a good night of less dramatic conditions below... Hallelujah!!

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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