Sailor Woman

Have you ever had to try to comfort a terrified pet? Maybe they were terrified of being in the car? Or of thunder? Going to the vet?  It’s not a situation of safety nor even of any risk, the fear is totally unjustified with the reality. But you know that no amount of words canContinue reading “Sailor Woman”

The Rest of the Story

Larry had returned to Alaska also, so when I got back to Dauntless on the 24th. I’d be taking her the last 400 miles of this 2000+ mile trip to Vallejo on my own. I had a plane ticket to leave Sacramento on 3 July to Austin. Assuming I had to arrive on the 2nd,Continue reading “The Rest of the Story”

Crisis in the Mid-Atlantic – The Chickens Come Home to Roost

 This video shows the day before, Dec 21st.  Even before the preventer stick broke (which you can see going form the fly beige rail to the middle of the paravane pole)  This is from the afternoon.  GIves you a nice idea of the seas. This is what we had plus or minus for 21 days.Continue reading “Crisis in the Mid-Atlantic – The Chickens Come Home to Roost”

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”

A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings

It’s been an eventful few days.  Now into Day 5 of our 8 day Cruising Association’s 2015 Baltic Rally, having all those sail boats around keeps you on your toes.  The winds had been howling since Wednesday.  Therefore it was decided to remain in Kröslin until Saturday morning. But I needed to be in Ueckermünde,Continue reading “A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings”

Dauntless Crosses the North Atlantic – The Post Mortem

The crux of a successful ocean passage Providence Rhode Island to Castletownbere, Ireland: 3624 nm, 6523 km.; 638 running hours Average speed 5.7 knots 1013 gallons of fuel consumed Average = 1.59 gal/hr. Average 3.6 nm/gal= 1.7 km/liter Cost of fuel $4000 Cost per nm = $1.1/nm Stuff that broke: Four Stories and lessons LearnedContinue reading “Dauntless Crosses the North Atlantic – The Post Mortem”