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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!!!

Off Point Judith, hove to in the outer bay

26 May 2016 | 41 24'N:71 25'W, a day to tidy up...
Donna: Keep an eye on the TRACKER
It was a peaceful night, in a light breeze, I neared the SE corner of Block Island, the new Wind Farm construction, right in the middle of the route... lit up like Christmas, as one sailor said on the radio when I asked for the location of the farm. "You can't miss it", he said. And he was right. I just hadn't realized it was along the south coast...

It was a night of quiet meditation; I was actually surprised how quiet my mind was. I was content to let it all be still... it had all been so overwhelming...trying to keep tabs on the preparation; seeing Bob for the first time, arriving but not arriving; having to wander about and bide time... It isn't like me at all. I am a 'get it done' kind of girl... the hurry up and wait syndrome, was planned and necessary, but not easy for me.

The breeze stayed up until just as I was rounding the corner, and then it let go to becalm... I guess there was still a whisper as I handsteered until we had a bit of distance from the Block Island east coast... and the wee wind was taking us west... so I dropped the sails, leaving the radio on... I fell into short periods of sleep.

As the morning light turned to sunrise and a warmth touching the deck of Inspired Sanity, I thought about the day and decided I would try to get my kites flying. There would be a light breeze... perfect for getting it all flying... It would be awesome if Keel can get some footage of my experiments with the kites... I had planned to spend more time working with them, but it always seemed there was enough happening in each moment for the moment I was in...

Today, though, I have some time. So after I had some breakfast, well inside the outer bay area north of Point Judith, on the west side, I pulled out the kites... The kites are designed to fly in tandem, first lofting one and then attaching a second one to the end of the lines of the first... With the first kite well into the upper level breezes, the second kites takes off easily... I have two different sizes of kites to vary with wind speed... also to be a learning tool.

Having worked as a Parasail boat crew for several years, I have a good hand to kites, the lines, how to organize them, keep them untangled and set to 'pop' a chute... But the winds were just too light today to get either kite off the deck...at least so far. It is still early, just 1035... so I will see if the afternoon sea breeze is a bit more robust... So far, I have not been daring enough to try the kites in a moderate breeze...they are intended to augment light winds, but then again, I have to get them high enough to get to the upper level wind...so there is a learning curve...

Essentially, I had envisioned the kites being an alternative propulsion if I lost the rig, so in the that case, the situation would involve flying the kites with all different wind conditions. So... we will see...I really would love to get the kites up and see how well they can propel Inspired Sanity and how maneuverable we are under kite power... I will need to continue to experiment, I can see.

Keel and Halsey are due to arrive between 4-5pm to do a photo shoot of my entering the bay, and then it will be official. I will have completed the circumnavigation. At this time, having approached the bay from the west and having left in July 2015 heading to the east, I may not have crossed my outbound track yet, but I will when I cross Beavertail lighthouse to head towards Castle Hill. It is all so exciting. For the moment, I am hove to...sort of... I backed the main. Enough to stall us here so I can take a rest, finish getting some things done on the boat, quite a mess from the days offshore from Panama, nearly a month... tonight I will have the blessing of being safe and stopped in side the entrance of the bay... Inspired Sanity once more, adjusting to that different wallow, whether we take a mooring or drop an anchor...

IS and I are ready to let this chapter of our journey together have closure... and let the next phase of our relationship unfold; Oceanswatch work combined with teaching sailing, or potentially, a new owner for IS... We will see what creative ideas the future has in store....

Keepin On Sailin On Caring... Thank you all for every moment of every day that you have given your energy, focused life energy with me, and supported me through this incredible journey. Wow... Selah!!

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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