It Wasn’t Me; It was the Motherboard, I Swear

No, I haven’t died or been in jail, I was in computer-less purgatory. You know that place you end up when you depend on your laptop to communicate with the outside world. And sure, a cell phone is great for talking, but if you think I’m going to write a blog post on it, asContinue reading “It Wasn’t Me; It was the Motherboard, I Swear”

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”

Laptop Dead as a Doornail

My HP Envy Laptop died a few weeks ago. Add poor internet connections, so I have no been able to even write about the trials and tribulations of the last 4 weeks. As yo can see at Share.Delore.com/Dauntless I’m still in Cabo, but am planning on leaving Sunday morning before noon. But then I triedContinue reading “Laptop Dead as a Doornail”

Return to Huatulco

I could call this, Mexico Just Works, at least this part. As international trips of 3,000+ miles go, this was by far one of the easiest ever! 13 hours after wake-up at oh-dark-thirty, I was being dropped off at my hotel in Huatulco. Hotel Balcon Gueela turned out to be a really nice, comfortable placeContinue reading “Return to Huatulco”

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”

The Plan Comes Together

So, after the two-week (for me) Tet Holiday, life is returning to normal. I was in the “country”. It wasn’t that conducive to writing blogs. But I ate so well and the people are so incredible nice, former VC or not! It was both overwhelming and amazing, but this is a story for another time.Continue reading “The Plan Comes Together”

What I’m Really Afraid Of?

Just when I thought I had the Plan, I read a story about drug driven crime spreading to the west coast of Mexico. Manzanillo, one of my planed stops, was prominently mentioned. Where does that leave me? Besides the obvious, afraid! Last summer I had a detailed plan to cruise up the coast of Mexico,Continue reading “What I’m Really Afraid Of?”

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”

Sirens Call

While I’m cooling my heel in Vietnam; a great place to do so, while Dauntless waits for better weather to head north this coming summer and fall, I seem to hear the sirens calling. The problem is, after having moved south and west for the last 12 months and 7,000 miles, passing west thru theContinue reading “Sirens Call”

2016 & 2017 Pictures and Videos of Dauntless in Action

I thought I should share with everyone the pictures and videos I’ve taken on Dauntless in the last year. The gallery pictures are in ascending chronological order. Some of you may know and already have seen some of these pictures, but the most recent Galleries are now public: Dauntless 2017 Panama Canal Dauntless Crosses theContinue reading “2016 & 2017 Pictures and Videos of Dauntless in Action”

The Best Laid Plans

Perseverance, in the face of very adverse situations, being bored almost to tears or dealing with unimaginably stupid, selfish adults, has gotten me to many of my most important goals in my life: four university degrees, meteorologist, science teacher, high school principal, Dauntless and certainly crossing the Atlantic, now twice. But it has also gottenContinue reading “The Best Laid Plans”

Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!

Be aware, but not paranoid. If you are worried about everything, you will drive yourself and crew crazy. You need to be able to separate the likely from the remote. Be vigilant, but you can’t watch everything.  An hour from home, you can afford in indulge your paranoia, in the middle of the Atlantic, indulgencesContinue reading “Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!”