December 26, 2014

Once again my attempt to complete a solo circumnavigation has come to an end. On Xmas Eve the top quarter of the mail sail separated along a seam from the rest of the sail. This is not repairable by me at sea and given the gales I can expect before I round the tip of S...

December 25, 2014

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, shopping (but I can’t do that), office and other parties, friends and family (none of that out here). Now I don’t want you to start feeling sorry for me as you greet, shake hands hug and kiss. Care not that this is the second...

December 24, 2014

Lately I have been a little wary as I have been passing through waters that caused me so much trouble last time namely broken end of boom, damaged luff rod on the staysail furler, loss of mainsail battens, loss of A2 spinnaker and finally the fittings holding rigging t...

December 17, 2014

I am wary in these waters as it was around here that most of the incidents leading to my withdrawal last year took place. For instance yesterday with north winds at 22 knots I under full main and genoa was making 11 and 12 knots. A great speed. But the seas were rough...

December 17, 2014

It’s all in the way you do the math but it is now 37 days since I set sail out of St. Augustine.  Multiply 37 by 4 and you get 148 days and that I now declare is my target. Take out 12 days for the St. Augustine to Bermuda legs, (6 days each way), and I hope to make th...

December 13, 2014

I am again in the waters that did so much damage to my boat on my first attempt.  Just this morning I had my cereal and reconstituted milk and was on my way to the galley to take back my dishes and put the water on for a cup of tea. As I left the cockpit I looked aroun...

December 10, 2014

If you take into account the priority of my goals which are:

  • Return home safely

  • Be the oldest to have circumnavigated non-stop, non-assisted

Then of less importance

  • Beat Dodge Morgan's 150 day record from Bermuda and back

  • Beat Chuan's 137 day record f...

December 10, 2014

Good to see an old friend. Yes I am passing by Tristan da Cunha again, a towering volcanic island looking very much like a nuclear power station's cooling tower. Tristan along with the associated islands of I’Isola Inaccessible and le Isole Nightingale are home to very...

December 7, 2014

Twenty days and some 3,600 miles from Bermuda, I find myself still neck and neck with Dodge Morgan and his 1986 record. He did better through the doldrums than I did. He shot through with favorable winds while I had some windless times and some time out for repairs. At...

December 5, 2014

Cocktail Hour Begins Early - at 4:16 local time here yesterday, I crossed the equator. This called for a small bottle of champagne to be opened (actually a screw top cava would you believe!). I poured a little into the sea to pay homage to Neptune and then a few drops...

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