2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things

First, I’m still alive, though it was a close call. No, it wasn’t Covid-19, but something far worse, boredom. I hate being bored and perversely, the less I do, the less I want to do. Thus, my creative energy that it takes to write these blogs or make YouTube videos seems to have gone intoContinue reading “2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things”

Leave the Dance With the One You Brung

I wrote a story for the winter Kadey Krogen magazine, Waypoints. People occasionally ask me why KK or weren’t you afraid? etc., so I ended up writing a story that was tryly heartfelt. More than heartfelt, it distilled feelings that have only gotten stronger after 6 years and 25,000 miles. In a few years, whenContinue reading “Leave the Dance With the One You Brung”

Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better

This was written in June 2016, but never published. The recent Trawler Forum post about paravanes made me look for what I had written already and discovered I had never published this. So , here it is. June 11, 2016 – The Pacific Rim or Less is Not Always Safer While the Pacific Rim is myContinue reading “Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better”

Hindsight is Not Always 20-20

Despite my accomplishments this past year, another 2500 miles behind me, the Golden Gate in front of me, the Baja bash, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean, behind me, I wonder if I did not make some big mistake. For not the first time, I wondered about my sudden decision to flee northern Europe two yearsContinue reading “Hindsight is Not Always 20-20”

Third Time is the Charm, I Hope

As of Tuesday evening,  we are planning to try to get to Magdalena Bay, 130nm, tomorrow. Our third try in the last 9 days. Though even at that, we will probably we stuck there for three days over the weekend, as another period of very strong (15 to 25 kts) winds is forecast to hitContinue reading “Third Time is the Charm, I Hope”

Plans and Goals

One needs to have a good plan to accomplish the goal, but sometimes, life happens, plans change and maybe the goal too. The rub is, it’s even easier to change the goal, then to make a better plan for the circumstances. But changing goals is a slippery slope; so easy to do, but before youContinue reading “Plans and Goals”

Everything is Swell

In one of my recent posts I talked about my use of Windy.com and how much I like the GUI they have developed. It’s an easy way to look at the two-main worldwide weather forecasting numerical models, the GFS and the ECMWF. Almost a year ago today, I wrote the post “The Atlantic is aContinue reading “Everything is Swell”

Tet – It’s Not a Holiday, It’s an Adventure

Yesterday as I was watching my girlfriend Trinh prepare the food at her grandmother’s grave, I realized how much my perspective has changed since crossing the Atlantic. I accept a level of uncertainly, magnitudes above, what I would have been comfortable with even 10 years ago. The cemetery is about 20 minutes from Trinh’s mother’sContinue reading “Tet – It’s Not a Holiday, It’s an Adventure”

What I Need

As spring gets closer and closer, I’m watching the weather daily.  I know what I want, but the light wind conditions may only last a couple of days, while I need a week plus. In the last weeks, the more I have thought of this, the more I am thinking of getting north as bestContinue reading “What I Need”

Curiosity

As I flit from place to place, I wonder what drives me. After all, crossing oceans, flying from continent to continent, costs time and money. “Is it worth it?” I’ve asked myself that question many times, not only since Dauntless entered my life but well before it. In the summer of 1970, I worked drivingContinue reading “Curiosity”

Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing

I know I’ve not been writing for a while.  Without being on Dauntless, my life is not as colorful or at least I’m not talking about it as much. While perusing Trawler forum and Cruiser Forum, I came across the story of the two women picked up off of Japan: https://unreasonablydangerousonionrings.com/2017/10/31/19-reasons-this-survival-story-smells-fishy/ It did get meContinue reading “Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing”

Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017

I had planned on giving a presentation at the Rendezvous, but it’s not to be. So, here is the outline.  I will post this on my blog, DauntlessatSea.com I have also posted, somewhat unedited, three galleries of pictures, you need to use these links: The most recent videos from the Atlantic crossing, https://dauntless.smugmug.com/Dauntless-Atlantic-2016-Videos/n-ddh7xF/ My northernContinue reading “Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017”