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“sailing”

Feb
11
2013

Bahamas Sailing: Dispatch 2

1/24/13: Hope Town Elbow Cay Conditions were perfect for a quick daysail to Hope Town, about 8 nm from Marsh Harbour. I’d talked in the last dispatch about learning to read the water depth. It is embarrassing to admit, but we hadn’t seen anything yet. As we got close to the lighthouse outside Hope Town, […]

Feb
11
2013

Bahamas Sailing: Dispatch 1

1/17/13, Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas: Thanks to the National Weather Service’s absolutely spot-on forecast and the weather gods, our passage from Lake Worth Inlet to Great Sale Cay was easy. Sailing out the Inlet to the Atlantic, itself, was quite bouncy and the hardest part of the trip, but all else was fine. We […]

Jan
26
2013

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 19

Friday, 4/13/12: Charleston, SC We needed to decide whether to continue heading down the ICW or go outside into the Atlantic. Unlike much of the coast north of here, South Carolina and Georgia both have lots of places (about every 20 – 35 NM) that are safe to duck into to get to more protected […]

Jan
19
2013

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 22

1/14/12, Lake Worth, FL: We’re finally on the move again! We have resumed heading down the ICW, although Paul would rather be offshore. To me, it’s just so much fun (except when powerboats with large engines go by at speed and really rock slower vessels like DW) getting to see the houses of the rich […]

Apr
18
2012

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 18

4/8/12 Wrightsville Beach, NC Continuing to wend our way down the ICW, we have thus far avoided going aground, though we’ve been close a couple of times. Wrightsville Beach, unlike so many of the places we’ve been on the ICW, is a small city in its own right, and ideally situated: the ICW cuts it […]

Apr
17
2012

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 17

3/23/12: North Carolina Welcome Center Mile 28,, Great Dismal Swamp Canal We finally got underway on the 21st, with a long day motoring from Deltaville to Norfolk. Paul left under overcast skies, which quickly turned to fog. It was only then that he realized that the radar wasn’t working. Lots of Navy ships and some […]

Apr
13
2012

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 16

3/11/12: aboard DW in Deltaville, VA   Here we sit, awaiting the last of the remaining work to be done so we can be on our way and head south. Getting to know the Deltavville area has been interesting, but it hasn’t exactly been what we’d expected. We returned to Deltaville knowing that a few […]

Oct
28
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 14

10/12/11: Solomons Island, MD Leaving St Michaels, we crept along the land, the chart plotter on high resolution so we could see buoys and other markers noted, and watch for them. Although the water depth was less than 15′ at times, it went no lower than 8′, so we never ran aground. The trip to […]

Oct
13
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 13

10/1/11 Tidewater Marina, Winan Cove Baltimore, MD Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. The boat gods (are there boat gods in Greek mythology?) certainly were not pleased. Paul had some work to do, so wanted to get an early start from Worton Creek (another beautiful anchorage, but with no internet access despite having a […]

Oct
3
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 12

9/19/11 Goodbye, RI, CT, NY, and hello … NJ? Cape May, NJ The forecast was for strengthening north or northeasterly winds beginning this past Saturday, so Paul thought that having winds on a broad reach (winds blowing on the side of the boat near the stern) or dead downwind (winds behind us) and following seas […]