December 30, 2013

Squalls at sea consist of sudden down pours of torrential rain associated with strong, fresh leading winds and even stronger winds of up to 30 or even 50 knots (35- 56 mph) once the squall hits. They can be seen approaching during the day as their ominous darkness and...

December 29, 2013

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and thank you for following me - the numbers  are surprisingly quite high! My son had packed a small Christmas tree on board and I had some presents in a stocking. At the last minute I had to email my son with instructions to buy a...

December 27, 2013

One of the worst events on a sailboat is known as an accidental gybe. This is where in the boat, sailing nearly downwind with sails including the main and its supporting boom out to the one side, gets hit by a wind shift, causing failure of the helmsman or the autopilo...

December 25, 2013

Not so many years ago, yachting was principally a wealthy gentleman’s activity. They would dress in their sartorial, elegant white pants, striped jacket and cap, and sail off with the wind abeam or from behind. Not to the weather, for if they did the latter they would...

December 23, 2013

Today, as I round the north east corner of Brazil and prepare to head south to cross the equator, just two hundred miles away from entering the South Atlantic, I am aware that all of the great navigators of history have passed this way. I have already crossed the path...

December 21, 2013

While I have crossed oceans before and circumnavigated without the assistance of a shore-based team, an undertaking of this magnitude, on this yacht requires a shore-based team. In this blog, I would like to acknowledge them and their roles.


First, there is Farr Yacht...

December 19, 2013

Yes, it is day 16 since leaving St. Augustine to set a new record as first to circumnavigate from St. Augustine, but day ten of challenging the record set by Dodge Morgan from Bermuda and back non-stop and non-assisted.


I got off to a slow start with a weak weather sys...

December 16, 2013

This blog is for sailors, but might be of interest to others.

At 4:30 am the winds freshened to 24-26 knots and I prepared to bring in the genoa and put out the jib and then take a first reef in the main. When furling the genoa, the furling line parted at the furling dr...

December 16, 2013

At long last I am getting good winds and have begun to head SE. This morning the wind has been from the SSW at between 17 and 23 knots (about 19 to 25 mph). Seas are heavy. I reduced the sails from big genoa to jib and took the first of three possible reefs in the main...

December 11, 2013

The past two and a half days have been very disappointing. My average speed is only 4.42 knots and not all of those miles in the right direction. Yesterday for two hours there was a breath of wind. I dropped sails as the slamming and banging of windless sails and halya...

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