Dawn at Sea

Stevens Custom 42 cruising from Maine to the Windwards and back

10 May 2017 | Havana, Cuba
22 April 2017 | Havana, Cuba
22 April 2017 | Havana, Vieja, Cuba
17 April 2017 | San Francisco de Paula, Cuba
17 April 2017 | Jaiminitas, Cuba
03 April 2017 | Pompano Beach, FL
19 September 2016 | ashore in Maine
19 August 2015 | Rockland, Maine
30 May 2015 | Rockland, Maine
28 May 2015 | Rockland, Maine
28 May 2015 | Irvington, VA
16 May 2015
13 May 2015 | Irvington, VA
04 May 2015 | Beaufort, NC
01 May 2015 | Charleston, SC
27 April 2015 | Brunswick,
20 April 2015 | St Augustine
20 April 2015 | St Augustine, FL
15 April 2015 | Melbourne, FL
08 April 2015 | New Providence, Bahamas

Dolphins and Mylar

28 May 2015 | Rockland, Maine
Dutch Dresser
On a passage from Virginia to Maine with Charles, Ed, and Nikolay as crew, we were reminded that DAWN has returned to the northern climes. Lots of jackets and pants and gloves and hats were required during night watches, and the water temperatures dropped into the 40's. The fish that Charles hauled in after a night watch was a bluefish rather than a mahi mahi (or a skipjack tuna, as we finally learned was what I had caught off Georgia).

Off the New Jersey and New York coasts, we watched a finback whale blow and roll a number of times and were joined by several pods of dolphins. The dolphins were enjoying DAWN's plunging through the waves at a good clip by swimming in groups under the bow repeatedly. I saw several roll over as they made the passage showing their bellies to DAWN as they passed beneath her. Charles got some interesting cellphone video of the dolphins at play in the bow wake Dolphins and DAWN.

On the very same day that we watched dolphins enjoy our temporary intrusion into their space, I was alarmed to spot a shiny silver, red, and blue floating object coming up on our track. Through the binoculars red rectangles looks like lights blinking on and off. I imagined that we'd found a floating military object or part from a satellite that had re-entered the atmosphere. (lmagination is particularly active in a sleep deprived state.)

I wasn't looking forward to contacting the Coast Guard and having to slow our passage to hover near this thing until someone came to retrieve it. Nonetheless, I altered our course and pulled alongside a sparkling, partially deflated mylar balloon proudly sporting the USA logo. Apparently atmospheric conditions had brought the balloon to the surface where the water caught it

We are careful not to put any plastics in the ocean, even when we are offshore and disposal of most wastes is acceptable, yet here was an artifact of shore life that would likely never degrade in the cool Atlantic waters.

Over the course of that very day, I counted ten mylar balloons in the water along our narrow route. No doubt they were all joyous, then sad, moments in little kids' lives as they celebrated Memorial Day with parents and friends. The balloons were now permanent trash in the homes of the whales, dolphins and fishes.

I've never found the energy for "environmental causes," but I'll likely recount that story and discourage the purchase of mylar balloons by my friends and family.
Vessel Name: Dawn
Vessel Make/Model: Stevens Custom 42
Hailing Port: Bethel, Maine
Crew: Dutch & Elaine Dresser
About: The crew is well and truly understanding the cruising life... pretty good!
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/svdawn

Dawn's Crew in Puerto Bahia, DR

Who: Dutch & Elaine Dresser
Port: Bethel, Maine