A Confession

I was escorted out of Georgia by a pair of dolphins.

Dolphins Lead the Way
Dolphins Lead the Way

A great omen to start any trip and as the day has progressed, it has only gotten better.  Having put out the paravane polls even before entering the sound, I left the birds on deck, waiting until he water was deeper (I like at least 25 to 30 feet).  As the morning progressed however, I didn’t need them.  The little wind there had been has produced these little half foot waves from the southwest.  As my course in to the northeast, I have a little following sea, which the Kadey Krogen does particularity well with.

Now almost 10 hours later, not much has changed.  The waves have grown to one foot and there is a long period swell from the east, so occasionally I get a bigger roll, maybe 5° to each side, with a small constant roll of a few degrees.  I still have not deployed the paravanes and at this point, maybe another 1.5 hours to anchor, I probably won’t. But I been reminded how much I love the ocean and I realize that I have not had conditions so benign since late summer.

As I planned my route north these last months, I would look at the ant trail of my previous trip south and an unpleasant feeling would settle in my stomach.  The realization that even though I love being on the ocean and have always tried to maximize my ocean time, for I love the air, the color of the sea, the expanse of sky, I had also had a hard winter of it.

Oh, no, not like, virtually everyone reading this.  I had no days, weeks and months of frigid winds, mind numbing cold and countless shovel fulls of snow, ice and then coaxing the car to start.

No, it hasn’t been like that, but as I looked at my previous  journey, down the coast from Rhode Island, across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas and back, during the last 6 months, I realized that I had let myself press on ever worsen conditions on a day to day or week to week basis.

In other words, I would tell myself that it’s not so bad, only a little worse than the week before.

This video doesn’t exist

Now, of course, I do have the paravanes, which are a great equalizer, but I had forgotten how pleasant the ocean can be and normally is!

I have also let the schedule push me, not in any unsafe manner, but certainly I have put up with a lot of discomfort.

So today, has been Mother Nature’s way of resetting by expectations.

This summer planning the trip across the North Atlantic, I fully expect conditions to be similar to today.  And if they are not, I will wait until they are.  But I also know, that Dauntless ready and able to dance on those waves when she has to.


I ended up deploying the paravanes, as the last hour the winds had picked up and that built 3 foot waves off my stern quarter.  We were rolling, not much, the usual, 15 degrees in each direction.  I made hasty decision to thrown in the birds that had been resting on deck all day.

In they went, and the ride settled down, but then I stressed about getting them back. Why, you ask?

Because about the same time, my auto pilot went TU. If you don’t know what that means, ask one of your friends who has been in the military, and if you don’t have a friend like that. Umm, I suppose there is such a thing as a free lunch.

So, with no autopilot, I could not do my usual of setting it and retrieving the birds. I had to use the never before contingency plan 4102, anchor in the channel, retrieve paravanes, haul anchor and haul ass.

Worked like a charm.  I took less than ten minutes and it was nice to do that without worrying where in hell the boat was going.

Another hour later, I am happily anchored at big Bay Cheek.  Turns out the peninsula that is on the other side of the creek, is full of houses.  New houses by the looks of it, or better said, house built since the last hurricane wiped them out.

Nuff Said
Nuff Said

Don’t you love a political system where you can pretend to be anti-governemt, tea oarty, right winger, etc,  but then every ten years get a new house, since you have subsidized house insurance because you were so smart you built in a clear flood plain. And before you think I am a Democrat, the Democrats allow all the crap to happen.  We have truly reached a point of total me, me, me in this country.  And our politicians are leading the parade.

Sorry, I got carried away.

OK, for all of you that I haven’t offended and are still reading, I hoping I found the fault with the autopilot.

Tomorrow, we shall see what we shall see.

Thanks for Reading

P.S.  I think Microsoft Word has the solution to the Washington mess.  When the spell check got to politicians, it suggested pelicans.  Not a bad idea at all. Replace everyone in Washington with pelicans. Can be any worse.  At least we’ll get realistic fish quotas.

On an Obama can even be an eagle, or is that his wife?

Good Day

Sunset in Big Bay Creek
Sunset in Big Bay Creek

Author: Richard on Dauntless

I’m an eclectic person, who grew up in New York, lived overseas for many years and have a boat, Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen trawler yacht. Dauntless enables me to not only live in many different parts of the world, but to do it in a way that is interesting, affordable, with the added spice of a challenge. Dauntless also allows me to be in touch with nature. As the boat glides through the ocean, you have a sense of being part of a living organism. When dolphins come to frolic, they stay longer if you are out there talking to them, watching them. Birds come by, sometimes looking for a handout; sometimes grateful to find a respite from their long journey. I grew up on the New York waterfront, in the West Village, when everything west of Hudson St. was related to shipping and cargo from around the world. For a kid, it was an exciting place of warehouses, trucks, and working boats of all kinds: tugs and the barges and ships, cargo and passenger, they were pushing around. My father was an electrical engineer, my mother an intellectual, I fell in between. I have always been attracted to Earth’s natural processes, the physical sciences. I was in 8th grade when I decided to be a Meteorologist. After my career in meteorology, my natural interest in earth sciences: geology, astronomy, geography, earth history, made it a natural for me to become a science teacher in New York City, when I moved back to the Big Apple. Teaching led to becoming a high school principal to have the power to truly help kids learn and to be successful not only in school but in life. Dauntless is in western Europe now. In May and June, I will be wrapping up the last two years in northern Europe, heading south to spend the rest of the year in Spain & Portugal. Long term, I’m planning on returning to North American in the fall of 2017 and from there continuing to head west until we’re in Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, where we will settle for a bit. But now, my future lies not in NY or even Europe, but back to the water, where at night, when the winds die down, there is no noise, only the silence of the universe. I feel like I am at home, finally.

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