Change of Plans

Maybe, Sort of, uh, Probably Not

This past week, Julie and I moved from our Manhattan apartment to an apartment in the Bronx. We love the new neighborhood, the food has been great, the people fascinating, a Bronx mix of Albanians, Russians, Bengalis and of course Hispanic, with a few extra Arabs, Black-Americans and Italian-Americans thrown in the mix to keep it interesting.

What makes Dauntless so wonderful is that my home moves with me, and Dauntless and I are preparing for a big move—to cross the Atlantic, creating an instant home in Europe.

The first issue was preparing Dauntless with everything needed to cross an ocean, and the list is somewhat overwhelming. I am usually a very decisive person, so when I dither, I have come to understand that that delay means the solution I may think consciously I have, is not as well thought out as could be, thus no final decision. So I finally accepted that the work on Dauntless would get done and me worrying about it constantly was not going to expedite the process. All I could do was make sure all the spare parts and other stuff I need, like a life raft, are ordered and on the boat in a timely manner.

I have started watching the weather over the North Atlantic every day. I have to have a sense of the patterns before even looking at forecasts. One thing became immediately obvious: my route must be dependent upon the overall weather pattern. Since Dauntless is so sloooow, moving at about ¼ the speed of an a typical low pressure system, the real issue is where the jet stream will be in July. If it’s more south than usual, I can probably go north via Iceland. If it’s where it is now, I can’t go anyplace. And if it’s moved more north, into its normal summer position, then I can go east, now whether I can go north of east or south of east will depend on the short term features.

What this all means is that my destination is now Europe, with landfall somewhere between Iceland, the Faeroes and Norway, or as far south as the Azores and Oporto Portugal. The Azores are only 12 days from Gloucester, Mass! From there I would probably go the Galicia and the NW coast of Spain.

The food is good there too. In fact, maybe I’ll start regaining the 25 pounds I’ve lost since Dauntless came into my life!


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.

One thought on “Change of Plans”

  1. Sold your appartment? When you find out about the yetstream, whish you a pleasant and safe crossing!

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