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?”

Hindsight & Foresight

I love Atlantic Europe.  The people, the cultures, the food, everything.  The fact that these are all very old boating communities, ties them together even more than language, though all of them do have Celtic ties and culture. For a fascinating discussion of genetics and human migrations in Europe and western Asia for the lastContinue reading “Hindsight & Foresight”

2016 Retrospective

Looking for something else, I came across my 2015 Post Mortem of my First Atlantic Passage.  It’s fascinating.  Makes me feel I should write another one for this passage.  I will, but also think I would like to do a compare & contrast, a great teacher’s tool. But this is not that.  This is moreContinue reading “2016 Retrospective”

Southbound and Down

Day 16 – 19 Scotland to S.E. Ireland, Kilmore Quay We are running before the wind. Our planned stop, at a marina just north of Dublin, has been scrubbed. With northerly winds increasing in strength, it seems best to continue due south, instead of turning southwest towards shore.  Winds are 18 gusting to 30. WeContinue reading “Southbound and Down”

D+7 We Had a Wonderful Day Today

Light winds, flat seas and we even saw a whale.  The first whale I’ve seen since the Atlantic crossing two years ago. Sorry no picture. The beautiful conditons make the miwery I went through to get up to Scotland in those ferocious winds and wnaves worth while. Scotland is one of the most beautiful cruisingContinue reading “D+7 We Had a Wonderful Day Today”

Turning the Page

Tonight I turn the page; ending one long chapter and starting a new one. Spring in Ireland, getting Dauntless ready and her first significant haul out in the last 3 years and 15,000 miles.  In May, she’ll be back in the water, looking like she’s ready for business. That business will start in Scotland, doingContinue reading “Turning the Page”

20,000 miles in 900 Days

Well actually 19,000 miles in 878 days, but who’s counting?  Also 900 Days has a sad ring to it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read a book, though I’m sure the history channel has an hour documentary which is sure to have a few facts straight. I’m packing the “large” suitcase.  SoContinue reading “20,000 miles in 900 Days”

Make the Plan; Do the Plan

Yes, that has been me and in spite of my constant kvetching about being bored in NYC, I have spent this time planning. For me planning is all about developing the main plan, thinking about the plan, thinking of every possible contingency, but understanding that something will happen that I never thought of. Planning isContinue reading “Make the Plan; Do the Plan”

The Excitement Builds

OK, maybe a bit premature; but I’ve never been accused of being too patient. When I get back to Dauntless on the last day of March, my real work will start. 90% of my work is really done in the planning process.  Since the end of last summer’s cruise, I have been thinking of aContinue reading “The Excitement Builds”

Lesson Learned #137

Now, if your first thought is, “I wonder how I missed the first 136 lessons learned?” you wouldn’t be wrong.  While almost all of the posts related to cruising on Dauntless have some lessons learned, I don’t label them as such. So, as mentioned I have fleshed out a general cruise plan for the comingContinue reading “Lesson Learned #137”

The Plan Evolves

Where I now and where am I going? So, it took two car rides, four trains, one bus and two airplanes to get home, having spent the last month in Ireland, Germany and England. It’s great to have the ability to travel; it’s great to visit my wonderful, generous friends and it’s great to beContinue reading “The Plan Evolves”

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”