Monday, 19 November 2012

Meal Plan

10 days at sea and you might be curious of our meal plan for our voyage.  Thanks in huge part to Rob's planning, ability to stash food throughout the various compartments inside the boat, his persistence with the fishing, etc. we managed to eat very well.

 Fresh Mahi Mahi from the fishing lines at the back of our boat quickly turned into Sashimi, complete with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.  Grilled Mahi Mahi, with rice was another choice on the menu.
In spite of crashing through the waves while cooking, other meals included Lasagna from the oven, Steaks on the BBQ with a bottle of Red Wine, Thai Curry Mahi Mahi, Grilled Sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, fresh Mediterranean Salad, eggs and bagels with fresh coffee in the mornings, and we even managed to have fresh fruit for the entire trip.  Needless to say, we ate well on our journey.

Way to go Rob!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sunrise and spinnaker

another in a series of catchup blog posts. please read below for another.
We will be making several posts tomorrow to catch up.
I'm a little late on this post, we've been having email problems from
the sat phone lately.

after 2.5 days of strong winds, steady 25 to 30 knots with gusts to 40
knots, and 20 foot crashing waves, the cockpit full of water and spray,
(youtube posts to follow when we get home), rain and thunderstorms,
excitement, etc. the winds finally subsided to 10 knots just in time for
sunrise on Wednesday morning, when we decided to launch the chute
(spinnaker). I'm in my glory! Having the spinnaker flying, pulling the
boat forward, the morning sunshine, me at the helm driving the boat
while sipping my morning coffee, does it get any better than this?
(This pic is just after launching the spinnaker at sunrise!)

On Wednesday afternoon the winds dropped completely. we had to motor,
stop for a couple of swims in the ocean, reel in a couple of Mahi Mahi
that Rob caught, which quickly turned into the freshest possible sushi
you could imagine, clean the boat, eat, sleep, swim, etc. its a tough
life out here!

after a day and half of motoring, and another excellent meal of fresh
caught grilled fish, we are now able to set sail again. only 435 miles
to go to the BVI's!

thanx for following everyone!


swimming and fish

We are stuck in a high pressure area with NO WIND.
I mean nothing at all.
The ocean is like glass most of the time although there is still a huge
gentle ocean swell of about 10 feet.
We are motoring towards wind at 25N 65W.
At least one other boat is running out of fuel.
We have such an easily driven hull that we could motor almost all the
way to the BVI's with our 50 gallons.

We stopped to go swimming yesterday and today.
Feels weird to jump off the boat with no land in sight and in 13000 feet
of water. Rob caught another Mahi Mahi last night and then another this
morning. We'll fry one up this time and have another for sushi.
We put up the canopy over the boom and we're mostly relaxing in the
shade and reading while the autopilot drives under motor power doing
about 5.5 knots.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

this boat goes to eleven

Where do I start?
On Sunday I went up the mast and fixed the minor problem.
Then later that same day Rob caught a fish. It was a Mahi Mahi
and we had fresh sushi for dinner.
Then late Sunday night the winds started to build.
We spent from then to Tuesday late night is huge wind and huge seas.
The winds were 20 to 30 knots with gusts of 40.
The seas were 10 to 20 foot rollers. They were just huge mountains of waves.
We again saw 11.0 knots on the boat, this time while on a reach in 40
knot winds and 20 foot waves. Fun and scary.
We had waves crash right over top of the whole boat.
The cockpit was regularly washed and one wave even drenched the inside.
Everything is soaked. All of our clothes etc.
And the marine rated expensive GPS antenna just shorted out because of
the salt spray in the last two days. We have backups.
Our main sat phone is also dead. We have a backup for that too.

Today after a grueling two and a half days we are
sunning in light winds with the spinnaker up and the autopilot on.
This is a well deserved rest.
The weather is 28C and we are all in shorts and t-shirts and we have
reggae on the stereo.
Tonight with the light wind and waves we can finally use the bbq.
Steaks and red wine for dinner!
Will post pictures when we have better connectivity.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

up the mast

After a glorious day of sailing yesterday we had variable direction 2-8
knots last night. Most of the fleet motored all night. we motored for 3
hours so we could keep moving or else the gulf stream would carry us
north. As the night fell we started to hear a strange creaking/groaning
sound from the top of the mast where the head sail halyard go in. As the
sun rose the sound was worse. Later today we are expecting 20+ knots.
Fearing that the jib halyard sheave was seizing and we would not be able
to douse the jib, the captain decided that the smallest lightest person
had to go up mast and investigate and oil it. Hmm, the captain (me) also
realized that at 6' tall I am the smallest person on this boat. This is
not a normal cross section of society. So up the mast I went. it wasn't
bad at all. If i wasn't afraid of heights I could enjoy it more. The
view was spectacular. The boat's pitching and rolling was not as bad as
expected. But everytime we hit a wave it felt like the boat stopped
under me and the mast and I were flung forward. creepy.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

I hear the mermaids singing

25 hours of sailing done!
We are in the gulf stream now.
The water temperature has risen from 11C to 23C.
8-12 foot swells with 15 knots of wind from the north.
We are 165 miles out from land.
Last night we heard dolphins (mermaids) playing in our bow wave. We
could hear them singing. We had phosphorescent plankton in our wake.
We had tons of shooting stars and just a sliver of the moon just before
sunrise. Most of the night we were well lit by Jupiter which was very
We also had a passenger. A small bird came to rest on our life ring and
actually took a nap for about half an hour and then flew away.

We can now literally smell the carribean! The ocean smell changed
significantly as we crossed into the gulf stream.

Friday, 9 November 2012

And...we're off!

Blue skies, blue waters, and the sails are set!

We set off this morning at approx 0720EST with a brisk north wind of 20knts while we sailed through the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. There was lots of traffic this morning in the Bay as we were heading out.

We're now clear of the Chesapeake and heading out into the ocean. The winds seem to have dropped out here so we're shaking out the Reef and going to hoist the Genoa and hope to be able to gain more boat speed to keep up with the other big boats in the Fleet.

Its a nice sail out here so far, still chilly so looking forward to getting into the gulf stream and some instant warm weather.

Stay tuned and we'll update how the sailing is going.

Paul _/)

I've Been Working on the Chain Gang

After many weeks of working on the boat - we finally head out to the "real" sea. Up early and excited.

Thursday, 8 November 2012


After 3 days of boatwork and waiting for our weather window it looks
like we are ready to depart.
The gulfstream is waiting for us and will take us east at 4 kts and warm
us up quickly.
I can't wait.


Fleet tracker

We all leave early tomorrow morning. This website
is the tracker website for the fleet.
Some of the fleet left last Saturday in advance of the storm that went through the middle of this week.
The seas in the gulf stream are 16 feet and steep right now but by the time we get there in one day they will be more moderate.
The important thing to remember is this is NOT a race :-)
We will of course be monitoring the positions of the other boats and carefully trimming our sails for optimum speed. We will win, i mean get there first.
Actually, since we have one of the smallest boats in the fleet we will likely be behind most boats.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Salty Dawg

We have joined the salty dawg rally.
The plan is to leave very early Friday morning (6am?)
This will get us into the gulf stream by daybreak on Saturday.

Thats all, just a quick update. We are still doing lots of boat work to get ready.

Monday, 5 November 2012

48 hours

here we are

We spent two days and nights sailing from Haverstarw New York to Hampton Virginia.
The first night we hit almost 9 knots with a double reefed main and no job in 33 knots of wind.
On the second night we hit 11.0 knots and regularly climbed over 9 knots in 22 knots of wind with a single reef and a storm jib. We shaved about 6 hours off our expected time to get here.
With our AIS receiver we have lots of visibility of the ships around us and feel totally safe in the pitch dark.
We are split into two shifts (2 on deck and 2 sleeping) with about a 4-5 hour shift. We plan to change it to rotating shifts so that we never have two exhausted people on deck at the end of a shift.

There is another storm coming up the coast with 60 knot winds. We are stuck here till Thursday or Friday. Our rally left one day early and so we got a refund. We are planning to hook up with another rally that is also leaving on Friday.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Good Morning Everyone!

Good morning to our followers.
The sun is up, and hopefully soon to warm us up. We had a great sail through the night passing Atlantic City to our Starboard. There's lots of shipping traffic out here off the Coast, good instruments and good visibility so we had no troubles.

Winds were most of the time between 25 to 33 knots. Giving us a max boat speed of 8.87 knots with a double reefed main only!! incredibly fast! The waves were between 2 to 6 feet.

its still cold, we need to get further South!!

Further updates to follow!

Take care.
Follow us on:

Paul _/)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

NYC skyline

we just crossed under the George Washington Bridge and approaching New York City.

Paul _/)

our track so far

check out our track so far today.
we plan to sail for 2-3 days to virginia.
Its 10C and 20 knots from the north.
We were doing 7 knots at one point with a double reefed mail and no jib.


Paul=) _/)
Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.

We're on our way!

Well, we have gotten under on our journey, finally. We had a ton of work to do on the boat before we could leave. Its a sunny day so far, with a brisk wind from the north. Its really cold, and I'm looking forward to getting further south to some nice warm winds and water!

Its interesting seeing the perspective of the effects of the storm from the water as we pass by, I'll post some pics coming soon.

Just a quick post for now, for my first post on this Blog.
We share a glass of champagne for good luck and a safe journey.

Talk again soon!

Paul=) _/)
Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Sandy Photo Album

Below is the photo album for hurrican sandy.

hurricane sandy

On the move tomorrow

Great news, our two other crew, Paul and Chris, have arrived.
Lots of work got done on the boat today and we are ready for offshore sailing.
New York harbour is open again as of this afternoon and we can sail on.
We plan to sail from Haverstraw in the morning and probably sail straight to Hampton Virginia.
The weather will be cold but the winds are very favourable.
Apparently it is snowing now at the nearby airport.
We now have a SPOT tracker on board.
At this link you can find our location updated every 10 min.