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”

Planning – It Ain’t for the Faint Hearted

As I sit in my 10th floor apartment in Ho Chi Minh City, a.k.a. Saigon, the People’s Republic of Vietnam this balmy January 2018, writing these words, I think back one year.  I was in Martinique, in the Lessor Antilles, luxuriating in having just completed a harder than expected crossing of the Atlantic from NorthContinue reading “Planning – It Ain’t for the Faint Hearted”

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”

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”

Twenty-four Hours to Go

It’s been a terrifying two days, but knock wood, I have survived so far. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea was a piece of cake compared to driving on the left hand side of the road. Shifting with my left hand feels as weird as blowing my nose with my left hand, inContinue reading “Twenty-four Hours to Go”

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

If you have been following Dauntless at Share.Delorme.com/Dauntless then you already know the outcome, since this blog is on a tape delay.  That way there is no chance of a wardrobe malfunction. Though I want to share some reflections of the last few days: While it took three iterations of the Plan, the last planContinue reading “I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”

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”

Deutschland

Well my faith has been renewed in the human race or at least my decision making whichever is lessor. We had an uneventful night passage from Lauwersoog in Friesland, the Netherlands to Cuxhaven Germany. Unlike the English Channel, which really whipped my ass, the currents north of the Frisian Islands were as advertised; we gotContinue reading “Deutschland”

Travelers & Just Say Yes

We are in Lemmer this morning.  A town on the Ijsselmeer in the beginning of Friesland, which has a really Dutch flavor. We’ve decided to stay here two nights, and will even move the boat into the inner harbor. I like showing our colors.  The liberalism of my youth was quickly extinguished once I movedContinue reading “Travelers & Just Say Yes”

A Stressful Extraction

Our Gelderland experience is coming to the, we left Arnhem this morning to head north along the Ijssel river. I’m still feeling a bit under the weather and am now thinking maybe it’s related to walking into the pole on Friday.  But we need not go there. This morning, I paid Robert, the owner ofContinue reading “A Stressful Extraction”

Unexpected Noise is Never Good

I am striving to post twice a week.  Sometimes it will be more and sometimes less, but at a minimum I like to have a post out by Saturday morning.  I didn’t make it this week, because I’ve been sick with the flu or something these past few days, having absolutely no energy to doContinue reading “Unexpected Noise is Never Good”