Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

21 March 2018 | Staniel Cay near Thunderball Grotto
20 March 2018 | Near Staniel Cay
19 March 2018 | North Gaulin Cay, Exumas
18 March 2018 | Black Point, Exuma, Bahamas
17 March 2018 | Great Galliot Cay
16 March 2018 | Last day in George Town
14 March 2018 | George Town
12 March 2018 | George Town
10 March 2018 | Thompson Bay, Long Island, Bahamas
08 March 2018 | George Town - Monument Beach
06 March 2018 | George Town, Monument Beach
05 March 2018 | George Town
03 March 2018 | George Town near Sand Dollar Beach
02 March 2018 | George Town - east side of harbor now.
01 March 2018 | George Town, Elizabeth Harbour.
28 February 2018 | Big Galliot Cay in the Exumas
26 February 2018 | Black Point, Exumas in the Bahamas
25 February 2018 | Bitter Guana Cay
24 February 2018 | Staniel Cay

Go east young man ... planning a reunion.

15 December 2017 | Melbourne, Australia. I mean Florida
Partly cloudy, warming up.
Today I towed the dinghy for the first time. I left the engine in the dinghy with the prop out of the water. But after several bouncy miles, the prop fell back into the water. So then I had to move the outboard engine from the dinghy to the boat while the boats were moving slowly and the dinghy was bouncing. The channel was narrow, so I couldn’t just drift. If you had seen the first few times I moved the engine while at the dock, you would have said no way could I do this while underway. But I keep getting better and made the transfer from dinghy to boat smoothly and without drama. I didn’t say without stress.

Favorite sight - a young, pudgy looking dolphin leaping straight up into the air, clearing the water doing a pirouette and falling back in tail first ... KIDS! I saw several dolphins feeding along with various birds. There seemed to be favorite spots where they would all cluster together.

Based on the predicted wind direction, I anchored just south of the bridge on the east side. I’ve always been on the west side of the ICW, but with the prevailing wind so often being from a northerly direction, I was tired of being exposed to the river chop after a mile or two of fetch. So now I am protected. The downside is that it is a mile across the bay to the town. I go 5 knots in the dinghy - no planing with a 2.5 HP engine.

I have been working with Roger and Tari the past week trying to plan with them their final leg to Florida and to see his parents. The first few months of my trip was with them. They recently went outside from North Carolina and tried to make it to Jacksonville, FL, a 44 hour run. They ended up with a horrendous trip and didn’t make it as far as planned. But they did end up with an incredible tale. You know you’re cutting it close on fuel when you cut your trip short, anchor in the dark at the first spot you can find, and then can’t back down on the anchor because you just ran out of fuel.

They left St Augustine late this morning and are in the ocean again. This time it is a much better ride. They will come in at Port Canaveral, head down the ICW, and should meet up with me tomorrow around noon. Sunday morning they will go on, reaching their final stop at Vero Beach around noon. Then it will be time to switch over to taking care of his parents for a number of weeks. The Canadian couple, Keith and Lyn, are also at Vero Beach.

There was sad news this week from Sue on Sasha, the boat in Titusville. Her mother had a catastrophic stroke overnight. She passed away the next evening leaving behind her husband of 65 years.
Vessel Name: Last Chance
Vessel Make/Model: Islander 36 (1979)
Hailing Port: Waukegan, Illinois
Last Chance's Photos - Main
31 Photos
Created 22 January 2018
Traveling down the Chesapeake and the East Coast
53 Photos
Created 11 September 2017
Erie Canal and Hudson River
33 Photos
Created 18 August 2017
Great Lakes part of the journey.
45 Photos
Created 15 July 2017
Boat prep and races prior to departure
12 Photos
Created 14 June 2017