Envy

So, I was reading the adventures of M/Y Dirona as she crosses the North Atlantic. Check out Dirona’s Atlantic Passage It made me envious; I know, that’s ridiculous, but still. Dauntless spent two and a half years in Northern Europe because I knew we would like it. The weather, the people, the cultures all, theContinue reading “Envy”

Cruising on Dauntless

But before talk about the upcoming cruise 2016 and & 2017, we need to take a step back and look at what for me, made this summer so successful, my friends/crew who joined me and made the trip fun and interesting. With Julie’s limited cruising time, but with us wanting to take advantage of seeing asContinue reading “Cruising on Dauntless”

Baltic Recap

I’ve written about many aspects of the Dauntless’ Summer Cruise 2015, the good, the bad and certainly the ugly.  How ugly I’ll find out next week.  But now, I thought I would share a few more mundane issues that I think will be of interest. Let me say up front, that if you have anyContinue reading “Baltic Recap”

Quest for the Real Danish

And to think it only cost $17,000! Well I suppose our Baltic Cruise did have other objectives, but let’s not minimize my fondness for morning baked goods, in particular Danish. Now, you all know the capital of the Danish; no, not Copenhagen, but New York.  And of course, we are talking about the morning pastry,Continue reading “Quest for the Real Danish”

Dauntless Summer 2015 Summary of Expenses & Fuel Consumption

This is the table for our Summer 2015 Baltic Sea Cruise on Dauntless OK.  Sorry about the black background, but I have spent too many hours today just f…ing with this “picture” imported from Excel via Word. Some of the things that jump out at me: While the Fuel cost was a third of totalContinue reading “Dauntless Summer 2015 Summary of Expenses & Fuel Consumption”

Why All’s Well that Ends Well

Day 3 Out of Stockholm I awoke this morning to broken altocumulus with altostratus mostly to the east and north.  It had just rained a bit.   Altostratus is a sign of a frontal system, but the pressure is still relatively high, so the weak rain probably indicates a weak front, maybe even just an upperContinue reading “Why All’s Well that Ends Well”

Dauntless’ Retreat from the Baltic and Return to Ireland.

Day 1 Leaving Stockholm – Debacle Averted – Barely Note: I will probably try to have something written for each day.  But getting them uploaded is a whole different story. After seeing Leonie and Martin off, I proceeded to get the boat ready to depart, but was in no real hurry.  I’ve realized that noContinue reading “Dauntless’ Retreat from the Baltic and Return to Ireland.”

Ground(ing)hog Day II

Sans Bill Murray. The evening of the [first] grounding, Julie and I, along with our NYC friends, Karen and Jason, were joined by our English sailing buddies, John and Jenny on S/V Shaka. We celebrated our second successful tie to shore with a stern anchor with a bottle of Prosecco followed by a tasty dinnerContinue reading “Ground(ing)hog Day II”

Spanked in Finland

60° North; 24° East, probably as far east as we will get in Europe this year. Since leaving Latvia, Estonia and Finland have been interesting.  Later this summer I will have to have a Baltic Sea recap, but for now, just a little saga that we have probably all heard before. We got beat upContinue reading “Spanked in Finland”

And We Never Spoke of it Again

Just when you thought it safe to reenter the water… Waking up in the now Polish town of Swinoujscie, I had two problems to solve; one more vexing than the other. But first, let’s talk about Swinoujscie, gateway to the Baltic and until 1945, a German city, aka Swinemünde.  With the looks of an oldContinue reading “And We Never Spoke of it Again”

Italy, Holland, Germany and the Tower Incident

Sort of like the “Bedford Incident” but without Sidney Poitier, or a submarine or the drama, but let’s start at the end. So, I just had a little conversation with the conductor of the train taking Ivan to Berlin for his plane to Venezia.  The fact that I could have this conversation in German remindsContinue reading “Italy, Holland, Germany and the Tower Incident”

Germany, A Few Thoughts and Bugaboos Too

Yesterday, we arrived at the harbor of Stralsund at 23:15.  Jeremy from the Cruising Association was ready, waving a flashlight so I knew where to go and I cannot tell you how relieved I was having that last uncertainty removed. We had D tied up and engine off in 10 minutes, surely a record. SaturdayContinue reading “Germany, A Few Thoughts and Bugaboos Too”