January 23, 2014

It was a rough entry to Cape Town, as a gale blew from the south east and winds were consistent at some 35-40 miles per hour. There was in addition, a great deal of shipping traffic rounding the Cape, going from and to Europe or Asia. When approaching land, there is a...

January 22, 2014

As I write this blog, I am less than a day out of Cape Town after a total of 50 days at sea.  It’s bright and sunny, and I have favorable winds. Once I draw near, I shall be greeted with an escort boat, a crew will jump aboard with fenders and dock lines, for these I d...

January 15, 2014

It has been asked by quite a few, "shall I restart?" As to it being from Cape Town where I am now headed, the answer is a clear and concise "no!" My goal was to leave from St. Augustine, during its 450th celebration (now my adopted home), via Bermuda, where I lived for...

January 14, 2014

It’s now clear to me that there are times in life where we defensively deny giving thought to our innermost fears. Such is the situation with me aboard Kiwi Spirit. After 41 days at sea, I was beginning to see that bit-by-bit the yacht was not ready for the worst that...

January 12, 2014

The President of the boat designers at Farr Yacht Design, after seeing the photos of the failures and repairs, as well as his recognizing that the design of the rigging attachments to the yacht were inadequate for ocean sailing, emailed me to say:
“I have to say lookin...

January 10, 2014

The reader may recall that one of the records I am after is to be the first to complete a circumnavigation without the use of any hydrocarbons - no diesel, gasoline, propane or butane - not even a butane lighter which would be helpful in sealing the end of ropes. No on...

January 9, 2014

Now in the deep-south Atlantic, I need to be aware that there are some islands. Among which are the ones mentioned in the title of this post. I also might see more. They are small dots on the map/charts, but oh my, how they can hurt if not respected. "Inaccessible" is...

January 7, 2014

Yes, it’s been 30 days since I left Bermuda and five more since I left St. Augustine. In the last week I have not seen a ship, and have had only a half dozen birds and one school of dolphin give me company.

At this, the 30th day, Dodge Morgan’s position relative to mine...

January 6, 2014

New Years Eve started out well, but by early morning the wind picked up and I was caught with a light headwind sail, which was in danger of being overloaded. On several occasions I had to take the helm.  It was a scary situation and no sleep for me. The 1/2 bottle of c...

January 3, 2014

There is not much traffic out here. It’s been over a week since I saw a sail boat and three days since I saw a ship. But when I see a ship, the first signs of which may be a blip on the radar, or more likely, a triangle showing up on my plotting screen, I immediately a...

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